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Hello Georgetown Families!

Please read the following information from the PTC:

May 4, 2010 ~ Media Room – 7:00 p.m.

Board Members Present:  Kristi Fellows, Jamie Ham, Cindy Roerig, Krista Lawrence, Brenda Zuverink, Carrie Clark-Berry Attendees:  6

The meeting was opened by Kristi.  Staci Nieboer moved to approve the minutes from the last PTC meeting, with Angel Truman seconding.

TEACHER REPORT – MRS. BURDIS: The scores from recent testing that the 3rd through 5th graders completed have been received, and the students performed well.  It’s a very busy time of year at the school, so parents are urged to check the school blog and the teacher blogs regularly to keep up to date on all the activities coming up.  Class placement for next year is beginning, and the teachers thank all the parents who returned their child surveys to help in this process.  There’s only 3 weeks of school left!

REVIEW OF BUDGET – BRENDA ZUVERINK : The budget was reviewed, and no major changes are noted.  After a question at the last meeting about the amount of funds we keep in our account, a few other schools were contacted to see what their Treasurers’ policies are.  At this time Georgetown’s balance is lower than most but is an acceptable balance.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK – MICHELLE WIERINGA: A fabulous Hollywood movie themed week is underway for our wonderful Georgetown teachers.  All the teachers are enjoying being spoiled this week with some wonderful lunches, a few gifts, as well as all the amazing superstar posters that are hanging throughout the school.  Thanks to Amanda Troyer for such a wonderful job on the posters turning all our teachers into a superstar or superhero!

READING COUNTS – ANGIE ROON: The Reading Counts end-of-year party will be held on June 4 with a Blast to the Past theme.  The 2nd and 3rd graders will celebrate in the morning and 4th and 5th graders will celebrate in the afternoon.  Some volunteers are still needed to help for this event.  Please contact Angie Roon at if you are able to help out.

SPRING CARNIVAL – KRISTI FELLOWS: Our annual Spring Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 15 from 11-2.  If you didn’t pre-purchase your wristbands, you can still purchase wristbands the day of the event for $15 each.  There will be lots of fun games, food, and auctions/raffles.  A few more volunteers are needed, so contact Susie Coxen at as soon as possible if you’re able to help with this event.

2010-2011 PTC BOARD MEMBERS: Krista Lawrence moved to approve and Michelle Wieringa seconded the approval of the PTC Board for the 2010-2011 school year.  The new Board will be:

President – Jamie Ham                                     Co-President – Cindy Roerig

Vice President – Nancy Patrick                         Secretary – Amanda Troyer

Treasurer – Brenda Zuverink                            Co-Treasurer – Staci Nieboer

Thank you to everyone listed above for taking the time and interest to serve in these very important roles.

OPEN CHAIR POSITIONS FOR THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR: The following activities are in need of a chairperson or    co-chairpeople for next year.  If you would be interested in chairing or helping to chair any of these activities, please contact Jamie Ham at  We need your help to keep these activities going at Georgetown!

Walk-A-Thon Chairperson and Co-Chair                                       Book Fair Chairperson and Co-Chair

Popcorn Chairperson                                                                         Box Tops/Soup Labels Chairperson

Hospitality Chairperson                                                                     Kindergarten Helpers Chairperson

SCRIP Chairperson and Co-Chair                                                  Copy Room Chairperson

Holiday Gift Shop Co-Chair                                                               Reading Counts Co-Chair

Art and Environment Chairperson (Organizing a schedule for volunteers to help hand artwork throughout the school year)

If you have any further questions on the duties and responsibilities for any of these positions please contact Jamie Ham or any other PTC Board member and we’ll get you the information you need.


Parent Meeting for 5th Grade Camp- May 11 at 6:00                       Spring Carnival – Saturday, May 15

Marco’s Pizza Night – Wednesday, May 19                                      Just Write Celebration Week – May 24-28
Carrie Clark-Berry
PTC Secretary

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Exciting News!

Raey Guang

Our penpals are coming to visit!   We found out at the beginning of this month that a group of students, teachers and parents will be making the journey from Taiwan to Michigan to meet us.   Currently, they are scheduled to arrive in Michigan on May 29 and visit our school on June 3rd and 4th.

For those of you who are new to Georgetown within the past year, our school was matched with “sister school” in Taiwan in September, 2008.We have been communicating with Raey Guang Elementary through email and blogging.  The BLOGPALS site contains highlights of our Link for blogcommunication together.  You can access this from the left sidebar by clicking on the map of Taiwan.

