Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 16-20

What’s coming up? That is a great question! We are in uncharted territory, and our district leaders are working tirelessly to determine the best course of action in an unusual situation. It is my understanding that the district will be communicating with families soon about guidelines for at-home learning.

At our house, we are also waiting to find out what learning might look like during this time. I’ve noticed that when my kids or I feel anxious or face uncertainty, we find some comfort in a consistent routine, so together we came up with a very basic structure and routine for our  weekdays. Mrs. Reagan shared a some ideas on the Georgetown Elementary blog. If you’re on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen similar ideas. You could adapt sample schedules/routines according to the number and ages of children in your family.

Keep watching the blog for updates.

Be healthy.

Love,

Mrs. Ball

Middle School Information, Uncategorized, Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 9-13, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (Monday, March 9 & Wednesday, March 11)
    • Please see the link with the Spring parent-teacher conference schedule here.
  • Scholastic Book Fair March 9-13 Our class’s preview day is Monday, March 9 and our shopping day is Thursday, March 12
  • Show off your 5th grade spirit! Join us in wearing our 5th grade shirts every Friday
  • Important Dates for Fifth Grade Document

March 6 – Early release

March 9 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:00 (Mrs. Walenta’s class only)

March 10 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:00 (Mrs. Wysocki’s class only)

March 11 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:00 (Mrs. Ball and Mr. Cooley’s classes only)

Math:

  • We are beginning unit 6, Operations and Word problems.
  • Students should be completing MobyMax Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.

ELA:

  • We’re beginning a test prep unit, which is a review of topics covered in 5th grade.Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’re continuing our unit: Go With the Flow which investigates invasive species and their impact on our waterways.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our fifth unit, Road to Revolution. We will be examining the events that led to the colonists declaring independence from Britain.
Uncategorized, Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 2-6, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (Monday, March 9 & Wednesday, March 11)
    • Please see the link with the Spring parent-teacher conference schedule HERE
  • Scholastic Book Fair March 9-13 Our class’s preview day is Monday, March 11 and our shopping day is Thursday, March 13.
  • Show off your 5th grade spirit! Join us in wearing our 5th grade shirts every Friday

March 3 – Symphony Trip (No chaperones needed)

March 6 – Early release

March 9 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Walenta’s class only)

March 10 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Wysocki’s class only)

March 11 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Ball and Mr. Cooley’s classes only)

**March 17 7:00 PM Middle school music information night for parents at Riley Street Middle School

**March 18 7:00 PM Middle school music information night for parents at Baldwin Street Middle School 

**These meetings will include the same information regardless of location; you may attend the one that best fits your schedule.

Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 17-21, 2020

Miscellaneous

 

  • Camp Chaperones – A letter came home outlining chaperone opportunities. Please return the form if you are interested in being a chaperone by Tuesday, Feb 18th. Parents will be notified by March 2nd.

 

 

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (Monday, March 9 & Wednesday, March 11)

 

    • Please see the link with the Spring parent-teacher conference schedule HERE

February 21 – Early Release

March 3 – Symphony Trip (No chaperones needed)

March 6 – Early release

March 9 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:00 (Mrs. Ball and Mrs. Wysocki’s classes only)

March 10 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:00 (Mrs. Walenta’s class only)

March 11 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:00 (Mr. Cooley’s class only)

Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 10-14, 2020

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 10-14, 2020

Miscellaneous

 

  • Camp Chaperones – A letter came home outlining chaperone opportunities. Please return this with your level of interest by Tuesday, Feb 18th. Parents will be notified by March 2nd.
  • Valentine’s Day

 

      • In fifth grade, we do not have individual 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 will decorate bags to use to gather our Valentines, so there is no need to create a box or container to send in.

