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

 

Uncategorized, Weekly Updates

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.
Holiday, Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of December 14-18

Miscellaneous:

  • Georgetown Spirit Week:
    • Monday, December 14:  Cozy Holiday Socks and/or slippers
    • Tuesday, December 15:  Holiday Headgear: Holiday hats, headbands, hair and/or scarves
    • Wednesday, December 16:  Holiday Sweater Day -Ugly or Cute
    • Thursday, December 17:  Holiday Theme: Holiday Spirit Day- wear your red and green and white!
    • Friday, December 18: Holiday Theme: Long Winter’s Nap- Pajama Day- Holiday themed if you have them!
  • We will be having a fun-filled day on Friday to celebrate the upcoming holiday. We will do fun activities in the morning and watch a movie in the afternoon. We are not asking for any donations.

Math: 

  • We will be wrapping up our multiplication of fractions learning with a test on Thursday, December 17th. 

ELA:

  • We will be completing the writing of our narrative craft by publishing our memoirs throughout this week.
  • No reading log is due.

Social Studies:

  • We will conclude our unit called Three Worlds Meet which has examined the interaction between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in North America.