Riley Street Reminder What’s Right with Our School...

November 14, 2014
What’s Right with Our School...
★The patriotic spirit displayed by our school
community as we honored over 40 veterans
today during a special assembly.
★Students and staff who donated to the Army
Strong Community Center food drive this
★Our girls Swim and Dive team for defeating
Jenison on Thursday night and staying
undefeated on the season.
★6th grade band brass and percussion students
are exceptional about helping one another
with band set up (chairs, stands, music).
★Friendships! New friends, old friends, it
doesn’t matter. The best part of middle school
are the friendships our students make. It’s
great to see our kids working together, talking
together, laughing together, eating together,
singing together, and learning together.
★Mrs. Westveld’s students for making 600 red
poppies for the students to "wear" to the
Veteran’s Day assembly.
★Substitute teachers who frequently comment,
“I can’t wait to come back...the kids here at
Riley are great!”
★Parent partners helping our 8th grade
students prepare for their government
★Seeing 6th graders excited for their new
classmate who had never seen snow before
and sharing in her excitement as she threw
her first snow ball!
★S/O to Montana Cates, Rylee Groenink and
Logan McClimans who went above and
beyond helping a substitute teacher clean up
the science lab after class.
★Our partnership with Fair Haven Church in
serving our families through Hand2Hand.
★Tyler Ihle for doing a great job welcoming
our guests and introducing lineups at our
basketball games.
★Riley Teunis for hosting a potential new
student today by showing her around the
school and introducing her to other students
and staff.
★Thank you to Dr. Marilyn Fitzgerald for
talking to some of our sixth graders about the
journey of writing and for sharing her
experience with microfinance. It was an
inspiring presentation!
★Jackson Dixon for his hard work and effort
this week in ELA!
★Kehan Batt, Andrew Knobloch, and Evan
Elling who say "thank you" when leaving
class every day.
Riley Street Reminder
Riley Street Middle School
2745 Riley Street, Hudsonvi!e, MI 49426
Phone: 616-896-1920
6th Grade Intramural Sports ~ Sixth grade students are encouraged to stay after
school until 4:15pm on the following dates:
‣ Thursday, November 20 - 6th grade boys - floor hockey
‣ Monday, December 1 - 6th grade girls - volleyball
‣ Monday, December 8 - 6th grade boys - wiffle ball
‣ Thursday, December 18 - 6th grade girls - basketball
Sixth grade students, who want to participate, should report directly to the gym at the
conclusion of their 6th hour class on these days. It is recommended that students
bring gym clothes to change into on these days. Students will need to arrange
for a ride to pick them up at 4:15pm. Contact Mr. Ross for more details.
Yearbook Cover Contest ~ Designs are due to the office by Mon., Dec.
1, 2014.
✴Your design should be on 8 1/2 x 11 white paper (not notebook paper).
The cover must say Riley Street Middle School with the year 2014-2015.
You may submit as many designs as you wish.
Must be original artwork of a current 6th, 7th, or 8th grader attending Riley
Street Middle School.
You are encouraged to sign your name on the artwork but it will be covered
during judging.
Make sure you put your NAME and GRADE on the back of your entry.
We will have a front cover and a back cover winner. First place winner will have
their entry on the front cover and receive a $20 prize along with a free yearbook.
Second place winner will have their entry on the back cover and receive a free
MS Ski and Snowboarding Club ~ Make plans now to join the
Hudsonville MS Ski and Snowboarding Club. Students in grades 6th-8th,
siblings, and parents are encouraged to join. Student busses are planning
on going to Bittersweet on Monday nights: 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, and 1/12,
1/19. (Notice we have dates planned during Christmas Break.) More information
and sign-ups are available in the office.
