What’s Coming Up – Week of November 16-20, 2020

Hello parents,

I look forward to connecting with you next week during virtual conferences Please reference your confirmation emails from Calendly with information regarding the timing, Zoom link, etc. If you need anything before then, please reach out!

Miscellaneous

  • IMPORTANT THANKSGIVING BREAK UPDATE:
    • Please refer to Dr. VanderJagt’s email for more details. Thanksgiving Break is now ONE FULL WEEK- NOV. 21-29.
    • Light work, at-home packets will be sent Friday the 20th for work on Monday, 23rd-/Tuesday 24th.
    • If your child will be home this week, please pick up a packet of work from our office on Friday, Nov. 20
  • Book Fair Nov. 16-20. Our preview day is 2:30 on Tuesday, Nov 17. Our shopping day is 2:30 on Thursday, Nov 19.

The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will continue until Nov. 18.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in.  The class with the most items brought in by NOON on Nov. 18 will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lane. (If allowed this year)

This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, to teach our kids compassion and love for others.  Thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.

What’s Happening November 9-13

 

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

  • An email was sent regarding virtual conferences on Friday, Oct. 30. Please check your inbox and sign up for a time slot on the link provided.

Math

  • We are wrapping up Unit 2: Adding & Subtracting whole numbers & decimals. We will begin work on Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Fractions
  • We will continue to focus on mastering our multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home and utilize your child’s online access to MobyMax Fact Fluency homework.

ELA

  • We are continuing our writing unit on writing a personal narrative.
  • At home reading logs are due every Monday morning.

Social Studies

  • We are continuing our unit called Three Worlds Meet which examines the interaction between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in North America.  

P.E. CARES Food Drive

The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 4. We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.

Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. (please no ramen noodles, and please do not break apart packaged food)

The food drive will continue until Nov. 18.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in.  The class with the most items brought in by NOON on Nov. 18 will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes (if allowed this year).

This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, to teach our kids compassion and love for others.  Thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.

P.E. Cares Food Drive

Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. (please no ramen noodles, and please do not break apart packaged food)

The food drive will continue until Nov. 18.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in.  The class with the most items brought in by NOON on Nov. 18 will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes. (If allowed this year)

This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, to teach our kids compassion and love for others.  Thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.

WHAT’S COMING UP – WEEK OF NOVEMBER 2-6, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • November 3rd – Picture Retake Day
  • Virtual Conferences
    • An email was sent regarding virtual conferences on Friday! Please check your inbox and sign up for a time slot on the link provided!
  • Fall party! Check out some pictures below of our celebration!

Fall Celebration – We “broke out” of our class escape room by solving Halloween-themed puzzles and riddles!  The kids also enjoyed playing Halloween Bingo and winning tasting treats! In the afternoon we relaxed and enjoyed viewing of the movie, Holes. We enjoyed the movie, and ate special snacks that were donated.  What a fun day!

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 26-30, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Early Release: Friday, October 23rd
  • No school on Monday, October 26th

Fall Parties:

  • Thank you to those of you who signed up to donate items to our Fall Party. Please send in those items by Wednesday October 28th.  🙂
  • Party Day Reminders:
    • This year for our Fall Party we are looking forward to having parties in our classrooms, however; this year will be different than in the past.
      • Parents and volunteers will not be able to attend.  (We will miss you!)
      •  Snacks will need to be store-bought and individually packaged and respectful of allergies (no peanuts please).

      Like previous years, we will be welcoming your children to wear costumes, if they wish.  One change this year is that children will be able to wear their costumes to school and wear them the whole day.  The intent behind this is to limit children gathering in the restrooms to change, and limit the number of children needing assistance from teachers and staff to get into their costumes.  We invite you to send your children in a costume that includes no weapons or gore, and easily allows your child to participate in regular school routines and procedures.  There will not be any masks other than COVID-19-related face masks allowed. There will not be time given to dress or apply makeup as in years past.

