Snowy Weekend!

Well this weekend’s forecast was much more accurate than last weekend’s!

I hope this message finds you warm and not buried in snow! I spent much of my weekend snuggled up on the couch with 21 Unit 3 Math Tests 🙂 Here are a few updates to be aware of:

  • P.E. Apparel Sale!
  • Valentine’s Party
    • This year we will not be having a traditional party with centers, but instead will be having a time to decorate our bags (I provide them), pass out our valentines to each other, and will have a snack and an activity as a class. Thanks so much!
  • Sports/Activities
    • Please let me know about any sports games, performances, or activities your child would like me to attend! While I may not be able to make all of the game or recital, I guarantee I won’t make any of it if I’m not aware of it 🙂 Thanks so much!
  • Upcoming Study Island homework
    • As we are reviewing data from our monthly standardized tests in reading and math, we have decided as a grade level to create weekly homework assignments to be completed on Study Island.
        • Each week there will be 10 homework questions assigned on Thursdays and due the following Wednesday.
        • On Thursdays during our computer time, kids will take a 10 question quiz on the concepts assigned in their weekly homework.
    • These assignments will begin next week.
    • Concepts and assignments created by the third grade team are specifically aligned with problem areas we have identified from our data.
    • Thanks so much for your help in helping to hold your student accountable with their studies!

Upcoming Dates:

Reading Log due – Monday, January 20th

  • Reading Log is due this coming Monday, January 20th. Thanks!

Harbor Humane Society Reading – Monday, January 20th

  • Head to this blog post for more details!
  • Every Monday evening from 5 – 7 pm

Early Release – Friday, January 31st

Midwinter Break – Saturday, February 1st – Tuesday, February 4th

  • Class resumes Wednesday, February 5th

Valentine’s Day – Friday, February 14th

  • No “party”, class will hand out valentines to each other and we will do a Valentine’s activity together.

Early Release – Friday, February 21st

———————————————————————————————————————–Homework: 

  • MATH: 5 minutes of MobyMax Monday through Thursday
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
  • MATH5 minutes practicing fact cards (in your child’s take-home folder)
    • PLEASE help your child’s development as a mathematician by enforcing these areas of math practice!
    • PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This coming week we will…

Word Work: We will be getting new spelling patterns and words.

Math Differentiation Groups: We will begin working in small groups on reviewing concepts at the levels individuals and small groups need.

Writing: We will begin wrapping up our Nonfiction Writing Unit. Pieces will be finished by the end of the month!

Reading: We will continue a nonfiction reading unit this week! Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will begin Unit 4 –  Addition and Subtraction with three and four digits. Thank you for encouraging your child’s growth mindset and GRIT as they work through these concepts!

Book It:THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters

Stay Safe and Warm This Weekend!

That forecast doesn’t look promising for tomorrow!

I hope this message finds you ready to stay hunkered down, safe and warm this weekend! What a great first week back we had. This week we had Twin Day to celebrate 10 school days of great class wide behavior, had our first week of reading to animals at Harbor Humane Society, and made huge progress in our writing and reading of nonfiction! Wahoo!

Our Unit 3 Math Test is next week! This week we wrapped up all new curriculum for Unit 3 in Math – Units of Measurement. We will begin reviewing as a class on Monday, and will take our Unit 3 Test next Thursday. Please encourage your child to try one or two pages of the optional math review this weekend!

  • This packet is huge — it will feel overwhelming. I had an assistant graciously offer to copy all of the review sheets for me, but she then stapled them into packets. While this is nice to have them all in one place, it is overwhelming to an 8 or 9 year old!
  • Some kids chose to just rip 1-2 pages off at a time and leave the rest of the packet at school to continuing taking pages home one at a time
  • Some kids chose to take the entire packet home at once
  • PLEASE DO NOT ADVISE YOUR CHILD TO DO THE WHOLE THING AT ONCE!!

Above: Reading to dogs at Harbor Humane. They were LOUD (we were there as they were being taken out to go potty for the last time for the night), but they really settled down after a coupe minutes of calm, consistent reading!

Below: Twin Day! Twins, Triplets, Quadruplets, and even QUINTUPLETS! 🙂

Below: Indoor recess today is never ideal, but with these fun STEM-like toys (Lincoln Logs and a tree branch my aunt chopped up and sealed for our classroom) there are unlimited creative possibilities!

Upcoming Dates:

Reading Log due – Monday, January 20th

  • No Reading Log due this coming Monday. Next one is due Monday, January 20th!

