Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up

Goodies Factory Fundraising!

    • A letter will be sent home with students on Thursday, Oct. 10 explaining the fifth grade activity fee.
      • 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.
    • Goodies Factory fundraiser orders and payment are due on Monday, Oct. 28.
      • We will kick off the fundraiser with students on Thursday, Oct. 10.
      • Please turn in one check payable to Georgetown Elementary for the entire order.
      • Plan to pick up ALL items on Thursday, November 21st, from 3:00-5:00 PM. 
      • Please note that we cannot hold any items overnight!

 

 

Important Reminders:

  • Jet’s Pizza night tonight! When you order, be sure to mention your teacher’s name.
  • Urban Hay Day is October 12
    • Mrs. Ball and Mrs. Nienhuis will be in the dunk tank from 11:15-11:30!
  • Early Release and Popcorn Day Friday, October 18
  • Turkey Trot on Tuesday, October 29

Math:

  • We are moving into our second unit, addition and subtraction with decimals. 
  • Students should be completing Moby Max Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.

ELA:

  • We’re working on strategies that help us bring our stories to life and continuing to write our narrative pieces.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’ll begin discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding prior to our first unit.

Social Studies:

  • We will be continuing our second unit, Three Worlds Meet. 
Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of Sept. 30-Oct.4

Math:

  • We are wrapping up our first unit involving addition and subtraction of 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!

ELA:

  • We’re working on strategies that help us bring our stories to life and continuing to write our narrative pieces.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’ll begin discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding prior to our first unit.

Social Studies:

  • We’ll be moving on to our second unit, Three Worlds Meet. 

Important Reminders:

  • Walk-a-thon on Friday, September 27th!
    • Fifth grade will walk from 10:45-11:30
  • Culver’s Night Fundraiser on Monday, October 7
  • Turkey Trot 2019 Registration is now open!
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It’s Time to Think about the Turkey Trot!

What:  TURKEY TROT —  $6.00 Registration = T-SHIRT!

Race Location:  EAGLE STADIUM on Baldwin Middle School Campus

Date: October 29, 2019

Arrival:  4:30 pm

Race Time:  5:00 pm

Race Information:  The Turkey Trot is a fun run for Hudsonville students.  Designed for K-5 students.  *There is also a 6-12 race AFTER the K-5 races.

Entry Fee:  $6.00 per person.   T-Shirt part of registration fee.  DUE BY OCTOBER 9.

Prizes:  Frozen Turkeys, Apple Cider, Pumpkins

Race Groups:  PK, K, 1st Gr., 2nd Gr:  1/4 Mile.   3rd, 4th, 5th:  Approx 1 mile.  Grades 6-12:  1 mile race.  *If your child needs special accommodations, connect with your school PE teacher.

Late Registration:  4:30 pm on Race Day.  Additional shirts will be available while supplies last.  

Severe Weather:  The Turkey Trot will be cancelled if there is SEVERE WEATHER.

To participate, you must complete this online form.

Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of Sept. 23-27, 2019

Important Reminders:

  • School Safeties start on Monday, September 23rd
  • Picture Day Thursday, September 26
    • Envelopes were sent home on September 18.
  • Walk-a-thon on September 27th!
  • Spirit Week Schedule
    • Monday 9/23- PJ Day
    • Tuesday 9/24- Crazy/Mismatched Socks
    • Wednesday 9/25- Crazy Hair 
    • Thursday 9/26- Dress Your Best (Picture Day)
    • Friday 9/27- Eagle Spirit (Blue and Gold)
  • We celebrated Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17 by completing a Constitution-themed escape room activity! Students practiced teamwork and problem-solving as they solved a variety of puzzles using clues. Our class photographer did a great job taking pictures, and I will get those uploaded soon.
Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 16-20, 2019

Math:

  • We are working our first math unit, 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!

ELA:

  • We’re working on establishing strong independent reading lives and writing narrative pieces.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’ll begin discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding prior to our first unit.

Social Studies:

  • We are reviewing the structure of our government. 

Important Reminders:

  • Early Release day next Friday, September 20th!
  • Popcorn Friday on Sept 20th.
  • Walk-a-thon on September 27th!
Back To School, FYI

Weekly Planner Sheet and Reading Homework

Hello, parents!

Research shows that daily homework has little to no effect on elementary-age students. For the most part, the only daily work your child will have at home is reading. Because students have choice in what they read, they should be more than willing to complete this daily assignment. Here is what is expected of students each day for their reading homework:

  • Bring independent reading book to and from school and home each day.
  • Read for at least 20 minutes outside of school.
  • Record reading on the home reading calendar, which students keep in their take home folders.

I encourage you to talk with your child about what he or she is reading.  Visit this page for some ideas about talking to kids about books, or start with one or more of these questions:

  • Who are the characters in your book? What problem are they facing?
  • When and where does the story take place?
  • Is there a character in the story to whom you can relate? Why?
  • Who is your least favorite character in the story? Why?

