Drum Solo Auditions

Drummer Boy3rd grade will be singing a song that will  also involve having multiple drummers on stage. Auditions will be held  in class next week for anyone that is interested in trying out for a drummer part. 
 
Some of the kids asked if they could practice at home. A video has been posted to Mrs. Bretz’s  blog that has the drum part on it if your child wants to practice at home before next week.
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BUS CHANGE INFORMATION

NO BUS CHANGES  for PRE-K and kindergarten students.    LIMITED changes to Grades 1-5 for a permanent scheduled buschange or emergency situation.  Details explained below.

POLICY DETAILS: We can not put a child on any bus but their own bus, and they may not get off at any other stop except their own stop, without a note from THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.

GRADES 1-5:  If your child needs to ride a different bus other than his/her own bus or get off at a different stop other than his/her own, you need to submit this form (Bus Pass Gr 1-5) to the transportation department by 10:00 AM the morning of the switch.

  • Only requests for extenuating circumstances will be accepted (no changes for play dates).
  •  Bus passes are to be used ONLY when making a PERMANENT regularly scheduled change or an emergency situation.
  •  If the pass is approved, transportation will notify the school office. The school office will notify the classroom teacher.
  •  NOTE: Form must be completed by 10:00 am on the morning of the bus change. Late requests will NOT be honored.

To find a permanent link to the bus pass visit our SCHOOL BLOG . ***********************************************

1.  Parents must submit a BUS PASS REQUEST to the transportation office by 10:00 am the morning of the transportation change. DO NOT CALL SCHOOL OFFICE FOR INFORMATION.  If you have questions call Transportation:  616-669-7757

2.  Transportation will notify the Georgetown office  by 1 pm on the day of change.  The bus driver will also receive notification of the change in transportation.   Questions about policy go to Jane Bykerk, Director of Transportation.

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Test Notice and Curriculum Change

Dear Parents,

Just letting you know about a few curriculum changes and an upcoming test.  

Social Studies

 


There will be a test on Tuesday of this week covering Michigan’s land forms and bodies of water. The kids should have brought home their study guide and study slip on Friday. If they did not, 
please be sure to let me know so that I can make sure it goes home on Monday.

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SpellingOur third grade team has decided to change up our spelling program a bit to meet the needs of our third graders.  Your child will now receive a new set of 10 words every Monday and be tested on those words, plus five additional words to study

that follow the same spelling pattern we are studying on Friday of each week. The first week of school your child was given a spelling inventory, which helped me determine where he/she is breaking down as a speller. The results showed that most of my third graders struggle with long vowel patterns and more difficult word endings. Therefore, those areas will be our focus for this year. Your child will also be given a monthly spelling activity sheet, of which they are to choose three activities each week to complete for at home practice of their words. A Monday pre-test will determine if your child will receive the regular list or the challenge list. They will be tested on Friday on the list they were given, plus five additional words with the same spelling pattern. Please let me know if you have any questions concerning this program. Our goal is to make our third graders better spellers, so it is always nice to hear if you see a difference at home too.  

Thanks for your at home support,

Mrs. Flory

 
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Picture Day

Picture day is Monday! Our scheduled time is not until 2:00, but I will try my best to get our pictures taken earlier than that. If you plan on your child receiving  a picture packet, then be sure to return their picture money envelope to school on Monday.  

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Mrs. Flory

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3rd grade homework

3rd Grade Homework
Your child will be coming home tonight with the three homework sheets listed below:
Math Homework: will be passed out each Tuesday and Thursday and will be due the next morning.
Spelling Homework: Will be passed out when we start a new set of words and will be due one week from the day it was passed out. The homework from tonight will be due next Tuesday. 
Reading/Math Facts: This sheet has a place to record how many minutes were spent reading and how many minutes were spent on math facts practice. This homework sheet will be passed out on Mondays and due the following Monday. 
Thank you in advance for working with your children to make sure they do their homework and return it to school on time. 
Email me if you have any questions concerning any of the homework assignments. 
Mrs. Flory
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Transportation Policy: BUS PASS for Grades 1-5

Transportation Policy:  BUS PASS for Grades 1-5    School Bus

Revision approved by school board 8-8-13

The new transportation policy is a step toward eliminating notes for transportation changes to elementary (grade 1-5) level students.

