Blog Bits 3/23/2018
News From the Office…
Thank you to Jody Hunt and her fabulous team of volunteers for another successful book fair! The kids get so excited and we love to see them excited about books! We also want to say thank you to Erin Fredricks for putting together another wonderful teacher conference dinner! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this! It is very much appreciated!
We are so fortunate at Georgetown to have such great parents showing your support at conferences! It means a lot to the kids and to the teachers! It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of the year already! For those of you traveling for Spring Break, we hope you are safe and have a great vacation! For those of you staying home, we hope for nice weather for you to enjoy! The first day off for Spring Break is Friday, March 30 and we return back to school on Monday, April 9! We jump right into the M-STEP when we get back and the schedule can be found just below. Rest up and we will see you after break!
The M-STEP State testing for grades 3-5 will take place this spring. To find out more information about this required statewide test, visit this link: M-STEP: WHAT IT IS and HOW IT WORKS.
Please avoid all doctors appointments and vacation days on the dates that your child is scheduled to participate in the state wide M-STEP testing. Thank you for your attention to these dates.
NOTE: If your child is ill, we will administer the tests on make-up dates. Do not send your child to school ill. We ask only that you avoid late arrivals, doctor appointments and vacation days on the dates listed below.
Grade 5: April 10, 11, 12, ,17 (9am – 12pm)
Grade 3: April 24, 26 (9am-12 pm)
Grade 4: May 8, 10 (9am-12pm)
IMPORTANT TESTING DAY TIPS:
Get plenty of sleep.
Arrive to school on time.
Bring: 2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.
Remind your child that all of our learning all year long has prepared us for these tests. This is our opportunity to show what we know!
Next Early Release…
We will be dismissing at 12:15 on April 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.
April 12 – Jet’s Pizza Night
April 20 – Popcorn Friday
5th Grade News…
April 10 thru 19 – M-STEP testing window for 5th grade. Please avoid scheduling appointments during the school day on these dates if at all possible. Thank you!
May 2 – Parent information meeting for fifth grade camp (At Georgetown elementary in Multi-purpose room at 6:00)
May 17 and 18 – Fifth Grade Camp
June 5 – Field Day for 4th and 5th grade
Vote May 8…
PLEASE VOTE TUESDAY, MAY 8
ANNUAL OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL AND
SINKING FUND MILLAGE PROPOSAL
On May 8, two ballot proposals will come before Hudsonville School parents and community members. The first is our annual Non-Homestead Millage renewal. This is an annual renewal voters have approved for the past 23 years and would generate approximately $4.4 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district. Of note, this is not a tax on primary residences and is not a new tax. Additionally, the State of Michigan assumes all districts levy the full 18 mills. If voters reject the proposal, our district’s state aid is reduced accordingly.
The second proposal is our Building and Site Sinking Fund. Effective March of 2017, Public Act 319 expanded a district’s ability to utilize Building and Site Funds for security and technology. The House passed the bill in June, 2016 with a vote of 107-1, and the Senate passed it 36-0 in October, 2016. Even though Hudsonville has had this millage for the past 25 years, because the legislature expanded the use, the ballot language identifies it as a new millage. Of note, both millages will MAINTAIN our citizens’ current millage rate and will not raise taxes. Previous improvements made as a result of this one mill levy have included additional classrooms to accommodate all day every day kindergarten, roof repairs, boiler replacements, and land acquisitions.
Click here for official ballot language.
•Please Join us for the Hudsonville Athletic Booster Bash and help support Hudsonville Athletic Program and our student athletes
When: April 28 @5:30
Where: Pinnacle Center
Cost: $45 per person (Includes dinner)
Silent and Live Auctions
Hawaii condo (one week) $20 raffle tickets
You can purchase tickets by contacting Trish Boomsma or Mike Petroelje at HAB49426@gmail.com
•Camp Invention ~ Invent the Future Today Explore the technology behind self-driving cars and invent a vehicle of the future. Design futuristic dream homes with smart furniture and smart energy. Build and personalize a robotic dog and construct a one-of-a-kind dog park.
