Cold Weather and Recess Reminder

Today was our first day of the school year with very cold weather, and many students were unprepared to be outside in the cold. Students will be outside for recess every day unless it is raining or extremely cold at their recess time. Please make sure your child has appropriate outdoor clothing at school every day.

What’s Coming Up – Week of Oct. 30

Miscellaneous:

  • Early release on Friday, November 3.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are on Monday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 8.
    • Conference appointment times were sent home earlier this week.
  • Goodies Factory Orders and payment is due on Monday, Oct. 30. Please make one check payable to Georgetown Elementary.
  • Goodies Factory delivery will be on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
    • All items must be picked up at Georgetown Elementary between 3:00 and 5:30 PM.
    • We cannot hold items overnight.
    • If you are unable to pick up your items during this time, please make arrangements for a friend or neighbor to pick up your items.

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. 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.

Miscellaneous:

  • 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

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 25

Math:

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

ELA:

  • Writing memoir
  • Building agency as readers

Social Studies:

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

Miscellaneous:

  • 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.

Week Two!

This week, we are starting to see more routine throughout our day and living a little closer to our daily schedule. We have started using a weekly agenda sheet that we’ll complete together each day; this will serve as a talking point for you and your child when it comes to homework, upcoming tests, special events, etc. It should help answer that age-old question, “what did you do at school today?” Also, we’ll begin our math, social studies, reading and writing content, starting to figure out academic rhythms as a class. You can also see a digital copy of our weekly agenda by clicking on the weekly agenda tab at the top of my blog.

Yesterday Mr. Cooley came and talked to our class about being safeties. Fifth-grade students have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership by participating in the safety program if they are interested. Safeties stand at the bus loop and on the sidewalk near the parking lot after school to help promote safe choices as students leave. Safeties will be able to take their regular means of transportation after school. Interested students received some information to share with their parents. Students who wish to be safeties must return the blue from by Friday, Sept. 8.

As always, please email any questions that you may have!

A Great Start

We’ve have a wonderful three days getting to know each other. What amazing kids you have! Much of our time this week has been spent building community and establishing a positive culture of caring and respect in our classroom.

Next week we will begin working hard on our curriculum.  Beginning then, you will see an agenda in your child’s take home folder; we will be filling this out together every day. Please support your child and review this nightly to see what curriculum was covered and if there is any homework to be completed.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thank you!

Dear Parents,

The school year has flown by! Today has been bittersweet; I’m excited for what’s in store for your children, but saying goodbye is always hard.  I want to thank each of you for sharing your children with me this school year. I feel so blessed to have been a part of your children’s lives.

Thank you so much for the outpouring of volunteerism, donations, and support for our class this year.  I truly could not have done all the activities and have them run so smoothly if I hadn’t had such great support.

Also, thank you for the cards, gifts and well wishes for the summer!  I am truly blown away by your kindness and generosity!

Have a safe, healthy, and happy summer!  I will miss you!

Warmly,
Nicole Ball