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Georgetown Family Service Project

We are a Georgetown family who feels incredibly blessed during this time of economic stress in West Michigan. For this reason, we have decided to share our resources in an area where there is a great need in our school. We are asking, most humbly, and as you are able, if you will join us in this pursuit. We attend Fair Haven Ministries, and through a special project called the Kingdom Assignment inspired originally by Leesa and Denny Bellesi and then replicated in many other ways through a concept called Pay It Forward (as seen on Oprah in 2006).    We have decided to use our money in a similar way to help families in need at our own school.

The greatest need of Georgetown families at this time is for food. Some families are unable to qualify for free or reduced lunches because of their income, but at the same time, the money they do receive is going to pay mortgages and bills. There are also many children who come to school without snacks, leaving them hungry as they are trying to learn.

Up to this point, there has been a group of very committed teachers and staff who have been pooling their own money to address this concern. We are hoping that we can multiply their generous donations through this blog posting.

Again, if you are able, we would appreciate any donations of gift cards to food stores. Meijer, Family Fare, D & W Fresh Market and WalMart come to mind, but there may be others that you can think of. The gift cards can be dropped off at the Georgetown school office at any time during regular school hours (8:30 to 4:00). Please mark any donations as follows: SPRING SERVICE PROJECT. Please know that you can also purchase gift cards through out PTC scrip program. If you have questions about how to do this, contact Carrie Clark-Berry (csclarkberry@comcast.net).

Thank you so much for your consideration and your support of this Spring Service Project. Know that you will be helping our Georgetown families in this difficult time.

The Shereda Family

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Blog Bits 12/6/2019

Blog Bits 12/6/2019

News From the Office…

We hope everyone enjoyed some extra time off with friends and families! Not much to report here at school other than we have a busy couple weeks coming up! The Holiday Program and Holiday Shop will keep us busy and then we will be to our next break. We are off starting Dec 23 and back on Monday Jan 6. Have a great weekend!

Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on Dec 13. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Dec 13. If your child is a car rider, please be at school between 12:10 and 12:15 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination.  The cost will be $2.25.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

PTC News…

Dec. 12 – Jet’s Pizza Night

Dec. 13 – Popcorn Friday

Dec. 16 – 20 -Holiday Shop, Its that time of year again! Our annual Holiday Shop is upon us and we are in need of Special Volunteers to help make this another fun and exciting event for our kids. Thank you in advance for all of your help, it is greatly appreciated as this event would not be possible without our amazing volunteers. Use this link to get to the sign up page! Please email Erin Fredricks @ krebille@hotmail.com with any questions Or Text @229-5061

5th Grade News…

The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here!

The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Wednesday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 18.The cost for each candy cane is $1.00, and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you for your support, and happy holidays!

Music News…

The Holiday Program will be held on Dec 12. Click this link for more information!

What time do students need to be there?
Students need to report to their assigned classroom 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.

  • 6:30 – 7:00   K-2nd     (Students report at 6:15)
  • 7:45 – 8:15   3rd-5th   (Students report at 7:30)

Order your Holiday Program DVD.

They are $15.00 each.  Checks made payable to WCET.

Complete this form and return to office.

Holiday DVD Order Form

Community News…

•2020 Hudsonville Boys Youth Lacrosse Registration is Now Open! 

Registration ends on January 31, 2020.

Pre-K through 2nd-grade registration fee is $95.  All Pre-K through 2nd grade receive a free lacrosse stick to keep and will be provided equipment to use throughout the season.

3rd through 8th-grade registration fee is $200.

For additional information, please go to www.hudslax.com or email timmcaleece@gmail.com

•International Experience USA (iE-USA) is a non-profit high school student exchange organization approved by the US Department of State and we are seeking host families in the Hudsonville area for the upcoming school year. We have a number of amazing kids coming to study in America in the fall, and we’d love the opportunity to help find the perfect fit for your family. 
 
To learn more about our students and the application process, contact Sarah Boucher at s.boucher@international-experience.net or visit us on the web at www.iE-USA.org  

Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.

