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Are You Ready to Count Down?

backtoschoolMr. Rob and his custodial team have our school and the grounds looking like new.  The teachers are working hard to prepare their classrooms and the curriculum — attending trainings and meeting with their teams at school.  Our Parent Club is meeting to plan events to support students and family.  All of this activity means that the calendar has a turned to August which means it’s time to countdown to the first day of school!

There are 24 days until the first day (September 6).  Somethings to keep in mind:

  • School begins at 8:45 and ends at 3:45
  • All teachers and recess supervisors will be on the playgrounds and bus loop to greet students on the first day.
  • Pack two healthy snacks and a water bottle for the first day..and everyday.
  • Pack a lunch or plan to have your child take hot lunch.  Link to breakfast/lunch information.

Some things you can do to prepare for the first day:

  • PLAN to attend open house – K August 29 @ 6:30 pm; Gr 1-5 August 30 @ 6:30 pm
  • Sign up for email updates on your child’s class blog and look for school supply — all available on the right sidebar.
  • Review APPLESEED article on First Day of School Preparations.
  • Set aside 10-30 minutes per day (at least) for you child to turn on his/her learning brain by logging into MOBYMAX (practice math fact fluency, reading, etc.) and reading books.
  • Search for and cut out BOX TOPS!

I am very excited to get the year started…and I am excitedly counting down!

Mrs. Reagan


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Summer Library Book Turn In Day: TOMORROW July 26

Tomorrow is our turn in day for all books that have been checked out during Summer Library.  No books can be checked out tomorrow.   If you received an email stating that we had one more day for check out, please ignore this.  That was an error on my end — my contribution to creating calendar chaos and confusion during the summer!

Mrs. Reagan

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It’s July…Summer Learning Incentive to Prevent Summer Learning Slide

brainHave you ever heard the phrase ‘summer slide’?  It refers to the loss of learning that can take place when skills are not practiced over the summer.    We want everyone to keep their learning brains turned on by spending a 10-50 minutes every day practicing math facts and reading.  To determine the appropriate minimum number of minutes/day for your child, multiple their grade level by 10.  For example, a first grader would spend a minimum of 10 minutes — 5 minutes on math and 5 minutes on reading.

Our school has a login for all students on MOBYMAX –  an excellent online tool for all content areas.  If your child has forgotten their password/login, email me.

On Mobymax, I recommend the following:

  • Grade K:  Number Sense, Alphabet and Reading Trio
  • Grade 1:  Number Sense (review), Math Fact Fluency and Reading Trio
  • Grade 2-5:  Math Fact Fluency (keep those facts fresh) and any of the other applications on the site.

Also, if you would like to track reading minutes over the summer, this counts too.  Simply log into this form once a week to tell me how many minutes per week or per month you are reading.  Summer learning contest ends on August 20.

All students who participate in summer learning entered into a drawing


Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have post photos of you reading over the summer.  If you have a photo of your reading during vacation, send her the photo at

Hope your July is going well!

See you in 8 weeks,

Mrs. Reagan


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Joyful Learners



During the 2015-16 school year, I engaged in a very personal/professional project:  JOYFUL LEARNERS.  My goal was to take a photo of every student at Georgetown and the staff who impact their lives throughout the year: transportation, lunchroom, classroom, office and playground.  As I captured the photos, three staff members helped me to track the photos and get these posted to the JOYFUL LEARNERS board located across from the library.

As a “petite principal”, I am able to make my way down the hall, through the playground and in and out of classrooms without creating too much chaos, snapping photos along the way.  Each photo has helped me to get to know each school member in a special way.  I learn each child’s first and last name–and remember when and where I took each photo.

My hope is that as you walk by the board of photos (over 700 by the end of last year), you will see the beautiful smiles and personalities of each person that makes up our Georgetown learning community.

Feel free to take your child’s photo off the board when you visit during Summer Open Library (July 12, July 19 or July 26) or during fall Open House.

A slide show of all the photos is posted below…and a link to the gallery can be found here.

Mrs. Reagan

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How Do I Unsubscribe from Blogs?

A new school year means new classroom blog subscriptions.  It also means that you will want to unsubscribe from last year’s blogs so that your inbox is not swamped with unnecessary blog updates.

If you are ready to unsubscribe follow these simply steps:

1.  When you receive an email alert that the blog has been updated, scroll to the bottom of the email.

2.  At the bottom, look for the option to “UNSUBSCRIBE”.


3.  Click on this link and go through the simple steps to unsubscribe and you will be all set!

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Happy Fourth of July!


The 4th of July is a national holiday that celebrates our independence from England, both during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. To learn more about the holiday (history and traditions), visit the links below.  Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher from California, shared these links on his outstanding blog–one of my favorites to follow.

Tomorrow is Tuesday, July 5 — and the library will be closed.  We will have Open Library on July 12, July 19.

Wishing all of you a happy Fourth of July weekend–

one that is filled with great times with friends and family!

Mrs. Reagan

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Tuesday…Summer Library!

Library openWe will have our second OPEN LIBRARY this Tuesday, June 28 from 10 am to 12 pm.  This is open to all students…new and old…grades K-5.

While attending, please feel free to take down your JOYFUL LEARNER PHOTO.  I will be adding new photos next year…so you are welcome to take the 2015-16 photo from the board.

Also, it’s time to remind everyone to keep their brains engaged in learning over the summer.  I invite you to participate in MOBYMAX for 10-20 minutes per day (math fact fluency, reading and any other content that interests you).  Also, if you would like to track your reading over the summer, this counts too.  Simply log into this form once a week to tell me how many minutes per week you are reading.  Summer learning contest ends on August 20.

All students who participate in summer learning will be entered into a drawing for a AMAZON GIFT CARD.  These will be handed out during a pizza lunch with me!

Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have post photos of you reading over the summer.  If you have a photo of your reading during vacation, send her the photo at

Hope your summer is going well!

Mrs. Reagan

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Wednesday: Final Day of BOGO BOOK FAIR

BOGO Book fairPlease help us kick off our summer reading with our first ever Summer BOGO Fair Wednesday June 15.

Come by and stock up on books so your kids can never complain that they have “nothing to do” over summer.

Purchases also help benefit our school by allowing us to buy more books for classrooms and the library.  Share with friends who have young children at other schools.  The more the merrier!

Tomorrow we are open from 9-4pm.

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