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Happy Friday Georgetown Parents!

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE……… WOW….. is all we can say!  Our Parents and PTC have been so very gracious to the staff this week!!  We started our week off with a fabulous breakfast on Monday and have been treated with something special each day since then! THANK YOU ~ THANK YOU ~ THANK YOU from all of the staff here at Georgetown. 

Well here it goes….. we are officially in the teens for our count down to summer break…….. 19 days and counting!  Hold on tight  : )  A friendly reminder to parents…… as the weather continually gets warmer (ok… not so much for today!) we have been having many students come to the office asking to make phone calls to parents about walking home with friends last minute or walk to What’s The Scoop for ice cream after school.  Please  enforce with your children that these plans need to be arranged before they come to school and they must have a note to give to their teacher.  We will NOT make phone calls home from the office for these things.  Thank you  : )

MAY/JUNE LUNCH MENU……..  This is just another reminder that we are so close to the end of the school year.  The LAST lunch menu is coming your way!!   May-June 2013 Hud Elem-1  Deposit Slip

This summer I will be spending three weeks doing research and working in Africa. I will be teaching African children in a school called St. Timothy’s. Education is extremely important in African culture and their needs are very different from our needs in regards to their education. When asked what they needed, they simply stated three basic things: paper (notebooks), pens, and chalk. I would love it so much if I could bring them the supplies that they need for learning. If you would like to help me support this school and these students, there will be a bin outside the office to collect supplies from May 6-17.  Shipping costs are also expensive. If you would rather make a donation to help with shipping costs, please send it to school with “Ms. VanderStel – Africa donation” written on the envelope! Any extra amount given beyond the shipping will be used to buy more supplies.  Hakuna matata,  Ms. VanderStel

5th GRADE NEWS………… Please…..Make sure to keep checking the dates below as we add things occasionally.  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.

5th GRADE CELEBRATION……. The parent volunteers who are organizing this event are in need of some help.  Please if you are able visit the links below if you are able to help them out with any of this.  Thank you!

Food donation:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
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!
Volunteer List:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
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!

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

May 22-May 24 ~  5th Grade Camp  : )

May 29 ~ 5th Grade Celebration

PTC NEWS…….. SCHOOL CARNIVAL……. The Georgetown End of the School Year CARNIVAL will be held on Friday, May 24th at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, with a rain date of Friday, May 31st. Wrist bands will be sold starting the week of May 13th. There will be Prizes, Pizza, & Cotton Candy. Please let me know if you would like to volunteer or have any questions, Stacey Alexander (616) 914-6896.

COMMUNITY NEWS……. NATURE FESTIVAL…….. Aquinas College is hosting the  West Michigan Birdathon and Nature Festival (partnering with Tri-Beta honors biology club and the Grand Rapids Audubon Club).  There will be  several animal presentations (bats, reptiles, amphibians, birds of prey) along with a bird watching competition, as well as guided tours of plant species on campus.   The event is this Saturday, May 11, 2013.  Registration and directions can be found here:

HUDSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL REVUE SHOW…… You are cordially invited to attend the Special  30th Anniversary of the Hudsonville High School Revue Show: “Hit Me With Your Best Shot!”.  Friday, May 10  at 7:00 pm.  *Friday’s show will include a tribute to the Revue Show’s founding teacher,  Mr. Dean Nederveld, and a song by former HHS Choir Alumni.  This will be a special show-don’t miss it!  All shows will be held at Fair Haven Ministires, 2900 Baldwin Street.  Tickets may be purchased at the HHS Main Office.  Students $7, Adults $10.  *Tickets will also be available at the door but please note:  Friday, May 10 is expected to sell out.  We hope you can join us for this spectacular evening of song and dance!

FOOTBALL FUNDRAISER…….. Hello Hudsonville,  SATURDAY, MAY 11, this is a reminder about the mattress sale this Saturday from 10am-5pm at the High School Cafeteria.  If you are in the market for a new mattress or box spring please consider attending this event.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me….. Dave Lidgard at Hudsonville High School.

FREE FOOD, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 6:00PM TO 7:00PM……… Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food Pantry will be at Hudsonville Congregational United Church of Christ, 4950 – 32nd Ave. The food is free to those in our community who are struggling in these tough economic times. There will be an assortment of food, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other high quality grocery items. If you have questions or need more information please call 616-669-1295.

