What’s Coming Up – Week of March 6

Miscellaneous:

  • Early Release on Friday, March 10.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences on March 13, 14, and 15. You can double check your scheduled conference time here.
  • Book Fair is the week of conferences. Watch your teacher’s blog for your class’ time.
  • Colds and flu are running rampant, and all three fifth grade classrooms are running low on tissues and disinfectant wipes. Any donations of these items for our classrooms would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us keep your children healthy!

Reminder: Morning Snacks

Hello, parents.

I wanted to remind you that fifth-graders at Georgetown do not eat lunch until 1:05. Please be sure that you are sending in a morning snack with your child. Over the last few weeks, about five students have come without a snack each day. I try to keep a few extra snacks on hand in the cabinet for students who forget to bring one, but I think some students are relying on the emergency snacks rather than bringing their own. Thanks for your help!

What’s Coming Up – Week of Feb. 24

Miscellaneous:

  • Colds and flu are running rampant, and all three fifth grade classrooms are running low on tissues and disinfectant wipes. Any donations of these items for our classrooms would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us keep your children healthy!
  • Your children were so well behaved and respectful on our trip to the symphony. We enjoyed the music as well as the opportunity to see art by some Georgetown students.

Math

  • Operations and Word Problems

 

Social Studies

  • Road to Revolution

 

ELA

  • Students are reading historical fiction novels and writing their own historical fiction stories.

Summer Learning Opportunities

Does your child love science or writing? If so, you may want to look into these summer day camp opportunities.

2017 Laker Writing Camps

These camps are an outreach of the Lake Michigan Writing Project, and there are a few date and location options to choose from. I have participated in a Lake Michigan Writing Project program for writing teachers, and it was an amazing experience!

Van Andel Education Institute Summer Camp

This is a weeklong morning camp, and there are two different weeks to choose from. The focus for students going into 6th grade in the fall is “Environmental Forensics: What’s in the Water?” I’ve had the opportunity to visit the VAEI facility, and spending time in their labs and classrooms would be exciting for curious young scientists.

What’s Coming Up – Week of Feb. 20

Miscellaneous:

  • Parent/Teacher conference slips were sent home on Monday.  Please check the date and time to make sure that it fits well with your schedule.
  • Our 5th grade symphony trip is February 21st. We are able to take a few parents from each classroom as chaperones for this annual trip. If you have an interest in joining us, email your classroom teacher.
  • Two slices of pizza will be provided as lunch for the 5th graders when they return to Georgetown. Please send in a beverage for their lunch and their usual morning snack.
  • Scholastic book orders were made available for students interested in ordering. You can also shop online here; our class code is LJLP2.  Book orders are due on Friday, Feb. 24.

What’s Coming Up – Week of Feb. 13

Miscellaneous:

  • Our 5th grade symphony trip is February 21st. We are able to take a few parents as chaperones for this annual trip. If you have an interest in joining us, email your classroom teacher.

Math

  • Division with whole numbers and decimals

Social Studies

  • Life in Colonial America

ELA

  • Students are reading historical fiction novels and writing their own historical fiction stories.

Historical Fiction Book Clubs

Our focus in reading and writing this unit is historical fiction. In our class read aloud as well is in book clubs, we are concentrating on historical fiction set in Colonial and Revolutionary America. Later, students will write their own historical fiction story set in that time period. We did not make a reading schedule for book clubs. Some students have already finished their book club titles. Please check in with your child about his or her progress. Students who have not finished their book club books should be reading it during their 20 minutes of home reading as well as during our reader’s workshop time at school.

Take a few minutes to talk with your child about what he or she is reading for book club or about our class read aloud. Ask some questions about the setting and how the setting influences the events in the story. Ask about the problems faced by the main character in the story and how those problems are similar or different than the problems your child faces. Ask about the tone or emotional atmosphere of the story. I think you will be impressed at the insight your child can share about his or her reading.

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 7

Miscellaneous

  • Rather than having traditional classroom parties, the fifth grade teachers have planned an activity for the entire fifth grade on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 10. Individual classes will hold Valentine exchanges within their classrooms; watch your teacher’s blog for specific details. We are using SignUp to coordinate snack donations. Click here to view the sign up. If students wish to have a drink, they may bring their own. Please remember that we are a pop free school.
  • Information regarding chaperones for fifth grade camp should come home today. Please note that those interested in chaperoning should return the bottom portion of the form by Friday, Feb. 10.

Online Safety

Today marked week five of our T.E.A.M. program. Deputy Smith gave us some tips for staying safe online. We talked about some of the potential dangers of giving out personal information, posting pictures, sharing passwords, and more. Students will be bringing home a pledge about online safety. I encourage you to talk with your child about what they learned.

Deputy Smith also mentioned an app called Our Pact; as a parent of an eleven year 0ld, I thought it was interesting information. A few students actually mentioned that they thought their parents would like more information about this app. If you are interested, you can find more information here.