Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving break. We have just 20 school days until our holiday break, and those 20 days are packed with learning as well as some special activities.
- Early release this Friday, December 1.
- The Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will be at Georgetown next week. This is an opportunity for students to purchase gifts for their family members. Our class will be shopping on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 2:30.
- Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program is on Thursday, December 14 at Fair Haven.
- Our classroom holiday party will be on Friday, Dec. 22. We will be having a breakfast. Look for details and a sign up for donations and volunteers coming soon.
- We are continuing to work through Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Fractions.
- We are focusing on becoming powerful readers of narrative and expository nonfiction texts.
- We are diving into Unit 2: Three Worlds Meet.
- We’re learning about Native American cultural regions and how climate and natural resources influenced the culture that developed in each region.
- We are investigating the causes and effects of the changing landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
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 (SignUp.com) 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.
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
- Fractions concepts – equivalency, comparing fractions
- Establishing reader’s and writer’s workshop.
- Home reading expectations will start on Monday; students will need parent signatures/initials on their reading logs.
The Walkathon is coming up and is our primary fundraiser for the year and will consist of two times for different grades. The event schedule for Friday, September 22nd is as follows:
- 9:45a.m. – 10:30 a.m.:, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade
- 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade
The parent club is looking for parent participation and volunteers for setup and teardown. If you are interested in helping out, look for information coming home with your child.
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!