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Pajama Day is Cozy & Fun!

This past Friday, we wore our pajama’s ALL DAY LONG! It was cozy and fun…and believe it or not, we didn’t even take advantage of nap time. For our MW PreK and K students, be aware that you will have a PJ day coming up in March, so you won’t miss out on the opportunity to wear your pajama’s to school


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Sock Hop Success!

Many thanks to the all the wonderful parents who made our father/daughter sock hop such a roaring success.  The chairs, Heather Persch and Shelly Hill, we supported by Jamie Brewer, Michelle Baaremena, Cindy Scholma, Sandra DePuys, Kari King, Jennifer Waters, Shelly Lame, Jamie Dekker, Shannon Foley, Michelle Krueger, Erica Segard and Susie Coxen.

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Superintendent Search

NEWS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

The Hudsonville Public Schools Board of Education recently selected the Michigan Association of School Boards to conduct their search for the district’s new superintendent.

Residents of the district are encouraged to participate in the process by attending an open forum conducted by a MASB representative on Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m., at Park Elementary, 5525 Park Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426.

The MASB representative will provide an overview of the search process and receive input from community members regarding the criteria to be used in evaluating candidates.

If you are unable to attend, a letter or card listing ideas and viewpoints about characteristics and competencies of a superintendent may be sent to Superintendent Search Services, Michigan Association of School Boards, 1001 Centennial Way, Suite 400, Lansing, MI  48917 by March 10, 2009.

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FRIDAY FACTS FTO

FRIDAY FACTS FTO
2/20/09

Good Afternoon Georgetown Parents!

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
5th Grade Information:
We have tentative dates for this year’s 5th grade visitation, music testing, fitting, and parent meetings.

Wednesday, March 18th (Baldwin)
5th grade orientation at each middle school (meet with counselors, tour of building, music testing, music concert with 6th graders)  This is ONLY for students, not parents.

Tuesday, April 14th
Instrument fittings at Georgetown Elementary (the 5th graders get to try different instruments).

April 22, 23
Rental Nights: Parent meetings to find out about how to get an instrument (band and orchestra only).

NEWS FROM THE PTC
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held March 2-4.  At this time they will having the Classroom Basket Raffles again this year.  These will be displayed in the hall by the library.

COMMUNITY ED NEWS

On Monday, February 16 we put two Community Ed flyers on the blog.  One was for Lego class and the other was for Hudsonville Choir. If needed you may print the registration forms from the blog or through Community Ed at the HPS website. The paper flyer was sent home on Monday.

Today we are sending out information about Boater’s Safety and Hunter’s Safety. The registration forms are attached or you may get them from the blog.  If you have any questions regarding these flyers, please contact Community Ed at 669-1740, ext 3.  All forms are to be turned into Community Ed, not back to Georgetown.  (There is a drop box outside the Aministration Bldg. for convenient drop-off)

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UPCOMING EVENTS:
FEBRUARY
24 Ciao Bella’s Night
25 Marco’s Night

MARCH
2 Jet’s Pizza Night
2-4 Parent Teacher Conferences
2-4 PTC Basket Raffle
4 Health Videos (Grades 4/5)
5 NO SCHOOL-Winter Break
6 NO SCHOOL-Winter Break
9 Tarry Hall Skating Party
10 4th Grade Lansing field trip
11 Marco’s Night
13 Reading Counts Party
13 PTC Mother/Son night
16-20 Book Fair
17 PTC Meeting
17 Marco’s Night
17 Kindergarten Round-Up 10am and 7pm
18-20 Kindergarten Testing
19 Wendy’s Night
20 Popcorn Friday

Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Nurenberg

A COUPLE OF ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Our PTC is sponsoring a Mother/Son Event that will take place at “Lost City” on Friday, March 13. Attached you will find the flyer with all the information needed.  Registrations are to be turned in by Monday, March 2.  Any questions regarding this event please contact Carol Sheldon at 616-662-1073.

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PTC BASKET RAFFLE

This will be taking place during conferences the first week of March.  The PTC did however want to make sure everyone was aware that the CLASSROOM DONATIONS will be accepted through Friday, February 27!

FINAL BOX TOP RESULTS

Our winners for the last competition for Box Tops are: Parker
Richards(5‑Burmeister) with 395, Erica Coombs(3‑F) with 146
.  Lower elementary
winners came from Mrs. Woodring’s class are: Taylor Sytsma with 348 and Max
Perez with 259.
The boys will be rewarded with a ESPN Gridiron Handheld
Football game and Eagles t‑shirt, while the girls will be rewarded with blue and
gold pom poms and Eagles t‑shirt.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the competitions this year.  This has
increased our collection total from last year.  At the present time our total is
over $2300.00 this year.

NEWS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

The Hudsonville Public Schools Board of Education recently selected the Michigan Association of School Boards to conduct their search for the district’s new superintendent.

Residents of the district are encouraged to participate in the process by attending an open forum conducted by a MASB representative on Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m., at Park Elementary, 5525 Park Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426.