Your local Camp Invention site information:
Price $225 (before discount) | For children entering grades K–6
Register at campinvention.org or 800.968.4332
$25 off if you register by 3/23 – use code: IDEA25
$15 off if you register between 3/24 – 5/4 – use code: IDEA15
$25 off per sibling – use code: SIBLING
Oakwood Intermediate School | 10505 Learning Lane, Allendale, MI 49401
June 18 – 22, 2018 from 9:00AM – 3:30PM
Directed by Carlos Esquivel
•HOLY CROSS KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE
March 23 and 24 – 9 am
Spring/summer clothing for babies–teens, shoes, toys, outdoor items, sports equipment, baby items and much more!!
Sat. is 1/2 off many items (9am-1pm).
Free admission, cash or check only.
•WEST MICHIGAN MOM TO MOM SALE
Saturday, April 7, 2018 9a.m. – 1 p.m.
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
$3-$5 donation at the door
•FREE EASTER EGG HUNT
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 10am
Hughes Park—40th Avenue, Hudsonville
Voluntary donations are accepted. All proceeds will go to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Kids up to 10 yrs old gather prize-filled eggs!
SEARCH FOR ONE OF THREE GRAND PRIZE EGGS!
•Protect Young Eyes–The Digital Culture of Kids Today
Protect Young Eyes wants to give busy parents and tech-savvy kids the information and tools they need to use technology awesomely. The Protect Young Eyes team, led by Founder Chris McKenna, presents around the country, and is featured regularly on local news, podcasts, and radio stations for their in-depth research.
When: Monday, March 26, 2018 7pm – NO TICKETS REQUIRED
Where: Hudsonville HS Eagle Auditorium (Not Freshman Campus)
Questions?’s Contact: Emily Kitchen 616-669-9362
Brought to you by your Hudsonville Public Elementary PTC’s
Event is free and is open to the HPS Elementary Parents
•MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Hager Park Church
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 am to Noon
Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food Distribution.
The food distribution will take place at Hager Park Church’s parking lot, located at 2635 Bauer Road i
Jenison. Sign-in is required, although the food is FREE to anyone that needs it. There will be a large
assortment of food, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other high-quality grocery items.
•The Ottawa County Adventure Series Proudly Present the Step it Up! Fitness Challenge!
This free, 8-week program is designed to help you get active and visit new parks. All levels of fitness welcome! The challenge begins on April 9. Sign up by April 2! Participants can look forward to:
- Achieving fitness goals
- Guided group walks with varying paces
- Discovering new parks in Ottawa & Allegan counties
- Meeting new people
- Incentive prizes
- Motivation & accountability by logging activity
New this season: Opportunities to run, bike, and paddle as a group, plus a nature navigation challenge!
Join us for one or all of our group walks and activities as we explore the different parks in Ottawa and Allegan counties! Each activity will have naturalist guides to help participants enjoy the natural beauty of the park. Walking groups will have a variety of paces and distances for participants to choose from. Walks are roughly one hour. Visit the link below to read the schedule and to sign up.
Join the Step it Up! Fitness Challenge!
•Harbor Humane Society Spark Camps
This summer, Harbor Humane Society will offer, for the first time ever, a line-up of action-packed, animal-filled, fantastically fun SPARK summer camps. These camps are for kids interested in animals and humane education. What better way to spend a summer than hanging out with amazing animals, making new friends, learning cool new things, and playing games?
Our summer camps will SPARK kids to learn different skills regarding patience and empathy. Each camp will feature a variety of animal-related topics that will entertain and teach your child all about the world of animals. Kids have the opportunity to have a one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experience. Our campers aren’t the only ones who have fun; our beloved shelter animals also receive much-needed TLC.
Register today, space is limited!
Visit our website for online registration or a printable paper application.
Early bird sign up through 4/15/18: $5.00 off!
You can mail/fax paper copies of applications to:
Harbor Humane Society, Attn: Sarah Shea
For more information, please contact Sarah
• You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website or click link below to see the new offerings.