Updates and Reminders

Hello parents!

Here are a few additional updates and reminders for the week.

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Your scheduled conference time was communicated earlier today via email.
  • If you are not able to make your scheduled time, please let me know.

Turkey Trot CANCELLED due to weather!

  • Students are encouraged to wear their Turkey Trot shirts to school on Tuesday.

Halloween Party Reminders from the front office- October 27th from 2:15-3:15

Please send in the Fall Party donations by Wed. October 25th. Thank you

  • Halloween Student Costume Codes
    • Please ensure that your child’s costume is school appropriate and does not have too-scary-for-school components such as fake blood, frightening masks, weapons etc.  This should be a fun time for all students and should show respect for all.
    • To avoid distractions, students should NOT come to school dressed in their costume. There will be an opportunity to get dressed before the party starts.
    • Please ensure that your child’s costume and components are labeled to prevent loss.
  • Volunteering on the day?
    • Due to parking limitations, parties are open to parents that are volunteering to support the party.
    • Party Volunteers: Make sure you are background checked. Fill out the form in the “Background Check” page on the blog. Please keep younger siblings at home to allow for space in the classrooms. Volunteers can arrive 15 minutes before the party begins.

Goodies Factory Fundraiser Kicks Off Today!

Fifth grade is filled with memorable activities such as camp and celebration. The cost for fifth grade activities this year is $100. Families of fifth graders can choose to pay their $100 or take advantage of a fundraiser to raise some or all of the money.

This year, families have the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser by selling products from The Goodies Factory. This will be our main fundraiser for the year.

Timeline:   Starts Thursday, October 18th

Orders are due on Monday, October 30th with payment for all items

Delivery of items is Tuesday, November 14th; pickup for large orders is from

3pm-5pm (we can not hold items overnight)

We get 40% back from our sales.  That means if a student sells $250 worth of items, he or she will have paid their activities fee.

Please make checks payable to Georgetown Elementary.

COLLECT BOX TOPS & COKE CAPS

Did you know that every BOXTOP and every COKE CAP collected earns money for our school?   This summer we would like you to work hard to collect both.  The money we earn will go toward a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

 

BOXTOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 550) fills one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers, and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU!     Download your form here:  Summer Box Tops

 

COKE CAPS:  Super easy. Save the caps and go online to enter collection!  COKE WEBSITE  (https://us.coca-cola.com/give/)   Select Georgetown Elementary and enter the code on the cap.   Now you can recycle the cap.  No need to send it to school.

 

Summer Learning and Moby Max

Dear Parents,

Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.   Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

  • Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week.
  • MOBYMAX Math and Reading:  We recommend that each child consistently use MobyMax each week in the core areas of reading and mathematics. If interested, you can also choose to work on other learning modules.  Spending just a few minutes each day on Mobymax will help to reduce  “summer slide” and keep your child’s learning skills fresh over the summer.

Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

If you’d like to be part of Georgetown’s challenge to “Keep On Learning” please follow the instructions below.  If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

Have a great summer…and keep on learning with READING and MOBYMAX!

MOBYMAX DIRECTIONS

  1. Go to www.mobymax.com/ mi1457 and enter your child’s username and password to access his or her account. Username: _________ Password: ___________
  2. Explore placement tests, lessons and much more! Mobymax will automatically increase skill level based on your student’s performance.

Keep On Learning With Reading & Mobymax

Dear Parents,Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.   Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

  • Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week.
  • MOBYMAX Math and Reading:  We recommend that each child consistently use MobyMax each week in the core areas of reading and mathematics. If interested, you can also choose to work on other learning modules.  Spending just a few minutes each day on Mobymax will help to reduce  “summer slide” and keep your child’s learning skills fresh over the summer.

 

Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

 

If you’d like to be part of Georgetown’s challenge to “Keep On Learning” please follow the instructions below.  If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

 

Have a great summer…and keep on learning with READING and MOBYMAX!

 

MOBYMAX DIRECTIONS

 

  1. Go to www.mobymax.com/ mi1457 and enter your child’s username and password to access his or her account. Username: _________ Password: ___________
  2. Explore placement tests, lessons and much more! Mobymax will automatically increase skill level based on your student’s performance.

Moby Max

Dear Parents,   

This would be a wonderful way for the students to stay up on skills over the summer. Below are the instructions to access Moby Max.

Mobymax is an online learning tool that Georgetown utilizes to support math facts, math skills, reading, and much more.  Mobymax can be used on a laptop, desktop, tablet/iPad or smartphone.

 

LOGIN Instructions for LAPTOP or home computer:

Open a browser (safari, firefox or google chrome.  Type one of the following into the browser address bar:

  1. Go to www.mobymax.com/mi1457
  2. Go to mobymax.com and enter mi1457 in for the school code.
  3.  Go  to mobymax.com and select Georgetown Elementary — scroll to Hudsonville, MI.
  4.  Go to the blog and click on the MOBYMAX whale.

LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS for tablets/smartphones:

  1. Open safari
  2. Type www.MobyMax.com/signin in the URL address bar.
  3. Select student.  Type mi1457 into the school code box.
  4. Click the “Action Icon.” This is the box with the arrow icon pointing up at the bottom of the window.
  5. Click “Add to Home Screen.” This is a grey square icon with plus sign.
  6. Enter the name “MobyMax” and click “Add.”
  7. A MobyMax icon will now appear on your home screen.

Once you are onto the MOBYMAX site, there are three view options that pop up.

  • Star: Incentives, goals that MOBYMAX is offering.
  • Books: Learning Area (Number Sense, Fact Fluency, Reading Trio, etc.)
  • Arrow:  Progress icon (purple), Messages from the teacher, Vibes – good messages from the teacher, etc.

 

FACT FLUENCY:   First time on, each child takes a placement test.  Addition is the first fact to be tested and mastered, followed by subtraction, followed by multiplication and then division.  Each child should spend 5 minutes a day on MATH FACT practice.

 

  • Each fact appears for six seconds.
  • If the right answer is entered, a new problem appears.
  • If the wrong answer is entered, time is allowed for a correction.
  • The five-minute fact test is broken into 5 one minute sprints.
  • At the end of each sprint, a progress update is provided.
  • Overall progress can be checked via the PROGRESS ICON.

 

Green = mastered.  Yellow = Tricky Fact.

 

Reading Lessons:  MOBYMAX also has reading modules that work together to reinforce reading skills.   Your child’s teacher will tell you which area should be the focus for your child.

 

Content Lessons:  MOBYMAX also has other learning modules for your child to keep active as a learner over the summer.

 

Spring Break Challenge

If you are looking for something to do over spring break, I have an idea for at least 120 minutes of your time off:  Learning!  All students whospends 120 MINUTES or MORE engaged in reading or online learning images

(120 total minutes over all the days of break), will be entered into a drawing for a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD.

Online Options:  MOBYMAX (ALL GRADES), STUDY ISLAND (Gr 3-5), RAZ KIDS (Gr PK-2), MATHFACTSPRO (Gr 1-5).

Reading Options: Listen to an audio book or a REAL PERSON READ or  JUST READ on your own.

Did you know that listening to a story stimulates children’s imaginations and emotions, exposes children to rich language patterns, new vocabulary words and a variety of texts?  If you need ideas for great family friendly audio books, check the GEEKMOM / GEEKDAD Blog.  This is a great idea if your child struggles to stay focused reading or if you are in the car traveling.

If you read or listen to a book, enter your total  minutes here.