The MASB representative will provide an overview of the search process and receive input from community members regarding the criteria to be used in evaluating candidates.

If you are unable to attend, a letter or card listing ideas and viewpoints about characteristics and competencies of a superintendent may be sent to Superintendent Search Services, Michigan Association of School Boards, 1001 Centennial Way, Suite 400, Lansing, MI  48917 by March 10, 2009.

I Think this is it for now!

Enjoy your cold and snowy weekend!

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COMMUNITY ED ACTIVITIES

GEORGETOWN PARENTS:

I am sending home two flyers today in regards to Community Ed activites.  There are size restrictions on these classes so this is why I am sending them out today instead of Friday with the Friday Facts FTO.

One flyer is in regards to Lego classes, the other for Hudsonville Choir.

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Have a good afternoon,

Mrs. Nurenberg

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Kideo: Parent Approved YouTube for Kids!

The internet is here to stay, which means that we (parents & teachers) must learn about it—the pros and cons so that we can serve as models and teachers for our children.

While working on my blog and “twittering” this weekend, I stumbled upon a great site for parents and children called, KIDEO PLAYER. This was created by a parent who wanted to wade through all the YouTube features to find all and showcase all the kid/family appropriate features. This is a new site that was launched by MADE WITH COMPUTERS, http://www.madewithcomputers.com, a cool site created by a cool guy named Tom and his partners from POKE.

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Blog Spotlight

As I have mentioned before, one of my favorite Sunday afternoon activities involves reading through our school blogs and then highlighting the work being done by our incredibly skilled staff members.  The teachers in this building are progressive and focused at all times on how to improve their instruction so that they can improve student learning–no matter what it takes.  Their plates are full…and their hearts are huge.

In addition, they happen to work with me, a tech geek principal who understands the future of paperless communication, and the need to create blogs, wiki’s and classroom/personal learning networks.  They are very patient with me…willingly take baby steps with me toward this goal.  And they do this IN ADDITION to everything else!

For these reasons, I feel it is imperative that I celebrate their work on blogging and encourage you to visit our blogs.  Please leave comments…and we will do our best to get back to you!

This week, I would like to celebrate our specialist blogs.  We are very lucky to have teachers within our building who have additional training in cognitive impairments, speech/language, and learning challenges.  Because these teacher’s roles range from servicing students within the classrooms (inclusion) as well as pulling out (focused instruction in a separate classroom), their blogs are a work in progress.  Each teacher is sorting out how to best support parents–with resources and information about student learning.

Mrs. Sinke, Resource Room:  Learning Disabilities

Mrs. Reifschneider (Mrs. R), Resource Room, Learning Disabilities

Mrs. Rebecca Kok (Miss Becky), CI Room:  Cognitive Disability

Mrs. Speidel/Mrs. Karel, Speech & Language Pathologists

Mrs. Murphy/Mrs. VanderPloeg: ECSE:  Early Childhood Special Education

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And the winners are…

Mrs. Boeve, Samantha and Grace!

I would like to congratulate the winners of our Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt contest!   A huge shout out to Mrs. Boeve, a parent and paraprofessional in our building, was the very first parent to take the challenge on.  She responded with a perfect 100% less than 12 hours after I posted the challenge.  Go, Mrs. Boeve!

Our first non-blogging student to complete the blog was Samantha, in Mrs. Veldman’s first grade classroom.  With assistance from her mom, Samantha visited every student blog and found all the letters to the word “valentine”.  Great work, Samantha!  You and I will have lunch together later this week.  I will stop by your classroom so that you can pick the day and location–and of course, we will get permission from your parents as well.

And…a drumroll please, our first student blogger to complete the hunt is Grace, a 5th graders and awesome blogger!  Grace commented that it took her a long time to find all the hidden letters, but she stuck with the task.  Excellent work, Grace! I will stop by your classroom later this week to schedule our lunch as well.

If you still want to take on the challenge, it is open to anyone.  No more lunches being offered up for this contest, however.  Saving those for the next incentive I dream up!  Mrs. Reagan

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We have something to say…

JUST WRITE!

During the week of May 4, we will be celebrating ALL Georgetown writers…grades PK-5.  Since our opening in September 2006, we have been focused on creating a community of readers and writers.  Throughout the school year, we hold mini-celebrations of our work in reading (Reading Counts sponsored by the PTC) and classroom writing celebration (small moments to honor the hard work and successes throughout the year).

Our “We have something to say, JUST WRITE!” celebration brings together all that we have learned about reading and writing as a partnership in learning.  Each student will have a favorite piece of writing posted in the hallway, and in addition, we will be publishing our work online through lulu.com.  Many other special events will be held, including a visit by Shirley Neitzel, the author of many books, including THE JACKET I WEAR IN THE SNOW.

To help you learn more about the author and the books she has written, we have devoted a page to her, found in the tabs at the top of our blog.

Mark your calendars for the week of May 4-8!  Details will be coming!

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