I want to welcome you to third grade at Georgetown Elementary! I am so excited to meet all of you.
My name is Mrs. Nancy Floryl. This will be my 8th year at Georgetown and my 20th year in the Hudsonville district. I have a wonderful husband named Brian, a 23 year old daughter, Nicole, who is an emergency room nurse at Butterworth, and a 17 year old daughter, Maria, who will be a senior at Hudsonville high school. In upcoming posts, I will tell you more about myself and all that you need to know to get ready for third grade! A school supply list will be posted July 1. I will provide most of the essentials, but a few highly recommended items are listed! Happy shopping!
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I am looking forward to getting to know and building relationships with all of you!
The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a free online reading program dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and encouraging kids to read more books this summer. The Summer Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they Read for the World Record. This is a fun and easy way to have your child read this summer, earning digital rewards and participating in weekly challenges.
Also available for download are age appropriate booklists and a Reading Timer mobile app for timing and tracking reading minutes. Parents can register their children at this link: Scholastic Summer Challenge: Parents
It’s hard to believe that our last 10 days will soon be upon us. To celebrate the end of a great year, we will be having a different activity to do each of the last 10 days of school. The activities will spell out THIRD GRADE. The only thing that requires a little help from home happens on day 2, Hat Day. Please help your child pick out a fun hat to wear to school this Friday, May 24. Below you will find our fun filled schedule of activities.
Last 10 Days of Third Grade
Times table contest
I ce cream sundaes for multiplication facts
Doughnut Day (also our field trip day)
Recess relays (10 extra minutes of recess for 3rd grade)
Yay! Thank you for ordering Jet’s pizza last week. Our class was the winner of a pizza party. We will be enjoying a pizza lunch on Thursday. Each child will receive two pieces of pizza. Please send them to school with a drink and any other side they would like to have with the pizza. Yum!
Hello Georgetown Talent Show performers!!
Congratulations on being in our GOT TALENT Georgetown Talent Show this year! All your hard work has paid off and we are so excited that you will be performing for us!
Please plan to be at our dress rehearsal afterschoolWednesday, March 27 from 3:45 – 5:30.
It is very important that all performers attend this. This gives the performers a chance to get used to the stage, practice how to go on and off, gives the sound person a chance to test music and microphone levels and makes the show flow as smoothly as possible.
If your child has an afterschool sport committment, it may be possible for them to go first and leave right away. Please note this on the permission slip coming home today. We will be running the show in order, beginning with the 9:15 show, but performers will NOT be performing their whole act, just enough to check sound levels and practice going on, going off and seeing where they will stand. They may leave after they have performed if they need to. Please be sure you have made transportation arrangements home for your child.
A permission slip will be going home today. Please return it to Mrs. Bretz asap.
Students in grades 3rd – 5th are busy practicing their many unique talents and getting excited about performing for their family and friends in this fun talent show.
Here are some important dates and information for you to remember:
SHOW: Thursday, March 29.
There will be a 9:15 and 1:15 show. The line-ups will be posted for these shows by Monday, March 26. Check back here to see which show your child will be performing in.
FORMS DUE: Wednesday, March 13.
If your child would like to participate in this year’s Talent Show, they need to fill out the Audition sheet located outside the music room door and return it to me no later than Wednesday, March 13. Auditions times will be assigned and posted by Monday March 18.
AUDITIONS: March 19-21 during lunch recesses. Audition times will be assigned and posted and a note will go home as well. Students need to bring all of their props, costumes, CD’s, instruments, etc… to the audition in order to be considered. They need to be performance ready at the audition.
DRESS REHEARSAL: Wednesday, March 28
This will be a mandatory rehearsal for all performers immediately afterschool. This is important in order to have students know where they will go on stage, how to go off, and check our sound levels for CD’s and microphones. If your child has a sports or other committment, its possible we can have them go first. Otherwise, we will perform the show in order. More details will come home with this year’s performers.
Please review all of the rules below:
Talent Show Rules:
Performers must be in grades 3rd – 5th
Acts must be 2 minutes or less in length (We can fade out song at 2 minutes if necessary)
All acts must be appropriate. Acts with suggestive or questionable lyrics, movements or costumes will not be allowed to perform.
