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!

Supply List for Fifth Grade

Wow! Can you believe that July is already here? I realize that we are not even halfway through summer break, but do you know what will start appearing in stores right after the Fourth of July? That’s right: school supplies! Even as an adult, seeing those huge displays of brand new notebooks, folders, highlighters, pens, and pencils fills me with excitement and anticipation for the new school year. In case you are as eager as I am to get your new school supplies, I am including a list of supplies that you will need for the new school year.

I hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of July!
-Mr. Cooley

Supply list needed for the classroom:

  • (1) pencil box
  • (4) spiral notebooks (wide rule)
  • (4) two pocket folders (red, blue, yellow, green)
  • (1) 3-ring binder (1 inch)
  • (3) packs of  3”x3” sticky notes
  • (4) dry erase markers
  • (1) highlighter
  • (1) scissors
  • (1) package of colored pencils
  • (1) pair gym shoes to be left at school for physical education class

**Please do not bring a large trapper keeper type binder.  These are just too big to store in the desks in our classroom.**Highly recommended items:

  • extra #2 pencils
  • (2) large glue sticks

Below are additional supplies that kids often like to bring for their private use.

  • erasers
  • colored marking pen for editing/correcting (not black or blue)

If you’d like to help out, below are additional supplies that you can donate for communal use. 

  • Tissues… lots of tissues… 😉
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Extra snacks – for if a child forgets one. Nothing too “exciting!” Examples:
    • chewy granola bars (peanut free please!)
    • mini bags of pretzels
  • Gallon, quart & sandwich baggies

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Keep On Learning With Reading & Mobymax

Dear Parents,

Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.   Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

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!

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.

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

 

Welcome Students & Parents!

I’ll use this blog as a way to communicate important information that affects my 5th classroom. Reminders such as, field trip dates, conferences, updates to policies etc, will be posted in here. Also, you can find information out about me, as well as the  whole 5th Grade teaching team. My goal is to communicate effectively with you to ensure a positive home and school relationship that best supports the learning that is happening in the classroom.

Please SUBSCRIBE to this blog to receive automatic updates anytime a new post appears.  This way you’ll always have the most up-to-date information on all things happening in our room!

I’m looking forward to a fantastic year!

Sincerely,

Mr. Cooley

Thank You!

Parents & Students, thank you for such an incredible year! I feel so thankful to be a part of the Georgetown community! Thank you for your partnership this year as we worked together to grow your kiddo emotionally, socially and academically. Without our teamwork, we wouldn’t have made the gains that we did! Also, thank you so much for all of the end-of-the-year gifts! Completely unnecessary, but greatly appreciated! The Keurig will complement the room nicely and I hope to incorporate it into our incentives system  somehow as well! The gift cards and kind words will be cherished this summer as well!

I wish you all a wonderful summer! See you around! Check out some camp adventures below!

Mr. Cooley

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We had an amazing time at Camp Henry! These and more photos can be viewed and downloaded from SmugMug here.

What’s Coming Up: May 21-25, 2018

Hello parents!  Hopefully, your child came back from camp exhausted and full of lots of stories of our adventures! What a wonderful couple days it was filled with excellent weather, activities, and laughs!  I would like to shout a HUGE thank you to our chaperones who came along and helped monitor, encourage and support your children to have the best time at camp! So…THANK YOU TO:

  • Lori Armstrong
  • Debbie Scholz
  • Megan Lemke
  • Lauren Poisson
  • Joel Parm
  • Doug VanderVeen

Your assistance with head counts, up-hill hikes, gear haulin’, and your sacrifice of sleepless help make this year’s camp a massive success! Check out a few pictures & videos below!

Please note some important things coming up!

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 14 – May 18, 2018

Hello Parents!  5th-grade camp is coming up quick! Hopefully, you and your child are already talking about what to pack and have some things beginning to be laid out! If not, use this weekend as a kickstart to avoid “packing panic” later on in the week…we’ve all been there!!!  Help your child to be PROACTIVE!

We are still working on curriculum content and we are noticing some end-of-the-year tune out.  The weather is getting nicer and students are getting antsy.  Support your child with a positive attitude and encourage them to stay focused!

Math: We are continuing our work with Measurement and Geometry.

ELA: We are working on units in reading and writing on Research-Based Argument Essays.

Social Studies: Unit 7 A New Nation

Science: We will continue to investigate the patterns and relationships between our Sun, Moon, and Earth.

Important Dates:

  • May 11 – Early Release
  • May 15 – Camp plan for pick up due (Pink Half-Sheet)
  • May 15 – Let your child’s teacher know if you will be visiting during the day at camp
  • May 17-18 – 5th-grade Camp
  • May 25 – 5th-grade celebration

Ottawa County Police Officer, Eric Smith, shares safety tips with our 5th graders

Students worked on quick, “flash debates,” to see the strength of different positions on an issue in ELA

While listening to their group members defend a point of view, others noted the points that both sides were making

Students prepared important evidence that they would use to defend claims

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 7 – May 11, 2018

Hello Parents!  We were so glad to see many of you who made it to the camp meeting this week!  If you were unable to make it, look below for a link to the presentation that was shown that highlights the important information regarding what students will do, what to pack, medication guidelines and pick-up & drop-off procedures.  PLEASE REVIEW & REFERENCE THIS CAREFULLY!

CAMP PARENT PRESENTATION

Our T.E.A.M. program started this week. T.E.A.M. stands for: TEACHING, EDUCATING, AND MENTORING (T.E.A.M.)  and is a school liaison program put on by the Michigan State Police.  It features a school-based, “law-related” curriculum, taught to by T.E.A.M. trained police officers.  T.E.A.M. will take place on Wednesdays and will be led by Deputy Smith from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Important Dates:

 

  • May 4 – Look out for a white PowerSchool Web Portal letter coming home with your child which details accessing important online registration and transportation information for next school year!
  • May 9 – Medication Form / Camp Waiver form Due
  • May 11 – Early Release
  • May 15 – Let your child’s teacher know if you will be visiting during the day at Camp
  • May 17-18 – 5th Grade Camp

Check out some of what we’re doing in ELA!  We’ve begun a new unit called, Argument & Advocacy, in which we are examining opinion-based reading and writing.  Currently, students are working in groups to search through articles that take different positions on particular arguments.  We are navigating elements of ethical research by holding on to our biases while we understand each point of view surrounding the topic.  After understanding both sides of the issue, students will choose a side and write to support that point of view in a balanced way.  Some topics include: Should We Recycle? ,  Should Competitive Sports be Allowed in Schools? , Should Killer Whale Shows be Banned? , Is Climbing Mount Everest Worth the Risk?, Should We Focus More on Space or Underwater Exploration? and Should Animals be Kept in Zoos? ,  Check out some photos from our work today!

Jacob realizes how much work goes into ethical research!

Weeding through different points of view takes a lot of effort!

Spreading out materials to see the “Big Picture!”

Sharing thoughts about each article!

Highlighting and making notes on evidence that support different claims.