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.

AYSO SOCCER SIGNUPS…… please visit our website and pre-register now for the 2013-2014 Season.  Then drop off your forms and fees at the Port Sheldon Sports Complex on May 11, or 18th , 10am – 1 pm.  We hope to start a VIP (Very Important Players) Program this year that will provide a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams.  We need help with this!  If you are interested in helping or in having your child participate in the VIP program please email Arenda Van Klompenberg  For all other ayso questions, please see our website –

GIFTS OF APPRECIATION FOR THE HUDSONVILLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION……….Please read the following flyers in regards to the HEF Gifts of Appreciation.  This is a great time of year to show your appreciation for a teacher or building that has touched you in some way.  Gifts of Appr-Spring-2013  HEF-Spring2013

LEARN TO PLAY BOYS LACROSSE………. Hudsonville Lacrosse coaches and varsity players will teach you the fundamentals of the game.   You will need a short boys lacrosse stick, and no other specialized equipment.  Who:  Boys currently in 3rd to 7th grade from any school district.  When:  June 11,12 and 13 6-8 pm.  Where:  Field at north end of Hughes park, next to Hudsonville Schools administration building on Van Buren Street.  Cost:  $30 plus you purchase your own stick beforehand.  Register online at

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)

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!

KIDS DAY 2013………. Bring your family for a fun time of games and entertainment at Kids Day 2013 on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Hudsonville Fairground from 10am-3pm.  Great family friendly prices for food, games for 25 cents and free entertainment for families. All proceeds to benefit Jehovah Jireh Ministries.

ART IN THE PARK……….  Art in the open air on a summer day. That’s what you’ll find when you visit the 5th Annual Art in the Park event at Veteran’s Park on June 8, 2013.  Stop by Veteran’s Park (3275 Central Blvd) for a day filled with art. The festivities run from 9am to 3pm.  Art in the Park features live music and performances. There will also be numerous artists demonstrating their trades, so be sure to stop by to see live demonstrations, including pottery, loom work, wood burning, and sneaker art among others.  For the little artists, there will be several hands-on art projects, a bounce house, and a chance to meet local fire fighters from the Hudsonville Fire Department.  Swing through the vendor area where you’ll find handcrafted art and craft items for sale, and delicious homemade treats.  Vendors interested in participating in the event can sign up through June 1 at Student artists can rent a booth for half price.

GRAND RAPIDS CREW JUNIORS………… Online registration for the 2013/14 soccer season is now open.  With teams located in Grandville, Byron Center/Kentwood and Grand Rapids, GRCJ has become the premier West Michigan Soccer Club.  Athletes are provided with licensed coaches, various trainings as well as their season of games.  Jr Academy is also available for 5-7 year olds.  Please go to for more information.

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

SCIENCE CAMP FOR ALL AGES……… Hope College offers exciting opportunities for children grades Pre K – 10th to explore the wonderful world of science and more.  The programs feature hands-on investigations designed to teach concepts in a FUN yet challenging way.  Among the 34 different sessions are opportunities to learn the science behind the adventures of Phineas and Ferb, examine the world of animals, uncover the inquisitive life of a crime scene investigator, and explore and create 2D and 3D art.  Click here to view all available sessions, learn more about the program, and to register online.   Contact:  Science Camp office, 616-395-7628

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES/CLOTHING…………Please read the attached flyers in regards to this wonderful program being offered to students preschool age through 8th grade.  Love In the Name of Christ will help you get off to a good start for the 2013/2014 school year.  Love In the Name of Christ is ALSO looking for local churches and individuals who would be willing to donate to this program.  Please see flyers for more info. PARENT FORM – Hudsonville 2013  Clothe-a-kid Ministry Brochure2  School Supplies Ministry Brochure

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.  Please refer to the Community Ed Summer Booklet that came home a while ago for upcoming summer programs.  : )


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 ~ ECSE Hager Park with Parents (Play and Picnic)
5/24 ~ School Carnival
5/27 ~ NO SCHOOL
5/29 ~ 5th Gr Celebration
5/30 ~ 3rd GR Field Trip to Tunnel Park
5/30 ~ ECSE last day of school!
6/4 ~ Grades 4/5 Field Day at BMS
Enjoy your weekend!!
Mrs. Nurenberg  : )




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