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.

What’s Coming Up Week of Oct. 23

Hello Parents! Another busy week has gone by and so many new learning opportunities are happening!

  • Fifth grade Halloween parties will be on Friday, Oct. 27 from 2:15-3:15.  Please use our fall party link (  to view volunteer needs and/or to donate items. We’re looking forward to a fun afternoon! Thanks!
  • Goodies Factory fundraising information was sent home yesterday!  Orders and payment are due Monday, Oct. 30th! For payment, please write one check payable to Georgetown Elementary. For more information, click here!


  • We are wrapping up Unit 2: Addition and Subtraction with Decimals.


  • Students are participating in book clubs and gathering evidence to write a literary essay analyzing a character.


  • We are investigating how organisms affect the Great Lakes.

This week has all been about groups and group work.  We’re laying the foundation to real-world collaboration with others by working on projects that involve careful listening, sharing and contributing towards a common goal as a group.  At times, this can be tough, however, if we continually reflect on our performance and work to get better, positive outcomes will happen.

Goodies Factory Fundraiser Kicks Off Today!

Fifth grade is filled with memorable activities such as camp and celebration. The cost for fifth grade activities this year is $100. Families of fifth graders can choose to pay their $100 or take advantage of a fundraiser to raise some or all of the money.

This year, families have the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser by selling products from The Goodies Factory. This will be our main fundraiser for the year.

Timeline:   Starts Thursday, October 18th

      Orders are due on Monday, October 30th with payment for all items

      Delivery of items is Tuesday, November 14th; pickup for large orders is from

      3pm-5pm (we can not hold items overnight)

We get 40% back from our sales.  That means if a student sells $250 worth of items, he or she will have paid their activities fee.

Please make checkc payable to Georgetown Elementary.

What’s Coming Up – Week of Oct. 2

Hello, parents!

It is hard to believe that we have already completed our first month of school! I’m really enjoying watching your kids come together as a community. Here are a few highlights from this week:

  • On Thursday morning, I needed to be out of the classroom for a training. The substitute reported that your kids were well behaved and worked hard.
  • On Friday, we conducted a lockdown practice. Our class was outside at the time that the lockdown practice was called, and the students did a great job of following instructions quickly and calmly.
  • We enjoyed a visit by Eagles varsity football players, cheerleaders, super fans, and members of the drumline.
  • We ended the day by spending some time enjoying a craft activity with our kindergarten buddies.


  • We are excited to begin science this week!
  • New reading logs will be coming home on Monday. Students are responsible for reading 100 minutes each week and having a parent initial their reading logs. Reading logs will be checked each Monday morning.
  • Book It calendars are also coming home. Please note that students should still be filling out their classroom reading log; Book It calendars are turned in to Mrs. VandenBerg at the end of the month.
  • PTC meeting – Thursday, Oct. 5 6:30 in the Georgetown Elementary Library
  • Popcorn Friday – October 6

Social Studies Test and Math Resource

Social Studies Test

  • We will be having our first social studies test on Thursday, Sept. 28.
  • Yesterday students received a blue study guide. They should store this in their take home folders until we have our test on Thursday so that they can review at home as well as at school.
  • Students could also review using the Unit 1 social studies resources linked under social studies on the right side of the blog as well as the Quizizz game that I sent to their school email accounts.

Math Resource

  • Kids learn math a lot differently than we did. Methods being taught for problem solving can seem frustrating at times because we know the “old-school” shortcut methods.
  • While these methods may seem unnecessarily complicated, they are actually designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts rather than simply memorizing formulas and processes.
  • This is important because math standards have evolved. It is no longer considered proficient to simply be able to solve a problem; students are often required to explain their thinking as well.
  • I found this book at Costco a few weeks ago. As both a teacher and a parent, I believe it is a great tool to have on hand for your child’s or your reference when homework questions arise. It includes lots of models and step by step procedures, and the explanations complement the methods being taught.  It is also available on Amazon; click here for more information.

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 25


  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • We will be wrapping up this unit this week.


  • Writing memoir
  • Building agency as readers

Social Studies:

  • Government
  • Test late in the week; see blog/student agenda for details.


  • Walkathon money due no later than Monday, Sept. 25.
  • School Safety Duty begins Monday, Sept. 25!  Ask your child for details about when they will be on duty.
  • Eagle Pride Day on Friday, Sept. 29.

Daily Homework

We’re a few weeks into the year, and our class is adjusting well to the routine and expectations of fifth grade. Please take a few minutes to read about daily homework expectations for fifth graders in room 301.

Independent Reading

  • Students are expected to read outside of the school day for 100 minutes each week.
  • This breaks down to 2o minutes, 5 times per week.
  • I officially check reading logs each Monday, but I sometimes do spot checks as well, so please make sure that your child is keeping his or her reading log in the take home folder.
  • Students are to log the number of minutes read per day and have a parent or caregiver initial each day.
  • Students are to write the total number of minutes in the box at the end of each week.
  • Students are to list the books they are reading at home on the back of the sheet.
  • Parents, it is your child’s responsibility fill in everything except the parent initials. This is a good opportunity for your child to practice responsible work habits in preparation for middle school.

Moby Max Fact Fluency

  • Students are expected to practice their math facts using Moby Max five minutes per school night.
  • Fifth grade math includes more complicated concepts, and fact fluency is crucial to a student’s success.
  • Students should log in through Clever. There is a link to Clever in the technology links on the right side of the blog.

What’s Coming Up – Week of Sept. 18


  • School pictures on Thursday, Sept. 21. Student specific information will be sent home on Friday; please check to make sure you have correct information.
  • Walkathon on Friday, Sept. 22. Fifth grade will walk from 10:45-11:30; parents are welcome to join us.
  • This week students were expected to start doing independent reading at home. Your child has a home reading  log in his/her take home folder. Students are expected to read a total of 100 minutes outside of school each week. After your child records the number of minutes read per day, please initial for that day. At the end of the week, you child is expected to note the total minutes of reading for the week. Please keep these in take home folders as we will refer to the reading logs when we do reading conferences in the classroom.

Enjoy this beautiful weekend!