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Parent Survey: Classlists 2012-12

This survey will close on May 1.  Before it closes, we would like to have your input regarding your child’s needs for next year.  Complete this confidential Parent Survey for Classlists 2012-13.  If you have more than one child, you will need to complete a survey for EACH CHILD.

Full details on the purpose of the survey can be found on this APRIL 5 Post.

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Head Shaving Group GROWS!

We have had many requests to hold a fun run at school to accommodate families that cannot make it to the May 9 5th/3rd Fun Run or the May 12 RiverBank Run.
The Georgetown Fun Run will be held on May 4 at 2 pm on the Georgetown Walking Path.  All students will be able to walk in honor of all those we know who have fought or are fighting cancer.
Originally, Mr. Gort and Mr. Kooiker set a challenge of shaving his head if 100 students donated $1.00 or more to Spencer’s medical expense fund.  However, that group has grown to a total of five staff members willing to shave their hair for Spencer. These staff members are:  Mr. Kooiker, Mr. Gort, Mr. Rob (our custodian), Mr. Bialochowski and Mr. Bowen!   We will open the run with head shaving IF we can get 100 students to donate toward Spencer’s Meyer’s Medical Fund.

Your form must be in by Friday, April 27…with your donation money.
You also have the OPTION of getting a TEAM SPENCER T-SHIRT.  These are $5.00.
To register, print this form:  TEAMSPENCERFUNRUNSCHOOL Reg. Form
NOTE:  If your child is participating in the 5th/3rd Fun Run or Riverbank, their donation is sufficient for the school fun run.  You do not need to donate to both.  Their donation will also be counted in the 100 kids goal.
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Introducing MILO!

If you have not yet heard about Milo, I would like to introduce him through the blog.  Milo is a 9 week old cavachon-poo mix (King Charles Spaniel + Bichon and Toy Poodle).  Milo belongs to me and my hope is to train him to take on the title of Georgetown’s Therapy Dog.

Milo: Taking a Snooze

To prepare for his AKC therapy training, Milo is coming to school with me each day with the purpose of learning how to be calm and well behaved in the classroom setting.  His training begins this summer  with the goal of being certified as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Therapy Dog.   Therapy dogs are not assistive or companion dogs.  A dog like Milo is trained to provide affection and comfort. Our target would be the students and staff at Georgetown.

Any dog can be a therapy dog.  However, it is essential that this dog have a good temperament and be friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and calm in all types of situations. We want Milo to be content while being petted and handled by students.  Milo will be able to provide comfort when being read to, walked and demonstrating his skills (tricks).  

(NOTE:  Milo is not a recess dog or a classroom pet.  His role would be to provide comfort during learning times.  He is hypo-allergenic and also will not be in classrooms if a child has a severe allergy to pet dander of any kind.  As always, health and safety of our children will be the priority.)

While at home with me, Milo is learning the basics of dog training:  Going potty outside, sleeping all night, nibble on toys not fingers and  basic commands (sit, down, shake, stay, release).  At school, Milo is learning how to stay calm when bells ring, many hands pet him and sleeping while learning is going on.  To pass his first level of training, he and I must be able to do the following together:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger.
  • Sitting politely for petting.
  • Allowing basic grooming procedures.
  • Walking on a loose lead.
  • Walking through a crowd.
  • Sitting and lying down on command and staying in place.
  • Coming when called.
  • Reacting appropriately to another dog.
  • Reacting appropriately to distractions.
  • Calmly enduring supervised separation from me.

I will keep you posted on his progress.  I, and the staff, are very excited about his temperament and skills so far.  If all goes well, he will be at school next year 2-3 days per week working with children in classrooms.

Check out this collection of photos from his first two weeks at Georgetown!

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TEAM SPENCER: Riverbank Run Events

Chad and Michele Sytsma, Georgetown parents, have created TEAM SPENCER…an event around which everyone from our school can support the Meyer Family.

The 5th/3rd Riverbank Run has two events and you are invited to participate in one or both.

The form attached below is to show register for TEAM SPENCER.

Once you are registered, the Sytsma’s will send a SPONSOR form which will help you collect money for the Meyer family.

Thank you for your support!  This is a great event to help us support the Meyer family and our Spencer!

AND…Mr. Kooiker has agreed to shave his head if we can get a large group of kids to participate.  Let’s shoot for 100 kids!  We can do it!


If you would like to participate in the ADULT TEAM SPENCER on the RIVER BANK RUN DAY (May 12) please complete this flyer:

Adult Team Spencer Registration

Checks can be made out to Michele Sytsma.

If you have questions about either event, feel free to contact Chad or Michele at:



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Colton Visits Kentucky

Colton had a great time on spring break. He went on trip to Kentucky with Harley and his Grandparents. They took a trailer and enjoyed fishing and camp fires when not sightseeing. The highlight of the trip for Colton was visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory where he they got to see how baseball bats are made and even got to see one of Babe Ruth’s bats. They also visited the Kentucky Horse Park and Shaker Village. They got to learn about how the Shakers lived and made their furniture.

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Gatorland Mandryk Style!

The Mandryk family visited Orlando over break and part of our trip was a visit to “Gatorland”. There Cate and her brothers got to “wrestle” a real live alligator (more like just sit on one with a guy really close, but still really cool).

They also got to feed all the gators in the park turkey hot dogs. We also spent a day at the Universal Studios theme park, visited Cape Canaveral (where NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is) and of course spent lots of time swimming in the hotel pool.
We were very busy but had a great week together.

The Next 'Gator Hunters
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Need a Gadget? How about an Eggbot?


Just in time for egg decorating, the Eggbot has arrived!  This robot (along with sharpie pens) will decorate your eggs and win you awards at the family Easter brunch.    I do have to say that this not quite the same as the bowls of dye and metal egg dippers.  There really is a gadget for everything!

If you want to be inspired to come up with a one of a kind egg, check out these featured eggs.

Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend…filled with lots of colorful eggs!

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Mrs. Brouwer’s Spring Vacation

I’ve been enjoying my spring break doing my favorite things around the farm – reading, making art, and visiting the farm animals.  We stayed home this year because there are lots of farm babies due to arrive and we didn’t want to miss the excitement!  We have calves due any day, sweet little lambs due in a few weeks, new fuzzy chicks in the barn, and the most fun of all – Bess will be having a new filly or colt very soon!  See you all in a few days!  Mrs. Brouwer

Mrs. Brouwer's Farm Life
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