 

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (Monday, March 9 & Wednesday, March 11)

 

    • Please see the link with the Spring parent-teacher conference schedule here
  • Baldwin Street Middle School Visit
    • Our class will be visiting Baldwin Street Middle School on Monday, March 9.
    • We will be away from Georgetown from 10:30-2:00.
    • Look for more details in the coming weeks.

Math:

  • We are beginning unit 5, Division of Whole Numbers & Decimals.
  • Students should be completing MobyMax Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.

ELA:

  • We’re continuing our reading unit which is investigating non-fiction texts and tackling text complexity.
  • We are publishing our literary essays which are about themes in our book club books.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’re launching our unit: Go With the Flow which investigates invasive species and their impact on our waterways.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our fourth unit, Life in the Colonies, which examines the development and impact of growing colonial regions.
Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of Feb 3-7, 2020

Miscellaneous

    • Early Release – Friday, Jan. 31
    • Midwinter Break – Monday, February, 3rd and Tuesday, February 4th
    • Remaining balances of the fifth grade activity fee are due by February 1. Reminders with updated balances were sent home last week.
    • Camp Chaperones – Be on the lookout next week for a letter outlining chaperone opportunities. 
    • Valentine’s Day
      • In fifth grade, we do not have individual 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 will decorate bags to use to gather our Valentines, so there is no need to create a box or container to send in.

 

 

Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 27-31, 2020

Miscellaneous

    • P.E. apparel sale orders due by Wednesday, Jan. 29.
    • Early Release – Friday, Jan. 31
    • Midwinter Break – Monday, February, 3rd and Tuesday, February 4th
    • Remaining balances of the fifth grade activity fee are due by February 1. Reminders with updated balances were sent home earlier this week.
    • Valentine’s Day
      • In fifth grade, we do not have individual 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 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 continuing unit 4, multiplication with whole numbers and decimals. 
  • Students should be completing MobyMax 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 be investigating non-fiction texts and tackling text complexity.
  • 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 fourth unit, Life in the Colonies.
Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 20-24, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • P.E. apparel sale orders due by Wednesday, Jan. 29.
  • For more information and to order, visit the Georgetown Physical Education blog.
  • Early Release – Friday, Jan. 31
  • Midwinter Break – no school Monday, February, 3 and Tuesday, February 4
  • Remaining balances of the fifth grade activity fee are due by February 1. Reminders with updated balances will be sent home on Monday, January 20.

Community Education Opportunity: Film Screening and Panel Discussion of Screenagers: The Next Chapter  – Tuesday, Jan. 21

As a 5th grade team, we feel this would be a great opportunity for parents to check this out as it is in line with a lot of things we’ve been noticing and observing in students as technology continues to play an important role in students’ lives. Check out the trailer for the film, Screenagers: The Next Chapter,  or the original film, Screenagers, to help inform you and your family as you navigate the increasing social demands and pressures of today’s students with technology. 

 

 

 

FYI, Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 13-17, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Jet’s Pizza Night TONIGHT (Jan 9!)
  • Screenagers: The Next Chapter Event – Tuesday, January 21st, at the Hudsonville Freshman Campus from 6:00-8:00
  • Early Release – Friday, Jan. 31

Community Education Opportunity: Film Screening and Panel Discussion of Screenagers: The Next Chapter

As a 5th grade team, we feel this would be a great opportunity for parents to check this out as it is in line with a lot of things we’ve been noticing and observing in students as technology continues to play an important role in students’ lives. Check out the trailer for the film, Screenagers: The Next Chapter, or the original film, Screenagers, to help inform you and your family as you navigate the increasing social demands and pressures of today’s students with technology.
Hudsonville Community Education Screenagers Event Site
Screenagers Official Website

Math:
We are getting into our fourth unit, multiplication with whole numbers and decimals.
To prepare and review, students should be completing MobyMax 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 be investigating non-fiction texts and tackling text complexity.
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 taking our unit 3 test on Tuesday, January 14 and continuing with our fourth unit, Life in the Colonies.

Holiday, Weekly Updates

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.