Riley Street Reminder - Hudsonville Public Schools

January 9, 2015
What’s Right with Our School...
★A wonderful school board that guides us,
provides for us, and supports us as we work
daily with the students and families at Riley
Street Middle School. January is School
Board Recognition Month. Thank you to
Ken Hall, Mark Davis, Jim Stuck, Larry
Kapenga, Dawn Sneden, Mike Ostrander,
and Steve Bowerman for their service to the
Hudsonville Public Schools.
★8th Grade Exams! Students in our world
language classes and Algebra IA class have
an opportunity to earn credit towards high
school graduation right here in the middle
school. Good luck as you begin to prepare
for exams!
★Congratulations to Grace Meekhof for
winning the annual Spelling Bee. John
Stoutenberg finished second. Over twenty
students competed in this school wide
competition. The winning word was
PORTRAIT. Good luck to Grace and John
as they prepare to compete in the regional
Spelling Bee in February.
★S/O to Ben Hooper who correctly designed
the solution to Mrs. Smit's Jelly Bean
★Liz Myaard for helping with the volleyball
nets each morning this week in physical
education class.
★S/O to our newly enrolled students for
adding new smiles to the halls at RMS as
well as the students who have welcomed
them with true Eagle Spirit!
★Andrew Reyes for being a positive
example to his peers by working extremely
hard in History class. Way to go Andrew!
★The many opportunities available for our
students this winter. Students are
encouraged to get involved and stay
involved with Renaissance, Science
Olympiad, and Beauty & the Beast, Jr.
7th/8th grade students can also sign up for
boys swimming and diving, boys wrestling,
and girls basketball. 6th grade intramurals
will start again in early February.
Riley Street Reminder
Riley Street Middle School
2745 Riley Street, Hudsonvi!e, MI 49426
Phone: 616-896-1920
Riley Street Middle School is excited to
announce that we will be performing
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. this spring!
A parent informational meeting is
scheduled for Thursday, January 15, from
7:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the RMS Media
Parents are encouraged to attend to get all of the
information about participating in this activity. Students may pick up
on-stage audition packets or backstage applications in the Main
Office. Sign-ups for auditions are outside of the band room.
Auditions are scheduled for Thursday, January 22 in the choir
room. Each audition slot is 15 minutes long. Students are asked to
arrive to the auditions 15 minutes before their scheduled time. All
backstage applications are due to Mrs. Maurice before the end
of the day on Thursday, January 22. Students auditioning for a
role must turn in their applications at the time of their audition.
Please contact Mrs. Maurice if you have any additional questions
([email protected]). The performances are April 24 at 7pm and
April 25 at 4pm. A rehearsal schedule is included in the student
Undertaking a large project such as a musical requires us to raise
funds to offset the significant costs associated with a musical. Two
fundraising events will take place after school next week that
students can get involved in.
7th and 8th graders are invited to stay after school
from 2:45 PM - 5:00 PM on Thursday, January 15th
for a dance. Cost to attend the dance will be $5. In
addition, a concession stand with pizza and other
snacks will be available for purchase at a nominal cost.
6th graders are invited to stay after school from
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM on Friday, January 16th for a
Movie/Pizza party. We will be showing the movie
Beauty and the Beast and playing a few games in
the gym. Cost to attend the movie/pizza party is $5.
Attention Ski and Snowboard Club Members ~ We are planning on the next two weeks:
•Monday, 1/12 - Bus leaves High School at 4pm, returns at 10pm
•Monday, 1/19 - Bus leaves High School at 4pm, returns at 10pm
Make sure you sign the Bus Sign-Up sheet in the office at lunch the day of the trip. Look for more information next
week about additional dates.
Winter 2 Sports Sign-ups ~ Sign-ups for the Winter 2 Sports Season continue after break. Sports include Girls Basketball,
Wrestling, and Boys Swimming & Diving. You must have a current physical on file in the office BEFORE you
will be allowed to try-out. There is a participation fee of $75.00 that needs to be paid, unless you have already
paid for a fall or winter sport. This is a one-time school year fee. For teams with tryouts, this is not due until
AFTER you have made the team. Informational handouts are available in the office for each sport. Listed
below you will find team specific information regarding tryouts and/or practice times:
7th Grade Girls Basketball ~ There will be a lunchtime meeting for girls interested in signing up on Wednesday, January
14. Tryouts will be on Monday & Tuesday, January 19 & 20 from 2:45-4:15pm. You can email coach Barnhart at
[email protected] if you have questions.
8th Grade Girls Basketball ~ Tryouts will be held on Monday & Tuesday, January 19 & 20 from 3:00-5:00pm. You can
email coach Roberts at [email protected] if you have questions.
Boys Swim & Dive ~ First week practice Times: Tuesday, January 20 4-5:30pm, Wednesday, January 21 4-5:30pm
Thursday, January 22 3:30-5pm and Friday, January 23 4-5:30pm. You can email Coach Zuidema
at [email protected] if you have questions.
