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.

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home with students at the end of the day on Monday, March 12. I will have an extra copy of each child’s report card at conferences for those parents who may not have a chance to look over the report card prior to their scheduled conference time.

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 12-16, 2018

Hello parents!  It’s a bit of a short update this week but we’ll connect in person early-mid next week during our conference time.


  • Conferences – I am looking forward to meeting with you at conferences!  
    • Link to my conference schedule
  • March 15 – Instrument fittings
    • Teachers from the middle school will be coming to Georgetown; they will bring band and orchestra instruments here to have the students try them out.
  • School Safety Request from Mr. Cooley
    • If your child is a safety, please check at home for any brightly-colored safety belts that may be around.  We need those to rotate to new safeties each week. Thank you!

M-STEP Testing Dates

Grades 3-5 has been state test preparation (M-STEP).  This is a required test and it will take place in the weeks immediately following spring break.
Please make sure you look ahead on your family calendar (Gr 3,4,5) to make sure that your child is at school on the days listed.   Please change any appointments so they do not occur the mornings of testing.
Also, provide extra nutritional snacks on the testing days, along with a water bottle — and adequate sleep during the testing period.
Testing takes place between 9-12 on these dates:
  • Grade 5  April 10, 11, 12, 17
  • Grade 4  May 8, 9, 10
  • Grade 3  April  24, 25, 26

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.

Math Homework – Thursday, Feb. 22

Students have a homework assignment to complete in Study Island.

  • Log in through Clever (see link under technology links).
  • Find assignment titled “Math Homework 2/22.”
  • Read over the lesson.
  • Complete a practice session. This should include 1o questions or problems. Make sure to click “End Session” when  you’re finished.
  • Give your best effort. I will use the results of this practice opportunity to determine whether you understand how to find perimeter.