Attention Parents of 7th Graders - Upcoming 7th Grade Health Unit ~
Your 7th grader will be coming home today with a permission slip to
participate in the 7th Grade Health Unit that is coming up. These forms
are due back by November 21, and are to be turned into their Computer
The 7th grade Health Unit is scheduled to start on Monday, December 1. There is a
Parent meeting scheduled for Monday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Media
Center. This meeting is designed to inform parents about the content of the
adolescence and reproduction unit. At this time parents will have the opportunity to
preview the packet of information that all students will be given and will also be
given the opportunity to preview any or all of the videos that students will be
Any questions regarding this Health Unit, please call:
Connie Brady, Counselor - 896-1920 ext. 18322 or email [email protected]
Steve Barnhart - PE teacher - 896-1920 ext. 18126 or email [email protected]
After School Homework Help Schedule ~ We recently changed our after school homework help schedule to include
specific grade level focus. These sessions are available in our Media Center after school until 3:30 according to the
following schedule:
*Tues: ALL Grade Levels
*Wed: 7th Grade ONLY
*Thurs: 8th Grade ONLY
*Mon: 6th Grade ONLY
Tie Shoes ~ A group of 8th grade students are collecting new or gently used tie shoes. You can drop these off in the basket
in the office through November 25. All shoes will go to orphans in Uganda, Africa.
8th Grade East Coast Trip 2015 ~ It's fundraising time! On November 11, we introduced "Brother, Can You
Spare a Dime?" This fundraiser will run through January 6, 2015. Before a student can fundraise, they must return their
fundraising agreement form (which they received on November 11). If you have not signed up for the trip yet and would
like to, there is still room for you!!! See Mrs. Freeman for information or sign up online at Don't miss out on this opportunity to make middle school memories that will last a lifetime!
Band Key Card Sale ~ The bands will be selling key cards. Each card sells for $25 and includes the 2015
coupon book and unlimited use of your card. The cards are valid now through the end of 2015. If you would
like to purchase a card please contact any band student, or Mr. Good at [email protected]
Box Top for Education ~ Please help our school by collecting Box Tops from many of your favorite products. For each 30
Box Tops submitted to school by February 13, 2015, your child’s name will be placed in a drawing for (4) four
Michigan’s Adventure Fun Park passes for summer 2015!! Be sure to submit your box tops in groups of 30 in a bag
or envelope with your child’s name on it. Please do not put box tops on the paper charts. If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact the school office or call 616-292-0818.
Paper Gator ~ Riley Street Middle School has a Paper Gator for your use. We will accept only paper
(newsprint, office paper, etc.) no cardboard, trash, glass or metal. The Gator is located in the east parking lot
and is open to receive paper 24/7. This is a free service to you that benefits our students financially, so please
feel free to use it at any time.
Magazine Sale Fundraising ~ Be sure to visit to purchase or renew magazine
subscriptions using account #2679793. Nearly 50% of your invoice total will be donated to RMS.
Riley Band Notes ~ Just some friendly reminders to band students and parents!
All 6th grade band students were given an envelope with an informational letter and a refrigerator magnet
concerning their Charms account. Please make sure you received this from your student. Additional information
is available on the band booster website (
• Key cards sales are continuing. Please help the boosters make this a successful sale. They support all of our
bands. The cards are available from the directors and must be paid for when picked up. Please make one check
payable to Hudsonville Band Boosters for the total number of cards.
• The Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, December 4 at 6:45 p.m. in the high school gym. It will
include 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands. All family and friends are invited and encouraged to attend. A complete
information sheet will be emailed home before Thanksgiving.
• The band boosters are once again selling poinsettias to help decorate the gym for the Christmas Concert. All
band families should have received an email with ordering information. The information can also be found on
the booster website.
• Please check the band booster website to find out more information about our scrip program. You can earn
money for your student's account while doing your Christmas shopping!
As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail! Mr. Good
Choir Announcements ~
Century Resources Fundraiser - Items will be delivered to school on Wednesday, November 19. Please
arrange for transportation that day to help students carefully carry the products. Also, please take care to
refrigerate any items that need to stay cold (i.e., cold pack cheese). Students should then deliver orders and
collect money. Checks can be made payable to: Hudsonville Choir. Please turn in all money by Friday,
December 5.
Grand Rapids Drive NBA D-league Basketball Game! Our 7th and 8th Grade Choir students have the
opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the December 5 game at the Deltaplex and watch the game together.
Families are welcome! Tickets are $8. Ticket orders are due by Monday, November 17.
