Welcome, May!

I’m not sure how that happened, but we are headed into our last full month of 3rd grade! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am so beyond proud of how each of these students has grown this year. I can’t wait to finish the year strong with them!

Read on for a few updates.

1) Early Release: Donโ€™t forget our finalย  early release will be on on Friday, May 21. Dismissal is 12:15 pm โ€“ thank you! This will be the date of our class wide birthday party.ย 
2) M-STEP Thursday: Third grade will be taking the M-STEP May 6 and May 13. Please be sure your child is at school on those days if at all possible, and is well-rested and has a good breakfast! Canโ€™t wait for your kiddo to show the state what they know ๐Ÿ™‚
3) Heritage Research: Next week we will be (briefly) looking into the countries that make up our heritage! I introduced the Netherlands today with a short video, looking at it on Google Earth, and reading a short book. Please talk about your family’s heritage this weekend — your children are just fascinated by other parts of the world!
4) Hot Lunch Menu:ย Here is the May/June hot lunch menu. Please note that this coming Monday, May 5th, there is a slight change due to the kitchen’s inability to get their hands on particular ingredients. It will be mozzarella cheese bites instead of pizza bites. Thanks! May-June_2021_Elementary_Menu
5) Curriculum Updates: We will be continuing to work on area, perimeter, and shapes next week in math; we will move into the second half of our ELA units on researching animals.
Thanks so much, parents.
Katrina
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Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, May 6 โ€“ M-STEP for 3rd grade

Thursday, May 13 โ€“ M-STEP for 3rd grade

Friday, May 21 โ€“ Early Release

Monday, May 31 – No School (Labor Day)

Friday, June 4 – Last Day of School (Early Release)

Middle of April Already!

We made it through our first full week of April as 3rd graders! I missed your kiddos over spring break, and we have dived right back into hard work this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

At the end of this post I’ve included pictures from our blanket making before spring break. We had so much team work, fine motor skills, and perseverance going on in our classroom with that portion of our service project — I was SO proud of each of my students! Thanks for raising some of the best kids out there, and for sharing them with me everyday!

Our unit we just completed in math is very short – only 8 lessons long. This means that it is time for our unit assessment already! Next week we will be taking our Unit 7 math test on fractions. Watch for extra optional practice coming home to help your child prepare; I would strongly encourage you to have your child complete at least part of each of these!

Read on for a few updates.

1) Early Release: Donโ€™t forget next week is our next early release on Friday, April 23. Dismissal is 12:15 pm – thank you!
2) Mileage Club Starting:ย Our wonderful P.E. teachers will be starting the Mileage Club at GES. Here is a message from Mrs. Neinhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering regarding how it will be run (no pun intended ) this year.
1.ย  We will be doing this on Monday/Wednesday/ and Friday lunch recess.ย  Teachers are welcome to take their class out at other times.
2.ย  Each student will be responsible for taking their card outside if they are running.ย 
3. Students will get a “dot” on the foot for every lap they complete and when they have four dots they have completed a mile.ย  They will then bring their card on their PE day and we will “X” off that mile and hand out prizes.
4. The most miles they can earn is 15 this year.ย  We will run it for 3 weeks finishing on May 12.
3) M-STEP Window:ย Third grade will be taking the M-STEP May 6 and May 13. Please be sure your child is at school on those days if at all possible, and is well-rested and has a good breakfast! Canโ€™t wait for your kiddo to show the state what they know ๐Ÿ™‚
4) Disinfectant Wipes: We are (as always, these days) running short on disinfectant wipes in our room! Thank you for considering sending a canister or two in with your child in the near future.
5) Snacks Reminder: We have had quite a few kids forgetting snacks lately. Please make sure your child has a snack packed, whether they get school lunch or bring lunch from home, as it takes quite a bit of instructional time to hand snacks out to each child (we’re having upwards of 5 or more each day lately!) Thank you for your help in this.
6) Curriculum Updates: We will be testing our learning about fractions in math next week, and will continue building on our literacy skills with research clubs in reading and in writing. They have rocked that this week!
Thanks so much, parents.
Katrina
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Upcoming Dates:

Friday, April 23 โ€“ Early Release

Thursday, May 6 – M-STEP for 3rd grade

Thursday, May 13 – M-STEP for 3rd grade

Friday, May 21 โ€“ Early Release

Happy Spring Break! Pictures to Come…

We have made it, parents! If you are headed on vacation, enjoy! If you are headed into a week of your kiddos being home, good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

We have worked SO hard this week to get as much learning (and FUN) in as we can before spring break. I’m having issues getting photos to upload right now, so I’ll just have to photo dump sometime either over spring break or the following week. We’ve been doing so many fun things in our room lately, I’d love to share them with you!

