OFFICE NEWS……. It is hard to believe that is February. Please take the time to enjoy this long weekend with your family and friends.  With the business of school and family, it is well deserved.     Now that we are into February and have completed our Kindergarten Registration night, the time between now and conferences in March and  Spring Break in April seems closer than ever.

With this in mind, please try and stay up on the dates that will be coming up.  We have Valentine parties coming, Spring field trips, Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences, Spring Carnival and M-Step testing for our 3-5th graders.

When testing dates have been confirmed, we will get everything on the calendar and in the newsletter.

We hope you enjoy your long weekend.

EARLY RELEASE…… Our next early release is FRIDAY, MARCH 10.  This time will be used by teachers for professional development and professional conversations in regard to meeting the needs of all students.

VALENTINE PARTIES…. will be on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14.  Times vary by class so please make sure to check teacher blogs for the exact time.  If you are volunteering for a party, please make sure you have completed your Volunteer Background Check.  I am including the link to make it fast and easy for you!  : )   VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK
FEBRUARY LUNCH INFO………February 2017 Hud Elem (2)-1       deposit-slip
KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION……… PK/Kindergarten Registration packets are available in the office.  In order for the registration packets to be turned back in you must have all of the information needed.  The items that are required are listed on the front cover letter of the Registration packet.

PK/K SCREENING DATES…… We will have screening for incoming PK/K students on February 8, 9 and 10.  It is RECOMMENDED that if the child turns 5 AFTER JUNE 1 they should be tested.  It is REQUIRED the child be tested if they turn 5 AFTER SEPTEMBER 1.  You may call the office at 669-6700 any time between 9am and 3pm to schedule screening.  Spaces are filling up fast, so please call soon!

SNOW DAY PROCEDURE FOR HOT LUNCH ~ With snow days a possibility now, the food service program would like to remind parents and students about what will happen if school is closed due to weather. If the district is closed, the menu that was supposed to be served on the snow day will be moved to the next school day.  An example: if school is canceled on Tuesday due to weather, Tuesday’s menu will be served on Wednesday and the menu that was scheduled for Wednesday will be completely canceled.  Because of our computer lunch account system, there will be no need to issue credits and your student will still be able to order a lunch if they need one. The only exception to this policy is if school is canceled on Friday. In this case, Friday’s menu will be completely canceled and we will continue with the regular menu on Monday.  Information on what menu will be served on the day you return will be available on Twitter or the foodservice web page at Please feel free to contact the food service department at 457-2400 if you have any questions or are unsure of what the menu will be. Thank you! ~ Stacey L. Wykoski, Food Service Director



5th GRADE NEWS……… The 5th Graders will be doing another fundraiser soon.  Please watch for more information coming home with the students in February.   Here are some important dates that you will want to have on your calendars for your 5th graders.  Please make sure to get the PARENT INFORMATION MEETING DATE, as this is an informative meeting for the parents.

APRIL 25 ~ 5th Grade visits Baldwin Street Middle (transportation is provided, students/teachers only)

APRIL 28 ~ Instrument Fittings (Band/Orchestra instructors come and fit students to instruments to see what they may be interested in)

MAY 15 ~ Parent Information Meeting @ Baldwin Street Middle School at 7:00pm in the cafeteria.


is this coming MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Please read the following attachment with all of the details.   Skating party

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE……  SAVE THE DATE…… Saturday, February 18 from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Baldwin Street Middle School.  Please make sure to get this on your calendars.  Registrations are due by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10!  I have attached a registration form in case you misplaced the one that was sent home.  : )  Father:Daughter 2017



BOX TOP NEWS…… PLEASE read the following attachment to help earn Alward a chance to win 50,000 Bonus Box Tops!!  Box Tops for Education is partnering with Walmart for this incentive program. This program will run through MARCH 1, 2017. BoxTopINFO


Is fast approaching…… and without you….. family, friends, siblings.. we cannot make this happen.   Please consider volunteering a couple hours of your time to make this fantastic day of fun happen for the students/families of Alward.  This is something the students look forward to every year!!!  Please read the following attachment with all of the details.  Carnival Volunteer  I am also including the online link so you can sign up online!  We cannot make this an easier for you  : )  Please help us out!!  ONLINE VOLUNTEER SIGN UP FOR CARNIVAL

NEEDS FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR CARNIVAL…… (but need to shadow in this year’s Carnival!) WE NEED two people to shadow Julie Snider this year with the plan on Co-Chairing the Spring Carnival in 2018….these people would be responsible for scheduling volunteers and coordinating the carnival sub committees.  REMEMBER, carnival has A LOT of Chairs!  Thus, these two people need to OVERSEE the operations.  Many hands make light work……are YOU willing to CO-Chair Carnival?  We don’t want this to be the last carnival so PLEASE VOLUNTEER!!! NOW IS THE TIME!!!!  In order to understand what Julie Snider does we need the volunteers NOW!!!   PLEASE!!!!

COMMUNITY NEWS………. LOVE AND LOGIC PARENTING WORKSHOP……  FEBRUARY 22 and the 4 following WEDNESDAYS…… Love and Logic Parenting Workshop, 6-8pm.  Tired of power struggles with your kids and exhausted with trying to keep it cool in hot situations?  Let us help!  Join us for the Love & Logic 5 week parenting Workshop on Wednesday nights beginning on February 22 from 6-8pm here at Fair Haven Church.  In these five sessions, parents will learn valuable techniques that will help transform their homes and create a positive environment for everyone to live in!  FHC is covering the cost of the course; the only purchase that needs to be made by parents is the $10 workbook!  Don’t forget, dinner is offered on Wednesday nights and we are offering free childcare through age 11.  What’s stopping you?  CLICK HERE to sign up for the class and choose your desired childcare option today!

