Special Holiday Program Instructions!

Hello Parents!  Please see the following message from Mrs. Reagan’s latest blog update with links to find out more information about the Georgetown Holiday program coming up this THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14th!

The Georgetown Music Program is this week Thursday, December 14.   The kids are excited and have been practicing very hard! The hall from the music room is sounding great!

The program is at Fair Haven Church: 2900 Baldwin St. in Hudsonville. Just down the road from school!

Kindergarten through 2nd grade begins at 6:303rd through 5th grade begins at 7:45.  This link will take you to ALL the DETAILs you need to know for the music program.

If you would like to order a DVD of the program, please fill out this paper  HolidayDVDForm-1oe9scd and return it with your payment to the office no later than Monday, Dec. 18. Checks can be made payable to WCET TV. The cost is $15.

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What’s Coming Up – Week of December 11-15

Hello parents and hello winter!  As much as it’s inconvenient to drive in, I must say that love seeing the freshly fallen snow cover the landscape and the excitement it brings to our students!  That being said, remind your child to come prepared for the colder weather by bringing their boots, snow pants, hats, gloves etc!

Check out some of the upcoming events and academic happenings we have going on next week!

Math

  • We will be finishing up Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Fractions and beginning Unit 4: Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals

ELA:

  • We are focusing on becoming powerful readers of narrative and expository nonfiction texts, as well as constructing written responses that give evidence to support our thinking.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our look into Unit 2: Three Worlds Meet where we’re learning about Native American cultural regions and how climate and natural resources influenced the culture that developed in each region.

Science:

  • We are wrapping up our investigations on the causes and effects of the changing landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Miscellaneous:

  • Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program is on Thursday, December 14 at Fair Haven. Watch our blog for more specific details coming very soon!
  • Our special holiday breakfast will be on the morning of Friday, Dec. 22.  For more information and to sign up to volunteer or donate items, click HERE. We still have some items open to donate!
  • Candy cane sale continues through Dec. 15. Students who wish to purchase a candy cane may bring in $1. Candy canes will be delivered to students each day.

What’s Coming Up – Week of December 4-8

I hope that this update finds you well.  As we all are entering into a relatively busy season, it’s important to take some intentional time to pause and reflect on the year we’ve had and anticipate the year ahead.  To help do this in our class, we’ll be doing a special holiday breakfast where we’ll sit down and enjoy a meal together with your help.  See details below about how you can help with this!

Miscellaneous:

  • The Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will be in Georgetown next week. This is an opportunity for students to purchase gifts for their family members. Our class will be shopping on Wednesday, Dec 6th from 11:30-12:15. If you are making out a check, please make it payable to Georgetown PTC.
  • Candy cane sale Dec. 4-15. Students who wish to purchase a candy cane may bring in $1. Candy canes will be delivered to students each day.

Upcoming Events:

  • Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program is on Thursday, December 14 at Fair Haven. Watch our blog for specific details coming soon.
  • For a holiday party, all 5th-grade students in our building will be doing a holiday breakfast in their individual rooms.  This will be on Friday, Dec. 22, from 9:45-10:45.  This should be a wonderful and special time to spend together.  If you’d like to help donate items or volunteer on the day of, please click HERE. Thanks, and we look forward to celebrating together!

Donate items or volunteer to make our holiday breakfast extra special!

 

 

 

Wonder Movie Update!

Hello Parents! I just quickly checked the movie times for this Saturday, December 2nd and we will plan to see the 11:15 AM showing.  If you’re thinking about joining in, once again, we will plan to meet outside the ticket area a little before 11:00.  We’ll buy our individual tickets but try to group closer together-think more in the middle of the theatre.  I hope to see you this weekend for some popcorn, movie, and fun!

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 27-December 1

Hello Parents!  Are you ready to send those kiddos back?!  I hope you had a great break and found some time together to relax and eat some yummy food!  Check below for some updates for this week!

Miscellaneous:

  • Early release this Friday, December 1.
  • For those interested, we will be meeting at Celebration Cinema at Rivertown crossings this coming Saturday.  Time is still TDB as they have not posted the Saturday showings yet.  I will post/email as soon as I find out.  We will shoot for the first showing-likely 11:30! 
  • The Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will be in Georgetown next week. This is an opportunity for students to purchase gifts for their family members. Our class will be shopping on Wednesday, Dec 6th from 11:30-12:15.
  • Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program is on Thursday, December 14 at Fair Haven.

Math

  • We are continuing to work on Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Fractions.

ELA:

  • We are focusing on becoming powerful readers of narrative and expository nonfiction texts.

Social Studies:

  • We are diving into Unit 2: Three Worlds Meet.
  • We’re learning about Native American cultural regions and how climate and natural resources influenced the culture that developed in each region.

Science:

  • We are investigating the causes and effects of the changing landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 20-21

Hello Parents!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  We don’t have much in the way of an update for next week, mostly just a wish for you to have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful for my time at Georgetown and your kiddos are making it extra special!  So, THANK YOU for the wonderful job you’ve done in making them into wonderful people!

Optional Family Event Coming Up:

We’ve recently just finished reading, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.  For those that are not familiar with this book, Wonder is about a 5th grade boy, Auggie Pullman who was born with a severe facial deformity and his journey attending a mainstream school for the first time.  The book is incredibly moving as it confronts readers with situations and reactions to someone who is different from them.  We’ve had a good time reading it as a read aloud and it has provided great reactions, thoughts, and conversations.