Renaissance News
Gold Level Members
Hudsonville Lanes is our November Business of the Month with an offer for Buy One Game of Bowling, Get One Game of
Bowling Free! Doug Boomsma and has crew have been proud supporters of the program from the beginning and
we thank them for their efforts in honoring our Renaissance kids. It's businesses like this that make our community
great! Thanks Doug and all the staff at Hudsonville Lanes!
Blue & Gold Level Members
We want to again recognize our partnership with Orange Leaf FroYo in Grandville. At the beginning of December
all of our Blue & Gold Members will get a 3oz serving of FroYo to honor their work inside & outside the classroom. Thanks again to Jeremy and Orange Leaf for partnering with us. Cheers to our Blue & Gold!
Renaissance is all about recognizing kids and building school culture at Riley. To learn more about the Renaissance
Program, check out our website or scan our QR code to see who's on Renaissance, how to become a member, and how to be
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a part of the Renaissance Crew:
Day Mon.
For the week of November 17, 2014
Daily Special Taco in a Bag (VM)
Yogurt Bar (MD)/Salad - Chicken Caesar
Tues. Turkey Slices with Roll (MD)
Side: Mashed Potatoes/Gravy/
Sweet Potato Puffs/Salad - Oriental
Wed. Turkey Monte Cristo(MD)
Side: Baked Beans/Salad - Michigan
Honey Rib Sandwich on Bun (VM)
Side: Baked Fries/Salad - Cobb
Fri. Pasta Bar with Garlic Bread (SM)
Side: California Blend Veggies/Salad - Greek
Value Meal (VM) $2.50
Meal Deal (MD) $2.75
Super Meal (SM) $3.00
Breakfast $1.50
Nov. 25
Trimester 1 Ends / Term 2 Ends
Nov. 26-28 Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday-Friday)
Dec. 4
Band Concert, 6:45p.m. @ HHS Gym
Dec. 8
Choir Concert, 8:00 p.m. @ HHS Auditorium
Dec. 10 Late Start
Dec. 14 Middle & HS Orchestra Concert
Dec. 20-Jan.4 Holiday Break
Jan. 30-Feb. 2 Winter Break (No School for Students)
Feb 12
Band Concert
Community Ed Information
The following are current offerings through Hudsonville Community Education. You may register online at or pick up a registration form in our office. Registration forms can be mailed
or dropped off at the Community Education Office located at 3886 Van Buren, Hudsonville, MI 49426
Community Ed Options:
We are accepting registrations online, in person, and by mail for all of the above programs.
To register online, visit and click on the Community Ed. link.
Boys Basketball !
Intro to Hockey
Learn to Skate (Rollerblade)
Heat Swim Teams
Learn to Ice Skate
Lego - Bricks4Kidz
Grades 6 - 8 Cost: $57 for 4 week class Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
A fun, engaging, and challenging 4 week class! Designed for kids grades 6 and above, using lego bricks, motors, and battery packs,
students will build more difficult models and have more difficult design challenges than in our traditional classes for the younger builder.
Students will also be challenged to redesign models to meet specific objectives in the class. Each 4 week class session is different with all
new models being built. These classes will be a great precursor to the Jr. Robotics classes that we will have beginning in January of 2015.
Baldwin Nov. 20 - Dec. 18 - Thurs.
Riley Nov. 21 - Dec. 19 - Fri.
LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse our programs or our web site. Athletics
Eagle Select
Boys Basketball
Riley Street Middle School
Boys Basketball
Nov. 18! !
North Rockford - @ Baldwin
Grandville - A (3535 Wilson)
Nov. 19! !
Holland Christian - A
850 Ottawa Ave! !
Nov. 24!
Valleywood - H
Team Pictures @ 3pm
Nov. 24! !
Jenison - @Baldwin!
Dec. 1!
Byron Center - A (8654 Homerich)
Mon. ! Dec. 1! !
Holland Heights - A
373 E. 24th St
Dec. 3!
Baldwin - H
Dec. 8
Pinewood - A (2100 60th)
Dec. 8! !
East Rockford - A
8615 9 Mile Rd ! !
Dec. 10!
Jenison - A (8295 20th)
Dec. 10 !!
