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Settling into Routines

Week 8
Week 8

Now that we are into the 8th Week of school, our routines for learning and playing are well established.   In addition, the MEAP TESTS (grades 3-5) are completed which brings a huge sigh of relief for those who have been attached to their #2 pencils for days.

As we work through the month of October and into November, you will be hearing more from your classroom teachers about the following projects:  BE NICE FEEL SAFE at Georgetown (Bully Prevention) and MINDFUL GIVING:  PE CARES + ALL FOR BOOKS Competition.

BE NICE • FEEL SAFE:  As a staff, we use the OLWEUS Program as a foundation for building a school climate that is safe and one that also holds those accountable for poor choices.  We survey our students about the school climate and use these results to guide us in our class discussion.    Class meetings in the next few weeks will identify horse play, rough play and other behaviors that can get aggressive and lead to bullying.   Everyone plays a role in preventing aggressive behavior — and we will talk about important roles people can assume.  A great resource defining these roles can be found on the site.

MINDFUL GIVING:  PE CARES  Our PE teachers will be asking for food donations for our local food pantry.  Class who donates the most canned/dried food wins a class tript to Hudsonville Bowling Lanes.More information about this will come home soon.

michiganMINDFUL GIVING:  BOOKS FOR ALL  To help raise money for BOOKS for ALL for stateour Nov 4-7 BOOK FAIR, we will hold a MSU/UofM Coin War.  More details coming soon on this.  Hint:  If MSU fans bring in more coins, Mr. Kooiker will wear MSU colors on Wednesday, Oct 30.  If UofM fans bring in more coins, Mr. Bowen will wear UofM colors on Wednesday, Oct 30.

Watch for more details about all of these events through the school blog and class blogs in October and November.

Here’s to a great week ahead!

Mrs. Reagan




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Week 26: March 11-15, 2013

Did you spring ahead one hour?  If not, now’s the time to do it!  Daylight saving time started at 2 a.m. this morning. The down side, we lost an hour of sleep.  The upside, we have an extra hour of light each evening.  If you want to brush up on your daylight savings history, check out theses five quick facts.

The headliner this week is our Scholastic Book Fair, organized by Cheryl Havens and held in the Library.  Many thanks to everyone who is volunteering to help the children select and purchase their books.

Thank you to the PTC volunteers for wrapping up our week with POPCORN DAY.  This is a small event that brings smiles to many faces!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Reagan


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March Book Fair: Volunteers Needed

With all the snow in the forecast it’s hard to believe that we’re planning for the Spring Book Fair! It’s right around the corner, March 11-15.
The theme is “Story Laboratory: Reading Gives You Super Power!”
We’re in need of MANY VOLUNTEERS! If you’re interested in volunteering please click here: to sign up on @VolunteerSpot today!


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Mayah Bischoff, the chair of our NOVEMBER BOOK FAIR, has tallied our book fair results.  We sold a total of $6,781.23 in books—$400 more than last year.  For the ONE FOR BOOKS campaign we raised $150.00.

HUGE thanks to all of the volunteers and to Mayah Bischoff and her team for all the work setting up and organizing this great event.  If you are interested in chairing our March book fair, please get in touch with Cindy Roerig (  We would love to have your help and support so that this event can run again!


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A very busy week ahead!

It’s our 10th week of school and to celebrate we have packed our schedule with important and excited events.  This week is all about the two things we value most at our school:  CHILDREN AND PARENTS.

Our incredible Parent Teacher Club will be sponsoring an ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY on Monday (Jerry Jacoby’s Character and Integrity Traits) and the Scholastic BOOK FAIR (Monday-Friday in the Early El Sensory Motor Room).  In addition, the PT Club is also sponsoring a dinner for teachers on Monday from 4-5pm to kick off Parent Teacher Conferences.  Thank you, PARENTS for doing this for us!  It is such a treat to know that one night this week we do not have to worry about dinner plans.

We wrap up the busy week with COMFY COZY DAY on Friday.  It’s a day to learn in slippers, sweatshirts and sweatpants…anything comfy and cozy!

We are looking forward to meeting with parents this week to share the amazing progress your children have made as learners during the first 48 days of school.  During PT Conferences, you will hear me call the end times for each conference over the school speaker system.  This is done to help teachers and parents stay on time in a BE NICE way.  We want to make the 15 minutes focused and meaningful…and also honor your time by staying on TIME.

Here’s to a great week!

Mrs. Reagan


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BLOG BITS 2/4/11


NEWS FROM THE OFFICE….. Could life really be any better??!!  Two snow days in a row, pajama day and popcorn Friday!!!  How lucky are Georgetown students!!  The sun is shining and the weather is beautiful for the kids to be outside.  YEAH  : )  It was a good week here for the few days we were here and we hope you all enjoyed your few extra days with your kids at home too.  The “Blizzard of 2011” will be something this kids will remember for a very long time.  Our poor little Pre-K students could not even see out of their classroom windows!  The snow drifted right up in the corner by their room and covered their classroom windows.  Mrs. Boes was not sure how they were going to be able to look out and do their weather forcast for the day!

