What’s Coming Up – Week of March 26-29, 2018


Important Dates:

March 26 – **Baldwin Street Middle School tour, lunch and registration for classes (afternoon)

March 30April 9 – Spring Break

April 10, 11, 12 & 17 – M-STEP testing dates for fifth grade. Please avoid scheduling appointments during the school day on these dates if at all possible.

April 13 – Early release


  • We will be finishing up Unit 6: Operations and Word Problems


  • We are working on Text-Dependent Analysis which requires responding to reading through thoughtful, crafted writing.

Social Studies:

  • We will be having a social studies test on Tuesday on the Revolutionary War. Students should be using their foldable study guide and Quizzizz to review.

Upcoming Social Studies Test and Course Selection Sheet Reminder

We will be taking a social studies test on the American Revolution next Tuesday, March 27. Students completed a foldable study guide that they should use to help review for the test. I also emailed students today with a link to a Quizzizz review game; this is another resource that students have found to be helpful in the past.

I also wanted to remind you that the pink middle school course selection sheets must be turned in to me by Friday, March 23. 

We will visit the middle school on Monday, March 26. Your child should have brought home a letter from food service regarding lunch for that day. You can also see a copy here.

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 19-23, 2018


  • March 19 & 21 – Information meeting for parents of students interested in middle school band or orchestra. Meetings are identical; choose ONE date:
    • Monday, March 19 Baldwin Street Middle School – 7:00 PM
    • Wednesday, March 21 Riley Street Middle School – 7:00 PM
  • March 23 – Middle school course selection sheets due; turn in to your child’s classroom teacher.


  • We are continuing Unit 6: Operations and Word Problems


  • We are working on Text-Dependent Analysis which requires responding to reading through thoughtful, crafted writing.

Social Studies:

  • We are wrapping up Unit 6: The Revolutionary War.
  • We will be taking the Unit 6 test the week before spring break.

Middle School Course Selection Information

Counselors from Baldwin Street Middle School visited fifth grade classrooms today to talk with students about course selection.

  • All students take four core classes: ELA, science, social studies, and math.
  • Students can choose from a variety of exploratory options to fit their interests or their needs for additional support or challenge in specific content areas.
  • Students received course selection sheets. These must be filled out and returned to your child’s teacher with a parent/guardian’s signature by Friday, March 23.
  • For a more complete explanation of exploratory options, including course descriptions and promotional videos, see the BMS Counseling page.  
  • If you have questions or need more information, please contact Baldwin Street Middle School at (616)669-7750 or contact one of the counselors:

Music staff from the middle school also visited this morning to fit students for instruments.

  • Students had the opportunity to try out some different band and orchestra instruments.
  • Your child will be bringing home some information about these programs.

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.



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.

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.

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 15


  • Look for some important papers coming home on Thursday:
    • Red note to come home regarding pick up arrangements for when we arrive at school after camp on Friday, May 19. Please fill out this sheet and return it by Tuesday, May 16.
    • Pink course selection sheet from the middle school. Please fill out and return it to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, May 16.
  • If you plan to visit while we are at fifth-grade camp, please notify your child’s teacher by Tuesday, May 16. Please include the time you plan to arrive (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • On Friday, May 26, the fifth-graders are off to Craig’s Cruisers to celebrate their time spent together at Georgetown Elementary.  We are in need of many chaperones for this fun trip. We would like to invite you to sign up to chaperone this fun trip we’ve arranged. Please click on the link below to sign up if you are able to help out.

5th Grade Celebration Sign Up

Middle School Visitors

This morning we had some visitors in room 301! Mr. Olson, the principal at Baldwin Street Middle School, and Annika, a student from last year’s fifth-grade class, came to answer some of our questions about middle school. Your child received two handouts:

  • one including important dates for the middle school transition process
  • one listing some school supplies that your child will need to be successful in middle school

Please take the time to look over these together and keep them in a safe place. Questions about dates or other specifics from the handouts should be directed to the office at the middle school. They can be reached at (616)669-7750.

In the afternoon, music staff came to do some instrument fittings. Students received a packet of information about options for music next year. Please take a few minutes to look over this information as well.