Grand Haven - @ Riley
Mon. !
Dec. 15!
East Rockford - H
Dec. 15! !
Grandville - A
3839 Prairie St
Dec. 17!
Macatawa Bay - A (3700 140th Ave)
Dec. 17! !
Byron Center @ Riley
Nov. 18!
North Rockford - H
Nov. 20!
Coaches: 7th - Mr. Barnhart
8th - Mr. Roberts
7th grade games begin at 4:00pm; 8th grade games follow.
Coaches: 7th - Mr. Fischer!
8th - Mr. Opple
7th grade starts at 4:00; 8th Grade follows
Riley Street Middle School
Competitive Cheer
Hudsonville Middle School
Sat. ! Dec. 6! East Rockford Invitational
(Held at 8615 9 Mile Rd)
Girls Swimming and Diving
Thurs.!Dec. 11! Grandville Invitational
(Held at Grandville HS - 4700 Canal SW)
Sat. ! Dec. 13! Jenison Invitational
(Held at Jenison HS - 2140 Bauer Road)
Tues. Dec. 16 Mona Shores
Sat. ! Dec. 20!Reeths Puffer Invitational
(Held at Reeths Puffer HS - 1545 N Roberts Rd)
Nov. 18!
Grandville - A (3535 Wilson)
Nov. 20!
Zeeland - A (@ City Side 320 E. Main)
Dec. 2!
Hamilton - H
Dec. 4!
Holland Christian - A
(Aquatic Center 550 Maple Ave)
Dec. 12!
Dec. 13!
Conference Dive Meet at Zeeland West HS
Jan. 10! West Ottawa Invitational
(Held at West Ottawa HS North Building !
3685 Butternut Dr)
Jan. 17 Hudsonville Invitational
(Held at Hudsonville HS - 5037 32nd Ave)
Conference Swim Meet at Zeeland West HS
Coach: Mr. Zuidema
Home meets begin at 4:00pm at Hudsonville High School.
Coaches: 7th & 8th - Amy Roellin
A 10-week after school healthy living/running program for all middle school girls. Participants will engage in lessons, games, activities, fun
and physical activity with the goal of learning to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Begins in March 2015
$120/participant with scholarships available. Cost includes a new pair of New Balance shoes, a practice t-shirt, a 5-k celebration t-shirt and
a water bottle.
Held twice a week after school for 1.5 hrs. Days to be determined.
New this year, registration will be online beginning Nov. 1-Nov. 30.
Here is the link: www.GOTROAC.ORG (click on the ‘Registration’ tab)
There will also be registration held at a few schools throughout the month.
These activities and promotions are NOT sponsored by Hudsonville Public Schools. Activities and promotions are
posted as a service to the Hudsonville Public School community.
Softball Winter Training Signup ~ Winter training @ the HS Auxiliary Gym. Our first time slot is Tuesday, November 18 @
7-9pm. Cost - $2/session. Questions? Contact Mark Virkstis [email protected] or Dan Brandt [email protected]
Our 7th and 8th grade club teams are NOT sponsored by or affiliated with Hudsonville Public Schools. We exist to provide a
path for improvement, prior to little league and travel softball seasons.
Feeding America Food Truck & Community Dinner Nov. 14 ~ On Friday Nov 14, 2014 GUMchurch (Georgetown
United Methodist 2766 Baldwin Street Jenison MI 49428) will host a Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food
Pantry and a free community dinner from 6pm to 8pm. The food is fresh, free, and available to anyone who comes to
get it! For more info, visit or call 616-669-0730
Would your 7th or 8th grade son like to try LACROSSE? Registration for Indoor Winter Lacrosse Leagues is
open! Games are played at Woodland Sportsplex one night a week with no practice between games. Cost is $1195/team
(approx. $60/student) This is a great opportunity to learn a new sport or to enhance your stick skills before Hudsonville
Eagles Spring sport begins. If interested, please contact Kim & Guy Bickford @ [email protected] or by phone
@ 616-304-1005 before December 1, 2014.
