Middle School Course Selection

Counselors from Baldwin Street Middle School visited fifth-grade classrooms today to talk with students about course selection.

  • All students take four core classes: ELA, science, social studies, and math.
  • Students can choose from a variety of exploratory options to fit their interests or their needs for additional support or challenge in specific content areas.
  • Students received course selection sheets. These must be filled out and returned to your child’s teacher with a parent/guardian’s signature by Friday, March 23.
  • For a more complete explanation of exploratory options, including course descriptions and promotional videos, see the BMS Counseling page.  
  • If you have questions or need more information, please contact Baldwin Street Middle School at (616)669-7750 or contact one of the counselors:

Music staff from the middle school also visited this morning to fit students for instruments.

  • Students had the opportunity to try out some different band and orchestra instruments.
  • Your child will be bringing home some information about these programs.

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

Hello parents!  It’s a bit of a short update this week but we’ll connect in person early-mid next week during our conference time!  Also, check out some photos below of some math work we were doing this week exploring the volume of composite-solid figures!

Misc.

  • Conferences – I am looking forward to meeting with you at conferences!  
    • Link to my conference schedule
  • March 15 – Instrument fittings
    • Teachers from the middle school will be coming to Georgetown; they will bring band and orchestra instruments here to have the students try them out.
  • Jet’s Pizza Night- THURSDAY, MARCH  8th!  Mention “Mr. Cooley’s Class” when you order!
  • School Safety Request from Mr. Cooley
    • If your child is a safety, please check at home for any brightly-colored safety belts that may be around.  We need those to rotate to new safeties each week. Thank you!

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 5- March 9, 2018

Hello Parents!  February has come to a close and we are getting closer and closer towards some busier times in 5th Grade!  With all of the things happening and coming up, we thought it would be helpful to put a new PAGE on our blogs called “Important Upcoming Dates.” Here, you can view a live link to some very important dates and events that affect your fifth-grader.  Please view this carefully and since this is a living document, please know that some dates and times may be subject to change.  We will do our best to inform you of any changes that could happen well in advance.

Misc.

  • March 9 – Early release day
  • March 12 & March 14 – Parent/teacher conferences.  Conference times were sent home on Monday on a brightly colored half-sheet .  Please communicate any conflicts with me ASAP and we will work together for a solution. 
  • March 15 – Instrument fittings at Georgetown during the school day.
    • Teachers from the middle school will be coming to Georgetown from 12:00 – 3:30  and will bring band and orchestra instruments here to have the students try them out.
  • NEW BLOG TAB! For your convenience, we’ve added a list of important dates through the end of the school year to our blogs. To view this list, click on the “Important Upcoming Dates” tab at the top of the page.
  • Chaperones for fifth-grade camp have been selected; parents who expressed interest should have received an email from their child’s teacher indicating whether or not they’ve been selected.

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 26- March 2, 2018

Hello parents!

Check out the happenings next week and some photos of some of the research we are doing in ELA!  In the photos, partners are listening to each other’s compelling questions, topics, subtopics and facts that they are discovering through the research of their colonial topics.  We have encouraged students to research using mel.org, which has a set of databases which include free articles, ebooks, and other general information.  We have also been practicing with the basics of citing our sources.  If you have some experience with this, feel free to start a conversation with your child on what effective research looks like and how, sometimes, we need to use some GRIT to find what we’re looking for!

Enjoy your weekend!

Math:

  • We are beginning Unit 6: Operations and Word Problems

ELA:

  • We are continuing our research units in both reading and writing.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our work on our unit: The Road to the Revolution.

Misc.

    • All parents submitted an interest form for chaperoning at camp will be notified whether they’ve been selected on February 28.
    • 5th grade will be attending a Grand Rapids Symphony performance on February 27th.  We will be out of the classroom from 10:00-1:00.
    • 5th grade will be heading to Hudsonville High School on Thursday, March 1 to learn information about upcoming middle choices. We will be gone from Georgetown from 12:30-2:30.
    • Conference confirmation slips will be going home in your child’s backpack on Monday, Feb 26! Be on the lookout!

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

Hello parents! Whew! With winter break and a snow day mixed in, it’s been a long week of getting back into our rhythms and routines.  Never-the-less, we are keeping up with hard work as we continue through February.  We’ve completed and another social studies and science unit and are looking forward to tackling some heavier ELA units where we will be examining informational writing and take a deeper dive into what effective research looks like and how to report out our findings.

