Field Trip Information, Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 31-June 4, 2021

Monday, May 31 – Memorial Day

Thursday, June 3 – 5th grade to Cran Hill Ranch (return to GES at 9:00)

  • Students can take their regular mode of transportation to school.
  • We will arrive back at school around 9:00 PM; please make arrangements for your child to be picked up from school at that time.
  • See packing list here.

Friday, June 4 – Early Release + Last Day of School 

STAR Reports

  • Our final STAR report for reading and math will be sent home on Friday, May 28. Please watch for a separate email from Mr. Waldie with more information!

Report Cards

  • Report cards will be sent home in the mail on Friday, June 11.
Field Trip Information, Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 24-28, 2021

Friday, May 21 – Early release

Monday, May 24 – Camp money and forms due to classroom teacher

  • If you misplaced the forms, click here to print a new copy.

Monday, May 31 – Memorial Day

Thursday, June 3 – Fifth grade camp

  • Students can take their regular mode of transportation to school.
  • We will arrive back at school around 9:00 PM; please make arrangements for your child to be picked up from school at that time.
  • See packing list here.
Middle School Information, Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 3-7, 2021

Phone Reminder

  • Parents, please remind your child of the expectations regarding phones at school.
  • Students should not have phones during the school day.
  • If phones are brought to school, they must be powered off and remain in students’ backpacks.
  • Please be aware that student belongings are not stored in locked areas.
  • Loss or damage is the responsibility of the student.

M-STEP Update

  • Fifth graders worked so hard to complete the M-STEP. 
  • Students who were absent for test sessions will begin their make up sessions next week.

Camp Update

  • All fifth grade students in the district will have an extended day camp experience at CranHill Ranch.
  • The date for Georgetown students will be Thursday, June 3.
  • Students can take their normal mode of transportation to school in the morning.
  • Estimated arrival back to school will be around 9:00 PM.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not allowed to bring parent chaperones. 
  • More information coming soon!

Optional Fundraiser 

  • The camp experience cost for this year is $60.
  • Click here for more information about this optional fundraising opportunity. 
  • Fundraiser ends on Monday, May 3.
  • Once the fundraiser is wrapped up, students will receive a balance sheet explaining any remaining balances and providing details about payment of balances.

Middle School Transition Information

    • On Thursday, April 29th the students were given an opportunity to try different musical instruments to see if they are interested in band or orchestra for next school year.
    • Monday, May 3
      • Location: Riley Street Middle School
      • Start times: 6:30, 7:00, or 7:30
    • Tuesday, May 4
      • Location: Baldwin Street Middle School
      • Start times: 6:30, 7:00, or 7:30
    • All meetings will include the same information. Choose the location and start time that works for your schedule.
    • Thursday, May 6 – Class Zoom meetings with middle school staff
Middle School Information, Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of April 26-30, 2021

Phone Reminder

  • Parents, please remind your child of the expectations regarding phones at school.
  • Students should not have phones during the school day.
  • If phones are brought to school, they must be powered off and remain in students’ backpacks.
  • Please be aware that student belongings are not stored in locked areas.
  •  Loss or damage is the responsibility of the student.

M-STEP Reminder

  • Remaining M-STEP testing dates for 5th grade:
    • April 27 and 29th. Please avoid any outside appointments on those days in which your child will be gone from school.

Camp Update

  • All fifth grade students in the district will have an extended day camp experience at CranHill Ranch.
  • The date for Georgetown students will be Thursday, June 3.
  • Students can take their normal mode of transportation to school in the morning.
  • Estimated arrival back to school will be around 9:00 PM.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not allowed to bring parent chaperones. 
  • More information coming soon!

Optional Fundraiser 

  • The camp experience cost for this year is $60.
  • Click here for more information about this optional fundraising opportunity. 
  • Fundraiser ends on Monday, May 3.

