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My final post…

as the most fortunate principal in the entire world!  As I shared with you in early April, I am retiring this week after 32 years in education, the final fourteen years at Georgetown.  And, it goes without saying (but I will say it loudly and proudly), these final 14 have been my favorite…. the sweetest spot of my career.

Thank you for EVERYTHING you have done over the years to raise me to be a better person, educator and leader.  I have relied on the children to guide me and show me how to listen and learn—they are the best teachers.  They were the teachers who would use more than words to say:  “STOP  Mrs. Reagan.  Please listen to me and take care of me.”

When they children weren’t teaching me, it was the staff.  I need to you to believe me: Your children are working with the most gifted and caring administrative assistants, Mr. Rob (SUPER CUSTODIAN), teachers, social worker, speech therapist, school psychologist, para professionals on this planet.   They put the children first, always…and then take care of one another.  When they weren’t taking care of the children, they were teaching me to listen to their needs — and to slow down, stop sending so many emails, stop creating so many documents, etc.

*Image taken from one of my favorite books: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse By Charlie Makesy

I have many mixed emotions today as I say farewell…and that is what I have always wanted when it was time to move in a new direction.  I love this school, the children, the staff, the families and the community.  It’s hard to leave such a wonderful place with exceptional people.

I know that next year will bring some unique challenges for this team — and your families.   This staff has a great sense of how to care and educate — and a new imaginative leader will take this school to new heights.

I want to close with endless appreciation to you for your patience and grace over the years…and the trust you have given me to help grow your children.  I am forever grateful.

Sending you wishes for GOOD HEALTH and lots of fun summer adventures!

Air Hugs and Chicken Wing Bumps,

Mrs. Reagan

PS… The parade with the messages from you were the closure that Mrs. Burdis (retiring grade 3 teacher who I admire and adore) and I both needed.  Thank you ❤️

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Week 38: FINAL WEEK of SCHOOL

Wow…how odd it feels to tell you that it’s the final week of school when we have been away from the structure of school for 79 days as of today.   Never, ever did I think we would be negotiating distance learning during a global pandemic.  That was not part of any of our 2019-20 school year plans.

Our teachers have worked in shifts this past week to pack up student belongings (personal and learning based) into brown paper bags (*thank you, Meijer & Henry Samaniego).  We have all of the bags set up in alphabetical order, by classroom in the cafeteria.

This week, we’ll help you get your child’s belongings at your schedule date/time (check your Sunday email for your reminder date).

On Friday, between 12:00 and 12:45pm, the staff will be spread out in the bus loop ready to cheer and wave each to each family during a car parade.  We want to celebrate all that we’ve been through together this year — even if it needs to be done at a safe distance.   You and your children mean everything to us and we appreciate all that you have done to support us and your child through this surreal time in our lives.

For those of you who can make it to the parade, please review the entrance and exit that was designed by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.  The purpose of this traffic flow is to keep the traffic moving smoothly and safely.

The recommended time for families to arrive (by last name) as well as the traffic map are below.

With air hugs and chicken wing bumps,

Mrs. Reagan

Elementary PARADE SCHEDULE:
A-B @12:00
C-E @ 12:05
F-G @ 12:10
H-J @ 12:15
K-L @ 12:20
M-O @ 12:25
P-R @ 12:30
S-T @ 12:35
U-W @ 12:40
X-Z @ 12:45

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Week 37 = Week 10 of Remote Learning

It’s Memorial Weekend!  The weather is milder and summer is CLOSER!  Hang in there, it’s coming.

Thank you to parents who have completed the survey confirming PICK UP TIMES/DATES for student material pick up.  Teachers will be packing up rooms this week to help us pass out materials to parents on June 1, 2, 3.    If materials are not picked up, we will hold onto them until the fall and send items home at that time.

Finally, we will hold an End of the Year Parade on June 5.  We have worked closely with our district security team and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department to develop a schedule and traffic pattern that allows for a fun, safe and efficient parade route.


DETAILS:  Enter from 36th Ave.  Drive slowly through the bus loop.  Staff will be waving to you — we will be masked and standing 6 ft apart.  Do not stop your car — keep moving.  Exit onto Baldwin.  Link to Map.