KINDERGARTEN INFO……. Kindergarten Round-Up will be held on Tuesday, March 8 at 7pm. Please feel free to click the following links for the k registration and the health appraisal.

You may download this and fill them out and return them to Georgetown or you may stop in the office starting on Monday, January 24 to pick these up. We DO ask however, that when dropping off the filled out registrations that you bring in the child’s original birth certificate.

5th Grade News….. Our wonderful 5th graders are starting to raise money for their last HOORAH as elementary students.  They will having a 1552-0906-1201-5935“Doughnut  Day” on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17! (What a great way to kick-off winter break!)  Fliers will be coming home with your youngest and or only student today.  The form to order doughnuts MUST be turned in by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11th !!!!  Please see the attached form if you did not receive one at home…….  Georgetown 5th grade donuts .  The proceeds from this fundraiser will help the 5th graders for their 5th Grade Celebration!  (Which is TOP secret of course!)

PTC NEWS…….. Just a quick note from Amanda Troyer in regards to the Father/Daughter event coming to Georgetown……Dads: If you are interested in a suit rental for the Father/Daughter event, we have a special offer from “Bunny Tuxedo” in Grandville for 25% OFF. Just mention the Georgetown Elementary Father/Daughter event. Suits are NOT required. We just wanted to pass along this information in case you were thinking about renting a suit.

BOX TOP INFO……. Our next Box Top competition ends February 17th! The classroom from each wing with the most Box Tops will win a movie afternoon with a special Box Tops product snack!  Earn 70 bonus Box Tops when you purchase 10 Box Tops products at Meijer through February 9th! As with all Box Tops, they must be submitted before their expiration date, so please get them turned in asap!  Shop at the Box Tops Marketplace to earn even more money for Georgetown, visit and sign up!  Georgetown also wants your Campbell’s labels and Spartan UPC codes!

CLASSROOM BASKETS…… We are asking for everyone’s help with this!  This is a great way to help raise money for Georgetown and it is fun for the students also!  Your student’s teacher will be notifying you of the theme they have selected for their classroom basket.  The PTC is asking for the students to make a donation to their classroom basket by FEBRUARY 17. The raffle tickets for these baskets will be on sale during lunch hours and conference times from February 28 through March 2.  The drawing will be held for the baskets on Thursday, March 3.  If you have any questions, or  would be interested in helping to assemble the baskets and or sell raffle tickets, please contact Staci Nieboer at or at 669-1923.

SPRING BOOK FAIR…….. The PTC is looking for a Book Fair C0 Chair.  The spring book fair will be held the week of March 14 through 18.  This is a wonderful experience for the students here at Georgetown, shopping at the book fair.  If this is something that you think you might be interested in, please contact Cindy Roerig at 669-1285 or via email at .

COMMUNITY ED NEWS……. We have many new activities to offer you through Community Ed this week.  Please read the following fliers in regards to the new activities! The FOUR things we are attaching this week are:  Parents Night Out – “Kids Rock the Gym!”    rockgymKids on Canvas Art Clas KOC_Elementary_Hudsonville SignUP_GeorgetownElemR4Girls Softball Clinic softball2011, and Girls Volleyball Clinics volleyball11.    Feel free to contact Community Ed directly at 669-7747, ext #3 with any questions you may have.  You may also register online by visiting .

Grand Valley State University……….Winter Youth Football Camp
Who: Grades 1-8
When: February 20, 2011
What Time: 2:00-5:00
Where: Laker Turf Building
How Much: $30
The Winter Youth Camp will emphasize football fundamentals – blocking, tackling, passing, catching. Both offensive and defensive skills will be taught. GVSU’s coaches and players will provide instruction on a variety of football skills. Games and competitions will be held with a focus on fun and skill development. Please see the attached link for more info.

COMMUNITY NEWS……… Hudsonville Little League Registration Information. Registration info is at for AGES 4-18.  We also have a Challenger Division for disadvantaged kids.