Read on for a few updates.

1) SPRING BREAK: Donโ€™t forget next week is our spring break which begins tomorrow, Friday, April 2! We will return to school Monday, April 12. Thank you!
2) Harbor Humane Society Service Project:Wow, what a cool experience that was for the kids and for me! We collected over 100 food items, created 22 blankets, and have boxes full of leashes, toys, collars, and more for Harbor Humane Society. Pictures to come! Thank you SO MUCH for your generous donations — the kids had a blast organizing it!
3) M-STEP Window:ย Third grade will be taking the M-STEP May 6 and May 13. Please be sure your child is at school on those days if at all possible, and is well-rested and has a good breakfast! Canโ€™t wait for your kiddo to show the state what they know ๐Ÿ™‚
5) Curriculum Updates:ย We will continue learning about fractions in math, and will start research clubs in reading and in writing. Can’t wait to see your kiddos back in a week!
Thanks so much, parents. Have a great break!
Katrina
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Upcoming Dates:

Friday, April 23 โ€“ Early Release

Friday, May 21 – Early Release

MY BLOG IS BACK!

Wahoo, miracle of miracles, my blog just started working! The tech doesn’t really know what happened, but I’ll take it!

What a week — we took our Unit 3 test, started fractions, began learning about fairy tales, and reviewed what respecting each other, our teachers, and ourselves looks like at school! In the middle, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and March is Reading Month…I’m ready for the weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a number of reminders and announcements, so please read on to know what we’ll be up to in “Our Neck of the Woods” next week!
1) SPRING BREAK: Don’t forget next week is our last full week, before a four-day week the following. Spring break begins Friday, April 2!
2) Harbor Humane Society Service Project:In combination with our units of measurement in math, we are going to be doing a class service project in partnership with the Harbor Humane Society in Holland! We talked about what a shelter does, what it means to foster, and why some animals might need to be adopted. Don’t forget, donations are due this coming Wednesday, March 24th!
3) M-STEP Window: Watch for an informational email from Mr. Waldie later today about when we will be taking the M-STEP (May 6 and May 13). Please be sure your child is at school on those days if at all possible, and is well-rested and has a good breakfast! Can’t wait for your kiddo to show the state what they know ๐Ÿ™‚
4) March is Reading Month:ย Don’t forget to have your child bring in his/her reading log for the month on Monday morning so they can be entered into a raffle for a prize! 20 minutes/day for the entire month of March is our goal for 3rd graders…wahoo!
Next Friday the dress up day will be “Jeans and a Big Belt” — aka, all the Western gear you’ve got! ๐Ÿ™‚
5) Curriculum Updates:ย We will be learning about fractions in math, fairy tales in writing, and building our stamina and smart test-taking skills when reading long, difficult passages in reading. Don’t worry — we’ll continue to try to fit some fun in the middle of all that! ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks so much, parents. Have a great weekend!
Katrina
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Upcoming Dates:

Friday, April 2 – Sunday, April 12: Spring Break

Friday, April 23 – Early Release

My time with this amazing class is almost over!

My last day in Mrs. Deters’ class is Friday, February 5th.ย  I will truly miss seeing these wonderful faces every day and having the support from their fantastic parents!

Writing:

Information books are finished!ย  They have worked so hard to write everything they know about their topic.ย  I have learned so much from these experts!ย  Some of them wanted to donate them to the school library so others could learn some new information!ย  They will bring them home next week.ย  Mrs. Deters would love to see them, as well, so please return them when you are done reading.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Up next is literary essays!

Math:

We have finished Unit 4 and are getting ready for the Unit test.ย  We started the review on Friday.ย  These were sent home.ย  Please look the review over and have them finish any problem if they are able.ย  We will finish the review on Monday and take the test on Tuesday.

Please continue practicing their multiplication facts each night.ย  Thanks for your help!

Reading:

We finished our unit on nonfiction.ย  Many students realized they enjoyed reading biographies more than they thought they would!ย  We will start character studies with Because of Winn-Dixie as our read aloud.

