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Georgetown Contact Information

The school office will be open beginning August 24, 2009.  Office hours will be 8:00 am – 4 pm.


School Hours during the school year:  8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday

School Phone:  1-616-797-9797

School Fax:  1-616-797-9929

District wide, we have new and more memory friendly email addresses in place for all staff.


1.  EMAIL Pattern:
The district email follows this pattern for all staff:
first letter of first name + first seven letters of last name @

2.  CHANGES in Email Address:
Make sure that the office AND your child’s classroom teacher always have your most recent email addresses.  If your email addresses change,  notify the office and your classroom teacher as soon as possible.

3.  Blog Updates:
To receive regular updates of the school blog and your child’s classroom blog, register for email updates on each blog’s home page.

Staff Email (listed alphabetically by first letter in first name): Email Directory

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Leadership Day 2009

Today is LEADERSHIP DAY 2009.  This is a day in which Scott McLeod, a professor at Iowa State University,    invites educators to share why and how we use technology in our careers.  Earlier this week, I blogged about being a principal who twitters. Those of you who read the post learned that I am certifiably a ‘tech geek’.  It is important to note that I am also NOT very ‘tech savvy’.   For example, I struggle to define critical technology terms (gigabyte, modem, html, css) and certainly do not know how to rebuild a hard drive.   I have been smart enough to call on technology experts when needed:  I know the extension numbers to the district Tech Office by heart — and when they can’t be reached, I have utilized the brains and heart of John Lawrence.

How specifically do I use technology on a daily basis as the learning leader of Georgetown Elementary?

  • As a learner, I cannot imagine not utilizing technology as a tool to create documents, problem solve and communicate with others via blogs, nings, wikis, twitter, and email.
  • As a building administrator, technology allows me to function more efficiently and accurately (hand held computer, laptop, web 2.0 tools to create, sort and examine data).  Sometimes, technology tools make me look more artistic and creative than I am!  If I use my tech tools well, I have additional time to build relationships with parents, students and teachers.
  • As a learning leader, technology allows me to do what is essential – promote independence in teachers and students.  I want the teachers to empower their students in technology with the same passion they use to model, guide and release reading, writing, and math—and all content areas. Technology is a learning tool that promotes independence, invites discussion, and grows a community of learners in exciting new ways.  Therefore, I am committed to helping teachers find the right tools to use at the right time with the right learners.

Why am I so passionate and focused on technology when there is so much that competes for my attention on a daily basis?

  • Access to amazingly simple and free technology tools have transformed the way I communicate, problem solve, share, create, learn and lead.  This did not require me to be tech savvy…it required me to be tech interested.
  • I  believe that technology tools will not by themselves create great learners, teachers or leaders.  I am convinced, however, that our best and brightest will be the better ‘tech’ equipped and capable at learning, teaching and leading NOW and in the future.

For those who would like to begin the journey of discovering more about technology tools and how they are used in education, I would encourage you to:

  • Read blogs by teachers, students, administrators.
  • Once you have read a blog post, leave a comment for the blogger.
  • Join twitter.  Find followers in the area of educational technology.  Follow them, ask questions, share.
  • Begin a blog of your own and invite others to read your posts & leave comments.  There are many free blog options available on the web.  I am partial to Edublogs due to their great support, both tutorials and problem solving.  Kudos in particular to Sue Waters, someone who has tutored me from Australia!
  • Learn about web 2.0 tools by following these 23 Simple Steps

Finally, if you are interested in following the many blog posts by educators, type this phrase into a  twitter search bar:  #leadershipday09.  You can also follow Scott McLeod’s Blog.

Thank you for sticking with this post and reading my passionate thoughts about technology in education.

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WOW what a week!!!!  “Just Write” was another huge success this year!

18 school days and counting!  Hold on tight, these last few days will be a whirlwind!  But FUN!!!

Please forgive me for not getting a FTO for the last few weeks, but the office has been a little crazy with visitors and we are really hard at work trying to get all the Kindergarten lists finalized.

**Please do not forget to view our calendar on the right hand side of the blog.  This will have our calendar of dates for important events through the rest of the year.

