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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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Weekly Events, 3/9/09

This past weekend felt wonderful…sunshine and 60 degrees (F) on Friday and rain to wash away the snow on Saturday and Sunday.  I hope you had a wonderful “winter” break.  Counting down to the Spring Equinox on March 20.

This upcoming week, we have a busy instructional schedule!  The 3rd and 5th grade students will be taking standardized tests (Iowa and CoGat).  Our fourth and fifth grade have field trips.  Check the list below for dates this week.  Check the school calendar to the right for upcoming dates.

Mrs. Reagan

  • Mon 3/9 Day 1:  Iowa/Cogat Testing Begins:  Grades 3 & 5  (All week)
  • Tues 3/10  Day 2:  Lansing Trip:  4th Grade;  Symphony Trip:  5th Grade; Music Therapy:  ECSE, CI
  • Wed 3/11:  Day 3
  • Thurs 3/12:  Day 1
  • Fri  3/13:  Day 2:  TTH K;  Reading Counts Party;  Mother/Son Event:  Lost City
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Blog Spotlight

I would like to highlight a very special blog this week:  Families that Blog Together, Learn Together.  This site matches Georgetown families with Raey Guang families — the intent of fostering an appreciation and understanding of one anothers family lives.  Our sister school, Raey Guang Elementary, is in Pingtung, Taiwan.

Michele DeWinter, a parent and paraprofessional in our school, is responsible for creating, hosting and managing this blog.  She has matched families and creatively works to overcome the communication barriers (English vs Mandarin).

A Raey Guang teacher, Chia Pin Chen, recently added a class post to our Blogpal site.  The post helps us to learn about their interests–foods, activities, and pets!  Please take time to read the post and leave comments sharing your interests.  In addition, Chia Pin Chen, created a class blog with photos of the children in his class.  This blog is in early stages of development, but very much worth a visit.

We look forward to sharing all that we learn about our friends in Pingtung, Taiwain through our blogs.

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Meet our Friends in Pingtung, Taiwan!

I would like to invite you to visit our school blog that brings together two schools, thousands of miles apart: BLOGPALS. You will find an entry from our sister school, Raey Guang.  A Year Six teacher, Chia Pin Chen, created a blog post on our site.  In addition, Mr. Chia Pin Chen has also created his own class blog that has photos of some of his students.

This has taken perserverence from both schools–one that speaks English only and another that speaks Mandarin with some English.  Please visit the blog and ready entries from our sister school students.  Mrs. Reagan

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Basket Winners!

I am happy to announce the winners of the 2009 Basket Fundraiser. The winners were drawn on Thursday, March 5 during a staff meeting.  Each teacher selected one winner for their class.  If you are one of the lucky winners, you can pick your basket up beginning Monday, March 9.  The baskets are being stored in our Media Center.  The school is open from 8 am to 4 pm daily.

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to everyone for contributing items and donating.  Huge basket loads of thanks to Michelle Wieringa and Angel Trumen for organizing the basket event.  A total of $1,620 was raised! The money earned will go toward supporting the wonderful events sponsored by our PTC.

