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HOLIDAY WISHES

holidaysI want to thank you for your support of our new procedures for the classroom holiday parties.  By staggering the parties over a two day period and with priority given to parents volunteering for the parties, our building and our parking lot were safer and more secure.  We also had teams of parapros signing parents into the parties on both days which helped us to know who was in the building throughout the day.  For the Valentine’s Day Parties we plan to add one more level of security by ensuring that those attending have been cleared with background checks.   Of course, our goal is to have fun and balance this with a safe, secure school setting.

The entire staff and I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends.

Thank you for ALL you do to support our school!

See you in 2015,

Mrs. Reagan and the Georgetown Staff

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Blog Bits 9/12/2014

 

 

 

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News From the Office…..

It has been a fast and fun first two weeks of school! I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Hoekstra and I am the new face in the office with Mrs. Ripley. I have two kids in Hudsonville Public Schools and I’m so thrilled to be part of the Georgetown  staff!  The kids at Georgetown are full of smiles and we are having great start to the year!

Picture Day….

Remember to bring your best smiles to school on MONDAY along with your completed picture envelope and money!!

P.E. News….

Dear parents, Turkey trot is fast approaching and if there are any of you that are interested in being a sponsor for this awesome event, please visit the Georgetown PE blog for more information

PTC News….

  • Parent Club Volunteers:  We have had many parents ask about volunteering for the Parent Club.  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this survey. You will also need to fill out a background check form to do any kind of volunteering if you have not done so already. You can find the form under the forms tab at the top of the page.
  • Walkathon:  To find out more, visit this blog post about the WALKATHON.  This is our only school fundraiser for the Parent/Teacher Club this year.  Please donate!

Community News….HPSEAGLE

  •  The 5th Annual HEF Family Fun Fest Fundraiser is coming Friday, September 19th from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Eagles Stadium.  The activities will take place before the home Varsity football game against Rockford and will include dunking your teacher or principal in one of our dunk tanks, showing off your football throwing skills, bouncing around in the bounce house, getting your face painted, a raffle for an iPad, and much more.  Buy your raffle tickets at any home game to win this great prize.  This event is sponsored by the Hudsonville Education Foundation and all proceeds will be used to fund grants for resources and innovations that directly enhance the education of our students in Hudsonville Public Schools. Mr. Gort will be in the dunk tank at 4:45! Get those throwing arms ready!!
  •  Fall/Winter Children’s Clothing & Toy Sale:  Cooler weather will be coming soon! Are you ready? Come to our sale to find great deals on clothing for infants to teenagers, toys, sporting goods/equipment, and all baby paraphernalia! Saturday, September 20 from 9AM to Noon at Heritage Christian School.
  • The Girl Scouts of Hudsonville are hosting a sign up event for all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade on September 20th.  We will be meeting at the Hagar Park fire pit from 7:00-8:00 pm for a time of crafts, songs, and s’mores, of course!  Want to make a bucket to sit-upon?  Bring your own 5 gallon bucket with a lid (often available from most bakeries for free, or you can purchase at home improvement stores for a nominal fee) and we will provide the rest of the materials for you.  Event patches will be available for purchase ($1) for those that would like them.  We would love to have you join us!  Pre-registration for the event is appreciated, but not required. For more information please email HudsonvilleGSSU@gmail.com.
  • INTERNET SAFETY WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS:  It is critical for educators, parents/guardians, and policy makers to understand the physical and emotional impact and the risks associated with growing up too quickly in the online world.  To find out more about the workshop and registration, click here:  Internet Safety-Cyberbullying flyer
  • MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION –  Saturday, October 4, 2014 Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food Distribution. The food distribution will take place at Hager ParkChurch’s parking lot, located at 2635 Bauer Road in Jenison. Sign-in is required,although the food is available to anyone that needs it. There will be a large assortment of food, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other high quality grocery items.

     

Community Ed News….

Community Education Courses

We have many great offerings for your kids this fall!  Click here to view.  I have also attached a pdf in case you have trouble viewing the document online.

Jr. Cheer Clinic • Beginning Fencing • Learn to Ice Skate • Intro to Hockey • Babysitting Class • Home Alone Class • Learn to Inline Skate • Bowling • Girls Basketball • Elementary & Middle School Legos  • Gymnastics/Dance/Cheer • Learn to Swim • HEAT Stroke School • Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes • Indoor Soccer • Tennis

Please feel free to call if you have any questions.  Rebecca Fabiano  Hudsonville Community Education 669-1740, ext #3

District Information….

