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Savor the August Sunshine


Did you know that this past Sunday was the last day this year that the sun will set after 9 pm?  As we move through the month of August, we will lose 2-3 minutes of daylight each day with the sun setting sooner and rising later.  By the time school begins, sunrise will be at 7:09 am with sunset at 8:14 pm.

Your Georgetown teachers are already preparing for the school year with lesson preparations and room re-organization.  Mr. Rob, our incredible custodian, and his team are also busy cleaning, painting and pruning.  By the time the first day arrives, we will be ready for everyone to return so that we can begin another year of learning together.  We will be holding open houses in late August to welcome every back and to kick off the 2013-14 school year.  This is a time to tour the building, meet the teacher and collect paperwork to complete for the new year.  There are NO formal meeting during our open houses.  The open houses are as follows:

  • Kindergarten:  August 27  – 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Grades 1-5:  August 28 – 6:30-7:30 pm

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3.  School hours are 8:50-3:40pm.  Our first morning bell ( a signal for children to line up) is at 8:45.  The doors open at 8:50.

During the summer, we have had some changes in our teaching staff.  Mrs. Katie O’Rourke, first grade, moved to Rockford Public Schools.  This allows her to be close to her new baby girl, Lucy.  We will miss her very much but we are also glad that she is teaching closer to home.  Mrs. Malyn VanKoevering, a first grade teacher who taught for Mrs. Stadt’s leave, has assumed the position left by Mrs. O’Rourke.  We are thrilled to have Mrs. VanKoevering back on staff and in room 301~!

Mr. Jurewicz moved to South Elementary over the summer.  This move allowed Mrs. Allison Ray (formerly Taber) to move to second grade. She will be a fantastic addition to the second grade team — and she will be in Room 202.  We are welcoming Mrs. Amy Smith to first grade who will be in room 102.  Mrs. Smith taught for Marshall Public Schools and most recently Jamestown Elementary.

Please take time to sign up for email updates on your children’s blogs and the school blog.  You will receive an email update each time we post.  It is the best way for you to stay current on events.

I wish you all the best of the remaining days of summer.  As the days pass, I will be updating the blog with details about the new year.

Warmly, Mrs. Reagan

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Day 213

Did you know that August 1 is the 213th day of the year?   As of today, there are 152 days remaining in 2011.  August is a busy month for tourism — a time when families take their summer vacations before Labor Day and the September start of school. Have you ever used the phrase the ‘DOG DAYS of SUMMER’?   This phrase is used to describe August days that are stifling hot and unbearably humid.

My body and mind definitely move at a slower pace when the summer heat kick’s in.  Rather than get work done in the yard or around the house, I call up family and friends and invite them to swim in our pool and eat burgers under the cool shade of the hemlocks.  This collage is a series of photos my son took when we were hanging out with our nieces and nephew for a few days in July.

What are you doing to keep cool this summer?  Eating popsicles? Swimming?  Running through sprinklers?  Send me a photo that shows how your stay cool and have fun in the summer and I will post this on the blog!

Happy August!

Mrs. Reagan