Board Policy has not changed regarding NO NOTES/BUS CHANGES for preK and kindergarten students.  This remains the same.

The 2013-14 Pre-Approval Bus Pass Policy is in place for Grades 1-5.  The purpose is to reduce end of day confusion with bus changes — time consuming for staff and a safety concern for our students.

Procedures are as follows:

1. Parents must submit the attached BUS PASS to the transportation office by 10:00 am the morning of the transportation change.  Parents will be notified by 1:00 pm if request is approved or denied.

2. Paper copies of the Bus Pass downloaded here:  www.hudsonville.k12.mi.us

3.  Submit ONLINE BUS PASS NOTE:  http://bit.ly/gr1-5buspass

4.  Schools will be notified of the changes by 2 pm of the day of change.  This will be done by email and/or fax to both principal and secretaries. The bus driver will also receive notification of the change in transportation.

5.  Communication of changes:  Bus Pass will be posted on district website and transportation site.

 

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NUT SAFE & HEALTHY CLASSROOM SNACKS

NUT SAFE & HEALTHY CLASSROOM SNACKS

This year, each student in Third grade will be responsible for bringing a daily snack in from home to munch on in the mornings. These snacks are essential to rejuvenate the students’ energy and attention span. This year, it is important that students not only bring healthy snacks, but they also must be NUT FREE SNACKS (All nuts: almonds, pecans, etc.). When packing your student’s snack, please keep in mind the safety of our food allergy friends by choosing a snack off of the following list:

Safe Snack Ideas  (Milk, Egg, and Nut SAFE Snacks)

• Honey Maid Graham Sticks: Cinnamon and Honey Flavored

• Teddy Grahams: Cinnamon, Honey, & Chocolate

• Ritz Dinosaur Crackers

• Wheat Thins (regular)

• Saltine Crackers (read label)

• Most regular pretzels (read label)

• Most regular potato chips (read label)

• Most corn chips (read label)

• Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks and Fruit Rollups

• Kellogg’s Fruit Streamers and Fruit Twistables

*No baked goods can be sent in from home.

As always, healthy snacks are best: Raisins, apples, bananas, grapes, melon, carrot sticks, celery sticks, jello, applesauce, peaches, pears, strawberries, blueberries, etc.

The best defense against accidental exposure for our allergy students is to always read the label. At the bottom of the ingredients list there is almost always an allergen warning. Ingredients do change, so always read the label even if you’ve checked on a prior purchase. Thank you to all the parents for being so understanding and respectful of our students with food allergies. Thanks for helping us to keep our students healthy and safe!

Birthday Celebrations:  If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with a treat, please send non-food items.  Consider items like a pencil, eraser, stickers, etc.  Do not send food for birthday treats.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at school.

Teachers…of your grade/class.

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Georgetown Elementary Open House

 We are very excited to start the new school year!  Please remember to join us for one of our Open Houses this week.  The schedule is as follows:
  • PK Monday, August 25 @ 6:30 pm
  • K  Tuesday, August 26 @ 6:30 pm
  • Grades 1-5  Wednesday, August 27 @ 6:30 pm

popcornAt all three open houses, we will be collecting donations for POPCORN DAYS.  Each month, parent volunteers provide popcorn to all our students as a special treat.  Popcorn Fridays (one per month) are FAVORITE DAYS in our building.  Popcorn parents are ROCKSTARs!   Your OPEN HOUSE donations allow us to offer popcorn free of charge to ALL students.    Please DONATE.  The container will be in the rotunda.

We would love to have more support for the many activities we offer for students and families during the year.  Please show your support by completing this survey:  PTC SURVEY 2014

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Parent Survey

Please take the time to fill out the parent survey to tell me a little bit about your child. The survey will remain confidential, but will give me some valuable information to help your child to get off to a great start in the third grade.

 Thank You,

Mrs. Flory

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Welcome to Third Grade

Dear Parents and 3rd Graders,

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 9th year at Georgetown and my 21st  year in the Hudsonville district.  I have a wonderful husband named Brian, a 24 year old daughter, Nicole, who is an ICU nurse at Butterworth, and an 18 year old daughter, Maria, who will be a freshman at Central Michigan University.  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 was posted July 1.  

