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

Hello parents!  Not too much happening next week outside of the normal, so below you can find some further information about camp and see some of what we are doing in Science! Have a great week!

Camp News:

  • Balance reminders for fifth-grade activity fees will be sent home today on Thursday, Jan. 17. Remaining balances are due by February 1. Please make checks payable to Georgetown Elementary.
  • Information regarding opportunities for parents to volunteer as camp chaperones will be coming home after mid-winter break.
  • Dates for camp this year are May 16-17.

Check out some photos from an activity from our new science unit: Ch-Ch-Changes!

Students worked together and examined different kinds of metals. They were focusing on the physical properties of flexibility, reflectivity, and magnetism.

Students were given a tub full of various kinds of metals and needed to discover ways to sort and compare metals.

Students used flexibility and reflectivity scales, and they recorded responses on their investigation sheets while looking for patterns in the properties.

Students tested the magnetism of the metals.

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

Hello parents!  I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season!  Students were telling me the wonderful highlights and fun family moments.  We were talking as a class this week how we will begin tightening expectations in the new year.  Students had the realization that they will become 6th graders in just 5 short months! Eek!  So, we discussed the need to have a positive, growth mindset as we prepare for our big transition and ready ourselves emotionally, socially, and academically.  Lots of activities to come, including diving into some resources and reflection activities with 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students by Stephen Covey. Check out some happenings below!  Cheers to a brand new year!

Miscellaneous:

Early Release: Friday, January 11th.

Camp News:

  • Balance reminders for fifth-grade activity fees will be sent home on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Remaining balances are due by February 1!
  • Information regarding opportunities for parents to volunteer as camp chaperones will be coming home shortly after midwinter break.

Math: We are working on a unit that focuses on multi-digit multiplication of whole numbers and decimals.  Please continue to help your child with their multiplication math facts.

ELA: Historical Fiction:

  • We are focusing on becoming powerful readers of historical fiction texts.  Students are reading historical fiction novels in small groups as book clubs.  To keep up with reading expectations, it is important for your child to honor their group’s reading plan.    
  • Reminder….The students are expected to read 100 minutes a week. As a parent please initial the log when they read at home, showing you confirm your child has read for the minutes recorded.

Social Studies: We are exploring the early English settlements and colonization.  Be on the lookout for study materials that focus on the 13 colonies.

Science: We are kicking off our new unit, “Ch-ch-changes” on physical changes.  Check out some images and a video from our last unit below!

We had a great time during our holiday breakfast!

The tables were decorated and set nicely!

Everyone enjoyed the special time together! Thanks for your contributions!

In Science, we conducted a shoreline investigation.

Students observed the effects of waves on a natural seashore…

…and built some seawalls to observe the effects on the natural land nearby.

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

Hello parents! Check some things that are happening before our winter break next week!

Holiday Music Program:

Georgetown’s 3rd-5th grade holiday music program will be from 7:45 – 8:15 (Students report no earlier than 7:30) on Thursday, December 13th at Fair Haven Church.  Please click the link HERE to see more detailed program information from Mrs. Bretz. 

Early Release:

Friday, December 14th.

Holiday Class Party:

Our classroom holiday party will be on Friday, Dec. 21. We will be having a breakfast. WE STILL HAVE SOME THINGS AVAILABLE TO SIGN UP FOR IF YOU”D BE WILLING! SEE THEM AT our SignUp.com website: http://signup.com/go/LasncUf!

  • If you are volunteering in person, make sure that you have a BACKGROUND CHECK on file with us! Not sure? Here is the link: BACKGROUND CHECK
  • If you are coming in to volunteer, you may come in at 9:00 to help set up and begin preparations. It’ll be a little chaotic for a few minutes, but we’ll put our heads together to make this place look and feel special!

Holiday Break:

Our last day of school before holiday break will be Friday, December 21.  Have a safe and restful break. We’ll see you on January 7.

ELA: Non-Fiction Texts

  • 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.
  • Reminder….The students are expected to read 100 minutes a week. As a parent please initial the log when they read at home, showing you confirm your child has read for the minutes recorded.

Science: We are wrapping up our science unit “Go with the Flow!”

Fun with Our Buddies in Kindergarten! Last week, we got together with Ms. Hutchison’s class to build gingerbread houses!  It was a fun way to get into the winter spirit and do some STEM activities…and satisfy our sweet tooth as well! Check out some photos below of our creations!

