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Happy Friday Georgetown Parents! 

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE…….. Well the weather has improved some……. lets just keep up the wishes for warmer weather and MORE sunshine!  : )  Here it comes for this week…. ONLY 34 SCHOOL days until summer vacation.  YIKES!!  This week we have a few more reminders for you as parents…… please keep up with sending snacks in for your students, FIELD TRIPS = SACK LUNCHES and BIKES = NOTES!!  The bike riders have been increasing this week and we just need you to remember that a note needs to be sent to the teacher letting them know that if your child rides his/her  bike to school they may ride home.  It CAN BE a open ended note until the end of the year, BUT they need one to have on hand otherwise they WILL be put on the bus.  This is helpful also for when the teachers have substitutes!  Thank you!  : )

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………… Please…..Make sure to keep check the dates below as we add things occasionally. This week there is a new date of 4/29. 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 29 ~ Student/Parent BMS Orientation Night…..BMS would like to welcome incoming 6th graders (current 5th graders) AND their parents on Monday, April 29th from 7:00-8:30pm.  This will be an overview of the 6th grade experience and will begin in the gym, followed with a chance to ask questions, visit classrooms, and tour the building.  Mr. Powers, Principal, Mr. Murphy, Assistant Principal, and Counselors, Mrs. VanZalen and Mr Arnoys will all be there ready to meet you!

May 22-May 24 ~  5th Grade Camp  : )

May 29 ~ 5th Grade Celebration

ART NEWS…….. STUDENT ART SHOW…….  Hello Georgetown Families!  The 13th Annual HPS Student Art Show will be held April 22-25 at the Hudsonville City Hall Community Room.  There will be a special reception for Georgetown artists on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Please know that if you can’t make it on Tuesday, you are welcome to visit the art show any other evening or during the day from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Please see the attached flyer for more information – don’t forget our new show location in the lower level of the Hudsonville City Hall on 3275 Central Boulevard!  2013 Art Show Flyer PDF

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!!

SCHOOL CARNIVAL……. Save the date……..Friday, May 24.  More details to come!  : )

COMMUNITY NEWS…….. LOCAL BOOK AUTHOR COMING……… You are invited to the Gary Byker Memorial Library on April 23 at 7:00pm to meet local author, Doreen Rickert Rademacher, who has just released her new book – I Can & I Did, The Kelly Finger-McNeela Story. Drop in to meet the author and the star of the story who’s positive attitude and “Just do it” philosophy inspired the book.  Readers will be quickly engaged in the tale documenting Kelly’s trials and triumphs while valiantly battling multiple sclerosis since she was 15 years old. Books will be available for sale and are priced at $19.99.  Money raised will help to build Kelly’s Place, The CanDid House, an assisted living facility for younger people with physical disabilities.  Call 669-1255 to register for this free event.

OUR TOWN……….. Purchase your tickets now for the upcoming play “Our Town”.  Our Town is a 1938 three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. Set in the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners, it tells the story of an average town’s citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. The play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props. Throughout Wilder uses metatheatrical devices, such as narration by a stage manager.  The play will be performed April 25, 26, & 27th in the HHS Auditorium at 7:30pm.   Ticket prices are: $10 for Adults; $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in the HHS office starting the week of April 15th.

TASTE OF HUDSONVILLE……… On Saturday, April 20, the Hudsonville Band Boosters will be sponsoring the fourth annual “Taste of Hudsonville” in the Hudsonville High School gym from 2-5pm. This community-wide event will showcase food from area restaurants as well as the instrumental music talent of the Hudsonville Band program. In addition, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be held.  Tickets can be purchased daily in the Hudsonville High School and Middle School offices and at the Avon Store in Hudsonville. Advanced sale tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age
62+) and $5 for children (age 4-12). All tickets are an additional $2 at the door.  Last year this was a SOLD OUT event, so get your tickets early!!!

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

DOLL TEA PARTY………..  Doll Tea Party – May 4, 1-2:30pm.  This fun event for moms (or grandmas or aunts or sisters) and daughters and their dolls is special tea with crafts,activities, American Girl Doll raffle, treats, photo-booth, vendors, and more. Tickets are $6 each and are available at  South Harbor Church | 1951 – 64th Street SW | Byron Center, MI 49315 | 616-531-3500

FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DROP-OFF……… The Hudsonville Venturing Crew 2146 is hosting a free electronics drop-off event at South Blendon Reformed Church, 4817 Port Sheldon, Friday May 10 from 4pm-7pm and Saturday May 11 from 8am-3pm.  This event is in cooperation with Michigan electronics recycler Comprenew.  All electronics will be either recycled, refurbished or reused.  (Computer hard drives will be wiped or destroyed for security).  Acceptable items include cell phones, radios, microwaves, VCRs, TVs, computers, printers, power cords, electric power tools, GPS units, telephones, answering machines, speakers, etc. (no light bulbs, air conditioners or large appliances).  For a complete list of accepted items go to  Please take this opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted, obsolete or non-working electronics.

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)

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.

MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION……… Saturday, June 1, 2013.  Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food Distribution on Saturday,June 1st. 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 alarge assortment of food, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other high quality grocery items.

HUDSONVILLE ROCKET CHEER………. Is your daughter going into 1st-8th grade next fall and interested in cheering? Hudsonville Rocket Cheerleading will be having their first sign up date on Monday, June 3rd from 6-9pm at the Hudsonville Freshman Campus cafeteria. The cost of registration is $75 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 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!

CURIOUS KIDS………  Do you tend to hear “I’m bored” after a few weeks of summer vacation? How does Ooey, Gooey Science or Island Getaway sound? Join us at Curious Kids this summer and you won’t have to worry about your children getting bored! Jamestown Reformed Church is excited to announce new reduced rates for their Summer Enrichment Program for children 4 years old through entering 3rd grade.  Four different themed classes are offered throughout the summer. For more information, please contact Carrie at 616-896-9732 or

HOMES NEEDED FOR REFUGEE TEENS……… There is a pressing need for families who are willing to host refugee teens from Africa and Central America, who, because of violence and persecution have been separated from their families and forced to flee their homes. If you are interested in learning more about Bethany Christian Services, Refugee Foster Care Program, call (616) 224-7540.

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:

Stroke School (Swimming)


4/23 ~ Georgetown Art Show at Park Elementary
5/7 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
5/7 ~ 4th Gr Field  Trip/Frauenthal Theater
5/8 ~ 2nd Gr Field Trip/DeGraf Nature Center
5/9 ~ Kindergarten Field Trip/Outdoor Discovery Center
5/15 ~ Marco’s Pizza Night
5/16 ~ ECSE Field Trip/Teusink’s Farm
5/16 ~ PTC Meeting 6:30pm
5/17 ~ Popcorn Friday
5/20 ~ 5TH Grade Safeties Whitecaps Game
5/22 ~ 1st GR Field Trip to John Ball Zoo
5/22-5/24 5th GR Camp
5/24 ~ School Carnival
5/29 ~ 5th Gr Celebration
5/30 ~ 3rd GR Field Trip to Tunnel Park
6/4 ~ Grades 4/5 Field Day at BMS
Enjoy your weekend!!
Mrs. Nurenberg  : ) 





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