What’s Coming Up – Week of September 28 – October 2, 2020

Hello Parents,

It’s been our first official FULL week of school! Woohoo! We made it and it feels good to be in some rhythms and routines! 🙂 Check out some happening from this week and some things to look forward to next week below!


I want to THANK EVERYONE who donated to the walkathon. Your generosity will allow some sweet additions to your child’s education this year in the way of books, materials that enhance our learning, and fun experiences.  Currently, our class sits at the top of earners but we heard that there is some competition from other classes yet to be processed! So, KEEP SHARING THOSE LINKS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS and we’ll fight to keep our position! It’s all in good fun as no matter who wins the top-earning class or individual, we all win as a school since each dollar donated will impact every student! 🙂 See some walkathon photos below!


  • We are continuing to work through Unit 1: Addition & Subtraction with Fractions.
  • As this unit unfolds, a focus will be to master our multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home and look for MobyMax homework to come soon
  • RESOURCES: Check out the “Subject Areas” tab above to find helpful math resources that may help you and your student with any math work from this current unit!


  • We’re working on establishing strong independent reading habits.


  • Picture day – Thursday, October 1
    • Personalized picture order forms were sent home with students earlier this week.

What’s Been Happening in Our Room?!


What’s Coming Up – Week of September 21-25, 2020


  • Safety program has started this week and will continue through the remainder of the school year.  Please visit mattcooley.edublogs.org/safety-schedule/ to learn more about safety teams and schedule. 
  • Spirit Week – September 21-25
    • PJ Day (no pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals)
    • Silly Sock Day
    • Crazy Hair Day
    • Hat Day (+Walk-a-thon!)
    • Maize & Blue Day

We are holding our annual WALKATHON next week which is our primary fundraiser for the year.  One of our objectives in the Parent Club is to raise money to help cover costs such as classroom supplies, technology upgrades, storage solutions, books, field trips, parent/child events and other needed items for each class.

We want to promote a healthy lifestyle to our students and the community.  Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting our Walkathon. We have teamed up with Get Movin’© to make this event fun and profitable with online mobile friendly technology!

We Need All Parents to Complete 3 Easy Steps!

  1. Register your Child by visiting www.getmovinfundhub.com It’s free, easy, and fast to register!  For School Identifier use 5f3d669d605c9
  2. Consider sending an Email and/ or Text of your child’s student fundraising webpage with 10-15 friends and family. It’s super easy!
  3. Consider Posting on Facebook or Twitter It’s two clicks of a button to post. You’ll be surprised when donations come in from distant relatives/friends from HS/co-workers.  Post and see what happens!

Student Goals!

  • We need 100% student registration please visit www.getmovinfundhub.com today!
  • Each student is encouraged to raise at least $30.
  • Be an Overachiever Superstar by raising at least $150.

Cool Moment During the Week- Encouraging Others

When lining up after an outdoor recess on Wednesday this week, 5th-grade students did something pretty cool.  There was a PE class being run with a first-grade class. The first graders in the class were asked to run “the mile” around the field of our playground. As 5th graders were lining up, they took notice of these younger students, who were looking pretty exhausted only half-way through their run.  Some students took note of this and began to clap and shout encouragements to motivate them to run harder, faster, and above all, simply keep going.  Soon, the whole 5th-grade group of about 90+ students was clapping and cheering on these first graders.  Once the younger students realized that the commotion happening was for them, they began to run faster with unmistakeable smiles beaming towards the finish line.  The teachers looked at each other and joined in.  We were impressed at the groups’ initiative to motivate younger students and temporarily disregarded our quiet line expectations. It was a good feeling as we went inside.  I felt proud knowing that we have students who would take notice and think of how to encourage others! 🙂

See What Was Happening This Past Week!

We started safeties this past week!

We read safely with some 1st graders this week!

We played WAR to practice comparing fractions!


What’s Coming Up – Week of September 14-18, 2020

Hey, Parents! Check out some of what we’re working on this upcoming week!


  • We are working our first math unit, Addition & Subtraction with Fractions.
  • As this unit unfolds, one area of focus will be mastery of multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home and look for MobyMax homework to come soon.


  • We’re working on establishing strong independent reading.

A Note From the STEAM Studio-

Please note that the STEAM teachers have always used Google Classroom as a learning tool in the STEAM studio.  All assignments that are posted while we are doing face to face learning will always be completed in class and should not be worked on at home.  I tend to post assignments ahead of time to work out any issues and students can ignore the email that a new assignment has been posted.  We use Google Classroom differently than the classroom teachers and it was causing a bit of confusion.  Please reach out to Mrs. Totten (atotten@hpseagles.net) if you have any questions!


