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NEWS FROM THE OFFICE………. We have had shamrock03a busy couple of weeks here at Georgetown.  Last week were Parent/Teacher Conferences and this week was our Spring Book Fair.  Thanks to all of you Georgetown Parents who attended conferences.  The book fair was also a success and many students went home with a new book or TWO.  : )

Remember Kindergarten Round-Up has been rescheduled and will take place next Tuesday, March 18 at 7pm in the Multi-Purpose Room here at Georgetown.

Parents of 5th Graders I have added a section a bit lower in the post for you to keep your eyes on.  It has all of the upcoming important dates for you to keep track of.  5th Graders get very busy here in the Spring so please make sure to be checking this  : )

GEEEEZ……… I almost forgot!   I must be losing my marbles……….. ONLY 14 school days until Spring Break!!  Woot ~ Woot!!!

YEARBOOKS…….. If your student ordered a yearbook with their photo package their yearbook should have come home with them either yesterday or today.  We did order a few extras so if your child did not get a yearbook and would like one we have some in the office for sale.  They will be $10.  Please make checks payable to “Georgetown Elementary”.  Thank you  : )

LUNCH MENU……….  Here is the hot lunch menu for MARCH……. March 2014 Hud Elem Menu  Deposit Slip

5TH GRADE NEWS………. Well if you have a current fifth grader hold on tight because your spring time is going to fly by.  It is a very fun and exciting time for these kids!!  Please get your calendars out and keep track of the upcoming events!  There are a LOT of dates!!  Please enjoy this time with your 5th grader because before you know it they will be graduating!!  Have Fun!!

MARCH 21 ~ Baldwin Middle School Visit (Make sure your student has money in their lunch accounts as they eat at the Middle School.  They may bring a sack lunch as well)

APRIL 23/24 ~ Band and Orchestra Parent Information Mtg at 7pm.  April 23 is at Baldwin Middle. April 24 is at Riley Middle.  You may attend either  : )

APRIL 29 ~ Sixth Grade Orientation at Baldwin Middle for Parents AND Students @ 7pm

MAY 8 ~ 5th Grade Camp Meeting for Parents from 6:00p to 7:00p in Georgetown’s Multi-Purpose Room

MAY 20 ~ Whitecaps Baseball game for Safeties

MAY 21-23 ~ 5th Grade Camp : )

MAY 30 ~ 5th Grade Celebration – Information Coming Soon!

JUNE 3 ~ 4th/5th Grade Field Day @ Baldwin Middle School with all other elementaries.

JUNE 4 ~ Rain Date for 4th/5th Field Day


KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP RESCHEDULED!!!……….Kindergarten Kindergarten Round Up will be rescheduled for TUESDAY, MARCH 18.  We will be holding it here at Georgetown Elementary in the Multi-Purpose room.  There will also be a morning session if you are unavailable to attend the evening meeting, it will be held at South Elementary at 10:00am on TUESDAY, MARCH 18 as well.  Registration packets are currently available in the school office.  Please remember….. it is not a first come, first serve basis, so there is not a rush to get these turned in first.

PTC NEWS…….. MOTHER/DAUGHTER EVENT……….will be Rollerskating and it will be held on April 19.   More information will be coming soon.  Thank you.

JET’S PIZZA NIGHT WINNER……… is 4th Grade……. Mr. Bowen!!  Way to go 4th graders.  Jet’s will be supplying a pizza party for lunch for Mr. Bowen’s class!!

BOX TOP WINNERS………. The winning class for the Box Top Competition is……… 5th Grade…….Mr. Gort!!  They brought in 1,855 box tops!  Wow!!  As a school, we earned $2,351.40!!  Way to go Georgetown students.   : )

ART NEWS……..  SAVE THE DATE!  The spectacularHPS District Art Show will be held April 21-29 at the Hudsonville City Hall.  Georgetown’s special Artist Reception night will be Monday, April 28 from 5:30-7:30 PM.  For more information visit:  HPS Art Program website    Georgetown Art Blog

P.E. NEWS…….. GEORGETOWN JOGGERS……..Joggers will run every Monday/Wednesday from 3:40p-4:15p. They will be working up to run the Eagle5K on March 29.

