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Happy Friday Georgetown Parents!  

OFFICE NEWS………  Just a couple of things to mention from the office.  First…… the countdown has started…….9 school days until Spring Break!  Woo- Hoo!! This is a reminder for all of the students who do Bible Club on Mondays after school…… the LAST DAY will beMONDAY, MARCH 25.  Parents, once again, we are asking that you please send a note in the morning with your student to give to their teacher if they will be having a change in transportation plans at the end of the school day.  We know that there are emergencies that come up and we understand this, but when we have to call into the classrooms multiple times for end of the day changes it is extremely disruptive.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

SCHOOL SAFETY……. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department is implementing an adopt a school opportunity for their officers.  We are fortunate enough to have TWO officers adopt Georgetown Elementary.   Mrs. Valerie Weiss, who is a parent at Georgetown and Mr. Mike Petroelje, who has children at Baldwin Middle and Bauer and also teaches our S.A.V.E. program here, are officers with the Sheriff’s Department.  The purpose of this will be to have a presence of security on our campus.   Mrs. Weiss or Mr. Petroelje may be seen occasionally in our parking lot, at our entrance or in our building.  We appreciate Mrs. Weiss and Mr. Petroelje adopting us and look forward to seeing them around.  Please greet them when you see them around Georgetown. : )


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

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.

COMMUNITY NEWS………  ANNUAL SPRING/SUMMER CLOTHING SALE…….  This Saturday, March 16, is the day!  You will not want to miss out on this fantastic sale!  Get a head start on your spring/summer clothing shopping for baby through junior in your family and find incredible savings!  Doors open at 9AM.  Heritage Christian School 4900 40th Ave, Hudsonville, MI

SECOND BEST SALE…….. Rosewood Church (Corner of 28th and Rosewood, Jenison); Saturday March 16, 2013; 8:00 am -12:00 noon with a half off sale from 12:30-1:30pm.  Items for sale include childrens clothing, toys, baby equipment, furniture, household items, adult clothing and much more!  Also there  will be a baked goods sale.  Proceeds will be for the junior and senior high mission trips.

BLOOD DRIVE IN HONOR & REMEMBRANCE OF SARAH KAPER…….. Baldwin Street Middle School is hosting a blood drive on Monday, March 18th, from 2-7pm. to honor Sarah Kaper, our fellow student and friend that recently lost her courageous battle against cancer.  Many in our community, both children and adults, require blood everyday for various reasons. It only takes about an hour to donate, so please look at your calendar and make a note to give for this special tribute to a very special girl. YOU CAN SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT BY GOING ONLINE AT AND

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

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

SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES…….  Please click on the link here……   for some great ideas for families/kids to do over spring break if you are staying in the area.  Some are even FREE!!  : )

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

MOTHER’S DAY BOUTIQUE……… The Hudsonville Orchestra Parents Association (HOPA) is holding a Mother’s Day Boutique on April 27th at the HHS Gymnasium.  This event is open to any vendors who would like to purchase a 10′X10′ space to sell their products to members of the community.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email Heidi at

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  Contact Sharon Leerar, camp director, with any questions.  616.915.1861

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


Learn to Swim

Learn to Skate

Golf Lessons

Stroke School (Swimming)

Young Rembrandts Drawing


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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