Upcoming Events

 

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Blog Bits 11/22/2019

Blog Bits 11/22/2019

News From the Office…

It has been busy at school and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving coming up! Thank you to all the parents that came to parent teacher conferences! It is great to see the parent support for the kids here! We want to give a huge shout out to Mrs. Fredricks, Mrs. Becker, and Mrs. Smith for organizing the teacher dinner for conferences and to all who donated food for this! It is greatly appreciated, looked amazing, and was delicious!

We also had book fair this week so the library was busy as well! Thank you to Audrey Straub for organizing this big event and to all who volunteered their time to help with this! It is a big event that the kids love and would not be possible without all of your help!!

Looking ahead, we wanted to give you the dates for Thanksgiving Break. We will only have a 2 day week next week. We will be off next week Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 29. We will be back to school on Monday, Dec 2.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on Dec 13. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Dec 13. If your child is a car rider, please be at school between 12:10 and 12:15 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination.  The cost will be $2.25.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

PTC News…

Dec. 5 – PTC Meeting in the Library starting at 6:30. We would love to have parents come and get involved with what is going on around school!

Dec. 12 – Jet’s Pizza Night

Dec. 13 – Popcorn Friday

Dec. 16 – Holiday Shop, more information will be posted on how you can help soon!

Holiday Program and DVD Order…

The Holiday Program will be held on Dec 12. A separate blog post with all details will come out soon!

What time do students need to be there?
Students need to report to their assigned classroom 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.

  • 6:30 – 7:00   K-2nd     (Students report at 6:15)
  • 7:45 – 8:15   3rd-5th   (Students report at 7:30)

Order your Holiday Program DVD.

They are $15.00 each.  Checks made payable to WCET.

Complete this form and return to office.

Holiday DVD Order Form

PE News…

Thank you to all who participated in PE CARES!! We had our best year yet and collected 4,817 items!!! The class that brought in the most was Mr. Kooikers class! They will get to go bowling and get a t-shirt! Again, thank you for participating! That will help so many people!

Community News…

•IT’ THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR IN HUDSONVILLE

Hudsonville is celebrating its 26th annual Holiday Parade on November 23rd at 10 am. The parade, sponsored by Sunset Retirement Communities, takes off from Pinnacle Center Drive and will travel north on 32 nd Ave, ending on school street off of Central Blvd. Immediately following the parade, there will be a Christmas celebration held at Terra Square filled with Santa and Mrs. Claus, kid’s activities, cookies, and hot chocolate. This is an excellent opportunity to welcome in the holidays with your family and neighbors! Look for floats, horses, snow dogs, trucks, bands, and more in the Hudsonville Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 23.

Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.

Upcoming Events

 

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Early Release Friday

Tomorrow is early release Friday, Nov, 15. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Nov 15. If your child is a car rider, please be at school by 12:10 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination.  The cost will be $2.25.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

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Blog Bits 11/8/2019

Blog Bits 11/8/2019

News From the Office…

Thank you to all that voted this week and helped make the bond proposal successful!

Parent teacher conferences will be going on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20. You should have received an email about when your time is. The book fair will also be going on Nov. 18 thru Nov. 22. You can shop on Monday and Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 after school during conferences. A huge thank you to Audrey Straub for organizing the book fair and we appreciate all of the volunteers that help in various ways throughout the week!

Thanksgiving break will be here before we know it. We will be off Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Nov. 27-29 and we will be back at school on Monday, Dec 2.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on Nov 15. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Nov. 15. If your child is a car rider, please be at school between 12:10 and 12:15 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination.  The cost will be $2.25.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

PTC News…

Nov. 14 – Jet’s Pizza Night

Nov. 15 – Popcorn Friday

Nov. 18 thru 22 – Fall Book Fair!