COMMUNITY NEWS………  INNOVATION IN EDUCATION AWARD………  The mission of the Hudsonville Education Foundation is to foster additional educational opportunities for Hudsonville Public School students by providing funding for resources that enhance learning and encourage innovation in the classroom.  Nominations now being Accepted for our “Innovation in Education Award”.  

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 18, 2014. 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. Please note that only online applications will be accepted.  Award nomination applications are available on our website at

HUDSONVILLE LACROSSE……..  Registration for the spring season will begin February 1st.  Please sign up at 3rd -8th grade Boys and 6th-8th grade Girls teams for 2014!!  Questions can be directed to Susan Coxen 669-3662 or Drew Ysseldyke 460-8522. Lacrosse is not a HPS sanctioned sport and is not sponsored by HPS.
IS IT DYSLEXIA?………. Dyslexia Correction Foundation an affiliate of New Chapter Learning will provide a free informational seminar on the thinking style, learning differences, and gifts of the visual thinker. What are the characteristics of dyslexia, the root cause of dyslexia, and how the problem can be Corrected. Most students are inappropriately diagnosed as ADD. Students generally gain 2-3 grade levels in reading during the one-week program. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 18th at 6:30 PM at Grandville Middle School; 3535 Wilson Ave. SW. Grandville, Room 200.  All participants who wish to attend are encouraged to pre-register by calling 616-534-1385. For more information please visit or to take the on-line assessment.
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY IN JENISON MARCH 21……….. A Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry will be at GUM church (Georgetown United Methodist Church, 2766 Baldwin Street, Jenison, MI) on Friday, March 21 6pm-8pm offering free food to anyone who comes to get it.  This event is sponsored by the GUM church Missions Team and is open to the general public.  For more information visit or call the church office at 616.669.0730.
For information on Feeding America West Michigan, please visit
SUGARBUSH FUN……… Come out to Blandford Nature Center for a fun-filled breakfast and travel through time as you explore the SUGARBUSH, March 22 from 9AM – 4PM! From start to finish, explore the making of maple syrup and get a taste of pure maple syrup. Your family can experience the changing season through animal encounters, interactive exhibits engaging in the mysteries of the maple history, as well as exploring along the woodland sugarbush trail. Find out more by clicking here.
BE THE MATCH REGISTRY EVENT………. As a regional chapter of Be the Match, Michigan Blood works to connect patients in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant to their matching donor.  To become a part of each patient’s search for a cure, join the Registry and stand ready and willing to help if called!  For more information, please visit  Monday, March 24, 2014, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at  Hudsonville Reformed Church, 3950 Highland Dr.
S.O.A.R. II PARENT SURVEY………… For the past three years, we have been working on accomplishing our district’s long-range planning goals outlined in S.O.A.R. I (Strategic Objectives to Achieve Results).  Some of the accomplishments include, but are not limited to, implementation of all day every day kindergarten, additional extra curricular opportunities for students (Middle School drama/musical productions and lacrosse as a club sport), and an increased focus on relevance/21st Century Skills in our classrooms.  A report of the many accomplishments during the past three years can be found on our district’s website.

To continue our tradition of excellence at Hudsonville Public Schools, we are asking for your help in the development of our next strategic plan.  We have completed the first phase of development (Focus Groups) and are very thankful for the wealth of information we received regarding the strengths of Hudsonville Public Schools and areas to focus on in the future.  An executive summary can be found on our website.

In February we randomly selected parents to participate in our needs assessment survey.  If you were not selected for the random survey now is your opportunity to participate in the survey that is now open to all parents and community members.  Please consider taking part in helping us set the direction for the next three years.  The survey, linked below, should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and will close on March 31.   Parent and Community Survey

Thank you for your response and participation in this very important process.


