What’s Coming Up – Week of September 24-28, 2018

Hello parents, I hope you’re having a great week! Check out some of what we’re working on below! Have an excellent weekend!

Miscellaneous:

  • SMILE! School pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 27.
  • Walk-a-thon is coming up on Friday, Oct. 5. Information was sent home with students this week.

Math: We are continuing Unit 1: Adding and Subtracting with Fractions

  • In this unit, fluency with multiplication and division facts is key. Students should be practicing their math facts using Moby Max.

ELA: We are working on the first unit of building agency and independence as readers. In writing, we’re making progress on writing a memoir.

Social Studies: We are exploring the foundations of our government in Unit 1 which explores the structure of the federal, state and local governments.

For an upcoming science unit, we are in need of lids from whipped topping tubs – Cool Whip or similar. If you have any of the lids you’d be willing to donate, please send them into your child’s teacher. Thank you!

Homework

Hello, parents.

Now that we have had a chance to settle into the routine of the school year, students will have regular homework in both reading and math. My philosophy regarding homework is that it should, for the most part, be based on a skill that a child can practice independently.

  • Reading – students are expected to read outside of the school day at least 100 minutes per week. Ideally, this would be spread out throughout several days during the week. Your child should have a reading calendar in his or her take-home folder. Each day, your child should write down the number of minutes spent reading at home and ask you to initial the calendar. I understand that families have many time commitments and that students need flexibility and choice regarding which days will work best for them to complete their reading. With that in mind, I will be checking reading logs every Monday.
  • Math – students are expected to complete at least five minutes of math fact fluency practice outside of the school day Monday through Thursday.  As the concepts covered become more complex, fact fluency is key to students’ success in math.

Occasionally we will have other homework as well as quizzes or tests for which students will need to review. In his or her take-home folder, your child has a weekly agenda. We take time to fill this out together at the end of each day. Please take a few minutes each day to look over the agenda with your child. You can also view the agenda on the blog by clicking on the weekly agenda tab near the top of the page.

What’s Coming Up – Week of Sept 17-21, 2018

Miscellaneous:

Hello Parents!  This week we have continued to work on our school routines and relationships. What a wonderful group of 5th graders we have as role models for Georgetown!  As a school we practiced our safety drills this week. The kids did a great job of rehearsing the drill procedures.

  • M-Step scores from last Spring were sent home on Friday with your child.
  • Smile….picture day at Georgetown will be Thursday, September 27th.

A note about upcoming Reading Logs…

Our first reading unit this year is all about developing independence as readers. We have already been busy learning and reviewing things that powerful readers do. We know that reading, like any other skill, is developed through practice. This week, we will be learning that powerful readers keep and analyze reading logs. We will be logging our reading at school and home each day. I am asking students to keep track of the amount of time they spend reading at home each week. They are required to read a total of 100 minutes per week outside of school.

Reading logs will be coming home Monday in your child’s take home folder. Here are some guidelines for these reading logs:

  • Students record the number of minutes read at home each day.
  • Parents initial to verify the amount of time read each day.
  • Each calendar month, students will get a new reading log and be responsible for recording their reading during the current week.
  •  All students will have the goal of reading 100 minutes at home each week. That is 20 minutes five times per week.

Happy reading!

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 10-14, 2018

Hello parents!  We’re completing our second week and beginning to fall into more routines and rhythms!  As the weather continues to ebb and flow from hot to cold and back again, remember to send your child with a water bottle to help them stay hydrated.

We’ve been working on lots of team building and get-to-know-you activities lately.  Check out some photos below from a challenge where students needed to work together to “Save Sam,” a cap-sized gummy worm who needed to find his way back into his boat and put on his “life jacket,” all without being touched by his student helpers!  Students needed to think outside the box in order to help our squiggly friend back to safety!  We learned about effective communication, collaboration, and creative thinking strategies in order to be successful and made connections to learning that we’ll do this year!

Miscellaneous:

  • Early release on Friday, September 14.
  • Sack lunch will be available; students may order in the morning when they arrive.
  • Staff book study for the 2018-19 school year is GROWTH MINDSET COACH. It is a month by month guide that helps us shift our teacher and student thinking to a GROWTH mindset approach to learning.  Each month, we’ll introduce a new GROWTH MINDSET PHRASE to our students and expand their beliefs about their own ability to learn through practice, mistakes, failures and more practice.  This months phrase is above — Everyone Can Learn.  For more info, click the link included above!

