Week 4 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Walkathon paperwork came home with your child last week. This is our ONLY fundraiser of the year, and it is HUGE for our PTC! Please return these fundraisers in your child’s blue folder before the Walkathon this Thursday, September 24. Our class is currently in THIRD PLACE… if we win, our class will get a pizza party!
  • Interested in being a Zoom mystery reader in our classroom this year? We would love your help! Follow this link to see available slots and to sign-up. Please provide 5 “clues” about yourself in the comments section.
  • If your child participates in a fall sport, please email me their schedule! I LOVE supporting our first graders outside of school, too. ❤️

CELEBRATIONS

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to APRIL for always being a great listener!

First Grade Family Time – Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– We are “building good reading habits” in first grade! This week, we learned the importance of taking a sneak peek at the beginning and doing something at the end of a book. We got our own special reading spots around the room and we got “milk and cookies” reading buddies.

Writing – We continued our small moment storytelling this week by writing our OWN stories! Students learned to plan and sketch before they begin writing. They also learned different strategies for spelling tricky words!

Math – We are becoming experts at number partners! For example, the partners of 6 are 1+5, 2+4, 3+3, etc. We have been using our workbooks to practice writing these partner equations for 6, 7, and 8.

Word Study –  We got our class mascot, Rasheed, this week! He has been teaching us about the letters and sounds in our names.

STAR Assessments – WHEW! We did it! Our first graders are required to take an online reading and math assessment at the start of the school year. We are ALL done!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 21
    • MUSIC
    • Spirit Week: PJ Day
  • Tuesday, September 22
    • P.E.
    • Spirit Week: Silly Socks
  • Wednesday, September 23
    • ART
    • Spirit Week: Crazy Hair
  • Thursday, September 24
    • STEAM
    • Walkathon
    • Spirit Week: Hat Day
  • Friday, September 25
    • MUSIC
    • Library
    • Spirit Week: Maize & Blue Day
  • Wednesday, September 30

Week 3 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Walkathon paperwork came home with your child on Friday. This is our ONLY fundraiser of the year, and it is HUGE for our PTC! Please return these fundraisers in your child’s blue folder before the Walkathon on September 24. 
  • Interested in being a Zoom mystery reader in our classroom this year? We would love your help! Follow this link to see available slots and to sign-up. 
  • If your child participates in a fall sport, please email me their schedule! I LOVE supporting our first graders outside of school, too. ❤️ 

CELEBRATIONS

Quote of the Week – Each week, our class learns about a new quote and spends the whole week trying to embody that quote. At the end of the week, Mrs. Kuiper awards a friend from our class who really shined with that quote’s energy from throughout the week. This week’s quote went to MASON for always being up for a challenge! 

First Grade Family Time – Every Friday, all of the first graders at Georgetown get together for a little assembly! At the assembly, we celebrate our learning, give awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from today’s family time. 

  

10 Star Reward – We did it! Our amazing class of first graders earned 10 stars! We celebrated by having pajama day today! ❤️

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– We learned about our Reader’s Workshop model of a mini-lesson, LOTS of time to read, and a share at the end. We also signed a Reader’s Workshop contract and discussed teacher and student jobs.

Writing – We began writing personal narratives this week! Students wrote about what they did over the summer, on the first day of school, and at recess

Math – This week’s math lessons focused on simple addition and subtraction from 0-10. We used our math workbooks for the first time, and we wrote lots of partner equations. 

Social & Emotional – We continued learning about our emotions this week and brainstormed a list of emotions that we can feel.

Word Study – We have been working on reviewing our letter names and sounds from kindergarten! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 14
    • MUSIC
  • Tuesday, September 17
    • P.E.
  • Wednesday, September 18
    • ART
  • Thursday, September 19S
    • STEAM
  • Friday, September 20
    • MUSIC
    • Early Release

Week 2 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Please remember to send me a note or email if your child has a transportation change!
  • Please practice shoe-tying with your first grader! This is a BIG BIG help for us as we have lots of little shoes to tie each day. 

CELEBRATIONS

Star of the Day – We had three star students in our classroom this week. April, Mason, and Mahlek each shared an “All About Me” page and got to be the line leader for a day!

Quote of the Week – Each week, our class learns about a new quote and spends the whole week trying to embody that quote. At the end of the week, Mrs. Kuiper awards a friend from our class who really shined with that quote’s energy from throughout the week. This week’s quote went to ELAINA for being a kind friend! 

