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Attendance for remote learning

Sending out a reminder about attendance. Starting tomorrow Dec 1, to comply with mandated guidelines, we must still complete daily attendance.  Attendance is required and will be taken once in the a.m. and once in the p.m. for elementary.  If your child will be unable to participate in the live portions of the remote learning on a given day, please plan to call or email the secretary to excuse your student from remote learning the same as we would for face-to-face learning.   There could be “normal” reasons for this such as illness, appointments, etc.  We also understand that due to the nature of this situation there may also be reasons such as wifi not working, parents working (students engaging in asynchronous learning), technology issues, etc.  You can contact the school at 616.797.9797 or email our administrative assistant who works with attendance directly at mjeltem@hpseagles.net  

Thank you!!

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Happy (almost) Thanksgiving Week

Happy Friday Georgetown Families,

Life certainly can move quickly.  At this time last week we were finishing up our 12th week of in-person instruction, preparing for conferences, and looking forward to Thanksgiving.  While none of those things changed, our immediate outlook and mode of instruction was detoured as we now prepare for a period of remote learning.  This period, like much in life, will not be the easiest nor always the most fun, but our teachers and staff have been working so incredibly hard this week to create a learning environment (online) that can continue the social, emotional, and academic learning and growth that our students have achieved this year.  I recognize and empathize with the challenges that this period will place on our families over the next few weeks as you are suddenly thrust into roles and schedules that have perhaps turned your lives topsy-turvy.  So many of us in this building are in the same position, trying to navigate online learning for our own children while continuing to work with and serve the students at Georgetown.  The good news is that, as I’ve said before and will unabashedly say again, we have an amazing staff working with wonderful children who come to us from incredible families.  There will be bumps in the road, but I have no doubts that GES, our families, and the community working in conjunction with each other will be able to overcome these challenges and help Georgetown’s students to continue to excel.  

There are a few pieces of information I wanted to provide to our families today.  The first has to do with attendance.  During our remote phase, to comply with mandated guidelines, we must still complete daily attendance.  We will begin taking attendance on December 1.  Attendance is required and will be taken once in the a.m. and once in the p.m. for elementary.  If your child will be unable to participate in the live portions of the remote learning on a given day, please plan to call or email the secretary to excuse your student from remote learning the same as we would for face-to-face learning.   There could be “normal” reasons for this such as illness, appointments, etc.  We also understand that due to the nature of this situation there may also be reasons such as wifi not working, parents working (students engaging in asynchronous learning), technology issues, etc.  You can contact the school at 616.797.9797 or email our administrative assistant who works with attendance directly at mjeltem@hpseagles.net  Please know, we understand that some families will be unable to engage in live instruction and will instead engage in that learning asynchronously when they are able.  That is OK.  While we have to mark our attendance to comply with state requirements at this time, we know that during this phase of learning there will be students that are unable to attend for a variety of reasons.  You can count on GES to support your students, meeting their needs in ways which work for them and we will count on you to partner with us in doing so.  

Next, please be on the lookout for communications from your child’s teacher about what to expect in terms of a daily schedule.  Many teachers have communicated this information out already.  In general terms, you can expect two live (synchronous) whole group meetings each day with your child’s classroom teacher.  There will also be small group and individual check-ins during the week, both with our teachers and with our staff who work with small groups during face-to-face instruction.  Your child will also have their daily special class (Art, Music, PE, STEAM).  These lessons will be recorded, but the teachers will be meeting live to work with students, answer questions, etc.  

On the subject of specials, I wanted to provide you with a document to help navigate this portion of our remote phase.  This can be the trickiest as these classes change each day for our students.  Your classroom teacher will have information posted and try to help keep things straight as well, but this document will show you which special your child has on which day and also includes the links to the meetings and Google Classrooms for those classes. 

Finally, a few other links to resources available right now to help with different issues.  I will try to post more as they come to me.  The first is a program to help with Internet costs / hooking up to the internet if you need it.  Information can be found at this link.  Students are also still eligible to receive meals from school during this remote phase.  The distribution is obviously a little different than during face-to-face instruction, but here is the link from which to order if you are interested.  

I want to wish all of our students and families a wonderful weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving next week.  As I personally reflected this week it occurred to me that Thanksgiving is coming at the perfect time.  Not in the sense that it provides a break from the hectic nature of what this past week has thrown everyone’s way, but in the sense that it has helped me to recognize how much I have to be thankful for in my life right now.  The situation that we have all been put into is less than ideal to say the least, but there is so much that is still amazing in my life…not the least of which is the fact that I get to work with your children and their teachers.  We have such wonderful people that teach, learn, and work together at Georgetown.  Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to make Georgetown the absolute best!  

