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!

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

Miscellaneous:

  • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on November 5th and November 7th. A conference time slip was sent home last week. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress. See the master schedule here – Cooley Conference Schedule.
  • The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Georgetown next week. Our class will preview on Monday and shop on Wednesday. Help your child get excited about some new books!
  • 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.

Math: Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Fractions.

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

ELA: In ELA, we are wrapping up our book club discussions and using the evidence we’ve gathered to plan 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.

(Mini) Read-a-Thon Tomorrow!

Tomorrow we will be using a portion of our morning to have a mini read-a-thon. During this time, we will be conducting Session #4 of our book clubs, listening to our read aloud, Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, and doing some independent reading.  Students may bring a blanket, pillow, one stuffed animal, and their own reading from home if they wish! Tell them to get ready to snuggle up with some good books!

Conferences are Coming Up!

Hello, parents!

I am looking forward to meeting with you next week to discuss your child’s progress.

  • Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Monday, Nov. 5 and Wednesday, Nov. 7.
  • Appointment slips indicating the day and time of your scheduled conference were sent home with students on Friday. For your reference, my conference schedule is also available here.
  • If you aren’t able to make your scheduled time, please contact me as soon as possible to reschedule.

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 29-November 2, 2018

Happy Weekend, Parents! I hope you’ve had a great week! Please find some important updates and reminders below, as well as some snapshots of what we’ve been up to in class.  I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend!

Miscellaneous:

  • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on November 5th and November 7th. A conference time slip is being sent home today. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress. Please email your child’s teacher ASAP if your conference time needs to be rescheduled. 
  • Goodies Factory fundraiser orders and payment due on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
    • Please turn in one check payable to Georgetown Elementary for the entire order.
    • The 5th-grade activity fee of $100, minus any money earned by fundraising, is due on or before February 1, 2019. Once the fundraiser is complete, you will be informed of the remaining balance due.
  • We have our UNIT 2 MATH TEST on Tuesday! Look in the “Subject Areas” tab and in “Math” to find some online unit 2 review resources. Also, look for some review resources coming home this weekend and on Monday!
  • Fall parties will be on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 2:15-3:15. Students are to bring their costume to school. Time will be given for the kids to change into them prior to the party.
  • Early release on Friday, November 2.

Look out for this slip of paper serving as your confirmation for conferences! This is coming home tonight-Friday, Oct 26!!!

We had fun working on a small project with Ms. Hutchison’s kindergarteners last week!

Students worked together to “disguise” a pumpkin so that it wouldn’t get turned into pumpkin pie!

They had to select materials to use for their disguise!

They had fun coming up with ideas, working together, and helping out!

We’ve been playing some games to help us review for our upcoming math test!

Students are practicing different decimal forms- Standard Form, Word Form, Expanded Form, and Expanded Form using Powers of Ten!

It’s always fun to move around to room to work!