M-STEP Testing Dates

Grades 3-5 has been state test preparation (M-STEP).  This is a required test and it will take place in the weeks immediately following spring break.
Please make sure you look ahead on your family calendar (Gr 3,4,5) to make sure that your child is at school on the days listed.   Please change any appointments so they do not occur the mornings of testing.
Also, provide extra nutritional snacks on the testing days, along with a water bottle — and adequate sleep during the testing period.
Testing takes place between 9-12 on these dates:
  • Grade 5  April 10, 11, 12, 17
  • Grade 4  May 8, 9, 10
  • Grade 3  April  24, 25, 26

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 5- March 9, 2018


  • March 9 – Early release
  • March 12 & March 14 – Parent/teacher conferences – Conference times were sent home via email on Monday.
  • March 15 – Instrument fittings – Teachers from the middle school will be coming to Georgetown from 12:00 – 3:30  and will bring band and orchestra instruments here to have the students try them out.
  • For your convenience, we’ve added a list of important dates through the end of the school year to our blogs. To view this list, click on the “Important Upcoming Dates” tab at the top of the page.
  • Chaperones for fifth grade camp have been selected; parents who expressed interest should have received an email from their child’s teacher indicating whether or not they’ve been selected.



Reminders: PE Apparel Orders and Classroom Supplies

If you are planning to order Hudsonville PE apparel, orders are due Tuesday, January 30. For more information or to see a color copy of the form that was sent home, visit the Georgetown PE blog.

To those who’ve sent in disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, or tissues for the classroom, thank you! As we do our best to keep all those yucky viruses away, we are going through those items pretty quickly, so your donations are appreciated.

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 29-February 2, 2018


  • Any remaining balances for fifth grade camp/activities will be due on February 1.
  • Early release Friday, Feb. 2.
  • Mid-winter break – no school Monday, Feb. 5 and Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Watch for information on the opportunity to volunteer as a chaperone for fifth grade camp. This will be sent home after mid-winter break.


  • We are beginning Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals.  


  • We are in the middle of our historical fiction unit. Students are participating in book clubs to deepen their understanding of the text and genre.

Social Studies:

  • We have finished our unit on the colonization and settlements of early America and will be beginning a new unit on life in the colonies.


  • We continue our new unit called, “Ch-Ch-Changes,” that has to do with matter.

Please help us stay healthy!

Hello parents.

We opened our last container of disinfecting wipes today. We use these to wipe down our tables each day and periodically to wipe down door knobs, cabinet and drawer handles, light switches, locker handles, etc.

If you would be willing to donate some disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, store brand – we’re not picky!) to replenish our classroom supply, we’d be most grateful.

Thank you!

The Learners of Room 301

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 15-19, 2018


  • We are continuing with Unit 4: Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals.


  • We are jumping into our historical fiction unit. Students are participating in book clubs to deepen their understanding of the text and genre.

Social Studies:

  • We have begun our unit focusing on the colonization and settlements of early America.


  • We started our new unit called “Ch-Ch-Changes.” This unit deals with matter and its interactions.


  • Any remaining balances for fifth grade camp/activities will be due on February 1. We will provide an updated account reminder early next week.

Happy New Year!

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and that the break gave you opportunities for both fun and relaxation. We are getting back into the routine in room 301. I wanted to say thank you again to all of you who donated items or helped out at our classroom part before break. We had a great time eating and hanging out together.

This week we started a new science unit called Ch-Ch-Changes; it deals with matter and its interactions. Today we did a hands-on investigation to find out how different metals behave when heated. The investigation involved using small candles to heat strips of three different metals. Students measured the time that it took for equal amounts of shortening to melt at three different points on the each metal strip. They used this information to conclude that some metals transfer heat more quickly than others. We learned that this is called thermal conductivity. Before students touched any materials or equipment, we talked about some procedures for lab safety and the importance of every one following these procedures at all times. Your young scientists really impressed me with the care and responsibility they showed in the lab as well as with the way they applied their own knowledge and observations to the topic at hand.  Here are pictures of some of the groups hard at work observing, timing, and recording data.


Annual Candy Cane Sale Starts Next Week

The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes at school to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 15. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00, and candy canes will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you for your support and happy holidays!

Updates and Reminders

Hello parents!

Here are a few additional updates and reminders for the week.

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Your scheduled conference time was communicated earlier today via email.
  • If you are not able to make your scheduled time, please let me know.

Turkey Trot CANCELLED due to weather!

  • Students are encouraged to wear their Turkey Trot shirts to school on Tuesday.

Halloween Party Reminders- October 27th from 2:15-3:15

  • Halloween Student Costume Codes
    • Please ensure that your child’s costume is school appropriate and does not have too-scary-for-school components such as fake blood, frightening masks, weapons etc.  This should be a fun time for all students and should show respect for all.
    • To avoid distractions, students should NOT come to school dressed in their costume. There will be an opportunity to get dressed before the party starts.
    • Please ensure that your child’s costume and components are labeled to prevent loss.
  • Volunteering on the day?
    • Due to parking limitations, parties are open to parents that are volunteering to support the party.
    • Party Volunteers: Make sure you are background checked. Fill out the form in the “Background Check” page on the blog. Please keep younger siblings at home to allow for space in the classrooms. Volunteers can arrive 15 minutes before the party begins.
    • I am adding one more spot to our SignUp page. I’m looking for a parent who’d be willing to use my camera to take photos for the blog during our party. Click here to sign up.