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.


Spring Break Virtual Adventures – Thursday, April 9

Hello, friends!

Many families, like many of yours, were so disappointed when they had to cancel the trips they had planned.  Many won’t be traveling this week, but we will be having all sorts of virtual adventures!

Join us today as we explore some of our national parks! Click here to take virtual tours of these beautiful national parks :

  • Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska)
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Hawai’i)
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)
  • Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)
  • Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida)

If you tour any of these parks, leave a comment to let us know which was your favorite!

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Spring Break Virtual Adventures – Wednesday, April 8

Hello, friends!

Buckle up! We’re blasting off to visit a place that I know you haven’t been to before: space! 

Have you ever wondered how astronauts live in space? How do they sleep? What do they eat? Why are they even living in space in the first place? If you’d like answers to those questions and more, check out this video tour of the International Space Station. It includes four videos. You could watch all of them or only the ones that interest you. 

  • Learn about daily life in these videos: 
    • “Station Tour: Harmony, Tranquility, Unity”
    • “Station Tour: Cupola and Leonardo.” 
  • Learn more about the laboratories and scientific work in these videos:
    • “Station Tour: Destiny, Columbus, Kibo”
    • “Station Tour: Zarya and Zvezda”

Maybe the thought living in the International Space Station reminds you a little too much of quarantine and you’d rather explore something bigger. Check out this video tour of the moon!

Spring Break Virtual Adventures – Tuesday, April 7 

Hello, friends! 

Do you love Harry Potter? I know many of you do! One of the places I’d love to visit is Harry Potter World in Orlando Florida! If we can’t physically go there, let’s check out a couple of virtual highlights from the attraction!

Harry Potter Art – If you enjoy art and imagining the stories in different ways, read through an interview with Jim Kay, illustrator of the new editions of the Harry Potter series Here

Read and listen to the first book FREE – Pottermore Publishing will also be teaming up with digital library supplier OverDrive to gift the first book in its digital form. Patrons of OverDrive libraries will be able to borrow Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as an eBook or audiobook in over 20 languages from participating local and school libraries, including via OverDrive’s Libby App, for schools. Also, Audible invites you to listen to the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as many times as you like in the coming weeks. This is one of many classic books that will be available on Audible’s new platform, stories.audible.com. – take a look and see what you can find.

Check Out Harry Potter at Home! – Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied – including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom! More at Harry Potter at Home!

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Museum Exhibition – I’m delighted to report that the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition can be virtually explored from the comfort of your couch. Originally housed at the British Library in London, the sprawling display has been available to tour online for nearly two years through the Google Arts & Culture site.

Spring Break Virtual Adventure – Monday, April 6!

Hello, friends!

In our classroom this year we’ve learned about some different experiences of groups or people who came to what is now America: We’ve learned or read about:

  • The very first Native Americans who migrated from Asia
  • Early settlers who came from Europe to settle in the colonies for a variety of reasons
  • Kek, from Home of the Brave, a modern day immigrant who came to America to escape civil war in Sudan

Ellis Island was the first stop for more than 12 million immigrants who came to the United States between 1892 and 1954. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty was one of the first things people saw as they arrived in New York at Ellis Island? Who knows? Maybe some of your ancestors arrived at Ellis Island! Mrs. Ball’s great-grandpa immigrated from the Netherlands in 1932. She doesn’t know if he arrived at Ellis Island, but she does know the name of the ship he sailed on, and was am excited to do some research to find out.

I’ve been to New York several times, and I’ve had the opportunity to take a tour of Ellis Island. It’s such a unique place to visit! That is why I decided to tour it today! Click here for an interactive tour of Ellis Island. Click through the tabs at each location for photos, audio, and video! If you take the tour, leave a comment to let me know what you found surprising or interesting.

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Science Fun!

I know that Fridays are the day for science and social studies, but when I saw this, I knew that I wanted to share it with all of you!

Steve Spangler Science has 50 science experiments that you can do at home.

  • You can access them for free by clicking here.
  • They are releasing one each day, but you can go back to previous days’ experiments as well.
  • You could do some of them on your own, and others might require some adult help.
  • Always make sure you have permission from a parent or caregiver.
  • You might even be able to earn some bonus points with your parents if you entertain your younger siblings with some science fun!

If you try any of these experiments, send me an email to let me know how it went. I love your photos and videos!

Mr. Cooley

Fun Non-academic Learning Opportunity

My family is using our time away from school and other activities to rest and enjoy the slower pace. One thing I’ve enjoyed is having time to cook and bake with Willem. He is learning some important life skills! Perhaps your kids are eating c-o-n-s-t-a-n-t-l-y while you’re home, so maybe you have some opportunities to practice these skills.  At the very least, they will know how to prepare a few simple meals beyond ramen, Easy Mac, or PB&J.  At best, they may be able to start preparing a few of those meals or snacks on their own!

Mrs. Ball shared these with me as she has seen a few free online cooking classes for kids that look like fun, so I thought I’d share them here in case you’re looking for something new or interesting to try during your time at home.

$5 Dinners School Cancellation & Kids Cooking Lessons

  • They post videos on the $5 Dinners Facebook and 1:oo PM EST Monday through Friday.
  • You can also access weekly ingredient/shopping lists and each of their videos at any time using the link above.
  • These are mostly main dish options.

Delish Free Digital Cooking Classes for Kids

  • They post live on the Delish Instagram page at 1:00 PM EST Monday through Friday.
  • Videos remain on Instagram for 24 hours, but if you miss the videos, you can still access the recipes and ingredient lists using the link above.
  • These include main dishes, appetizers, snacks, sweets…a little bit of everything!

Baking Loaves with Little Ones

  • This website is from a baker that follow on social media
  • Includes a recipe for “Kindergarten Wheat” bread- a very easy and approachable bread recipe for families and kids!

Happy cooking!

Students, if you try something, send me an email to let me know what you made and how it turned out. Below are a few pictures of us in the kitchen cooking and baking away! One could say we are stress eating our way through this pandemic but I’d rather call intermittent feasting!  🙂

Mr. Cooley

Willem waiting patiently for Chocolate Chip Cookies to cool!

Cast iron deep dish pizza! Think: homemade Jets!

One of my favorite hobbies is sourdough bread baking! I’ve been practicing and perfecting the process!

Willem was very excited about the pizza!

Homemade chicken noodle soup-with homemade sourdough bread!

Links to some videos!

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Happy Cooking!