Hudsonville Public Schools Annual Education Report

The Hudsonville Public Schools Annual Education Report (AER) was presented to the Board of Education on September 11, 2014.  The AER is designed to meet state and federal requirements for reporting to parents and communities.  The report provides detailed data on state administered student assessment results, accountability results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).Parents and the community can access AER information for the district and individual schools by clicking on the Annual Education Report tab on our website, www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org.  If you have any questions regarding the AER information, please contact the district curriculum office at 616-669-1740 extension 4.

 

Upcoming Events at Georgetown….

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New School Year and FORMS FORMS FORMS

We are preparing the school for your OPEN HOUSES next week!  This is an opportunity for families to come back to school and meet their new teacher, pick up forms for parent to complete and re-connect with friends.

Our OPEN HOUSE schedule is as follows:

  • PK •  Monday, August 25 – 6:30-7:30
  • K • Tuesday, August 26 – 6:30-7:30
  • Grades 1-5 • August 27 – 6:30-7:30

When you visit your child’s classroom during the Open House, A WELCOME ENVELOPE will be available for you to take home. Inside the envelope, there will be paperwork to complete and paperwork to review.

Welcome Packet will include these required forms that MUST be returned to office:

  • Family Compact (green paper)

  • Background check (yellow paper – must be completed if you plan to attend or volunteer at any school event).  You can complete this in advance if you’d like.  Back Background Check GES

  • Student Profile Sheet (white paper)

Forms that are not required but may apply:

Medication Consent Form  If your child needs to take medication at school, state law requires that you complete this form and submit it to the school office with the medication.  This form must be completed if you want us to administer medication to your child at school.

Student Accident Insurance:  The school district does not provide any type of health or accident insurance for injuries incurred by your child at school.  As a service to students and their families, our school is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a fairly nominal cost.  The district offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments, or lack of health or dental insurance coverage.  If interested, complete the paperwork and submit it as directed.

Elementary Guidelines:  Please review these so that are familiar with the district policy for a variety of procedures.

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Two important items that we receive many phone calls about during the year:  BUS PASS REQUEST POLICY and DROP OFF/PICK UP.

BUS PASS REQUEST POLICY

Procedures for Grades 1-5 are as follows:  In order for your child to ride a different bus home, it must be approved by Transportation.  The school cannot approve the change.  Do not send a note to school asking that your child ride a different bus home.  You must contact Transportation for children in grades 1-5.  PK and K students can NOT change busses.

Parents must submit a BUS PASS REQUEST to the transportation office by 10:00 am the morning of the transportation change.  Parents notified by 1:00 pm if the change if approved or denied.    If you have questions call Transportation:  616-669-7757

STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP

This is a very busy time in the school drive and hallways.  Follow these procedures for safety/security:

1.  CHILD DROP OFF

If you are dropping your child off at school, please do this in the front circle drive.  Your child will then walk outside the building to his/her playground until the bell rings at 8:45 am.   If your child arrives after school begins, you must walk him/her into the front office and sign your child in for the day.  Our school secretaries will have a sign-in log available at the front desk.  Your child will then walk to his/her classroom.

2.  CHILD PICK UP

For those of you who pick your child up after school, please report to the front lobby.  If your child normally rides the bus, SEND A NOTE ADDRESSED TO THE TEACHER AND DATED indicating that you will be providing pick up.  PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE CLASSROOMS.   DO NOT GO TO THE BUS LOOP.  Wait in lobby.

It is important that we keep our hallways open at the end of the day so that we can exit the building efficiently and calmly.  The PK/K teachers will have assistants to walk students to the office for pick up.   ALL STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP PROMPTLY AT 3:45    Thank you for your help in this matter!

