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A Celebration of our Holiday Program

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our holiday program such a tremendous success!  Our music teachers, Mrs. Amber Bretz, Miss Abby Whitenight and Miss McCulloch worked with the students to create a magical and memorable performance.  Also, thank you to Amanda Troyer for creating the video slide show of our students to entertain the audience in between sets. If you would like a DVD copy of the program, send this form to the office: holiday-dvd

To view the most talented collection of students in this hemisphere (yes, I am biased), check out this slideshow!

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Community Ed Fencing: Grades 2-5


Hudsonville Community Education has teamed up with the West Michigan Fencing Academy to offer adults and kids a chance to learn the sport of fencing. Fencing is a safe and exciting Olympic sport for all ages and abilities. Whether you fence for recreation or competition, fencing can be challenging both mentally and physically. The one day camp is designed for individuals and families with no fencing experience. All equipment is provided for you to use at no extra charge!  To learn more click on:  2008-fencing


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Thanksgiving Survey Results

I started a new just for fun feature on our site…SURVEYS!  This is a great way for us to learn about one another and a cool tool to share with our children.

The results of our Thanksgiving Survey have been tabulated.  We had 56 people respond to the survey. Results below:

I have added a NEW FAMILY survey to our FAMILY BLOG site.  Once the results are completed, these will be shared to help us get to know one another (Georgetown Families and Raey Guang Families).  

If you are interested in being a “family penpal blogger” complete the survey form below. So far, we have 10 families, and we are in need of 40.  
View Survey

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Wintery Photo of Georgetown

I thought I would update the photo of our school on the front page of our blog.  This will help our friends in P’ing Tung, Taiwan to visualize our snowy weather.  If you peak at the weather in Taiwan right now (see upper right tab at the top of this page), you will see that our sister school lies in the Tropic of Cancer–which means it does not snow there!

Another reason for updating the picture is that the spring like picture was driving our trepid and fastidious custodian, Mr. Rob, CRAZY!   He did not like the fact that I posted a photo in which the lawn was not mowed.   Oh how we love Mr. Rob and the great pride he takes in keeping our building clean, tidy and just right for all of us.  He is one of a kind.  Thank you, Mr. Rob, for all you do!

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Community Ed Events

These activities and promotions are NOT sponsored by the Hudsonville Public Schools.    Activities and promotions are listed as a service to the Hudsonville Public School Community.

Free Gift Wrapping:  The City of Hudsonville is offering free gift wrapping to its residents.  We have the gift wrapping, bows, boxes and gift tags;  you just bring the presents.  The days for the gift wrapping this year are:  Friday, December 5, 5 8 pm; Saturday, December 6, 10 am 3 pm; Friday, December 12, 5 8 pm; Saturday, December 13, 10 am – 3 pm; Friday, December 19, 5 8 pm; Saturday, December 20, 10 am 3 pm.  The gift wrapping takes place at the Hudsonville City Hall Commission Chambers.

Hudsonville Lights Up Downtown:  Hudsonville is igniting the Holiday Season with a computerized musical light display by Lightastic Holiday Lighting.  The light display will be in the fountain area of the Plaza beginning November 21st.  The five song show is just over 14 minutes long and will run continually from 6 pm to 10 pm.  A 25 foot Christmas tree of lights will be the centerpiece of the display and be placed over the fountain.  Several of the trees/shrubs in the plaza will be decorated and various luminaries will be added to the grounds.  The show will feature 12,450 lights in multi color or white, red, green, blue and yellow.  All the lights will be choreographed to the following songs:  Wizards in Winter   Trans Siberian Orchestra;  Linus & Lucy (Peanuts Theme) – Vince Guaraldi; Jingle Bells – Kay Thompson & Michael W. Smith; Carol of the Bells – David Foster; Christ Eve (Sarajevo) – Trans Siberian Orchestra.  Spectators that come to the plaza area can tune their radio to a designated radio station and listen to the music from the comfort of  their cars and watch the spectacular light display.  The light show will run until the New Year.

