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Pink Week is Here!

Ashley Tiesman, a fourth grader in Mrs. Jurewicz’s class is hosting PINK WEEK. This service project is being done to honor breast cancer survivors and to raise money for research to prevent cancer.  You can support this cause by buying a Susan G. Komen product and wearing PINK on Friday, May 1.  To find out more, visit this link:  PINK

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Weekly Events, 4/27/09

We have many events scheduled this week–and most of them are not on this list.  This is an overview of school events, so please visit your child’s class blog for event details that pertain to that grade or class.  Mrs. Nurenberg does an outstanding job updating the google school calendar to the right.  Please check this for event details as well.  Please note:  The recess games have taken the place of our All School Field Day.  Grades 4/5 will have their field day on June 2 at the BMS stadium.  PK and K teachers will also be holding their own very special field days the final week of school.  Details can be found on their blogs.

Mon 4/27  Day 3                                                                                                                                         Happy Monday!                                                                                                                                      Mileage Club Continues
Tues 4/28  Day 1
Recess Game Training-TTH K Classes
Music Therapy:  ECSE, CI in MPR 1:30-3:00 pm

Wed  4/29  Day 2
ART SHOW Georgetown Reception at Park (5:30-7:30 pm)

Thurs 4/30 Day 3
Young Author’s Day-Calvin College

Friday 5/1  Day 1
Poetry Academy:  1 pm with Mrs. Bast and some incredible 3rd Graders

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Special Blog Feature: Peter Pappas About Our Student Writers

We were featured as a “writing school” to check out by Peter Pappas, a national educational consultant. Mr. Pappas left a comment on our school blog about our fabulous student writers and also highlighted us on his blog as a school that publishes student writing!  This was exciting and flattering news to receive on the eve of our upcoming JUST WRITE celebration, May 4-8.

You can check our Mr. Pappa’s post at:  COPY PASTE

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Celebrating Our MEAP Scores

The Michigan Department of Education has finally given us permission to release our MEAP scores.  These were published in the press last week, and I would like to share our results with you!  You can view this year scores in comparison to 2006 and 2007 by clicking on the attached document:  MEAP Results 08

We are very proud of the way in which our students performed.  We opened our school in the fall of 2006–with students coming from 7 + different schools (with varied curriculum and instruction) and staff from 4 + schools.  You can see that each year, our curriculum approach has tightened and this is evident by scores that have gone up every year, and scores that remain in the 90% percentile ranking.  The teachers at Georgetown are focused on best practice instruction and our students in all grades put their very best in working hard and learning well!  We are very proud of them.

We have focused very intensively on writing these past three years.  We have celebrated every gain and have noticed that our students have improved exponentially on their school writing assessments.  In some cases, we have seen students improve their scores low to high within one year.  This is due to our work on the craft of writing (Lucy Calkin’s Writing Program) and our focus on student’s owning their writing progress (rubric bases assessment).

We have, however, been very frustrated by the scores we have received from the state.  Although the state has shown that we have improved, none (that means zero) of our students have received a proficient score of ONE (1) in spite of their incredible improvement on our assessments.  It is important to note that throughout our district, not ONE student received a proficient score in grades 3-8.

As a teacher of writing, a writing trainer, and an advocate for writing to teach other subjects, I have been extremely frustrated with the inconsistent writing results.  I was even more frustrated when I found out that student papers received only one reading last year.  In the past, papers received a reading by two assessors–and any papers that had a discrepant score were read by another assessor.

I was happy to hear that our state Superintendent Mike Flanagan listened to many of our concerns about these results that lacked reliability and integrity.  The writing portion of the MEAP will be re-evaluated and retooled so that the results indicate true writing strengths beginning in the fall of 2010.  To find out more about the flaws in the writing assessment, read this excellent article by a west Michigan parent and writer.

Writing will be a focus of improvement at our school in all grades, every year.  We are amazed by the writing (essays, memoirs, personal narratives and poetry) that our students in grades K-5 are producing.  To view their published work, visit our school storefront at In addition, we will be celebrating our writing school wide the week of May 4th with stories published on lockers, walls, and monitors.  We will be reading stories over the intercom and performing stories with a star studded cast.  More about this event is found here:  JUST WRITE. Remember, if you have something to say…JUST WRITE!

