Polar Express Party

We will be having our annual Polar Express Party on Thursday, December 20 from 9:00 – 10:30am.  We need donations and volunteers to make this fun event happen.  Click on the Polar Express picture to donate items and volunteer to help with a game or craft.  Please send all donated items to school by Wednesday, December 19.  If you are volunteering to be at the party, please come at 8:30 that day to get directions for your game or craft.

Holiday Program – December 13

Fair Haven Ministries is located down the road from Georgetown Elementary at the corner of Baldwin Street and 28th Ave.

Why is it held at a church?  Our elementary schools have grown so big that we need a big space to perform!  We are too big for the High School or Freshman Auditoriums.  Fair Haven seats about 1500 and graciously allows Hudsonville schools to rent their auditorium for our performances.

What time do students need to be there?
Students need to report to their assigned classroom 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.

  • 6:30 – 7:00   K-2nd     (Students report at 6:15)
  • 7:45 – 8:15   3rd-5th   (Students report at 7:30)

It is very important not to be late so teachers have enough time to line students up in their riser orders, pass out props and make sure everyone who has a special part is accounted for. Please do not send your child to the classroom unsupervised or prior to their scheduled time.  Please keep their coats with you.

Where does my child need to go when they get to the church?
There will be signs directing you to your child’s classroom.
Below are the room assignments by grade:

  • K – Family Life Center
  • 1st – 100 Wing
  • 2nd – 400 Middle
  • 3rd – 100 Wing
  • 4th – 400 Middle
  • 5th – Family Life Center

How long will the program be?  Each group will perform for about 30 minutes. There will be 45 minutes between the two programs for K-2nd grade students to leave and upper elementary students to arrive for the next program.

What order are the grades singing? The grades are singing in order of age: Kindergarten perform first, then 1st/2nd grade, then 3rd grade and finally 4th/5th grade.

Can we save seats earlier in the day? No. The only reserved seats will be marked off and are for the directors, students and teachers.
Seating is first come first serve when the doors open.

PLEASE be respectful and courteous to other families. Everyone wants a good seat and we will do our best to fit everyone into the auditorium.  Please try to keep young children on your laps and not to take up unnecessary seats in order to leave more space for others.

Is food or drink allowed in the church? Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the church. This is strictly enforced.

Do the students need to wear anything special? No. Most students love to dress up and will wear special holiday dresses or outfits, but there is no requirement. The exception to this is if your child has a special part. Some parts require special costumes. Many costumes are provided, but some may have to be brought from home. If your child has a special part, they should have brought home a “congratulations” letter that would say if they need to wear or bring anything special. Please note that if your child has a special part that requires a costume, they will NOT have time to change in between songs and will need to wear their costume for the entire performance.

How do students get special parts? For most parts, students audition during the school day. Sometimes simple parts are randomly chosen by pulling a class number from a jar or assigning my ipad to randomly pick a name. I also keep track of every student who has ever had a Christmas program part from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Whenever possible, I try to give parts to students who have not ever had parts or who have not had parts in the past couple years. Typically, I will have about 50-100 students audition for one part! I narrow the students down to about 20 and put those names in a bowl and draw a lucky winner. Although I would love everyone to have a part, having almost 600 students and only a handful of parts each year is very difficult. I discuss this with the students and they realize everyone cannot have a solo part, but that EVERY single person is important to the success of the program. Most songs have special props or motions that involve everyone as well.

How do we order a DVD of the performance? WCET TV records the performance each year.  They sell DVD’s for $15.

Please fill this form out and return to office.  GEORGETOWN HOLIDAY PROGRAM DVD

Who do I contact if I have questions? Please email Mrs. Bretz at abretz@hpseagles.net.  This is usually the fastest way to communicate with me- especially the day or two before the program.   I am often out of my classroom during dress rehearsals so phone messages are not always able to be checked.

Updates from Room 201

This class continues to amaze me at their hard work ethic and great choices.  They really make my job a fun place to be and something to look forward to each day.

We are in full swing in informational reading and writing.  The students are excited to learn about new things and read book that will teach them facts about people, animals, machines, etc.  You may hear some buzzing about it at home! 🙂

It looks like we will be having a social studies test on the economics of Michigan towards the end of next week.  Look for a study guide to come home.