Harbor Humane Society Reading – Monday, January 13th

  • Head to this blog post for more details!
  • Every Monday evening from 5 – 7 pm

Early Release – Friday, January 31st

Midwinter Break – Saturday, February 1st – Tuesday, February 4th

  • Class resumes Wednesday, February 5th

Early Release – Friday, February 21st

———————————————————————————————————————–Homework: 

  • MATH: 5 minutes of MobyMax Monday through Thursday
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
    • I sent home an optional review packet for kids over the holiday break, reviewing what we have been working on lately in math. 
  • MATH5 minutes practicing fact cards (in your child’s take-home folder)
    • PLEASE help your child’s development as a mathematician by enforcing these areas of math practice!
    • It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This coming week we will…

Word Work: We will be heading into our second week of Word Work on these spelling patterns, and will take our assessment on them.

Writing: We will be continuing to work on a nonfiction writing unit. Kids have selected a topic they are an “expert” on, and will begin fleshing out their chapters with various strategies we studied this past week.

Reading: We will continue a nonfiction reading unit this week! Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will prepare for, and take, our Unit #3 – Units of Measurement Test.  Thank you for encouraging your child’s growth mindset and GRIT as they work through these concepts!

  • Please encourage your child to try 1 – 2 pages a night of review from the optional review packet!

Book It:THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters

Help Us Avoid the Flu in Our Neck of the Woods!

Hi Parents,

First, I am absolutely not a germaphobe (which makes my husband a little crazy 😉 ). Getting sick doesn’t scare me, but substitute teachers trying to effectively instruct my curriculum and kids missing important lessons due to having to stay home both worry me! 🙂

As I’m sure you are well aware, the flu is hitting our state particularly hard right now. Take a look at this picture posted by NBC member station, WXYZ Detroit, for a visual representation of what they’re seeing nationwide. The deep red depicts greater than 7% of the population being sick with the flu — not so good in Michigan!

Please consider the following when getting ready to send your kiddo back to school tomorrow:

  • Wash your child’s backpack thoroughly (as in running it through the washing machine)
  • Wash your child’s winter gear (coats, hats, gloves)
  • Disinfect lunch boxes/bags
  • Send hand sanitizer to school for kids to keep in their desk (I also have a whole bunch of these around the room)
  • Have your child take vitamins and/or supplements to support immune health, particularly Vitamin C
  • If your child is sick, has a fever, or is just getting over being sick, please have them stay home to prevent the spread of germs! While we will miss them, we’d much prefer they come back healthy and whole than spreading their illness!

Thanks so much! I have missed your munchkin dearly, and cannot wait to dive into this second half of the year with them (and you!) 🙂 Here’s hoping it’s without much sickness involved!

-Mrs. Deters

New Year, New Updates!

Happy New Year!

A new semester, a new year, a new decade! I feel so blessed to be entering into a fresh start with 21 smart, energetic kids. What an incredible first few months I’ve had with your child! I’m excited to get back to work with your student on Monday!

Just a heads up that our Unit 3 Math Test is coming up! We will wrap up our Units of Measurement unit in the next two weeks, so I will be sending home more optional practice work with answer keys beginning the end of our first week back.

Please be sure to read on for updates and important dates, and check out this separate blog post on our next service opportunity – volunteering with Harbor Humane Society.

Upcoming Dates:

Reading Log due – Monday, January 6th

  • Reading log is due this week. Next log will be due January 20th!

Beginning Monday, January 6th – Harbor Humane Society Reading

  • Head to this blog post for more details!
  • Every Monday evening from 5 – 7 pm

Early Release – Friday, January 31st

Midwinter Break – Saturday, February 1st – Tuesday, February 4th

  • Class resumes Wednesday, February 5th

Early Release – Friday, February 21st

———————————————————————————————————————–Homework: 

  • MATH: 5 minutes of MobyMax Monday through Thursday
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
    • I sent home an optional review packet for kids over the holiday break, reviewing what we have been working on lately in math. 
  • MATH5 minutes practicing fact cards (in your child’s take-home folder)
    • PLEASE help your child’s development as a mathematician by enforcing these areas of math practice!
    • It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This coming week we will…

Word Work: We will be beginning new spelling patterns. We will work on these spelling patterns and word for two weeks.

Writing: We will be continuing to work on a nonfiction writing unit. Kids have selected a topic they are an “expert” on, and will begin planning and writing an expository text.

Reading: We will continue a nonfiction reading unit this week! Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will continue Unit #3 – Units of Measurement. We will focus on reinforcing telling time and elapsed time. Thank you for encouraging your child’s growth mindset and GRIT as they work through these concepts!

Book It:THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters

Harbor Humane Society Reading!

We have a whole lot of animal lovers in our class!