~Randy

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Blog Bits 11/13/2020

Blog Bits 11/13/2020

News From the Office…

We will be holding conferences virtually on Monday and Wednesday. You should be all signed up with your child’s teacher. If not please reach out to them.

This is just the beginning of the cold/flu season and we realize this is not easy or fun.  We just have to follow this chart to be able to stay open. Please do your best to let us know your child’s symptoms, follow the chart, and keep them home when they are not feeling well. 

Please note that we do have a full day next week Friday, Nov 20. It says on the hot lunch menu that it is a half day, but that is NOT correct! We also are now off the whole week of Thanksgiving, Monday , Nov 23 – Friday Nov 27. We will be back on Monday Nov 30.

Have a great weekend!

Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on January 13. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Jan 15. If your child is a car rider, please be at school between 12:10 and 12:15 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination.  The cost will be $2.25.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

PTC News…

Nov. 19 – PTC Meeting, location to be determined

Nov 16-20 – Book Fair  M-Th 9-3:30 and Friday 9-10 for last minute shoppers. Unfortunately we cannot open this up to parents like we usually do during conferences, but you will be able to shop online. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/georgetownelementaryschool2 Here is a link to the online shopping for the book fair. It will be open to shop from Nov. 11 – 24!!

Now until Nov 27 – Holiday Shop We know that so much about this school year looks different, but we’re so excited that our school will be participating in an online Penguin Patch® Holiday Shop to spread holiday cheer!

Penguin Patch® Holiday Shop is a fun way for students to shop for family members and experience the spirit of giving while learning to earn, budget, and save! Our online shop will be open November 9th and end November 27th.

To log in to our school’s secure shopping platform, please use this link:
shop.penguinpatch.com.

Your student will have over 100 delightful gifts to choose from, all ranging in price from $0.50 to $12. This is an amazing opportunity to empower your student to choose, purchase, and give gifts to their loved ones! Remember, a portion of every dollar spent goes back to our school, so when your child shops the school also receives funds!

All gifts will be shipped straight to your home for a small flat-fee. They’ll arrive in festive “Special Delivery” packaging, with wrapping supplies included! We’re excited to create this new holiday tradition and spread good cheer with you!

Happy Shopping!

Erin Fredricks krebille@hotmail.com

Penguin Patch Holiday Shop Chairperson

PE News…

The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 4.
We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for
Love Inc. in Hudsonville.
Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice,
baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
(please no ramen noodles and please do not break apart packaged
food)

The food drive will continue until Nov. 18.  We will be
keeping track of how many items each class brings in. The
class with the most items brought in by
NOON on Nov. 18 will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S
t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonville
Lanes (If Allowed this year)

This is a great opportunity for our students to
care for their community, to teach our kids
compassion and love for others. Thanks for
sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.

Community News…

•Holiday Support

•Are you seeking support for your family this Holiday Season? If so, you and reach out to Love INC at 616-662-3300 ext.128

•Would you like to donate gifts to help Love INC support families in our community? They are taking new gifts for ages 0 – 60. You can also go to loveinthenameofchrist.org and click on a wishlist link to make it even easier!

•The deadline to register or to donate is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20!!

•For more information you can contact cindyj@loveinthenameofchrist.org

•Boys lacrosse season registration opens December 1 for discounted early registration.(Ages 6 – grade 2 cost is $100, grades 3-8 cost is $200). A standard registration continues through January. (Ages 6 through grade 2 cost is $125, grades 3-8 cost is $250)
ALL equipment is provided for kids through 2nd Grade
Depending on the status of gyms in the state, we typically have “non-mandatory” training and conditioning through the winter, with the season starting in March.
The registration link is located on our website: www.hudslax.com.
All communication is through email, Facebook (hudsonville youth lacrosse), and Instagram: hudsonville_youth_lacrosse. To be added to the email list,  just message through Facebook!

Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.

Upcoming Dates

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Tomorrow is Early Release! 11/13/2020

It is early release Friday tomorrow! We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Nov 13. If your child is a car rider, please be at school by 12:10 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination. 

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Jet’s Pizza Night 11/12/2020

 

Tonight is a Jet‘s Pizza Night! If you place an order with Jet‘s, they will generously donate a portion back to our school! Let them know who your child’s teacher is when you order and the class with the most orders wins a pizza party as well! Make it an easy dinner night and help out Georgetown too! Have a good night!

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