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!
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.
Spring parent-teacher conferences will be March 13-15. Your child should be bringing home a gold colored half page sheet with your spring parent-teacher conference time. You can also view the conference schedule for our classroom here. If you cannot make your scheduled time, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can reschedule.
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.
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.