We also have a huge push in third grade to grow our literacy skills as we take the big leap in curriculum demands from lower elementary to upper elementary, so…

In an effort to combine these two things with growing our service skills, I have reached out to a local animal shelter in Holland to help grow a program they are excited to grow! At the Harbor Humane Society, a program called Reading with Fido is described below:

“Reading with Fido” is a program where you can come to Harbor Humane any time we are open and read to a dog or cat. Harbor even provides the books! This program not only helps improve the life of shelter animals, it helps you! Is there anyone less judgmental than a furry friend?! Not only do you get to work on your reading skills but you also get to engage and enrich the live of shelter animals.

I have committed to try to be at Harbor Humane every Monday evening from 5 – 7 pm this coming semester.

A few other teachers in the building have expressed interest in this, as well, and might also be joining in!

  • There is zero need to sign up or “RSVP”
      • Simply show up, sit outside of one the 15-20 kennels, and read!
      • These are animals who have very high anxiety around people and are not yet ready to be played with are staying
  • This is an effort the humane society has created to work on lowering their anxiety/normalizing healthy interactions with people for animals who have, sadly, not had healthy experiences with humans in the past
  • Kids are welcome to bring their own books, library books, books from their book bin at school, or use ones provided by Harbor!
  • Kids are also welcome to volunteer in other parts of the shelter, playing with, or walking, animals who are able to interact well with people.
  • Beginning Monday, January 6th
  • Located at 14345 Bagley St, West Olive, MI 49460

Unfortunately, I cannot provide transportation, but I am happy to help facilitate a carpool for interested students/parents!

Looking forward to a fun way to grow our reading skills, while giving back to some of our furriest community members!

-Mrs. Deters

Reminders for a Crazy Week

Hi all! Just a few reminders about the next (crazy) five days…

Blanket Drop Off at the Laurels MONDAY!

Meet at the Laurels of Hudsonville at 6:45 pm if you would like to be a part of handing our blankets and cards out to the residents.

Spirit Days!

Monday: Wear Christmas colors, green and red!

Tuesday: Holiday hat!

Wednesday: Cozy scar and/or socks day!

Thursday: Pajama Day / Polar Express Party!

Friday: Holiday Sweater Day!

Penguin Patch Holiday Shop TUESDAY!

Tuesday morning at 10 am, the kids will have the opportunity to shop at the holiday shopping set up in the library. Be sure to send their money in for this by Tuesday morning!

Polar Express Party Donations

If you signed up to donate anything for the party, please be sure to get the supplies in before the party on Thursday!

Surprise Goodbye Party for Liam

If you are planning to send in any snacks or drinks for the kids, please make sure you do so by Friday for our surprise pizza party on Friday, Liam’s last day! Thanks so much 🙂

Last Week Before Holiday Break

Wow, what a half day that was!

…but I feel like I say that every Early Release 😉 Maybe one of these days I’ll reign in my crazy ideas and keep it simpler…probably not 🙂

Before getting started on our service work, I showed the kids a video…

of a wonderful picture book that touches on dementia/Alzheimer’s/memory loss through the story of a grandson and his grandfather. The book we read “The Remember Balloons”. Just a warning – it will make you tear up!

As I told the kids, we were living out a real-world experiment:

We planned, we prepared, and then we gave it a shot! What did we learn? We need a bit more time 🙂 We will be finishing these up in Math on Monday! Some of the reflections I heard at the end of the day today included:

  • “I didn’t know this would be so much math!”

  • “I didn’t know this would take so much work!”

  • “I didn’t know this would be so fun!”

  • “I didn’t know I would be so good at this once I got the hang of it!”

  • “I didn’t know this would be my favorite day of the year!”

I’m so proud of your kids and the grit they demonstrated today! Can’t wait to deliver our hard work on Monday evening 🙂

Upcoming Dates:

Reading Log due – Monday, January 6th

  • Reading log is not due this week. Next log is due January 6th!

Blanket Drop Off – Monday, December 16th

  • Meet at Laurels of Hudsonville
  • 6:45 pm

Penguin Patch Holiday Shop – Tuesday, December 17th

  • 10:00 – 10:45 am
  • Please make checks payable to Georgetown PTC

Polar Express Holiday Party – Thursday, December 19th

  • 9 – 10:30 am
  • Please consider donating to the supplies from the two Sign Up Genius here and here.
    • I will email parents who are going to be able to volunteer later today!
    • Please be sure to have a background check filled out!