SCHEDULED TIMES:  Arrive based on this schedule.  This will help us to pace the flow of traffic hopeful prevent you from sitting in a long line.

Elementary PARADE SCHEDULE — Last name starts with these letters:
A-B @12:00
C-E @ 12:05
F-G @ 12:10
H-J @ 12:15
K-L @ 12:20
M-O @ 12:25
P-R @ 12:30
S-T @ 12:35
U-W @ 12:40
X-Z @ 12:45

We are looking forward to getting you your child’s materials and also waving you into summer on June 5.  Until then, have a wonderful Memorial Holiday Weekend.

Mrs. Reagan

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Week 36 = Week 9 of Remote Learning

Oh boy … I don’t know about you, but I think my brain has changed during this pandemic shelter in place.  I’ve done my best to create a routine and pushed myself to adapt my work schedule to one of moving throughout the day at school to sitting in front of the screen for hours.   Still…most days I feel restless, distracted and slightly irritable.

It’s exhausting.  I know if I’m exhausted from this experience and no longer have young children at home, I know you are 100x more exhausted than I am.  Thank you for all you are doing to get your family through this experience safely — feeding them, clothing them and teaching them.  Only three more weeks of remote learning and then you can step away from your teacher role!

Last week, every staff member received a wonderful surprise!  A member of the Parent Club appeared at our doorway, delivering a gift of appreciation (movie gift card, snacks and Amazon Gift Card).  Our PTC Board drove through neighborhoods from Spring Lake to Cascade to find staff member’s homes — and make sure that everyone felt appreciated.  Thank you for this jolt of love!  We can’t tell you how wonderful it was for us to see a face from school.  We also want all of you to know how much this is appreciated.  Your Walk-A-Thon donations made this possible.

On Monday, all parents will receive a detailed letter from me regarding the pick up of student materials and the final day of school activity.  This letter will be sent via email.  Each parent must confirm their pick up time – confirmation link included in email.  The email will also include information about report cards and class placements for 20-21.

TODAY…enjoy the beautiful summer like weather!  We’ve waited a long time for this…so get outside and soak it up.

Mrs. Reagan

 

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Week 35 = Week 8th Week of Remote Learning

This blog post is devoted to a key and critical caregiver in all of our lives:  MOTHER’s.

I have a collection of writing (stories, poems) about motherhood and I want to share one of my favorites.  I have one that always rises to the top because of the short, beautiful and precise way it captures the mystery and passion of motherhood.  This poe, by Rupi Kaur, is titled “I Will Have to Wait Until I’m a Mother”.

With great appreciation all you pour into those in your life, Happy Mother’s Day!

Mrs. Reagan

 

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Appreciation for our Parents who are Teachers and MUCH MORE!

 

 

This week, during National Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to express our appreciation to Georgetown parents for the following:

  • Patience with the changing directives for at home learning since March 13.  OMWORD…have we really been doing this since March 13???
  • Understanding and believing us … when we said that we wanted you to do your best … and then let go.
  • Endurance throughout these lessons and this timeline.  None of us knew how long we would be asking you to interpret our lessons and try to teach your own children.
  • Forgiveness when our lessons asked too much of you or made you feel inadequate as a teacher or parent.

We, as teachers, have never felt more lost than we are right now.  Since the school closure (aka COVID19, Pandemic) started, my dream world has been frightening.  The last time I remember dreams of feeling lost and alone were in September 2006 — the first month of school at Georgetown and also the month I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

My dreams were vivid, mysterious and unsettling.  My COVID19 dreams are strikingly similar.  I am lost at sea because I can’t be with the children I love so much.  And then, I am reminded that their parents are taking care of them — why was I so worried?  Or, my car won’t start and after searching for the parts to fix my car, I can’t find my car — and then I find out, Mrs. Chmura was waiting for me outside the car parts store.  Thank you, Mrs. Chmura for giving me a ride to school!   

We want you to know we are lost without your children…and at the same time know that they are safe with you.  We trust you are putting compassion and care and love first.  We are so very grateful for all you are doing.  Thank you your support as we virtually teach you so you can teach your children.

Please enjoy this video of appreciation from us to all of you!

xoxo Mrs. Reagan and the Georgetown Teachers

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Teacher Appreciation Week!

