What’s Coming Up- Week of September 10


Wow, it has been an enjoyable beginning of school for our 5th graders! It was fantastic having our classmates get acquainted by each of them sharing their special talents. It was so cool seeing the variety of talents within our classroom!  What a talented group of kids! 🙂 Throughout the next few weeks we will continue to do some class bonding activities. Near the end of next week we will be participating in a online bullying awareness survey. We have a no tolerance bullying policy! Please stay updated on school happenings by checking our blogs daily.

The first unit we will be working on in math this year is Basic Fact Fluency.  The students will practice multiplication and division facts in order to continue developing these concepts and help students learn/master their facts.  We will be using a variety of strategies that will allow all students to be successful.  These strategies include games, timed tests, partner work and much more.  Please practice with your son/daughter the next few weeks to give your child an extra boost with their fluency and confidence.  Thanks so much!

The first unit we will be doing in writing this year will be Memoirs.  We’ll be expecting the students to rise to new heights this year, to reach for horizons that are far more ambitious than they have ever known.  This year will be for work that is more grown-up, more important, than anything they’ve done before.  We will be building off our Personal Narratives and taking it to that next level.  Memoirs will require more reflection, synthesis, and critical thinking usually in a retrospective fashion (a now and then).  Memoir is the writer’s effort to say something big and important about himself or herself.  It is also their chance to “read” or reflect on the stories of one’s own life and develop interpretations, or life lessons, about one’s own life.  We have years of stories, now is the opportunity to lay these stories out and reflect on their meaning.
Therefore, this week we will collect snippets of as many memories as we can and write.  Some will be stuck for ideas, so we will rely on what we know: first times, last times, important people, place, and things. Here’s to a great week of writing 🙂

Our school year begins by reviewing test taking strategies, and building stamina for reading.  Using short story fiction and nonfiction texts the 5th graders will revisit the sequence of good test taking strategies for multiple choice style tests. We will model how to think through a text when reading by leaving thinking tracks, how to highlight important information, and practice how to eliminate silly answer choices.  By the end of the week the focus will shift from answering multiple choice questions to answering questions with a written response. We will distinguish answering questions in writing that use the verbs: describe, tell, list, explain, and interpret.  Each day we will reserve time for the students to have independent reading time.  During this independent reading time, we will be conferencing with the kids to get to know their strengths and interests in reading.  Beginning next week we will begin our daily reading homework and have kids keep track of their daily minutes in a reading log.  Make sure to check with your child’s teacher’s blog to see how they will be managing this weekly homework.  Happy reading!

Awesome First Day!


We had a wonderful  first day today! The kids were very engaged and interested to learn how our school year is going to run.  We talked about respect and since we are 5th graders we need to be positive role models for the rest of the school! Our class was very excited to meet our kindergarten bus buddies at the end of the day. We also had 5 of our students share their special talents and are looking forward to those who will share the rest of the week!

Thank you for all of the classroom donations! 🙂  We are very blessed to have our cupboard full of klennex, wipes and store goodies!

I talked to the students about not having agendas this year. We all will have to adjust to watching the blog for class and homework updates! Please sign the red paper that came home today pertaining to the blogs. Thank you! Looking forward to a wonderful Wednesday!

All About 5th Grade!


Dear 5th grade parents,

Welcome to the 5th grade at Georgetown Elementary! It is exciting to be starting a new school year that will be filled with a variety of learning opportunities. Since there are many new faces on the fifth grade teaching team, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves.  Mrs. Burdis has taught for 12 years in Hudsonville with the last six years in  5th grade at Georgetown.  Mr. Gort has taught middle school and upper elementary for many years.  Mr. Bialochowski has been part of the Georgetown staff in both 3rd and 4th grade. Mrs. Walenta has taught for 12 years in a variety of elementary classroom settings. We are thrilled to be working together as a team to help our students build a bridge from the elementary to the middle school.

