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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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Fishing, Anyone?

Ethan, a 2nd grader in Mr. Jurewicz’s class, sent me an email shout out to share some of the highlights of his summer.

He has been fishing, swimming and riding his cool new longboard.  For those of you who don’t have a longboarder in your home, be aware that this board is the ultimate cruiser for the neighborhood.  It is a modeled after  a surf board or snowboard — only with wheels.

Check out these cool pictures of Ethan!  If you want to photos of your summer highlights, please send them to me via email attachment.  I will get them on the blog to share with everyone.

Mrs. Reagan

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Georgetown Goes to the High School


On Friday, our first and second graders were invited to a very special show put on by Mrs. Doerr’s English classes.

The performances involved selecting songs to perform and lip sync for elementary age students.  We watched high school students perform songs from GLEE, the FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIRE THEME SONG, and much more.  The final song involved volunteer dancers from the audience!  Mr. Jurewicz, one of our first grade teachers captured a portion of this on his camera.  It is obvious how much fun the children are having during this song!

The children’s comments to me during and following the performance are the best evidence of the fun they had.  Here is a sampling:

Two girls and a boy after the final song said:   “That was the bestest ever thing we have done so far this year.”

Another review I loved:  “How did they know we love candy and beach balls?  Did they ask you about us, Mrs. Reagan?  It is so cool they did things we like.”

And:   “Oh I love GLEE.  How did they know about GLEE?  Do you think any of them are on GLEE?  It was the most fun of my life.”  (Said by a 6 year old.)

I sat beside three first grade boys during the THRILLER PERFORMANCE.  Their first comment to one another:  “Aren’t you glad it’s not a gleer song?”

While watching Michael walk down the aisle with a girl, “I hope they don’t kiss.”

And, then:  “Mrs. Reagan, that guy has bare feet.  I love that they can wear bare feet in this school.  I hope he has shoes for the bus, though.”

At the end the high school students introduced themselves and shared their favorite class. On the way back to school, a second grader asked: “Hey Mrs. Reagan, what’s drama?”

Me:  “It’s a class that involves writing stories and then performing them.”

Second Grader:  Pause/think time.  “Good.  I think I can do that.  We write stories every day.  Do you think my teacher will teach drama during our writing time for us?”

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Mr. Jurewicz…in the News!

Mr. Jurewicz, a new first grade teacher in our building, was interviewed by WZZM TV 13 about his new position at Georgetown.  He is one of 23 teachers hired by Hudsonville Public Schools, and we are fortunate to have seven of the best new teachers join our team!  Welcome again to Miss Taber, Mr. Bialochowski, Mr. Kooiker, Mrs. Jabaay, Mrs. Boes and Mrs. Wert.

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Introducing our New Teachers

Library Check

Our new teaching staff came to open library on Wednesday.   Many of our staff, students and parents came to welcome them to Georgetown.  It was a wonderful opportunity for the team to see the building and learn about all the great people at our school.

We had well over 40 parents and children visit…and more than 70 books checked out of our library.   Each week the library is staffed with teachers who love reading as much as they love seeing kids on summer vacation.  If you have not been to open library yet, try to visit before summer ends!

Mr. Jurewicz (1st Grade), Miss Taber (1st Grade), Mr. Bialochowski (3rd Grade)

toby, all, ryan

Mrs. Wert (Resource Room) and Mrs. Boes (Pre-Kindergarten)

Maegan and Mandy

Mrs. Jabaay (Kindergarten)


Mr. Kooiker (4th Grade)

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Miss Taber’s First Grade Blog is Up and Running!

If you are a first grader in Miss Taber’s classroom, visit her blog to find out about her, school supplies and much more!  Mr. Jurewicz’s first grade blog is also live…and there are more classroom blogs ready to go live soon.

If your child is in another grade and classroom, please visit these class blogs (links to the left) to find out about school supplies for the fall.

I hope your summer is going well!  Mrs. Reagan

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Drum Roll, Please!

I am very excited to announce to you that our staff hiring is complete!  As I mentioned in aDrum roll blog posting on June 16,  some of our staff members took open positions in other buildings.  This created openings, allowing for movement within our building—and when all was said and done, we had six positions to fill for the coming school year.

On  July 1st, I posted a blog article announcing  four positions had been filled  as follows:  Miss Taber-1st Grade, Mrs. Wert, Resource Room, Mr. Kooiker-4th grade and Mr. Bialochowski -3rd grade, were joining our team.

With the help of several teachers from our building, we found three additional outstanding teachers to help us carry on our important mission of BE NICE • WORK HARD • LEARN WELL. They are each from neighboring districts and are as follows:

Mrs. Mandy Boes will be teaching pre-kindergarten (PK).   Mrs. Boes comes to us from Fruitport and has experience with PK and K children.  Mrs. Boes has a daughter Lucy who will be helping her set up the classroom —or maybe taking down what her momma has already put up!

Mrs. Lisa Jabaay will be teaching kindergarten.   Mrs. Jabaay comes to us from Kellogsville with experience in K and first grades.  She has two young children at home–and they may be seen helping set up their momma’s classroom.

Mr. Toby Jurewicz will be teaching 1st Grade.  He will join Miss Taber, Mrs. Woodring and Mrs. Stadt as the first grade team.   Mr. Jurewicz comes to us from Comstock Park where his wife is a kindergarten teacher.  I am sure that you will see both of them at school setting up his classroom!

All of our new teachers are busy setting up class blogs and getting acquainted with the school and their colleagues.  As soon as they have their blogs set up, an email alert will go out.

Thank you for your patience while we worked extra hard to find the just right teachers for our wonderful school!

Mrs. Reagan