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

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Welcome Students & Parents!

I’ll use this blog as a way to communicate important information that affects my 5th classroom. Reminders such as, field trip dates, conferences, updates to policies etc, will be posted in here. Also, you can find information out about me, as well as the  whole 5th Grade teaching team. My goal is to communicate effectively with you to ensure a positive home and school relationship that best supports the learning that is happening in the classroom.  

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I’m looking forward to a fantastic year!


Mr. Cooley