The PTC wants you to know it’s Teacher Appreciation Week!! Give a shout out to your teacher and show them some virtual love! Post a video or picture of your child’s response and email it to your teacher!
Here are some questions you can ask your kids……..
What do you love most about your teacher?
What do you miss most about seeing your teacher everyday?
What’s the funniest thing your teacher has ever said?
What will you say to your teacher the next time you see them?
Another Idea…Write a Note!
Have your kids write a note of thanks to their teachers. Snap a picture of the note and email it to them.
Our teachers are missing your children so much right now and I’m sure we are missing our children’s teachers too.  Go ahead and send an email of appreciation for their dedication to our children’s learning through this time of online learning.
We cannot wait till we can all be together again soon!
With that said, the teachers want to thank you for stepping along side them and homeschooling with them! It would not be possible without your support so THANK YOU!!!
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Week 34 = 7th Week of Supper Stardom!

This post is dedicated to all of you…. the parents/caregivers who have been superheroes throughout this Stay at Home Order during this scary global pandemic.

Because many of us are also living your live of raising children and teaching our own children, while working and managing the other children and house and devices and absolutely normal chaos that comes with family life, we GET how stressful this has been on all of you.  I have great admiration for parents on social media platforms who capture the insanity of our current lives with few words and a just right image.

Later this week, we will have a special shout out for all of you from us…so until then, enjoy the sunshine this day brings our way.

Before I close, I wanted to let you know that because there are no school events on the calendar, I provide one to help you remember the day of the week below.

Missing all of you,

Mrs. Reagan

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Week 33 and Week 6 of Remote Learning

It’s the final week of April.  May begins on Friday.  Before this school year, February has traditionally been the ‘longest, shortest month’ in education.  We are sick of the relentless gray skies, winter weather, indoor recess, viruses going around that make us sick and irritable and Valentine’s Day which is a blessing and a curse in schools.  BUT…for the first time in my educational career, the longest month has been replaced this year by the month of April.  Thank you COVID19 for changing things up!

And thousands of cheers to you, our parents, who have negotiated this long month as parents, teachers, employees and all the daily tasks of maintaining a family.  Please continue to reach out to me or your teachers if/when you feel overwhelmed.  To be fully transparent and vulnerable with you, we are also overwhelmed.

I have never been more exhausted than I am now.  Endless hours on zoom — and when not on zoom creating materials on loom.  Add grieving the lost time with the children we care so much for and about and our own anxiety about how to do as much as we can and not put too much pressure on you is something we are all doing in isolation and in the dark. (Apologies for that horrific run on sentence.)

If you can connect with your child’s teacher and the lessons the best you can when you can, THIS is WHAT is important and matters.  We are continuing to put connections over content — which is a bizarre and uncomfortable tension to negotiate.  However, this is also what has made Georgetown exceptional.  We know that no one can learn if they do not feel cared for and about and safe.

We will continue to post lessons — and these lessons will stay up through the summer.  If you can’t get to everything now, go back in the summer months.  If your child needs more, pursue the endless options found online.  Many companies have made learning enrichment free during this global pandemic.

I sense that you, like me, are searching for good news to read/share.  One that I HIGHLY recommend is John Krasinski’s SGN (Some Good News).  It’s wonderful.

Some other fun VERY LOCAL GOOD news are from our very own Georgetown kids!  I get lost in flipgrid hearing their voices and seeing their faces.  Every submission is an injection of love and energy for my soul!

Check out these flipgrids for PE, MUSIC, MASKS, JOKES and more.

We miss you.  We love you.  Air Hugs and Chicken Wing Bumps.

Mrs. Reagan

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Vote on Tuesday, May 5

Please Vote Tuesday, May 5

Annual Operating Millage Renewal Proposal

 

On May 5, Hudsonville School parents and community members will have the chance to vote on our annual non-homestead millage renewal. This election will be primarily conducted by absentee ballot. You most likely received an application in the mail regarding this election cycle. We ask that you please fill out the application, so you will be mailed an absentee ballot. This is an annual renewal request that voters have approved every year for the past 25 years and would generate approximately 5.3 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district. As a reminder, this is not a tax on primary residences and is not a new tax. We do encourage you to apply for an absentee ballot, but if this is not an option for you, please get out and vote that day.

 

Please read the May 5, 2020 election changes from the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.