 

 

 

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School Safety Procedures

The safety and security of your children while they are at school is a top priority for me and the entire staff.  We have a number of procedures in place that help ensure that the classrooms, hallways and playground are safe at all times.
I have had parents ask me to outline the procedures with varies questions including our policies about the parent pick-up waiting area and the sign-in/sign out system.
I would like to make sure that you are familiar with all of these procedures and help you to also understand the purpose behind each procedure. These include:

  • Locked Doors: All doors are locked throughout the school day with the exception of the front door.   Students and staff are instructed to NOT ADMIT visitors who knock on doors.  If you visit the building, you must enter through the front door.
  • Drill Practices:   Lockdown (safe place within each room to protect ourselves from an intruder in the building, Fire Drill, Tornado Drill, Evacuation Drill (move to an alternative location in the event that our building becomes unsafe due to a fire, etc.)
  • Visitor sign-in/name badge: When visitors enter the building, they are required to sign in and apply a bright green name badge.  If staff notice a visitor without a badge, this person is greeted and asked to return to the front of the building to sign-in and retrieve a name badge.
  • Background checks: These forms are required for all parents and family members who volunteer and participate in field trips.
  • Waiting area for student pick-up:  We ask that all parents wait in the front lobby for student pick-up.  This eliminates congestion in the hallways.   If you bring a lunch for your child to school, we ask that you also wait in the front lobby.   The hallways are very congested and busy when the children are coming in from recess and preparing to walk to the lunchroom.
  • Playground Area for Students and Staff Only: This policy is in place to help staff monitor student playground activity during the short time they are on the playground.  All staff are 2-wayed enabling them to notify the office immediately if a child is hurt or a dangerous situation occurs.

We ask that parents and family members stay off the playground during the school day.  If you arrive for an early child pick up, go to the office and check in.  The secretaries will 2-way the staff supervising the playground.  Your child will be located and sent inside for pick up.

If you drop your child off before school, please send them to the playground. Please do not go onto the playground. Staff are required to approach all non-staff members and ask them to leave the playground.  This is a procedure that I have asked all staff to make a priority.

NOTE:  Exceptions to this policy are made for Field Day events and other special activities that are cleared by me, the building principal.  Teachers know to check with me if there is an event that would require parent support on the playground.

Thank you for your support of this policy and all those above.  We want you children to be safe and secure while at school!

Mrs. Reagan

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School Safety/Security Procedures

securityThe safety and security of your children while they are at school is a top priority for me and the entire staff.  We have a number of procedures in place that help ensure that the classrooms, hallways and playground are safe at all times.
I have had parents ask me to outline the procedures with varies questions including our policies about the parent pick-up waiting area and the sign-in/sign out system.
I would like to make sure that you are familiar with all of these procedures and help you to also understand the purpose behind each procedure.

These procedures include:

Locked Doors: All doors are locked throughout the school day with the exception of the front door.   Students and staff are instructed to NOT ADMIT visitors who knock on doors.  If you visit the building, you must enter through the front door.

Visitor sign-in/name badge: When visitors enter the building, they are required to sign in and apply a bright green name badge.  If staff notice a visitor without a badge, this person is greeted and asked to return to the front of the building to sign-in and retrieve a name badge.

Background checks: These are required for all parents and family members who volunteer and participate in field trips.

Waiting area for student pick-up: We ask that all parents wait in the front lobby for student pick-up.  This eliminates congestion in the hallways.   If you bring a lunch for your child to school, we ask that you also wait in the front lobby.   The hallways are very congested and busy when the children are coming in from recess and preparing to walk to the lunchroom.

Playground Area for Students and Staff Only: This policy is in place to help staff monitor student playground activity during the short time they are on the playground.  All staff are 2-wayed enabling them to notify the office immediately if a child is hurt or a dangerous situation occurs.

We ask that parents and family members stay off the playground during the school day.  If you arrive for an early child pick up, go to the office and check in.  The secretaries will 2-way the staff supervising the playground.  Your child will be located and sent inside for pick up.

If you drop your child off before school, please send them to the playground. Please do not go onto the playground. Staff are required to approach all non-staff members and ask them to leave the playground.  This is a procedure that I have asked all staff to make a priority.

NOTE:  Exceptions to this policy are made for Field Day events and other special activities that are cleared by me, the building principal.  Teachers know to check with me if there is an event that would require parent support on the playground.

Thank you for your support of this policy and all those above.  We want you children to be safe and secure while at school!

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 1/8/2016

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Blog Bits 1/8/2016

News from the office….

Well, for those of you that have been into school this week, you have seen our new entrance. We have heard some really positive feedback and we appreciate your patience as we work through new procedures! The new glass was installed today and that will make it warmer and brighter which will be great!

A couple new procedures are….

