Week 19 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Please send me your child’s winter sports schedules! I would LOVE to come and watch!
  • Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered in our classroom this week! Here is the sign up for next week.
  • Scholastic Book Club orders are due January 31st.
  • The annual P.E Apparel sale is officially open and will be open until January 29, 2020.   If you are interested in buying any apparel, you must order online.  

    The link is: https://bit.ly/30fOoh0

    Here is the design and colors available:

    2020 PE APPAREL LINK-01.jpg

    Please contact Mrs.  Nienhuis or Mrs. VanKoevering if you have any questions.

    616-797-9797 ext. 7460

    tnienhui@hpseagles.net or mvankoev@hpseagles.net

    Thanks so much for your help!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to Olivia for being a rainbow in someone else’s cloud!

Mystery Reader – This week our class had TWO mystery readers! Mrs. Kuiper’s sister, Miss Natalie, surprised us on Thursday and RJ’s mom surprised us on Friday!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading–  Students learned all about the characters in their books and studied the difference between inside traits (kind, funny, sad) and outside traits (tall, brown hair, freckles).

Writing – Students continued writing reviews, this week reviewing the best restaurant and school subject.

Math – We continued working on place value, focusing on addition with teen numbers, and doubles (2+2, 3+3) up to 10.

Word Study – Students learned new snap words with the ‘ould’ ending (could, should, would).

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, January 20th
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Kinsman
  • Tuesday, January 21st
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Will
  • Wednesday, January 22nd
    • ART
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Allison
  • Thursday, January 23rd
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Emma
  • Friday, January 24th
    • MUSIC
      Star of the Day: Colton

Week 18 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Please make sure that you are sending your child with a winter jacket, snow pants, hat, mittens, and snow boots each day! Even without snow on the ground, it has been very cold outside.
  • Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered in our classroom this week! Here is the sign up for next week.
  • Scholastic Book Club orders are due January 31st.
  • See Mrs. Reagan’s blog for more information on PK/K registration for younger siblings for the 2020-2021 school year!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to Charles for always being up for a challenge!

Birthdays – This week we celebrated Bryson and Elise’s birthdays!

Shoe Tying Club – Elise got an award for joining the shoe tying club!

 

Mystery Reader – Elise’s dad surprised us on Friday as a mystery reader. He read Mahalia Mouse Goes to College and Baby Elephant Goes to Work, a story he wrote for Elise! We loved hearing the stories!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading–  Students reviewed and practiced reader’s workshop expectations, practiced doing some 5 finger retells, worked on close reading, and began setting goals with Mrs. Kuiper. Be on the lookout for goal sheets in blue folders throughout the month of January!

Writing – Students began writing reviews in our new unit. They picked the best item in their collection and persuaded their readers with an introduction, 3 reasons, details, and a conclusion.

Math – We began our math switch where students visited other 1st grade classes for individualized math instruction. This week we worked on place value and compared teen numbers with > and < signs.

Word Study – Students learned that each syllable in a word needs a vowel. This translated to writer’s workshop where students clapped to separate syllables and made sure that each one had a vowel.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, January 13th
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Kennedy
  • Tuesday, January 14th
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Evelynne
  • Wednesday, January 15th
    • PE
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Jacob
  • Thursday, January 16th
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Aaron
  • Friday, January 10th
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Kinsman

Week 17 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Thank you so much for the generous cards, gifts, and love! I feel incredibly thankful to have the best job in the world. Teaching your children is such a blessing. I have been enjoying my holiday break spending time with family and friends. I hope that you and your families have had time to relax and make memories together as well!
  • For our next writing unit, students will need to bring in a special shoebox on Tuesday, January 7th. A paper copy was sent home on Friday, but here is the digital copy as well: 

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – Last week’s quote went to Allison for always choosing kindness!

Birthdays – Last week we celebrated Jacob and Carter’s birthdays and RJ’s half birthday!

Mystery Reader – Kashen’s mom surprised us on Thursday as a mystery reader! We loved hearing the story!

Holiday Party – Thank you to all of the parents who helped make our holiday party a success. We had so much fun!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading–  We wrapped up our nonfiction unit in reading! Students enjoyed learning so much about the world around them by reading nonfiction texts.

Writing – Students published their nonfiction chapter books! They all worked SO hard on their books. Mrs. Kuiper is holding on to these until the end of the school year.

Math – We began an introduction to place value. Students worked on identifying numbers in the tens and ones place. When we return to school next week, students will be participating in a math switch where they will visit other 1st grade classes for individualized math instruction.

