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

PE Cares!

The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 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.

Week 10 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Conference time forms were sent home this week. Please return the bottom portion of the form to school by Friday, November 8th to confirm your conference time or request a different time.
  • 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.
  • Reading calendars for November were sent home this week. Return these at the end of the month to receive a free pizza from Pizza Hut!
  • If you would like to volunteer in our classroom, please sign up here!

CELEBRATIONS:

Mrs. Kuiper was out sick on Friday, so this week’s awards will be handed out on Monday. I will post photos on the blog then!

We had so much fun at our Fall Party! Thank you to everyone who gave their time and resources to help make this party a success. Here are some photos from our party!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– This week we learned more about snap words! Snap words help our reading become easier and also help us solve more tricky words.

Writing – We continued working on our very one how-to writing pieces. Students also practiced fixing sentences that had errors in them.

Math – We reviewed addition and subtraction at the beginning of the week and had our unit 2 test on Wednesday! Tests will be shared with parents at conferences later this month.

Word Study – This week we learned that the silent e makes vowels e, i, o, and u say their names! We also learned about the vowel teams ee and ea, which both say the long e sound in words.

  

Social Studies – This week students began sharing out their rules and hanging up their rule posters around our classroom. They had some amazing new rules to share with us!

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, November 4
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Dominic
  • Tuesday, November 5
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Kashen
  • Wednesday, November 6
    • ART
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Carter
  • Thursday, November 7
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Miyah
  • Friday, November 8
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Jacob

Week 9 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Conference time forms will be sent home in your child’s blue folder tomorrow. Please return the bottom portion of the form to school by Friday, November 8th to confirm your conference time or request a different time.
  • Our fall party will be on Thursday, October 31 from 12:30-1:30 pm. Your child is welcome to wear their costume to school.
  • Please send in one bottle of hand sanitizer with your child this week!
  • 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.
  • New Scholastic Book Club order forms were sent home this week. This is a great idea for holiday gifts!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to WILL for always believing in himself!

Lost Tooth Club – Evelynne, Alesha, and Kashen all lost teeth AT SCHOOL this week! They joined our Lost Tooth Club.

Mystery Reader – Kennedy’s dad surprised us on Friday as our first mystery reader! He read Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete. We loved hearing the story.

Class Tickets – Students earn tickets for following our class rules. On the last Friday of each month, they can choose to spend them or save them for a bigger prize. We had so much fun counting our tickets on Friday! Some students purchased coupons to write with a pen for the day, go barefoot for the day, or even chew bubble gum for the day. Other students are saving up for free time on Clever or lunch with Mrs. Kuiper!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– This week we completed our first bend in our Word Detective unit. During our Reader’s Workshop on Friday, the Super Secret Detective Agency knocked on our door and delivered a top secret envelope. The envelope contained word detective badges and certificates for our first grade readers.

Writing – We finished up our shared writing on how to make a jelly sandwich! Then, everyone chose their very own how-to topic and began writing step by step directions to teach a reader how to do something.

Math – We began comparing addition and subtraction problems by labeling the total (T) and partners (P) in the addition equation and seeing which one is missing in the subtraction equation to find the answer.

We also started doing vertical addition and subtraction problems.

Word Study – This week we learned that the silent e makes vowels other than ‘a’ say their long vowel sound, too!

Social Studies – This week we started our first social studies unit on rules, rights, and responsibilities. Students worked in small groups to make new rules for different parts of our school.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 28
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Colton
  • Tuesday, October 29
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Bryson
    • Picture Retake Day
    • Turkey Trot
  • Wednesday, October 30
    • PE
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Elise
  • Thursday, October 31
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Charles
    • Fall Party
  • Friday, November 1
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: RJ

Week 8 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Interested in volunteering in our classroom? We would love your help as a morning baggie book volunteer or an afternoon sight word volunteer! Follow this link to see available slots and to sign up. Make sure to fill out the background check form.
  • Interested in being a mystery reader in our classroom? Follow this link to see available slots and to sign up. Again, please make sure to fill out the background check form.
  • Please complete conference time preference form. The form will close at 11:59 pm on October 24th!
  • Our fall party will be on Thursday, October 31 from 12:30-1:30 pm. Your child is welcome to wear their costume to school.
  • Please take a moment to give your child permission to participate in our school’s Art Prize 2020 entry! Follow this link to fill out the permission form.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to KENNEDY for using kind words!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– This week we began our second unit of reading which is all about being word detectives. The Super Secret Detective Agency delivered us a top secret envelope with 5 missions for our class to complete. This week we completed two missions! On Friday, our 4th grade buddies came to read with us again!

       

Writing – We celebrated our short story unit with a candy corn party this week! We also began our second writing unit, “How-To Writing.” Mrs. Kuiper taught the class how to make a jelly sandwich this week with jelly, bread, and a knife. We began working together to write a how-to piece on how to make a jelly sandwich so that other people can learn how, too!

