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Happy Spring Break Georgetown Parents!!

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE…….  Well we made it!!  Spring Break is here!!  Yes, I know the day is not over, but I look at it this way…. we showed up today so officially we have made it to Spring Break!  What a day we had!  The Talent Show was fabulous as usual and the kids are really excited about having a few days off.  Remember that school resumes on Monday, April 9 and the first Friday we are back to school, which is Friday, April 13, that will be a TUESDAY/THURSDAY PK/K day!

LUNCH INFORMATION……… Here is the April lunch menu and a new deposit slip if you need one.   April 2012 Hud Elem     Menu Deposit Slip

BIKES/RIPSTICKS/ETC…….  Wow have we had a full bike rack this week!!  This warm weather sure does bring out the bikes and ripsticks.  With that being said, PLEASE REMEMBER to send a note with your child to their teacher giving them permission to ride/walk/ripstick home.  Unless you have done so, the teacher will be required to send them home however they normally get home, such as the bus!  Thank you for your help in this matter  : )

STUDENT DROP OFF……..    We have been noticing a HUGE increase in the amount of students being dropped off in the back of the school by the bus loop and the Middle School parking lot.  For student safety reasons we MUST have ALL students dropped off in front of Georgetown in the CIRCLE DRIVE.  The students are then able to walk around the building on the sidewalks to their playground.  Thank you for adhering to this safety rule.

ENTRANCE DRIVE SAFETY…….  As some of you are aware,  we had our first accident at the entrance to Georgetown/Baldwin Middle this week.  The car was attempting to make a left hand turn ONTO Baldwin St and was hit by an oncoming car.  Everyone was ok with minor cuts/bruises, none the less, a scary situation.  We are asking that during the busy drop-off and pick-up times that parents use the service drive by the athletic stadiums if you are needing to make a left hand turn onto Baldwin St.  This way you will come to an intersection with a traffic light.

One more thing in regards to the entrance drive…….. we have a huge concern for student safety here.  Cars are pulling into the drive and exiting the school at a high rate of speed.  This is becoming a safety concern more so now due to the amount of students walking/riding bikes to school.  PLEASE SLOW DOWN as you enter/exit the school drive!!  Thank you!  Remember it is for the safety of the students  : )

SPENCER MEYER BENEFIT EVENTS…….  As many of you know, Spencer Meyer is a very special Kindergarten student here at Georgetown in Mrs. Estefan’s class and his parents, Jason and Jodi, are also staff members within the district.  Spencer is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and in March the family was informed that the cancer had returned in his spine.   The entire district is helping to raise money for the SPENCER MEYER BENEFIT FUND and we have a few things to let you know about.  These are great ways to help the family in this time of need!!

BENEFIT BASKETBALL GAME…….. will be held Friday, April 27 at 7:00pm at the High School.  This will be great night of fun for everyone!!  The game will be between the staff at Baldwin Middle and Riley Middle.  It will be the “Baldwin Street Ballers vs. Riley Street Rim-Rattlers”!  Doors will open at 6:30pm and entrance fees will be a VOLUNTARY DONATION to the Spencer Meyer Fundraiser!  Please come out and join us to show your support for the Meyer family!  Lots of fun things and the Eagle’s Landing will be selling $1.00 Squishees (slushees), there will be Jet’s Pizza, Jimmy John’s, pop and candy!  What could be better?!  So MARK your calendars for FRIDAY, APRIL 27!!

TEAM SPENCER….. Fliers for this event should have come  home with your YOUNGEST/AND OR ONLY STUDENT.  I am also attaching it here in the blog.   TEAM SPENCER kids sign up sheet 2  Please read the attached flier or the one sent home with your student for ALL of the details.  This will be a donation for the Spencer Meyer Benefit Fund through sponsorship of runners and individual donations.  There will be a form coming home through PE for FREE REGISTRATION for the children’s events!  You may also order t-shirts on this form. If you want to purchase a t-shirt PLEASE make the check PAYABLE to:  MICHELE SYTSMA.   Once again this is a great way to help out the Meyer Family!!