Please register for email updates on the blog!  This will help you to be alerted each time a new post is added.

I am looking forward to getting to know and building relationships with all of you!

Mrs. Flory    Flory Flyer

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Summer Library

Our school library will be open once a week (Tuesdays) to keep our students reading through the summer. Staff volunteers will be there  each week to help with guiding students to just right books.

The library will be open 10:00-12:00 on the following dates: June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 17, 22, 29

Open Library         Tuesdays from          10:00 -12:00

 

 

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Typing Champions

Hip, Hip, Hurray!  Mrs. Flory’s class has won the first typing challenge. The race was close, but Mrs. Flory’s class had the most students typing at ten or more words per minute. As a reward we will be treated to a pizza party. I will let you know when that will be as soon as the tech office lets me know.  

CONGRATULATIONS  TYPERS!  KEEP PRACTICING THOSE TYPING SKILLS!

                                             

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Fun in the Snow

We had a great time building snowmen on Friday. The snow was perfect for packing! After the snowmen were complete we  frosted and decorated sugar cookies and enjoyed some hot chocolate. Take a look below at slide show of some of the fabulous snowmen the kids built. 

 

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Candy Cane Sale!


The annual 5th grade Candy Cane sale is officially here!
 
Each year, our 5th grade classes sell candy canes to help raise money for 5th grade camp experience and 5th grade celebration.
 
This year the sale runs from Wednesday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 18.    
 
The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered.
 
Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!
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Fall Book Club

Our fall book club was a “Very, Very Good Time” as the character Humphrey the hamster would say from the book “School Days According to Humphrey”. I hope more of you can join us for the next book club.  Take a look at our students making a fun craft and enjoying some treats. 

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MSU -vs- UM Coin Wars

 

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The competition is on this year!  Let’s see which Michigan team has the biggest fans at Georgetown prior to their showdown in Lansing on November 2nd, the Saturday before we kick off our Book Fair.

 

This is the fun part, if MSU fans bring in more coins Mr. Kooiker will wear MSU colors and if U of M fans bring in more coins Mr. Bowen will wear U of M colors on Wednesday, October 30th for Spirit Day!  Which team will it be?  Help us decide with your loose change!

 

Along with supporting your team your loose change will help us purchase book for classroom libraries.  This helps get more kids reading and those kids reading more. 

 

The All for Books money we collect also helps readers beyond our school and community. Scholastic Book Fairs matches monetary donations with a donation of up to one million books to the Kids In Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc.

 

Please send in your donation prior to October 29th.  Baggies and book slips will be sent home the week of October 21st.  We’ll be weighing the coins at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29th to determine the winner!  

 

Please join us on October 30th and wear your favorite team’s apparel.  

 

Your act of kindness helps to bring more knowledge, imagination, and love for reading into the lives of our students.

 

 

Thank you!  Mrs. Havens, Chair of Book Fair and Georgetown Staff

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HEF Fun Fest

The 4th Annual HEF Fun Fest Fundraiser is coming Friday, October 11th from4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Eagles Stadium.  The activities will take place on homecoming before the home varsity football game against Grand Haven and include dunking HPS staff members in one of our dunk tanks, showing off your football throwing skills, bouncing around in the bounce house, getting your face painted, 50/50 raffle and much more.  

Once again, there will be a raffle for a 50” TV and gaming system to be given away at half time of the last home game on October 25.  Buy your raffle tickets at any home game for your chance to win this great prize.  This event is sponsored by the Hudsonville Education Foundation and all proceeds will be used to fund grants for resources and innovations that directly enhance the education of our students in Hudsonville Public Schools.

AND…the GEORGETOWN DUNK TANK time period is at 4:30 pm.  We will have Mr. Kooiker and Mrs. Stadt in the tank for 15 minutes.  (4:30 to 4:45pm).  Please come and support the HEF and take a turn at dunking two of our wonderful teachers.

