What’s Coming Up – Week of January 22-26, 2018

Happy Friday Parents!  A shorter message this week.  Please read carefully as it pertains to camp.  Below, you can check out some pictures that give a little insight into what we’ve been learning about this week.  Enjoy your weekend!

Miscellaneous:

  • Any remaining balances for fifth-grade camp/activities will be due on February 1. An updated account reminder went home this week.
  • A couple questions came in regarding chaperones for camp.  We will be sending out a chaperone interest note on February 7th to ask for interest, once those are received back on February 14th, we will do lottery if interest exceeds the number we can take.

In science this week we have been looking at classifying and sorting materials by looking at their physical properties.  

We came up with some sorting criteria based off of some mystery materials.

We used sticky notes to capture our categories.

We grouped and sorted materials accordingly.

 

In ELA, we are working through historical fiction novels in our book clubs.  We’ve been talking through what it means to research on the run as we grasp the historical context in which we find our characters.  We’ve used our resources to dive deeper into the settings of our novels to give us clarity and a deeper understanding of our characters’ thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Students looked at maps of the locations of some key places during the American Revolution.

Students shared their findings with each other as they pieced together clues that helped make their stories come alive.

Students are using their book club packets to record details that aid in the comprehension of their novels.

Students examine videos that bring to life the stories they are reading about.

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 15-19, 2018

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to school and to a new year, 2018!  I’m so excited to continue with your awesome kiddos.  I feel rested, refreshed and energized!  Let’s work together to make this a great second half of the year! Check out some happenings below for next week!

Math

  • We are continuing with Unit 4: Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals.

ELA:

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

Social Studies:

  • We have begun our unit focusing on the colonization and settlements of early America.

Science:

  • We started our new unit called, “Ch-Ch-Changes,” that has to do with matter. Yesterday, we did a hands-on investigation to find out how different metals behave when heated. The investigation involved using small candles to heat strips of three different metals. Students measured the time that it took for equal amounts of shortening to melt at three different points on each metal strip. They used this information to conclude that some metals transfer heat more quickly than others. We learned that this is called thermal conductivity. Before students touched any materials or equipment, we talked about some procedures for lab safety and the importance of everyone following these procedures at all times. Your young scientists really impressed me with the care and responsibility they showed in the lab as well as with the way they applied their own knowledge and observations to the topic at hand.  Here are pictures of some of the groups hard at work observing, timing, and recording data.

  

Miscellaneous:

  • Any remaining balances for fifth-grade camp/activities will be due on February 1. We will provide an updated account reminder early next week.
  • Beginning M0nday, January 16, I will be asking that students are working on their Moby Max Fact Fluency goals daily at home.
    • Students are expected to practice their math facts using Moby Max five minutes per school night.
    • Fifth-grade math includes more complicated concepts, and fact fluency is crucial to a student’s success.
    • Students should log in through Clever. There is a link to Clever in the technology links on the right side of the blog.
  • Independent Reading Reminders
    • Students are expected to read outside of the school day for 100 minutes each week.
    • This breaks down to 2o minutes, 5 times per week.
    • I officially check reading logs each Monday, but I sometimes do spot checks as well, so please make sure that your child is keeping his or her reading log in the take-home folder.
    • Students are to log the number of minutes read per day and have a parent or caregiver initial each day.
    • Students are to write the total number of minutes in the box at the end of each week.
    • Students are to list the books they are reading at home on the back of the sheet.
    • Parents, it is your child’s responsibility fill in everything except the parent initials. This is a good opportunity for your child to practice responsible work habits in preparation for middle school.

What’s Coming Up – Week of December 18-22

Good afternoon and Happy Friday!  Whew! With the Holiday Program, it sure made for a busy week!  We have one week left before our holiday break!  This next week should be filled with wrapping up a few loose ends academically and then celebrating together on Friday.

