FlipGrid Fun!

Hi friends,

I already miss your sweet faces, and I am so excited to tell you that Mrs. Wysocki & Mrs. Ball shared an idea that I love! It is called FlipGrid, and it’s a private spot where I can post short videos, or grids, on topics, and you can respond with your own short videos. I’m looking forward to posting some fun ideas for keeping busy and entertained while we’re not in school, and maybe even learning a little at the same time.

Check out our class FlipGrid! You will need to log in to access our grids.

**When logging into FlipGrid, be sure to use your child’s school account. The grids are private to protect privacy so only accounts using @hpsstudents.net will work**

From the app, scan this QR code to access our grids.

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 16-20

What’s coming up?  That is a great question! Like many of you, I would have never expected that our week would have ended the way it did.  We are in uncharted territory, and our district leaders are working tirelessly to determine the best course of action in an unusual situation.  It is my understanding that the district will be communicating with families soon about guidelines for at-home learning.

For now, I am putting together some resources and will be sharing these via GOOGLE CLASSROOM. Your child should have an email in their inbox from me inviting them to access my digital classroom.  Here, I will try to encourage some sense of community.  We’ll start slow as we learn the ropes this week.  I’ve already posted a digital journal and a link to an inspiring TED talk about creativity and innovation during extreme times…sound familiar? 🙂 View it as a family when you get a chance and have some conversation about how and why amazing and beautiful things can happen from struggle.

I am waiting to hear more from the district on plans, and have some ideas of my own. Currently, starting Monday, March 16, at 9:00 AM, I’ll post a DAILY SHEET for each day with a few “to-dos” that will help give a little guidance towards academics.  Everything posted will be encouraged, however, only optional.  All activities are meant to be worked on at your child’s pace and wherever fits into your day.  I will try to keep things as simple as possible, but if you need clarification on anything, PLEASE reach out.

The whole idea is to start establishing and learning a framework from which to function.  I want to have a link to our class community for when you/your child need it.

Mrs. Reagan shared a some ideas on the Georgetown Elementary blog. If you’re on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen similar ideas. You could adapt sample schedules/routines according to the number and ages of children in your family. In the meantime, keep watching our blog for updates.

Be safe and healthy.

Mr. Cooley

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 9-13, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (Monday, March 9 & Wednesday, March 11)
      • Please see the link with the Spring parent-teacher conference schedule HERE
  • Scholastic Book Fair March 9-13 Our class’s preview day is Tuesday, March 10 and our shopping day is Thursday, March 12.
  • Show off your 5th grade spirit! Join us in wearing our 5th grade shirts every Friday
  • Important Dates for Fifth Grade Document

March 6 – Early release

March 9 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Walenta’s class only)

March 10 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Wysocki’s class only)

March 11 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Ball and Mr. Cooley’s classes only)

Math:

  • We are beginning unit 6, Operations and Word problems.
  • Students should be completing MobyMax Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.

ELA:

  • We’re beginning a test prep unit, which is a review of topics covered in 5th grade.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’re continuing our unit: Go With the Flow which investigates invasive species and their impact on our waterways.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our fifth unit, Road to Revolution. We will be examining the events that led to the colonists declaring independence from Britain.

Check this out!

We went to see the Grand Rapids Symphony perform in Holland! We had a great time listening to beautiful music!

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 2-6, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (Monday, March 9 & Wednesday, March 11)
      • Please see the link with the Spring parent-teacher conference schedule HERE
  • Scholastic Book Fair March 9-13 Our class’s preview day is Tuesday, March 10 and our shopping day is Thursday, March 12
  • Show off your 5th grade spirit! Join us in wearing our 5th grade shirts every Friday

March 3 – Symphony Trip (No chaperones needed)

March 6 – Early release

March 9 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Walenta’s class only)

March 10 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Wysocki’s class only)

March 11 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Ball and Mr. Cooley’s classes only)

**March 17 7:00 PM Middle school music information night for parents at Riley Street Middle School

**March 18 7:00 PM Middle school music information night for parents at Baldwin Street Middle School 

**These meetings will include the same information regardless of location; you may attend the one that best fits your schedule.

Check Out What We’ve Been Up To

We performed an investigation to examine water clarity. We used a secchi disk to measure the depth of which we could see into the water.

We looked at 3 different buckets with different amounts of soil mixed in with water. We did three trials for each bucket to measure the depth to ensure consistency.

Group members had to work together to stir, drop, observe, and record their data.

It was cold outside, but at least the sun was out to help encourage warm thoughts!

Students had to pay attention to when the disk “disappeared” int he water.

Student took turns in various roles. 

To review for our math test, we played Jeopardy in class. Each group worked on math problems and were awarded points for correct answers!

If the team who got to choose the category and question got the problem correct, they got to play “trash-ketball” and earn some possible extra points.

Kids Heart Challenge! Help Us Earn MONEY for Our School!

The Kids Heart Challenge is in full swing!  We hope you’re having a ball and feel as rewarded as we do helping fight heart disease and stroke. Keep up the great work, you’re making a HUGE difference!

Remember, more than 50% of kids are not getting the physical activity they need to be healthy. You’re helping to change that. We have a special incentive at our school.  If we can get 50% of our students registered and taking the healthy challenges, we will receive an additional $500 to purchase new PE equipment.  Help us reach our goal!  Get your student registered for Kids Heart Challenge today!

http://www2.heart.org/goto/georgetownhudsonville

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 17-21, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Camp Chaperones – A letter came home outlining chaperone opportunities. Please return the form if you are interested in being a chaperone by Tuesday, Feb 18th. Parents will be notified by March 2nd.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (Monday, March 9 & Wednesday, March 11)

February 21 – Early Release

March 3 – Symphony Trip (No chaperones needed)

March 6 – Early release

March 9 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:00 (Mrs. Ball and Mrs. Wysocki’s classes only)

March 10 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:00 (Mrs. Walenta’s class only)

March 11 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:00 (Mr. Cooley’s class only)

Check Out What We’ve Been Up To!