Now, the film version of Wonder is about to come out and I thought it might be fun to provide a time for our class to see it together.  My thoughts are as follows:

  • We would meet at the Rivertown Crossings theatre in Grandville on Saturday, December 2nd. We will plan for the earliest time possible (late morning/early afternoon). This will be TBD as listing times won’t come out until a week before.
  • We would buy tickets as close to each other as we can and enjoy the film together.
  • Parents would need to be with your child during the movie.
  • After the movie concludes, we would depart our separate ways.
  • The film is rated PG and you can view the trailer here. This is not mandatory in any way and I absolutely respect the wishes of individual families regarding movies. In fact, one reason we’re waiting until a couple weeks after the release is so that you can look up the film’s content and make an informed decision about joining or not.  Check out CommonSenseMedia.org for more information on the film’s content.

This might be a fun way to celebrate the end of our journey with these characters!  Please consider and have a conversation with your child about this opportunity!

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY TO LET ME KNOW YOUR LEVEL OF INTEREST- Wonder Interest Survey

Check out a couple things that we’ve done this week below!

HUGE thank you to the students and parents who bought books from the Book Fair last week and donated some to our classroom! We’re always looking for new books to promote and these certainly are some to get excited about!

A Thank You goes to Lexi for modeling OUTSTANDING leadership for our class! She was noticed by Mrs. Reagan this week and earned our class another Outstanding certificate!

In Science, we are looking at the water cycle process and acted it out to see the journey of different water drops-or cotton balls in our simulation! We had fun taking on different roles!

 

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 13-17

Miscellaneous:

  • I enjoyed meeting with you for conferences! I’m glad to work as a team with you this year!
  • Goodies Factory Fundraiser items will be delivered to Georgetown Elementary on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Items must be picked up between 3:00 and 5:30.
  • PTC meeting – Thursday, Nov. 16th at 6:30 in the Georgetown Elementary Library-Join in!
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 22-24!
  • Cold Weather Apparel:  Wintry weather is upon us!  Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately.  We go outside for recess twice a day and only keep students inside if it is raining or if temperatures are extremely cold.

To help us consolidate our learning, we’ll often use our newfound understanding to correct our dear friend, Puzzled Penquin. We work on explaining the mistake and elaborating on the correct method to find the answer. Creativity is always encouraged in our responses!

Book Fair Shopping Tomorrow-Wednesday, Nov. 8!

Howdy parents,

Yeehaw! Our scheduled shopping time for our book fair is tomorrow,  Wednesday, November 8 from 10:00-10:30!  Please remember to send along some money for your child to make purchases.  I always encourage buying from the school Book Fair because it helps earn money for our school and it gets kids rootin’ and tootin’ about some new books-which us always a good thing in these parts!  I always push for books to be purchased-not just the other stuff (keychains, toys, posters).  Most paperback books are priced between $6.99- $8.99 and hardcovers are a little more. Our class already had a preview day yesterday and should have written down the prices on their wish lists for budgeting.  Consult with your child and make a plan together to decide on what would be appropriate to purchase and how much “gold” they may spend.

For reference, here is a link to a Scholastic Book Trailer video which contains some fun book trailers that will be available at the fair.  Select the grades “4-6 Highlights” tab for books geared for our age group.

I’m looking forward to hearing about some new and exciting books and seeing your kiddos saddlin’ up to read ’em in and around our room! (Apologies for the cowboy-lingo!)

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 6

Check out some of the things that we have coming up this week!

  • We are looking forward to seeing you at conferences.
  • Report cards will be sent home with students on Monday, Nov. 6.
  • Our PTC is hosting a Scholastic book fair next week. Our class will shop on Wednesday from 10:00-10:15. The book fair will also be open for shopping during parent-teacher conferences.
  • Jet’s pizza night is Thursday, November 9! Order pizza and mention your child’s teacher!
  • Goodies Factory Fundraiser items will be delivered to Georgetown Elementary on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Items must be picked up between 3:00 and 5:30 that day.

Math:

  • We are beginning our dive into unit 3 where we will be looking at multiplying and dividing fractions.

ELA:

  • Students are gathering evidence to write a literary essay analyzing a character from our book club books.

Science:

  • We are investigating why water levels change in the Great Lakes over time.

We spent some time with our buddies in Mrs. Stutz’s class on Halloween doing some fun math activities. Check out the fun below!

Also, BIG Thank You to Hayley Banach who was noticed by Mrs. Reagan for representing our class with the values of Be Nice-Work Hard-Learn Well!  She helped ear our class an OUTSTANDING! Well done, Hayley!

Lastly, we’ve finished reading our book club books and are starting to look back through them to hunt for evidence that supports our theories about character traits. This hard work now will make drafting our character essays simpler when we plug the information into our outlines!

LAST CALL FOR FUNDRAISERS!

Attention Parents! We are ready to process our fundraiser order and will be handing it over tomorrow!  If there are any outstanding orders, please send them in NO LATER than tomorrow morning-Thursday, November 2nd!  Orders that come in later will not be able to be fulfilled.