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MAYNEWS FROM THE OFFICE………. Well other than an UNUSUAL amount of illness going around Georgetown the last two weeks have been fairly uneventful!  Which was a good thing because we were really busy with sick kids in the office.  : (  Please just a reminder to keep your students home for 24 hours after they are symptom free of vomiting, diarrhea or fever.  Just be ready to gear up for a very busy May!!  Lots of field trips, Just Write and many other fun things.  Hold on tight, because before you know it we will be at the end of the school year!  YIKES

NOW…….. whether you are okay with this or not……  I am starting the countdown to Summer Vacation!!  lol  Believe it or not we only have 24 school days left!!  Yikes!!  : )

TECHNOLOGY NEWS……… 3rd Grade Typing Challenge winners for the Pizza Party were……. Ms. VanderStel’s class!!  Way to go 3rd graders.  : )  The FASTEST 3rd Grade typer at Georgetown is……… Jennifer Williams/3-Mc with 30 words per minute!! Way to go Jennifer  : )  Here are the other results for the 3rd Grade…Mrs/ McDonald’s Class: 51%      30 wpm Williams, Jennifer K – highest score ; Ms. VanArkel’s Class: 96 %      22 wpm Straub, Haley Rae ; Mrs. Flory’s Class:  88%       24 wpm  Kerns, Jayda Ann;  Mrs. VanderStel (Winners):   104%     20 wpm Hunt, Kailen Marie.

LUNCH MENU………. May-June 2014 Hud Elem    Deposit Slip

5TH GRADE NEWS………. 5th GRWell 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!!

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

PTC NEWS…….. STAFF APPRECIATION HELP NEEDED……… The PTC is looking for Parent Volunteers to help out with our Staff Appreciation Week here at Georgetown.  It will be held the week of May 5-9.  This takes many “helping hands” to pull off.  We would really appreciate it if you would take the time to visit the website and help us out with donations and/or your time to help out.  Hers is the link for Volunteer Spot where you can sign up to help out……….    Thank you so much for your consideration in this endeavor!!  We really appreciate our Georgetown Parents!!

GEORGETOWN SPRING CARNIVAL……… Save the date…. FRIDAY, MAY 23 in the EVENING!!  More information will be coming soon.

JET’S PIZZA NIGHT WINNER……..  was 3rd grade…….. Mrs. McDonald’s class.  They will be receiving a pizza party for lunch from Jet’s!!  : )

MARCO’S PIZZA NIGHT WINNER……….. was 2nd grade……. Mrs. Quigley’s class.  They will be receiving a pizza party for lunch from Marco’s!!

P.E. NEWS…….. CLEAN TENNIS SHOES…….. The weather is turning and kids are wearing shoes outside and if they wear those shoes to gym, we get lots of dirt in the gym which makes our floor very slippery.  I know parents do not want to buy new shoes at this point, so they do not need to be new shoes, just a clean pair in their lockers.   Thanks so much for helping again!!

SpringCOMMUNITY NEWS……… BAUER CRC COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET……….Bauer Christian Reformed Church will be holding a community flea market in their parking lot May 3, 2014, from 8 am to 4 pm.  Lunch will be served on the grounds.  The church is located at 4958 Bauer Road. There will be a wide variety of items including bake goods, crafts, fresh hamburger, and family items.

MAY 6, 2014 ELECTION……..  On May 6, Hudsonville Schools will be seeking the support of our community when our annual Operating Millage Renewal Proposal (for non-homestead properties) request will come before voters.  The Operating Millage Renewal Proposal is something that is before our voters every year.  It provides approximately $3.9 million dollars of operational funding.  In a time where our foundation grant is back to 2007 levels, these dollars are vital to our programing for children.  Please remember this is not a millage increase and is not applied against principal residence property.  Hudsonville students and families are truly blessed.  They are blessed to have incredibly talented and caring teachers and staff members working with them on a daily basis.  They are blessed to have the wonderful facilities that contribute to a warm nurturing environment.  And they are blessed to have the support of a community that values quality education.  Please remember to vote on May 6th!