Last call to signup for anything for our Holiday Breakfast on Friday, Dec 22 from 9:45-10:45! Click the link here to check out what we still need!   Please see the following message from Mrs. Reagan regarding our parties, parent volunteers and parking:

Dear Parents,
Our class holiday party will be attended by the volunteers that are running the party.  This is due to limited parking (snow).  Mrs. Reagan has asked that I submit names of those people who are volunteering to run the party so that she can clear background check information in advance.
I have explained to the children to that this is a volunteer-run party — so not all parents will be attending.  If your child is begging you to come, explain to your child that you cannot come because it is for the parents running this party only.  Thank YOU for your help!
If you are part of the volunteer team (those helping run the party), your names are below.  If I have missed anyone, please let me know by Monday at 4 pm.  
List of parent volunteers:
  • Kim Newenhouse
  • Elizabeth Sayers
  • Amanda Oldebekking
  • Kelli Burri
  • Megan Lemke
  • Holly Peterson
  • Elizabeth Schollart
  • Allison Parm
  • Shannon VanderPloeg

I’m looking forward to it! Below are some pictures from this week!

Making crafts with our kindergarten buddies!

 

Special Holiday Program Instructions!

Hello Parents!  Please see the following message from Mrs. Reagan’s latest blog update with links to find out more information about the Georgetown Holiday program coming up this THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14th!

The Georgetown Music Program is this week Thursday, December 14.   The kids are excited and have been practicing very hard! The hall from the music room is sounding great!

The program is at Fair Haven Church: 2900 Baldwin St. in Hudsonville. Just down the road from school!

Kindergarten through 2nd grade begins at 6:303rd through 5th grade begins at 7:45.  This link will take you to ALL the DETAILs you need to know for the music program.

If you would like to order a DVD of the program, please fill out this paper  HolidayDVDForm-1oe9scd and return it with your payment to the office no later than Monday, Dec. 18. Checks can be made payable to WCET TV. The cost is $15.

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What’s Coming Up – Week of December 11-15

Hello parents and hello winter!  As much as it’s inconvenient to drive in, I must say that love seeing the freshly fallen snow cover the landscape and the excitement it brings to our students!  That being said, remind your child to come prepared for the colder weather by bringing their boots, snow pants, hats, gloves etc!

Check out some of the upcoming events and academic happenings we have going on next week!

Math

  • We will be finishing up Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Fractions and beginning Unit 4: Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals

ELA:

  • 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.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our look into Unit 2: Three Worlds Meet where we’re learning about Native American cultural regions and how climate and natural resources influenced the culture that developed in each region.

Science:

  • We are wrapping up our investigations on the causes and effects of the changing landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Miscellaneous:

  • Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program is on Thursday, December 14 at Fair Haven. Watch our blog for more specific details coming very soon!
  • Our special holiday breakfast will be on the morning of Friday, Dec. 22.  For more information and to sign up to volunteer or donate items, click HERE. We still have some items open to donate!
  • Candy cane sale continues through Dec. 15. Students who wish to purchase a candy cane may bring in $1. Candy canes will be delivered to students each day.

What’s Coming Up – Week of December 4-8

I hope that this update finds you well.  As we all are entering into a relatively busy season, it’s important to take some intentional time to pause and reflect on the year we’ve had and anticipate the year ahead.  To help do this in our class, we’ll be doing a special holiday breakfast where we’ll sit down and enjoy a meal together with your help.  See details below about how you can help with this!

Miscellaneous:

  • The Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will be in Georgetown next week. This is an opportunity for students to purchase gifts for their family members. Our class will be shopping on Wednesday, Dec 6th from 11:30-12:15. If you are making out a check, please make it payable to Georgetown PTC.
  • Candy cane sale Dec. 4-15. Students who wish to purchase a candy cane may bring in $1. Candy canes will be delivered to students each day.

Upcoming Events:

  • Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program is on Thursday, December 14 at Fair Haven. Watch our blog for specific details coming soon.
  • For a holiday party, all 5th-grade students in our building will be doing a holiday breakfast in their individual rooms.  This will be on Friday, Dec. 22, from 9:45-10:45.  This should be a wonderful and special time to spend together.  If you’d like to help donate items or volunteer on the day of, please click HERE. Thanks, and we look forward to celebrating together!

Donate items or volunteer to make our holiday breakfast extra special!

 

 

 

Wonder Movie Update!

Hello Parents! I just quickly checked the movie times for this Saturday, December 2nd and we will plan to see the 11:15 AM showing.  If you’re thinking about joining in, once again, we will plan to meet outside the ticket area a little before 11:00.  We’ll buy our individual tickets but try to group closer together-think more in the middle of the theatre.  I hope to see you this weekend for some popcorn, movie, and fun!