Middle School Transition Information

    • Next week we will mark the first steps of the transition into middle school!
    • Thursday, April 29 – Music Fittings (at Georgetown during the school day)
    • Monday, May 3 -or- Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 PM – Parent Information Meeting for Middle School Music

 

      • Location: Hudsonville Freshman Campus Stadium
      • If your child is interested in participating in band, choir, or orchestra next year, please attend one of these meetings.
      • Meetings are identical; please choose the one that works with your schedule.

 

Weekly Updates

What’s Coming up-Week of March 29 – April 1, 2021

March Reading Month

  • Georgetown is celebrating reading for the month of March. We continue our school-wide western theme of Saddle Up & Read this week! 
    • A Daily/Weekly Reading Goal calendar will be sent home with the students. As a parent you will sign the log agreeing that your child read for the 5th grade weekly goal. Goal for 5th grade is 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes per week. If they reach this goal their name will be put in a weekly drawing. Students are to turn in their reading logs on Monday.
    • We will have dress up days each Friday in March. Our next dress up day is Thursday, April 1. Our theme is Read and Feed. Wear PJ’s or comfy clothes for some comfy reading time.

Reproductive Health Video

  • The videos will be shown on April 1 with a discussion following the 2:30 video showing. 
    • If you DO NOT want your child to view the video with the grade level gender group, please contact me via email.  Please arrange to pick your child up prior to the viewing time. 

Spring Break

  • Friday, April 2 – Sunday April 11

M-STEP Reminder

  • M-STEP testing dates for 5th grade:
    • April 20, 22, 27, 29th. Please avoid any outside appointments on those days in which your child will be gone from school.

Camp Update

  • All fifth grade students in the district will have an extended day camp experience at CranHill Ranch.
  • The date for Georgetown students will be Thursday, June 3.
  • Students can take their normal mode of transportation to school in the morning.
  • Estimated arrival back to school will be around 9:00 PM.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not allowed to bring parent chaperones. 
  • More information coming soon!
Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 15-19, 2021

March Reading Month

  • Georgetown is celebrating reading for the month of March. We continue our school-wide western theme of Saddle Up & Read this week! 
    • A Daily/Weekly Reading Goal calendar will be sent home with the students. As a parent you will sign the log agreeing that your child read for the 5th grade weekly goal. Goal for 5th grade is 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes per week. If they reach this goal their name will be put in a weekly drawing. Students are to turn in their reading logs on Monday.
    • We will have dress up days each Friday in March. Our next dress up day is Friday, March 19. We welcome students to wear a shirt with a word or saying on it. 

Class Chromebooks

  • Our chromebooks have arrived! If your child wants to bring in a pair of wired headphones, we encourage them to keep their headphones in a labeled ziplock bag.

Math: 

  • We will be assessing Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals early this week.

ELA:

  • We are wrapping up our 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 have our normal weekly reading homework sheet for the month of March.

Social Studies:

  • We are learning about the first events of the Revolutionary War.
Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 8-12, 2021

What’s Coming up-Week of March 8-12, 2021

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

  • An email was sent to parents last week regarding virtual conferences which will be held on March 8 or March 10. Please check your inbox for an email from your child’s classroom teacher and sign up for a time slot on the link provided if you haven’t already done so.

March 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. As a parent you will sign the log agreeing that your child read for the 5th grade weekly goal. Goal for 5th grade is 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes per week. If they reach this goal their name will be put in a weekly drawing.
    • We will have dress up days each Friday in March. Our next dress up day is Friday, March 12. We welcome you to dress like a cowboy or cowgirl and wear flannel or plaid. 

Book Fair

  • As in the fall, there will be a book fair for the kids to shop in person or online during conference week. Our preview day is Tuesday, March 9, and our shopping day is Thursday, March 11

Class Chromebooks

  • Our chromebooks have arrived! If your child wants to bring in a pair of wired headphones, we encourage them to keep their headphones in a labeled ziplock bag.
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.
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