HUDSONVILLE BOYS’ BASKETBALL AND TEXAS ROADHOUSE……. Are hosting a fundraiser!!  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 from 11am to 2pm.  Proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Hudsonville Boys’ Basketball Program.  Please help them out by enjoying a great lunch.  Please read the attached flier for all of the details  Texas Roadhouse fundraiser .
ALLENDALE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL’S 3 ON 3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – SATURDAY, MARCH 26………. Tournament location for Allendale Christian School’s Fifth Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will be the Allendale Public High School (grades 5-8) and Allendale Christian School (grades 3-4). ACS is hosting the tournament on Saturday, March 26. This double elimination tournament will have divisions for both girls and boys 3rd-8th grades.  Trophies will be awarded to winning teams at each level.  Tee shirts will be provided for each player. All area schools are invited to join us.  Play will be continuous with refs at each court.  Last year there were over 350 players that participated from area schools.  Cost is $80 per team.  Concessions will be available.  Registration forms are due by March 4 and are available at ACS or on our website at If you have questions or interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Jody Ribbens @ 895-6016.

Now Enrolling for Hudsonville Public School – Preschool, Kindergarten Care, Before and After School Care, and Summer Programs
Registration information can be found at the Hudsonville Public School website, under Early Childhood Programs or call 616-797-0842.

Free 4 year old Preschool (child must turn four by Dec. 1, 2011)

GSRP (Great Start Readiness Preschool) is a FREE state-funded preschool program for Hudsonville four year olds who meet certain criteria. This program allows children who qualify an opportunity to receive a high-quality preschool experience who may not otherwise have the chance. Parent/Guardian’s must provide transportation to and from the program.  Children meeting at least two of the 25 criteria listed on the application can qualify.
Some examples of the criteria include: household income, single parent, unemployed parent, and many others.

The Hudsonville Public Schools’ GSRP program has openings as long as state budget allocations allow. Families who show the greatest need will be enrolled first. Registration begins January 10, 2011. Registration information can be found at the Hudsonville Public School website, under Early Childhood Programs or call 616-797-0842.


2/11  T/TH Kindergarten Valentine’s Parties

2/12  Father/Daughter Evening 6p to 8p

2/14  Valentine’s Parties

2/16  Marco’s Pizza Night

2/18 AND 2/21   NO SCHOOL……..WINTER BREAK : )

2/25  M/W Kindergarten

2/28 thru 3/2  Parent teacher conferences

Have a great day,        

Mrs. Nurenberg  : )

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Book Fair Success

We want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who visited thebook fairScholastic Book Fair this past week.  As a result of all the students and parents who made purchases we were able to put over $3,500 worth of books into our school library and classroom libraries.

In addition, because of all the One for Books donations we will be giving $210 worth of books to three non-profit organizations dedicated to helping kids and families in need.

The organizations include the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., and the Kids in Need Foundation.  This is the largest amount we’ve ever collected!  Your generosity will be used to give kids books who otherwise wouldn’t have any.  Georgetown also receives a matching donation of books for our own library from Scholastic!

Kids who had to order their books from the Book Fair will be receiving them shortly, if they haven’t already.  Thank you for your patience!  We promise it will be worth the wait.

This Book Fair was organized by Mrs. Carrie Clark-Berry, a parent of two former students, Jack and Emily.  She loves reading and has been instrumental in setting up our book fair since we opened four years ago.  Carrie volunteered to continue with the Book Fair to help transition our new co-chairs into this important PTC activity.  The co-chairs and next year’s official co-chairs are Mrs. Cindy Roerig and Mrs. Christi Dandurand.   All three of these individuals with the additional support of many other parents put in many hours with set up, sales, take down and much more.  Many thanks for all you do to support getting books into the hands of our readers!

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The Week Ahead: Nov 1-5, 2010

Welcome to November!  We kick off the week with Parent/Teacher Conferences.   Teachers will be available to meet with parents during scheduled times Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  I will serve as the official “conference time keeper”, calling out the 15 minute end/beginning times on all of the evenings.

If you need to check on your child’s conference time, you can visit this web page version of the three day schedule or check your child’s class blog.

Our PTC is also sponsoring our Fall Book Fair.  This will be held in the Sensory Motor Room and will be open during conferences.  Carrie Clark-Berry, a parent of Georgetown graduates (Emily and Jack), is kindly operating the book fair this year and handing it a new team of parents for next year.  THANK YOU MRS. BERRY!

We have JET’s Pizza Night on Tuesday and Popcorn Day on Friday.  Also, if you have not brought in chapsticks for the Girl Scout Service Project, please do so by Friday.  This is the final collection day!

As we look ahead in the month, we will be moving our clocks back one hour (November 7), celebration Thanksgiving (Nov 24-28), and kicking off the PTC Holiday Gift Shop November 29.

Here’s to a great week ahead!   Mrs. Reagan

Blog update 10.31

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Read, Read and Read Some More

R = Reading Wimpy Kid Books RULES!We are heading into our final two weeks of Bustin’ Thru Books Boot Camp!  Camp ends on March 27.  So far, the 93 campers involved have read over 30,000 minutes!  We will announce the total minutes read during our spring Talent Show on April 1, 2010.