The PTC is looking for volunteers to help with the book fair! It will be going on from Nov. 18 thru 22. Please use the link below to sign up to volunteer. Thank you for signing up and helping out!!

https://signup.com/go/phDJhQd

PE News…

The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 6.  We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
 (please no ramen noodles)
The food drive will continue until Nov. 21.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive.  The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.
This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering

Music News…

Save the date!! The Holiday Program will be held on Dec 12. Mark your calendars!
Art News…
ArtPrize art project help and donations! Another call for help!
We are still looking for people who are willing to donate materials for our students’ upcoming 2020 ArtPrize entry. In 2017, Hudsonville Public Schools’ students won their category and we are going to enter again next year! If you or someone you know would be willing to donate wooden boards to our school, we need 1X4 and 2×4 (untreated) primed or unprimed boards. Each student at our school in grades K-5 will be creating artwork on their own board which will be joined together with our other K-12 Hudsonville Public Schools student artworks!
If you can donate boards (we still need about 400+ pieces for our school alone) could you please email Meagan Chmura (our art teacher) at mchmura@hpseagles.netThanks so much for supporting our art program!
Community News…
•Hudsonville Eagles Aquatics Team to Host Free Swim Night!
The Hudsonville Eagles Aquatic Teams (HEAT) will be hosting a FREE swim night for your child to come and learn more about joining this competitive swim team. 
All elementary and middle school kids are welcome to join us on Friday, November 8, from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Hudsonville Competition Pool, 3370 Allen St.
Students must have a parent/guardian present during the free swim event.
For more information, please visit hudsonvllepublicschools.org or contact
Aquatics Director, Ian Koes at ikobes@hpseagles.net
or HEAT Head Coach Michaela Rookus at mrookus@hpseagles.net
•IT’ THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR IN HUDSONVILLE

Hudsonville is celebrating its 26th annual Holiday Parade on November 23rd at 10 am. The parade, sponsored by Sunset Retirement Communities, takes off from Pinnacle Center Drive and will travel north on 32nd Ave, ending on school street off of Central Blvd. Immediately following the parade, there will be a Christmas celebration held at Terra Square filled with Santa and Mrs. Claus, kid’s activities, cookies, and hot chocolate. This is an excellent opportunity to welcome in the holidays with your family and neighbors! Look for floats, horses, snow dogs, trucks, bands, and more in the Hudsonville Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 23.

•Hudsonville Youth Girls Lacrosse Stick Skills Clinic ~ Join Us!

Monday Nights Nov. 4 – Dec 16
6-7 PM for 3-6 grades
7-8 PM for 7-8 grades
Location: Jamestown Upper Elementary School, 3291 Lincoln St.
$25.00 for all sessions
Please E-mail us at HudsonGirlsYouthLax@gmail.com to sign up or if you have questions.
Please follow our Facebook page to get information about upcoming events. Search for Hudsonville Girls Lacrosse 
An informational meeting for the spring season will be held at Jamestown Upper Elementary on December 16, from 8 – 8:30 p.m. ~ Please mark your calendars!

Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.

Upcoming Events

 

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Caring for our Families and our Community: PE CARES FOOD DRIVE

The annual PE CARES FOOD DRIVE will be starting on November 6.  This is a project that is organized by the district’s physical education teachers who partner with Hudsonville’s Love INC.
What do we NEED asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
NO RAMEN NOODLES.
The food drive will continue until Nov. 21.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive.  The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a PE CARES T-SHIRT.
This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering
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Michigan Children’s Protection Agency

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography, illegal drug and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching your email address and cell number via text. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families.

As a strong supporter of this Registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for this program and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect their children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com and keep your family safe.

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Blog Bits 10/25/2019

Blog Bits 10/25/2019

News From the Office…

We have a few things coming up in the next few weeks that will be keeping us busy!  Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Halloween parties will be taking place on Thursday, Oct. 31 and each class will be at different times. If you are volunteering at a party you MUST have a background check on file.  You can do this electronically found on the tab at the top of the page. Please do that ASAP so there is time to get those completed. Only parents that are volunteering to run a party will be on the list for check in. We have to limit the number of people coming for parking, space in classrooms, and safety. Thank you for understanding! Email your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the party. Parent teacher conferences will be going on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20. You will be getting an email about when your time is. Last, but not least the book fair is going on Nov. 18 thru Nov. 22. You can shop on Monday and Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 after school during conferences. A huge thank you to Audrey Straub for organizing the book fair and we appreciate all of the volunteers that help in various ways throughout the week!

