Week 12 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive began on November 4. 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, and please do not break apart packaged food) The food drive will continue until Nov. 18.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in.  The class with the most items brought in by NOON on Nov. 18 will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lane. (If allowed this year) This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, to teach our kids compassion and love for others.  Thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
  • Our class will be previewing the Scholastic Book Fair on Tuesday, November 17th and shopping on Thursday, November 19th.
  • I am looking forward to virtual parent teacher conferences this week! Please fill out this form before our conference to help make the most of our time together.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to EMMITT for always making smart choices!

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

Mystery Reader – Madeline’s mom surprised us as a mystery reader this week!

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 learned more about 5 star writing!

Math – We reviewed addition and subtraction at the beginning of the week and had our unit 2 test on Wednesday! Our class did great, I am so proud of their hard work and determination in math!

Word Study – This week we learned about the vowel teams ee and ea, which both say the long e sound in words. We also spent some extra time reviewing the bossy e that makes the other vowels say their names.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, November 16
    • PE
    • Virtual Conferences
  • Tuesday, November 17
    • ART
    • Book Fair Preview
  • Wednesday, November 18
    • STEAM
    • Virtual Conferences
  • Thursday, November 19
    • MUSIC
    • Book Fair Shopping
  • Friday, November 20
    • PE
    • Library
  • Monday, November 23
    • No in-person classes, complete packet at home.
  • Tuesday, November 24
    • No in-person classes, complete packet at home.
  • Wednesday, November 25
    • NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, November 26
    • NO SCHOOL
    • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Friday, November 27
    • NO SCHOOL

Week 11 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive began on November 4. 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, and please do not break apart packaged food) The food drive will continue until Nov. 18.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in.  The class with the most items brought in by NOON on Nov. 18 will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lane. (If allowed this year) This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, to teach our kids compassion and love for others.  Thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
  • The November Scholastic book order was sent home last Friday. In the past, I have had some parents order these as holiday gifts. If this is something you are interested in, please let me know. When your order comes in I can leave it in the office for you to pick-up so that your kiddos don’t see them!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to MAHLEK for always helping his classmates and teachers!

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

Mystery Reader – Celia’s mom surprised us as a mystery reader this week!

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 began working on our very own “how-to” stories. I was so impressed by the creative ideas our class had! 

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 e, i, o, and u say their names!

Nature Walk – With the warm weather on Friday, we decided to go on a nature walk!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, November 9
    • PE
  • Tuesday, November 10
    • ART
  • Wednesday, November 11
    • STEAM
  • Thursday, November 12
    • MUSIC
  • Friday, November 13
    • Early Release (12:15 PM dismissal)
  • Monday, November 16
    • Virtual Conferences
  • Wednesday, November 18
    • Virtual Conferences

Week 10 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Please sign up for a 15 minute time slot for a virtual Zoom conference. You will get an email and text message with the link for the conference.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to ADDISON for always doing her best and never giving up!

Mystery Reader – Addison’s mom surprised us as a mystery reader this week! She even introduced us to their dog, Finn!

Star Prize – We met our next star prize and earned recess on the 4th and 5th grade playground this week!


Fall Party
– Our class had such a fun time at our fall party! Here are some pictures from our celebration.

  

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!

Writing – We began our second writing unit, “How-To Writing.” Rasheed taught the class how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich this week with his mentor text for us! We began working together to write a how-to piece on how to wash your hands.

Math – We continued solving subtraction equations with circle drawings this week. Our class did great on this week’s quiz!

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, November 2
    • MUSIC
  • Tuesday, November 3
    • PE
  • Wednesday, November 4
    • ART
  • Thursday, November 5
    • STEAM
  • Friday, November 6
    • MUSIC
    • Library

Week 9 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 26th.
  • Our Fall Celebration will take place on Friday, October 30th! Please see the document below for more information and a supply sign-up.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to ELLIOTT for always believing in himself and trying new things!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– We wrapped up our first unit 1 reading and reflected by making construction hats to show that readers “build” good habits! This week we read 4 different versions of the three little pigs and voted on our favorite! We practiced our 5-finger retells and worked on comparing and contrasting the books.

Writing – Students finished publishing their small moment stories and we wrapped up our unit by celebrating! I am SO PROUD of these students, they wrote some amazing small moment stories!

Math – We began solving subtraction equations this week using circle drawings. The number of circles represents 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 – We spend this week reviewing blends and digraphs! We did lots of picture sorts and games to review.

Upcoming Dates:

Week 8 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Please note that this Friday, October 23rd, will be an early release day. There will also be NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 26th.
  • Our Fall Celebration will take place on Friday, October 30th! Please see the document below for more information and a supply sign-up.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to Evan for always choosing kind words.

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

Mystery Reader – Ryleigh’s grandma surprised our class as a mystery reader this week!

