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We’ve Been Working!

October1

Hi Parents!

Welcome to October!

First of all, I would like to thank you for supporting the Georgetown Walk-A-Thon! It was a HUGE success! Our classroom earned an extra recess because of all of you!

Here is a quick snapshot of what we’ve been working on…

In Reading, we’ve wrapped up our first unit of Building a Reading Life/Reading Stone Fox. Now we begin Unit 2- Analyzing Characters and Reading The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo.

We are presently revising/editing our Personal Narrative Writing! Next, we will be writing our very own Realistic Fiction Story based on our own real life experiences.

This week we will be tackling a math review and Unit 1 Test! Unit 2 is all about Multiplication! It is always very helpful for your child to practice math facts (pretty please?).

In Social Studies, each student is making a poster explaining the 6 Characteristics of a Market Economy. Those characteristics are- 1) Voluntary Exchange 2) Consumer Sovereignty 3) Competition             4) Incentives 5) Private Property Rights 6) Specialization

Enjoy your week!

Mindy

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Friday is the WALK-A-THON!

September18

Hello Parents,

On Friday, we will participate in our Walk-A-Thon school fundraiser! Your child is invited to dress up as a Super Hero to show their support. Please check out this link to get all the details

Super Hero Walkathon

 

 

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We’ve Been Working!

September10

Hi Parents,

In addition to continuing the Getting to Know Each Other process, here is what we’ve been up to in the first two weeks of 4th grade!

Our first unit of study in Reading lays the groundwork for good reading habits. Students are taught how to set reading goals, choose a Just Right book, read actively, and build reading stamina. We are enjoying Stone Fox as our mentor text.
As we dig into writing Personal Narratives, we are learning to generate ideas of what to write by thinking about Special People, Special Places, and Strong Emotions. We also are learning to add sensory details to help the reader experience the story.
We are tackling numbers up to 1 Million in math this first unit! Students are learning how to model and read and write numbers in standard form (24), word form (twenty-four), and expanded form (20 + 4). We are also rounding numbers!
The first unit of Social Studies is all about Economics. We are first revisiting what was learned in 3rd grade by discussing Michigan’s State Economy before taking our discussions to the U.S. level.
As you can see, we have been working hard!
Please don’t hesitate to ask questions!
Enjoy your week!
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School Supply List for 2017-2018

July7

Hello, 4th Graders and Parents!

I hope you’re having a great summer! 🙂 Believe it or not, “Back to School” sales fliers will be out soon! As you are out and about, you may want to start watching for deals on the following school supplies:

Items that are required:
•A pair of gym shoes – they do not need to be new, just clean. These should be kept in your locker at school.

•A backpack or tote to carry your belongings

Items that are highly recommended:
•5 folders with pockets – a different color for each subject will be helpful.
•3 or 4 wide ruled composition books
•A pencil box
•Pencils, pens, and highlighters

•1 or 2 packs of sticky notes
•Fine tip dry erase markers

Items that are optional:
•Glue stick(s)
•Scissors
•Colored pencils

I’m looking forward to meeting you at the Georgetown Open House on August 24 from 6:30-7:30!
Mrs. Huizenga

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MOBYMAX: Keep on Learning This Summer!

June21
We have a new way for you to get into MOBYMAX.  Please follow this link to the school blog to find out how to login!
 
Also, remember our school summer learning contest.  Find out more about this follow this link:  KEEP ON LEARNING THIS SUMMER!
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Reading Goals!

June7
We celebrated students who achieved reading goals today.  Some of our students received gift cards to TARGET for achieving reading goals and others received a certificate and Barnes and Noble Card for reading 1,000,000 words or MORE.  
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A Quick Update

February21

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Hi Parents!

We have been very busy in our classroom!

Currently, we are in the midst of the Unit 4 math test, taking it in chunks!

In Reading, we are enjoying the Historical Fiction book Run Away Home and Be Free. This story nicely ties into an upcoming Social Studies unit on the movement of people across the United States.

We just wrapped up our Essay Unit in writing, and will begin our Information Writing Unit very soon!

After our Social Studies test on the U.S. Government, we will dig deeper into the Bill of Rights.

Science learning is all about the Sun, Moon and Earth with Mr. Bowen.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!!

 

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Happy Heart Day!

February12

Please help your child remember to take in his/her Valentines Box and Valentines so all the deliveries are complete before our party on February 14! Thanks!

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Holiday Music Program Information

December12

From the Georgetown Blog:

Take a peak at the week ahead to see all the big school events that will be taking place.  Remember, our HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM is DECEMBER 13.  Details on this post.

 

For the first time ever, we are going to have audience participation for our final song this year!  The students are very excited to share this experience with you, however, in order to be ready to join in on the fun, we are asking families to download this free jingle bell playing app PRIOR to the holiday program on their phones if you will be attending the 3rd-5th grade performance.  THANKS!!

iJingle Bells (John Slater) is available on iPhone

https://itunes.apple.com/cy/app/ijingle-bells/id483608543?mt=8



Christmas Jingle Bells (Bytza Entertainmet) is available for Android

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=luculus.jinglebell

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Ski and Snowboard Club

December6

Hudsonville is opening our Ski and Snowboard Club to elementary schools again this year!  The cards are for Bittersweet Ski Area in Otsego.  This is a great family opportunity for an inexpensive price.  Stop by the office today to get a packet.

 

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Club Card – $16

Lift Ticket – $16

Ski or snowboard rental – $16

Helmet rental – $10

 

The card is valid after 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  Weekdays (non-holidays), the cards are valid from 10am – 10pm.

Please contact Karman VanderStel with any questions at kvander@hpseagles.net.

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