  • The school safety program will be starting on September 14. Mr. Cooley will meet with safeties on Friday to go over the schedule and expectations.
  • Look for information being sent home on Friday about this year’s Walk-a-thon.
  • Early release on Friday, September 18

Snap Shots in and Around Our Room:

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 7-11, 2020

Hey Parents!

We’re wrapping up another great week at GES! These fuller days have us stretching ourselves into a little bit more of a routine.  That said, please make sure your child is getting enough sleep at night as some of us are dragging a little during the day.  Check a couple updates below and see some of what we’re doing during the day!

Enjoy a safe and fun LONG weekend! See you Tuesday!

Mr. Cooley


  • No school Friday, September 4 or Monday, September 7.
  • Students watched a video about the opportunity to serve as a safety at the end of the day. Safety applications due Wednesday, September 9.

What’s Coming Up – Week of August 31 – September 3, 2020

Parents, welcome to our first weekly update!

Bitmoji ImageWe are off to an awesome start in fifth grade! In a week filled with new routines and hot days, your kids have demonstrated flexibility and positivity. They’re doing a great job following the health and safety protocols implemented by the district. Please give them an extra hug or high five and tell them that you’re proud of them.


  • Early release – Thursday, September 3
  • No school Friday, September 4 or Monday, September 7.


  • Multiplication and division review
  • Introduce fraction concepts


  • We are establishing routines for reader’s and writer’s workshop

Class-Voted Read Aloud: What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado

We voted on our first read aloud of the year: What Lane, by Torrey Maldonado! This story is a soft entrance into some discussion about racial tensions, friendships, family, and places of belonging. It’s a great first step into our collective thinking as a class. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to have some conversations about race as a family. Read more about it to support our conversations at home HERE.

 I’m “smiling with my eyes” 🙂


Check out some shots of us reading!

K enjoying a mask break while socially distant!

X is doing his best to mimic “The Thinker” in the background!

C stretching out on the floor while catching up in his book!

Check Out My Virtual Classroom!

The virtual classroom is a space for students to explore a bit about me and what I am passionate about, as well as explore some links that they’ll use.  By clicking on the images in the classroom, your child may find videos, photos, and books that I love and cannot wait to share with them! There’s even an activity hidden where students can create a slide that tells me a little bit about themselves! Have fun while we wait for our first day of school on Monday! Click on the image below to enter the virtual classroom!

Welcome to My 5th Grade Class!

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 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.

Check out the tabs and links provided on the blog to get oriented with what information will be provided here! Also, SUBSCRIBE to this blog to receive automatic updates anytime a new post appears.  This way you’ll always have the most up-to-date information on all things happening in our room!

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I’m looking forward to a fantastic year!


Mr. Cooley

Celebrating 5th Grade Camp!

Hey families! Today would have been our first day at camp and even though that’s sad, my challenge for you sometime this weekend, is to do something camp-related so we can still celebrate and do something unique and special! Below, you can find a link for a FlipGrid topic: 5th Grade Camp. Your child can access it using their Hudsonville student email address and find a few videos from me and others enjoying a little bit of the camping experience from home! Share a fun, quick video of you guys (safely) roasting a marshmallow or making an indoor s’more! Or, perhaps have a camp out in the living room and set up the tent and sleep in sleeping bags! The possibilities are endless! Share your camp fun videos and let’s focus on the positive!

Thank You, Parents! Love, Your GES Family!!!

Parents, grandparents, and guardians,

Thank you so much for all that you are doing to support your child during this time apart. You are standing in the gap and partnering with myself, our building, and your child, as they access materials, content, and understanding.  I know that this has probably been difficult and stressful at times, but through it all, my hope is that you are forming deeper, meaningful, and lasting bonds with your children.  I hope that this time will be formative for your family, strengthening you all together.  Please know that I appreciate everything you are doing during this time.  We are a team.  We are better together even when we’re apart.  Let’s continue to support one another as we navigate these uncertain times.

From myself, and the Georgetown Staff, here is a message of thanks that we’d like you to see and hear! From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

Spring Break Virtual Adventures – Friday, April 10

Friday, April 10

Hello, friends!

I don’t know about you, but to me spring break isn’t complete without a little beach time. I’ve planned a little beach day for us, and the best part is that you won’t end up with sand in your shorts. Enjoy!

First, click here to get to the beach.

  • Make the video full screen.
  • Look at the sunny sky, the green trees, and the bright blue water.
  • Close your eyes and imagine the warm sun on your face.
  • Listen to the gentle waves and just relax.

Once you feel relaxed and ready, grab your scuba gear. 

  • Click here to go for a dive and see some of the amazing creatures that live in these waters.

After your diving adventure, you’re probably ready for some rest and refreshment!


  • Be sure to ask an adult for help to make a smoothie.