EAGLE 5K…….. The Hudsonville Athletic Boosters are presenting the GMB/ Eagle ” Brian Carlson Memorial Run” on March 25, 2017 at 9am. The event will take place at Hudsonville High School with the route running through the city of Hudsonville. Special guest speaker this year will be Rebecca

Cruttenden speaking at 8:30am in the gym. Rebecca is the founder and director of theTeam Orphans and the owner of Clara Cookies. She is also a mother of three adopted children and a 6 time Ironman finisher. Be sure to check her out on our website. Come and hear Rebecca's story and see why she is so passionate about helping others.  Be sure to sign up on line at or visit our website for more information and registration. Online registration only. Packet pickup and late registration will be at Harvest Health March 24 from 4-7pm and Race day morning from 7am to 8:50am. Be sure to check out and LIKE our Facebook page (GMB Eagle 5k race) also for all updates. All runners will receive lots of post-race refreshments.

HUDSONVILLE YOUTH LACROSSE……. Registration for Hudsonville Youth Lacrosse opens Jan 25.  Register online at  Boys lacrosse will be offered for boys in Grades 3-8.  Girls lacrosse will be offered to girls in Grades 5-8.  If a 3rd or 4th Grade girl is interested in playing they may register and they will be playing on a boys team.
BASIC LACROSSE SKILLS TRAINING…… New to LaCrosse??? Join us to learn basic lacrosse skills from our youth coaches before the season begins.
Who:   New players 3rd – 5th grade.  NEW PLAYERS only please!
Where:  Park Elementary gym
When:   Monday evenings Feb 13-March 13 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free,  you bring your own men’s or women’s lacrosse stick

Upcoming Survey……. For the past three years, we have been working on accomplishing our district’s long-range planning goals outlined in S.O.A.R. II (Strategic Objectives to Achieve Results).  Teams of teachers, administrators and support staff have been focused on specific goals in the areas of Human Services, Operations, and Teaching and Learning.  S.O.A.R. II points of pride include, but are not limited to, the development and phased implementation of an elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) special, saving millions of taxpayer dollars by renovating a former elementary school, renovating all buildings’ front office areas to provide an extra level of security, and expanding community education offerings.  A complete report of the many accomplishments can be found on our district’s website.

To continue our great tradition of excellence at Hudsonville Public Schools and to elevate our successes, we are asking for your help in the development of our next strategic plan: S.O.A.R. III.  We have completed the first phase of development (Focus Groups) and are very thankful for the wealth of information we received.  Our website contains a summary of findings based on this phase.

We are now entering the second phase in the research; a Randomized Needs Assessment Survey.  If you receive an invitation to participate, PLEASE consider taking part in helping us set the direction for the next three years.

Later in February, we will open the survey to parents and community members who were not part of the random selection process.  We will email the link to the survey when it becomes available.

COMMUNITY ED NEWS………KIDS ROCK THE GYM – Grades PK – 6…….. Drop your Pre-K – 6th grade child off with us and we’ll keep them busy with all kinds of fun activities while you go out for dinner, a movie, or just hang out at home.

Movie Room ~ Music & Dancing ~ Crafts & Painting ~ Activities in the Gymnasium (basketball, dodgeball, relay races, kickball) ~ Lip Sync Competition ~ Hot Shot Competition ~Obstacle Race ~ Gaga Pit ~ Volleyball

This program is sponsored and supervised by the Varsity Girls Basketball Coaches, Team, and Parents.

When:  Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where:  Hudsonville High School Gyms, 5037 – 32nd Ave.

Cost:  $20 per child, $30 for 2 kids – same family, $40 for 3 or more – same family

Register online at and visit the Hudsonville Community Ed. page.

NATIONAL FLAG FOOTBALL – KIDS TEAMS FORMING NOW!!  In Partnership With Hudsonville Community Education.



• Flag Football Is All We Do!
• Registration includes NFL Jersey, & Flag Belts For All Players To Keep
• Teams Formed By Buddy Request, School & Grade
• Practices & Games On Weekends Only
• Practices An Hour Before Games
• Coaches Screened & Trained
• Eight Week Season
*3.99% processing fee added to all transactions


Registration Deadline:  Monday, February 24th
Season Begins:  April 23rd
Season Ends:  June 18th
In the event of a rain date, season may be extended up to June 25th.

Games played on Sundays at Grandville High School
Questions?  248-454-9700
Register online at

Hudsonville Community Education has many offerings for your kids.  For more information or to register, please visit or call Rebecca at 669-7747, ext. #3.  Here are some of the activities that are currently being offered…. Kids Rock the Gym…. Girls Volleyball (Gr 3-6)….. Home Alone Class….. Babysitting Class….. Baseball Clinics….. Indoor Soccer Classes……Learn to  Ice Skate…..Intro to Hockey… Gymnastics/Dance/Cheer….. Lego Engineering…..Swim/Fitness 
2/6 ~ Tarry Hall Skating Party 6:30p-8:30p
2/7 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
2/8-2/10 ~ PK/K Screening (Please call and schedule w/the office)
2/14 ~ Valentine Parties
2/18 ~ Father/Daughter Dance
2/21 ~ 5th GR Symphony Field Trip
2/23 ~ 4th GR Grand Rapids Public Museum Field Trip
2/24 ~ Popcorn Friday/SPIRIT Day!
Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Nurenberg : )

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