7th & 8th Grade Boys Wrestling ~ Practices begin on Wednesday, January 14 from 3:00-5:15pm and will continue each
day thereafter. You can email Coach Glass at [email protected] if you have questions.
Riley Band Notes ~ Just some friendly reminders to band students and parents!
The bands are currently selling subs. All students were given a copy of the order form and information this
week. If you have any other questions please contact Pam Rice at 669-8996 or 318-5141, or check the booster
The pre-festival concert for the seventh and eighth grade bands will be held on Thursday, February 12.
Complete concert information will be coming home in late January.
The next band booster meeting will be Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school band room. Please
come and find out about all of the things the boosters do to help our program.
Solo and Ensemble festival is right around the corner for 7th and 8th grade students. Sign up forms will be
available at the end of January. The festival will take place at NorthPointe Christian School on Saturday, April
18. Participation is optional.
As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail! Mr. Good
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 email
[email protected]
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.
Renaissance News
Gold Level Members
With a new year and a new month, another fantastic business in the Hudsonville area is reaching
out to recognize our kids. This month Renaissance Gold Members can use their Business of the
Month card for a FREE LARGE SANDWICH at the McDonalds on 32nd ave! Don't forget to
bring your BOM card, your ID, and say thank you to Scott Newell, McDonald’s Manager, for
supporting your efforts in and out of the classroom. One more way our Hudsonville community is
making things great for our kids.
Thanks Scott and the crew at McDonalds!
Blue & Gold Level Members
Renaissance is all about recognizing kids and building school culture at Riley. Trimester 1 grades are in and new
Renaissance members are posted on the site. 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 a part of the
Renaissance Crew:
HPS Early Childhood Programs ~ Parent Information/Registration Night for the 2015-16 School Year and
2015 Summer Program
• Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @ Early Childhood Center from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
• Early Childhood Center is located at: 5535 School Ave. (Entrance off Madison Ave.)
• Programs include: 3 and 4 year old Preschool, Young Fives, Before/After School Care,
Summer Care.
• This is a chance to gather information about the programs, meet staff, and visit a preschool
classroom. There is no formal presentation; feel free to come anytime between 6:00 - 8:00
p.m. Children are welcome and activities will be provided.
• For more information, please call Shellie or Holly at 616-797-0842.
For the week of January 12, 2015
Day Mon.
Daily Special Mac and Cheese w/Garlic Bread (VM)
Yogurt Bar (MD)
Salad - Chicken Caesar
Tues. Egg/Sausage/Cheese on English Muffin (VM)
Side: Curly Fries/Salad - Oriental
Wed. Jan. 17
Competitive Cheer Hudsonville Invitational
(Held at Hudsonville HS - 5037 32nd Ave)
Jan. 23
End of Semester 1
(World Language/AlgebraIA)
Jan. 30-Feb. 2 Winter Break (No School for Students)
Feb. 12
Pre-Festival Band Concert (7th & 8th Grade only)
Turkey Monte Cristo (MD)
Side: Green Beans/Salad - Michigan
Feb. 18
Late Start (classes begin at 9:50)
Feb. 23
Choir Concert @ Jamestown Reformed Church
Chicken Pizzadilla (MD)
Side: Baked Fries/Salad - Cobb
Mar. 3-5
Parent/Teacher Conferences
(T & W 5:30-8/TH 3-5:30)
Fri. Hamburger Bar (SM)
Side: Baked Beans/Salad - Greek
Mar. 9
No School for Students
Mar. 10
3rd. Trimester begins Value Meal (VM) $2.50
Meal Deal (MD) $2.75
Super Meal (SM) $3.00
Breakfast $1.50
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.
Beginning Fencing
Boys Basketball
Heat Swim Teams
Indoor Soccer
Intro to Hockey
Jr. Basketball
Jr. Dance Clinic
Learn to Ice Skate
Learn to Skate
Learn to Swim
Lego - Bricks4Kidz
HEAT Diving Club
The HEAT Diving Club is open to all levels of experience. We encourage those who are just starting as
well as those who are already competing to join. Participants should be able to do a forward dive from the
diving board.
What will you learn? Beginners will learn basic approaches, dives, and dry-land drills to help them learn
to appreciate the sport of diving. Advanced divers will be able to better themselves by learning new dives.
When: Saturdays, January 17 - February 14, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Who: Boys & Girls ages 9 - 18 (Must be able to at least do a simple forward dive to compete.)
Cost: $60
Location: Hudsonville High School Pool, 5037 - 32nd Avenue
You may register online by visiting
Please call Rebecca at Hudsonville Community Education for further information: 669-1740.
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.
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!
Hudsonville Little League ~ Registrations are now open online. Please visit for more info. Deadline is Jan 10. Please register to reserve
your child(ren)'s spot today!
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.