What’s Coming Up – Week of November 18-22, 2019

See what’s coming up below!

Miscellaneous

  • Early Release – Friday, November 15
  • Parent-teacher conferences will be held on November 18 and 20. Find our class conference schedule HERE.
  • Report cards – you will receive your child’s report card at your conference.
  • Goodies Factory Fundraiser Item Pick Up on NOVEMBER 21 from 3:00-5:00 PM!
    • If your child participated in the fundraiser, items must be picked up on Thursday, November 21 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM.
    • If you’re unable to pick up items during this time, please make arrangements with a friend, neighbor, or family member.

Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program will be held on December 12.

Our Class at Work

We’ve been working on the Columbian Exchange, or the movement of animals, plants, and diseases around the world during the age of exploration.

In this activity, students had to correctly label foods, animals, and diseases on a map according to where they originally came from.

Students were surprised to see how the movement of these goods from one continent to another impacted people and people and their cultures!

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 11-15, 2019

Miscellaneous

  • Early Release – Friday, November 15
  • Parent-teacher conferences will be held on November 18 and 20. 
  • Individual conference times were communicated earlier last week. Reference the Fall Conference 2019 Google Form for the schedule!
  • Goodies Factory Fundraiser

 

    • If your child participated in the fundraiser, items must be picked up on Thursday, November 21 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM.
    • If you’re unable to pick up items during this time, please make arrangements with a friend, neighbor, or family member.
  • Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program will be held on December 12.
  • Our Class Holiday Party will be on Friday, December 20th and will involve a pancake breakfast for students. Our approximate timeframe will be:
    • 9-9:45 setup/cook while students are at specials
    • 9:45-10:45 eat/activities/cleanup
  • More info, including signup link, to come soon!

Math:

  • We are getting into our third unit, multiplying and dividing fractions. 
  • Students should be completing Moby Max Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.

ELA:

  • We’re beginning a reading and writing unit which will focus on theme.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’re discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding.

Social Studies:

  • We will be continuing our second unit, Three Worlds Meet.

Picture This…Our Class at Work!

In writer’s workshop, we have been working through making Revision Decisions. As writer’s, we understand that we always have choices that can help our writing sound smoother and be better constructed.

In this lesson, our focus was on Talk It Out, which was all about when writer’s revise, they often need to talk it out loud with others to get the best version of their writing.

This task was where students had to combine sentences by deleting, rearranging, adding connectors, and/or trying new verb endings (all previous mini-lessons) and talk through which options sounded the best.

It was great to see groups work together and take risks as they tried some new things in their writing!

Calling All Canned Goods for P.E. C.A.R.E.S!

The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 6.  We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. (please no ramen noodles)
The food drive will continue until Nov. 21.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive.  The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.
This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 4-8, 2019

Miscellaneous

  • Parent-teacher conferences will be held on November 18 and 20. 
  • Individual conference times were communicated earlier this week.

Goodies Factory Fundraiser

  • If your child participated in the fundraiser, items must be picked up on Thursday, November 21 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM.
  • If you’re unable to pick up items during this time, please make arrangements with a friend, neighbor, or family member.

Thank you to parents who volunteered or donated items for our fall party!

The Bubble Gum Podcast: Episode #4 “Growth Mindset Matters” is LIVE!

  • Having a growth mindset is helpful when we encounter struggles, challenges, or even failures. On this episode, we break from our book talks to chat with Tyler, Kendall, and Tessa about recapping what they’ve learned from their interviews with family members.  In the last couple of weeks, we set out to learn from adults around us by interviewing them about times where they’ve failed, been challenged, or encountered struggles.  In that conversation, the hope was that students can learn from the perseverance and stick-to-it-iveness that their interviewees had to go through before experiencing success.  Join us for our recap of what they’ve learned and how we all can apply others’ experiences to our own journeys!

2019 Fall Party Photo ReCap!

Fall Party 2019 (Blog)

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 28- November 1, 2019

Goodies Factory Fundraising!

  • Goodies Factory fundraiser orders and payment are due on Monday, Oct. 28.
  • Please turn in one check payable to Georgetown Elementary for the entire order  AND BOTH WHITE AND YELLOW FORMS TO SCHOOL. 
  • Plan to pick up ALL items on Thursday, November 21st, from 3:00-5:00 PM.  Please note that we cannot hold any items overnight!
  • Turkey Trot on Tuesday, October 29
  • Picture retake on Tuesday, October 29
  • Halloween Party on Thursday, October 31. Please refer to the party link for details. 

Math:

  • We are getting into our third unit, multiplying and dividing fractions. 
  • Students should be completing Moby Max Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.

ELA:

  • We’re beginning a reading and writing unit which will focus on theme.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’re discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding.