Nick Ceglarek, Superintendent

Ken Hall, Board of Education President

LITERARY AWARDS 2014 FLASH FICTION CONTEST……….. All entries must be 500 words or less. Submissions will be divided into four age groups: Child (11 & under), Adolescent (12—16), Young Adult (17—24) and Adult (25 & up).   Please limit entries to ONE per person. Ten finalists in each category will be selected by On-the-Town staff. One winner from each category will be selected from the finalists by a judge. Winners will be notified, and winning entries will be published in the June issue of On-the-Town and posted on Winners will receive a cash prize from Festival of the Arts.  All entries must be postmarked by April 3, 2014 or hand delivered to the On-the-Town Office (2141 Port Sheldon Rd., Jenison) by 4 pm April 3, 2014. (Please see below for electronic submissions.)  The competition will be blind judged, meaning the judges receive the entry with a number on it and no information on who wrote the piece. The judges’ decisions are final.  All entries must have a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, and age. (Example: John Smith, 8732 Sweet St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504. 616-873-9403, Age: 24.)  No name or any other identifying information should appear on the actual story. Cover sheet should be attached to entry with a paperclip. Due to the volume of entries received, we can NOT return entries.  ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS  ONLY submissions sent to will be accepted.  Electronic submissions will be received on or before April 3 by 4 pm.

Submissions must be in the form of a downloadable Word document or Google document (please, do not paste your submission in the body of an email). Entries must include a cover sheet, following the guidelines above.
BAUER CRC COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET……….Bauer Christian Reformed Church will be holding a community flea market in our parking lot May 3, 2014 from 8 am to 4 pm. This is a great opportunity to sell those unwanted items, craft items, or home based products. Reserve your spot by filing out the application form on our web site “” or calling Jim Stuck at (616) 446-2186 for a form. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2014.

HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH CONSIGNMENT SALE………… March 28 & 29 (infant & children’s clothing, toys, maternity clothing, books, & more).  Mark your calendars—the Holy Cross Consignment Sale (formerly led by MOPS) is coming soon! It will be Friday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and a half price sale onSaturday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. If you have kids clothing, toys, etc. to sell and you are interested in being a seller, please fill out the ‘Seller Application’ and return it to the church office, 1481 Baldwin Street, Jenison, MI 49428. Also, print off the ‘Seller Instruction Packet’ for your reference on how to prepare your sale items properly. This information is located on our website at under the ‘Events’ tab. If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Smith at 457-2420 or Proceeds from the sale will help support the Family, Children, & Youth Ministries at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

CAMP INVENTION……… Sign up for Camp Invention and save! Sign up now for an early registration or sign up multiple children and save even more.  Get all the details on the link below.  Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its weeklong summer program! Throughout the week, children work together to solve real- world challenges that prepare them for the 21st century. Whether they are creating an epic, insect-themed pinball machine or dismantling broken devices, participants learn new approaches to everyday problems!  Camp Invention will be at Hudsonville Christian School from June 16 – 20.  Sign up today and save!  Questions? 800.968.4332 or

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.  Listed below are some of the activities that are available currently.

Upcoming Activities to be on the lookout for………..  Girls Volleyball Clinic……. Baseball Clinics…… Kitchen Creations……. Guitar Clinic…….. Middle School Waterpolo……… Young Rembrandts Drawing.


3/18 ~ Kindergarten Round Up 7:00p (rescheduled from 2/27)

3/19 ~ Marco’s Pizza Night

3/21 ~ 5th Grade visits Baldwin Middle

3/28 ~ Dress Like a P.E. Teacher Day (Staff and Students!)

3/28 ~ ECSE field trip to Playworld (Parent Involvement Activity)

3/29 ~ Eagle 5K Fun Run

4/1 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night

4/3 ~ Georgetown Talent Show : )

4/4 – 4/11 ~ SPRING BREAK



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