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Week’s Events, 4/20/09

As Mrs. Nurenberg mention in the FTO’s, there are just 33 days left of school!  While some may be counting down, others are feeling anxious with so much to do in such a short amount of time.  There are many events that will be taking place, so please check this blog and your child’s classroom blog for detail events. Remember, if you look at the first few posts and don’t find what you need, type what you are looking for in the search area.  All posts are tagged with key words to help you easily find posts at all times.

This weeks events are as follows:

Mon 4/20  Day 1
Happy Monday!
Mileage Club Continues
Play to Learn in MPR @ 9 am

Tues 4/21  Day 2
Music Therapy:  ECSE, CI in MPR 1:30-3:00 pm

Wed  4/22  Day 3
Happy Wednesday
Thurs 4/23  Day 1
Happy Thursday

Friday 4/24  Day 2
ECSE To Meijer Gardens
Recess Game Training:   Non-competitive, inclusive games for all children, all grades!

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Happy First Friday back from Spring Break!

OKAY are you ready for this….. ONLY 33 more school days left!!  Let’s get the countdown started!  : )

Now down to business….just an FYI that the Hudsonville Public Schools Elementary Art Show is taking place at the end of the month, so don’t forget.  It will be held at Park Elementary in the Community Room starting Monday, April 27 and going through Thursday, April 30.  Georgetown Elementary’s reception night is Wednesday, April 29 5:30-7:30p.

5th Grade Parents – Please be reminded that Baldwin Street Middle School will be holding its 6th Grade Parent/Student Orientation Night on Monday, May 4, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  On this night parents and students will meet the administrators and counselors.  They will also learn about the academic, exploratory, prime time, and extended opportunity programs, and have ample time to ask questions.  The Orientation Night schedule is as follows:

7:00-7:45 – Overview of Middle School Program
7:45-8:00 – Q&A Session
8:00-8:30 – Opportunity to tour the building
If you have questions, please contact BMS at 669-7750.

**Please do not forget to view our calendar on the right hand side of the blog.  This will have our calendar of dates for important events through the rest of the year.

A very important date to put on your calendar…..The Spring Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 1p-4p.  Wristbands will be $7 and this will allow you to participate in all of the games and includes popcorn, snowcones, and cotton candy!!!  SWEET!!  : )

A reminder that you can still order Scrip but we are not selling “on‑hand” after school on Fridays anymore.  Contact Carrie Clark-Berry directly if you are  interested in purchasing anything “on‑hand” at

Jenison/Hudsonville Cancer Support Group is honored to be a part of this fine community!  We are so thankful to the many who support our neighbors with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.  In keeping with this tradition, our group supports families who are experiencing the shock of a recent diagnosis or the effects of on‑going treatments for cancer.  Children’s Support Members:  Jim and Jean Krzewski, Evan and Linda Iacoboni and Bruce and Sheri Malone.  Adult Support Members:  Sarah and Tim Huizen, Tari and John Koziatek and Shirley and Gary Kerkstra.  These families represent only a tiny fraction of those in our community who have experienced cancer in their immediate families.  We want to help!  If you are in need of support, please call 662‑ 0951.  Thank you!
Is your daughter going into 1st-8th grade next fall and interested in cheerleading?  Hudsonville Rocket Cheerleading will be having their sign‑up date on Saturday, May 16th.  Registration will be held at the Hudsonville High School Cafeteria from 9:00a.m- 12:00 p.m.  The cost of registration is $50 and includes an end of the year banquet and trophy.  An additional uniform cost applies for those that do not have one.  Used uniforms will be available for the 1st‑6th graders on a first‑come, first‑serve basis.  The season runs from mid‑August until late October.  The 1st‑6th grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Youth Football games, and the 7th & 8th grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Club Football games.  If you have questions about the program, please contact us.  E‑mail or call coach Britni at 616‑634‑9580 or coach Katy at 616‑826‑ 6148.  We look forward to seeing you at registration!