  • Tom Stutz in Mrs. Kuieck’s Classroom:  Winner of Mr. Gort’s Sports Basket
  • Cierra Nieboer in Mrs. Greenlund’s Classroom:  Winner of the Chocolate Lover’s Basket
  • Shelly Weller (parapro in Mrs. Van’s room):  Winner of the Mrs. McDonald Crunchie Munchies Basket
  • Allison Bochenek in Mrs. Boersma’s Room:  Winner of the Mrs. Bouwens’ Game Night Basket
  • Mrs. Claire Boersma, 4th Grade Teacher:  Winner of the Tastefully Simple Basket
  • Jenny Warkentien in Mrs. Flory’s Class:  Winner of the ECSE Disney Basket
  • Marley Persch in Mrs. Bohl’s Class:  Winner of Mrs. Woodring’s Beach Basket
  • Alexa Garnet Winner of Miss VanArkel’s Man’s Best Friend Basket
  • Mrs. Becky VanSomeren, Eagle’s Nest Director:  Winner of The Avon Basket
  • Michelle Wieringa:  Winner of Mrs. Greenlund’s Coffee Lover’s Basket
  • Taylor Truman in Mr. Bowen’s Class:  Winner of Mrs. Flory’s Arts & Craft’s Basket
  • Julie Rabideau (Mrs. Flory’s GVSU Student Assistant):  Winner of Mrs. Stadt’s Road to Reading Basket
  • Carson Price in Mr. Bowen’s Class:  Winner of Mr. Bowen’s Sports Basket
  • Alyssa Ritz in Mrs. Bouwens’ Class:  Winner of Mrs. Huizenga’s Party Time Basket
  • Kyle Fox in Mrs. Jurewicz’s Class:  Winner of Mrs. Jurewicz’s Movie Night Basket
  • Cason O’Connell in Mrs. Quigley’s Class:  Winner of Mrs. Veldman’s Birthday Basket
  • Hannah Arnson in Miss Burmeister’s Class:  Winner of Mrs. Quigley’s Scrapbooking Basket
  • Brendan Ham in Mrs. Kuieck’s Class:  Winner of Mrs. Boersma’s Camping Basket
  • Kate Stacey in Mrs. Burdis’ Class: Winner of the American Girl Basket
  • Audrey Persch in Mrs. Flory’s Class:  Winner of Mrs. Kuieck’s Arts & Crafts Basket
  • Meg Martinez in Mrs. Huizenga’s Class:  Winner of Miss Burmeister’s Movie Night Basket
  • Bryce Akins in Mrs. Jurewicz’s Class:  Winner of Mrs. Estefan’s Dad’s Car Care Basket
  • Aaron Johnson in Mrs. Boersma’s Class:  Winner of Mrs. Nederveld’s Scrapbooking  Basket
  • Mrs. Jennifer Sadler (parapro in Mrs. Murphy’s ECSE Class):  Winner of Mrs. Bohl’s Gardening Basket
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Reading Counts Party: March 13

From Angie Roon, our PTC Reading Counts Chairperson:  On Friday, March 13th there will be 297 students who have reached their Reading Counts goal for this marking period and will be attending the Reading Counts “Outer Space” Party!  Congratulations!

These students will enjoy a special “outer space” presentation by the Grand Rapids Public Museum literacy program called, Read and Connect. This special presentation will include having the museum’s historical interpreter dressed in full costume as astronaut, Sally Ride.  Students will even be able to touch a piece of the thermal panel from an actual space shuttle, a tektite and a meteorite. Plus, they will be able to see some personal items of our local astronaut hero, Roger B. Chaffee. Lastly, students will be able to sample food that the astronauts would have when they are in outer space!  (NOTE: A copy of the full ingredients on each packet of the astronaut food that will be tested by the students will be available.) A special thank you to the GR Public Museum for providing this program to schools like ours!

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Connect With Kids Website

I would like to make you aware of a helpful website for parents and teachers:  CONNECT WITH KIDS. Each week, different topics are addressed about learning, parenting, nutrition and safety – issues all of us try to stay informed about so we can continue to support the children in our lives.

The topics this week include:

Which Battles Should You Pick?:  Why do some kids take daring risks and choose dangerous games and pranks?  A new study from Temple University suggests that some kids have an unlucky combination in their brain: with thrills and dangers, a part of their brain gets stimulated while, at the same time, the self‑control part of the brain is less active.  The challenge for parents: knowing what risks are acceptable and which ones are not.

Teen Depression: Research from Columbia University finds that nearly half of all 19 to 25 year olds suffer from some type of psychiatric disorder: depression, anxiety, phobias, or addiction. Some of the disorders are mild and some are not. Why are so many kids suffering and what can parents do to help.

Too Much Multitasking: Researchers at UCLA analyzed more than 50 studies on learning and technology.  Among their many findings was one about multitasking‑ how much do students learn when they’re doing homework if they’re also texting, blogging, checking emails, and listening to their iPod? Their conclusion: not a whole lot.

The Junk Food Trap: Researchers at UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research report that a parent’s diet has a powerful influence on their kids’ diet. For example, when parents eat fruits and vegetables, their kids are sixteen times more likely to do the same, compared to kids whose parents seldom eat fruits and veggies. It seems you are what you eat … and so are your kids!

Foreign Body in Nose (ER):  Green peas, small toys, pieces of crayon, erasers, beads, wads of paper‑ little children can pick up any of these and in a fraction of a second, swallow it or stick it in their nose. And then a few hours later the child ends up in the ER.

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