The Hudsonville Holiday Parade ~ It is that time of year again! Its the 21st Annual Hudsonville Holiday Parade on November 22 at
10am, presented by the City of Hudsonville and the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Come
celebrate this festive time close to home. The parade route runs along 32nd Avenue from Highland
Drive to Central Blvd. The parade route ends at the Hudsonville Fire Station on Central Blvd., but the
fun doesn't end there. Join us and your neighbors at the Fire Station for hot beverages, snacks, Santa
and the Reindeer, and fun activities immediately following the parade. Any questions? Contact Michelle
Fare at [email protected] or call 669-0200.
Thanksgiving Day Gobble Hobble 5k ~ Do you want that extra piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving day? Come to
Evergreen Ministries Thanksgiving day Gobble Hobble 5k and you will have no guilt over eating extra anything. Evergreen Ministries is hosting a Thanksgiving day Gobble Hobble 5k race to raise funds to the high school summer
mission trip. Pre-race fee is $25 and race day fee is $35. Registration is happening now and packets can be picked up
from 7-7:45 am on November 27th at EGM. Race starts at 8:00 a.m. All are welcome as is to the 10:00 Thanksgiving
day service. Contact Rebecca Steigenga [email protected] for more info or go to to register.
Holiday Assistance through Love INC ~ The year has gone by quickly and we at Love In the Name of Christ are preparing for the
holiday season. Even though the economy has improved – there are still many families in need. We offer Thanksgiving and
Christmas Assistance to struggling families that either live in our service area of Jenison, Hudsonville and Grandville, attend
a church participating with Love INC, or attend a school in our service area. The applications are available at the Love INC
office (Monday through Friday 9 am – 4 pm), 3300 Van Buren, Hudsonville, or on their website:
Moms in Prayer ~ Moms in Prayer (formerly Moms in Touch) hold their meetings on Tuesdays (formerly Thursdays) at 1:15pm at
Jamestown Reformed Church - 2554 Riley St. We will be meeting in the "youth room" to the left of the front entrance. If
you are interested in meeting with other moms and spending an hour in prayer for the staff and students of Riley Street
Middle School, then you are invited to come and join us. If you would like to get weekly email updates from Riley Moms in
Prayer, even if you are unable to join us, please email Lesli Kwiatkowski at [email protected] for this or any other
questions. We hope to see you there!
Griff’s Reading Goals ~ Hey Kids! Griff wants to give you an assist for reaching your reading goals. Each hour of reading means you
score with Pepsi, Craig’s Cruisers and the Grand Rapids Griffins. If you are interested in two (2) free upper level Griffins
tickets and other great area prizes, stop into the office to pick up your reading bookmark. The dates of the hockey games are
approaching fast. Stop in soon so you don’t miss out on these great prizes!
Kids love the Grand Rapids Symphony! ~ Each year the GR Symphony presents a variety of concerts geared just
for kids and families. With low prices and programming that is a feast for eyes and ears, there is something to excite
everyone about great music played by our Grammy-Nominated orchestra! HOT OFF THE PRESSES! We are thrilled to announce that we have just added the amazing performers from Cirque de la
Symphonie to our fall Family Series Concert on November 22. These gifted acrobatic artists will be paired with student
artwork to tell the story of Stravinsky’s Firebird! For more information on this and all of the kid-friendly programs that the
GR Symphony offers, be sure to check out our 14-15 Symphony Kids brochure! Link to our On-line Symphony Kids brochure.
Wyldlife Club ~ Riley Street Wyldlife is a ministry focusing specifically on the students that go to Riley Street Middle School. We will
be having our next Wyldlife club on Thursday, November 20 from 7-8pm at Searchlight Ministries located at 4020 22nd,
in Jamestown. At Wyldlife club you will meet new friends, play games, and get a chance to hear a message from one of the
leaders. No money is needed, just come ready for an awesome night hanging out with friends.
If you would like to know more information about Wyldlife feel free to email Eric at [email protected] or
Mackenzie at [email protected] and check out our website at
Hudsonville Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion sex, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, handicap, disability or
limited English proficiency in any of its programs or activities. The following office has nondiscrimination policies: Personnel Director, Hudsonville Public Schools,
3886 Van Buren, Hudsonville, MI 49426, (616) 669-7747.