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NEWS FROM THE OFFICE……  WOO~HOO it is vacation time!!!  Need we say any more???  It has been a very good week here.  Busy, but good.  We went out with a REAL BANG with the talent show today.  Lots of fun and excitement!  It was another good show as usual.  Well for any of you who are traveling have a safe trip and we will be looking forward to seeing everyone when we all return from Spring  Break.  Enjoy your time off!  : )

A NOTE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT……….  Over the past several years the number of students attending  Hudsonville Public Schools has grown significantly.  During the past eighteen months we have been exploring options to address this growth.  Following a lengthy process of study and community input, the Board of Education unanimously approved a bond proposal to bring to the voters.  While this request does not raise the millage rate, it is a comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of our growing K-12 student population.

Please join us for a community gathering to review this proposal that will go before the voters on May 3, 2011.   Location: Hudsonville High School Auditorium  (5037 32nd Ave)   Date: Tuesday, April 19.    Time: 7:00pm.  Thank you!

MAY 3 BOND ELECTION……. We are so fortunate to be in a school community which is growing. Over the past 5 years, Hudsonville Public Schools has
grown by 604 students. This trend is not new to Hudsonville as our enrollment has almost tripled over the last 25 years.  In an effort to address the need for additional classroom space, our Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to go before voters with a bond request. The proposal to be voted on May 3 calls for:
•New 9+ building on the existing high school site
•New South Elementary located on Greenly Street
•New competition pool and fine arts auditorium
•New transportation facility
•Reconfiguring the Freshman Campus to an Early Childhood Center
•Technology upgrades to all school buildings
•Athletic upgrades at Baldwin, Riley, and High School
Since the district is part of the School Bond Revolving Fund (SBRF), which the state makes available to rapidly growing districts, we will be able to build the facilities and improvements without a millage increase. Currently, the districts levies  7.0 mills for debt retirement and the rate will remain at 7.0 mills. The total cost of the proposal will be $82,000,000.00. If  you have questions please visit our website, or call our superintendent, Nick Ceglarek,  616-669-1740 ext 1.

YEARBOOKS…….. Your student should have brought home their yearbooks home this week.  The Office just wants to let you know that we have “extra” yearbooks for sale in the office.  These will be sold for $10 per yearbook. They will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  If you will be writing a check, please make it payable to “GEORGETOWN ELEMENTARY”.

SPRING ART SHOW ………. Save the date!  The 2011 Hudsonville Student Art Show is just around the corner!  There will be a special reception for Georgetown Artists on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Check out the flyer… 2011FlyerPDF and visit Mrs. Brouwer’s Art Room Blog for more information about the art show!

FOOD SERVICE NEWS……… Attention Parents: The food service department is going “green” and will be piloting a new program in your building this month.  Starting with the April menu, you will receive the monthly lunch menu and deposit slip form by email through the School Messenger system. If you have an email address registered with the school system, you will receive this information the third week of every month.   You can also print a copy of the monthly menu off of our web page at  If you do not have email or access to a computer, you can request from your building secretary to have a paper copy sent home each month.  Paper copies will also be available in each building for pickup.  Please feel free to contact Stacey at 667-3352 or if you have any questions or concerns.  I am also attaching the April menu  April 2011 Hud Elem and the deposit slip   Deposit Slip .

5th GRADE NEWS……. Just going to list a few dates for you to put on your calendars to remember for upcoming 5th grade events.  Wow….  hold on tight, before you know it you will have a middle schooler!

4/12 ~ Instrument Fittings here @ Georgetown

4/20 ~ Parent Informational Meeting  @ Baldwin Middle/7pm

4/21 ~ Parent Informational Meeting @ Riley Middle/7pm

4/27 ~ Course Selection/Enrollments due back to your 5th Gr teacher

5/2 ~ 7pm  6th Gr Orientation for 5th Gr parents and students

5/19 ~ 5th grade CAMP meeting

5/25 thru 5/27 ~ 5th grade CAMP

6/3 ~ 5th Grade CELEBRATION!!!!