Math: We are getting started on Unit 1: Adding and Subtracting with Fractions

ELA: We are working on establishing our reader’s workshop and building agency and independence as readers. In writing, we’re starting our first unit on writing a memoir.

Social Studies: Unit 1: Our Government

Science: Our science this year will be inquiry-based. We’ll start by building routines and learning about scientific and collaborative practices.

 

Puzzled at how to get his life jacket on!

Working together requires concentration!

Coordination is key!

Coming up with a plan!

Who knew success could taste so sweet!

Great First Day!

Parents, let me begin by saying what incredibly awesome kids you have! Seriously. This year is going to be so much fun!  Today, we spent the day getting to know one another and some basic classroom routines and expectations. Tomorrow will be more focused on our class culture and we’ll be discussing what things contribute to a positive, fun and safe learning environment. Thanks for raising some incredible kiddos!

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3…2…1…Countdown to the First Day of School!

Hello parents! I am so excited for the first day of school!  I cannot wait to start this year off with your student in my room!  Here are a few things to help make the first day (and really, the next two weeks) successful:

  1. Get excited!  When our enthusiasm shows, it’s contagious!  I believe in strong beginnings and getting to know one another, the routines, and content we’ll be learning. 
  2. Be flexible! These first days are all about getting the new routines solidified.  This is the time to ask questions, make mistakes, and learn from them.  With every new school year comes a whole new set of expectations. So, let’s grow together and be flexible while we’re learning from one another.
  3. Manage expectations! The first couple of weeks will be all about relationship building.  I believe that great learning cannot properly take place untilwe establish a foundation of trust, honesty, and collaboration.  That means that the first few days are going to be lighter with team-building and get-to-know-you activities.  Of course, we’ll sprinkle in some content, but don’t expect much homework in the first couple of weeks.

One final and important reminder:The weather forecast for the first few days of school looks H-O-T! Please send your child with a full water bottle labelled with her or her first and last name. We will take plenty of water breaks to stay healthy and hydrated.

We’re going to have a great year and I am so looking forward to getting to know your kiddos more!  Let’s have a great start!

Matt Cooley

Open House

I hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer! I’m so excited to see you at our open house this Wednesday, August 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

If you have supplies of your own or classroom supplies, you may either bring them to open house or on the first day of school. We will label notebooks and folders together, so there’s no need to label them before coming to open house.

Also, consider updating or adding your contact information to the school directory.  The purpose of this directory is to help parents connect with other parents for child get-togethers (playdates, birthday parties).

We do not share parent emails at the office or teacher level. If you would like to connect with other parents to arrange child get-togethers, you must complete this form. Once it is completed, the form will be emailed to all parents who completed the form. This form will not be published on the school website nor will it be printed and distributed. Georgetown School Directory

See you soon!

Mr. Cooley exploring Thornbury, Ontario.

Catch Your Child Reading!

I am looking for more pictures to add to our “Caught Reading” board!  This is something we’ll add to throughout the year, however, it would be nice to have some already up on the board as we begin the year.  These can be a funny, posed photo or can be a true “caught reading” capture.  Either way, it’s meant to be a fun way to get students excited about reading this year.

Email photos to mcooley1@hpseagles.net and I will print and post prior to the open house and the start of school.  I will also add to this board throughout the year!

Thanks for your help!

REMINDER TO COLLECT BOX TOPS & COKE CAPS

Did you know that every BOXTOP and every COKE CAP collected earns money for our school?   This summer we would like you to work hard to collect both. The money we earn will go toward a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

  • BOXTOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 570) fills  one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU! Download your form here:  Summer Box Tops
  • COKE CAPS:  Super easy. Save the caps and go online to enter collection!  COKE WEBSITE  (https://us.coca-cola.com/give/)   Select Georgetown Elementary and enter the code on the cap.   Now you can recycle the cap. No need to send it to school.

Stay on Track with Reading & Mobymax

This is a reminder that our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

 

  • Login will be username@hpsstudents.net

 

If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

Have a great summer…and keep on learning with READING and MOBYMAX!