Please see the attached forms in regards to a couple of other events being offered.  One is Cartoon Creations offered to boys and girls in grades 2-6.  Contact Community Ed with questions at 669-7747 Ext. #3.  The other event is a Ladies Weekend with scrapbooking and a craft fundraiser.  This is being sponsored by the Hudsonville Cheer Program.  If you have any questions in regards to this event contact Amanda Cooper @ 896-1920 or

Have a great weekend and enjoy the spring like weather!!   : )
Mrs. Nurenberg

20 Play to Learn
21 Marco’s Pizza Night
22 5th Gr Parent Instrumental Mtg @BMS
23 5th Gr Parent Instrumental Mtg @ RSMS
24 T/TH Kindergarten
24 ECSE Field Trip to Meijer Gardens
27-30 Elementary Art Show @ Park Elementary Community Room 5:30-7:30p
29 Georgetown Reception @ the Art Show 5:30-7:30p
29 3rd Gr Field Trip to HHS Drama play
29 Marco’s Night
30 Young Author’s trip to Calvin College

1 M/W Kindergarten
1 Pink Day (Wear as much pink as possible!!)
4 Jet’s Pizza
4 Just Write 5th Gr and T/TH K
4 5th Gr Student/Parent Orientation @BMS
5 Just Write 4th Gr and K
6 Just Write 3rd Gr and M/W PK/K
6 4th Gr Field Trip to the Voyageur Canoe Trip
7 Just Write 1st Gr
7 Just Write Author Visit from Shirley Neitzel
7 ECSE Field Trip to Teusink’s Farm
7 5th Gr Camp Mtg for Parents/Chaperones 6-7:30p
8 Just Write 2nd Gr

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Instrument Fittings

We work very closely with the Baldwin Middle School staff to prepare our current 5th graders for their transition to sixth grade.  Mr. Dave Powers, the BMS principal, and his team work through every single step from course selection, elective scheduling, to instrument fittings and much more!  Mr. Ron Good, the band director, spent the morning at Georgetown matching 5th graders with a just right instrument for next year.  Check out these fun snapshots we caught of the event.

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On Friday, May 1, 2009 Georgetown Elementary school will be having a breast cancer awareness fundraiser day. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fundraising will take place by purchasing a breast cancer awareness product (see product order form) or by donations. These products would make a great Mother’s Day gift!! Please make all checks out to the Georgetown Parent Club. Products can be pre-ordered between April 13 – April 21, 2009. This will allow us to know how many products to order. The same products will also be for sale on Friday, May 1 if you do not pre-order them in advance. A table with products displayed will be set up in the school for kids and parents to purchase an item or make a donation. This will also be the time to pick up your pre-ordered item.

On Friday, May 1 the kids will celebrate PINK PARTY Day and are being asked to wear as much PINK as possible. The teachers from each grade will be judging for the most PINK outfit and a child from each grade will win a prize. We also plan to have the local newspaper(s) take a photo of all the kids in pink and publish an article in the newspapers.

Please return this Order Form between April 14 and April 21. Checks should be made payable to Georgetown Elementary.

*This project is being organized by Ashley Teisman, a 4th grader at Georgetown Elementary.

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April is Poetry Month

I found this wonderful site called GOODY BLOG.  I thought I would share it with you. It is powered by Parents Magazine.

Alphabetica Their recent post features information about National Poetry Month: April.   Our school wide writing program features a poetry unit of study.  Each year, teachers share their surprise and excitement regarding the quality pieces of poetry produced by students in every grade.  Knowing that many teachers save this unit of study for the spring months, I thought you might enjoy this post.

” April was the lucky month dubbed National Poetry Month and told me this: T. S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruelest month.” It is our hope that National Poetry Month lessens that effect.
So in honor of April, poetry and all the non-weather-resistant shoes stuck in our closets for another 30 days, I present Alphabetica, Odes to the Alphabet. This bright, intricately designed kid’s book dedicates a poem and a picture-filled page to each letter of the alphabet. As a bad-weather bonus, “P” is for puddles. Here’s an excerpt, “Splishy, splashy, getting drenched, puddle-jumping, sopping wet..”  Sopping wet, indeed. ”

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