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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 2 Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Information about classroom birthdays came home in your child’s blue folder on Tuesday. This document is also linked here on our blog.
  • 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. Each student shared an “All About Me” page and was the line leader! Information on Star of the Day came home in your child’s blue folder on Tuesday. The “All About Me” page will come home in blue folders the Friday before your child is our Star of the 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 EMMA 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, give awards for the quote of the week, and celebrate birthdays from the week. Here are our “Quote” & “Birthday” first graders from today’s family time. 

OUR LEARNING:

Reading We started reader’s workshop this week by learning about how we will spend our reading time each week. We also learned how to take a “sneak peek” at a book before we start reading. Plus, we practiced book shopping from our classroom library!

 

Writing We began our “Small Moments” writing unit this week! To begin, we learned about the difference between a watermelon story & a seed story. Then, we wrote a small moment story together about open house! 

 

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 met Mr. Penguin, a stuffed penguin who will help us talk about our emotions throughout this school year! We brainstormed lots of different emotions and made our own chart to show different feelings. We ended the week by making a penguin craft!  

 

SOAR All of Hudsonville Public Schools are focused on SOARing this year! Be Safe, Own It, Act Responsibly, & Be Respectful. We added some new SOAR posters to our classroom and talked about how we will SOAR in the classroom, on the bus, on the playground, and more. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 9
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Lila
    • Birthday Celebration: Lila
  • Tuesday, September 10
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Emmett
  • Wednesday, September 11
    • MUSIC
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Alesha
  • Thursday, September 12
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Kennedy
  • Friday, September 13
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Evelynne

 

Our First Week of School!

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, making our lunch choices, 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, book boxes, blocks, putty, and more.

Reading – We learned how to be a “book buddy” this week! Our classroom library is full of books, and we practiced treating these books appropriately. We have some stellar readers in our classroom! In addition, each student got the chance to pick out a “beanie buddy” to read to. Here are pictures of our beanie buddies!

Bathroom Buddies – Since first grade classrooms do not have a bathroom inside the room, we are learning all about how to use the restroom quickly and appropriately. 

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! 🙂 
  • Information about classroom birthdays will be sent home with your child on Tuesday. This document is also linked here on our blog.
  • 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:

  • Tuesday, September 3 – ART
  • Wednesday, September 4 – STEAM, Library
  • Thursday, September 5 – MUSIC
  • Friday, September 6 – P.E.

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

First Day of School!

Our first day of school is this Monday, August 26! We can’t wait! 

First, thank you so much for taking the time to come to open house and check out our classroom! I know you were given a lot of information in your child’s blue folder and the yellow envelope that came home with you.  The yellow envelope contains many school forms that need your attention. Please read through these forms, complete them, and return them with your child THIS WEEK. Thank you to those who donated extra supply items, too. ❤️First grade is definitely a busy place, and it is amazing to have these supplies on hand to begin our year!!  

Here are a few reminders for things to bring on Monday: 

  • Send your child’s “ME Bag” with 2 items in it to help us get to know a little something about them.  Be sure to write their name on the bag.
  • Send a note for end of the day plans IF they are different than what you stated on your parent survey or in the confirmation page you checked at open house.  
  • Gym shoes and an extra set of clothes (if you haven’t brought them in yet).
  • A lunch from home OR make sure your child knows what hot lunch choice they will be having.  There are 2 hot lunch choices each day (blue or white). Here is the link to the August/September menu for lunch options.  If needed, check out the Hudsonville Food Service website for payment information and information about setting up a hot lunch account. 
  • 2 healthy snacks for your first grader.  We will have a morning snack time and an afternoon snack time every day.  
  • Any completed paperwork that you have from the Open House packets. Please put this in your child’s blue folder.  I will be sure to deliver the papers to the correct places! 

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, August 26 – ME Bags, Art

  • Tuesday, August 27 – STEAM
  • Wednesday, August 28 – Music
  • Thursday, August 29 – PE (Make sure your child has gym shoes at school by this day!)
  • Friday, August 30 – NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, September 2 – NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, September 3 – Art
  • Wednesday, September 4 – STEAM
  • Thursday, September 5 – Music
  • Friday, September 6 – PE

As always, be sure to email me if you have ANY questions. Thanks again for sharing your amazing child with me this year!!

See you soon,

Mrs. Kuiper

Open House!

Open House is just one week away! I cannot wait to meet you and your children on Wednesday, August 21st from 6:30-7:30pm. 

If you’ve already purchased or collected the following items, please bring them with you to Open House! This will save us lots of time on the first day of school, and will make your first grader’s backpack much lighter. 🙂 

Things You Can Bring to Open House

  • Gym Shoes

  • School Supplies (refer to this school supplies blog post)

  • Wish List Items

  • Headphones 

  • Change of Clothes in a Ziplock Bag (These will stay in our lockers just in case we need them.)

Additionally, please be sure to complete our parent survey at your earliest convenience. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at ekuiper2@hpseagles.net.

Counting down the days until I get to see your wonderful first grader!

First Playdate!

WOW! We had an AMAZING turnout for our first playground playdate this evening. It was so nice to get to meet you and your first graders, and it makes us even more excited for this upcoming school year! Here are some pictures from our playdate:

 

We have 2 more playdates left this summer, and we’d love to see you there! Here’s the information regarding these dates: 

WHERE: Georgetown Elementary Playground (in the front of the building)

WHAT: Meet your first grade teacher & play with other first grade friends who may be in your class!

WHEN: Tuesday, August 6 @ 10-11 am

             Monday, August 12 @ 2-3 pm (*new date*)

Hope to see you soon! Please email me at ekuiper2@hpseagles.net if you have any questions.

Collect Box Tops & Coke Caps

Did you know that every BOX TOP and every COKE CAP collected earns money for our school?   This summer we would like you to work hard to collect both. The money we earn will go toward a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

BOX TOPS:  Every completed BOX TOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 570) fills  one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU! Download your form here:  Summer Box Tops

COKE CAPS:  Super easy. Save the caps and go online to enter collection!  COKE WEBSITE Select Georgetown Elementary and enter the code on the cap.   Now you can recycle the cap. No need to send it to school.

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