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Happy Thursday Georgetown Parents!!  Happy Spring  : )

Woo ~ Hoo….. we made it!!!  It is Spring Break officially!  We wish all of you a great Spring Break and enjoy the time off with your family.  : )  Once we return to school the spring will fly by with all of the new activities that the students are enrolled in, so hold on tight the rest of the school year will fly by!! 

APRIL LUNCH MENU……. the April lunch menu and an extra deposit slip are attached.    April 2013 Hud Elem    Deposit Slip

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.

IMMUNIZATIONS NEEDED FOR 6TH GRADE…… Please read the attachment in regards to immunizations that are needed for your child to enter 6th grade.  OCHD 6th grade imms flyer Jan 2013

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. For Band/Orchestra families only.

April 18 ~ Riley St Middle School Parent Information Meeting at 7pm in the Cafeteria.  For Band/Orchestra families only.

PTC NEWS………  MOTHER/SON BASEBALL BONANZA………. Please save the date…. SATURDAY, MAY 4 @ 6:30 PM.  We will be going to the Whitecaps!! : )   More information to come soon!!

MARCO’S PIZZA NIGHT WINNER…….. Drumroll please……. the winner of March’s Marco’s Pizza night is…….. 5th Grade…… Mrs. Walenta!  Way to go 5th graders.  You will soon be enjoying a pizza party lunch provided by Marco’s.  : )

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……..  ICE SKATING FUN…… Friday, March 29 – Saturday, April 6th. During any of our Public Skating  Sessions: M-W-F 12-2, Fri 7-9, Sat 2-4;  $5 – includes skate rental (or $3 admission if you have your own skates)  Georgetown Ice Center,  8500 48th Ave Hudsonville, MI 49426  (616) 662-2800

8th ANNUAL HUDSONVILLE COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT………  sponsored by RE/MAX Grand Valley and Grace Community Church. To be held Saturday, March 30, 2013, 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. There will also be a short presentation hosted by The Critter Barn after the Easter Egg Hunt. These events are FREE; however, if you are able to make a voluntary donation, all proceeds will go to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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!!  : )

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

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED……... Still in DESPERATE NEED of host families!!  We still need to place 30 students by May 25. 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 or 662-0050 for more information.

CHALLENGE OF CHILDREN…….. Challenge of Children is an annual parenting conference held at Hope College on May 16, 2013 from 9 am to 3 pm. This year our keynote, Dan Seaborn will be sharing on practical ways to build a healthy family. This conference also includes 40+ breakouts with topics such as Discipline 101, Kids Yoga, Parenting with Love and Logic, Living with Food Allergies, Planning for College, Enjoying Your Teenager and Your Child’s Online Footprint.  Register online or call 616-796-1504 for a brochure.  Please read the attached flyer for more info and to see the Registration form.  Challenge of Children 2013 Flyer (1)

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

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


3/29 – 4/5 ~ SPRING BREAK  : )
4/9 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
4/17 ~ Marco’s Pizza Night
4/19 ~ Popcorn Friday
4/23 ~ Georgetown Art Show at Park Elementary
Have a great Spring Break!!
Mrs. Nurenberg : ) 


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