Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Ornament Sale

Our Bauer Elementary Leadership Team is excited to announce that the ornament sale raised over $400.00 to be donated to the Caring Kids program at the Helen Devos Children’s hospital.  Thank you for your support of this great opportunity to help a wonderful organization.  Students will receive their ornaments they ordered today!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bauer Bits - 12/12/14

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Santa and All His Elves

The annual Santa Sale finished up this week and there were a lot of very happy shoppers! Throughout the year, Santa's Elves (i.e. dedicated parent shoppers) look for deals for our children to purchase as gifts for their families. There was a great selection for students to choose from and plenty of helpers to aide in their precious gifts. Once the gifts are purchased, more volunteers gift wrap the presents.

Thank you so much to all our wonderful parent volunteers that helped this go so smoothly and to Kris Zank for coordinating the sale!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bauer Skating Party

Our Bauer Parent Club has organized an all school skating party at Tarry Hall Roller Rink (3330 Fairlanes Ave., Grandville) on Thursday, December 11, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  The admission is $5.00 ($1.00 rebated back to Bauer).  All skate rental is $1.00 extra.  Watch for the pink flyer that will be sent home with details.  If you return the bottom portion of this flyer with your name on it to the ticket window at Tarry Hall that night, you will be entered in a drawing for a prize!  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Girls on the Run Sign Ups Can Still Happen!

Great news! Girls on the Run registration has been EXTENDED! Don't miss the chance to register your 3rd-5th grade girl for a wonderful opportunity here at Bauer this spring. Girls on the Run is an after-school program that is held two times each week for approximately ten weeks and "educates and prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living." It begins in March, and is concluded with a non-competitive celebration 5k on Friday, May 29. Last year we had a wonderful season and we hope to have even more girls involved this year! You can register online at WWW.GOTROAC.ORG. Registration has been extended through December 31. We can't wait for another fun GOTR season!

Please email Lindsey Moss with any questions.

Monday, December 1, 2014


It's that time of year again!!
Our Bauer Elementary Leadership Team is proud to introduce our 2014 ornament sale. This year the money raised will be donated to the Caring Kids program at the Helen Devos Children's hospital. 
It costs just $2.00 to purchase one ornament, or you can buy three for $5.00, six for $10.00. 
*Each ornament will have a sticker attached to it. The sticker is a homework pass for your child to use on one sheet of homework. 
Ornaments are available until Dec. 12.
Please make checks payable to Hudsonville Public Schools. 

Thank you so much for your support! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Logging into All the Right Type from home...

If you have computer access at home, we have recommended a couple of websites for your child to practice their typing skills on. Some of these sites can easily be located by going to the Hudsonville Public School Website homepage. Look for the link that reads Elementary Web Links
  1. Dance Mat Typing  
  1. Typing Practice (lessons, games, and typing tests) ) 
  2. Bauer Elementary -  All the Right Type (student’s school username and password is needed)
* If you need Bauer’s school code it is: usamihudso274 
It is very important that your child is using the correct fingering when they practice their typing so as not to fall into a bad habit of using the incorrect fingers.
Hudsonville Public Schools has set the following goals in keyboarding for your elementary child:
Fifth Grade has a typing goal of 20 words per minute by the end of the school year.
Fourth Grade has a typing goal of 15 words per minute by the end of the school year. 
Third Grade has a typing goal of 10 words per minute by the end of the school year.

Bauer Bits 11/25/14

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Friday, November 21, 2014


Our students have been busy learning wonderful new techniques and studying new artists during art class. They are creating fabulous artwork and we are eager to have these projects displayed. We are hoping you might consider helping with this! Our goal is to have a volunteer signed up for every Friday throughout the rest of the school year to help remove existing artwork from the hallway, and hang the new projects. We are asking you to consider even ONE Friday this year, or even one per month! This would be a tremendous help and would allow our students to really take pride in their awesome art! We have an organized system that will make this job very easy for you. Thank you for considering and for supporting our art program! Please email if you are interested.
Mrs. Moss and Mrs. Seitz

Bauer Art Education

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Mr. Mac and the students at Bauer have been very busy preparing for the Christmas Program.  The program for Kindergarten through 5th grade will be on Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. at Fair Haven Ministries.  DVDs will be available for $15.00 each (Blue Rays are available for $20.00) and must be ordered and pre-paid in advance through the Bauer Office by December 12.   Please make checks payable to WCET-TV and put in an envelope with student’s name on it.  WCET will broadcast our concert several times throughout the holidays.  Watch the Advance Newspaper for dates/times.    

