Our days at school are flying by…and with each passing week, we are getting into a rhythm of the day that helps our time together to feel safe, predictable and comfortable.
The photo above shows a 2nd grade chart for hallway expectations. Each grade has one to help us focus on hallway expectations — and these have made a great difference in our hallway climate. If you are in the building and see a class that is walking and/or moving about in a respectful, quiet way, please make sure to let them know and their teacher that you noticed! Also, if a group of students becomes noisy near their lockers while you are volunteering, please remind them that they need to do this quietly so you can work with learners. We know that our students are children who will bounce lively out of the classroom door and occasionally forget the hallway expectations. They are, after all, children who are working hard at learning. We also expect all children to respond respectfully to adult reminders to quiet down if needed.
Below is a snapshot of our highlights for the week ahead. Included next week, is another PIZZA NIGHT. This one is for Marco’s.
We would love to have you order Pizza on this night and pick it up at Marco’s. Be sure to tell them your child’s class name (teacher name) so that this class gets credit for the order. The class that orders the most pizza earns a free pizza party lunch. A portion of all profits of pizza’s purchase go toward our school PTC which funds books for classrooms, family events, and much much much more.
Mr. Jerry Jacoby stopped by our building to share music and stories related to having good character and making good choices. During the performances, his chicken appeared for a surprise visit and in that short time, fell in love with two teachers! I wouldn’t be surprised if Mrs. Bouwens and Miss Taber are receiving love letters with some chicken scratch inside!
Georgetown had another successful pizza night! A total of 48 pizza’s were purchased–double our first Marco’s night this year. These orders earned $116. 27 for our Parent Club. GO GEORGETOWN and GO MARCO’s PIZZA!
Miss Taber’s first grade classroom came in first place with 8 pizza’s ordered. They will receive a pizza lunch as a reward.
Mr. Bowen’s came in 2nd place with 7 pizza’s ordered. Great work! I have a feeling that you will be challenging Miss Taber’s class on the next Pizza Night.
We are embarking on our third week of school already! We continue to work on routines and climate–helping everyone feel welcomed and an equal part of our learning community.
If you have any questions about procedures (learning, recess, lunch), please make sure you contact your child’s teacher. If you discover that your child is not eating his/her lunch at school, it is very important that you let the teacher know. We provide extra time to any child who needs more time to eat—and also very discreetly check on children who might not be eating well during lunch time. As soon as you let your child’s teacher know of your concern, we alert the lunch staff and make sure that we support your child during lunch time.
The week ahead begins with “Saying Cheese!” Picture Days are on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
We end the week with a Family Fun Festival, sponsored by the Hudsonville Education Foundation. This will be held from 5-7 pm at the Baldwin Campus Stadium…and serve as a pre-game activity. The money raised from this event will go toward the foundation which funds teacher grants.
Each school in our district has a “DUNK TANK” representative. The Georgetown representative is Miss Taber, one of our first grade teachers! We will be cheering her on. Stop by to see her in the dunk tank from 5:50 to 6 pm.
A snapshot of events from our school calendar is below. You can look ahead on our calendar by visiting the sidebar to the right.
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)
Mrs. Wert (Resource Room) and Mrs. Boes (Pre-Kindergarten)
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 am very excited to announce to you that our staff hiring is complete! As I mentioned in a 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!
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