Report cards were sent home!ย  Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for the disinfectant wipes and snacks for the classroom!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Joy Lopez

 

Happy New Year!

It’s been great seeing the students back in school after break!ย  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

What we’ve been working on:

Writing:

We are finishing up our informational books.ย  They have been very busy and are excited to share what they are experts on!

Reading:

Our Reading unit ties in with our writing in that we are reading informational texts.ย  We have been talking about finding the main idea and supporting details while reading.

Math:

We are adding three digit numbers using equations, word problems and getting information from charts.

Their Unit 2 tests were sent home last week.ย  They did well!ย  Thanks for reviewing and studying with them!

Keep practicing math facts.ย  Once they pass 1-10 multiplication facts, they can practice 11s and 12s for extra learning.ย  Only 1-10 needs to be mastered for 3rd grade.ย  After everyone has passed, we will take tests on mixed facts to keep their fluency high.

Classroom Supplies:

We could use Lysol wipes as we are almost out.ย  We could also use classroom snacks such as graham crackers and goldfish crackers.

Have a great rest of your week!

 

Your students will record their green screen videos on Tuesday, January 19.

They are welcome to bring props and dress up!
Thanks for your help, they are so excited!!

Mrs. Angela Totten

STEAM Studio Teacher
Georgetown Elementary

 

 

Spirit Week

Georgetown has Holiday Spirit!ย 

 

Monday, December 14ย  Cozy Holiday Socks and/or slippers

 

Tuesday, December 15ย  Holiday Headgear: Holiday hats, headbands, hair and/or scarves

 

Wednesday, December 16ย  Holiday Sweater Day -Ugly or Cute

 

Thursday, December 17ย  Holiday Theme: Holiday Spirit Day- wear your red and green and white!

 

Friday, December 18ย  Holiday Theme: Long Winter’s Nap- Pajama Day- Holiday themed if you have them!

 

Just a few things…

We will not have the Unit 2 Math test this week.ย  We will spend more time preparing for it when we come back.

Last day to bring in canned goods for P.E. CARES is tomorrow!

We will preview AND shop tomorrow at the book fair!ย  You can also purchase items online.

Last Friday, we had Stone Fox Day and started watching the movie.ย  We will not be able to finish it.ย  We got through the first hour.ย  I found it on YouTube.

Have a great night!

 

 

I am thankful for this 3rd grade class!

Hello!ย  I want to introduce myself…I’m Joy Lopez and I feel blessed to be working with this class!ย  I moved from Lansing to Hudsonville last year with my husband and two daughters.ย  I have taught 14 years in most grades from PreK to 6th grade, mostly near Lansing.ย  I have been in many classrooms over the years and Mrs. Deters’ class has some of the most kindest, most respectful and most polite students I have had the pleasure to work with.ย  I have enjoyed getting to know the students this past week and I believe the students are adjusting well to this transition.ย  Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.

The annualย P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive has started. We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.

Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.ย (please no ramen noodles, and please do not break apart packaged food)

The food drive will continue until Nov. 18.ย  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in.ย  The class with the most items brought in byย NOON on Nov. 18ย will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes. (If allowed this year)

This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, to teach our kids compassion and love for others.ย  Thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.

Curriculum this week:

Writing:ย  The students continued working on their persuasive speeches, adding an introduction that “hooked” their audience and got their attention and added to their conclusion to “wrap” it up with a bang!ย  We started presenting on Thursday.ย  I was impressed with the courage they showed to present and persuade their classmates!ย  This week, we will start another persuasive speech.ย  I’m looking forward to see their writing process from the beginning!

Reading:ย  We will continue our unit centered around mysteries.ย  We started a new book, continued discussing what to look for in mysteries and what they all have in common.ย  We also talked about a red herring.ย  Ask your child what that is.ย  Hint:ย  It’s not just a fish!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Some students were thinking about mysteries so much, they decided to become “a mystery person.”ย  They left clues for the class to guess their identity.ย  They had lots of fun!ย  Positive, encouraging notes were even secretly left on lockers!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Math:ย  We worked on two-step problems (using that grit and growth mindset!) and the order of operations!ย  We will end our Unit 2 this week with a test on Friday.ย  Please let me know if you would like a review/study guide.

Book Fair

Tuesday is our preview day.

Thursday is our shop day.

Have a wonderful weekend.ย  Please reach out with any questions!

jlopez@hpseagles.net

Joy Lopez