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Tuesday Summer Library Days

We would love to have you visit our library on select Tuesday mornings to check out books and visit with the teachers.   The dates and times are as follows:

TUESDAY SUMMER LIBRARY DAYS

9:30-10:30am 

June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17, July 24

BOOK CHECK IN DAY: Tuesday August 7, 2018. 

 

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Final Week of May 2018!

It’s week 37 of school, a four day week that kicks off the start of June…and we have just 8.5 days remaining of the year.

This week we have our second grade field trip to Blandford Nature Center, several wrap up activities in individual classrooms, and the grade 3-5 Talent Show on Friday.   If your child is in the 2018 Talent Show, the line up can be found here.  If you cannot make it to the show, all of the acts will be videotaped and sent your way at your request.  Simply email me and I will send you the performance.

Also, some clarifications regarding building safety and security.   In the past two weeks, parents have walked their children onto the playground and they’ve been approached by staff for name tag checks.  Please do not be offended if this happens to you.  ALL staff might not know who you are — and we must be consistent and follow the procedures.  Here are a few safety reminders for the final two weeks of school:

  1.  Bus Loop and Drop Off:  Do not drop children off in the loop.  This drive is for busses only — even if there are no busses present.  I have asked all playground supervisors to enforce this when I am not outside.  If you are approached by a staff member and asked to move your car, please understand that this is a safety procedure for ALL BUILDINGS in the HPS District.
  2. Bus Loop and Parents:  Do not try to pick your child up from the bus loop.  All pick ups must go through the office.  Staff will receive a two-way call from the office to send your child to the office to meet you.
  3. Playground and Pick Up:  Parents cannot pick children from the playground.  All parents must go to the office to sign your child out…and again, the office with two-way staff to send child to the office.
  4. Playground and Parents:  Parents cannot come onto the playground during recess time unless they have signed in at the office.  Office will two-way staff on playground making them aware of an adult who is coming to the playground and cleared by the office.

Thank you for your patience and understanding with these safety measures.  It is incredibly awkward to ask parents to sign in — especially if we know you.  However, we must be consistent.

Enjoy your sunny, warm Memorial Weekend.  I would also like to extend my thoughts and prayers to those who have lost a loved one in the armed services.  This holiday is a time for us all to reflect on the commitment these men and women have made for each one of us.

Mrs. Reagan

 

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Blog Bits 5/25/2018

Blog Bits 5/25/2018

News From the Office…

We are slowly getting closer to the last few things going on at school.   Remember that we do not have a lot of room in our freezer so please do not bring in frozen treats without arranging it with your child’s teacher. We have 9 SCHOOL Days left. Remember there is no school on Monday, Memorial Day and it is an early release on our last day of school. The last day is Friday, June 8 and the kids will be dismissed at 12:15. We hope you have a wonderful long weekend and can enjoy some time with family and friends!

Medication Pick Up…

Just an end of the year reminder about medication. If your child has any meds at school (prescription or over the counter) , they must be picked up by the last day of school. Anything left after the last day will be disposed of by the health department. Thank you!!

4th and 5th Grade Upcoming Events…
June 5 – Field Day for 4th and 5th grade

Community News…

•Hudsonville Rocket Cheer Registration
Is your daughter going into 1st-8th grade next fall and interested in cheering? Hudsonville Rocket Cheerleading will be having their registration dates on Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, July 31 from 5 – 8 pm at the Hudsonville High School cafeteria.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 31 (no late registrations will be accepted).  The registration fee is $75 and includes an end of year banquet and trophy.  Visit the Hudsonville Rocket Cheer Website for more info (www.hudsonvillerocketcheer.com).  If you have questions about the program, please contact Coach Britni via e-mail at hudsonvillerocketcheer@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you at registration!
•Byron Center Adventure Race
In an exciting, one-hour event, teams of two to four 8- through 14-year-olds will find checkpoints and solve challenges in various locations within the approximately 80 acres of the Byron Township Whistlestop Park.  Checkpoints will be marked with colored flags; challenges will include age-appropriate physical and mental games and tests which require teamwork.  Participants will compete with those of similar ages to win prizes.  An After-Race Bash will celebrate the fun!
Registration Fee:  $10 (Late Registration Fee after August 31, 2018 – $15)
Register at www.runsignup.com
Place:  Byron Township Community Center and Whistle Stop Park, 2120 76th St., SW. Participants can check in at the Racer Check-In location near the Community Center.

