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Week 30: April 9-13, 2018

WELCOME BACK!  I hope you had a wonderful and refreshing break — and I also hope that some of your experience included warmer weather and sunshine.

I held down my corner of West Michigan, enjoying shorter lines everywhere during the past 8 days.  I also used the time to recovery from some necessary foot surgery I had prior to spring break.  This involved couch time with my foot elevated and training time on my cool new knee scooter.  I’m looking forward to demonstrating my scooter skills as I move through the hallways, lunchroom and classrooms next week!

At the beginning spring break, I invited parents to share information out their hopes/wishes for next  year’s grade placement.  This survey will close on April 15.

Looking forward to everyone’s return and all that goes into welcoming spring and taking on the final nine weeks of our school year.

REMINDER:  We start M-STEP state testing with 5th grade this week.

Mrs. Reagan

A snapshot of the week ahead is below.

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Chasing Coral: Free Screening Sponsored by HHS Science Students

On April 20th at 7pm in the Main Campus Auditorium, the HHS environmental team is sponsoring a free screening of the documentary Chasing Coral for the community. 
 
The movie follows a team of divers and other scientists on their mission to document the devastating effects the human carbon-footprint has on the creatures that live in the ocean – specifically the coral reefs.
 
The HHS Green Team (environmental studies) has putted many hours into planning the event with the hopes that viewing the movie will have a big impact on people’s lives. 
 
Below are links to the event (flyer and promo video).
Email for Questions: cwebster@hpseagles.net

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Parent Survey: Class Lists 2018-19

class listsEach spring, I provide parents with the opportunity to provide feedback on each child’s strengths/needs.  This feedback helps us with creation of classes for the upcoming school year.

If you would like to complete the survey, visit this link: PARENT SURVEY: CLASS LISTS   The survey results come to me only.  I cannot honor all parent requests so please keep this in mind when you submit your form.  The survey closes on APRIL 15.

It is important to keep in mind that many, many factors go into creating classes.  We must consider an even (or as close to even) distribution by gender, ability and much more.   We spend over 20 hours in the spring working on class lists.  Thank you for your support while we prepare for this important work.

Mrs. Reagan

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SAVE the DATE: April 24 • Art & Dinner Night

April 24 is an important night to save on your family calendar for two reasons:

  1.  District Art Show honoring Georgetown Artists.   This is held at the Hudsonville City Hall Community RM from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.
  2. CULVER’s Night (Jenison location) with Georgetown staff bringing your meals to you in the dining room or to your car!  Time from 5-8:00 pm.  Benefit to our school:  10% of all profits go to our school.

SAVE THE DATE:  April 24, 2018  •  ART SHOW and CULVER’s NIGHT

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Week 29: March 26-March 30, 2018

We have a fast four day week before we head into Spring Vacation.  If you are departing a day early, please remember to call the office (616-797-9797) to excuse your child.

We know that many of you will be traveling by car or plane to places warm and sunny.  Travel SAFELY and please bring some warm weather back to West Michigan!

Have a wonderful vacation and see you in April!

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 3/23/2018

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!

M-STEP Testing…

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:
  1. Get plenty of sleep.

  2. Arrive to school on time.

  3. Bring:  2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.

  4. 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.

PTC News…

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.

Community News…

•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
Visit WestMichiganMomsSale.com for more information

•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 EyesThe 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
Fax to: 616.399.0374 Attn: Sarah Shea
 
For more information, please contact Sarah
Shea at 616.399.2119 X109 or

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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BOYS DAY OUT • 3/17/18

The PTC sponsored BOYS DAY OUT event was a SUCCESS!  Erin Fredricks’ shared her photos.  This a small sample of the many boys and their parents who attended the event.  MANY thanks to the parents who volunteered to organize this event…and Kristi Floriana who chaired the event.

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Week 28: March 19-23, 2018

Last week was incredibly successful with our SPRING BOOK FAIR and nearly perfect Parent/Teacher Conference attendance.  Many thanks to you, our amazing parents, who support your children and our school.

We have a quiet week ahead with many classes beginning their spring units of study … getting in as much learning as possible during the remaining nine days before spring vacation.

Enjoy the SUNSHINE FILLED spring-like weather this weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

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M-STEP Testing Schedule for grades 3 – 5

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:
  1. Get plenty of sleep.

  2. Arrive to school on time.

  3. Bring:  2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.

  4. 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!

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