Back To School, FYI

Great First Day and Talent Sharing Activity Reminder

Hello parents!

We had a great first day today! We spent some time learning about our classroom routines, and we had a great discussion about ways we can make sure that no one feels invisible in our classroom. I was amazed at the thoughtful responses your kids shared.

Tomorrow we will be starting the talent sharing activity described in the handout at our open house last week. Click here to see when each child is scheduled to share. This is a very relaxed time when students can share a hobby or interest with the class. I meant to remind students today, but I totally forgot. If your child is scheduled for Wednesday, and he or she is not ready, please don’t panic or allow your child (or yourself!) to stress out.  We can reschedule as needed. =)

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3…2…1…COUNTDOWN TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Hello parents! I am so excited for the first day of school!  I cannot wait to start this year off with your children!  Here are a few things to help make the first day (and really, the next two weeks) successful:

  1. Get excited!  When our enthusiasm shows, it’s contagious!  I believe in strong beginnings and getting to know one another, the routines, and content we’ll be learning. 
  2. Be flexible! These first days are all about getting the new routines solidified.  This is the time to ask questions, make mistakes, and learn from them.  With every new school year comes a whole new set of expectations. So, let’s grow together and be flexible while we’re learning from one another.
  3. Manage expectations! The first couple of weeks will be all about relationship building.  I believe that great learning cannot properly take place until we establish a foundation of trust, honesty, and collaboration.  That means that the first few days are going to be lighter with team-building and get-to-know-you activities.  Of course, we’ll sprinkle in some content, but don’t expect much homework in the first couple of weeks.

One final and important reminder: The weather forecast for the first few days of school looks H-O-T! Please send your child with a full water bottle labelled with her or her first and last name. We will take plenty of water breaks to stay healthy and hydrated.

We’re going to have a great year and I am so looking forward to getting to know your kiddos more!  Let’s have a great start!

Nicole

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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
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What’s Coming Up – Week of March 5- March 9, 2018

Misc.

  • 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.

 

 

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Reminders: PE Apparel Orders and Classroom Supplies

If you are planning to order Hudsonville PE apparel, orders are due Tuesday, January 30. For more information or to see a color copy of the form that was sent home, visit the Georgetown PE blog.

To those who’ve sent in disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, or tissues for the classroom, thank you! As we do our best to keep all those yucky viruses away, we are going through those items pretty quickly, so your donations are appreciated.

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What’s Coming Up – Week of January 29-February 2, 2018

Miscellaneous:

  • Any remaining balances for fifth grade camp/activities will be due on February 1.
  • Early release Friday, Feb. 2.
  • Mid-winter break – no school Monday, Feb. 5 and Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Watch for information on the opportunity to volunteer as a chaperone for fifth grade camp. This will be sent home after mid-winter break.

Math

  • We are beginning Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals.  

ELA:

  • We are in the middle of our historical fiction unit. Students are participating in book clubs to deepen their understanding of the text and genre.

Social Studies:

  • We have finished our unit on the colonization and settlements of early America and will be beginning a new unit on life in the colonies.

Science:

  • We continue our new unit called, “Ch-Ch-Changes,” that has to do with matter.
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Please help us stay healthy!

Hello parents.

We opened our last container of disinfecting wipes today. We use these to wipe down our tables each day and periodically to wipe down door knobs, cabinet and drawer handles, light switches, locker handles, etc.

If you would be willing to donate some disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, store brand – we’re not picky!) to replenish our classroom supply, we’d be most grateful.

Thank you!

The Learners of Room 301

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What’s Coming Up – Week of January 15-19, 2018

Math

  • We are continuing with Unit 4: Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals.

ELA:

  • We are jumping into our historical fiction unit. Students are participating in book clubs to deepen their understanding of the text and genre.

Social Studies:

  • We have begun our unit focusing on the colonization and settlements of early America.

Science:

  • We started our new unit called “Ch-Ch-Changes.” This unit deals with matter and its interactions.

Miscellaneous:

  • Any remaining balances for fifth grade camp/activities will be due on February 1. We will provide an updated account reminder early next week.
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Happy New Year!

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and that the break gave you opportunities for both fun and relaxation. We are getting back into the routine in room 301. I wanted to say thank you again to all of you who donated items or helped out at our classroom part before break. We had a great time eating and hanging out together.

This week we started a new science unit called Ch-Ch-Changes; it deals with matter and its interactions. Today we did a hands-on investigation to find out how different metals behave when heated. The investigation involved using small candles to heat strips of three different metals. Students measured the time that it took for equal amounts of shortening to melt at three different points on the each metal strip. They used this information to conclude that some metals transfer heat more quickly than others. We learned that this is called thermal conductivity. Before students touched any materials or equipment, we talked about some procedures for lab safety and the importance of every one following these procedures at all times. Your young scientists really impressed me with the care and responsibility they showed in the lab as well as with the way they applied their own knowledge and observations to the topic at hand.  Here are pictures of some of the groups hard at work observing, timing, and recording data.