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MEAP TEST

MESP TESTDear Families,

 

As we move into the month of October, students 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.  2013 test dates are as follows:

 

  • Oct. 8 & 9:  Reading (grades 3 – 8)

  • Oct. 10:  Writing Day 1 (grades 4 & 7)

  • Oct. 15:  Mathematics (grades 3 – 8)

  • Oct. 16:  Writing Day 2 (grades 4 & 7), Science (grades 5 & 8)

  • Oct. 16 – Nov. 5*: On-line Social Studies (grades 6 & 9)

*Building principals will communicate specific dates during this window

 

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, and

standardized test administration increases. Schools must administer tests within state and

 

federal 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 by making sure he/she is in school during the testing dates, gets a good night’s sleep, has a healthy breakfast, and understands the importance of doing his/her personal best.

Thank you for your assistance and please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

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Lemonade for Limo Ride

Some very determined students put their heads together to insure a first place victory in the Georgetown Walk-a-thon contest. Elise, Macey, Brock, and Jake decided to sell lemonade on Saturday and Sunday instead of asking for money. They made lemonade themselves and were able to raise about $8.00. Way to go guys! With any luck we will be riding in that limo soon. 

 

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3rd Grade BMI

nutrition-tools-parents-bmi-calculatorThe Ottawa County Department of Public Health will be conducting a Body Mass Index (BMI) Measurement study with 3rd grade students. A brochure was sent home with more information about this. Please read through the information and if you wish to opt your child out of the screening please complete the Opt-out form and return to me.

Thank you,,

Mrs. Flory

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Hershey Day

On Friday we celebrated Milton Hershey’s birthday by playing Hershey candy related math games. We measured a Hershey bars perimeter and area, weighed Hershey bars and candy kisses in grams and we graphed a mixed bag of miniature Hershey bars. We even tested how long it takes for a frozen or non-frozen candy kiss to melt in our mouthes. Thank you to all of the moms that helped with this super fun math activity and brought some Hershey bars too.  

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New Transportation Policy

School Bus

Board Policy has not changed regarding NO NOTES/BUS CHANGES for preK and kindergarten students.  This remains the same.

BUS PASS Procedures for Grades 1-5 are as follows:

1.  Parents must submit the attached BUS PASS to the transportation office by 10:00 am the morning of the transportation change.  Parents will be notified by 1:00 pm if the change is approved or denied.  DO NOT CALL SCHOOL OFFICE FOR INFORMATION.  If you have questions call Transportation:  616-669-7757

2.  Schools will be notified of the changes by 2 pm of the day of change. The bus driver will also receive notification of the change in transportation.

 Questions about policy go to Jane Bykerk, Director of Transportation.

 

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Supply list for 2012-2013 School Year

Welcome Incoming Third Graders! I hope that you are having a fantastic summer!

Believe it our not, the sales will be starting shortly and I wanted to make sure that you had your list to take advantage of the good deals. Here are some items that would assist your student next year:

5 pocket folders (purple, blue, red, green, and yellow)

2 glue sticks

1 pair of scissors

1 high lighter

2 white board markers (thin Expo brand work the best)

pencils

sticky notes

one box of tissue

2 wide-ruled composition books

1 spiral notebook

gym shoes to leave at school

pens (red & blue)

pencil box

colored pencils or markers

1 Box of non-latex bandages

Items that are nice to have, yet not required

pencil sharpener with lid for catching shavings 

mechanical pencils

eraser caps 

 

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Welcome to Third Grade

Dear Parents and 3rd Graders,

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 9th year at Georgetown and my 21st year in the Hudsonville district.  I have a wonderful husband named Brian, a 24 year old daughter, Nicole, who is an ICU nurse at Butterworth, and an 18 year old daughter, Maria, who will be a freshman at Central Michigan University. 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.  

Please register for email updates on the blog!  This will help you to be alerted each time a new post is added.

I am looking forward to getting to know and building relationships with all of you!

Mrs. FloryFlory Flyer

 

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Summer Reading Challenge

logo-summer_challengeThe 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 andwordgirl2 a Reading Timer mobile app for timing and tracking reading minutes. Parents can register their children at this link: Scholastic Summer Challenge: Parents

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Third Grade Last 10 Days

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

Hat day

I ce cream sundaes for multiplication facts

Read outside

Doughnut Day (also our field trip day)

 

Grass games

Recess relays  (10 extra minutes of recess for 3rd grade)

All day seat switch

Dining with teachers on the grass

End with field day and friends

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Team Spencer Bracelets

Team Spencer is trying to get the word out to Georgetown kids that they can buy wristbands. Students are selling these bracelets around school and have plenty to offer.

