What’s Coming Up – Week of October 16

Hello Parents! Please check out the news and updates below!  Thanks also to those of you who mailed me about helping with our Halloween Party.  I will be sending out an email soon to those who have expressed interest to organize some games, activities and small snacks.  I am looking forward to a fun afternoon! Check out some shots of our learning from this week below!


  • Join other Georgetown families for Culver’s Night – Monday, Oct. 16, from  5-8! 
  • Fifth grade Halloween parties will be on Friday, Oct. 27 from 2:15-3:15. Watch our blog for specific details!

Tegan brought in his microscope and expertly helped us get a closer look at some water samples that we’ve been working with this week! Thanks, Tegan!

We got to write on our tables while we practiced writing numbers in standard form, word form, expanded form and expanded for using powers of 10! It was a great way for us to visualize numbers in their place value! Just don’t tell Mr. Rob! 😉

Connecting Parents in the Hudsonville Community

Attention parents!
Please join in for the first Hudsonville Public Schools Parent Connection Night! This event will take place on Tuesday,
October 17 from 6:30-8:00 at Baldwin Street Middle School. You will be able to choose 2 different sessions from the following options:
  • Screen Time: Impact, Safety and Setting Limits
  • Teaching Kids to Get Along: Navigating the Roads of Friendships and Siblings
  • Home Organization: Simple Systems to Help Your Entire Family be Successful
  • Positive Behavioral Strategies for Younger Kids:Less Words and More Visuals
These sessions will all be run by Hudsonville staff members Lisa Keskitalo, Kate Randall, Carrie Ysseldyke, and Melissa DeGroot.  Child care will be provided for children ages 5 and up.  We will also have desserts and giveaways!
If you are interested, please sign up using the following link:

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 9

Good morning parents!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! We have some upcoming events mentioned below that you may want to make note of, in particular, the Halloween party date and coinciding volunteer opportunity.  Have a wonderful weekend!


  • Early release on Friday, October 13.
  • Fifth grade Halloween parties will be on Friday, Oct. 27 from 2:15-3:15. Watch your teacher’s blog for specific details.  I am looking for some volunteers who would to plan some activities and help out with snacks, etc.  If this time works with your schedule and you wouldn’t mind a little controlled chaos for an hour, please email me and we can coordinate. Thanks for considering!
  • Jet’s Pizza night on Thursday, October 12.


  • We are beginning our decimal unit.  Towards 


  • We are wrapping up our memoir unit and celebrating!


  • We are investigating how organisms affect the Great Lakes.


What’s Coming Up – Week of October 2

Good morning parents!  This week we have had our first couple of tests of the year in social studies and math!  You may have been wondering about when science will begin…this coming week!  As a district, we are beginning a new science program called, Phenomenal Science, which is an inquiry-based program that all centers around actual science phenomena.  We will all be learning together!  Check out some upcoming events below!


  • We are excited to begin science this week!
  • PTC meeting – Thursday, Oct. 5 6:30 in the Georgetown Elementary Library
  • Popcorn Friday – October 6!
  • THANK YOU for helping with the WalkAthon! Even though it was hot, we sure had fun together! Check our some pics below!


What’s Coming Up – Week of September 25

Hello parents!  We are feeling the the full swing of the school year as well wrap up our first, truly full week of school.  We have been working hard at maintaining our rhythms and routines and building on our knowledge from last year.  Our students have been working hard at our Wall of Fame, which is our collection of Outstanding Certificates they receive for excellent whole-class behavior and helpfulness during specials and passing times-We’re up to four!  Encourage your kiddos to keep up the team work from home and we’ll hopefully earn more!


  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • We will be wrapping up this unit this week.


  • Memoir
  • Building agency as readers

Social Studies:

  • Government
  • Test late in the week; see blog/student agenda for details.


  • Walkathon money due no later than Monday, Sept. 25.
  • School Safety Duty begins Monday, Sept. 25!  Ask your child for details about when they will be on duty.
  • Eagle Pride Day on Friday, Sept. 29!  Show your school spirit!

We’ve been looking at and working on ideas for our memoirs!

What’s Coming Up- Week of September 18

This week, we have spent our time getting into the routine and rhythm of our schedule.  We’ve also continued our work on our class contract, which should be finalized this week with signature and thumbprint, marking our commitment to each other in our classroom.  Check out some upcoming events and on-going business below!

  • School pictures on Thursday, Sept. 21. Student specific information will be sent home on Friday; please check to make sure you have correct information.
  • Walkathon on Friday, Sept. 22. Fifth grade will walk from 10:45-11:30; parents are welcome to join us.
  • This week students were expected to start doing independent reading at home. Your child has a home reading  log in his/her take home folder. Students are expected to read a total of 100 minutes outside of school each week.  After your child records the number of minutes read per day, please initial for that day. At the end of the week, you child is expected to note the total minutes of reading for the week. Please keep these in take home folders as we will refer to the reading logs when we do reading conferences in the classroom.

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 11


  • Fractions concepts – equivalency, comparing fractions


  • Establishing reader’s and writer’s workshop.
  • Home reading expectations will start on Monday; students will need parent signatures/initials on their reading logs.

Social Studies:

  • Government


The Walkathon is coming up and is our primary fundraiser for the year and will consist of two times for different grades. The event schedule for Friday, September 22nd is as follows:

  • 9:45a.m. – 10:30 a.m.:, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.:  3rd, 4th and 5th Grade

The parent club is looking for parent participation and volunteers for setup and teardown.  If you are interested in helping out, look for information coming home with your child.

Fantastic Start to a Great Year!

Hello Parents!  Wow! What an amazing start we’ve had!  You’re kiddos were so wonderful to meet and begin to get to know this past week.  We worked on understanding what we dream the culture of our class to look like as we move forward together and hopefully answered some important, basic questions about me, our room and what we’ll be learning this year.  I am so excited to continue this week and dig deeper as we become more acquainted with one another and dive into some curriculum work!

As mentioned, this week, we will start to see more routine throughout our day and living a little closer to our daily schedule.  We’ll begin a planner sheet that we’ll complete together each day and will serve as a talking point for you and your child when it comes to homework, upcoming tests, special events, etc.  It should help answer that age-old question, “what did you do at school today?” Also, we’ll begin our math, social studies, reading and writing content, starting to figure out academic rhythms as a class.

As always, please email any questions that you may have!  Enjoy the rest of this weekend!

Open House is Almost Here…

Hello parents and students!  As a reminder, our Georgetown Open House (Gr. 1-5) is tomorrow, Thursday, August 24th, at 6:30 PM!  I am so excited to meet you and begin our year together!

I have been working hard to get the room ready for our learning.  I have made it a goal to provide a calm and comfortable atmosphere that will help set the tone for the culture of our room.  I can’t wait for you to see it!

Also, 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 funny posed photo or can be a true “caught reading” capture.  Either way, it’s meant to be neat way to get students excited about reading this year.  Once again, email photos to mcooley1@hpseagles.net and I will print and post.  Thanks for your help!

See you tomorrow!!!

Matt Cooley