ZOX Staps…….  These are really cool bracelets that we are selling to benefit Spencer Meyer AND Jarod/Caleb Mulder.  Jarod and Caleb are also students in the district and attend Park Elementary.  Mr. Mulder is ALSO an employee of the district just as the Meyer’s are!  Jarod and Caleb have a disorder called MPS3A.  These bracelets are being sold for ONLY $7 each in the office and all of the proceeds are going directly back to the families!!  Stop by the office and get one!!  We have been selling a TON of these and have had to get more almost every day this week.  We should have more available also after Spring Break. HURRY IN!!  : )

12th ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW…….. Save The Date!  The 12th Annual Student Art Show is just around the corner!  Hudsonville’s annual art show includes masterpieces from students throughout the district, including 100 pieces from our Georgetown artists.  The show runs April 23 through 26 at the Park Elementary Community Room.  There will be a special artist reception for Georgetown students Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30-7:30 PM.  Please check out the attached flyer that will be up in all of the schools to promote this great event.  2012 Flyer-Blog PDF

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES FOR 5TH GRADERS……..   April 10 ~ Instrument Fittings at Georgetown Elementary.  (This helps the students determine if and what instrument they might like to play in Middle School Band.)  April 18 ~ Parent Informational Meeting for parents of 5th graders.  This will be held at Baldwin Middle School in the Cafeteria at 7:00pm.

PTC NEWS……. Spring Book Fair……  Reports are in…… the Book Fair was a HUGE success with a sales of $5900!!  “One For Books” brought in a total of $134.  Books have been delivered to those students who had to order theirs.  Please contact Cindy Roerig at 450-5772 if your student is still missing a book.  Thank you!!

COMMUNITY NEWS…….. CHALLENGE OF CHILDREN CONFERENCE…….  Challenge of Children is an annual parenting conference held at Hope College on May 17, 2012 from 9 am to 3 pm. This year our keynote, Bob Lancer be speaking on Raising Children, Raising Ourselves: Taking charge in our relationship with children begins with taking charge of ourselves first, because we cannot improve a child’s self-control while we are losing ours. This conference also includes several breakouts with topics such as Transforming Difficult Children, Special Needs Children,Preparing for College Costs,Dealing with Picky Eaters, Parenting with Love & Logic, Autism Spectrum Disorder and MUCH more!
Register online at www.challengeofchildren.org or call 616-796-1504 for a brochure.     Challenge of Children Flyer 2012 electronic (3)

HUDSONVILLE LITTLE LEAGUE “CHALLENGER” DIVISION…….. Hudsonville Little League, www.hudsonvillelittleleague.com, is still accepting registrations for our Challenger Division through April 4.  Visit http://assn.la/Reg/?r=4:38919 to sign up.  Hudsonville Little League\’s Challenger Division is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 18 (or still in school up to league age 22).  The Challenger division is for children with physical and mental challenges. For more information email: challenger@hudsonvillelittleleague.com, or call Jon Koopman at 616-318-9783.

OPEN SWIM FOR SPRING BREAK………  AM Lap:  5:30-7am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Saturday from 7-8:30AM

Friday, March 30  2-4pm;  Saturday, March 31  2-4pm;  Monday, April 2 through Saturday, April 7 from 2-4pm.  Cost for Open and Lap swim is $2.50 for individuals or $8 for the entire immediate family.

West Michigan Flight Academy 3rd Annual Pancake Carnival……… All you can eat – kids 5 and under free, 6-12 yrs. $5, adults $10.  Games, prizes, pony rides, pilots offering flights & much more, there issomething for everyone!
When: Saturday, June 9th, 8 – 11 a.m.
Where: Riverview Airport, 805 Taylor Street, Jenison Michigan
Why: Annual Pancake Carnival fundraiser benefits West Michigan Flight Academy’s flight programs.
These programs give children the opportunity to pursue careers in Aviation & Aerospace, while improving grades in Math & Science.  This event is one of many ways to reach as many kids & parents as possible, as well as raising funds for fuel and maintenance cost.  More: Internationally acclaimed aviation artist Rick Herter – Framed prints will be auctioned.  Mr. Herter will be in attendance to personalize the prints for the winning bidders.

