Flipgrid Fun!

Hi friends,

I already miss your sweet faces, and I am so excited to tell you that some of my coworkers have shared an idea that I love! It is called FlipGrid, and it’s a private spot where I can post short videos and you can respond with your own short videos. I’m looking forward to posting some fun ideas for keeping busy and entertained while we’re not in school.

Check out our class  https://flipgrid.com/87fdc335! You will need to log in to access our grids.

**When logging into FlipGrid, be sure to use your child’s school account. The grids are private to protect privacy so only accounts using @hpsstudents.net will work**

 

Check back as I add more topics and new videos, and of course, add your own! I hope to also add this to our google classroom. Have fun!

Dr. VanderJagt sent an email last night that suggested some schedules and resources for at-home learning, and Mrs. Reagan shared some ideas on the Georgetown Elementary blog

I sent a link for all to check out what Google Classroom is all about. Regardless of what (if anything!) you decide to work on with your child, you are doing just fine! I encourage you to focus on family time. This is a great time to step back and take the time to teach important concepts like humanity, kindness, emotion management. Teach a new recipe or a new craft. Try out a new game or make one up. Go outside and explore the backyard. Build. Create. Play! Take time to do all of the wonderful things that we never seem to have the time to do. And try to breathe. 🙂

Here are some ideas:

If you’re worried about missing math…

  • Bake together and discuss fractions
  • Play Yahtzee! (or any other board game) and count up points
  • Practice number sense by playing what-if games or how-many games
    • “If our dog eats 1 ¾ cups of food for breakfast and the same for dinner, how much does he eat in a week? How many meals can we get out of this bag of dog food? Is it a better deal to get the bigger bag or the smaller bag?”
    • “How many grapes do you think are in this bunch? How many grape bunches do you think they have a Meijer? If there is ___ number of grapes on a bunch and ___ number of bunches, how many grapes is that?!”

If you’re worried about missing ELA…

  • Bake together and have your child read the recipe
  • Read a book together, taking turns reading chapters
  • Have your child read to a sibling or a pet or a stuffed animal
  • Write “piggyback” songs or parodies of popular songs

To sum it up, have fun together!

Lastly, please let me know how I can support you and your family. Your child is my top priority, please let them all know that I deeply miss my 5th graders!

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.

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.

I have assigned some math concepts on Moby Max that the kids could practice; along with  fact fluency. Making a reading fort and quiet reading time is a fun way to chill and do some reading. 🙂 Keep watching the blog for updates.

Stay healthy….Love, Mrs. Walenta

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

Miscellaneous

 

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

 

      • Please see the email sent earlier.

 

  • Scholastic Book Fair March 9-13 Our class’s preview day is  Monday and our shopping day is Wednesday.
  • Show off your 5th grade spirit! Join us in wearing our 5th grade shirts every Friday

 

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)

Math:

  • We are beginning unit 6, Operations and Word problems.
  • Students should be completing Moby Max 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.

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

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

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

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

  • Please see the email that was sent with the Spring parent-teacher conference schedule

Scholastic Book Fair March 9-13

  • Our class’s preview day is Monday and our shopping day is Wednesday.
  • 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.

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 24-28, 2020

 

 

Miscellaneous

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

  • Please see the email that was sent with the Spring parent-teacher conference schedule

Scholastic Book Fair March 9-13

  • Our class’s preview day is Monday, March 9 and our shopping day is Wednesday, March 11.

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 10:30-2:00  (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 (Mr. Cooley’s and Mrs. Ball’s classes only)

Math:

  • We are continuing unit 5, Division of Whole Numbers & Decimals.
  • Students should be completing Moby Max 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.
  • 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 beginning our fifth unit, Road to Revolution. We will be examining the events that led to the colonists declaring independence from Britain.

KIDS HEART CHALLENGE! HELP US EARN MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL!


Remember, more than 50% of kids are not getting the physical activity they need to be healthy. You’re helping to change that. We have a special incentive at our school.  If we can get 50% of our students registered and taking the healthy challenges, we will receive an additional $500 to purchase new PE equipment.  Help us reach our goal!  Get your student registered for Kids Heart Challenge today!

http://www2.heart.org/goto/georgetownhudsonville

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)

A reminder note came home today. An email will also be sent with this information.

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. 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 (Mr. Cooley’s and Mrs. Ball’s classes only)

Kids Heart Challenge

Information about Kids Heart Challenge will be coming home with students today.  Please note that this fundraiser is for the American Heart Association, it does also helps us get P.E. Equipment for GT.  The Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser registration is here:  February 6 until February 28.

When your child joins Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart) they will hear from kids with special hearts and raise funds to help those born with heart defects.  Students learn about taking care of their own heart through fun challenges and activities for physical, social and emotional health.

Get online and register your child today here.

Please note that thank-you prizes earned by students will be handed out when they come to P.E. class.  Some prizes need to be ordered when the fundraiser is over and will be delivered sometime in March.  Any money donated after Feb. 28 will not earn prizes.

Thanks for your help!  Mrs. Nienhuis & Mrs. VanKoevering

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)

 

    • Times will be the same as they were in the Fall. A conference time reminder will be sent home next week.

Math:

  • We are beginning unit 5, Division of Whole Numbers & Decimals.
  • Students should be completing Moby Max 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.
  • 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.

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