Although reading will be the main homework, there will be times when students need to study, finish projects, or practice skills for mastery. You can keep up with what we’re working on in class as well as with any work that may be assigned by checking your child’s weekly planner sheet. We fill this out together daily, and you can also find a copy that is updated daily on the “Weekly Agenda” tab of the blog.

Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 9-13, 2019

Miscellaneous: 

  • Next week we will begin our first set of practice safety drills for the year. 
  • The district has adopted a K-12 behavior matrix that is familiar to Georgetown.  The district model, SOAR, blends beautifully with our school mission of BE NICE, WORK HARD, LEARN WELL.  We want our kids to SOAR wherever they are at Georgetown — and many of our existing expectations have meshed well with BE SAFE, OWN IT, ACT RESPONSIBLY and BE RESPECTFUL.  This week our SOAR focus was the BUS. In coming weeks we’ll focus on the playground, lunchroom, and hallway behaviors.  

Important Reminders:

Birthdays are wonderful opportunities to celebrate each child in our classroom. I will provide a treat for each student on his or her birthday or on the closest school day. If a child has a summer birthday, we’ll celebrate on his or her half birthday. Some families also like to celebrate birthdays by sending in a treat for the class, while others opt not to send anything. In the interest of health and safety of all students, fifth grade teachers are asking that families do not send in food or toys as birthday treats.

Instead, please consider sending something for the class to enjoy such as:

  • A game for the classroom
  • A classroom book (A nice touch would be to your child pick it out, sign it, and date it.)
  • A classroom set of items for each child to keep such as pencils, pens, erasers, markers, etc.

The items listed above will still make your child feel special and they will last a lot longer than a food item.

Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 2-6, 2019

Miscellaneous: 

  • We’ve had a great start to the year!  This week, we’ve enjoyed getting to know each other, learning class expectations, and working on some team building exercises.  We are looking forward to next week for getting into more of a routine and begin our academic schedule. 

 

Important Reminders:

  • Birthdays are wonderful opportunities to celebrate each child in our classroom. I will provide a treat for each student on his or her birthday or on the closest school day. If a child has a summer birthday, we’ll celebrate on his or her half birthday. Some families also like to celebrate birthdays by sending in a treat for the class, while others opt not to send anything. In the interest of health and safety of all students, fifth grade teachers are asking that families do not send in food or toys as birthday treats. Instead, please consider sending something for the class to enjoy such as:
    • A game for the classroom
    • A classroom book (A nice touch would be to your child pick it out, sign it, and date it.)
    • A classroom set of items for each child to keep such as pencils, pens, erasers, markers, etc.

The items listed above will still make your child feel special and they will last a lot longer than a food item.

Math:

  • We are starting our first math unit, Addition & Subtraction with Fractions! We’ll do some fraction review and then begin building our skillset. 

ELA:

  • We’re working on establishing procedures for our readers’ and writers’ workshop time.

Science: 

  • We’ll begin discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding prior to our first unit.

Social Studies:

  • We’ll begin the year with a review of our government.
Back To School

Fifth Grade Supply List

Hello, friends.

Wow! Can you believe that July is already here? I realize that we are not even halfway through summer break, but do you know what will start appearing in stores right after the Fourth of July? That’s right: school supplies! Even as an adult, seeing those huge displays of brand new notebooks, folders, highlighters, pens, and pencils fills me with excitement and anticipation for the new school year. In case you are as eager as I am to get your new school supplies, I am including a list of supplies that you will need for the new school year.

I hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Love,

Mrs. Ball

Classroom Supplies

  • (1) pencil box
  • (4) spiral notebooks (wide rule)
    • red
    • yellow
    • green
    • your choice
  • (4) two pocket folders
    • red
    • yellow
    • green
    • blue
  • (1) 3-ring binder (1 inch)
  • (3) packs of 3”x 3” sticky notes for communal use
  • (4) dry erase markers
  • (1) highlighter
  • (1) scissors
  • (1) package of colored pencils
  • (2) large glue sticks
  • (1) pair gym shoes to be left at school for physical education class

**Please do not bring a large trapper keeper type binder.  These are just too big to store in the desks in our classroom.**

Highly recommended items:

  • extra #2 pencils
  • extra glue sticks
  • erasers
  • colored marking pen for editing/correcting (not black or blue)

If you’d like to help out, below are some additional supplies that you can donate for communal use. Please consider choosing one or two.

  • tissues
  • disinfecting wipes — lots of disinfecting wipes!
    • We use these daily to clean our tables and other classroom surfaces.
  • extra snacks
    • to be kept on hand for when a child forgets to bring a morning snack.
    • suggestions:
      • chewy granola bars (peanut & tree nut free please!)
      • mini bags of pretzels
      • graham crackers