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Happy Friday Georgetown Parents!

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE……..  Really can you believe our luck?!  Another 4 day week this week and we have a 4 day week next week too!  I think if I am correct that makes for 6 weeks in a row we will have had 4 day weeks!  I am not sure how we are going to handle a 5 day week!  Over all things are pretty quiet here at Georgetown as is usually is this time of year.  Hold on tight though, after Spring Break has come and gone things really seem to fly by!  Before you know it I will start the countdown to Spring Break and then not long after that the countdown to the end of the school year!!  Please remember that Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up soon and we love to see all of our parents make it to these.

YEARBOOKS……. if you did not order one for your student (you would have ordered it when you ordered pictures) we do a few extras for sale here in the office.  They are $10 each.  You may pay with a check, just make it payable to “Georgetown PTC”.  Thank you.  These extras will be available on a first come, first serve basis and we will not hold them.  Students may bring the money to the office.  : )

KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP/PACKETS………… time is here!  Round-Up will be held next Tuesday, February 26 at 7 pm here at Georgetown.  Packets are available in the office to pick up if you would like to do so before Tuesday.  Please remember when turning in the Registration form for Kindergarten you must also have your child’s ORIGINAL birth certificate (not the one from the hospital and yes we will copy it for you), immunization records and they must have their hearing and vision checked.  If they have an appointment for the immunizations and the vision/hearing coming up that is fine to bring us these forms at a later date.  Hope to see a lot of you on Tuesday evening.  : )

5th GRADE NEWS…………  It is that time of year again to start adding important dates to the calendar for your 5th grader.  The time from here until the end of the school year is going to fly by for you……. so hold on tight!   Here are some upcoming dates that you will want to keep track of.

March 21 ~ Visiting the Middle School.  Students will visit either Baldwin or Riley depending on which school they will be attending next year.  This is a fun day for your student.  They really enjoy this. 

April 9 ~ Instrument fittings for 5th graders at Georgetown in the afternoon.  They will do this at Georgetown.

April 17 ~ Baldwin St Middle School Parent Information Meeting at 7pm in the Cafeteria.

April 18 ~ Riley St Middle School Parent Information Meeting at 7pm in the Cafeteria.

ART NEWS………. FROM THE ART ROOM…. Parents – be sure to check out our on-line Student Art Gallery at ARTSONIA!  New student artwork is being uploaded daily.  This is a great way to see some of the stellar projects your kids have been creating in art – and don’t forget, you can purchase items printed with your child’s artwork from the Artsonia Gift Shop.  Visit the Artsonia Student Gallery here:  ARTSONIA MUSEUM.  Contact Mrs. Brouwer if you need your child’s secure key code to access their artwork  at jbrouwer@hpseagles.net.

SAVE THE DATE!  Our 13th Annual district wide Student Art Show is right around the corner!  This event features amazing artwork from all students in the district, including 100 pieces from our own Georgetown artists.  The Art Show will be April 22 through 25, with a special reception for Georgetown artists on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30-7:30 PM.  
PTC NEWS………..  SPRING BOOK FAIR……. The Spring Book Fair will be held March.  This spring’s theme is: Story Laboratory: Reading Gives You Super Power!  The students  will be previewing the books on Monday and Tuesday, keep your eyes open for their “Wish List” to come home one of these evenings. They will have the opportunity to shop on Wednesday and Thursday during their classroom shopping time.  The Book Fair will also be open three evenings if you prefer to shop with your student. The nights the fair will be open are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 PM until 6:00 PM. Parents Shopping will be held on Friday from 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM. Make sure to mark these dates on your calendar!  The ONLINE FAIR will be going on March 6-20 and can be accessed at the following  link: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/georgetownelementary.
The Book Fair Committee is also in NEED of MANY volunteers!! If you’re interested,  please sign up for the Spring Book Fair Volunteers – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/kQEUqe
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and
reminders. Easy!

Note:  VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.  If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Cheryl Havens at havenspc@gmail.com  or 616-481-4164 and we can sign you up this way.  : )   Thank you!

STAR LINE FERRY COUPONS……….. Thank you to everyone who made our Holiday Gift Shop such a great success.  As a way to say thank you Fun Services has a great deal!   To receive two FREE Star Line Ferry child tickets to Mackinaw Island please visit… http://www.mackinacferry.com/fun-services-coupons-34/ and use access code MiG2.  The coupons are valid only for students at schools hosting a Fun Services Holiday Gift Shop program, maximum age is 12, coupons are not transferable and must be redeemed with the purchase of an adult full fare ticket.