Holiday Break – Saturday, December 21st – Sunday, January 5th

———————————————————————————————————————–Homework: 

  • MATH: 5 minutes of MobyMax Monday through Thursday
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
  • MATH5 minutes practicing fact cards (in your child’s take-home folder)
    • PLEASE help your child’s development as a mathematician by enforcing these areas of math practice!
    • It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This coming week we will…

Word Work: We will be testing on our current spelling patterns. New spelling patterns will come after the holiday break.

Writing: We will be continuing to work on a nonfiction writing unit.

Reading: We will continue a nonfiction reading unit this week! Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will continue Unit #3 – Units of Measurement. We will focus on reinforcing telling time and elapsed time. Thank you for encouraging your child’s growth mindset and GRIT as they work through these concepts!

Book It:THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters

Polar Express Party!

Good Morning Parents,

We have been hard at work as a Third Grade Team getting all the details set for the big Polar Express Party! As a reminder, the party will be next Thursday, December 19th from 9-10:30 am. 

Each classroom teacher will be able to have ten parent volunteers (40 total volunteers for the grade). We will be prioritizing parents who were not able to be a part of the Halloween party or class field trip; if we have fewer than ten interested parents who were NOT a part of either of those events, we will do a “lottery” like drawing for the remaining parents interested. Unfortunately due to how large this event is in a small space, we will not be able to have any parents except those who have been confirmed by the teacher as volunteers come to the party. Thank you for your understanding in this!

Please note that parent volunteers will need:

1) To have a background check filled out

2) To be to school by 8:30 am the day of the party

3) To have alternate plans for younger siblings (because there are already 100 students and 44 adults all in one space!) 

Please email me about interest in volunteering by the end of the school day this Friday, December 13th. Please also consider helping out by signing up to donate party supplies on the Sign Up Genius here, as well. 

Thanks so much – we are looking forward to next Thursday!

-The Third Grade Team

Next Week is Blanket Week!

Alright, Parents, these next two weeks are when rubber hits the road!

It’s the craziest two weeks of the year…the couple leading up to Holiday Break! Please be sure to read on for updates on dates and curriculum. Thank you!

IF YOU ARE MAKING A DONATION TO THE BLANKET PROJECT, please email me (kdeters@hpseagles.net) what you plan to donate (fabric or monetary amount) by tomorrow at noon so that I can accurately plan/purchase the remaining needs for the project.

**We are in need of fabric scissors to borrow for the project!** If you would be willing to get them to the office sometime next week by Friday morning, we would greatly appreciate it! This will allow the kids to do the cutting themselves and apply their measurement skills to the project. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

Reading Log due – Monday, December 9th

  • Reading log is due this Monday, December 9th. Thank you!

Georgetown Elementary Holiday Concert – Thursday, December 12th

Early Release – Friday, December 13th

  • Blanket Making Day! 🙂 All card and blanket materials need to be to school by this morning!

Blanket Drop Off – Monday, December 16th

  • Meet at Laurels of Hudsonville
  • 6:45 pm

Penguin Patch Holiday Shop – Tuesday, December 17th

  • 10:00 – 10:45 am
  • Please make checks payable to Georgetown PTC

Polar Express Holiday Party – Thursday, December 19th

  • 9 – 10:30 am
  • We will be meeting as a Third Grade Team this coming Tuesday, December 10th to finalize plans for the party. We will send out parent sign ups on at that time.
    • We will be able to have 10 parent volunteers per classroom. Watch for the sign up next week Tuesday!
    • Please be sure to have a background check filled out!

Holiday Break – Saturday, December 21st – Sunday, January 5th

———————————————————————————————————————–Homework: 

  • MATH: 5 minutes of MobyMax Monday through Thursday
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
  • MATH5 minutes practicing fact cards (in your child’s take-home folder)
    • PLEASE help your child’s development as a mathematician by enforcing these areas of math practice!
    • It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This coming week we will…

Word Work: We will be continuing our spelling patterns this week.

Writing: We wrapped up our persuasive writing unit by recording our speeches, and this coming week we will begin a nonfiction writing unit.

Reading: We will be starting a nonfiction reading unit this week! Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will continue Unit #3 – Units of Measurement. We will focus on telling time and elapsed time. Thank you for encouraging your child’s growth mindset and GRIT as they work through these concepts!

Book It:THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters

Sports Day and Candy Cane Sale!

Hi Parents,

I totally dropped the ball (no pun intended 😉 ) on our Sports Day we earned for good behavior as a class. The kids were told it would be today, but because I didn’t send home a parent reminder, many kids forgot. Because of that, we will have Sports Day 2.0 this Friday!

Also, it is time for the 5th grade Candy Cane Sale! It goes from now until December 18th. Please see the message below from the 5th grade teachers:

The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here! 

The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. 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!

-Mrs. Deters