To help prepare with our Unit 4 Social Studies test we worked collaboratively on a digital escape room!

The escape room included several reading passages about early colonial life and had quiz questions, puzzles, and interactive images. Student have access to this in their emails if you want to offer some educational computer time at home!

In Science, we kicked off an investigation which involved a simulation to show an effect zebra mussels have on ecosystems.

Students performed, observed, and modeled the investigation in groups and each had a role.

It was fun to see our “lake water,” a mixture of soil and coffee grounds, be filtered by our “zebra mussel,” the coffee filter.

We also discussed whether or not “clear” water was good or bad for ecosystems. We’ll continue this investigation and conversation as we look at the further impacts of zebra mussels.

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 10-14, 2020

Miscellaneous:

  • Camp Chaperones – A letter came home outlining chaperone opportunities. Please return this with your level of interest by Tuesday, Feb 18th. Parents will be notified by March 2nd.
  • Valentine’s Day
      • In fifth grade, we do not have individual parties for Valentine’s Day.
      • We will have an optional Valentine exchange. If your child chooses to participate, please have him or her bring a Valentine for each student in the class . 
      • We will decorate bags to use to gather our Valentines, so there is no need to create a box or container to send in.

Math:

  • We are beginning unit 5, Division of Whole Numbers & Decimals.
  • Students should be completing MobyMax Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.

ELA:

  • We’re continuing our reading unit which is investigating non-fiction texts and tackling text complexity.
  • We are publishing our literary essays which are about themes in our book club books.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’re launching our unit: Go With the Flow which investigates invasive species and their impact on our waterways.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our fourth unit, Life in the Colonies, which examines the development and impact of growing colonial regions.

Kids Heart Challenge

Information about Kids Heart Challenge will be coming home with students today.  Please note that this fundraiser is for the American Heart Association, it does also helps us get P.E. Equipment for GT.  The Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser registration is here:  February 6 until February 28.

When your child joins Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart) they will hear from kids with special hearts and raise funds to help those born with heart defects.  Students learn about taking care of their own heart through fun challenges and activities for physical, social and emotional health.

Get online and register your child today here.

Please note that thank-you prizes earned by students will be handed out when they come to P.E. class.  Some prizes need to be ordered when the fundraiser is over and will be delivered sometime in March.  Any money donated after Feb. 28 will not earn prizes.

Thanks for your help!  Mrs. Nienhuis & Mrs. VanKoevering

Check Out What We’ve Been Up To!

We’ve tagged and labeled the necessary components of our literary essays to ensure we had everything we needed.

We also spent some time with others to peer edit and revise. Our partners read our writing out loud, which allowed us to hear our written words and make changes as partners asked for clarity.

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 3-7, 2020

Miscellaneous

    • Early Release – Friday, Jan. 31
    • Midwinter Break – Monday, February, 3rd and Tuesday, February 4th
    • Remaining balances of the fifth grade activity fee are due by February 1. Reminders with updated balances were sent home last week.
  • Camp Chaperones – Be on the lookout next week for a letter outlining chaperone opportunities. 
  • Valentine’s Day Reminder
    • In fifth grade, we do not have individual parties for Valentine’s Day.
    • We will have an optional Valentine exchange. If your child chooses to participate, please have him or her bring a Valentine for each student in the class . 
    • We will decorate bags to use to gather our Valentines, so there is no need to create a box or container to send in.

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 27-31, 2020

Miscellaneous

    • P.E. apparel sale orders due by Wednesday, Jan. 29.
    • Early Release – Friday, Jan. 31
    • Midwinter Break – Monday, February, 3rd and Tuesday, February 4th
    • Remaining balances of the fifth grade activity fee are due by February 1. Reminders with updated balances were sent home earlier this week.
  • Valentine’s Day
    • In fifth grade, we do not have individual parties for Valentine’s Day.
    • We will have an optional Valentine exchange. If your child chooses to participate, please have him or her bring a Valentine for each student in the class . 
    • We will decorate bags to use to gather our Valentines, so there is no need to create a box or container to send in.

Math:

  • We are continuing unit 4, multiplication with whole numbers and decimals. 
  • Students should be completing MobyMax Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.

ELA:

  • We’re beginning a reading and writing unit which will be investigating non-fiction texts and tackling text complexity.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’re discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding.

Social Studies:

  • We will be continuing our fourth unit, Life in the Colonies.

Important MSTEP Dates + Cool Opportunity

IMPORTANT M-STEP DATES

Dear Parents,

The M-STEP State testing for grades 3-5 will take place this spring. I wanted you to have information on the dates in advance so that you can schedule appointments around these testing dates.

  • The dates for our M-STEP tests for Grade 5 are: April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 (9am – 12pm)

Thank you for you help!

COOL OPPORTUNITY: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (4th-8th Grade)

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020

  • Who: 4th-8th graders
  • What: Attendees will get the opportunity to rotate through 5 different hands-on Engineering activities led by students, graduate students, and faculty.
  • Cost: FREE
  • Register Here
Thanks, Mrs. Totten, from our STEAM Studio, for passing along!