COMMUNITY ED NEWS…….. It looks like Community Ed will be offering some fun and exciting activities for kids over Spring Break.  These will be offered through Gymnastics Unlimited and are being offered for girls and boys, ages 4 through 16!  Please read the attached flier for more information…..  Spring break 2011(2) . Currently the new activities that are offered are Golf Lessons ….. SpringGolfForm2011 , HEAT Swimming Opportunities ….. 2011HEATSpringYoung Rembrandts Drawing Class…….  Georgetown Spring 2011bFun with Sign Language…..SignLanguageGTWN2011 and Sports & More Camp…..  GVSUActivityCampSpring.  Please remember you can visit the Community Ed website for all of the activities that are currently available and you are ALSO able to register on line for these courses through this link! .

SWIMMING LESSONS……. Hudsonville Community Education still has some spots available for our spring session of swim lessons.  Class meets every Saturday for 8 weeks, April 16 – June 4, 2011, at 8:15 a.m.  These classes are for kids ages 3 and up.  We have openings in every level 1 – 5.  Cost is $40 for residents and $50 for non residents.  To register, please visit or call Rebecca at 669-7747, ext. #3.

BOATER SAFETY CLASSES…….. These will be offered through Community Ed ALSO!!  You may also register for these online at the Community Ed website too.  Here is the information though if you are interested…….

AGES:  12 & UP;  WHEN: Saturday, April 16 OR Saturday, May 21 (choose only ONE day);  TIME: 9am to 3pm;  WHERE: Hudsonville High School, Room #109 (enter through the front entrance, turn right by office, then turn left to #109);  COST:  $10 per person.

COMMUNITY NEWS…….. FEEDING AMERICA WEST MICHIGAN……. Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food Pantry on Saturday, April 30th.  The food distribution will take place at Bauer Elementary School’s parking lot, located at 8136 – 48th Avenue in Hudsonville, from 10:00 am to Noon.  Sign-in is required, although the food is available to anyone that needs it.  There will be a large assortment of food, made up of seasonal produce and other high quality groceries.

TASTE OF HUDSONVILLE……On Saturday, May 7th the Hudsonville Band Boosters will be sponsoring “Taste of Hudsonville” in the Hudsonville High School gymnasium from 2-5pm.  This community-wide event will showcase food from at least thirteen area restaurants as well as the instrumental music talent of the Hudsonville Band program.  In addition to great food and music, a large silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be held.  Tickets for the event can be purchased daily in the Hudsonville High School and Middle School offices, in the high school lobby on Tuesdays from 5-6pm, at the Avon Store and at Lake Michigan Credit Union on 32nd Ave. beginning Monday, April 11th.  Advanced sale tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children 10 and under  (all tickets are an additional $2 at the door).

SUMMER SPORTS CAMP…….. Save $100 on a summer sports camp! Are you looking for a summer athletic camp for your kids? Cornerstone University is offering your school a $100 discount before April 15th. All discounts are valid for online registration only, and you must use promo code SUMMERFUN at your check-out to receive the discount. For more details visit to see a list of dates and camp offerings.

SPRING BREAK OPEN SWIM………. At Hudsonville High School Pool….  ($2.50 per person or $8 for immediate family.)

Saturday:  April 2,  2-4PM
Monday: April 4,  2-4PM
Tuesday:  April 5,  2-4PM
Wednesday:  April 6,  2-4PM
Thursday:  April 7,  2-4PM
Friday:  April 8,  2-4PM
Saturday:   April 9,  2-4PM

Lap Swim will also take place from 5:30-7AM.

SUMMER 2011 LAKER WRITERS CAMP……… Please read the following attached flier if you are interested in this opportunity.  The registration is attached also.  This is being offered for students in grades 4-12 (Grades they will be entering in the fall).   Laker_Writers_Camp_2011


4/1 – 4/10  SPRING BREAK!!!!!!

4/15  Popcorn Friday

4/15  M/W Friday for Kindergarten

4/26  Art Show @ Park Elementary

Have a wonderful vacation!!!!Mrs. Nurenberg  : )

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