Students must come to Audition PERFORMANCE READY. That means that you should perform as if it is the actual Talent Show. You must have all CD’s and props with you on the day of your audition in order to be considered. If your music is an mp3/mp4, you can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO AUDITION to be an MC:
Please prepare 2-3 short jokes to tell. This gives us an idea of your stage presence. We will also ask you to read a cue card. MC’s will need to speak clearly and read cue cards before each act. If you are interested in MCing, please check the MC box on the reverse side.
Audition Forms Due WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14
Return to Mrs. Bretz
Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to see all of our amazing performers this year!!!!!
Your generous donations this November during our MINDFUL GIVING service project raised enough money to purchase 48 lights for the staff at Nyaka School in Uganda Africa. The staff wanted us to see photos of the reception in which they received their lights. Thank you to everyone for the donations which brought light to this community of learners.
Where is the church? Address: 2900 Baldwin Street Hudsonville, MI 49426; Fair Haven Ministries is located down the road from Georgetown Elementary at the corner of Baldwin Street and 28th Ave. This program is led by Georgetown’s two music teachers: Mrs. VanRiijs Gr K and Mrs. Bretz Gr 1-5What time do students need to be at the church? 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM
K, Gr. 1, Gr 2: 6:15 pm
Grades 3,4 and 5: 7:30 pm
Where does my child need to go when they get to the church? There will be signs at the church directing you to your child’s classroom assignment and also this information will be sent home prior to the program. Below are the room assignments by grade. To view a map of the room locations, click here: fairhavenmap
PK/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.What order are the grades singing?
K, followed by 1st/2nd grades; Grade 3 followed by 4th/5th Grades.Can we save seats prior to the program?
No. The only reserved seats will be for the directors, videographer, and teachers.
Doors will open at 6:30 and seating is first come first served.
Please be respectful and courteous to other families.
WCET TV will be taping and televising the program so that families who are unable to attend can still see it. If you do not want your child to be shown on WCET TV, do not attend the program. Notify your child’s teacher and Mrs. Bretz/Mrs. VanRiijs that your child will be staying home rather than participating.
Is food or drink allowed in the church? No food or drink is allowed in the church. Do the students need to wear anything special?No. Most students love to dress up and will wear special Christmas dresses or “church clothes”, but there is no requirement. Exception: Children who have a part and require special costumes. Mrs. Bretz would have sent a note home to you if this were the case–so you will be aware in advance.
October has arrived, which means that soon all elementary students in grades 3-5 will be participating in the annual MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program). MEAP is Michigan’s general assessment for students in grades 3 through 9. It is based on Michigan’s grade level content expectations in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students are assessed in the fall of each year on the prior year’s expectations.
Test dates and times are predetermined by the Michigan Department of Education. Assessments are administered in sections over a course of several days. Administration times vary from 20 – 80 minutes per section. 2012 test dates are as follows:
Oct. 9 & 10: Reading(grades 3 – 5)
Oct. 11: Writing Day 1 (grades 4)
Oct. 16: Mathematics (grades 3 – 5)
Oct. 17: Writing Day 2 (grades 4), Science (grades 5)
The MEAP results are used for many purposes, including informing instructional practice and tracking student performance. MEAP is also used for a number of high-stakes accountability measures, such as determining a building’s and district’s Adequate Yearly Progress, school rankings and designations (Reward, Focus or Priority), and educator evaluations.
As the uses of the test results expand, the importance of ensuring high-quality, fair, andstandardized test administration increases. Schools must administer tests within state andfederal guidelines. These guidelines sometime appear restrictive; however, these guidelines ensure equitability between all schools and all students.
For example, resources, such as writing posters, maps, multiplication tables, and other content information on the wall, that might provide students with clues to answers of test questions must be removed from classrooms. if students can view these resources during testing, they will have an advantage over students who cannot use these resources.
In addition, we have found that students do their best when additional distractions are removed from the testing environment such as snacks, books, and art supplies. Students who finish early are encouraged to go back and recheck their answers and then wait quietly while their classmates complete the assessment.
We are asking that you partner with us to ensure that your child be prepared for the MEAP test in these ways:
Attend school on all testing dates,
Before each test, get a good night’s sleep
On test days AND ALL DAYS eat a healthy breakfast
Understand the importance of doing his/her personal best!
If you have ever dreamed of being a millionaire, now is your chance. All students will have the opportunity to become a member of this club if they succeed in reading for 1,000,000 words this school year.
As a member of the MILLION WORDs club, each member will have their name on the MILLIONAIRE’s BOARD (display case in our rotunda) and receive a very cool, totally awesome t-shirt. Each student must keep track of the total words read on this form: Million word club form.