Please keep an eye on your child’s account balance as we get to the end of the school year. Your child will not be allowed to start the new school year with a negative lunch account balance. This is also true if your child will be going to the middle school or junior high building and they have a negative amount left from the elementary building. You can use the online system to check on balances or you can contact the Food Service office at 457-2400 to find out what your balance is. Final balances will be available after June 8, 2009. Money that is left in your child’s account will be carried over to the next school year. If your child is a 5th/6th or 8th grader, their remaining money will be moved to their account at the middle school, junior high or senior high. If you wish to transfer money between your children’s accounts, you need to send a note to the server in your school letting them know from which account you want the money taken from and which account you want it deposited in. Please write the full first and full last name of all children when asking for a transfer. If you do not want the money in your child’s account to carry over the summer, you will need to send a written request to your school for a refund. The request must include your child’s name, school building and where you would like the money sent to. Refund checks will be issued after June 8, 2009.
Requests received after June 8, 2009 will not be processed until August 25, 2009. It is also important to let the food service department know if your child will be moving to a different building or district for the 2009/10 school year. You do not need to let us know if they will be moving up to secondary building in your same district. The lunch and milk prices for 2009/2010 will remain the same. A reminder that we WILL NOT be sending out a lunch packet in August. You will be receiving a bright yellow postcard that will direct you to our website ( This website will have all the lunch information including a copy of the free and reduced lunch application. You can also apply for free or reduced price meals after August 1, 2009 at A new free/reduced lunch application must be filled out every year.  A paper packet with all of this information will be available in the school office and at the district office for those homes that do not have access to the Internet or just would prefer to pick up a packet. Look for your bright yellow postcard in the mail the week of August 10.  Please feel free to contact the food service department at 457-2400 if you have any questions or concerns.
Stacey L. Wykoski – Director

A very important date to put on your calendar…..The Spring Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 1p-4p.  Wristbands will be available for purchase the day of the carnival for $10 and this will allow you to participate in all of the games and includes popcorn, snowcones, and cotton candy!!!  SWEET!!  : )

Serving Georgetown, Hudsonville, Jamestown, and Jenison areas. You must be between the ages of 4 and 18 years old as of July 31, 2009 to be eligible to play. If your child did not play last season, you will be required to bring a birth certificate or passport.

How to Pre‑Register Your Player: Go to, under Region 676 follow instructions to register
your child, print 1 form.  How to Pre‑Register as a Volunteer:  Go to, under Region 676, follow instructions, print 2 forms.  Bring all printed forms with you to one of our registration events. Preprinted forms will not be available this year.

Registration will be at the Jenison Junior High School Cafeteria on Thursday, May 14th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm or Saturday, May 16th, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm.  Any questions, visit our website at

It is time again to sign up for Hudsonville Youth Football.    If your son will be in 1st‑ 6th grade in the fall of 2009 they can play youth football.  All grades will be tackle football and the cost is $60.
The easiest and best way to sign up is at www.hudsonvilleyouthfootball.comand  we would prefer you to sign up online.  We are having two sign up days at the Hudsonville High School cafeteria.  The first sign up day is Saturday, May 16, from 9 am‑ noon.  The second sign up date is Monday, July 27, from 6 pm‑  9pm.  We will have used equipment for sale at the July 27 sign ups.    For more information on the rules, player evaluations and when the season starts go to  Any questions please call Karl at 616.662.9917 or email
Hudsonville Youth Football is not affiliated with Hudsonville Public Schools.

We are pleased to announce that registration is taking place for the summer HEAT Swim Team.  Registration Dates are as follows:
NOW:  At the Hudsonville Community Education Office

Registration at the pool the following dates:
Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 ‑7:30 p.m., for HEAT levels 3 & 4.  Practice at 7:00 p.m. ‑ 8:30 p.m.
Monday, May 18, 3:30 p.m. ‑4:00 p.m., for HEAT level 2.  Practice from 4:00 p.m. ‑5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 1, 4:30 p.m. ‑5:00 p.m., for HEAT beginners.  Practice from 5:00 p.m. ‑6:00 p.m.
Monday, June 1, 5:30 p.m. ‑6:00 p.m., for HEAT level 1.  Practice from 6:00 p.m. ‑7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 8, 1/2 hour before schedule practice ‑ Beg. & Level 1 practice time ‑10:00 a.m. ‑ 10:45a.m.
Monday, June 8, 1/2 hour before schedule practice ‑ Level 2 practice time ‑10:45 a.m. ‑12:15 p.m.
Beginner HEAT ‑ $60
Level 1 ‑$80
Level 2 ‑$100 (additional cost for USA meet participation)
Level 3 ‑$120 (additional cost for USA meet participation)
Level 4 ‑$140 (additional cost for USA meet participation)

For further information regarding levels, dates, meets, and expectations, please visit

Want to know what enrichment opportunities are available around the West Michigan area for this coming summer?  Check out the new Enrichment Opportunities tab on Hudsonville’s home page.  It has links to camps and activities in the area of math, science, computers, art, music and drama.  This one stop shopping guide can be found at  .