We have had some fun as well with a math review in rap form.  We use Flocabulary, a vocabulary review website that uses music and rap to reinforce concepts we’ve learned in the room.  In math, we have been learning all about division or whole-number and decimals and used Flocabulary to review what we’ve learned so far.  Students needed to write and perform a rap that taught us the steps through rhyming and examples, plus, it was fun to see them express their understanding in a different way! Click below for a couple of snippets of our work!

Miscellaneous

    • All parents submitted an interest form for chaperoning at camp will be notified whether they’ve been selected for on February 28.
    • 5th grade will be attending a Grand Rapids Symphony performance on February 27th.  We will be out of the classroom from 10:00-1:00.

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

Valentine’s Activities

  1. Our Valentine’s activity for fifth grade will be a classroom activity.
  2. We will NOT need parent volunteers for our activity, but we will be asking for snack donations. Please follow this link to sign up for Valentine’s Day!Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 
    1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com!
    2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
    3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
  3. We will have classroom Valentine exchanges on February 14. If your child chooses to participate, please send in a Valentine for every student in the class. Cooley Valentine’s List

Parent chaperones are needed for fifth-grade camp, which is on May 17-18.

  • A form came home this past week with information about volunteering as a chaperone.
  • If you’re interested in volunteering, please return the form no later than Wednesday, February 14.
  • Names of interested parents will be entered into a drawing.
  • All parents will be notified whether they’ve been selected on February 28.

Math

  • We are continuing Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals.

ELA:

  • We will begin a research unit in both reading and writing.

Social Studies:

  • We are finishing up our unit on Life In the Colonies. Students will have a test early this week on this unit. The study guide has been sent home.

Science:

  • We continue our unit called, “Ch-Ch-Changes,” that has to do with matter.

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 5-9, 2018

Miscellaneous:

  • Mid-winter Break = no school on Monday, February 5 or Tuesday, February 6
  • Parent chaperones are needed for fifth-grade camp, which is on May 17-18.
    • Look for a form to come home with information about volunteering as a chaperone.
    • If you’re interested in volunteering, please return the form no later than Wednesday, February 14.  
    • Names of interested parents will be entered into a drawing.
    • All parents will be notified whether they’ve been selected on February 28.
  • Valentine’s Activities
    • Our Valentine’s activity for fifth grade will be a classroom activity.
    • We will NOT need parent volunteers for our activity, but we will be asking for snack donations. Look for an email with information from your child’s classroom teacher regarding donation opportunities.
    • We will have classroom Valentine exchanges on February 14. If your child chooses to participate, please send in a Valentine for every student in the class.  Click here for a link to a list of students’ first names. 

Midweek Reminders!

Hello parents!
A couple things came to mind this morning and I thought I would share them before they leap out of my mind!  Please note the following items!
  • 5th-grade activity fee is due tomorrow, February 1st!  Chaperone info will be coming out soon in the next week or two.
  • Dress like a gym teacher on Friday! Encourage your child to dress sporty on Friday as they will play the teachers in floor hockey!
  • Donation Request: tissues and wipes!  We are battling germs like superheroes in here by wiping down our desks, chairs and common areas.  That means that we have been using a ton more Chlorox-type wipes every week than normal.  With cases of the flu this flu season being higher than normal, we want to continue to battle it out but are beginning to run low on our supply.  Would you consider donating a container or two of both wipes and tissues?  Thanks!

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 29-February 2, 2018

Miscellaneous:

  • Any remaining balances for fifth-grade camp/activities will be due on February 1.
  • Early release Friday, Feb. 2.
  • Mid-winter break – no school Monday, Feb. 5 and Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Watch for information on the opportunity to volunteer as a chaperone for fifth-grade camp. This will be sent home after mid-winter break.

Math

  • We are beginning Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals.

ELA:

  • We are in the middle of our historical fiction unit. Students are participating in book clubs to deepen their understanding of the text and genre.

Social Studies:

  • We have finished our unit on the colonization and settlements of early America and will be beginning a new unit of life in the colonies.

Science:

  • We continue our new unit called, “Ch-Ch-Changes,” that has to do with matter.
  • Check out some photos below of a mystery powder investigation this week.