In addition, several of our students are matched with students from Raey Guang.  They are emailing one another, sharing information about their families, interests and school life.  You can read some penpal correspondence between:

Raey Guang School is situated in Pingtung City, Taiwan.  Matthew Lawrence created a google map to show you have to get from Hudsonville to Pingtung.

As we learn more about the visit, we will post information on Blogpals site and link it to this blog as well.

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Raey Guang Email Pen Pals

penpalOur sister school, Raey Guang Elementary has forty children that would like to become email pen pals with children from our school.  If you are interested in this, please complete this pen pal survey form. I will work with a teacher and the principal from Raey Guang to match children.  This is open to children in grades 3, 4 and 5.  I would like to send the names to Taiwan over the holiday break so the correspondence can begin in the new year!

Mrs. Reagan

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Walkathon Pizza Lunch

I was the luckiest principal in the world this week because I had the honor of eating lunch with the top money earners for our school walk-a-thon.   It was the perfect day for lunch with me because it was a cold, rainy day and the Jet’s pizza was exactly what we needed to warm ourselves up!

During the lunch we shared pet stories (ranging from silly pets to crazy pets), talked about our Halloween costumes, and much more.  There were lots of giggles and plenty of YUMs.  The pizza and cinnamon sticks were delicious.  Thank you, PTC, for sponsoring this great lunch.  And many thanks to everyone who contributed to our walk-a-thon.

Walkathon PIzza Lunch

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The PULL comes to Georgetown!

pullThis fall we are fortunate to host two student teachers:  Miss Ashley Barbieri from Hope College is teaching with Mrs. Reifschneider and Miss Stacey Bouwkamp is from Calvin College, teaching with Mrs. Kuieck.  We have several veteran staff who are graduates of Hope or Calvin—and because my husband is a professor at Hope, I have been accused of Flying Dutchman favoritism.   To prove that I do not have a favored school when it comes to student teachers, we will host a friendly PULL competition on Friday.

HopeHope and Calvin hosts their own “pulls”–and we will set this up as a mud-free, student friendly event.  Mr. Kooiker (our Calvinintrepid teacher assistant, football recess coach, playground supervisor, and overall morale booster) will ‘ref the event.

This is also our first popcorn day and our team building recess day for  grades 3,4, and 5.

We invite all  students to wear either HOPE Flying Dutchman colors (blue/orange) or Calvin Knight colors (maroon/gold) to support a team.  Students who are best dressed will be selected to help with the pull.

Of course, we will have video of the event to share after the event!  Go Dutch!  Go Knights!

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Raey Guang Honored for International Communication

The Principal of Raey Guang Elementary wrote to share some exciting news.  Read on:

Dear Mrs. Reagan,

I would like to pass a good news to you! Our program of international networking with you has won the first place in Taiwan and I was invited to share the experiences in our ministry of education! Thanks to your help on much ideas-sharing and blog-constructing. This award belongs to you, too.

The new semester is running now. This semester, we are going to have new courses for students and teachers as well. For students, high-achievers and low-achievers of English will both be selected out and given special training. Furthermore, all students will have more courses about e-communication. We hope all children in our school can learn English well and have more communication with your students. All teachers are going to have extra English lesson, too. Learning is not just about the students, right?

Last, I hope children in both of our schools can be educated happily and have better global visions for their future.

Mrs. Chung Wen Yu

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Message From Taiwan

Pingtung MapWe have received two emails from Raey Guang Elementary following the typhoon disaster of early August.

The principal, Chung Wen Yu, shared the following:

Thanks for your kind care about the typhoon in Taiwan. Places near sea and in mountains were severely destroyed after this typhoon. Our school is located in downtown area, and luckily nothing was really damaged. But, we all really concern the people who are suffering from this disaster. We’ve been trying to provide what we have to people there to help them. We also really appreciate your international rescue team; they worked really hard cleaning the mess and helping people rebuild their house and lives. Thank you again!

And, from Sarah:

Thank for your caring. It’s all fine in Pingtung urban center. The most terrible disaster is in the mountains. So far. there were much mud in some villages, and many soldiers, volunteers help clean the mud. However, there is anthoer potential crisis-infection disease, like H1N1. Anyway, hope everything and everybody are safe and well.

Please continue to keep the thousands of people who are homeless and dealing with the loss of loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

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