Santa Comes to the Plaza:  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Gemmens’ on Saturday, December13, from10 am – 1 pm.  They will also be in a gazebo in the Plaza area right in front of the Christmas Light Display on December 5, 9, and 19, from 6 8 pm.  Pictures will be available through McConomy Photography for $10 a package.

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Parent Club Updates

HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP:  Volunteers are still needed, especially for Monday, 12/8; Tuesday, 12/9 afternoon; and Thursday, 12/11 morning!!  Please contact Jamie  Ham if  you are able to help out.  662-7245 or 

Chair person needed!  We are in need of someone to help with Teacher Appreciation week.  If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Kristi Fellows at 6691054 or 

Box Tops   The winners of the November Classroom Box Tops competition are : Mr. Gort(4th) with 221 Box Tops and Mr. Bowen(2nd) with a whopping 431 Box Tops.  Each class will be rewarded with their choice of donuts or cupcakes for the great numbers they collected.  The December competition will begin on November 24th and continue until December 19th.  This will be an individual competition with the top collectors from upper and lower elementary receiving gift cards to Blockbuster and Arby’s.  Please be sure to mark your entries with your child’s name and teacher to get the proper credit.

Cash for Cash    Don’t forget to purchase your gift cards through our cash for cash program, some cards are available to purchase on the spot Fridays from 3:15 pm.   We challenge each family to buy four $25 gas cards before the end of the school year. This is a great way to make a donation to our school PTC. 

Paper Gator: Don’t forget to fill the Paper Gator.  If the bin is full, please don’t leave your recyclable paper outside!  It blows and creates a mess for Mr. Rob to deal with.  Thank you for your attention to this.

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Notes from the Office

Mrs. Nurenberg and Mrs. Ripley (our two fabulous, incredible administrative assistants) have some items to pass along:


• Prompt After School Pick Up for Car Riders:  Please remember to be prompt and considerate when picking up your students after school.  We have been having some issues with students not being picked up on time after school.   All students should be picked up by 3:45.  Thank you for your help with this!  We really appreciate it!!

• Changes in After-School Transportation for Bus Riders:  If your child does not have a note explaining changes in going home procedures, your child will be put on the bus as usual or sent home in their usual manner.  Please for your children’s safety and confusion here at school send a note for any alternative plans after school.

Mrs. Ripley and Mrs. Nurenberg thank you for your help with these matters.  


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Holiday Program Details

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, we have officially entered the holiday season!  Our school will be kicking this off with our annual Holiday Music Program on December 4, 2008.  This program is organized and arranged by Mrs. Bretz, our music teacher.  She has been working with our students since early October to learn music pieces for this holiday celebration.  We are renting Resurrection Life Church for this event.  This church is located in Grandville (52nd Ave. and Ivanrest).  Please enter off from 52nd Ave and enter through Door K.  There is only one performance this year!    Directions to the church:  RES LIFE

Students can be dropped off for the performance NO EARLIER than 6:30 pm.  We ask this for safety and security reasons.  There will not be supervision for children prior to 6:30, so it is critical that you follow these guidelines.  Once you enter through Door K, there will be signs directing you to the correct room.  

Grades 1,2 and 3 will be in the Choir Room.  Grades PK, K, 4 & 5 will be in the Chapel Room.  

Because the church has adequate seating for everyone, the children will be able to watch the performance from reserved seating!  At the end of the event, they will be dismissed to their classrooms for parent pick up.

Please note that based on rental guidelines with Resurrection Life Church, we have been asked as a school community to follow these procedures outlined below.  There were some facility use problems during our program last year, and I would like to outline the expectations so that all families are aware of the rental terms:

•The program will be video taped for all families.  A DVD of this program will be available to families one week following the program.  The fee for this DVD is $5.00.  Order form:  holiday-dvd

•NO FOOD OR DRINK is allowed in the church.  

We are looking forward to seeing you at the performance!  If you would l like to read Mrs. Bretz’s answers to commonly asked questions, visit this link:  Q & A Holiday Program


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