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January 22, 2021

Music Notes

Hello parents!

If you missed the Virtual Holiday Program, click here to view it!

Music class has been rolling along in January! Now that the Virtual Holiday Program preparation is finished, classes have been moving on to new activities.

EI/ASD - We have been singing songs from the First Steps in Music Curriculum, learning to keep a steady beat, and learning a new game called Bean Bag Balance.

PreK and K - These classes have also been singing songs from the First Steps in Music

Curriculum. We have been doing different movement activities based on Laban’s

movement themes. Many of these students have sung a solo for the class and may have brought a certificate home!

1st Grade - First graders just finished a unit learning about instruments, instrument families and timbre through activities surrounding composer Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

2nd Grade - These kids are just finishing a rhythmic poem writing unit. They wrote a class poem (more like a rap), made decisions to create a background track in garageband, and then we recorded students performing the rap! The finished songs are being posted on my 2nd grade google classroom! Check them out! The pictures below show some of the 2nd grade students recording their rap!

3rd Grade - They are learning all about instruments and their families. This is a long unit and will culminate in a final instrument design project! They are digging in deep to each family: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. Ask them about what they have learned!

4th Grade - Fourth grade students are learning how to play the recorder! Though this is a challenge during Covid19, we are figuring out how to make it happen. We are learning what to do inside and then heading outside to actually play the instrument. Because of this, I may be sending recorders home soon to give kids a chance to play more often.

5th Grade - Fifth graders are continuing to go further playing the ukulele (we just learned how to play ukulele tablature) and they have also begun learning how to play bucket drums. Soon, they will be getting into their pod groups to write their own percussion/ukulele compositions and then perform them for the class.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Mr. Barry

Last call for PE Apparel! Orders will be accepted online only from now until February 1, 2021. Orders will be sent home with students the week of February 15. Check out the cool new designs and colors!

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2021/22 PK/K Enrollment

Online registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year is now available. To be eligible, children must be five years of age on or before December 1, 2021.

Please check out the HPS website for complete instructions on enrollment.

Early Release

Friday, Feb. 5th, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm. Sack Lunches are available for students to take home. If you would like to order a sack lunch, please let your student's teacher know.

Winter Break - No School

Monday, Feb. 8th, 8am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

PTC Virtual Family Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, March 4th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Save the date for a virtual Family Scavenger Hunt on a Facebook Live, Thursday, March 4th at 6:30. Be watching for more information to come out soon! We are super excited that we figured out a way to have a family fun event!

PTC Corner

January 19, 2021 PTC Meeting - The minutes from the January 19 meeting are posted on the website! Check it out here.

Amazon Smile
- Use this link to do all of your Amazon shopping and our school will earn money!

Family Fare Receipts - Turn in your Family Fare receipts and our school will earn $1,000 for every $150,000 in receipts that we collect. We just earned a $1,000 check for our school and are on our way to the next $1,000! Keep sending those receipts in!

BoxTops - Collecting Box Tops is another way we earn money for our school! We collect Box Tops all year!


The PTC is providing treats for the lounge and for dinners during Parent Teacher Conferences. Please feel free to sign up if you are able! Thank you so much for your willingness to show appreciation for our teachers!

Hudsonville Little League

Hudsonville Little League Registrations are open for Spring of 2021.

Deadline is February 1

Please visit

Georgetown Little League

Registration is now open for Georgetown Little League. Visit for registration and boundary information. Note: You can sign up in Georgetown Little League if your child either lives OR goes to a school within the GLL boundary.

FREE Breakfast and Lunch

  • On Friday, October 9, the USDA announced that they would be extending the Summer Food Service Program’s free meals for all students at all schools through June 30, 2021. The SFSP is a continuation of the operating rules in place during the spring/summer school closure from March-August 2020.

    All complete meals (breakfast and lunch) will be served at NO COST to children 18 and under (or up through age 26 for individuals with special needs).

    What comes with lunch? Lunches include protein (meat/meat alternatives), whole grains, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Students can select 3, 4, or all 5 items. The meal must contain a fruit or vegetable to qualify as a complete meal. Students will still be charged for any other purchases like: milk only, bottled water/juices, additional entrees, etc.

    Families do NOT have to fill out additional paperwork to receive meals for free. Free/Reduced Meal Applications will still be collected for the purposes of Math/Reading Title I programs, as well as for discounts on athletic fees, testing fees, college application fees, etc. You can apply for meals at

    For our remote learners, the Remote Meal pickup dates, times, and procedures will remain the same but all meals will be free. Remote Learner families will continue to receive a weekly email for ordering.

    Visit our website at for menus and more! If you have additional questions, you can email Food Service at or call (616) 457-2400.

    Thank you,

    Mary Darnton, Food Service Director

UPDATED COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

The Ottawa County Health Department continues to make changes and update the COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. Please see below for the most updated information. This is what we as a school are required to follow. We will continue to keep the most update information in this newsletter. The complete guidelines for schools can be found here. As always, feel free to call the office with any questions.
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