Word Study – Students learned some new snap words that we added to our word wall.

Social Studies – We traveled to Sweden, Mexico, America, and France. We learned all about holiday traditions in those countries.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, January 6th
    • School Resumes
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Olivia
    • Celebrate Bryson’s Birthday!
  • Tuesday, January 7th
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Alyssa
  • Wednesday, January 8th
    • MUSIC
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Tinley
  • Thursday, January 9th
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Lila
    • Celebrate Elise’s Birthday!
  • Friday, January 10th
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Alesha

Week 16 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Our class will be visiting the Penguin Patch holiday shop this Wednesday, December 18th. If you would like your child to shop at the holiday shop, please send his/her $ in a labeled envelop.
  • Our classroom holiday party will be on Thursday, December 19 from 12:30-1:45 pm. Parent volunteers, be on the lookout for an email from me with confirmation details!
  • Please email me your child’s winter sport scheduleso I can come cheer him/her on!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to Evelynne for always caring for her classmates.

Mystery Reader – Charles’ mom surprised us on Thursday as a mystery reader! She read The Itchy Book. We loved hearing the story!

Holiday Program – It was such a joy to watch your children perform at the holiday program! They did amazing. Here are some class photos from the evening.

OUR LEARNING:

Reading–  We continued learning about nonfiction texts. On Friday, our 4th grade buddies came to help us with a text feature scavenger hunt!

Writing – Students continued working on nonfiction stories this week! Wow, your kids know so much about different animals, places, holidays, sports, and so much more.

Math – We wrapped up unit 3 on story problems! Students did amazing on the tests which will be sent home later this week.

Word Study – This week students learned that digraphs can come at the end of words, too!

Social Studies – This week we traveled to Australia, India, Germany, and the Netherlands. We learned all about holiday traditions in those countries.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, December 16th
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Carter
    • Wear Green/Red Day
  • Tuesday, December 17th
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Miyah
    • Holiday Hat Day
  • Wednesday, December 18th
    • STEAM
    • Penguin Patch Holiday Shop
    • Star of the Day: Dominic
    • Cozy Scarf or Socks Day
    • Celebrate Jacob’s Birthday!
  • Thursday, December 19th
    • MUSIC
    • No Star of the Day
    • Class Holiday Party
    • Pajama Day
    • Celebrate RJ’s Half Birthday!
  • Friday, December 20th
    • PE
    • No Star of the Day
    • Holiday Sweater/ Shirt Day
    • Celebrate Carter’s Birthday!
  • Monday, January 6th
    • School Resumes
    • Art
    • Star of the Day: Olivia
    • Celebrate Bryson’s Birthday!

Holiday Program

Our first graders are so excited to perform for you at our annual school holiday music program on Thursday, December 12, 2019! Here are ALL of the details you need to know about the event.

Where is the program? The holiday program is held at Fair Haven Ministries just down the road from Georgetown Elementary at the corner of Baldwin Street and 28th Ave.

Why is it held at a church?  Our elementary schools have grown so big that we need a big space to perform!  We are too big for the High School or Freshman Auditoriums.  Fair Haven seats about 1500 and graciously allows Hudsonville schools to rent their auditorium for our performances.

What time do students need to be there?
Students need to report to their assigned classroom 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.

  • 6:30 – 7:00   K-2nd     (Students report at 6:15)
  • 7:45 – 8:15   3rd-5th   (Students report at 7:30)

It is very important not to be late so teachers have enough time to line students up in their riser orders, pass out props and make sure everyone who has a special part is accounted for. Please do not send your child to the classroom unsupervised or prior to their scheduled time.  Please keep their coats with you.

Where does my child need to go when they get to the church?
There will be signs directing you to your child’s classroom.
Below are the room assignments by grade along with a map of the rooms.

  • K and 5th – Family Life Center 
  • 1st  and 3rd –  100 Wing
  • 2nd  and 4th –  400 Wing

How long will the program be?  Each group will perform for about 30 minutes. There will be 45 minutes between the two programs for K-2nd grade students to leave and upper elementary students to arrive for the next program.

What order are the grades singing? The grades are singing in order of age: Kindergarten perform first, then 1st/2nd grade, then 3rd grade and finally 4th/5th grade.

Can we save seats earlier in the day? No. The only reserved seats will be marked off and are for the directors, students and teachers. Seating is first come first serve when the doors open.