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 27-December 1

Hello Parents!  Are you ready to send those kiddos back?!  I hope you had a great break and found some time together to relax and eat some yummy food!  Check below for some updates for this week!

Miscellaneous:

  • Early release this Friday, December 1.
  • For those interested, we will be meeting at Celebration Cinema at Rivertown crossings this coming Saturday.  Time is still TDB as they have not posted the Saturday showings yet.  I will post/email as soon as I find out.  We will shoot for the first showing-likely 11:30! 
  • The Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will be in Georgetown next week. This is an opportunity for students to purchase gifts for their family members. Our class will be shopping on Wednesday, Dec 6th from 11:30-12:15.
  • Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program is on Thursday, December 14 at Fair Haven.

Math

  • We are continuing to work on Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Fractions.

ELA:

  • We are focusing on becoming powerful readers of narrative and expository nonfiction texts.

Social Studies:

  • We are diving into Unit 2: Three Worlds Meet.
  • We’re learning about Native American cultural regions and how climate and natural resources influenced the culture that developed in each region.

Science:

  • We are investigating the causes and effects of the changing landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 20-21

Hello Parents!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  We don’t have much in the way of an update for next week, mostly just a wish for you to have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful for my time at Georgetown and your kiddos are making it extra special!  So, THANK YOU for the wonderful job you’ve done in making them into wonderful people!

Optional Family Event Coming Up:

We’ve recently just finished reading, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.  For those that are not familiar with this book, Wonder is about a 5th grade boy, Auggie Pullman who was born with a severe facial deformity and his journey attending a mainstream school for the first time.  The book is incredibly moving as it confronts readers with situations and reactions to someone who is different from them.  We’ve had a good time reading it as a read aloud and it has provided great reactions, thoughts, and conversations.

Now, the film version of Wonder is about to come out and I thought it might be fun to provide a time for our class to see it together.  My thoughts are as follows:

  • We would meet at the Rivertown Crossings theatre in Grandville on Saturday, December 2nd. We will plan for the earliest time possible (late morning/early afternoon). This will be TBD as listing times won’t come out until a week before.
  • We would buy tickets as close to each other as we can and enjoy the film together.
  • Parents would need to be with your child during the movie.
  • After the movie concludes, we would depart our separate ways.
  • The film is rated PG and you can view the trailer here. This is not mandatory in any way and I absolutely respect the wishes of individual families regarding movies. In fact, one reason we’re waiting until a couple weeks after the release is so that you can look up the film’s content and make an informed decision about joining or not.  Check out CommonSenseMedia.org for more information on the film’s content.

This might be a fun way to celebrate the end of our journey with these characters!  Please consider and have a conversation with your child about this opportunity!

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY TO LET ME KNOW YOUR LEVEL OF INTEREST- Wonder Interest Survey

Check out a couple things that we’ve done this week below!

HUGE thank you to the students and parents who bought books from the Book Fair last week and donated some to our classroom! We’re always looking for new books to promote and these certainly are some to get excited about!

A Thank You goes to Lexi for modeling OUTSTANDING leadership for our class! She was noticed by Mrs. Reagan this week and earned our class another Outstanding certificate!

In Science, we are looking at the water cycle process and acted it out to see the journey of different water drops-or cotton balls in our simulation! We had fun taking on different roles!

 

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of November 13-17

Miscellaneous:

  • I enjoyed meeting with you for conferences! I’m glad to work as a team with you this year!
  • Goodies Factory Fundraiser items will be delivered to Georgetown Elementary on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Items must be picked up between 3:00 and 5:30.
  • PTC meeting – Thursday, Nov. 16th at 6:30 in the Georgetown Elementary Library-Join in!
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 22-24!
  • Cold Weather Apparel:  Wintry weather is upon us!  Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately.  We go outside for recess twice a day and only keep students inside if it is raining or if temperatures are extremely cold.

To help us consolidate our learning, we’ll often use our newfound understanding to correct our dear friend, Puzzled Penquin. We work on explaining the mistake and elaborating on the correct method to find the answer. Creativity is always encouraged in our responses!