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Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!

It’s started…interrupted sleep due to thoughts of all there is to do to get the school ready for a great learning year!  I love the excitement and preparation that goes into getting ready to welcome everyone back to Georgetown.

Mr. Rob (our custodian) and his staff have once again done an outstanding job cleaning lockers, classrooms, floors and more to prepare for the year ahead.  Our building sparkles like new on the inside and outside, thanks to his tender loving care.

 

The classrooms are nearly ready…teachers working from early in the morning until late at night preparing tables, folders, books and other curriculum related materials.  Each teacher is doing all s/he can to prepare a welcoming learning environment that supports all learners.

This summer, we have had many changes in staff at Georgetown… five left for other adventures, several have switched grades to have a new adventure within the school and we are welcoming a few new staff members to our team.  I have highlighted some of the changes throughout this post.   Me…I love change and the energy it brings to our building.  I am very excited to get the year stared.

OPEN HOUSES are as follows:

  • Kindergarten August 23, Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 pm.
  • Grade 1-5 August 24, Thursday from 6:30-7:30

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:   August 29, 2017  8:45 am-3:45 pm.

See you very soon!

Mrs. Reagan and Staff

 

 

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AUGUST COUNTDOWN…TURN YOUR LEARNING BRAIN ON!

There is still time to get your learning brain turned on!  Devote just 15 minutes a day to reading and 15 to MOBYMAX so you are on top of learning at the beginning of the year.  Remember…we are using a new sign in system called clever.  Here are the steps for using it.

And…here is how to learn over the summer:

  • Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week. 
  • MOBYMAX Math and Reading:  We recommend that each child consistently use MobyMax each week in the core areas of reading and mathematics. If interesting, you can also choose to work on other learning modules.  Spending just a few minutes each day on Mobymax will help to reduce  “summer slide” and keep your child’s learning skills fresh over the summer.

Our goals for students over the summer are below.  Students who reach or exceed goals are entered into a drawing for an AMAZON GIFT CARD — 1 per grade.  Point goals below are for the student grade in 2017-18.

Reading Minutes Link

Mobymax Link

  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

Just 25 days until school begins.. open a book and read and do some MOBYMAX!

Mrs. Reagan and the ALL the Georgetown Teachers

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It’s AUGUST…. COLLECT THOSE BOXTOPS and COKE CAPS!

boxTops4EducationNeed an AUGUST ACTIVITY?  I have one for you!  Collect BOXTOPs and COKE CAPs.  The money we earn will go toward a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

BOXTOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 550) fills  one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU!     Download your form here:  Summer Box Tops

COKE CAPS:  Super easy. Save the caps and go online to enter collection!  COKE WEBSITE  (https://us.coca-cola.com/give/)   Select Georgetown Elementary and enter the code on the cap.   Now you can recycle the cap.  No need to send it to school.

AND…don’t forget about your FAMILY FARE/D&W receipts.  Those add up too!  SAVE these all summer long and

Finally…AMAZON SMILE.  Order everything from AMAZON through our smile link to earn our school MONEY!

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Final Days of July…

are approaching.  If you are sad to see summer hit the August 1 mark, I give you permission to slow down and savor the best few weeks of summer even more than you had planned.  For those of you excited to get the school year started, there are 31 days until the first day of school (August 29, 2017).

Of course, most of you know me….and I CAN’T WAIT TO GET STARTED!  I am excited to get our new kindergarteners welcomed and settle, meet our new students and welcome back our 1-5th graders.  Since June, Mr. Rob and I have been busy helping teachers move from one grade to another — and I have also been interviewing staff for the open positions.  Once I have all the new staff hired, all staff and positions will be on a special blog post.

Be sure to read the most recent district news.  Dr. Ceglarek, our superintendent, shares a summer update with parents, students and the community in this July Appleseed.  This Appleseed includes important information (dates) about the start of the year.

Also, if your child is looking for things to do, there’s reading, math, and working on becoming a millionaire!  Visit this link for summer learning ideas.

Enjoy the beautiful July weekend!  I will back soon with more updates about the 2017-18 school year.

Mrs. Reagan

 

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EVERY WORD COUNTS at GEORGETOWN!

REMINDER:   KEEP TRACK OF YOUR BOOKS THIS SUMMER!  

If you are counting minutes for the summer contest,

read below for how to track total words!

If you have ever dreamed of being a millionaire, now is your chance.  All students have the opportunity to become a member of this club if they succeed in reading for 1,000,000 words (or more) this year.

Mrs. VandenBerg, our librarian, keeps the tally of your books read from year to year.  The word count keep growing as long as you keep turning in your book lists, completing book blogs and/or completing reading counts quizzes. We celebrate the millionaires at the end of each school year.  Find out about past millionaires by searching our blog with the key word ‘ millionaires ‘.

