Our third grade teachers work with students who are ages 9 and 10. The 3rd grade is full of changes: Curriculum that requires more reading for understanding and thus longer attention spans–and children who want to be older but also want to be younger. It is a magic grade to teach, and we have a fantastic group of teachers at Georgetown. Please take time to visit Ms. VanArkel, Mrs. McDonald, and Mrs. Flory’s blogs to learn more about the activities taking place in their 3rd grade classrooms.
Sleep is critical for memory…especially when it comes to the complex thinking required in today’s learning. It is critical for children to get adequate sleep each night so that they can perform at their best level each day at school and at home. To learn more, read the Connect With Kids feature article on Sleep and Memory.
It is March 17 — the day we kick off our first official preparations for the 2009-10 school year with Kindergarten Round Up. We will have two identical presentations, offered at two different times of the day. Parents can choose to attend the 10 am or 7 pm session. Information about the daily schedule, programming, and registration will be shared. The sessions will be held in the MPRoom, which is just inside the front door. I am looking forward to welcome kindergarten parents to Georgetown.
As you know, we have been hit with many viruses these past four weeks. Connect With Kids, a website I check frequently, discusses the symptoms and treatments in this week’s feature.
From Angie Roon, Reading Counts’ Chair: I just can’t believe that it is already March and that a second Reading Counts party is already over! Educators from the Public Museum of Grand Rapids shared lots of cool information about space with our students. Students watched a short video that included many remarkable pictures that were taken from space. They were fascinated with being able to touch a meteorite, a melted meteorite, a solar part of a space shuttle, and to see several personal items from our local astronaut hero, Roger B. Chaffee. They were amazed to learn satellites are used for communication. The students were excited to be able to sample dehydrated food just like the astronauts had in space! You would be as surprised as the students to learn why astronauts eat tortillas in space—Just ask your child for the answer!
The next Reading Counts celebration will be May 15 and Kelly Keur has already changed the bulletin board for the theme: ocean life. It will be fun watching the “fish” swim across the board to show 100% of each student’s goal.
Our Reading Counts parties are only successful because of the help from wonderful parents and volunteers. Thank you, parents and volunteers, for your time and your help! (Staci Niebor, Michelle Hinken, Rhonda Fabbro, Shawna Brandt, Michelle Wierenga, Michele DeWinter, Shelly Telfor, Kelly Bartz, and Kelly Keur)
I am very excited to share with you that our sister school, Raey Guang Elementary, has successfully loaded photos, videos and texts to our common blog, BLOGPALS: Schools that Blog Together, Learn Together.
Please visit the blog to see how the students in Taiwan learn conversational English. The examples posted include “How to check out a library book” and “How to explain you are not feeling well.”
It will be a busy and exciting week at Georgetown. We welcome parents of incoming K students (3/17/09) and prepare our 5th grade students for the transition to BMS (3/18/09). In addition, we have the book fair, K screening, and much more taking place. See the details below.
Mon 3/16 Day 3: Play to Learn in MPR at 9 am; Scholastic Book Fair in Media Center all week
Tues 3/17 Day 1: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!; K Round Up: 10 am and 7 pm in the MPR;
Music Therapy: ECSE, CI in MPR 1:30-3:00 pm
Wed 3/18 Day 2: K Screening; 5th Grade to BMS for 6th Grade Visitation Day @ 10:30 am
Thurs 3/19: Day 3: K Screening
Fri 3/20: Day 1: MW PreK/K; Spring Equinox; Popcorn Day and Backwards Day; K Screening
MeapOnomics Mall Trip: 5th Grade (Bouwens/Burmeister)
FRIDAY FACTS FTO
Happy Friday the 13th Georgetown Parents!
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
PARENTS…..please DO NOT park OR drop-off in the bus loop in the morning. DO NOT pick up in the bus loop either in the afternoon. Thank-you!!
New Kindergarten parents: A reminder that Kindergarten Round-up is next Tuesday, March 17 at 10am and 7pm. You only need to attend one meeting and we strongly suggest you try and make arrangements for your young children. Registration packets will be available at round-up or you may pick one up from the office prior to this date. We need birth certificates and up to date immunization records with the completed registration form.
Our Scholastic Book Fair will be going on next week, March 16-20. Family shopping will be Tuesday, Mar 17 from 3:30p-6:30p in the library. PARENT ONLY shopping will be on Friday, March 20 from 9:00a-12:00p. Students have preview days and a shopping day. Notes will be sent home from your student’s teacher as to these days.
Wendy’s Nights have been canceled for the remainder of the school year due to low participation. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
YEARBOOKS….. WE HAVE 10 EXTRA YEARBOOKS IN THE OFFICE FOR SALE! THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS AND ARE $8.OO.
Please view our calendar on the right hand side of the blog. This will have our calendar of dates for important events through the rest of the year. I will update this as new dates and activites come into the office. For those of you with paper copies, I will print a monthly calendar and it will be sent home this way.
Just a couple of things to report here. Hopefully we will see a lot of Mothers and Sons tonight at the Lost City in Holland. Should be a good time for all. This event will be from 6p-9p.
Please plan on attending the next PTC meeting for Georgetown on Tuesday, March 24 at 7p. Our special guest that evening will be Hudsonville’s Superintendent, Roxanne DeWeerd. We would LOVE to have a great turnout this night to show our support for our wonderful Superintendent who is retiring after this school year!
PTC NEWS CON’T
A very important date to put on your calendar…..The Spring Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 1p-4p. Wristbands will be $10 and this will allow you to participate in all of the games and includes popcorn, snowcones, and cotton candy!!! SWEET!! : )
Reminder for boys in grades 2-5…there is a baseball clinic at the Hudsonville High school Saturday, March 14 and 21. Registration will be at the door and the cost is $10 per session. It runs from 9a-11a. Contact Dave Van Noord with any questions at 662-0648.
“KIDS NIGHT OUT”
Please read the attached flyer for a great opportunity to help those in need, including a local family from Jamestown, and give parents a “night out”!
COMMUNITY ED NEWS
Please see the attached flyers in regards to two upcoming events through Community Ed. One is for girls volleyball for grades 3-6 and the other is for golf lessons for boys and girls in grades 1-8. For more information regarding these classes contact Community Ed at 669-7747, ext 3 or www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Please see the calendar on the right hand side of the Georgetown blog or on the attached calendar.
Have a great weekend and wish for SPRING!! : )
From Mr. Dave Powers, Principal of BMS:
Dear Fifth Grade Parent/Guardian:
It is time to begin the process of welcoming your child to Baldwin Street Middle School and plan for this new world that is sixth grade. Whether they have older siblings who have been at BMS before or not, your student will encounter this transition in his or her own unique way, and we aim to make it a positive experience.
We are excited about the transition activities in store for you and have quite a program set up to make both you and your child comfortable with the change that awaits. The process gets under way on Wednesday, March 18, when we welcome all incoming sixth graders to Baldwin Street Middle School for a special visit. The complete schedule for this visit can be viewed by clicking: BMS parent-letter-09-10
Our Just Write celebration begins on May 4, 2008. Please remember to order your JUST WRITE t-shirt during the month of March. Shirts will be created and shipped in April, in time for us to wear on our writing celebration days the first full week in May. JUST WRITE TSHIRT ORDER forms can be submitted to the office between now and March 30.