If you drive your child to school in the morning, use the front lot for drop off.  Do not drop your child off in the BUS LOOP area.  This is for busses only.

When your child arrives to school, s/he needs to walk directly to the playground.  Explain to your child that s/he cannot go through the building to the playground — all students must walk from the front loop to their playgrounds.

The front door can be used if:

  1. It is raining outside.
  2. Your child arrives after 8:45 am.

When you walk into the building, there are now three doors in lock position that prevent visitors from entering the academic area.  All visitors will be buzzed into the office to sign children in or out as well as for volunteering purposes. Thanks for your help with this!!

Mark your calendars also for Winter Break. There will be no school on Feb 8 and 9.

PTC News….

Meeting Date Change Our January Parent Club Meeting is no longer January 14.  The meeting date is January 28 @ 6:30 pm in the Media Center.

•It’s time to start collecting BOX TOPS to earn money for our school!  Our fall collection earned enough for a grade 2/3 GAGA PIT.  This will be installed this Box Topspring.

The Winter Box Top money will go toward funding projects that support materials for learning:  books, tech tools, online school learning programs and much more.

Download a fun WINTER BOX TOP COLLECTION FORM:  WinterHatsMittens BOX TOP FORM

We also have forms in the office and in a prior post.  We will take either form — also take box tops in bags.

DUE DATE FEBRUARY 15.

Thank you from Lori Simpson, Box Top Chairperson and the Parent Club Board

Marco’s Night January 20  Make it an easy supper night and order from Marco’s. The class that orders the most pizza will win a pizza party for their class and Marco’s also donates a portion of the proceeds back to the school.

Kindergarten For Next Year….

Kindergarten Registration packets will be available on Monday for you to pick up in the office or print off  of Hudsonville Public Schools website. Search enrollment in the search window.

Kindergarten Round Up will be the evening of March 1. Mark your calendars!

Early Childhood Open House….

HPS Early Childhood Programs Parent Information/Registration Night for the 2016/2017 School Year and 2016 Summer Programs will be Tuesday , January 19, 2016 at the Early Childhood Center from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. It is located at 5535 School Ave.Programs include 3 and 4 year old Preschool, Young Fives, Before/After School Care, and Summer Care.This is a chance to gather information about the programs, meet staff, and visit the preschool classrooms. There is no formal presentation; feel free to come anytime between 6 and 8. Children are welcome and activities will be provided.For more information, please call Shellie or Holly at 797-0842

Community News….

  • Car Seat Checks Offered At Hudsonville Fire Station
    Four-out-of-five car seats are improperly installed so the City of Hudsonville’s Fire
    Department is hosting a Car Seat Check on January 28 by partnering with Nationally 
    Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury 
    Prevention Program.
     
    The car seat checks will be available January 28 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at 3275 
    Central Blvd, Hudsonville, MI 49426.  
     
    All car seat inspections are free, but do require an appointment. A limited number of 
    low cost replacement car seats are available at all locations, for those who qualify. Children 
    who need a replacement seat must be present with parent or legal guardian.
     
    Interested individuals should visit www.spectrumhealth.org/injuryprevention-lakeshore.
    All safety checks require an appointment. Call 748.2285 to request at time.
    FREE Parenting Class
     
    Do your kids drive you crazy sometimes? Well you certainly are not alone! Raising children and teenagers is one of the most difficult things we will ever do. That’s why it makes sense to come join us for an awesome parenting class that begins on Thursday, January 14th, at the Baldwin Street Middle School. The class will help you sharpen your parenting skills in areas such as discipline and communication, and much more. It is taught by a parenting professional who is a parent himself. He will bring you a wealth of practical “school of hard knocks” information that will help parents of all backgrounds with kids of all ages. You will both learn and have fun at the same time. The class is 10 weeks long and runs from 6:00 to 8:00. For more information or to register, please contact Howard at (616) 396-2301 x145 or hmatthews@pathwaysmi.org. The class is FREE and is sponsored by Pathways, MI.
    Please read the attached flyer in regards to Hudsonville Hockey Student Night.  It is THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 and the game starts at 5:30pm!!  You
    hockeymay want to get there early, the first 200 students can get a package deal with some cool “extras”!! The flyer is attached with all of the details. Thank you!! Hockey Flyer

 

