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Welcome Raey Guang Friends!

This morning, we officially welcomed our friends from Raey Guang Elementary School!  They arrived on Wednesday morning and we have spent the past 36 hours learning about one another’s educational, cultural and social traditions.  As a school, we celebrated our international friendship with songs, gifts and more together.

Mr. Bowen, one of our fourth grade teachers,  created a slide show with highlights of the ceremony.  You can watch this below!

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Sister School to Visit May 4-6!

Penpal Collage FINAL

The government of Taiwan has approved for our sister school, Raey Guang Elementary to visit us for a second year in a row.  In early February, I sent out a survey to families to identify interested Georgetown penpals and host families.  Since then, I have been busy communicating with the staff in Raey Guang to make perfect matches with our students and theirs.  During spring break, I received photos of our penpals which you can see above!

On May 4, a group of 6 staff members and 18 students will arrive to learn about the American culture and traditions and our education system.  The Raey Guang students will be matched with Georgetown students to shadow during the school day and then travel home with them for “home-life/family experiences”.  We will hold a special welcome ceremony on May 5 at 9:15 in our MPR.

Our sister school will depart on the morning of May 6 for Pingtung, Taiwan.  Throughout the experience, we will take photos and share these with you via this site.

A blog post from June 2010 details the first visit with our sister school. It was incredible in every way—and we look forward to much greater learning and sharing this year.

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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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Penpal Families Needed!

Our sister school, Raey Guang, has over 40 families that are interested in finding family penpals from our school. Your role would be simple: Get to know our sister family via email! You do not need to speak Mandarin to be a family penpal. If you are interested, please complete the survey below. Our Family Penpal Coordinator will be in touch shortly after the holidays. Mrs. Reagan

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