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Happy Friday Afternoon Georgetown Parents!!

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE……….  WOW what a whirlwind of a week it has been here this week!!  Way to rock the school with ORANGE!!  The students/staff AND parents of this building are truly amazing!!  : )  Hope to see alot of you at the basketball game tonight.  I am sure it will be fantastic!!  Moving on……. can you believe it…. ONLY 6 weeks until Summer Break!!  : ) Not that we are counting or anything.

JUST WRITE T-SHIRTS……… Sorry about the confusion, but we have had many questions about the cost.  It is on the form, but a little hard to find.  These shirts are $15 each and you can make your checks payable to “Georgetown Elementary”.  Thank you.

MAY/JUNE  LUNCH MENUS………..  WOW… here is the last lunch menu for this school year!!  I have attached one here along with the deposit slip form if needed.   May-June 2012 Hud. Elem      Deposit Slip

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……… is TONIGHT at 7:00pm at the Hudsonville High School.  Please come out and enjoy the fun!  It will be DONATION entrance fee and there will lots of fun things going on.  They are hoping for an “ORANGE OUT’ for the Meyer family.  Please wear orange if you are able.

TEAM SPENCER…..  Don’t forget about the 5/3 Riverbank Run and Georgetown’s very own “Fun Run”!!  The “Fun Run” will be held next Friday, May 4.  Please make sure your student wears their “Team Spencer” shirt or any ORANGE shirt for this fun event!!  This should be a really cool event here at Georgetown!!  Sorry, the deadline for the t-shirts ended today, but any student can  wear anything orange on that day and they DO NOT have to have a “Team Spencer” shirt in order to participate!

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES FOR 5TH GRADERS……..   May 10 ~ Field Day at BMS.  May 10 ~ Camp Meeting for parents @ 6p @ Georgetown.  May 23-25 ~ 5th Grade Camp!!  : )  June 6 ~ 5th Grade Celebration!!

PTC NEWS………  Mackinac Island Ferry Coupons……. these are available to you through FUN SERVICES for holding our “Holiday Gift Shop” in December!  Coupons are available for children 12 years and younger and you must purchase an adult ticket also.  Coupons are not transferable.  Please go to the website of and click on Santa’s Secret Shop and then on the Star Line Ferry Logo.  Fill out the form using the CODE MiG and print.

COMMUNITY NEWS……….  MAY SCHOOL ELECTION………  On May 8 Hudsonville voters will be asked to approve the annual renewal of the 18 mill non-homestead property tax.  This is a tax on businesses and second homes, not on homestead residences or qualified agricultural property.  State Education Taxes  on homestead residences will remain at the 1994 millage rate. We are deeply grateful for our community’s continued support.  Especially during these difficult financial times, passage of the Non-Homestead Renewal allows the district to maintain the current millage rate for operational funding.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE ON MAY 8th!!

MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION……….  Saturday, June 2, 2012……… Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food Distribution on Saturday, June 2. The food distribution will take place at Hager Park Church’s parking lot, located at 2635 Bauer Road in Jenison, 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, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other high quality grocery items.

DRUG AWARENESS WORKSHOP………….  Parents, are you aware of the latest drug trends among Ottawa County youth? With all the media coverage of national issues, do you know which ones are actually popular in your neighborhood?  This workshop will educate you on what youth in Ottawa County are actually saying about the substances they use.

Parents will learn accurate drug facts, tips for prevention, resources for treatment, and hear from a panel of professionals which will include; Law Enforcement, Assistant Prosecutor for Ottawa County, Youth, Parent and Treatment Specialist. The panel will specifically address your questions. Please note this presentation is appropriate for adults only.

Thursday, May 10, 6:30 -8:00 p.m.
Hager Park (DeVries Rm.)
8134 28th Ave., Jenison

Please contact Jodi Glass at 616.396.2301 ext. 132 or email with any questions.