 

   
    baseball pic •Hudsonville Little League Sign-Ups for Spring 2016 Season
        Visit HudsonvilleLittleLeague.com to register now!
        Deadline is January 13
        For questions: contact registrations@hudsonvillelittleleague.com or leave message at 893-9313
Community Ed News….
Click here to view the latest offerings with class descriptions, dates, and cost. You can also click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.
Upcoming Events….
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Our First Week of School for 2013-14

Beautiful Beckett Children
Beautiful Beckett Children

The staff at Georgetown is so excited to be back to school!  We loved seeing you at the OPEN HOUSES this past week.  I have included a few of my photos in this post.  You can also check out the photo stream (which grows through the year) on the ride sidebar.

During the past two weeks, teachers spent their days in classes learning new strategies for teaching and learning.  The school was

Where is my Tomato Girl?
Where is my Tomato Girl?

buzzing with conversations about how to meet the needs of our many ability learners and in the background you could hear the lawn mower running, the floor polisher humming and the copy machine JAMMING!  All the normal sounds are back!

Many thanks to our Head Custodian, Mr. Rob Thurkettle and his team for preparing our grounds, the hallways and classrooms this past summer.  Our building is headed into it’s 8th year but because of Mr. Rob’s attention to detail, it looks brand new!

As you prepare for the year, we want you to be aware of these procedure changes.

  • BUS PASSES for Grades 1-5:  Please read through the information on this page.  Children will not be permitted to change busses unless it has been approved by the TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR.   We need you to go through this process so that we are not put in the position of disappointing your child during the day.  We will not allow children to get on a different bus unless  we have permission from Transportation–which they can only provide if you go through the process of requesting a change and this must be done before 10 am the day of the change.
  • Parking for PICK UP:  The front loop will be closed in for end of the day pick up due to the number of busses for dismissal.  We will have five special education busses in the front loop allowing room for our 8-9 general education busses in the rear loop.  Please do not use the front loop for pick up. All parents will be directed to park in the lot next to the fenced K/1 playground.  Mrs. VandenBerg (librarian), Mrs. VanOoyen (one of our invaluable parapros) and myself will be out in front to help direct traffic so that we can help with this new plan.
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Grandma Dewitt and Samantha

For all of you who are sending your child off to school (or Georgetown) for the first time, know that we will do our very best to take care of your child.  They may not eat all of their lunch on the first day and maybe not the second, but it will get better.  If it doesn’t let us know so we can help out.  I am always happy to sit down at lunch and help a child feel more comfortable at school.

Here’s to a wonderful week!

Warmly, Mrs. Reagan

PS:  Friday is our first home football game at Eagle Stadium.  Wear Blue and Gold or your Eagle wear to get in the fall spirit.

 

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The Library is Open!

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OPEN LIBRARY DAY!

On Tuesday, July 26 our library will be open from 10am – 12 pm.   We would love to see you and help you discover some good reads for these hot summer days!

Mrs. Quigley, Mrs. Burdis and Mrs. Stadt will be greeting readers and checking books in and out.

Here are photos of a few summer readers:

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Class Lists on the Blogs!

class listsThe class lists have been finalized!  If you look at your child’s report card (mailed to your home on June 13), you will see their teacher for the 2011-12 year listed in the comment section.

If you are new to Georgetown, simply check your child’s grade below by visiting each teacher and searching the lists in that grade for your child’s name.

By clicking the teacher’s name below, you will be taken to the class list for this teacher. Be sure to come back to this site to find the link to the class blog.

While visiting the teacher’s blog, sign up for email updates.  Also bookmark the blog address so that you can find it easily throughout the summer and next year.

School supply lists will be posted to the blogs on July 1. The August blog posts will include information about the open house schedule and much more!

Finally, be sure sign up for email updates on this blog–the host site for the classroom blogs and main site for school news.

I hope your summer is off to a great start!

Mrs. Reagan

*NOTE: NO CHANGES CAN BE MADE TO CLASS LISTS.  We have worked many hours with feedback from you and the teachers to create these lists keeping in mind the best needs of the learners and the gifts that each teacher brings to the classroom environment each year.

LInk to Classroom Blogs

These are also found on the left sidebar of this blog.

Link to 2011-12 Class Lists

These are also posted on each

teacher’s blog.

 


 

 

 

1st – New Teacher’s Class List
(To Be Announced Soon)