What’s Coming Up – May 21-25, 2018

Hello parents!  Hopefully, your child came back from camp exhausted and full of lots of stories of our adventures! What a wonderful couple days it was filled with excellent weather, activities, and laughs!  I would like to shout a HUGE thank you to our chaperones who came along and helped monitor, encourage and support your children to have the best time at camp! So…THANK YOU TO:

  • Mike DeYoung
  • Missy Jackson
  • Ryan Roberts
  • Marie Wise

Your assistance with head counts, up-hill hikes, gear haulin’, and your sacrifice of sleepless help make this year’s camp a massive success! I hope to have photos available on SmugMug later this week.

Please note some important things coming up!

  • Thursday, May 24 – Social Studies Test-Study our pink foldable study guide and Quizizz.
  • Friday, May 25 – 5th-grade Celebration at Craig’s Cruisers! We will be away from the building from approximately 10:00-2:00 on Friday! Today, a release form will be coming home that we need back no later than WEDNESDAY, MAY 23!

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 14-18, 2018

Hello Parents!  5th-grade camp is coming up quickly! Hopefully, you and your child are already talking about what to pack and have some things beginning to be laid out! If not, use this weekend as a kickstart to avoid “packing panic” later on in the week…we’ve all been there!!!  Help your child to be PROACTIVE!

We are still working on curriculum content and we are noticing some end-of-the-year tune out.  The weather is getting nicer and students are getting antsy.  Support your child with a positive attitude and encourage them to stay focused!

Math: We are continuing our work with Measurement and Geometry.

ELA: We are working on units in reading and writing on Research-Based Argument Essays.

Social Studies: Unit 7 – A New Nation

Science: We will continue to investigate the patterns and relationships between our Sun, Moon, and Earth.

Important Dates:

  • May 11 – Early Release
  • May 15 – Camp plan for pick up due (Pink Half-Sheet)
  • May 15 – Let your child’s teacher know if you will be visiting during the day at camp
  • May 17-18 – 5th-grade Camp
  • May 25 – 5th-grade celebration

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 7-11


It was great to see so many of you at our parent meeting about our upcoming camp trip! Thank you so much for coming. If you weren’t able to attend, please click here to view the slideshow from the meeting. We covered lots of important information, including details about packing, student drop-off on the morning we leave, and student pick-up when we return. Please contact me if you have questions.

T.E.A.M. program started this week. T.E.A.M. stands for:  TEACHING, EDUCATING, AND MENTORING (T.E.A.M.)  and is a school liaison program put on by the Michigan State Police.  It features a school-based, “law related” curriculum, taught to by T.E.A.M. trained police officers.  T.E.A.M. will take place on Wednesdays and will be led by Deputy Smith from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Important Dates:


  • May 9 – Medication Form / Camp Waiver form Due
  • May 11
  • May 15 – Let your child’s teacher know if you will be visiting during the day at Camp
  • May 17-18


What’s Coming Up – Week of April 23-27, 2018


Important Dates:

  • April 24 – Culver’s Fundraiser 5-8 PM.  Come and be served by your 5th grade teachers  from 6:30-7:00 Details
  • April 24- District Wide Art Show 5:30-7:00 Details
  • May 2 – Parent information meeting for fifth grade camp (Georgetown Elementary multi-purpose room – 6:00 PM)



  • We will be finishing up Unit 7: Algebraic Reasoning.


  • The students will be crafting an informational on demand writing piece.


  • We will be exploring the force of gravity

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 26 – March 2, 2018


  • We are learning about calculating area, perimeter, and volume then starting unit 6, which deals with operations and word problems.


  • We are continuing our research units in both reading and writing.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing to learn about causes the American Revolution. We will be taking our unit 5 test on Tuesday, March 6. I’ve created a test review game in Quizzizz; students should check their email for a game code.


    • All parents who submitted an interest form for chaperoning at camp will be notified whether they’ve been selected on February 28.
    • 5th grade will be attending a Grand Rapids Symphony performance on February 27th.  We will be out of the classroom from 10:00-1:00.
    • 5th grade will be heading to Hudsonville High School on Thursday, March 1 to learn information about upcoming middle school exploratory course choices. We will be out of the classroom from 12:30-2:30.
    • Parent/teacher conferences will be held on Monday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 14. Conference confirmation times will be sent via email on Monday, February 26.

Fifth Grade Celebration Information

Our fifth-grade celebration at Craig’s Cruisers is coming up this Friday, May 26.


  • We will leave school at 9:45 AM and arrive at Craig’s Cruisers Wyoming location shortly after 10:00 AM.
  • Lunch at Craig’s Cruisers buffet is included for students.
  • We will leave Craig’s Cruisers to return to school around 1:30 PM.
  • Morning attendance numbers will be used to determine the number of paid activities. Students should report to school in the morning and ride the bus to and from Craig’s Cruisers.
  • Other school groups will be at Craig’s Cruisers, so please have your child wear his or her Georgetown fifth-grade t-shirt.

Last Minute Camp Reminders

Allergy Notice:

Those of us who have seasonal allergies have noticed that this spring has been exceptionally challenging. When we are at camp, we are outside in the woods and fields all day. In past years, students who don’t typically suffer from seasonal allergies have experienced symptoms while we’ve been at camp. If your child is at all prone to outdoor allergies, we’d encourage you to send appropriate medication. You will have an opportunity to update your med form tomorrow morning if needed.


  • Bring a sack lunch with your child’s name and teacher’s name on it.
  • Your child’s name must be clearly marked on luggage, sleeping bag and pillow.  Masking tape works really well for this.
  • All medication must be in its original container.
  • Any cash  brought to camp to purchase items at the camp store will be your child’s  responsibility.
  • No electronic devices. (Other than cameras)

Check-In Procedures

  • Drop your child off between 8:45 and 9:00 at the circle drive in front of the school.  PLEASE do not arrive earlier.  We need to allow time for K-4th grade students to arrive using the normal drop off procedures in the circle drive.
  • Look for your child’s teacher upon arrival on the sidewalk by the circle drive.



Check In–  Your child’s teacher will check them in for attendance.

Medication drop-off– This will be done with your classroom teacher.  You will leave any medication (with completed medication sheet) to be administered at camp with them.

Lunch Check-in– A volunteer will check for a teacher & student’s name on the lunch and place your child’s lunch in the appropriate box.

Tagging Luggage– A colored tape will be placed on your child’s luggage to help identify it upon arrival at camp.

Luggage Drop Off– Luggage will be given to volunteers to load and take to camp.

Important Reminders for the Week

Camp week is finally here!

  • Red sheets regarding pick-up information need to be returned by TUESDAY, MAY 16.
  • On Monday, your child should bring home a salmon colored sheet with a few important reminders about camp.
  • As of today, the weather forecast looks great. We will continue checking the forecast together each day in class.
  • If you are planning to visit your child at camp, please let me know which day you plan on coming and what time you plan to arrive if you haven’t already done so.

Other notable information for this week:

  • Band and orchestra parent information meeting at Baldwin Street Middle School is on Monday, May 15 at 7:00 PM. If you can’t make that meeting, an identical meeting will be held at Riley Street Middle School on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM.
  • Pink course selection sheets are due on Tuesday, May 16.