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Polar Express Christmas Video

Here are some adorable pictures from our 3rd grade Christmas Party!  I am looking forward to being back together and seeing these faces again!

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Last call for Ski Club Passes

Tomorrow, Friday, December 16 is the last day for ski club passes!  If you want to ski at Bittersweet for only $16 a lift ticket, you need to turn in your forms and money by tomorrow.  Contact Karman VanderStel ( with any questions!


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One more request. . .

If you have an abundance of plastic bags around the house (the grocery store kind), will you send them to school?  Many times the students want a bag to put wet snow pants and gloves in to take home.  We have a few bags, but could use a lot more!  Thank you!!

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This Week’s Reminders

Here are some reminders of things to come this week:

Tuesday is our Christmas Program at Fair Haven Church!
6:30 – 7:00   K-2nd     
(Students report at 6:15)

7:45 – 8:15   3rd-5th   

(Students report at 7:30.  We will meet in the 100 wing)

Where is the church?
Address: 2900 Baldwin Street  Hudsonville, MI 49426.
Fair Haven Ministries is located down the road from Georgetown Elementary at the corner of Baldwin Street and 28th Ave.  
There is more information at 
*Each child needs a wrapped box sent to school.  Please wrap the top separate from the bottom by December 19.
*Please send 23 small items to school for students to pass out by December 19.
*Please send one regular light bulb to school by December 12.  The light bulb can be burnt out.
See all of the details here:
We have Christmas spelling words for the next eight school days. Students will have a packet of activities to complete. There will be no spelling test on these words!
I look forward to seeing you Tuesday night!


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Christmas Program Participation

For the first time ever, we are going to have audience participation for our final song this year!  The students are very excited to share this experience with you, however, in order to be ready to join in on the fun, we are asking families to download this free jingle bell playing app PRIOR to the holiday program on their phones if you will be attending the 3rd-5th grade performance.  THANKS!!

iJingle Bells (John Slater) is available on iPhone

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Ski and Snowboard Club

Hudsonville is opening our Ski and Snowboard Club to elementary schools again this year!  The cards are for Bittersweet Ski Area in Otsego.  This is a great family opportunity for an inexpensive price.  Stop by the office today to get a packet.



Club Card – $16

Lift Ticket – $16

Ski or snowboard rental – $16

Helmet rental – $10


The card is valid after 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  Weekdays (non-holidays), the cards are valid from 10am – 10pm.

Please contact Karman VanderStel with any questions at

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Toys For Tots – ends Thursday

One of our Georgetown students is collecting toys for Toys For Tots.  Ainslee Tomaszewski has a goal of collecting 155 toys and we have received 62 as of Monday.  These toys will go to families who are having difficulty affording gifts this year. 

Please bring your unwrapped gift to school by Thursday, December 8!


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Polar Express Christmas Party

All aboard the 3rd grade Polar Express! Our party will be from 9:15-10:30 on Wednesday, December 21st.  If you are interested in helping run a center on the day of the party, or are willing to donate items, please click on the Polar Express picture below (for the Signup Genius link, enter your email, and click next). We will be decorating cookies and drinking hot chocolate at the Christmas party.  We are planning crafts, games, and snacks related to the Polar Express theme and will be combining all of the 3rd grade classes.

Also for a gift exchange, we would like each child to bring in a small item for each child in their class. Some ideas might pencils, treats, erasers, or small party items from the store. We would also like each child to bring in a box wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper. The box needs to be opened without unwrapping it (so either wrap the lid separately or choose a box with flaps that can open and close). The kids will be putting the items they brought to share in each other’s boxes. The children may start bringing them in as soon as you would like to send them.  Make sure your child’s box is here by Monday, December 19th.

If  you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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The annual 5th grade Candy Cane sale is officially here!
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The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our 5th-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities.
This year the sale runs from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16.    
The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered.
Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!
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Updates from Room 201

We have had a low key week here in room 201.  We’ve been catching up on writing, grammar, and other little things that don’t get much attention when we are in full curriculum mode!  It’s been a nice pace!  However, next week we are back at it until Christmas Break!

Math:  It would be helpful to start talking to your child about time on an analog clock.  We will soon be telling time before and after the hour, to the nearest five minutes and minute, and telling how much time has passed (elapsed time).  These elapsed time lessons are difficult, especially if the students don’t have a solid grasp of time.

Science:  We will be discussing fossils, doing a review, and playing jeopardy next week.

Reading and Writing:  We are reading and writing about information.  The students are writing about a topic they know a lot about and then we are reading books to study the text features of informational writing.

Homework:  You may have noticed there was no homework this week!  Next week we will have two math sheets, spelling, and a science review.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!   This is a great group of kids.  Each one of them comes to school with a smile, is kind to others, and works hard.  I am blessed to have your child in class.



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