*Note: Our pre-kindergarten students will have the opportunity to show off their singing talents during the day at their classroom holiday parties.      

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bauer Elementary Receives a Loving Gift

Bauer Elementary recently had a new addition to their playground thanks to a very caring church located right on Bauer Road. Hager Park Church raised funds and built a second Gaga Ball Pit for our students. The first pit was built last year and has continued to be a very popular place with the students. When Kids Hope Coordinator, Amy Beyer approached our school saying that there were members of her church who would be happy to help build anything if we needed it, the idea of a second Gaga Ball Pit was developed. However, Hager Park Church not only built the pit, they also raised the funds for it.

Hager Park Church has been a constant supporter of Bauer students. They provide Kids Hope Mentors for our students and do a Hand-to-Hand ministry that sends home food backpacks on Fridays for families in need. We so appreciate their love for our children and their desire to help meet their needs. So in this month of giving thanks we extend a huge thanks to Hager Park Church for all they do!

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Thank you students for sharing your creative pumpkins!  These pumpkins helped make our Halloween week fun!

A New Set of Dominoes at Bauer

A great looking domino set arrived at Bauer this morning . Enjoy a fun picture of the Bauer staff costume this year! Mr. Lloyd decided to be a different type of domino. What fun!


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Turkey Trot Event

Tonight Hudsonville Public Schools hosted their annual Turkey Trot fun run for elementary students and their families. The weather was sunny and the smiles were big. Thank you to all the P.E. teachers who organize this event and to all the families who came out to enjoy the fun!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Friday Fun!

Last Friday we had a chance to recognize our students who had worked really hard to raise money for the Bauer Walk-A-Thon. Many prizes were given out and students were also entered into a raffle to be able to throw a pie in a staff member's face. Thanks again for everyone supporting our school and enjoy the pictures!

Mrs. Gortsema asking if  students realized how much was raised.....

Students wearing the colored shirts had raised at least $75 a piece. Wow, that's a lot of students!

Mrs. Oldebekking's Class receives the trophy for raising the most money.

The top 10 fund raisers! Fantastic!

Mrs. Machiela gets a pie in her face from her student.

Miss Hanrahan getting pied!

Mr. Lloyd enjoying his pie in the face.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Walk-A-Thon Fun!

What a great time we had at the annual Walk-A-Thon! Lots of families came out to support and cheer on the students. We lucked out with the weather being so beautiful and the kids really enjoyed the fund raising activity.

I want to send out a big thank you to the friends and families that donated, the parents that came out to help, and the staff for joining in the fun. A very special thanks goes to Katie Terpstra and Michelle Sadler for doing such a great job organizing this event. An event like this doesn't happen so smoothly without a lot of careful planning. Thanks everyone and enjoy some pictures from our day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Turkey Trot

Please note the below revision to the school calendar for March 2015

We have made the following revisions to our 14/15 calendar in response to a late change in the State's 2015 Spring Assessment Schedule:  

•  The PD/Records Day originally scheduled for March 6 will be moving to March 9.  
•  High school second trimester exams will be given on March 5 and 6.  
•  Friday, March 6, 2015 will now be a regular day of attendance for all Hudsonville students.  
•  Students will not report on Monday, March 9, 2015.  

Human Resources Department, Hudsonville Public Schools 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Student Leadership Idea

One of our wonderful 4th grade students came up with a fun leadership activity for his class. Tyler created a pinata with the word "Leader" across the front. Inside the pinata were small bags of candy with a slip of paper to inspire each student.

Here are the inspirational sayings he came up with:
*be inspirational
*be cheerful
*be welcoming
*be nice
*be loyal
*be giving
*be kind
*be open-minded
*be yourself
*be funny
*be considerate
*be sympathetic
*be fun
*be helpful
*be trustworthy
*be truthful
*be pleasant
*be selfless
*be thoughtful
*be sensitive
*be sweet
*be generous
*be gentle
*be dependable
*be positive

What a great idea Tyler! Way to be a leader!

