Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 1-5, 2021

Miscellaneous:

  • Early release on March 5, 2021
  • Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences
    • An email was sent to parents this week regarding virtual conferences which will be held on March 8th or March 10th. Please check your inbox for an email from your child’s classroom teacher and sign up for a time slot on the link provided.
  • March is Reading Month!
    • Georgetown will be celebrating reading for the month of March. We will have a school wide western theme of Saddle Up & Read! (tied to Book Fair’s “Wild West” theme).
    • A daily/weekly reading goal calendar will be sent home with the students. The goal for 5th grade is 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes per week.
    • Parents/guardians: please sign the log at the end of the week confirming that your child met the goal of reading for at least the 5th grade weekly goal. Students who reach the goal will their names put in a weekly drawing.
    • We will have dress up days each Friday in March. The first date, Friday March 5th, will be Hats Off To Reading. Wear a hat, bandana or handkerchief!
  • Book Fair
    • Georgetown will host a Scholastic book fair during conference week (March 8-12). Students will have the opportunity to shop in person or online. More information will be coming soon.

What We’re Learning:

  • Math 
    • We are continuing Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • ELA:
    • We are focusing on themes and continuing to create a literary essay about the theme found in our book club books.
    • Since we’re asking students to spend a few extra minutes reading to complete the reading month calendar, we will not asking students to complete the weekly reading homework sheet for the month of March.
  • Social Studies:
    • We are learning about the events that lead to the Revolutionary War.

In Other News:

Author Chat: An Interview with Kwame Alexander!

Today we had the opportunity to listen in on “Light for the World to See: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander,” hosted by Hope College!

As a part of our Black History Month conversation, the Light for the World to See event was prompted by Alexander’s newest powerful and provocative collection of poems that cut to the heart of the entrenched racism and oppression in America and eloquently explores ongoing events.  Light for the World to See is a rap session on race. A lyrical response to the struggles of Black lives in our world . . . to America’s crisis of conscience . . . to the centuries of loss, endless resilience, and unstoppable hope.

Alexander also discussed some of his popular books that our students have eaten up this year, including The Crossover, Rebound, Booked, Becoming Muhammad Ali, and others! Full of tips for aspiring writers and inspiration for us to live and treat each other with respectful understanding, this conversation will be one that we hope students will remember for a long time!

Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 22-26, 2021

Miscellaneous:

  • Please make sure your child comes to school with a jacket and outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather.
  • Parent teacher conferences will be held in early March. Like in the fall, our conferences will be held via Zoom. Watch for an email with a sign up link coming soon.
  • STAR Testing reports will come home in a white, sealed envelope on Friday, February 19. These are sent home on behalf of the district to fulfill State of Michigan requirements. We will discuss and interpret these at our upcoming parent-teacher conferences in March. 
  • Quick reminder to relay the importance of having your child wear their mask appropriately while in school. Since lots of condensation accumulates after being outside, we have back-up masks available. Alternatively, you could pack a backup mask in your child’s backpack if that would be more comfortable.
  • Math: 
    • We are beginning Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals

    ELA:

    • We are writing a literary essay about the theme found in our book club books.

    Social Studies:

    • We will begin to explore events that led to the American Revolution.
FYI, Holiday

Black History Month

This February, we would like to embark on a journey as a larger school community to bring awareness to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We recognize that these symbolic endeavors do not replace the need for systemic actions to advance our goals related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. For this reason, the district is currently engaging in committee work with a third-party consultant to develop a strategic plan that will promote the long-term sustainability of these efforts. 

As a district, some of our SOAR-IV goals relate to the values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Throughout the month, we will look for ways to highlight a person or event related to Black history. 

As a grade level team, we will begin by using our 5th grade social studies curriculum to guide our instruction through the history of African Americans in colonial times. Next we will explore segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. Finally we will focus on contributions from Black Americans in the area of arts, literature, culture, and science.

 

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What’s Coming Up – Week of February 1-5, 2021

Miscellaneous:

  • P.E. apparel sale ends on February 1. Click here for ordering information.
  • Students will be recording their concussion videos in STEAM class on Feb. 3. They are welcome to bring props and dress up if they would like.
  • Kids Heart Challenge information will be coming home soon! Please check out the PE blog for more information.
  • Early release – Friday, February 5
  • No school – Monday, February 8
  • Please make sure your child comes to school with a jacket and outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather.

 

Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week on January 25-29, 2021

Miscellaneous:

  • Report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, January 22.
  • Please make sure your child comes to school with a jacket and outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather

Math: 

  • We are working on multiplication with whole numbers and decimals.

ELA:

  • We are focusing on themes and will begin forming book clubs for students to focus on theme work in small groups. 

Social Studies:

  • We are exploring our unit on life in colonial America

 

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What’s Coming Up – Week of Jan. 11-15, 2021

Miscellaneous:

  • Jet’s Pizza Night ~ Thursday, January 14th
  • Early Release ~ Friday, January 15th.

Math: 

  • We will be assessing our work involving the division of whole numbers and unit fractions by midweek.

ELA:

  • We are focusing on themes and will begin forming book clubs for students to focus on theme work in small groups.

Social Studies:

  • We are exploring our unit on Colonization and Settlement which examines early colonial regions.

Reader’s Workshop Challenge + Genre Review

Upon our return, we embarked on the Tower of Books Challenge, a
reading challenge for your child!

Here’s how it works:
Your child’s goal is to read all of the books from a variety of genre categories. They will check off one of the boxes each time a book is read. After checking off a box, it’s time for him/her to add to… their Tower of Books! In this challenge, your child will read 20 “just right” books between now and the end of the year and they will get to try some different types of books they may not have read before, and all the while have fun keeping track of their reading! Happy stacking!

Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – January 4-8, 2021

Hello parents!

Can you believe that we are nearly halfway through the school year? I hope that all of you had a restful and enjoyable time with your families. I am so excited to welcome your kids back into our classroom tomorrow morning! Here is a peek at what we’ll be working on this week:

Math: 

  • We will be continuing our unit involving multiplication and division of fractions.

ELA:

  • Our instructional focus will switch back to reading. We’ll be examining theme in literature both as a whole class and in book clubs.

Social Studies:

  • We will continue our unit on Colonization and Settlement.