The first week of June this year brings the final week of school. It seems like the year just began and we are already wrapping it up with celebrations and farewells for summer.
We are wishing farewell to an amazing 5th grade class. They will be missed — and they will also be a great addition to the Baldwin Middle School 6th grade team. This class will continue to demonstrate their strengths in kindness, compassion, leadership and knowledge throughout their time in the Hudsonville School system. They will each individually contribute a great deal to our world in their future years. I feel very fortunate to been part of their lives these past 6-7 years!
There will be some changes to the Georgetown staff next year due to the opening of the Early Childhood building in the fall (Early Childhood Special Education, preschool and daycare) and due to budget cuts that will impact programming and staffing at our school. More information about these changes will come next week once all the changes are finalized.
In our snapshot of events for this week, I also included opening events for the 2014-15 school year. These include open houses and picture day.
Please connect with our school over the summer via the blog and OPEN LIBRARY. The library will be open on select Tuesdays from 10-12pm for summer book check out. The schedule is below.
Finally, if you want to engage in a fun competition sponsored by our local BIGGBY COFFEE SHOP, go to their facebook page, find the post about voting for your favorite Hudsonville School and type Georgetown Elementary. The school with the most votes = free coffee for staff on the final day of school!
Have a great week….and a great kick off to summer. I will be in touch with you on the blog to remind you of upcoming dates for the 2014-15 school year. Thank you for all you have done to make this year one of the best ever at Georgetown!
I hope so! And, even if it doesn’t, we keep moving along with our spring like events at Georgetown. Some signs of spring that can be spotted on our school calendar: Teacher Appreciation Week (always a spring event sponsored by PTC) and Field Trips (always listed in green).
Our school is also starting to look very spring like with LOST & FOUND items filled with spring jackets and baseball caps rather than boots, mittens and winter jackets. If you look closely at the lockers and walls, you will also see student writing start to appear in preparation for our Annual Just Write Celebration (May 12-16). Just Write is a celebration of all the writing our students have done this school year. It will be a time that parents, friends, grandparents and other special people in your lives can tour the building to read pieces of writing on display by every single writer in the building. The tour schedule is below and more information will also be on your child’s class blog.
The weather forecast calls for rain everyday this week — a challenge for our children who are working hard to learn well all day long. We will seize every possible moment between showers to provide breaks outside (walk/running the path for mileage club sticks) or inside with stretch breaks. We are hoping that the cool, rainy spring leads to a warmer, flower filled May!
Our week opens Georgetown Artists special night at the DISTRICT ART SHOW at Hudsonville City Hall. The art work on display (K-12 artists) is a testament to our district art instruction and our student artists.
We wrap up our week with POPCORN DAY and Georgetown’s celebration of SECRETARY’s DAY. We postponed our celebration because one of our secretary’s (Mrs. Ripley) was out last week. These two professionals, Mrs. Doni Nurenberg and Mrs. Angie Ripley, are exceptionally skilled at managing the demands of the office professionally and compassionately. We, the Georgetown staff, simply can’t imagine our school without them!
Yes…temperatures between 50• and 70• is warmer…and I am thrilled to see those temperatures projections in the 8 day forecast!
The butterfly on the left was created by Emma Czarnowski, a kindergartener in Ms. Yankee’s class. Emma’s butterfly is brightening the Early Childhood hallway along with 89 other kindergarten butterflies. Many thanks to the artists and their art teacher, Mrs. Persch, for reminding us what we have to look forward too as the days get warmer.
Behind the scenes preparations are going on for our ALL SCHOOL JUST WRITE CELEBRATION (May 12-16). Just Write is a celebration of all the writing our students have done this school year. It will be a time that parents, friends, grandparents and other special people in your lives can tour the building to read pieces of writing on display by every single writer in the building. More will be coming about this event…but if you have not gotten the tour date down for your child’s grade, check out the dates below.
Many other events will be scheduled and shared as the school year winds up to wind down. Please be sure to follow this blog and your child’s class blog for details.
I hope your spring break was just RIGHT for you and your family. I am excited to get back to school and hear about everyone’s time away — and get back into the routine of school.
As we look ahead to the week, notice that our 5th graders continue to prepare for their transition to Baldwin Middle School. On Tuesday, they meet with music staff to try “on” musical instruments — a time that allows each student to get a feel for different instruments and express their interest in learning to play an instrument next year.
PTC is sponsoring a Marco’s Pizza Night mid-week and sponsoring a MOTHER/DAUGHTER Rollerskating Party this coming Saturday at Tarry Hall.
In addition to these events, be sure to check your child’s class blog for details about homework, quizzes and other events!
Our weeks keep flying by, bringing us closer and closer to spring break. The big event this week is DRESS LIKE A PE TEACHER on Friday. We are holding this the day before the EAGLE RUN (Saturday 3/29/14). Our PE teachers (Mrs. VanKoevering and Mrs. Nienhuis) have been training students for this run Saturday morning. We are all hoping the SUN WILL BE SHINING!
I hope you are having a great weekend! Here’s to a great five day week at Georgetown.
These long winter months of endless cold and snow have created challenges with our routine and made it difficult to play outside. Most of us are ready for sunshine, green grass, soccer games, baseball and much more. Our art teachers, Mrs. Brouwer and Mrs. Persch have filled the hallways with student artwork representing the sun. Aztec Suns by our first graders light up one side of our K/1 wing while cartoon like painted paper plate sun’s brighten up the kindergarten side. Walking down the hallway boosts my spirits and reminds me that spring will come one day.
We have our final week of February ahead–a five-day week that will be cold and hopefully snow day free!
If you have a kindergartener coming to school NEXT YEAR (2014-15), our K information night is March 18 at 7pm. If you cannot make the meeting, information can be found at the top of our blog under K Registration Information 2014.
A reminder: Parent Teacher Conferences will be held March 3, 4 and 5 — next week.
Have a great weekend…and here’s to the last week of February.
Did you know that the National Weather Service is now naming winter storms? This began in 2012-13 with an alphabetical pre-determined list of names. Currently, we are experiencing Maximus (Latin for greatest or largest), to be followed by Nika (Greek Mythology — goddess who personified winning or victory). Based on the alphabetic naming system, so far this winter we have had 14 winter storms. Michigan has the great fortune (based on location) to experience winter storms and lake effect snow events.
And…for those of you who have been dying to have a “tale of winter survival” to share when you’re retired, your wish has been granted in the 2013-14 year.
I am hoping that storm NIKA stays away from West Michigan so that we can have a 4 day school week and resume our routines. Additional snow days will require further adjustments in the school day and/or calendar — so listen up Mother Nature: “WE ARE DONE WITH WINTER.”
Our school events are below. Please visit your child’s class blog to learn about classroom based events and activities. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Please drive safely and stay warm.
NOTE: School has been cancelled for Monday, January 6, 2014 due to dangerously cold conditions. The Girls on the Run Shoe Fitting will be rescheduled—date to be determined.
While we were away, we kicked off the new year! It is officially 2014 — and it feels like it is going to be another great year!
I hope that you had a wonderful holiday vacation with family and friends. As we re-enter the school environment and schedule, we will be easing into our usual routines and help our students turn re-activate their learning brains.
If you are a parent of a fourth grader, remember to get ready for swimming which begins on Monday. All school JET’S PIZZA NIGHT is Tuesday. The week wraps up with Friday POPCORN DAY….a great way to kick off the first week of January.
Please be sure to check out your child’s class blog for updates that are specific to the classroom level.