Needs

We have a couple of classroom needs.  One, is plastic bags, like the grocery kind.  Students don’t like wearing their snow pants home at the end of the day.  The bags are nice for them to put their pants in instead of their backpacks because they are usually wet.

 

We also have a need for more snacks:  graham crackers or fish crackers will be perfect!

Book Log

Please send in the November Book It book log.  The students who turn it in completed with a parent signature will not only get a Pizza Hut free personal pan pizza but they earn one free time during one of our reading days.

Candy Canes

The 5th graders are selling candy canes again.  This money is used to help pay for 5th grade camp.  The sale will go from December 3 – 14 for $1.00.  Students order in the morning and will have the candy cane by the afternoon.

Updates from Room 201

Fort Day

Our class earned another reward!  This is a great group of students and they are having no trouble earning points towards their goal!  The reward is FORT DAY in the classroom.  Tomorrow you may send in one pillow and one blanket with your child to make a fort.  Please send it to school in a bag separate from their backpack.

Empty cartons

We are looking for empty liquid volume containers, specifically, cups, pints, quarts, gallons, and liters.  If you have any empty containers that you can send in with these measurements, we will use them in this math unit.

 

Culver’s Night – Nov. 19

GEORGETOWN Culver’s Night  Monday, November 19 from 5:00 – 8:00

7393 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison, MI 49428

         Mrs. Houtstra will be there from 6:30-7:00              to  deliver food to your table!!!

You can either come in and eat or go through the drive thru.

Culver’s is donating a portion of the profits from every customer.

Parents and staff get to help deliver food.

Bring your family by for dinner or get a concrete mixer and support your school!

Hope to see you there!

Halloween Fun

We had a GREAT Halloween party yesterday.  A big, big thank you to all of the parents who donated food, crafts supplies, games supplies, and to those who were here to make it all go smoothly!  The kids had a great time.  I hope you liked the craft!  All of the kids did a great job!   Mr. and Mrs. Rosema did a lot of work to make that craft possible!!

Updates from Room 201

Happy Friday!

A social studies review sheet came home today.  We have a test on TUESDAY next week.  Please help your child study over the weekend and on Monday.  It is good for them to start good study habits now.  Five to ten minutes a night should be good.  I encouraged them to write neatly so they could read it at home.  If they didn’t and you need a copy, I can scan mine and send it to you.

CHAP STICK

With the cold weather, everyone’s lips (including mine) are getting chapped.  Please feel free to send in a chapstick (initials or name on it) with your child to keep in their backpack.  We will not be sharing these! 🙂

MOVIE

Next week, Thursday I would like to show the movie, Because of Winn Dixie.  We read the book and we are going to do a book to movie comparison.  The movie is rated PG.  Please let me know if you do not want your child to watch this movie.

I think that is all!  I am excited for conferences in a couple of weeks.  I sent out emails this week with your conference date and time.  Please let me know ASAP if that day and time do not work for you.

Yoga Stretching

What does this remind you of?  I am picturing nap time in kindergarten!!!  Remember when we used to take naps in school?  Well, these students are not napping, but they are doing a relaxing technique called Savasana.  At the end of our stretching, the students lay and relax different parts of their bodies.  They close their eyes and just RELAX!  So much of our day is go, go go!  This is a time for the students to take some breaths and refocus after recess and lunch.  Most of the students really embrace this activity and they admit that it helps them get ready to learn.

Growth Mindset

We have been working on having a growth mindset, which simply means that we will continue trying even if we are making mistakes, even if we don’t get it, even when things are difficult.  A growth mindset reminds us that we don’t understand it…YET!

We did an activity of catching pennies from our elbows to show that somethings may be hard but with practice, they get easier.

Click here to see a video

20L Walk for Water

We didn’t let the drizzle stop us!  It really was a great day for a walk!  Many people came out to support this cause and carry the cans of water.  Our class raised $300 for this event and the volunteers were thrilled with all of the student’s efforts.  Below is a class picture with our Fight Dirty t-shirts and some pictures from the day!  Nathan and his mom shared the heavy load of carrying the can back from the pond!