First Grade Family Time – Every Friday, all of the first graders at Georgetown get together for a little assembly! At the assembly, we celebrate our learning and birthdays from the week. We also give awards for the quote of the week, lost teeth, and shoe tying.

OUR LEARNING:

Word Study- We practiced snapping, clapping, and stomping the beats (syllables) in words and then blending the beats back together smoothly. We also played a game where we practiced changing the first sound (phoneme) in our classmates’ names!

Reading We started reader’s workshop this week by talking about how to be a “book buddy” instead of a “book bully” and practiced book shopping from our classroom library! Make sure to ask your child what books they picked to have in their book box this week. 

Math This week’s math lessons focused on number formation, making partners of 10, and skip counting by 2’s and 5’s.  

Social & Emotional We met Mr. Penguin, a stuffed penguin who will help us talk about our emotions throughout this school year!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 8
    • MUSIC
  • Wednesday, September 9
    • PE
  • Thursday, September 10
    • ART
  • Friday, September 11
    • STEAM
    • Celebrate Elliott’s birthday!

Week 1 Highlights

WOW! What an amazing first week! These first graders are ROCKSTARS and have worked so hard this week. Check out what we’ve learned so far:

OUR LEARNING:

Morning Routine – We are practicing using our lockers, taking care of our blue folders, and starting our morning on the right foot. Here is a picture of your child’s morning routine here at school.

Soft Start – No one likes to get right to the hardest jobs when we arrive to work in the morning! It’s helpful for our students to ease into the school day, too, by relaxing when they arrive. “Soft Start” is a time when students can chat with their friends, do a calm activity, and prepare for the day in a non-stressful way. We got to practice lots of soft start choices this week: coloring, play-doh, whiteboards, and more.

Classroom Rules – We have four important rules in our first grade classroom. This week, we have been practicing what each rule looks like and sounds like! Following these expectations helps our classroom be a safer and more loving place where everyone can learn. Our classroom rules are follow directions quickly, raise your hand to speak, make smart choices, and be kind. Ask your child if he or she can show you the hand motions to go with each rule!

Scoreboard – Mrs. Kuiper loves playing games at school! Our class plays the scoreboard game every single day. Students want to earn “Speedy Wolf” points so they can race toward the finish line! But, we earn “Slow Turtle” points when we are not following classroom rules, because it slows down our classroom learning. At the end of the day, if our class earns more “Speedy Wolf” points, we get a STAR! 10 stars = a class reward.

Notes for Parents:

  • Please send in two snacks for your child each day. It works wonderfully if these snacks are in a spot in their backpack and not in their lunchbox; this saves first graders any confusion about what they should be eating for snacks and lunches! 🙂
  • Please practice shoe-tying with your first grader! This is a BIG BIG help for us as we have lots of little shoes to tie each day.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, August 31 – PE
  • Tuesday, September 1 – ART
  • Wednesday, September 2 – STEAM
  • Thursday, September 3 – ART, 12:15 pm early release
  • NO SCHOOL Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7
  • Tuesday, September 8 – MUSIC

Here are some more pictures from our FIRST week of FIRST grade!

Our First Day Together!

We had an AWESOME first day together full of meeting friends, eating snack on our towels, and learning a little about what we will do this year in first grade! Here are some pictures of us eating our snacks outside:

 

Open House Video!

Here is a quick tour of our class, room 104. I am the second first-grade classroom off of the rotunda on the south side of the hall.

I hope to see you on Saturday at supply drop off, (12pm-2pm, back bus loop of GES).  Please know this is completely optional and you are welcome to just come say hi if you are not ready to drop off your supplies.  Also, please feel no pressure to have supplies purchased by the first day of school.  You are welcome to send them in whenever it is convenient for your family.

See you soon,

Emily

Welcome to first grade!

I am so glad that you have found our first grade class blog! Please subscribe to our class blog by typing your email in the upper right-hand corner box. I will be updating it with important first grade information throughout the school year. In addition, please make sure to subscribe to the Georgetown School Blog. Mr. Waldie will provide school-wide information on his blog throughout the summer and school year.

