What’s Coming Up – Week of March 19-23, 2018


  • March 19 & 21 – Information meeting for parents of students interested in middle school band or orchestra. Meetings are identical; choose ONE date:
    • Monday, March 19 Baldwin Street Middle School – 7:00 PM
    • Wednesday, March 21 Riley Street Middle School – 7:00 PM
  • March 23 – Middle school course selection sheets due; turn in to your child’s classroom teacher.


  • We are continuing Unit 6: Operations and Word Problems


  • We are working on Text-Dependent Analysis which requires responding to reading through thoughtful, crafted writing.

Social Studies:

  • We are wrapping up Unit 6: The Revolutionary War.
  • We will be taking the Unit 6 test the week before spring break.

Course Selections

Counselors from Baldwin Street Middle School visited our fifth grade classroom today to talk with students about course selection for next year. A pink course selection sheet is coming home today.

  • All students take four core classes: ELA, science, social studies, and math.
  • Students can choose from a variety of exploratory options to fit their interests or their needs for additional support or challenge in specific content areas.
  • Students received course selection sheets. These must be filled out and returned to your child’s teacher with a parent/guardian’s signature by Friday, March 23.
  • For a more complete explanation of exploratory options, including course descriptions and promotional videos, see the BMS Counseling page.  You can find a video explaining the option if you click on the name of the exploratory course.
  • If you have questions or need more information, please contact Baldwin Street Middle School at (616)669-7750 or contact one of the counselors:

Music staff from the middle school also visited this morning to fit students for instruments.

  • Students had the opportunity to try out some different band and orchestra instruments.
  • Your child will be bringing home information about these programs.

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home with students at the end of the day on Monday, March 12. I will have an extra copy of each child’s report card at conferences for those parents who may not have a chance to look over the report card prior to their scheduled conference time. I look forward to speaking with you at conferences.

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 12- March 16, 2018





Conferences – We are looking forward to meeting with you at conferences.

March 15 – Instrument fittings….Teachers from the middle school will be coming to Georgetown; they  will bring band and orchestra instruments here to have the students try them out.

School Safety Request from Mr. Cooley

  • If your child is a safety, please check at home for any brightly-colored safety belts that may be around.  We need those to rotate to new safeties each week. Thank you!

M-STEP Testing Dates

Below is information regarding the M-Step testing dates for the students at Georgetown.
Grades 3-5 have been doing 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

Thank you

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





March 9 – Early release

  • March 12 & March 14 – Parent/teacher conferences. Conference times were sent home by e-mail on Monday. Please let me know ASAP if your time does not work.
  • March 15 – Instrument fittings…Teachers from the middle school will be coming to Georgetown  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 for 5th graders 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 they’ve been selected.

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 26- March 2, 2018






  • We are beginning Unit 6: Operations and Word Problems


  • We are continuing our research units in both reading and writing.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our work on the our unit: The Road to the Revolution.



    • All parents submitted an interest form for chaperoning at camp will be notified whether they’ve been selected on February 28.
    • 5th grade will be attending a Grand Rapids Symphony performance on February 27th.  We will be out of the classroom from 10:00-1:00.
    • 5th grade will be heading to Hudsonville High School on Thursday, March 1 to learn information about upcoming middle choices. We will be gone from Georgetown from 12:30-2:30.

Valentine Sign-up

Just a reminder that we have a few more donation slots to fill for our Valentine’s Day supplies. Please see the link below. Thank you in advance for donations! 🙂

We will NOT need parent volunteers for our activity, but we will be asking for snack donations. Please follow this link to sign up for Valentine’s Day!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/10669963268589780122
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!