Million Words FrontAs 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.  How do you log your words?  It’s as easy as this:

  1. READING COUNTS QUIZZES: Each time you complete a  Reading Counts quiz, you get credit for all those words.  Mrs. Vandenberg keeps track of the word count for you.
  2. MILLION WORD CLUB BOOK LIST:  If you don’t like READING COUNTS QUIZZES, but you LOVE to read, you can still work on becoming a MILLIONAIRE.  Keep track of ALL the books you read at home (and on vacation) print this form:  Million Word Club History – PDF.   EVEN EASIER:  Click on  this document (viewed by opening your hps email account).  Type in this form and it saves you from printing the form — share it with Mrs. VandenBerg!  (jvandenb@hpseagles.net)

Quick link for word counting here:  WORD COUNT LINK

REMINDER:   KEEP TRACK OF YOUR BOOKS THIS SUMMER!!!!! 

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It’s JULY…. COLLECT THOSE BOXTOPS and COKE CAPS!

boxTops4EducationREMEMBER….every BOXTOP and every COKE CAP collected earns money for our school!! The money we earn will go toward a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

BOXTOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 550) fills  one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU!     Download your form here:  Summer Box Tops

COKE CAPS:  Super easy. Save the caps and go online to enter collection!  COKE WEBSITE  (https://us.coca-cola.com/give/)   Select Georgetown Elementary and enter the code on the cap.   Now you can recycle the cap.  No need to send it to school.

AND…don’t forget about your FAMILY FARE/D&W receipts.  Those add up too!  SAVE these all summer long and

Finally…AMAZON SMILE.  Order everything from AMAZON through our smile link to earn our school MONEY!

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It’s July…time to TURN YOUR BRAIN ON!

There is still time to get your learning brain turned on!  Devote just 15 minutes a day to reading and 15 to MOBYMAX so you are on top of learning at the beginning of the year.  Remember…we are using a new sign in system called clever.  Here are the steps for using it.

And…here is how to learn over the summer:

  • Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week. 
  • MOBYMAX Math and Reading:  We recommend that each child consistently use MobyMax each week in the core areas of reading and mathematics. If interesting, you can also choose to work on other learning modules.  Spending just a few minutes each day on Mobymax will help to reduce  “summer slide” and keep your child’s learning skills fresh over the summer.

Our goals for students over the summer are below.  Students who reach or exceed goals are entered into a drawing for an AMAZON GIFT CARD — 1 per grade.  Point goals below are for the student grade in 2017-18.

Reading Minutes Link

Mobymax Link

  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

It’s July…so it’s time to keep up with your learning by READING and doing some MOBYMAX!

Mrs. Reagan and the ALL the Georgetown Teachers

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New way to access MOBYMAX!

Our district has moved to simplified application for accessing the many sites that our students use for learning.  This application called clever.com (use this url https://clever.com/in/hpseagles ). All students use their district assigned username and password to get into this site.  If your child can’t remember it, check your email.  Sent individual parent emails with usernames/passwords on 6/22/17.  If your child is in kindergarten (2017-18) or new to the school, I will not have login details until mid-July.  As soon as I have this information, I will send you an email.

The visual step by step list can be found here .

The non-visual word step list can be found below:

  1. Log into https://clever.com/in/hpseagles
  2. Select log into other google account.
  3. Type in district username followed by @hpsstudents.net
  4. Type in district password.
  5. Select Elementary Apps
  6. Find MOBYMAX….get started!
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It’s Summer… BOXTOPS and COKE CAPS and MORE!

boxTops4EducationDid you know that every BOXTOP and every COKE CAP collected earns money for our school?   This summer we would like you to work hard to collect both.  The money we earn will go toward a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

BOXTOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 550) fills  one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU!     Download your form here:  Summer Box Tops

COKE CAPS:  Super easy. Save the caps and go online to enter collection!  COKE WEBSITE  (https://us.coca-cola.com/give/)   Select Georgetown Elementary and enter the code on the cap.   Now you can recycle the cap.  No need to send it to school.

AND…don’t forget about your FAMILY FARE/D&W receipts.  Those add up too!  SAVE these all summer long and

Finally…AMAZON SMILE.  Order everything from AMAZON through our smile link to earn our school MONEY!

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Just another shout out…

to our most amazing parents (YOU) and how your WALK•A•THON Donations help to fund events and activities at our school.  The PTC is charged with dispersing the money you donate.  This year, Mrs. Bretz (our music teacher) asked for support with purchasing UKELES for the 5ht grade music program.   She has a special thank you on her blog post that I encourage you to read!

As we wrap out the year, check out the farewell wave that took place while the busses departed today.  All the photos are captured in the animato video below. *A shout-out to our photographer, Taelynn.

Finally, we, the staff at Georgetown (pictured above) are able to support you amazing children because of YOU!  We wish you all the best best summer.  Know that I will be in touch with reminders to read and practice math….and collect box tops, coke caps, Family Fare/D&W receipts…and quick hellos.

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