The annual walk-a-thon is coming September 26th and this is our primary PTC fundraiser. Our theme for the 2012-13 Event:
TREK FOR TECH
Why is the walk-a-thon donation so important? This money helps to provide to pay for:
Framed Art Work
Score Board and Hoops for the Gym
Family Days like the Carnival, Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Events,
Reading Counts Motivation Program
Raz Kids Online Reading Program
Santa’s Secret Shop
Library Books, Nooks AND SO MUCH MORE!!!
We need your DONATIONS of Money!
We want all of these activities and events to continue this year.
PLEASE DONATE! FF every child raises $25, we can fund the events above AND reach our goal for the year:
TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOMS!
We would like to raise enough money to continue the events above and provide affordable tech learning tools to each grade level to assist with student learning. Please help us support learning through technology by donating to the school PTC.
For our walk-a-thon days, we want everyone to wear BLUE and GOLD…EAGLE Colors. Parents and grandparents are invited to join us. The more the merrier!
Wednesday, September 26
9:45 ECSE, Kindergarten
10:00 Grade 3
10:10 Grade 1
10:20 Grade 2
10:30 Grade 4
10:35 Grade 5
Walkathon ends at 11:30.
What are the prizes?
Top EARNING WINNERs (5): MAY 2013 POOL PARTY AT MRS. REAGAN’S HOUSE
Top WINNERS for EACH GRADE (6): PIZZA PARTY WITH MRS. REAGAN
Top WINNING CLASSROOM: TOP SECRET SPECIAL ACTIVITY
EVERY PARTICIPANT who raises $25 or more get the most awesome FOAM FINGER!
EVERY PARTICIPANT will be entered into drawings for a LASER TAG FAMILY FUN PACKAGE and more…to be announced.
Friday, September 28: Completed donation forms and money due back to school. You do not need to send the money this week. You have until September 28.
PARENTS STILL NEEDED AS VOLUNTEERS! Amanda Impens is still looking for PARENT HELP. This is a fun event to work. Low stress….and loads of fun. Please let her know if you can help by emailing her. She is in need of bubble machines, spray bottles (for water) and big hearts who are willing to help her keep walking kids walking and hydrated!
Tomorrow is picture day. Please remember to send picture money with your child if you plan to purchase pictures. If you do not send the form in and still wish to purchase pictures, your child will have to have his/her pictures taken again at re-takes.
Our scheduled time for pictures is 11:40. Unfortunately, this is after we have already had gym class. If you would like to send a comb a brush with your child tomorrow, I will try and fix them up as best as I can.
Please take the time to view the Flory Flyer. A flyer will be posted bi-weekly on Mondays to inform you of events and information you will need to know are happening in the third grade. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the flyer or anything else.
Welcome to 3rd grade! I am so excited to meet all of you and get started on a great year in third grade. I would greatly appreciate it if you would take the time as parents and children to read the third grade handbook together. The handbook will explain what you will be learning in third grade and how Mrs. Flory runs her classroom. There is a form at the end of the survey for you to sign and print off. Please bring that in to school at the open house or on the first day of school.
Are you visiting our blog because you will be in this class next year? If so, WELCOME!
While you are here, be sure to sign up for email updates. Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, curriculum and assessment and much more. A school supply list will be posted on July 1.
Also, remember to sign up for email updates on the Georgetown School Blog. The school blog will provide updates all summer long about school wide events and important details about open houses and calendar dates.
Report cards will be sent out after school on June 8, 2012. Your child’s teacher for the 2012-13 school year will be located in the comment section of the report card. Class lists will be posted to the school blog on June 11. Please be sure to checkt the tab titled:
We are opening our school library once a week (Tuesdays) to keep our students reading through the summer. Don’t let your reading slip and slide away this summer. Be sure to come in and check out books this summer. It is also a great place to meet up with school friends, see some of your former teachers and your new teacher too. Mrs. Flory will be working at the library on July 16. I am so excited to meet my new students and see any students I’ve had in my class before.
The library will be open 10:00-12:00 on the following dates: June-11, 18, 25
July- 9, 16, 23 (Final Check Out Day), 30(Book Turn In Day; No New Check Outs)
Congratulations to Ike the 1st place winner of our times table contest and Josh B. our second place winner. Both boys completed 30 mixed multiplication facts in under one minute. They will both be treated to an ice cream treat at What’s the Scoop. Way to go boys!