PLEASE be respectful and courteous to other families. Everyone wants a good seat and we will do our best to fit everyone into the auditorium.  Please try to keep young children on your laps and not to take up unnecessary seats in order to leave more space for others.

Is food or drink allowed in the church? Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the church. This is strictly enforced.

Do the students need to wear anything special? No. Most students love to dress up and will wear special holiday dresses or outfits, but there is no requirement. The exception to this is if your child has a special part. Some parts require special costumes. Many costumes are provided, but some may have to be brought from home. If your child has a special part, they should have brought home a “congratulations” letter that would say if they need to wear or bring anything special. Please note that if your child has a special part that requires a costume, they will NOT have time to change in between songs and will need to wear their costume for the entire performance.

How do students get special parts? For most parts, students audition during the school day. Sometimes simple parts are randomly chosen by pulling a class number from a jar or assigning my ipad to randomly pick a name. I also keep track of every student who has ever had a Christmas program part from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Whenever possible, I try to give parts to students who have not ever had parts or who have not had parts in the past couple years. Typically, I will have about 50-100 students audition for one part! I narrow the students down to about 20 and put those names in a bowl and draw a lucky winner. Although I would love everyone to have a part, having almost 600 students and only a handful of parts each year is very difficult. I discuss this with the students and they realize everyone cannot have a solo part, but that EVERY single person is important to the success of the program. Most songs have special props or motions that involve everyone as well.

How do we order a DVD of the performance? WCET TV records the performance each year.  They sell DVD’s for $15.

Please fill this form out and return to office.Holiday DVD Form 2019

Who do I contact if I have questions? Please email Mrs. Bretz at abretz@hpseagles.net.  This is usually the fastest way to communicate with me- especially the day or two before the program.   I am often out of my classroom during dress rehearsals so phone messages are not always able to be checked.

Week 15 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • If you would like to volunteer in our classroom this week, please sign up here! We only had 1 out of 10 slots filled last week. Amazing volunteers like you help our students to grow as readers!
  • If you signed up to bring in gingerbread house supplies, please make sure to send it to school with your child by Tuesday, December 10th at the latest! That is when we will be building our gingerbread houses. Thank you so much for all of the donations we have already received.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to RJ for exploring the world as a reader!

Shoe Tying Club – Alesha got an award for joining the shoe tying club!

Birthdays – We celebrated Charles’ 7th birthday this week!

Mystery Reader – Colton’s grandma surprised us on Friday as a mystery reader! She read Steam Train, Dream Train and Quiet Wyatt. We loved hearing the stories!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– This week we continued our non-fiction unit. Students worked on strategies to solve hard words in their non-fiction books.

Writing – Students learned how to make a table of contents for their books and used comparisons to describe details in their books.

Math – We worked on solving mixed addition and subtraction story problems. Look for your child’s quick quiz from Thursday in their blue folder.

Word Study – This week students learned that blends don’t just come at the beginnings of words, they can also come at the ends of words.

Social Studies – We began our Holidays Around the World unit! Students received a suitcase and passport to prepare for our adventure on Monday. This week we traveled to Greenland, Israel, and England. Be sure to ask your child what they learned!

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, December 9th
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Elise
  • Tuesday, December 10th
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Charles
  • Wednesday, December 11th
    • STEAM
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: RJ
  • Thursday, December 12th
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Dominic
  • Friday, December 13th
    • PE
    • Early Release
    • Star of the Day: Kashen

Holiday Festivities

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Here is some important information on upcoming holiday festivities.
Holiday Party
If you are interested in volunteering at our Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec 19 @ 12:30-1:45 pm please sign up on this spreadsheet. There’s a tab at the bottom of the sheet that has game/craft ideas if you’re looking for inspiration. Make sure you have filled out the background check form if you are planning to volunteer!
Gingerbread Houses
We are teaming up with our fourth grade buddies to make gingerbread houses as part of our “Holidays Around the World” learning! Shhhh….this is a surprise for the first graders. If you would like to donate something for our gingerbread houses, please sign-up on this sheet. Donations will be due by Friday, December 6th.
Holiday Program
The 2019 Holiday Program will be December 12, 6:30 pm at Fair Haven!
Candy Cane Sales
Fifth grade students are selling candy canes to help fund 5th grade camp!
  • Starts: Wednesday, December 4
  • Ends: Wednesday, December 18
  • Cost: $1 per candy cane

Week 13 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • THANK YOU to all of our amazing parents for coming to parent teacher conferences! It was such a gift to talk about your child’s progress with you.
  • The Scholastic Book Club order forms were sent home on Friday! You can order online here.
  • Turkeys in Disguise are due November 26th. It has been SO fun seeing all of the creative ideas.
  • If you would like to volunteer in our classroom this week, please sign up here!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to EMMETT for always being himself!