2012 SUMMER EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC CLASSES……...  Ali Bendert – Elementary Music Teacher ~ Classes will be held at Hudsonville United Church of Christ  (4950 32nd Street, Hudsonville, MI 49426) in the Choir Room. Please e-mail me at or call me at 517.256.3720 if you would like more information or would like to sign up for a class for you and your child.  Classes will run from June 25 – August 10 and will be once a week. Classes are $10 each per child, but if you sign up for the whole summer, the cost is $50 (two free classes!).

Not Sure? Check out a FREE Sample Class!  I will be having free sample classes on Saturday, June 9 at 10am (infants and toddlers) and
11am (preschoolers). This will allow you to try the music class for free to see if it is right for you and your child. Please contact me ( or 517.256.3720) if you are interested in the free classes.

HUDSONVILLE ROCKET CHEERLEADING………  Is your daughter going into 1st-8th grade next fall and interested in cheering? Hudsonville Rocket Cheerleading will be having their sign up dates on Saturday, June 16th and Saturday, July 28th.   Registrations will be held at the Freshman Campus cafeteria from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The cost of registration is $50 and includes an end of year banquet and trophy.  An additional uniform cost applies for those that do not have one.  Used uniforms will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The 1st-6th grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Youth Football games and the 7th & 8th grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Club Football games. Check out the Hudsonville Rocket Cheer Website for more info (  If you have any additional questions about the program, please contact me. Call Coach Britni at 616-634-9580 or e-mail  I look forward to seeing you at registration!

MICHIGAN FIRE JUNIORS………  Youth Recreational Soccer Program…..  The Michigan Fire Juniors announces the Sparks Player Academy program (formerly Junior Rangers). This is a recreational soccer program with an emphasis on player and skills development. Players, ages 4 to 9 will learn to play from experienced and paid trainers/coaches in a fun and exciting way. There will be skills and techniques taught that will enable them go on to play soccer at whatever level their ability will take them. The youth soccer player is the foundation to the continued growth and success of soccer in West Michigan. No tryouts are necessary……

2012 – 2013 OPEN REGISTRATION (no tryouts)
Michigan Fire Juniors – Sparks Player Academy (age 4 – 9 based on 2012-2013 school year)
Registration Dates: May 12 and May 19, 2012
Registration Location: Jenison Christian Church (next to the Ranger Fields on 28th Ave, Jenison
Registration Time: 9:00 am – 11 am
Cost: Fall & Spring $175.00 (8 weeks- fall / 8 weeks-spring includes uniform)

DOLL TEA PARTY……….. Saturday May 5, 1:00 – 2:30pm.  South Harbor Church,  1951 64th Street, Byron Center, MI.
$5 per-registration @
$7 at the door
Includes special tea with crafts, activities, treats, photo booth, vendors and a raffle including an American Girl Doll as the Grand Prize.  Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6/$5.

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 or call 616-796-1504 for a brochure.     Challenge of Children Flyer 2012 electronic (3)

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.

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  l. For questions, e-mail us at 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

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, or there is a flyer available at school. Availability is limited, so visit or call800.968.4332 to reserve your child’s spot today!

COMMUNITY ED NEWS……….. We have many different classes and camps planned for your kids this summer.  Your student should have brought the brochure home last week one day.  Otherwise, please feel free to browse the PDF of the Summer Brochure that I have attached to this email.    Summer2012

Online registration for all summer programming begins on Monday, April 16, 2012.    Register online at

Classes and camps fill quickly, so do not delay in getting your child registered.  Please feel free to contact Community Ed with any questions you may have at 669-1740.


5/1 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night

5/4 ~ ECSE John Ball Zoo Field Trip

5/9 ~ M/W K Field Trip to Outdoor Discovery Center/Timbertown

5/10 ~ T/TH K Field Trip to Outdoor Discovery Center/Timbertown

5/10 ~ Grades 4/5 Field Day at BMS

5/10 ~ Camp Mtg for 5th Gr Parents at 6pm at Georgetown MPR

5/14-5/18 ~ Just Write

5/16 ~ Marco’s Pizza Night

5/18 ~ PK-Boes Field Trip to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

5/23-5/25 ~ 5th Grade Camp

5/25 ~ ECSE Family Picnic at Hager Park

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Nurenberg  : )




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