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED!!! ………… 75 great teenagers (ages 14-17) from Spain need great host families in Michigan for 4 and 6 weeks this summer. They come with insurance, their own spending money, and no need to be entertained – they just want to experience your family for a little while and practice their (already good) English. Best of all it is FREE!  Would you consider opening your home to one of these kids this summer? Contact Mayah Bischoff for more details! 616-607-4769. Dates areJune 29-July 27 and June 27-August 8.

CHALLENGE OF CHILDREN……….. HOLLAND – Registration is open for the Challenge of Children conference. The FREE one day conference is dedicated to informing, motivating, offering support and networking opportunities on child development, child guidance and other challenges related to parenting for parents and caregivers. The conference will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Hope College Haworth Center in Holland (on 10th Street between College and Columbia Avenue).  This year’s Challenge of Children conference keynote speaker, Dr. Ray Guarendi, will present “Standing Strong as a Parent”. Registration is required before May 9, to reserve your spot in the AM & PM Workshop Due to campus construction this year, lunch will not be provided. Please feel free to bring your own lunch or visit the Downtown Holland Dining Guide. 

DOLL TEA PARTY………….May 10th, 1:00 – 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
UGANDAN  CHILDREN’S  CHOIR………… Come experience the energetic and joyful music of Africa as the Ugandan Children’s Choir will perform at Chapel Pointe Church on Sunday May 11, at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.  The children, many of whom are orphaned, are cared for by Parental Care Ministries and are here to share their love and faith through compelling stories and songs.  For more information visit
MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION………. Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10:00 am to Noon.  Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food Distribution. The food distribution will take place at Hager Park Church’s parking lot, located at 2635 Bauer Road in Jenison. Sign-in is required, although the food is available to anyone that needs it.  There will be a large assortment of food, including fresh seasonal produce and other high quality grocery items.
CAMP INVENTION……… Led by Hudsonville Christian staff, the week-long Camp Invention experience (June 16-20) immerses elementary school children in exciting hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun.  A few featured activities include building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle, and taking apart electronics to construct an epic insect-themed pinball machine.  Each lesson explores connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation.  Currently receive $15 off until May 16 with the spring into summer discount!  Visit to register or contact Sharon Leerer ( for more information.
HUDSONVILLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION……. Show your appreciation…… The end of the school year is near.  This is a great time to honor a special person, or an entire building staff, who has been a positive influence on your child’s life or school experience.  Teachers, coaches, counselors, bus drivers, and many others, influence and guide them.  One way to show your appreciation to these special people is by making a donation in their name to the Hudsonville Education Foundation.  When a donation is made to the Foundation, the name of the honoree(s) will be posted in each building.  Please see the attached flyer with more information……… HEF-Spring2014

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……….. Baseball Clinics…… Kitchen Creations……. Guitar Clinic…….. Middle School Waterpolo……… Young Rembrandts Drawing.


5/6 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night

5/8 ~ ECSE Field Trip to John Ball Zoo/Parent Involvement

5/8 ~ Georgetown PTC Meeting @ 6:30pm

5/12 ~ 5th Grade “Just Write” Celebration @ 2:30pm

5/13 ~ 3rd Grade “Just Write” Celebration @ 2:30pm

5/14 ~ 4th Grade “Just Write” Celebration @ 2:30pm

5/15 ~ 2nd Grade “Just Write” Celebration @ 10:30am

5/15 ~ 1st Grade “Just Write” Celebration @ 2:45pm

5/20 ~ Safeties Whitecaps Trip

5/21-5/23 ~ 5th Grade Camp  : )

5/23 ~ Georgetown Spring Carnival

5/23 ~ ECSE Picnic at Hager Park/Parent Involvement

5/26 ~ NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day

5/29 ~ 3rd Grade Field Trip to Tunnel Park

5/29 ~ ECSE End of Year Celebration (Last Day of School for ECSE)

5/30 ~ 5th Grade Celebration



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