Lost Tooth Club – Elise got an award for joining the lost tooth club!

Mystery Reader – Dominic’s mom surprised us on Friday as a mystery reader! She read Turkey Trouble. We loved hearing the story.

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– This week we began our non-fiction unit. Students practiced taking a sneak peak, chatting about what they learned, and rereading to help them comprehend what they read in their non-fiction books.

Writing – Students worked on teaching with their illustrations in their books and using mentor texts to help them research topics they were interested in learning more about.

Math – We worked on solving subtraction story problems. Students practiced finding which number was the total and which numbers were the partners. From there, they made a math mountain to solve.

Word Study – This week students learned about these word endings:

  • ing
  • ed
  • s/es

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, November 25
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Aaron
  • Tuesday, November 26
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Kinsman
  • Wednesday, November 27
    • No School
  • Thursday, November 28
    • Happy Thanksgiving!
    • No School
  • Friday, November 29
    • No School
  • Monday, December 2
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Will
    • Mrs. Kuiper will be at professional development in the morning. There will be a guest teacher in our class from 8:45 am – 12:00 pm.

Week 12 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • The P.E. C.A.R.E.S. food drive will continue until Nov. 21.
  • The Scholastic Book Fair is at our school this week! We will preview the fair on Monday, November 18th and we will get to shop at the fair on Wednesday, November 20th. Students can also shop during parent teacher conferences!
  • If you would like to volunteer in our classroom this week, please sign up here!
  • Here is our conference schedule:

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to MIYAH for always doing the right thing!

Lost Tooth Club – Emmett got an award for joining the lost tooth club!

Mystery Reader – Evelynne’s mom surprised us on Thursday as a mystery reader! She read The Giving Tree and Madeline. We loved hearing the stories.

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– This week wrapped up our Word Detective unit! We learned about vowel teams and contractions. Next week we will begin our non-fiction unit.

Writing – We began our non-fiction chapter book unit! Students began writing about topics that they are experts on. Some students wrote about animals, sports, or TV shows they know know lots about.

Math – We worked on solving subtraction equations. Students solved subtraction equations by making math mountains and by clapping and counting on to the total, looking at their fingers for the answer.

Word Study – This week we solved our last three case files from the SSDA:

  • The Case of Words In Disguise, we can read contractions.
  • The Case of Compound Words, we can read compound words.
  • The Case of Look Alike Words, we can read tricky words that look like words we already know.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, November 18
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Emmett
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Tuesday, November 19
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Alesha
  • Wednesday, November 20
    • STEAM
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Kennedy
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, November 21
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Evelynne
  • Friday, November 22
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Lila

Week 11 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive started on Nov. 6.  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). The food drive will continue until Nov. 21.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive.  The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt. This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
  • Continue practicing shoe tying at home! Students can join our shoe tying club once they show Mrs. Kuiper that they can tie their shoes independently.
  • If you would like to volunteer in our classroom, please sign up here!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to COLTON for always helping others!

Mystery Reader – Olivia’s mom surprised us on Friday as a mystery reader! She read Home Sweet Home. We loved hearing the story.

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– This week we practiced scooping up words in phrases and worked on taking a closer look at the beginning of tricky words.

Writing – We wrapped up our how-to writing unit this week. Students watched this video of a dad following his children’s EXACT directions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Some of the students wanted to bring extra paper home to try it with their parents!

Math – We began solving equations with unknown partners. Students solved for the missing addend by making math mountains and by clapping and counting on, looking at their fingers for the answer.

Word Study – This week we received a HUGE package from the SSDA! It contained case files with evidence bags. So far, we have solved two cases:

  • The Case of the Letter Twins, we can pull double consonants in the middle of words apart to break the word into two syllables. Then, we can put the parts back together to read the whole word.
  • The Case of the Sticky Letters, we can blend the sounds of THREE letters stuck together before a vowel to help us read lots of words.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, November 11
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Kinsman
  • Tuesday, November 12
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Olivia
  • Wednesday, November 13
    • STEAM
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Alyssa
  • Thursday, November 14
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Tinley
  • Friday, November 15
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Lila
    • Early Release

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