Monthly Archives: March 2009


If you want to see your students use some upper level thinking skills, bring home the book The Stranger (Chris Van Allsburg).  Read the book with them, ask some questions about the events of the story, and have them do the explaining.  They will amaze you at what they are picking up and the thinking that goes into understanding this book.  We will read other books by Chris Van Allsburg and put our thinking to the test, BUT don’t let me have all the fun…check out some of his books at

Check out our weekly update:  March 20 Newsletter

**Check back on Friday for a picture update…

Georgetown Family Service Project

We are a Georgetown family who feels incredibly blessed during this time of economic stress in West Michigan. For this reason, we have decided to share our resources in an area where there is a great need in our school. We are asking, most humbly, and as you are able, if you will join us in this pursuit.  We attend Fair Haven Ministries, and through a special project called the Kingdom Assignment (inspired by Oprah’s Pay it Forward Campaign), we have decided to use our money to help families in need at our own school.

The greatest need of Georgetown families at this time is for food. Some families are unable to qualify for free or reduced lunches because of their income, but at the same time, the money they do receive is going to pay mortgages and bills. There are also many children who come to school without snacks, leaving them hungry as they are trying to learn.

Up to this point, there has been a group of very committed teachers and staff who have been pooling their own money to address this concern. We are hoping that we can multiply their generous donations through this blog posting.

Again, if you are able, we would appreciate any donations of gift cards to food stores. Meijer, Family Fare, D & W Fresh Market and WalMart come to mind, but there may be others that you can think of. The gift cards can be dropped off at the Georgetown school office at any time during regular school hours (8:30 to 4:00). Please mark any donations as follows: SPRING SERVICE PROJECT.  Please know that you can also purchase gift cards through out PTC scrip program.  If you have questions about how to do this, contact Carrie Clark-Berry (

Thank you so much for your consideration and your support of this Spring Service Project. Know that you will be helping our Georgetown families in this difficult time.

The Shereda Family

Meet our Friends in Pingtung, Taiwan!

I would like to invite you to visit our school blog that brings together two schools, thousands of miles apart: BLOGPALS. You will find an entry from our sister school, Raey Guang.  A Year Six teacher, Chia Pin Chen, created a blog post on our site.  In addition, Mr. Chia Pin Chen has also created his own class blog that has photos of some of his students.

This has taken perserverence from both schools–one that speaks English only and another that speaks Mandarin with some English.  Please visit the blog and ready entries from our sister school students.  Mrs. Reagan

Just Write!

During the week of May 4, we will celebrate the writing work we have done all year long.  This celebration will include tours, skits, podcasts, publications, a famous author visit (Shirley Neitzel), and post stories.  Students will be encouraged to wear their Just Write T Shirt on their tour date and throughout the week.  If you would like to order one, please turn in your money and the completed form by March 30, 2009.

Just Write T Shirt Order Form