Thanksgiving break will be here before we know it. We will be off Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Nov. 27-29 and we will be back at school on Monday, Dec 2.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on Nov 15. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Nov. 15. If your child is a car rider, please be at school between 12:10 and 12:15 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination.  The cost will be $2.25.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

Picture Retakes…

If your child was not here for picture day, retake day is set for Tuesday, Oct. 29.  We have extra picture forms in the office if you need one for retakes. If you didn’t like your child’s picture when they came home and you would like them to have retakes, simply send in the picture packet with your child on the day of retakes.  Your child will bring it to the ladies taking the pictures and they will be all set. Thank you!!

PTC News…

Nov. 14 – Jet’s Pizza Night

Nov. 18 thru 22 – Fall Book Fair! More information will be coming home soon along with a sign up for volunteers!! Stay tuned for more details…

PE News…

Turkey Trot, October 29, 2019.
Race bags went home yesterday, please take a look inside and read the information printed on the bright orange sheet with the map on it.
Also, we are changing things up a little for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  They need to STAY in the stands until they are called down to the start line.
If you missed the deadline to register, you can go to late registration on Oct. 29 at 4:30.  Shirts are on a first come first serve basis..
Music News…
Save the date!! The Holiday Program will be held on Dec 12. Mark your calendars!

Girls On The Run…

This is a 10 week program that will be held after school on Mondays and Wednesdays for 90 minutes per day in the Spring. Practices will start the first week in March and the program ends with a 5K celebration for all of the coaches and participants in June. The cost of the GOTR program is $150. It is a great program for all levels of ability and a great way to make new friends, be on a team, and learn about healthy habits emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically!

If you didn’t get a paper home, let us know and we can send one to you. If you have any questions about the program, our coach will be Aubrey VanSlyke. Her email is aubreyvanslyke83@gmail.com

Aubrey is also looking for some moms to help out! If you would be willing to help, please email her to let her know!!

Vote…

Looking to the future of Hudsonville Public Schools, the Board of Education is asking the community to vote on a school bond proposal Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

If approved by voters, NO TAX RATE INCREASE is expected for Hudsonville Public Schools property owners. The bond proposal would provide district-wide improvements and focuses on GROWING, INVESTING, and CONNECTING Hudsonville Public Schools. To learn more about the bond proposal please visit the District website at www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org

Community News…

•Fall Fest
Jamestown Harbor Church will be hosting a Fall Fest for the community on Saturday, October 26, from 1-3 pm at Jamestown Lower Elementary School.  The event will include carnival games, face painting, costume contest, cake walk, family photo booth, snacks and drinks, and of course lots of candy!  We’d invite you to join us for this free family event!
•Candy Land Halloween Event at Jenison Bible Church.
October 31 from 6-8 pm. 
This is an indoor and completely free event for our community.  Come follow the Candy Land trail and collect candy.  When finished, you will end at a carnival with lots of games, prizes, bounce houses, face painting, craft, photo booth, door prizes, cake walk, and Magic Shows at 6:30 & 7:15.  Come get out of the cold and (maybe) rain or snow and enjoy some warm, indoor fun for your family!
•Hudsonville Eagles Aquatics Team to Host Free Swim Night!
The Hudsonville Eagles Aquatic Teams (HEAT) will be hosting a FREE swim night for your child to come and learn more about joining this competitive swim team. 
All elementary and middle school kids are welcome to join us on Friday, November 8, from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Hudsonville Competition Pool, 3370 Allen St.
Students must have a parent/guardian present during the free swim event.
For more information, please visit hudsonvllepublicschools.org or contact
Aquatics Director, Ian Koes at ikobes@hpseagles.net
or HEAT Head Coach Michaela Rookus at mrookus@hpseagles.net

Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.

Upcoming Events

 

 

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Early Release Friday 10/18

Tomorrow is early release Friday, Oct. 18. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Sept 20. If your child is a car rider, please be at school by 12:10 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination.  The cost will be $2.25.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.