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Support for Mrs. Flory and Her Family

It is with great sadness that I share this news with you, our wonderfully compassionate Georgetown family.  Mrs. Flory, a third grade teacher at our school, is grappling with the sudden and unexpected death of her daughter, Anna.

Anna was a sophomore at MSU—a beautiful, engaging, kind, giving, compassionate and brilliant young woman.  Mrs. Flory has two other daughters, Nicole (a nurse) and Maria (a junior at HHS).  Understandably, the Flory family is in shock and the throws of grief.  The Michigan State News has a special feature story for Anna that can be found here.  It is a beautiful tribute for a beautiful young woman.

Mrs. Flory’s class has a wonderful substitute  (Mrs. Karyn McIntire) in place so that she can focus on her family needs.  Please keep the Flory family in your thoughts and prayers now and for months to come.    If you have a card for the family that you would like us to include in our collection, please feel free to drop these off at the office.

If you would like to attend Anna Flory’s visitation or funeral, the details are below:

Both will be held at Holy Redeemer Church, 2700 Baldwin St, Jenison, MI:


  • Tuesday, February 26 from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm.
  • Wednesday, February 27 from 10-11 am.


  • Wednesday, February 27 at 11 am.


Mrs. Reagan


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July 17: Open Library

Summer LIbrary is FUN!

Our library will be open on Tuesday, July 17 from 10 am to 12 pm.  Please come to check out books and to say hello to these cool people:

Mrs. Iwema and her adorable son, Jacob.  Mrs. Iwema teaches kindergartnen.

Mrs. Bast, our incredible reading teacher.

Mrs. Flory, one of our third grade teachers.

Mr. Rob….the best custodian in the ENTIRE WORLD!

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How much can you squeeze into summer?

The Norton Family is doing it all this summer!  If you look through the collage below you will see that Lucas, Leah, Audrey, and Maiah have been to Niagara Falls, Washington D.C., Michigan Adventure AND they have gone fishing.  Lucas caught this HUGE bass on his own!

Next year, Leah will be a third grader in Mrs. Flory’s Room, Lucas a second grader in Mr. Jurewicz’s Room, and Maiah a kindergartener in Mrs. Estefan’s room.  If you want to check out what other students have been doing this summer, click on the links below:


Annalise and Ava

Mrs. Reagan

Miss VanArkel

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Year of the Rabbit by Leah








How did you do with reading about the Chinese New Year in Chinese?  Would you be willing to live in China for 10 months with the goal of learning how to read and speak Chinese so that you could work successfully in school, at your job, grocery shop and more?   It makes my brain hurt to think about this.

The Chinese text tells this story in our language, English. Read on:

Leah Poster

Did you know that one of our third grade students speaks two languages?  Leah Vandenberg is in Mrs. Flory’s class and she was adopted from an orphanage in China last spring.

Since arriving on May 31, 2010, Leah life has changed in the most dramatic and amazing ways.  She has gone to living in a building with hundreds of children to a living with her adoptive family in a wonderful home in Jenison.  Leah has gone from speaking one language, Chinese to speaking English and Chinese.  She has adjusted to new cuisine, holiday’s, daily routines, school, riding in a car and school bus, braces, and so much more I can’t capture in this blog post.

Her school day and home life is in English.  I often watch Leah while she is learning and think that she must go home exhausted.  I speak ONE language.  ONE.  I’ve attempted to learn other languages, but not successfully….and I had the choice to quit my studies.

Leah has no choice.  In order to survive in our English speaking world, she must learn our language.  Leah has made amazing progress so far this year!

To showcase her learning, she explained the Chinese New Year to her classmates.  This holiday took place on January 22 and there are many rich traditions that go along with the welcoming of the Chinese New Year.  Leah explained to her classmates that this is year of the rabbit. The Chinese people celebrate this holiday with special foods, celebrations, and decorations.

Leah did a wonderful job!  We learn as much from her as she learns from us.    She ended her talk by showing her classmates how to make Chinese lanterns! Part of the Chinese tradition is to launch lit lanterns at night during a special lantern festival.   This collage below is a collection of the best parts of her presentation.


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Holiday Program Performance: Grade 3

Featured below is an uploaded version  of our third grade classes performing during our fourth annual Holiday Program on December 17, 2009. It is not the same high quality of the DVD which many of your have ordered, but it is still a nice way to share the incredible work done by our students and our music teachers, Mrs. Bretz and Mrs. Whitenight.  The 3rd grade classrooms featured: Mr. Bowen, Mrs. Flory, Mrs. McDonald, Miss VanArkel. I hope you enjoy this video!