Math – We began solving subtraction equations this week using circle drawings. The number of circles represent the total, a line crosses out the number being taken away (followed by a break apart stick), and the number of circles not crossed out tells us our answer! See the example below for a visual.

Word Study – This week we began our second word study unit, all about the mystery of the silent e. We worked on sorting words with the vowel ‘a’ that did and did not have an e at the end of the word. In words without an ‘e’ at the end, the ‘a’ said its short vowel sound. In words with an ‘e’ at the end, the ‘a’ said its long vowel sound.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 21
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Aaron
  • Tuesday, October 22
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Kinsman
  • Wednesday, October 23
    • MUSIC
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Will
  • Thursday, October 24
  • Friday, October 25
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Emma

Week 7 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Please incorporate sight words into your child’s 20 minutes of reading each night. Read the sight word parent letter to learn about fun ways for your child to practice these words. Once your child moves onto the next level, a new packet of words will come home in his/her blue folder.
  • Interested in volunteering in our classroom? We would love your help as a morning baggie book volunteer or an afternoon sight word volunteer! Follow this link to see available slots and to sign-up. Make sure to fill out the background check form.
  • Sign up to volunteer at our fall party here! Make sure to fill out the background check form.
  • Thank you for your generous donations! Our class loved using the new puzzles during soft start this week.

CELEBRATIONS:

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

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

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– We worked on our reading comprehension this week. While reading as a class and independently, we practiced “reading with a pencil” to show our thinking.

Writing – We revised and edited our favorite stories this week! We are putting finishing touches on them to share them with the whole class this week.

Math – We continued practicing the counting on strategy. We began underlining the larger number and starting there to be more efficient when solving addition equations. On Friday, we played a fun fall addition game with dice!

Word Study – This week we graduated from our first word study unit! Pomp and Circumstance was playing in the background and each student got a diploma.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 14
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Emmett
  • Tuesday, October 15
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Alesha
  • Wednesday, October 16
    • MUSIC
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Kennedy
  • Thursday, October 17
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Evelynne
  • Friday, October 18
    • PE
    • Early Release at 12:15 pm
    • Popcorn Day

Week 6 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Culver’s Night is Monday, October 6th from 5:00-8:00 pm! Mrs. Kuiper will be at Culver’s from 5:00-6:00 pm!
  • Our next Star of the Day sheet went home in your child’s blue folder on Friday. On their assigned day, your child may bring in one show and tell item. Please see the salmon colored sheet for more guidelines on what is and is not allowed at school.
  • Please incorporate sight words into your child’s 20 minutes of reading each night. Read the sight word parent letter to learn about fun ways for your child to practice these words. Once your child moves onto the next level, a new packet of words will come home in his/her blue folder.
  • Interested in volunteering in our classroom? We would love your help as a morning baggie book volunteer or an afternoon sight word volunteer! Follow this link to see available slots and to sign-up. Feel free to bring in younger siblings. Mrs. Kuiper has toys that siblings can play with while parents are reading with students.
  • The deadline to register for the Hudsonville Turkey Trot is October 9! Click here  to register! Mrs. Kuiper will be there to cheer you on.

CELEBRATIONS:

 

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to KASHEN for always spreading his smile to others!

Lost Tooth Club – Carter, Dominic, and Lila got an award for joining the lost tooth club!

Shoe Tying Club – Tinley, Emma, and Emmett got an award for joining the shoe tying club!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– We are learning how to be great reading partners! Great reading partners introduce their books to one another, cheer on one another, and do something at the end of a book (reread, think of a favorite part, or ask questions).

Writing – We tried out craft moves from our mentor text, Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements. We learned how to use ellipses, pop out words, and exact actions.

Math – We learned about adding two numbers by using circles and equations and began using a method called counting on. Counting on is a math skill where, when adding two numbers, you begin counting at the larger number and then COUNT ON to add the second number to it.

Word Study – This week Rasheed delivered some new words to us. We made this words snap words by reading them, spelling them, studying them, writing them, and using them in a sentence. On Friday we got to play snap word bingo!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 6
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Mrs. Kuiper
    • Culver’s Night
  • Tuesday, October 7
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Olivia
  • Wednesday, October 8
    • STEAM
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Alyssa
  • Thursday, October 9
  • Friday, October 10
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Lila
    • Jet’s Pizza Night

Week 5 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Please be sure to send back your child’s baggie books every day so your child can swap out his/her book! 
  • We began sight words on Friday! Your child brought home their first set of sight words. These can be incorporated into the 20 minutes of reading each night. Read the sight word parent letter to learn about fun ways for your child to practice these words.
  • All Walkathon forms are due by Monday, September 30. This is our only fundraiser fo the year!   
  • Interested in volunteering in our classroom? We would love your help as a morning baggie book volunteer or an afternoon sight word volunteer! Follow this link to see available slots and to sign-up. Feel free to bring in younger siblings. Mrs. Kuiper has toys that siblings can play with while parents are reading with students.
  • The deadline to register for the Hudsonville Turkey Trot is October 9! Click here  to register! Mrs. Kuiper will be there to cheer you on.