We listened to Ms. Hutchison give directions.

We planned out our designs and started our structures.

Our kindergarten buddies were thrilled to have our 5th graders in to help!

The final result was SWEET!

We had lots of fun!

 

Reminders: Social Studies Test, Safety Belts, Holiday Program

Hello, parents!

  • We will be taking our unit 2 social studies test on Friday. Last Friday, students brought home a study guide. Please help your child review the material for a few minutes each day. Quizzizz is another option for students to review by playing a game. The Quizzizz link for Unit 2 can be found in the Subjects Areas tab under Social Studies, Unit 2 or on your child’s Google Classroom page!
  • If your child has a safety belt at home, please have him or her return it. The belts are share between the safety teams and should be returned to school each Monday.
  • Holiday program is this Thursday, Dec. 13. See this post for more details.

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

Hello, Parents!  The weeks are flying by as we are heading towards our December holiday break!  Check out some happenings below!

Candy Cane Sale: The annual candy cane sale is coming! Our 5th-grade classes will be selling candy canes to help raise money for their 5th-grade activities. The sale will be through Friday, December 14th. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you in advance for your support!

Holiday Music Program: Georgetown’s 3rd-5th-grade holiday music program will be from 7:45 – 8:15 (Students report no earlier than 7:30) on Thursday, December 13th at Fair Haven Church.  Please click the link HERE to see more detailed program information from Mrs. Bretz.

Toys for Tots: Toys for Tots donations will be accepted until Thursday, Dec. 13. For more information, and to listen to Ainslee and Holiday Cheer Team’s  Toys for Tots Message: click here

Early Release: Friday, December 14th.

Holiday Class Party:  Our classroom holiday party will be on Friday, Dec. 21. We will be having a breakfast. Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/LasncUf!

Check out some fun we’ve been having in our Phenomenal Science unit!

We did a Secchi disk experiment where we measure the visual depth of a disk to determine how much light shines through the top layers of water.

Students used the Secchi disk in three buckets of water mixed with various amounts of debris.

They performed three trials in each bucket and averaged their data for accuracy.

They recorded their findings in data tables and drew models to show what was happening.

They made sure to put their heads together to agree when the Secchi disk “disappeared!”

It took teamwork and cooperation to execute our lab!

Thumbs up for a fun, hands-on investigation!

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of December 3-7, 2018

Hello parents! Check out some happenings coming up in and around our classroom during the upcoming weeks!

Candy Cane Sale:

The annual candy cane sale is coming! Our 5th-grade classes will be selling candy canes to help raise money for their 5th-grade activities. The sale will be from Monday, December 3rd  through Friday, December 14th. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you in advance for your support!

Penguin Patch Holiday Shop

The holiday shop will be available next week if the students wish to buy holiday presents for their loved ones. Our classroom’s shopping day will be Thursday, December 6th, from 10:00-10:45.

Holiday Music Program:

Georgetown’s holiday music program will be in the evening on Thursday, December 13th at Fair Haven Church. Watch the blog for future updates.

Early Release:

Friday, December 14th.

Holiday Class Party:

Our classroom holiday party will be on Friday, Dec. 21. We will be having a breakfast. Check out the SignUp.com link and instructions below:

We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/LasncUf
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Math: Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Fractions.

Students should continue practicing their math facts using Moby Max.

ELA: Non-Fiction Texts

  • 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.
  • Reminder….The students are expected to read 100 minutes a week. As a parent please initial the log when they read at home, showing you confirm your child has read for the minutes recorded.

Social Studies: We’re continuing our social studies unit called Three Worlds Meet.

Science: We are investigating our science unit “Go with the Flow!”

Students simulated what Zebra Mussels do to water by filtering “dirty water” and obersving the before/after effects.

Students had to capture the process visually and describe the changes in writing.

Group members had different roles such as Material Collector, Set-up Coordinator, Task Performer, and Clean up Manager. All were responsible for data collection.

Students had to take what they learned and relate it back to a scenario we examined in class which was about how zebra mussels would affect a lake in which they were recently introduced.

The goal is to see that zebra mussels eat and “filter” material in bodies of water and make the water clearer. We will now begin the discussing how invasive species like zebra mussels impact the ecosystem.

 

Help earn money for our school!

Hey parents! Are you curious about how you can support Georgetown elementary in some BIG and small ways?  Look no further! Check out these different ways you can help earn money for our school!