Social Studies:

  • We will be continuing our second unit, Three Worlds Meet.

Picture This.. Our Class at Work!

We shared our Growth Mindset interviews with each other today!

It was great to see how much “failure” stories overlapped with each other! It’s so great to hear and learn about the failures, challenges, motivation, and encouragement from others’ experiences!

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 21-25, 2019

Goodies Factory Fundraising!

  • Goodies Factory fundraiser orders and payment are due on Monday, Oct. 28.
  • Please turn in one check payable to Georgetown Elementary for the entire order  AND BOTH WHITE AND YELLOW FORMS TO SCHOOL. 
  • Plan to pick up ALL items on Thursday, November 21st, from 3:00-5:00 PM. 
  • Please note that we cannot hold any items overnight!

Important Reminders:

  • Early Release and Popcorn Day Friday, October 18
  • Turkey Trot on Tuesday, October 29

Podcast Episode #3 is Available!

  • Check out Addison, Teegan, and Caleb talking about some great books by finding us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, listening through our blog, or any other places that you find podcasts! Tune in and subscribe!

Picture This… Our Class at Work!

We had fun practicing adding decimals through games!

Partners helped each other by working together on problems and correcting each other’s mistakes.

We had fun practicing in a more relaxed and calm way!

 

Goodies Factory Fundraiser Details

The cost for fifth-grade activities this year is $100. That includes camp + celebration!  This is our main 5th-grade fundraiser! Families of fifth graders can choose to pay their $100 or can use this fundraiser to raise some or all of the money to help off-set the cost.

Timeline:  

  • Starts Thursday, October 10th
  • Orders are due on Monday, October 28th with payment for all items
  • Delivery of items is Thursday, November 21st. Please plan to pick up orders between 3pm-5pm. We cannot hold ANY items overnight!

We get 40% back from our sales.  That means if a student sells $250 worth of items, he or she will have covered the cost of the activities fee.

Please make one, total check payable to Georgetown Elementary!

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 14-18, 2019

Goodies Factory Fundraising!

  • A letter will be sent home with students on Thursday, Oct. 10 explaining the fifth grade activity fee.
  • The 5th grade activity fee of $100, minus any money earned by fundraising, is due on or before February 1, 2019. Once the fundraiser is complete, you will be informed of the remaining balance due.
  • Goodies Factory fundraiser orders and payment are due on Monday, Oct. 28.
  • We will kick off the fundraiser with students on Thursday, Oct. 10.
  • Please turn in one check payable to Georgetown Elementary for the entire order.
  • Plan to pick up ALL items on Thursday, November 21st, from 3:00-5:00 PM. 
  • Please note that we cannot hold any items overnight!

 

 

Important Reminders:

  • Jet’s Pizza night tonight! When you order, be sure to mention your teacher’s name.
  • Urban Hay Day October 12
    • Mrs. Ball and Mrs. Neinhuis will be in the dunk tank from 11:15-11:30!
  • Early Release and Popcorn Day Friday, October 18
  • Turkey Trot on Tuesday, October 29

Math:

  • We are getting into our second unit, addition and subtraction with decimals. 
  • Students should be completing Moby Max Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.

ELA:

  • We’re working on strategies that help us bring our stories to life and continuing to write our narrative pieces.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’ll begin discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding prior to our first unit.

Social Studies:

  • We will be continuing our second unit, Three Worlds Meet.

Picture This…Our Class at Work!

We used decimal cards with isolated place values to work with decimal numbers.

We were bombarded with decimals, numbers , and place value!

 

Podcast Episode #2: Fear, Belonging, Love, and Loss: Between the Pages of our Books and in Our Lives

Episode #2 just launched! Check it out! Today we’re talking about some books that have big feelings and emotions in them.  Araya will share about I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011, by Lauren Tarshis. Morgan will share the powerful story, Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper.  Cal will share the timeless, The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. Join us for a conversation about powerful and relatable emotions the students discovered in their books!

https://anchor.fm/matthew-cooley/episodes/Episode-2-Fear--Belonging--Love--and-Loss-Between-the-Pages-of-our-Books-and-in-Our-Lives-e5peol

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 7-11, 2019

Important Reminders:

  • Culver’s Night Fundraiser..Monday, October 7
  • Jet’s Pizza Night 10/10!
  • Turkey Trot- See message below from Mrs. VanKoevering

Use THIS LINK TO REGISTER  and click on the PE BLOG LINK to learn more about the Turkey Trot Race.

Picture This…Our Class at Work!

We started safety duty official in the last couple of weeks!

We are excited to use our leadership skills to help others in our school!

Every day we pick up our kindergarten bus buddies and walk them to the bus!

Walk-a-Thon had us decked out in our Eagle wear and all smiles as we made our way around the track!

We had fun tossing footballs on a break from the laps!