In addition to Boot Camp, we have a school wide incentive called Raising A Reader. Parents enter minutes read from home and we enter minutes read from school.  The contest is sponsored by the International Reading Association and Parent Magazine.  We are hoping to win $5,000 for new library books.

For those who are looking to stock up on great books for home, our Parent Club is book hearthosting a Book Fair this week.  The event will be held in the Sensory Room which is located in the Early Childhood Wing.  While looking at the offerings on Friday (a sneak peak with two students named Lexi and Matthew), I found several I wanted to buy myself.

I was thrilled to see that one of my favorite authors,  Lois Lowry, was featured at the book fair.  A few years ago, I had dinner with her–and I felt like the luckiest person the world!  She spent dinner talking about her children, friends and life in Massachusetts.  Lois Lowry was everything I thought she would be–talented, insightful, caring, giving and funny.

Her book, Crow Call, is a personal narrative based on an experience with her father when Crow Callhe returns from the war.  This book focuses on the relationship between a parent and child  and the way they reconnect after being apart for so long.   Even though Lois’ experience took place after World War II, this book would be relevant for military families today.

Several of our readers have written book talks about books they have read and enjoyed.  You can check these out on Mrs. VandenBerg’s Library Blog.

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BLOG BITS:2/26/10

Good Last Friday afternoon of February!!


CONFERENCES….. Parents  don’t forget that we have parent/teacher conferences next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  You should have received a notice from your student’s  teacher as to your date and time.  If you have any questions in regards to your time or date please contact your child’s teacher.

PARENT DROP-OFF…. when dropping your children off in the morning before school in the circle drive they need to be instructed to walk around the building to their individual playground.  We are having too many students entering the building through the front doors and then are not going outside to  their playground.  We just cannot have students lingering in the building before school.  We do have supervision outside for the students and they let the students in when it is time.  If you are dropping off after the 1st bell (8:40am) has sounded then the children may enter through the front of the building.  (Just a reminder if it is raining or the wind chill is below zero we do allow the students to enter the building.)

CLASSROOM BASKET RAFFLE…. this will be taking place again this year during conferences next week.  These will be out for display and you may purchase tickets for $1/ticket.  Tickets will be available for student’s to purchase also during their lunch time.  The winners of the baskets will be announced the following week and the proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated back to your child’s classroom.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER POTTERY…..  this will be available to pick up during conferences next week.  The PTC will have it set up on tables for you to just swing in and pick up.  Thanks for being patient!

SPRING BOOK FAIR….  Our spring book fair will take place from March 15-19.  This will be held this time in our Sensory Motor Room. Family Shopping Night will be held on Tuesday, March 16.  Please feel free to visit our Scholastic Home Page for book reviews, etc. at

COMMUNITY ED NEWS…… Spring into the Pool!  
Spring Community Programs at the Hudsonville Pool!  HEAT Middle School Water Polo Spring 2010, HEAT Elementary Age Water Polo Spring 2010 AND HEAT Diving Club Spring 2010 are being offered through Community Ed.  Sign-ups available online at or at the Hudsonville Community Ed. office.  Please read the attached sheet for more information.  Thanks

Spring into the Pool

COMMUNITY NEWS….  Hudsonville Booster Bash 2010
Sponsored by the  Hudsonville Athletic Boosters
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Sunnybrook Country Club
7-11 PM
Help support your Eagles !   Tickets $25.00 or reserved tables of 8 for $250.00.  For more information contact Steve Herr at


Want to gain some skills for avoiding power struggles with your kids, responding to your kids with empathy instead of anger, and raising responsible kids who take ownership of their problems?  Hudsonville Community Education is offering a workshop for parents which runs for 7 weeks on Thursdays, starting Thursday, March 18.  Other topics covered will include: how to share control, design appropriate consequences, and use enforceable statements. We will be meeting from 6:30-8:00 at Park Elementary and there will be free childcare provided.  The cost of the workshop is $10 total to cover the cost of materials. Please e-mail Kristi Sherrington at to register.

KIDS CLOTHING AND TOY SALE – Spring/Summer Items;  Saturday, March 6, 2010  9 am – Noon; Borculo Christian School 6830 – 96th Ave, Zeeland MI

WOMEN’S 6 ON 6 VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT When:  Saturday, March 20
Where:  Hudsonville High School
Time:  Gym opens at 8:30 a.m., matches start at 9:00 a.m.
Cost:  $90 per team
Giftcards will be awarded to the winning team!
Come and join us for a fun afternoon of volleyball competition!

You can register your team online at (click the Community Ed. link)  You may also pay by check.  Please make checks payable to Hudsonville Community Education and mail or drop off to 3886 Van Buren, Hudsonville, MI  49426.  If you have any questions, please call or email Christie Klaasen at 616-566-6806 or .

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Mrs. Nurenberg  : )