Holiday

Constitution Day

Today is Constitution Day. We celebrated by reading We the Kids, by David Catrow and watched a short video about the Constitution. We wrapped up by doing a Constitution-themed escape room. I’m happy to report that all of the groups escaped, some just in the nick of time!

Lauren was out of the room at photo time, but a gracious volunteer helped make sure she was represented in her group’s picture.

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What’s Coming Up – Week of Dec. 16-20, 2019

Miscellaneous

  • Upcoming Spirit Week – December 16-20
    • Monday- Green/Red Day
    • Tuesday- Holiday Hat Day
    • Wednesday- Cozy Scarf/Socks Day
    • Thursday- PJ Day
    • Friday- Holiday Sweater Day
  • Wednesday, December 18 – Penguin Patch Shopping Day
  • Friday, December 20 –  fifth grade classroom holiday parties will be held
    • We still have items available on our sign up. Click here to see what is still needed.
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What’s Coming Up – Week of Dec. 9-16, 2019

Miscellaneous

  • Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program will be held on Thursday, December 12.
    • Find more details here.
  • Early Release – Friday, December 13
  • Upcoming Spirit Week – December 16-20
    • Monday- Green/Red Day
    • Tuesday- Holiday Hat Day
    • Wednesday- Cozy Scarf/Socks Day
    • Thursday- PJ Day
    • Friday- Holiday Sweater Day
  • Penguin Patch shopping day for our class is Wednesday, December 18.
  • Fifth grade classroom holiday parties will be held on Friday, Dec. 20.
    • Please visit our sign up to see opportunities to volunteer or donate items.
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What’s Coming Up – Week of November 18-22, 2019

Miscellaneous

  • Early Release – Friday, November 15
  • Parent-teacher conferences will be held on November 18 and 20. 
      • Find our class conference schedule HERE.
  • Report cards – you will receive your child’s report card at your conference.
  • Goodies Factory Fundraiser Item Pick Up on NOVEMBER 21 from 3:00-5:00 PM!
    • If your child participated in the fundraiser, items must be picked up on Thursday, November 21 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM.
    • If you’re unable to pick up items during this time, please make arrangements with a friend, neighbor, or family member.

Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program will be held on December 12.

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What’s Coming Up – Week of Nov. 11-15, 2019

Miscellaneous

  • Early Release – Friday, November 15
  • Parent-teacher conferences will be held on November 18 and 20. 
    • Individual conference times were communicated earlier last week.
    • Your can also check your appointment time here.
  • Goodies Factory Fundraiser
    • If your child participated in the fundraiser, items must be picked up on Thursday, November 21 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM.
    • If you’re unable to pick up items during this time, please make arrangements with a friend, neighbor, or family member.
  • P.E. Cares Food Drive runs through November 21. You can find more information here. 

Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program will be held on Thursday, December 12.

 

 

Math:

  • We are getting into our third unit, multiplying and dividing fractions. 
  • Students should be completing Moby Max Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.

ELA:

  • We’re beginning a reading and writing unit which will focus on theme.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’re discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding.

Social Studies:

  • We will be continuing our second unit, Three Worlds Meet.
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P.E. Cares Food Drive

From our amazing P.E. teachers:
The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 6.  We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
 (please no ramen noodles)
The food drive will continue until Nov. 21.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive.  The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.
This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community. Thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering
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What’s Coming Up – Week of February 11-15, 2019

Miscellaneous:

Camp News:

  • Information regarding opportunities for parents to volunteer as camp chaperones were sent home earlier this week. If you are interested in chaperoning, please return the form to school by Feb. 19th.
  • Dates for camp this year are May 16-17.

Symphony Field Trip:

  • On February 19, fifth graders will have the opportunity to travel to Holland to see a special performance by the Grand Rapids Symphony. We will leave school around 10:15 and return around 1:00.

Valentine’s Day:

  • In fifth grade, we do not do parties for Valentine’s Day.
  • We will have an optional Valentine exchange. If your child chooses to participate, please have him or her bring a Valentine for each student in the class. We have 27 students in our classroom.
  • We will decorate bags to use to gather our Valentines, so there is no need to create a box or container to send in.

Math:

We are launching Unit 5 which will focus on division of whole numbers and decimals.  Once again, it is incredibly important that your child keeps practicing their math facts.  A high level of fact fluency is a great indicator for future math success!

ELA: Historical Fiction:

  • We are continuing to focus on becoming powerful readers of historical fiction texts.  Students are reading historical fiction novels in small groups as book clubs. To keep up with reading expectations, it is important for your child to honor their group’s reading plan.    
  • Reminder….The students are expected to read 100 minutes a week. As a parent please initial the log when they read at home, showing you confirm your child has read for the minutes recorded.

Social Studies:

We are exploring Life in Colonial America.

Science:  

We are continuing studying the unit, “Ch-ch-changes” on physical changes.

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Camp Chaperone and Valentine’s Day Information

Hello, parents.

After many days off and then a two hour delay this morning, I was so glad to see your children’s smiling faces this morning! I will provide the usual weekly update later this week, but I wanted to give you some information on some upcoming events.

  • Fifth grade camp will be here before we know it! We are looking for parents who would be interested in chaperoning at camp. Today your child should bring home a sheet detailing the dates of camp and expectations of chaperones. If you are interested in being a chaperone for camp, please follow the instructions on the sheet.
  • Valentine’s Day is next Thursday.
    • In fifth grade, we do not do parties for Valentine’s Day.
    • We will have an optional Valentine exchange. If your child chooses to participate, please have him or her bring a Valentine for each student in the class (27). It is best if your child simply fills out the “From” portion of the Valentine and leaves the “To” portion blank. This makes the distribution process much more efficient.
    • We will decorate bags to use to gather our Valentines, so there is no need to create a box or container to send in.
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What’s Coming Up – Dec. 17-21

Miscellaneous:

Holiday Music Program: Georgetown’s 3rd-5th grade holiday music program will be from 7:45 – 8:15 (Students report no earlier than 7:30) on Thursday, December 13th at Fair Haven Church.  Please click the link HERE to see more detailed program information from Mrs. Bretz.

Early Release: Friday, December 14th.

Holiday Class Party: Our classroom holiday party will be on Friday, Dec. 21. We will be having a breakfast.

Holiday Break: Our last day of school before holiday break will be Friday, December 21.  Have a safe and restful break. We’ll see you on January 7.

ELA: Non-Fiction Texts

  • We are focusing on becoming powerful readers of narrative and expository nonfiction texts, as well as constructing written responses that give evidence to support our thinking.
  • Reminder….The students are expected to read 100 minutes a week. As a parent please initial the log when they read at home, showing you confirm your child has read for the minutes recorded.

Science: We are wrapping up our science unit “Go with the Flow!”