Our Writing Celebration!

Last week we picked our FAVORITE personal narratives out of our writing folder and PUBLISHED them!  Then we shared our stories with friends in Mr. Poll’s 2nd grade class!  After we shared our stories, we watched Mr. Poll, Ms. Genzink and Mrs. Greenlund act out a personal narrative written by Josiah.  It was a FUN morning!

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2nd Graders Learn How Our Government Keeps Us Safe!

Last Friday, Deputy Busse and his partner, Andy, came to school to teach our second graders about his job as a police officer and how him and Andy work together.   This was a great way to culminate our Social Studies unit and see firsthand how our government helps keep our community safe. Next week Tuesday, our Hudsonville mayor will come to Georgetown and share with us about his job.

Into The Woods

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I love the woods.  I love to take the children outside and look at the natural beauty we have in and around the pond area.  Last Friday, we took a walk around the pond and noticed many interesting and gross things.  Look at the picture of the pond sign.  We have a white board to write on, when we take these walks.  As we continue to make this “walk into the woods,” throughout the year… we will compare our lists.  I wonder what we will see the next time…. we walk into the woods!

Half Day on Friday!

Just a reminder that Friday Oct 14 is our next early dismissal day. The kids will be out at 12:15. If your child is a car rider, please be at school at 12:10 for pick up.

The kids do not eat lunch at school on early dismissal days. Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days this school year for children to order and take with them to their destination. The cost will be $2.25. Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

Hope you are having a great week!

STEAM Studio Update

Dear Parents,

I am thrilled to join the Georgetown family this year as the STEAM Studio teacher. I am a proud graduate of Michigan State University, however due to a lack of jobs in Michigan, my family moved to North Carolina. I have 13 years of teaching experience in grades K-8, including 5 years in a STEM lab. While in NC I became a National Board Certified Teacher and completed my Masters in Teaching and Curriculum through MSU. We are so happy to be back home!

In my spare time I LOVE to read, I am a huge college basketball fan and hope to see the Spartans do great things this year! I love going out to eat at Chilis, Outback, and can’t wait for Chick-fil-A to come to West Michigan (best chicken ever!).

STEAM allows students to connect their learning together with arts practices, elements, design principles, and standards to provide the whole pallet of learning at their disposal. STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation. We are starting to get into a routine in the STEAM Studio and I am slowly but surely beginning to learn names! I want the students to see the STEAM Studio as a place where they can take risks in their learning, and do so in a safe environment. Please check out my blog for weekly updates on our adventures in STEAM. http://atotten.edublogs.org/

Thank you for your continued support,

Angela Totten

(616) 797-9797 Ext 22410; Email atotten@hpseagles.net

Reading Counts

On Friday (tomorrow) your child will be coming home with a Reading Counts book ( similar to WEB reading last year if you were at Georgetown). Each child will select a GOOD FIT book within their independent reading level to take home and read.   Reading Counts is a reading incentive program (separate from our curriculum) that promotes good reading habits and also rewards children for their efforts. Please see the following link for more information READING COUNTS. Here is how we use Reading Counts at Georgetown.

1. Students independent reading levels are determined through teacher assessments. Levels will be similar to last year (within a level or two).

2. Each child is given a goal number of points to achieve during the semester based on their reading level. Each book has an assigned point value which can be found on the inside cover of the book.

3. Students select a book at their reading level and read it at home and/or at school. Books are labeled with reading levels A – Z on the spine of the book.

4. When children are finished with the book they sign up to take a RC comprehension quiz on the computer for that particular book here at school.  (RAZ-kids can be done at home, Reading Counts tests have to be taken at school)

5. If the quiz is passed ( 8/10 questions answered correctly), then another book is checked out. If the quiz is not passed, students take the book home again and reread or select a new book from the library.

6. At the end of the semester (mid Jan), students who have met their goal receive a prize and a ticket into our end of the year BIG prize drawing. Last year it was an Ipad Mini and Target gift cards….YEAH!

Please check your child’s book bag for his/her first book!

Family Fare

Georgetown Elementary PTC has the opportunity to earn $1,000 from SpartanNash Stores: Family Fare and D&W. Through the Direct Your Dollars program, we can turn eligible receipts into cash for our organization!

Every time you shop at any Family Fare Supermarket or D&W Fresh Market, save your receipts. Turn these into school — either via your child’s teacher or the office Direct Your Dollars Box.

Please mark your child’s teacher’s name on the receipt or the envelope.

For every $150,000 in receipts we collect, we will earn $1,000 donation. This money helps cover costs such as classroom supplies, technology upgrades, books, field trips, parent/child events and other needed items. NOTE: We need the ORIGINAL receipt in order for your purchase to count toward our total.

If you aren’t able to drop your receipts off in person, you can also mail them to 3909 Baldwin St, Hudsonville MI 49426.