CELEBRATIONS:

 

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to LILA for always trying her best.

Lost Tooth Club – Bryson, Jacob, and Kinsman got an award for joining the lost tooth club!

Shoe Tying Club – Olivia, Evelynne, and Kashen got an award for joining the shoe tying club!

  

Walkathon – Our class had so much fun walking around the track and playing games at the walkathon!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– We are learning strategies for reading tricky words! Students can look at pictures, break the word into chunks, or look for other words inside of the tricky word. 

Writing – We learned how to bring our stories to life! We can make characters move, talk, think, and feel in our stories. 

Math – We took our first unit assessment this week and our first graders did an AMAZING job! I was so impressed. We began Unit 2 by exploring different addition strategies.  

Word Study – Our special word study buddy, Rasheed, helped us learn about blends and digraphs this week! We looked for blends (two letters that go smoothly together, like “br”) and digraphs (two letters that make one sound, like “sh”) in our names and in some snap words! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 30
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: RJ
  • Tuesday, October 1
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Dominic
  • Wednesday, October 2
    • ART
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Kashen
    • Celebrate Miyah’s birthday
  • Thursday, October 3
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Carter
  • Friday, October 4
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Miyah
  • Monday, October 7
    • Culver’s Night

Week 4 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Your child began Baggie Books this week! Please read the enclosed books each night and return the bag to school EVERY day so your first grader can swap out his/her book. 
  • The Walkathon is this Friday, September 27. 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 this Friday. If you would like to walk with your child at the walkathon, our class’ time slot is from 9:45-10:30 am.   
  • Interested in volunteering in our classroom this semester? We would love your help! Follow this link to see available slots and to sign-up. 
  • Picture Day is this Thursday, September 26. Please return your picture day order form by Thursday morning. 
  • The deadline to register for the Hudsonville Turkey Trot is October 9! Click here  to register!

Celebrations:

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to ELISE for her excellent listening skills! 

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

Our Learning:

Reading– We continued learning about reading habits by agreeing to “drop bad reading habits” and “pick up good habits.” Students spent lots of time reading in partnerships this week, too. On Friday, our 4th grade buddies came down to read to our 1st graders!

 

Writing – We learned how to “unfreeze” the characters in our stories by making them talk or move through pictures or words. We are continuing to add details to our small moment stories.  

Math – We wrapped up unit 1 by reviewing partners of 10. We will be taking our unit 1 assessment this week! 

Word Study – Our special word study buddy, Rasheed, helped us learn about a few phonics skills this week, especially short vowels and consonants in our names.  

Upcoming Dates & Spirit Week:

  • Monday, September 23
    • STEAM
    • PJ Day
    • Star of the Day: Emma
  • Tuesday, September 24
    • MUSIC
    • Crazy Socks Day
    • Star of the Day: Colton
  • Wednesday, September 25
    • Library
    • PE
    • Crazy Hair Day
    • Star of the Day: Bryson
  • Thursday, September 26
    • ART
    • Picture Day 
    • Star of the Day: Elise
  • Friday, September 27
    • STEAM
    • Walkathon
    • Hudsonville Spirit Day! Wear blue & gold
    • Star of the Day: Charles

 

Week 3 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Walkathon paperwork came home with your child on Monday. 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 27.  
  • Interested in volunteering in our classroom this semester? We would love your help! Follow this link to see available slots and to sign-up. You must complete the background check form before coming in!
  • If your child participates in a fall sport, please email me their schedule! I LOVE supporting our first graders outside of school, too. ❤️
  • Remember to return library books every WEDNESDAY!

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 JACOB 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 playing on the 4th and 5th grade playground! ❤️

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– We are “building good reading habits” in first grade! This week, we learned the importance of setting goals, reading smoothly, and scooping up words. We each got our own special reading spots around the room and we got “peanut butter, jelly, & marshmallow fluff” reading buddies.  

Writing – We continued our small moment storytelling this week by writing our OWN stories! Students 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. Plus, we’ve started using computers for tech time. We use the MOBYMAX app to practice our addition and subtraction fluency every day! 

Social & Emotional – We continued learning about our emotions this week and had lots of good conversations about the importance of recognizing our emotions – good or bad. We also learned about facial expressions and how those can be clues as to how a person is feeling. 

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. Our fourth grade buddies from Mrs. Estefan’s class came down to our classroom to help us log onto the computers for the first time, and they helped us if we needed directions repeated during the assessments. We are ALL done and super grateful for our amazing fourth grade buddies! 

Word Study – We started our phonics workshop this week by studying the most important words in the world: NAMES! We met our class mascot, Rasheed the lion, and began studying his name!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 16
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Jacob
  • Tuesday, September 17
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Aaron
  • Wednesday, September 18
    • P.E.
    • Star of the Day: Kinsman
  • Thursday, September 19
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Will
    • Mrs. Kuiper will be gone in the morning for a training! 
  • Friday, September 20
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Allison
    • Early Release @ 12:15 pm

 

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