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BLOG BITS 10/19/12

BLOG BITS 10/19/12  ………..  Happy Friday Georgetown Parents!  

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE………..  Let’s start with a big HIP HIP HOORAY!!!    The MEAP is finished!!  : ) (unless your student has a make-up day of course, sorry about that!)  The students were amazing and got through the testing very nicely.  Kudos to students AND teachers!!  

ILLNESSES AT SCHOOL………  We have had quite a few cases of the stomach flu here at Georgetown.  One day this week we had a classroom with 10 students out.  : (  We just wanted to remind you that we need students FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT MEDICATION and for students with the stomach flu they need to BE KEPT HOME FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS SINCE THEY LAST VOMITED.  Thank you for your consideration in this matter.  We need to do our very best to keep these viruses from spreading.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES……. These are coming up very quickly.  They will be held on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8.  If you are able please go out to the Georgetown Blog and complete the survey from Mrs. Reagan in regards to scheduling conference times.  If you are not able to do this please let us know, and for paper copy families I am attaching the form that you can fill out and return to your student’s teacher ASAP.  Thank you.

PICTURE RE-TAKES……….  These will be on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30.  Please remember if you are having re-takes done to make sure your student brings their picture booklet back in to hand in to Geskus.  If your child was absent on the first picture day they just need to bring in their envelope with their picture selections and money/check.

PTC NEWS………..  OUR FIRST BOXTOP COMPETITION……….  The deadline for the first BoxTop Competition is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26!  Please send in your box tops LABELED with the student and teacher’s name.  The winning class from each wing will be announced the first full week in November.

The PTC Meeting for NOVEMBER has been rescheduled for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 at 6:30pm.

BOOK FAIR…….. Feels like reading is in the air, get ready for Book Fair!  The Scholastic Book Fair will be held during the week of Parent Teacher Conferences NOVEMBER 5-9!  The Book Fair will be open three evenings during conferences; Monday, November 5th and Wednesday, November 7th from 5p-8p and Thursday November 8th from 4p-6p. We’ll also have a Parents Only Shopping on Friday, November 9th from 8:30a-12p. We have lots of great things being planned. Make sure to mark the dates on your calendar!  The ONLINE FAIR will be going on October 31st through November 14th and can be accessed at the following link:  The Book Fair Committee is also in NEED of MANY volunteers!!  If you are interested please contact Cheryl Havens at 616-481-4164 or

COMMUNITY NEWS………….  THE FOREST GROVE CORN MAZE HAS RETURNED!!…….   Join us Wednesday-Saturday from 4:00 until 11:00pm.  Located at 1904 56th Ave.  This years theme is The United States.Special events and discounts happening every weekend.  For pricing and more information go to or find us on Facebook.  Brought to you by Forest Grove Reformed Church Frontline Youth Group.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER……….. 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Saturday, November 3, 2012,  South Blendon Reformed Church, 4817 Port Sheldon Road, 669-9872.  Please join us for a pancake breakfast benefit for Deb Fowler.  Deb needs to have surgery and does not have health insurance to cover the cost.  Their out-of-pocket expenses will be around $16,000.  We are hoping to help ease the burden of some of this expense through this pancake breakfast.  We look forward to seeing you!

THE HEAVENLY HARVEST PUMPKIN PATCH/FAMILY FESTIVAL……..  Don’t miss the Heavenly Harvest pumpkin patch and family festival coming to Hudsonville Congregational U.C.C.  4950 32nd Ave in Hudsonville.  Choose the perfect pumpkin and other harvest decor from an amazing selection from October 17-31.  The patch is open Monday- Friday from 12-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-5pm.  Special family events on Saturday, October 20 and 27.  Proceeds from the sale will benefit the church’s local mission projects and other church ministries.  Bring the whole family!

CITY OF HUDSONVILLE URBAN HAY DAY……….. The orchard experience is coming to the City! Join us for the first ever City of Hudsonville Urban HayDay on October 27, 2012 from 12-5pm.  This unique event will feature a Hayride which will start at Gemmen’s parking lot and travel through the
heart of downtown Hudsonville to a marketplace & fall ball which will be bustling with activity.  The hayrides will drop you off at the marketplace & fall ball which will be full of free activities, crafts, and games, vendors & crafters, and delicious food.  The orchard experience won’t stop there though. Hop on a bus to take a tour of Hudsonville, stopping at several event stops throughout town which will feature pumpkin bowling, pumpkin carving demonstrations, live animals, and cookie decorating, among others. The whole family will find something to entertain and excite at this fun event where we will bring the orchard to the city.  For extra excitement, you can take part in a Costume walk & contest hosted by Grand Valley Health Plan which will offer prizes for the best family, adult, and kids costumes. The walk will depart from the Marketplace & Fall Ball at 11:30am, but will bring you back just in time for the start of the Urban HayDay!  For updated event information, including maps and event details, visit http:// or call Michelle Fare at 616-662-0900.

MEL TROTTER THANKSGIVING MEALS……..  Mel Trotter Ministries will be distributing 500 complete Thanksgiving meals on November 19th—100 from each of the 5 thrift stores (Jenison, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Belding & Middleville).  If you know of needy families in the Jenison/Hudsonville/Grandville area, please have them come into the Jenison Mel Trotter Thrift Store at 7500 Cottonwood Drive anytime between now and November 19th to sign up for a Thanksgiving meal and to receive their voucher (phone calls will not be accepted).  On November 19th, they will return again between 1:00 – 5:00pm with their voucher and a picture ID to pick up their turkey and all the fixings.  Our 100 food boxes will be served on a first come, first served basis.  If you have any questions, please contact the Mel Trotter Thrift Store at 616-667-9820.

HUDSONVILLE COMMUNITY ED…………  Hudsonville Community Education has many offerings for your kids this fall.  For more information or to register, please visit or call Rebecca at 669-7747, ext. #3.

Boys Wrestling ~ Grades K-6

After School Tennis ~ Grades PK-5

Learn to Ice Skate ~ Ages 3 and up

Intro to Hockey ~ Boys/Girls w/skating experience

Home Alone Class ~ Ages 9-13

Learn to Skate ~ Ages 4 and up

Golf Lessons ~ Grades 1-8


10/23 ~ Turkey  Trot

10/24 ~ Kindergarten Field Trip  Iwema/Yankee

10/25 ~ Kindergarten Field Trip   Bohl/Estefan

10/29-11/1 ~ Raey Guang Visits

10/30 ~ Picture Retakes

10/31 ~ Halloween Parties

11/5 ~ P/T Conferences

11/5-11/9 ~ Book Fair

11/6 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night

11/7-11/8 ~ P/T Conferences

Have a great weekend!!

Mrs. Nurenberg  : )

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