Bauer Bits 9/19/14

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Thursday, September 18, 2014


Looking for volunteers for our upcoming Fall Book fair that runs 10/30-11/6.  Shifts will be 2-3 hours during the day and also the nights of 11/5 & 11/6 during conferences.  If you are interested, please contact Sue Olep at 662-5011 or and leave availability or day/time preference.  This event has been very successful for Bauer and our fabulous readers!  Please consider helping us to bring more books to our students! Also make your shopping lists for upcoming birthday and Christmas presents to purchase from our fair.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hager Park Church coordinates hand2hand for Bauer Elementary which helps many students in our school. Please consider supporting this wonderful program by ordering pizza from Jet's Pizza on the below dates:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Spirit Week ~ Next Week

Bauer Walk-A-Thon Returns!

Our big fundraiser for Bauer is scheduled for September 26th. Parent Club is organizing our annual Walk-A-Thon again and they have added a new twist. As was the case before, if a student raises at least $25 they are entered into a raffle to win fantastic prizes. The twist this year is that if students raise $50 they are entered into a bonus raffle which gives them the opportunity to throw a pie in Mrs. Gortsema's or a teacher's face during our Walk-A-Thon Award Assembly!!

Parent Club uses money raised to help support classroom needs. Last year funds raised bought us our very popular Gaga Ball Pit and have also helped us to purchase more classroom iPads and class books. Thank you to all the parents that help and to our fabulous students who are raising money for our school in a very fun way!

Don't Miss Out!

The 5th Annual HEF Family Fun Fest Fundraiser is coming Friday, September 19th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Eagles Stadium.  The activities will take place before the home Varsity football game against Rockford and will include showing off your football throwing skills, bouncing around in the bounce house, getting your face painted, a raffle for an iPad, and much more. Especially don't miss out that Mrs.Dmitruk (Bauer Teacher) will be in the Dunk Tank at 6:15 pm. At 6:30 pm Mrs. Gortsema and Mr. Mac will each be in a dunk tank! 

Buy your raffle tickets at any home game to win this great prize.  This event is sponsored by the Hudsonville Education Foundation and all proceeds will be used to fund grants for resources and innovations that directly enhance the education of our students in Hudsonville Public Schools.  

Hope to see you there!

Bauer Bits

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Our First Week Back

It has been a warm week back to school but a good one. Enjoy some pictures of our friends!

Another Great Way to Support Our Children

This fall Bauer Elementary received a check from Target for $441.55! The money was raised from families who signed up for Target's "Take Charge of Education" program. The money raised from this program will now go directly back to support our children in the classrooms. 

How does it work? Basically if you use the REDcard at Target and designate our school, Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases back to us. If you are interested you can find more information by going to the Target website. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Open House at Bauer!

It is almost that time! Bauer teachers have been getting ready for the start of a great new school year. We will be hosting three Open Houses at Bauer for the different grade levels. All of the Open Houses will be from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This is a great time to meet the teachers, visit the classrooms, and see friends. So save the date(s) that apply to your child(ren)on your calendar and we look forward to seeing you!!

Monday, August 25 ... PreKindergarten Open House
Tuesday, August 26 ... Kindergarten Open House
Wednesday, August 27 ... Grades 1- 5 Open House

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Autism Program at Bauer!

An exciting change has occurred at our school. A new autism program opened at Bauer! We created two classrooms for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  We have an upper elementary classroom and a lower elementary classroom with a maximum of seven students per room. Below are some questions and answers to clarify what this program is about.

What is ASD and why are special classrooms needed?
ASD is a developmental disability that affects socialization, communication, repetitive behaviors, and sensory integration.  It is a spectrum disorder meaning that students can have varying degrees from mild to severe.  Some of these students need a higher level of special education support than our general education classrooms can provide.  

Why was Bauer Elementary chosen to house the program?
Previously our students with ASD attended classrooms within Ottawa County.  Increasing numbers of students requiring specialized ASD program resulted in Hudsonville Public Schools looking to start their own classrooms. When considering our elementary schools in the district, Bauer was a good fit as far as space and staff capacity. 

How will this affect my child?
The students in this program will all have the opportunity to spend time during the day with their same-age peers.  This can include recess, specials, or classroom activities.  Staff and student training will be available to make this opportunity successful for all involved.  Trainings may include classroom lessons and Peer-to-Peer support.  Research has shown that both students with ASD and general education students can benefit from inclusion activities.  

Your student may come home with questions and stories about their experiences with their friends in the ASD classroom.  If you are unable to answer the questions or have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the classroom teacher.  

I would like to officially welcome our new staff and students to this program at Bauer Elementary and look forward to a great fall!


Mrs. Amy Gortsema