ONE BIG EVENT PER YEAR:  Fall Walkathon

*We are allowed one big money-raising event each year.  Walkathon is our BIG EVENT.

ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISERS THAT BRING IN SMALLER (BUT STILL IMPORTANT!) AMOUNTS OF MONEY

The money we earned goes toward:  Playground equipment, field trip funds for every student, online reading programs (RAZ KIDS and Scholastic News), updating old equipment (microphone systems, projectors, etc.), classroom library expansions, library books, and more!

Collect BOXTOPs.  Turn them into school as soon as you have a sheet completed. Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 580) fills one sheet during the school year,  our school earns $2,750. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK EXPIRATION DATE!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:  Box Top

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.
AMAZON SMILE.  Order everything from AMAZON through our smile link to earn our school MONEY!   Go to this link: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-4701906 to earn credit for the Georgetown Elementary PTC whenever you shop on AMAZON.
JET’s PIZZA NIGHTS:  One Thursday per month. Check our school calendar for the Thursday night each month.  When you order, give your child’s teacher name to help his/her class win a pizza party.

 

CULVER’s NIGHT:  Two per year:   Fall and Spring.  Teachers and Parent Club Board members serve food and earn money for our school.   Example of Culver’s Night
PAPERGATOR:RECYCLE your old paper for our HUNGRY PAPERGATOR.  When it’s full, we get money for our school. Papergator located in front parking lot.

What CAN go into the PAPERGATOR?

  • Newsprint
  • Catalogs/Magazines
  • Junk Mail
  • Phone Books
  • Office/School paper
  • Hard and soft cover books

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 19-23, 2018

Culver’s Night

On Monday, November 19 from 5:00 – 8:00 come join parents and staff to enjoy some yummy Culver’s! Mr. Cooley and Mrs. Ball will be there from 5:30-6:00 delivering food! Bring your family by for dinner or get a concrete mixer and support your school! You can either come in and eat or go through the drive-thru! Culver’s restaurant is located at 7393 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison, MI 49428

Thanksgiving Break

We’ll be off beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and return on Monday, Nov. 26. We hope you enjoy some relaxing time with family or friends.

PE Cares

Friday, November 16th is the last chance to donate items for our PE cares annual food drive.

Math: Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Fractions.

  • Students should continue practicing their math facts using Moby Max.

ELA: In ELA, we are using the evidence we’ve gathered to plan and craft our literary essays focusing on character analysis.

  • Reminder….The students are expected to read 100 minutes a week. As a parent please initial the log when they read at home, showing you confirm your child has read for the minutes recorded.

Social Studies: We’re beginning our next unit called Three Worlds Meet.

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 12-16, 2018

Miscellaneous:

Just a few reminders about the winter weather:

  1. The kids go outside at every recess.   We only keep them inside if the wind chill is below zero.
  2. WINTER CLOTHING is a must.  Boots, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants. Write your last name on the snow pants’ tag — or get a white permanent marker and write it on the inside lining.  Use that same marker on the boots and jacket linings.

Goodies Factory fundraiser items will be delivered on Tuesday, November 13. Please make arrangements to pick up your order at Georgetown elementary between 3:00 and 5:00 PM that day.

Culver’s Night… is on Monday, November 19 from 5:00 – 8:00! Come to join families and staff to enjoy some yummy Culver’s! Mr. Cooley and Mrs. Ball will be there from 5:30-6:00 delivering food! Bring your family for dinner or get a concrete mixer and support your school! You can either come in and eat or go through the drive-thru! Culver’s restaurant is located at 7393 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison, MI 49428

Check out some learning in the classroom:

Students modeled comparative fraction bars during math.

They needed to make decisions on how to represent the fraction statement.

Students had to challenge themselves to write multiplicative comparisons to represent their situations.

GEORGETOWN CULVER’S NIGHT!

WHO: You and your family!  Parents and staff get to help deliver food. Mr. Cooley will be there from 5:30-6:00 delivering food!

WHAT: Bring your family by for dinner or get a concrete mixer and support your school! You can either come in and eat or go through the drive-thru.

WHERE: Culver’s restaurant located at 7393 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison, MI 49428

WHEN: Monday, November 19 from 5:00 – 8:00

WHY: Culver’s is donating a portion of the profits to Georgetown Elementary from every customer!

Come out and support Georgetown! Hope to see you there!