Once you have subscribed and browsed through the blogs, please take a moment to complete several housekeeping items:

  1. Open houses will NOT be happening this year. Instead, I will be hosting a supply drop off and blue folder pick up at the Georgetown Elementary bus loop on Saturday, August 22nd from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Take a look at our first grade school supply list and drop off those items in exchange for your student’s blue folder packed full of important first grade information. If you cannot make it, please have your child bring their supplies with them on the first day of school.
  2. Please take a few quick minutes to fill out this brief Parent Survey. This survey helps me to get a better picture of your child as a learner and provides me with some necessary contact information for this year. Thank you in advance!
  3. One final optional form is this Parent Contact Info form. The results will be visible to you, allowing you to contact other parents to set up playdates, birthday parties, etc.

I am looking forward to meeting you all! This will be a school year to remember and I look forward to watching your child learn and grow.

Best,

Emily

Summer Opportunities!

I hope that everyone’s summer is off to a GREAT start!

I wanted to remind everyone that I strongly encourage your child to continue reading 20 minutes each day (Epic! and RazKids will remain available through this summer), writing 2-3 sentences in a journal each day, and working on MobyMax Fact Fluency for 5 minutes each day. This will help your child to retain all of the skills and knowledge learned this year!

Below are some free summer learning opportunities, check them out!

Free Summer Learning Opportunities:

Camp Kinda: Camp Kinda is a free virtual summer experience designed to keep kids in grades K-8 engaged, curious, and having fun—even if they’re stuck at home. It’s like summer camp… kinda.

MDE Summer Resources: Many resources including elementary, middle, and high school literacy and math, as well as social-emotional links are just a click away from The Michigan Department of Education.

Summer Book Clubs from Local libraries:
Gary Byker Memorial Library in Hudsonville
GeorgetownTownship Public Library
Patmos Library in Jamestown

Michigan eLibrary: MeL is a 24/7 digital library for Michigan residents.

Creative Summer Learning Ideas from Scholastic: Keep kids learning during vacation with these great activities, from road-trip bingo to ice cube experiments, and much more. Grades PreK-K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8

Virtual Field Trips Families can join their students on virtual field trips to enhance student learning. 
Suggestions include:
Pure Michigan Virtual Travel: “Whether it’s from your couch, kitchen or patio, stay connected with each other in Pure Michigan.”
Virtual field trips around the world: Virtual trips, Museum visits, and Webcams “Take a trip around the world while staying home.”

Ten Ways to Get Kids Reading Over the Summer and Prevent Summer Reading Loss:  “With endless summer activities calling, it can be a challenge for many parents to get their child to pick up a book and practice his or her reading skills. By incorporating reading activities into each day of summer vacation, you can encourage your child to read more—and have fun doing it.”

Backyard Challenge– Six weeks of easy to do backyard challenges
We currently have three exciting pathways for you to take:
The Great Backyard Challenge: A six week exploratory! Venture outside each week with a new theme. Complete the challenge and submit your entry. Anyone who submits all six weeks will receive an ODC T-Shirt in the mail!
Backyard Learning Adventure: Looking to go deeper into your backyard? Check out the five crusades we have put together that take you on a deeper learning journey in your own backyard! Look for additional crusades throughout spring and summer 2020!
The Nature Rich Community Park Passport: Explore West Michigan. This project will bring you up to 15 different parks and natural areas in West Michigan to explore and discover at. Complete the passport and win prizes!

School at Home, June 5th

Good morning and happy FRIDAY!

Here is Mrs. Kuiper’s video for today:

Memory Book – do page 9 today!

Remember our parade is today at 12:00 pm at the Georgetown Elementary bus loop. Please check your email for more details!

Here is our read-aloud for today, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.

I miss you and love you all SO much!

School at Home, June 4th

Good morning and happy THURSDAY!

Here is Mrs. Kuiper’s video for today:

Here is our first grade memory slideshow:

Memory Book – do page 8 today!

Zoom:

Our class LAST Zoom call today will be at 11:00 am! Come prepared with your FAVORITE first grade memory.

Emily Kuiper is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Mrs. Kuiper’s Class

Time: Jun 4, 2020 11:00 AM America/Detroit

Join Zoom Meeting

https://hpseagles.zoom.us/j/87100594812?pwd=ZnIwSWE0QXZIeE51endqQ1hyV0lUQT09

Meeting ID: 871 0059 4812

Password: kuiper

Here is our read-aloud for today, I Knew You Could! by Craig Dorfman.

I miss you and love you all SO much!

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