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Activities, Classes & Dinner Provided for Kids & Adults During Vacation Bible School at UMC-DUNES

The upcoming Vacation Bible School program being organized by United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMC-Dunes) will be unique this year as not only children but adults can attend and catch the spirit of this year’s theme,“Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid.”

The Vacation Bible School program will be held from June 19 through 23 at UMC-Dunes, which is located at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven. Dinner will be served each night of the program beginning at 5 p.m. and children’s activities will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration cost is $8 per child. There is no registration fee for adults and parents. The general public is invited.

Saint Mary's Kindergarten Class Celebrates Learning to Count to 100 for "100 Days in School"

Saint Mary's Kindergarten Class Celebrates Learning to Count to 100 for "100 Days in School"

SPRING LAKE, Mich., May 31, 2011 - Seventeen kindergarten students in Judy Tejchma’s class at Saint Mary’s Parish School are extending an invitation to the general public to be their guest at the school to help them celebrate learning to count to 100 at an upcoming “100 Days in School” event on June 8, at 9 to 11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. in the kindergarten classroom.

Saint Mary’s School is located at 421 east Exchange Street in Spring Lake.  Judy Tejchma has served as kindergarten teacher there for 23 years and previous to that served as a teacher for nine years at Sacred Heart School in Muskegon. Her 32 years as a teacher will come to a close upon her retirement on June 10, with a party planned in her honor on June 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church Activity Center, adjacent to the school.

“We are asking that any person in the community who wishes to attend bring in a canned good item for our Saint Mary’s Food Pantry,” said Judy Tejchma.

Saint Mary's School Announces First Time, All-Day, Five-Day-a-Week Kindergarten Fall 2011

SPRING LAKE, Mich., May 15, 2011—Saint Mary’s Parish School will open the new academic year in fall 2011 by offering for the first time an all-day, five-day-a-week kindergarten program for children five years of age.

The school is located at 421 east Exchange Street in Spring Lake.  Kindergarten registrations are now being taken for the fall 2011 semester.

“Research shows many strong benefits of having students in school five days each week,” said Mike Devitt, principal with Saint Mary’s Parish School.

 “The benefits of having all-day every-day kindergarten include more in-depth instruction.  A full day program will allow a more relaxed atmosphere where our teacher can teach in an unhurried way, allowing for more instruction in the basics of language, math and science.  This ultimately leads to better first grade readiness and academic preparedness for the future,”1 said Devitt.   

Curious George Visits Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI--Children’s Book Week is a time to celebrate the wonderful world of books with the children in your life. This year Children’s Book Week will be celebrated May 2 – May 8. Spring Lake District Library has invited special guest Curious George to participate in storytime all week to help celebrate Children’s Book Week. Storytimes are held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. Curious George will visit with boys and girls during storytime and will be available for pictures. 

For more information about programs and resources for children contact Youth Services at 616-846-5770 x134, or visit the library’s website at www.sllib.org. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Kindergarten Screening

Spring Lake Public Schools is attempting to locate all youngsters who will be entering Kindergarten/Young Five’s for the 2011-2012 school year. To be eligible, children must be five years of age on or before December 1, 2011. Kindergarten screening for these students will be held June 14, 15, and 16, 2011, at Holmes and Jeffers Elementary School.   Holmes will also be hosting a parent meeting on May 3, at 7:00 p.m.To register, parents may call Holmes Elementary School at 846.5504 ext. 2200 or Jeffers Elementary School at 846.5503 ext 4200.

Project Lifesaver underway in Ottawa County

Project Lifesaver underway in Ottawa County

From the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office:

Since 1970 April has been recognized as National Autism Awareness Month.  The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office along with the Autism Society of West Shore would like to take this time to alert Ottawa County residents of a joint effort between these two groups in respect to individuals with Autism.  With the assistance of the Autism Society of West Shore the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office received an equipment and training grant through Project Lifesaver.  This project was also assisted by private donations as well as local scholarships.

Project Lifesaver helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions.  Through this grant the Ottawa Couty Sheriff's Office received two tracking devices and training for staff in the use of this

Session about Social Security benefits is April 21

Session about Social Security benefits is April 21

Spring Lake, MI--Spring Lake District Library is hosting a lunch-time informational session about social security benefits to help you plan for your retirement. The free presentation will take place on Thursday, April 21 from noon until 1:00 p.m.  Speaker Vonda VanTil, a Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, will answer your questions about social security benefits. Learn how to determine how much your benefits will be and the forecast for the future of social security. Attendees may bring their lunch with them.

For more information about this  program, call (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.