COMMUNITY NEWS…….. Eagle 5k & 10K……….. The Hudsonville Boosters invite parents and children involved with Girls on the Run or any school running program, to participate in a 5K Run Walk on March 23rd @ 9AM at the Hudsonville High School.   Cost for kids 12 and under is $15 and $25 for adults.   All race participants will receive a full length dry-wick Eagle Racing Shirt.   For more information see attached flyer  2013Eagle5K10K or call Brian Carlson @ 616-510-1663 or go to www.eagle10k.com.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED……... Host Families are needed (of any size, age, etc.) to open up their home for 4 or 6 weeks this summer for students ages 12-18 from Spain who are coming to this area to practice their (already good) English.  The 4-week program is June 26-July 24, and the students attend activities every Tue/Thu out of Hudsonville.  The 6-week program is June 25-August 6, and these students do not attend any activities but only live with the host family.  Both programs are flexible and students may go on vacation or to summer camp with you.  Students come fully insured and with their own spending money.  Host Families are also needed for the school year for public or private high schools. Please contact Mayah Bischoff at mayah.bischoff1@gmail.com or 662-0050 for more information.

BULLYING WORKSHOP……..  Please read the attached flyer with all of the important information.  Adults ONLY please.  February 28, 6:30pm.  Bullying Flyer

5th/6th GRADE BOYS LACROSSE……….. Play lacrosse in the spring !  Sign up today at hudslax.com or call John Huizenga at 334-3113 for more information.

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING & TOY SALE……….. Come join us for our Children’s Clothing & Toy Sale on Saturday, March 16 from 9AM to NOON at Heritage Christian School.  We will have a great selection of children’s clothing from newborn to Junior, toys, books, sporting equipment, and baby paraphernalia!  There will also be delicious Baked Goods for sale! Our address is 4900 40th Avenue, Hudsonville.

EMERGING DRUG TRENDS PRESENTATION………..Please read the attached flyer for more information.  This important presentation will be on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 PM.      Emerging Drug trends flyer

HUDSONVILLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION……… In 2012 the HEF approved a new award titled, The Innovation in Education Award.  This award has been made possible through a donation from a family in the Hudsonville Public School District in honor of Theresa Reagan, Principal of Georgetown Elementary.  The donor family wanted to recognize Theresa for her unquenchable desire to innovate, both in the classroom and throughout her building.  The Innovation in Education Award is intended for an individual or group of individuals who exhibits a passion for innovation and directly impacts students in the Hudsonville Public School District.  Recipients of the award could include teachers, administrators, employees, and volunteers.  Nominations for the Innovation in Education Award will be accepted from March 1 – April 15, 2013.  Nominations can be submitted by HPS staff and community members.  The HEF Board will review the nominations and the $500 award will be delivered to the winning nominee(s) in September at the beginning of the next school year.   Award Nomination Forms are available in each school office or can be accessed at  www.hudsonvilleeducationfoundation.org.  

CAMP INVENTION…….. Returning to Hudsonville Christian School June 17-21, the Camp Invention program is a week-long adventure in creativity that immerses children entering grades one through six in exciting, hands-on learning, disguised as fun activities.  This summer, children will become expedition trainees, navigating their way to special treasure-filled caches and creating solutions to challenges posed by youth from around the world. They will be embarking on a global adventure, uncovering hidden messages from the earth, investigating several extreme natural wonders of the world and building a device to launch international ducks back home.  Discounts are available – register today!  Call800.968.4332 or visit www.campinvention.org.  Contact Sharon Leerar, camp director, with any questions. sleerar@4hcs.org  616.915.1861

COMMUNITY ED NEWS………. Hudsonville Community Education has many offerings for your kids.  For more information or to register, please visit www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org or call Rebecca at 669-7747, ext. #3.  Here are some of the activities being offered currently:

Gymnastics/Dance/Cheer

Girls Volleyball Clinic

Learn to Skate

Baseball Clinics

Golf Lessons

Learn to Ice Skate

Intro to Hockey

Tae Kwon Do

Boater Safety Classes

Beginning Fencing

UPCOMING EVENTS

2/27 ~ 4th Grade Field Trip to Lansing

3/1 ~ NO SCHOOL – RECORDS DAY
 
3/4 – 3/6 ~ Parent Teach Conferences
 
3/5 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
3/8 ~ ECSE Circus Day
 
3/11 – 3/15 ~ Spring Book Fair
 
3/20 ~ Marco’s Pizza Night
 
3/21 ~ 5th Grade visits BMS
 
3/21 ~ PTC Meeting 6:30 PM
 
3/28 ~ Georgetown Talent Show
 
3/29 – 4/5 ~ SPRING BREAK  : )
 
Have a great weekend!!
Mrs. Nurenberg  : )
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