      Please consider the questions below when deciding on a costume:

      • Can they take it off themselves to use the bathroom?
      • Can they fit in their seat at their desk?
      • Can they go down the slide or sit in the swings?

      We ask that you save bulky, inflatable, or extravagant costumes for home use, and dress in a fun and simple costume for the school day.  Fall or pumpkin t-shirts are a great alternative as well.

      We are thrilled at the opportunity to celebrate with your children and look forward to creating another fun and memorable school event for them.

Math

  • We are continuing our work on Unit 2: Adding & Subtracting whole numbers & decimals.  
  • We will continue to focus on mastering our multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home and utilize your child’s online access to Moby Max Fact Fluency homework.

ELA

  • We are beginning our writing unit to create a narrative craft.  This entails creating personal narratives and or memoirs).
  • At home reading logs are due every Monday morning.

Social Studies

  • We are continuing our unit called Three Worlds Meet which examines the interaction between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in North America.

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 19-23, 2020

Miscellaneous:

  • Fall Party:
    • We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Fall PartyHere’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

      1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/PAkoXJF
      2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
      3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

    • Party Day Reminders:
      • This year for our Fall Party we are looking forward to having parties in our classrooms, however; this year will be different than in the past.
        • Parents and volunteers will not be able to attend.  (We will miss you!)
        •  Snacks will need to be store-bought and individually packaged and respectful of allergies (no peanuts please).

        Like previous years, we will be welcoming your children to wear costumes, if they wish.  One change this year is that children will be able to wear their costumes to school and wear them the whole day.  The intent behind this is to limit children gathering in the restrooms to change, and limit the number of children needing assistance from teachers and staff to get into their costumes.  We invite you to send your children in a costume that includes no weapons or gore, and easily allows your child to participate in regular school routines and procedures.  There will not be any masks other than COVID-19-related face masks allowed. There will not be time given to dress or apply makeup as in years past.

        Please consider the questions below when deciding on a costume:

        • Can they take it off themselves to use the bathroom?
        • Can they fit in their seat at their desk?
        • Can they go down the slide or sit in the swings?

        We ask that you save bulky, inflatable, or extravagant costumes for home use, and dress in a fun and simple costume for the school day.  Fall or pumpkin t-shirts are a great alternative as well.

        We are thrilled at the opportunity to celebrate with your children and look forward to creating another fun and memorable school event for them.

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 12-16, 2020

Math

  • We took our math test this past week on Unit 1: Addition & Subtraction with Fractions.
  • We’ll begin our next unit on adding & subtracting whole numbers & decimals.  
  • We will continue to focus on mastering our multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home and utilize your child’s online access to Moby Max Fact Fluency homework.

ELA

  • We’re working on building our foundation of establishing strong independent reading habits and diving deeper into our stories. 

 

Social Studies

  • With Columbus Day on Monday, we are beginning our unit called Three Worlds Meet which examines the interaction between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in North America. 

 

Miscellaneous

Fall Party:

This year for our Fall Party we are looking forward to having parties in our classrooms, however; this year will be different than in the past.

  • Parents and volunteers will not be able to attend.  (We will miss you!)
  • I will send out an email next Friday, October 16th, asking for snack donations for our party.  Snacks will need to be store-bought and individually packaged and respectful of allergies (no peanuts please).

 

 Like previous years, we will be welcoming your children to wear costumes, if they wish.  One change this year is that children will be able to wear their costumes to school and wear them the whole day.  The intent behind this is to limit children gathering in the restrooms to change, and limit the number of children needing assistance from teachers and staff to get into their costumes.  We invite you to send your children in a costume that includes no weapons or gore, and easily allows your child to participate in regular school routines and procedures.  There will not be any masks other than COVID-19-related face masks allowed. There will not be time given to dress or apply makeup as in years past. 

Please consider the questions below when deciding on a costume:

  • Can they take it off themselves to use the bathroom?  
  • Can they fit in their seat at their desk? 
  • Can they go down the slide or sit in the swings?  