•Camp Infinity – Along with the Michigan Council for Women in Technology (MCWT), we are planning an engaging 4-day summer camp experience for young ladies in West Michigan. Camp Infinity introduces technology to girls in 5th – 8th grade as fun & fulfilling and inspires the pursuit of technology education. Campers will learn skills like application development, 3-D animation, basic programming and robotics. The 2017 camp was such a wonderful success (have a peek here), that we are planning 2 locations for the summer of 2018:  July 16-19: Holland @ Davenport University Campus

The camp runs from MondayThursday 8:30-3:30 pm, includes lunch, and is only $75!

Register here

Community Ed…

 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.

•Girls Soccer Camps – K-2nd & 3-5th

The Hudsonville girls soccer camp will be a great experience for young girls to develop their soccer skills on the field and have fun doing it! The sessions will consist of various games, drills, competitions, and team activities. The Hudsonville girls soccer coaches and players will work the camp, building positive relationships with the players and creating a fun atmosphere for learning.

When:  June 18-21
Times:  K – 2nd – 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
3rd – 5th – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost:  K – 2nd – $45
3rd – 5th – $55
Where:  Varsity Soccer Fields at Baldwin St. Sports Complex

Register through Hudsonville Community Ed. at hudsonvillepublicschools.org

Upcoming Events

 

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Meet Up Eat Up

This is a summer meal program that provides free lunches and activities to kids 18 and younger, Monday through Friday and is run by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. The goal this year is to help spread the word about MUEU, especially to our parents, so more children have the opportunity to utilize this program. Attached at the bottom you will find a flyer with much more information as far as times, locations, and dates!! If you have questions, here is the contact info for you.  Alexa Allen, Intern at Ottawa County Department of Public Health. aallen@miottawa.org

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Week 36: May 23-27, 2018

Our fifth grade class had a WONDERFUL time at Camp Henry this past Thursday and Friday.  The weather was beautiful, with great team building activities, fun fellowship during meals in the mess hall and silly stories to last a lifetime.  Many thanks to our 5th grade teachers who plan, the PTC for supporting the event and to all the parents who purchased food products this fall so the camp experience could be funded

We have just three weeks remaining to our school year, and this is our last full five-day week.   Teachers are working hard to complete units and assessments for report card completion.

Report cards will be mailed to your homes on June 15.  Your child’s teacher for next year will be listed on the report card.

This coming Friday will be all school RED WHITE and BLUE Day…a special way for us to recognize Memorial Day – A day for us to honor those who have died while protecting our country.

Enjoy your weekend and here’s to a wonderful week ahead!

Mrs. Reagan

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PTC Meeting 5/17/18 • 6:30 pm

Our final PTC Meeting for the year will be Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 pm in the library.

All invited to join us as we wrap up the year and plan for events for 2018-19.  We are in need of volunteers to help with parent/child events, Holiday Shopping, Book Fair and much more.

We will also be selecting a Vice President for our PTC Board.  This year we have four parents seeking this position — which is humbling for me to see.  These positions are 100% volunteer and involve many additional hours organizing events — in addition to communicating with board members and supporting the family, staff and students at our school.

Voting for this position is open.  One vote per person — limited to parents and staff.  If you’d like to vote, feel free to do so here.

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Introducing our GVSU Statistics Winner: THALIA JACKSON

Each year, state-wide schools with students in grades 4-6  participate in the GVSU Statistic Contest.  Well over one hundred students participated and one of our students, Thalia Jackson received first place.  This is the second year in a row  a Georgetown student won FIRST PLACE … and on both occasions, the winners were girls.  This is important to note because statistically, boys perform better mathematically than girls in elementary and middle school.  At Georgetown, we focus on raising all learners to do well in all contents.

To enter the contest, each student must identify a data set to student.  This is focused around a question that requires researching data and examining patterns in the data that answer the question.   Thalia’s question:  “What are the Commonly Used Letters in Baby Names?”  Thalia researched and analyzed her data to create a poster visually demonstrating the commonly used letters in baby names.

On behalf of everyone at Georgetown, I extend my congratulations to Thalia who has demonstrated strong writing, reading, problem solving and team work ability throughout elementary.  Thalia is a person who listen to all members of her team, brings the team together to focus on the topic at hand and goes above and beyond to help the project come together at the highest level.   Thalia is going to continue to work hard and learn well throughout school.  I am excited to see how she impacts our world in her future years!

In addition to Thalia, we had two of our students receive honorable mentions for the GVSU competition.  This is the first time that our school has had three students selected.  Congratulation to Korbyn and Carson for their awards!