During the school day your child will be traveling for two classroom subjects.  The students will be placed in a math class with other students who are learning at the same academic pace.  You will be notified of your child’s placement in the coming weeks.

* Mr. Gort will teach the on grade challenge math group.

* Mr. Bialochowski and Mrs. Walenta will teach the grade level math group.

* Mrs. Burdis will teach the support level math group.

 This year the students will have science and history everyday. We will be sharing the students as follows:

Mr. Gort/ Mrs. Walenta will team teach:

* Mr. Gort will teach history for both classrooms.

* Mrs. Walenta will teach science for both classrooms.

Mrs. Burdis/Mr. Bialochowski will team teach:

* Mrs. Burdis will teach history for both classrooms.

* Mr. Bialochowski  will teach science for both classrooms.

Please remember to check our classroom blogs daily to stay current on our classroom and school events. Here are our the  links to our blogs:

The four of us will meet often to discuss our students’ progress. If you ever have a question please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,
The 5th grade team
Ryan Bialochowski rbialoc@hpseagles.net     797-9797  ext: 22302
Kym Burdis                kburdis@hpseagles.net     797-9797  ext:  22303
Mike Gort                    mgort@hpseagles.net         797-9797  ext: 22307
Karen Walenta         kwalenta@hpseagles.net   797-9797  ext. 22305

Share Your Talent!


Dear 5th Grade Student,

We all have many talents and gifts that make us unique and special.  Often these talents are not noticed and/or celebrated. These talents can range from sports, to drawing, to playing instruments ,and the list goes on and on.  Our 5th grade class is going to take the time during the first week of school to hear about a talent shared by each one of our classmates and celebrate you and your gift. Please start thinking about what talent you want to share with the class and come ready to share all about it (see list below for what day you will share). You may talk about your talent, demonstrate your talent, bring in an object or picture of your talent, or do all the above. Your teacher will also be sharing their talent. So make sure you are there! I can’t wait to see what your talent will be as well as celebrate with you!


Mrs. Walenta

Tuesday, September 4

Kayla   Alyssa   Caleb

Will     Annalee  

Wednesday, September 5

Annabel    Emma   Matthew

Javier   Jacob   Brayden

Thursday, September 6

Megan    Kevin    Jack   Caden  V.

Brianna     Jordan

Friday, September 7  

Caden B.   Madison   Kaitlyn

Jada       Branden   Danielle



Reminders to begin our 5th grade year!


I am looking forward to meeting all of you at our school open house next Wednesday, August 29th from 6:30- 7:30 PM! 🙂  That evening while checking out our 5th grade classroom, please take time to sign up to bring shared classroom supplies, help at classroom parties, and check that I have your updated e-mail!

Don’t forget to check the classroom supply list on my blog! It would be wonderful for the students to bring these supplies on the first day of school! 🙂

If you have not had a chance to fill out my parent survey, please take a few minutes on my blog to complete it before school begins. Reading parental input is always helpful for me to receive in site into my students!

Looking forward to a great year!



Supplies for the Year

I know many of you are excited to school shop.  Here are the supplies to pick up:

Supply list needed for the classroom:

  • Pencil Box
  • 2-Spiral notebooks (wide rule)
  • 4-pocket folders (red, yellow, green, blue)
  • 1- two pocket folder with fasteners
  • Sticky Notes
  • Extra #2 Pencils
  • Two Dry Erase Markers
  • Highlighter
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Clorox Wipes (any disinfectant disposable wipes)
  • Box of Tissue
    Please do NOT bring a trapper keeper!  These are just to TOO BIG to store in the classroom.

Highly Recommended Item

  • Gym shoes to be left at school for Physical Education Class

Below are additional supplies that kids often like to bring for their private use.

  • Colored Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Colored Marking Pen for Editing (not black or blue)
  • Small Pencil Sharpener
  • Locker Mirrors
  • Magnets to hold pictures in lockers

Printable Supply List 2012-13

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