HUDSONVILLE SHOWCASE……… Come on out for a free day of family-friendly fun.  There will be an indoor bounce house, balloon twisters, wii bowling, and many other fun activities for kids of all ages.  There will also be some great door prizes including a Kindle Fire and giveaways including a new Grill. The event is April 14, 2012 from 10-2pm at the Hudsonville High School.  No admission fee.  Call 662-0900 for more information.

EASTER EGG HUNT……….. 7th Annual Hudsonville Community Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by RE/MAX Grand Valley. To be held Saturday, April 7, 2012, 10:00am at Hughes Park on 40th Ave in Hudsonville. Kids up to 10 years old are invited to come and gather prize-filled eggs and have a chance to win one of three Grand Prizes. The event is free; however, if you are able a make a voluntary donation, all proceeds will go to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

HOPE COLLEGE SUMMER SCIENCE AND MORE CAMPS 2012………. Hope College is offering exciting opportunities this summer for students to explore the wonderful world of science and more. The programs will feature
“hands-on” interactive investigations designed to teach scientific concepts in a FUN and challenging way as well as hands-on, skill and technique building experiences in the non-science camps. Enrollment is based on the grade your student will enter Fall ‘12. You may register one grade either side if there is space available. To register, or for more information, visit our website at www.hope.edu/camps/science.htm  l. For questions, e-mail us at sciencecamp@hope.edu or contact us by phone (616) 395-7628.

HOPE COLLEGE SOCCER CAMPS……..  The Hope College Soccer camps are designed specifically for local soccer players that desire to grow in their soccer abilities.  Campers ages six to 14 attend day camps in June for a fun educational experience in a great team based setting.  At the Hope Soccer Camps we do more than build technical and tactical ability.  We also develop relationships that allows each player to build friendships with the other players and staff.  Two weeks are available from June18-22 and June 25-29.  Come for the best week of soccer ever.  Learn more at www.hopesoccercamp.com.

2012 CREATE CAMP INVENTION COMING TO HUDSONVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL THIS SUMMER!………  In partnership with Invent Now, Hudsonville Christian School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six this summer. Camp Invention will run from 9:00 – 3:30 from June 18-22, 2012. This exciting, week-long adventure in creativity immerses children in imaginative play that reinforces and supplements school-year learning in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Hudsonville Christian staff members will facilitate program modules, and enthusiastic high school and college students will serve as Leadership Interns – ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children. Register on or before March 30 to receiver $25 OFF the base price of $215. Look for a flyer on Hudsonville Christian School’s websitewww.hudsonvillechristian.org, or there is a flyer available at school. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call800.968.4332 to reserve your child’s spot today!

COMMUNITY ED NEWS………….  Please see the link at the school’s website at www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org or call 669-7747, ext.  #3 for information regarding all the activities being offered.  We also have the paper copy registrations of these offerings outside of our Multi-Purpose Room here at Georgetown.  You may register online for any activity that is being offered currently.   Listed below are a few of the activities currently being offered.

Spring Break Camps

Young Rembrandts ~ Cartoons

Golf Lessons

Heat Jr. Swim

Heat Diving Club

Boater Safety Classes

Afterschool Tennis

Hudsonville Recreatioin Softball

UPCOMING EVENTS

4/9 ~ Back to School

4/11 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night

4/13 ~ T/TH PK/K Friday

4/13 ~ ECSE Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Field Trip

4/18 ~ Marco’s Pizza Night

4/18 ~ 4th Grade Field Trip to the Symphony

Have a great Spring Break!!

Mrs. Nurenberg  : )

 

 

 

 

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