Have a great weekend and enjoy this time before school’s out for summer!!!
Mrs. Nurenberg  : )

12 Tarry Hall Skating Party
12 Marco’s Night
14 T/TH K Field trip to Timbertown and the Outdoor Discovery Center
14 Talent Show @ 10a and 1p
14 PTC meeting
15 Popcorn Friday
15 Reading Counts Party
16 Spring Carnival 1-4p
18 M/W K-Mrs. Bohl Field Trip to John Ball Zoo
18 Hair Assembly @ 2:30p
20-22 5th Grade Camp
21 3rd Grade Field trip to Pigeon Creek Park and Tunnel Park
21 1st Grade Stadt/Woodring Field trip to DeGraaf Nature Center
22 1st Grade Huizenga/Veldman Field trip to DeGraaf Nature Center
22 ECSE Field trip to Hager Park
27 Marco’s Pizza Night
27 Pre-K Estefan Field trip to Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
28 ECSE Last Day

1 5th Grade Celebration
1 Jet’s Pizza Night
2 4th and 5th Grade Field Day at Baldwin Middle School
3 M/W Pre-K and K Final Day of school
3 4th and 5th Grade Rain Date for Field day at Baldwin Middle School
4 Final Day of School  Dismissal at 1:00p  Hooray!!!  : )

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Happy Friday Georgetown Parents!



Kindergarten round-up and screening went very well last week.  We are still going through all the registrations here in the office and we will keep you posted on everything as far as details go as soon as they become available.

Just an FYI for our parents who receive school updates via email and through the  school blog,  Comcast may be blocking this from your account.  It was brought to our attention that a few parents were not receiving the updates and they happen to subscribe through Comcast.  IF this is the case please contact your Comcast provider.

A favor to ask….when sending in lunch money for your students, if you could put the money/check in an envelope with the student’s FIRST and LAST NAME, AND THE TEACHER’S NAME this would be a huge help!  Thank you!

Please do not forget to view our calendar on the right hand side of the blog.  This will have our calendar of dates for important events through the rest of the year.

WOW!!!  The basket raffle was another huge success this year for Georgetown!  The total amount raised was $1625.00.  Thank you all for such GREAT participation!!!

PTC Board Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009/2010 school year.  If you would like to nominate someone or have questions you may contact Carrie Clark-Berry at

A very important date to put on your calendar…..The Spring Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 1p-4p.  Wristbands will be $10 and this will allow you to participate in all of the games and includes popcorn, snowcones, and cotton candy!!!  SWEET!!  : )

Please check the PTC blog for the latest news and PTC minutes!

Spring Break Open Swim:  The Hudsonville pool will be open for swimming everyday (except Sundays) from 2‑4PM.  Cost is $1.50 or $5.00 for the immediate family.
Friday, April 3 2‑4PM
Saturday, April 4 2‑4PM
Monday, April 6 2‑4PM
Tuesday, April 7 2‑4PM
Wednesday, April 8 2‑4PM
Thursday, April 9 2‑4PM
Friday, April 10 2‑4PM
Saturday, April 11 2‑4PM

Earlier this week the latest two Community Ed flyers were emailed/sent home.  One was for the Girl’s Softball Clinic and the other was for Street Jamz Dance Clinic.  Both flyers will be attached to the blog update, and there are paper copies outside the Multi-Purpose  Room at Georgetown.
For more information regarding these classes contact Community Ed at 669-7747, ext 3 or



Have a great weekend and ONLY 4 more school days until SPRING BREAK!!!  YEAH!!!  : )
Mrs. Nurenberg

13 Jet’s Pizza Night
14 5th Gr  Instrument Fittings
15 4th Gr Field Trip to Westshore Symphony
16 PTC Mtg. @ 7p
17 M/W Kindergarten
20 Play to Learn
21 Marco’s Pizza Night
22 5th Grade Parent Instrumental Mtg @BMS
23 5th Grade Parent Instrumental Mtg @ RSMS
24 T/TH Kindergarten
24 ECSE Field Trip to Meijer Gardens
27-May 1 Elementary Art Show @ Park Elementary Community Room
29 Georgetown Reception @ the Art Show
29 Marco’s Night
30 Young Author’s trip to Calvin College

1 M/W Kindergarten
1 Talent Show

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School Calendar: Dec 08 to June 09

Our school calendar can be found by clicking on: school-cal-12-1-08

If you have questions about specific events related to your child’s classroom that are not on this calendar, contact your child’s teacher via email. Email addresses for each teacher can be found on our district website homepage. You will be able to email your teacher directly from this site. Georgetown Staff Emails

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