  • Carson Dykstra, Grade 5,  “Who’s the Best: Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James”
  • Korbyn Greer, Grade 5, “What is the Toughest College Football Conference”

 

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Week 35: May 14-18, 2018

The past week, our Parent Club and a team of volunteers honored our staff with lunch, breakfast and snacks throughout the week.  It was a wonderful feeling to walk into the lounge at any moment to see staff taking time to enjoy good food and few moments with colleagues.  Sincere thanks to everyone who donated food and made the past week possible. We appreciate you more than you could ever know!

It is the 35th week of school which means there are four weeks (18.5 school days) remaining.  It’s the official wind up to wind down time of the year.  The big event this week is 5th Grade Camp … two incredible days of group activities at Camp Henry in Newaygo.

For more specifics about upcoming events, view Mrs. Hoekstra’s BLOG BITS and your child’s classroom blog.

Wishing every mother a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.  I hope that every one of you feels appreciated for everything you do to nurture, grow and love your family.

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 5/11/2018

Blog Bits 5/11/2018

News From the Office… 

We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to Elizabeth Schollaart for spoiling the staff for teacher appreciation week!! She did an amazing job and it is very much appreciated! Also, thank you to everyone who volunteered to bring in items to contribute to the week! It is so nice to see everything looking so green and be able to get things done outside!! We are done with M-Step!! The kids all did so well and we are very proud of them! Our countdown continues with 18 1/2  SCHOOL days left!! Hard to Believe!! Here are a couple of end of the year reminders.

  1. Please keep in mind we do not have a lot of extra room in the lounge freezer. Please do not drop off popsicles or other frozen treats without clearing it through your child’s teacher. Thanks for your help with this!!
  2. The calendars for next year came out a while ago. Here is the link to it in case you have misplaced it.
  3. Friday May 25 is Red White and Blue day at school.

Medication Pick Up…

Just an end of the year reminder about medication. If your child has any meds at school (prescription or over the counter) , they must be picked up by the last day of school. Anything left after the last day will be disposed of by the health department. Thank you!!

Library News…

1.  It is that time of year again when we are going to celebrate all of our Georgetown Millionaires!!  If you are one of those students that is tracking and counting your words to become a Million Word Reader,  it is time to turn in your sheets of books and word totals!  Remember, if you have taken any Reading Counts quizzes the computer keeps track of those words so no need to write those down.  Turn in your Word Count sheets by Wednesday, May 23 to Mrs. VandenBerg in the Library! There are links on the Blog that can help you in counting your words under Reading Counts.

PTC News…

May 17 – Last PTC meeting of the year from 6:30 – 7:30 in the library at school

5th Grade News…

May 17 and 18 – Fifth Grade Camp

June 5 – Field Day for 4th and 5th grade

Community News…

•Farmgirl Flea Market is May 18th from 4-8pm and May 19th from 8-4pm at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds.  Tickets available at the gate and kids 12 and under are FREE.  Pickers and Makers from MI and across the US will be here with their vintage, antiques, barn fresh, furniture, and fine handmade goods.  Food trucks and live music too!  Check out Farmgirl Flea on FB for all the details.

•Riley Middle School’s drama club is presenting the show “Channel Surfing”. 

The show “Channel Surfing” is on Saturday, May 12 at 7 PM with Free Admission. Check out this flyer for more details! channel surfing poster-1wupwst

•Attention, Bridge Card holders: 
Double Up Food Bucks will be back at your area’s farmers’ markets starting in June.
When you use your Bridge Card at a participating farmers’ market, the Double Up Food Bucks program will match you dollar for dollar with bonus funds – up to $20 – that you can use in the market to buy more fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. It’s that simple – spend up to $20 on your Bridge Card at the market, and you’ll get up to $20 more, free, to spend on healthy, local foods. Most farmers’ markets and some on-farm produce stands in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon Counties are participating. Visit www.doubleupfoodbucks.org or call toll-free 1-866- 586-2796
for market locations and more information, or just visit your favorite market starting in June!
•VEX Robotics Open House 
Vex Robotics is a fun and innovative program for grades 4th – 12th where teams build robots and compete on the field. Families interested can join us at our informational open house on Thur, May 17 at the Freshman Campus cafeteria from 7 – 8 pm. We will be presenting details for the competition season next fall. Visit HudsonvilleRobotics.com for more information

 

 Community Ed…

 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.

 

Upcoming Events

 

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It’s Early Release Friday!!

Just a reminder, it’s early release Friday! We will be dismissing at 12:15 on May 11. 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 $2.50.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

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