Walkathon – First grade was the top-earning grade level for the walkathon! We celebrated with an extra recess and popsicles this week.

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– This week we focused on partner reading! We learned that partners can give book introductions. We also learned that partners do not tell one another what tricky words say, instead, they can cheer one another on and remind one another of good habits to solve tricky words!

Writing – Students chose their favorite small moment story to publish! This week we began revising and editing these stories using a checklist. Next week they will finish publishing and will share their stories with their classmates.

Math – We learned a new addition strategy this week, counting on with hands. Students reach out and “grab” the bigger partner, then use their fingers to count on the small partner. 

Word Study – We went on a snap word hunt and found as many snap words as we could in a read-aloud. At the end of the week, we watched a special message from Rasheed and received diplomas for graduating from our first unit of word study!

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 19
    • MUSIC
  • Tuesday, October 20
    • PE
  • Wednesday, October 21
    • ART
  • Thursday, October 22
    • STEAM
  • Friday, October 23
    • STEAM
    • Early Release
  • Monday, October 26
    • NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, October 28
    • Fall Celebration Supplies Due!
  • Friday, October 30
    • Fall Celebration

Week 7 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! 
  • Friday journals were sent home on Friday! Please write back to your child and send the journal back to school on Monday. Students will get a chance to read these in school on Monday!
  • Pumpkin book characters are due Monday, October 12th!
  • This year’s Turkey Trot will be virtual! Here is more information for you:

CELEBRATIONS:

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

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

Mystery Reader – Mrs. Kuiper’s husband surprised our class as a mystery reader this week!

Star Prize – We met our goal of 10 stars again and celebrated on Friday with “dress fancy” day! The kids looked so beautiful and handsome!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading– We learned more strategies to solve tricky words! We can use meaning, do a double check, and try reading words with different vowel sounds.

Writing – We began studying the book Night of the Veggie Monster to learn some new craft moves. This week we learned about writing with ellipses and exact actions.

Math – We began our second unit all about addition and subtraction strategies. This week we practiced using circle drawings to write and solve equations.

Word Study – We learned more snap words this week and practiced them with an activity called “dribble, dribble, shoot.” Students dribbled the letters like a basketball to spell the snap words and then shot the word like they were trying to make a basket.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 12
    • STEAM
  • Tuesday, October 13
    • MUSIC
  • Wednesday, October 14
    • PE
  • Thursday, October 15
    • ART
  • Friday, October 16
    • STEAM
    • Library

Week 6 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! 
  • Friday journals were sent home on Friday! Please write back to your child and send the journal back to school on Monday. Students will get a chance to read these in school on Monday!
  • Pumpkin book characters are due Monday, October 12th!
  • This year’s Turkey Trot will be virtual! Here is more information for you:

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to Madeline for always cheering others up and sharing her smile!

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

Mystery Reader – Elaina’s mom surprised our class as a mystery reader this week!

OUR LEARNING:

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

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. 

Word Study – Our special word study buddy, Rasheed, brought us lots of snap words this week! We studied them closely and practiced reading, studying, spelling, writing, and using them in sentences. Snap words are words that first graders know in a snap, just like popcorn words in kindergarten!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 5
    • ART
  • Tuesday, October 1
    • STEAM
  • Wednesday, October 2
    • MUSIC
  • Thursday, October 3
    • PE
    • Jet’s Pizza Night
  • Friday, October 4
    • ART
    • Library

Week 5 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Thank you SO much for all of your support of our school walkathon! All of the money raised will go towards books, classroom supplies, technology upgrades, field trips, and more! Here are some pictures from our fun day!

 

  • 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.
  • Please remember to help your child read and return his or her baggie book to school EVERY day! This will help them continue to grow as readers.
  • Towels were sent home to be washed on Friday! Please return them to school next week.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to ARIYA for always trying!

Mystery Reader – Reagan’s dad surprised our class as a mystery reader this week!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading –  This week, we learned the importance of setting goals, reading smoothly, and scooping up words! We also started our new book shopping routine this week. Each week, students get to pick out 11 new books to keep in their book box (4 “just right” books, 3 non-fiction books, and 4 series books). On Friday, we brought our Poetry Binders outside to practice reading fluently and vowel sounds.

Writing – We continued our small moment storytelling this week by writing a shared writing story together! Students worked together to write a story about the first time we met our class mascot, Rasheed. We focused on starting our sentences with capital letters, using finger spaces between words, and adding details.

Math – This week we wrapped up our Unit 1 by learning about the partners of 9 and 10. We will spend next week reviewing and taking our first math test!

Word Study –  This week Rasheed taught us all about short vowels and blend in words. We looked closely at some of our classmates’ names to learn more.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 28
    • PE
  • Tuesday, September 29
    • ART
  • Wednesday, September 30
  • Thursday, October 1
    • MUSIC
    • Picture Day
  • Friday, October 2
    • PE
    • Library

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

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