If you are interested:

You can buy a Spencer bracelet too for just $2.00.

All money goes to the Spencer Meyer Benefit Fund.

Thanks for your support.

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Cupcake Sale

Cupcakes will be sold to grades 3-5 on April 19 (this Friday).
Money will be collected through Thursday of this week.  IF you sent in money last week, it has been saved as a pre-order.
 
This will be the LAST day that cupcakes will be sold.  An original post stated that they would be available on Fridays through May 3, but this has changed. 
 
Thank you for your support!
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Talent Show Dress Rehearsal

Monday, March 25, 2013

DRESS REHEARSAL

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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Talent Show 2013

Got Talent? 

Can you sing?

Dance?
Hula hoop?
Do a comedy act?
Play the recorder or piano?
Do a gymnastics routine?
Perform a magic trick?
Do jump rope tricks?
Juggle?
Then Georgetown WANTS YOU!!!

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 [email protected]

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!!!!!

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Mindful Giving

 

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.

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Holiday Program

Holiday Program: November 27 at FairHaven

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.
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2 Acts of Mindful Giving

2 Acts of Mindful Giving

From November 5-16, we will be engaged in a school wide service project called TWO ACTS OF MINDFUL GIVING:  LOCAL AND GLOBAL.

Mrs. Reagan will  provide an update on our class giving on Friday Nov 8 and Friday Nov 16.

  • Our class goal is to raise $60 and bring in 60 non-perishable items.
  • We would like every child to donate 2 non-perishable food items and 2 dollars toward this service project.
  • The canned goods will supply local families with much needed food.  The money will purchase a rechargeable solar light for schools in Uganda.
  • To find out more about this special project, please visit our GEORGETOWN BLOG. And…thank you for giving!
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Fall Conference Schedule

I’m looking forward to meeting with each of you to discuss your child’s progress. Please let me know as soon as possible if your scheduled conference time will not work for you. 

Mrs. Flory’s

Fall 2012

Conference Schedule

Time

Monday

November 5

Wednesday

November 7

Thursday

November 8

4:00

4:15

Josh Gerger

4:30

4:45

Brendon Czarnowski

Ava Klingler

5:00

Jed Rufner

5:15

Mikynn Vanderbeek

Kinsley Hatfield

Jacob Redder

5:30

Alek Heys

Jordan Spykerman

5:45

Devin Mervau

Kayleigh Poisson

6:00

Logan Newenhouse

Madelyn Weirda

6:15

Ryan Gharajanloo

Ethan Groendal

6:30

Lucas Norton

Ike Irish

6:45

Mikayla Meyer

Kiara LaChance

7:00

Emmalee Murphy

Kaylee Spriggel

7:15

Matt Hoekstra

Jade Neelis

7:30

Joshua Benz

7.45

Amy Carrillo

8:00

Drakke Cecchini

8:15

8:30

8:45

9:00

9:15

 

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MEAP Test

 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, and standardized test administration increases. Schools must administer tests within state and federal 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!
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Millionaire Club

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.

Completed forms are turned into Mrs. VandenBerg (Librarian), our school librarian.

Links to help you calculate words in books are found on the right under READING COUNTs.  Quick links can be found here:  Ren Learningand   Scholastic e-Catalog.

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Walk-a-thon


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:

  • School assemblies
  • Framed Art Work
  • Score Board and Hoops for the Gym
  • Recess Equipment
  • Family Days like the Carnival, Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Events,
  • Music materials,
  • Popcorn Days,
  • Field Trips
  • Classroom supplies
  • Reading Counts Motivation Program
  • Raz Kids Online Reading Program
  • Book Fair
  • 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! 

Amanda Impens Email Address:amandabeaimpens@yahoo.com

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Picture Day

Inline image 1Tomorrow 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.  

Thanks and have a great week!
Mrs. Flory
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3rd Grade Handbook

Dear Students and Families,                        Third Grade Hand Book

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.    

 Thanks and see you soon,

Mrs. Flory

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Class Lists

Are you looking for the class lists? To view them, click on this link: Class Lists 2012-13.

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.
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