We ask that you save bulky, inflatable, or extravagant costumes for home use, and dress in a fun and simple costume for the school day.  Fall or pumpkin t-shirts are a great alternative as well. 

We are thrilled at the opportunity to celebrate with your children and look forward to creating another fun and memorable school event for them.  

 

Week of October 5-9, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Walkathon- Thank you for your support and generosity in donating to our school! The results will be tallied and communicated next week! 🙂
  • Jet’s Pizza Night – Thursday, Oct. 8!
  • Book It Announcement: Our classroom is participating in the Pizza Hut Book It program again this year.  This program will run from October through March.  Each month your student will bring home a calendar with a reading goal on it.  Every time they reach their goal they can mark it on their calendar.  Return the calendar back to school at the end of the month to receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  Happy Reading!!
  • Turkey Trot IMPORTANT Info!

  • Mask Reminder – With increased concern and awareness of COVID-19 in our district and the impact it could have on our school and classroom, we ask that you please review and reinforce proper mask-wearing with your child. I remind students throughout the day multiple times of proper mask usage. It is and remains to be our highest priority to follow guidelines to avoid having students, or myself, needing to quarantine and be away from the classroom.

Please help me and emphasize washing your hands, wearing masks properly, and being careful with others during this time. Thank you!

 

 

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 28 – October 2, 2020

Math

  • We are continuing to work through Unit 1: Addition & Subtraction with Fractions. 
  • As this unit unfolds, a focus will be to master our multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home.

 

ELA

  • We’re working on establishing strong independent reading habits.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Picture day – Thursday, October 1
    • Personalized picture order forms were sent home with students earlier this week.
  • Walk-a-Thon
    • Today’s walk-a-thon was a success. The kids had fun getting outside and moving!  It’s not too late to pledge and support our school! 🙂
    • We Need All Parents to Complete 3 Easy Steps!
      1.     Register your Child by visiting http://www.getmovinfundhub.com It’s free, easy, and fast to register!  For School Identifier use 5f3d669d605c9
      2.   Consider sending an Email and/ or Text of your child’s student fundraising webpage with 10-15 friends and family. It’s super easy!
      3.   Consider Posting on Facebook or Twitter It’s two clicks of a button to post. You’ll be surprised when donations come in from distant relatives/friends from HS/co-workers.  Post and see what happens!

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 21-25, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Safety program has started this week and will continue through the remainder of the school year.  Please visit mattcooley.edublogs.org/safety-schedule/ to learn more about safety teams and schedule. 

 

  • Spirit Week – September 21-25
    • PJ Day (no pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals)
    • Silly Sock Day
    • Crazy Hair Day
    • Hat Day
    • Maize & Blue Day

 

  • Walkathon!

We are holding our annual WALKATHON next week which is our primary fundraiser for the year.  One of our objectives in the Parent Club is to raise money to help cover costs such as classroom supplies, technology upgrades, storage solutions, books, field trips, parent/child events and other needed items for each class.

We want to promote a healthy lifestyle to our students and the community.  Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting our Walkathon. We have teamed up with Get Movin’© to make this event fun and profitable with online mobile friendly technology! 

We Need All Parents to Complete 3 Easy Steps!

  1.     Register your Child by visiting http://www.getmovinfundhub.com It’s free, easy, and fast to register!  For School Identifier use 5f3d669d605c9
  2.   Consider sending an Email and/ or Text of your child’s student fundraising webpage with 10-15 friends and family. It’s super easy!
  3.   Consider Posting on Facebook or Twitter It’s two clicks of a button to post. You’ll be surprised when donations come in from distant relatives/friends from HS/co-workers.  Post and see what happens!

 

Student Goals!

o   We need 100% student registration please visit http://www.getmovinfundhub.com today!

o   Each student is encouraged to raise at least $30.

o   Be an Overachiever Superstar by raising at least $150.

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