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The stars are coming out!


An Update from Mrs. Roon, our Reading Counts Chairperson:

The Reading Counts bulletin board is full of stars!!  Remember, the last day the students can make their goal is Friday, February 27. 

Party plans are in the making! The students will be “launching” into outer space for the next Reading Counts Party on Friday, March 13.  Watch for more party details, but at this time aluminum foil, thin mylar ribbon, and regular ribbon are items needed for the party. If you can donate any of these items, they can be dropped off at the library or sent in with your child.  Thank you in advance for your generosity and for helping to make this party a success!


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Baby, it’s cold outside!

With the many winter weather advisories issued this past month, we have been faced with the issue of checking the wind chill temperatures daily.  This is a task that Mrs. Ripley and Mrs. Nurenberg take on as our incredible school secretaries.  If you take a peak at their computer desktops, you will see that they have the school WeatherBug data posted to enable them to check the wind chill live for our playground.

When the wind chill temperature drops below zero, we keep the children inside for recess.  Wind chill temperature is “how cold people and animals feel when outside. Windchill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by wind and cold. As the wind increases, it draws heat from the body, driving down skin temperature and eventually the internal body temperature. Therefore, the wind makes it FEEL much colder. If the temperature is 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind is blowing at 15 mph, the wind chill is -19 degrees Fahrenheit. At this wind chill temperature, exposed skin can freeze in 30 minutes.”  (Information for the NOAA)

We anticipate that the weather will be much better this week.  However, it will be brisk on the playground. PLEASE dress your child warmly.  And, 5th graders:  Wear the warm stuff!  It is more important to be warm that lookin’ cool!

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Legislator’s Contact Information

Many parents have asked if I could post contact information for our legislators. 

Senator Wayne Kuipers
Phone 877-KUIPERS
email –

Joe Haveman
N1194 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: (517) 373-0830
Fax: (517) 373-7806

Representative Dave Agema
Phone 800-968-2320
email –

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Please read the attached flyer in regards to the winter bowling session offered through Community ED.  This is being offered to anyone from age 2 and up!  Any questions please call the Community ED office at 669-7747, ext #3.  Please return the form to the Community ED office at 3886 Van Buren, Hudsonville. MI 49426.


Have a great day,

Mrs. Nurenberg

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Edublog Server Problems

We received an email from our blog server company offering sincere apologies for service issues.  They  have a technical team working to get this sorted out as soon as possible, in the meantime they are enormously grateful for your patience and understanding.

Please be patient as they work out these issues.  (We are trying to be patient as well!)

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Kindergarten 2009-10

A memo from the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Mrs. Suzanne Curro:

It is time to enroll your child for kindergarten if he/she turns five years of age before December 1, 2009. Open enrollment opportunities begin January 26, 2009.  Our Kindergarten Round-Up meetings will be held in each of our elementary buildings on Tuesday, March 17.  There will be a choice of a morning meeting at 10:00 a.m. or an evening meeting at 7:00 p.m.  The Kindergarten Round-Up meetings are designed for parents only in order to provide the necessary forms and information to prepare for the beginning of the new school year.

As many of you have heard or read in the newspaper, funding for pre-kindergarten programs will be cut by 50% next year.  Many educators and parents have contacted their legislative representatives to request reconsideration of this bill.  If this is not overturned, Hudsonville Public Schools, along with most other districts, will be forced to eliminate the pre-kindergarten program opportunity next school year.  All students would then be placed in kindergarten classrooms.  

We are going to continue to enroll new five year olds as we normally do, and test those who turn five between June 1, 2009 – December 1, 2009.  Should the law change and pre-kindergarten funding is fully restored, we will adjust our plans accordingly.

Please bear with us as we await the final outcome of the legislative discussion.   Mrs. Suzanne Curro

Office number:  669-1740, ext 55120



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Got Games?

If the answer is YES, and you would like to donate some to our school, we would LOVE TO HAVE THEM!  If you have child friendly board games that your children no longer play with, we would like to have these to build an indoor recess library of games.

This project is being organized by a 4th grade student, Matthew, and his Kids’ Hope Mentor.  The goal is to accumulate games that will be stored in our MPR for indoor recess play.  Games to consider donating:

  • Decks of Cards
  • Connect  Four
  • Candyland
  • Blokus
  • Sorry
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Bogle….And many, many more!

Please make sure all the pieces are included!

Donated games can be brought placed on the stage steps of the MPR.  

Thank you so much for your help with this student initiated project.    Mrs. Reagan


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Parent Lending Library


Shelly Telfor, one of our Georgetown parents, has offered to build a collection of books, videos and DVD’s helpful to parents.  To build the library, we are asking for your donation of gently used materials on an assortment of topics.  Once received, the materials will be catalogued and shelved in our school media center.  These topics include, but are not limited to:


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Asthma
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Anxiety in children
  • Cystic Fibrosis 
  • Development delays
  • ADHD and ADD
  • Preparing siblings for a new baby
  • Coping with disease, grief, mental illness, death
  • Reading Strategies   

Place your donated materials in the collection box in the front entry, outside the school office.  A list of the titles available will be published on the school blog as they come in.  A checkout system, based on the honor system, will be developed.  No overdue fines here!  Together we can encourage each other in finding good information, without all the expense.  If you have questions, contact Shelly Telfor at 662-2002 or  Thank you!



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Love Art Work?

If you do love art AND YOU would be willing to volunteer some time, then we have a project for YOU!

Mrs. Brouwer, our wonderfully talented art teacher, has loads of student art work that needs to be hung throughout the school!  If you would be willing to help her with this project, please send her an email.  Mrs. Brouwer will appreciate any help you can provide.

If you have not visited the Art Blog yet, this needs to be your next surfing stop!


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