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August 14, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Open House!

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Open House is just one week away! I cannot wait to meet you and your children on Wednesday, August 21st from 6:30-7:30pm. 

If you’ve already purchased or collected the following items, please bring them with you to Open House! This will save us lots of time on the first day of school, and will make your first grader’s backpack much lighter. 🙂 

Things You Can Bring to Open House

  • Gym Shoes
  • School Supplies (refer to this school supplies blog post)
  • Wish List Items
  • Headphones 
  • Change of Clothes in a Ziplock Bag (These will stay in our lockers just in case we need them.)
  • 4×6 Family Picture for our “Families” wall (I can also take a picture of your family at Open House if you’d like!)

Additionally, please be sure to complete our parent survey at your earliest convenience. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at ahutchi@hpseagles.net.

Counting down the days until I get to see your wonderful first grader!

-Miss Hutchison

July 29, 2019
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First Playground Playdate

WOW! We had an AMAZING turnout for our first playground playdate this evening. It was so nice to get to meet you and your first graders, and it makes us even more excited for this upcoming school year! Here are some pictures from our playdate:


We have 2 more playdates left this summer, and we’d love to see you there! Here’s the information regarding these dates: 

WHERE: Georgetown Elementary Playground (in the front of the building)

WHAT: Meet your first grade teacher & play with other first grade friends who may be in your class!

WHEN: Tuesday, August 6 @ 10-11 am

             Monday, August 12 @ 2-3 pm (*new date*)

Hope to see you soon! Please email me if you have any questions (ahutchi@hpseagles.net).

July 16, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Playground Playdates!

Starting each new school year is such an exciting adventure! Sometimes it can also feel a little scary, especially with a new teacher. I would LOVE to meet you before school starts to ease any worries and start our year off on the right foot! Come meet the first grade teachers and spend time playing with friends (both old & new) before school officially begins.

WHERE: Georgetown Elementary Playground (in the front of the building)

WHAT: Meet your first grade teacher & play with other first grade friends who may be in your class!

WHEN: Monday, July 29 @ 6-7 pm

             Tuesday, August 6 @ 10-11 am

             Monday, August 12 @ 2-3 pm (*new date*)

I can’t wait to meet see you soon!  Please email me with any questions at ahutchi@hpseagles.net.

July 1, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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School Supply List

I hope you are all having a FANTASTIC summer! I can’t believe it’s already July!  If you’re out and about hitting the summer school supply sales, please check out the following school supply list for first grade:

Please e-mail me at ahutchi@hpseagles.net with any questions. See you next month!

June 29, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Summer Learning with MobyMax!

Dear Parents,

Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation. Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide. There are two ways to record your learning time.

Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • 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

Login will be username@hpsstudents.net

If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

Have a great summer…and keep on learning with READING and MOBYMAX!

June 29, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Collect Box Tops & Coke Caps

Did 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 school-wide projects!

BOX TOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 570) fills one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to 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.

June 19, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Welcome to First Grade!

I am so excited to welcome you and your child to first grade at Georgetown Elementary School!  I can’t wait to start our awesome year together in August.

Please take some time to explore all of the pages, posts, and links on our blog!

  • Be sure to check out the “About Miss Hutchison” page on the top of my homepage.
  • Sign up for email updates by filling in your e-mail address in the “subscribe by e-mail” rectangle located on the upper right-hand column.

Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, special events, weekly updates, pictures, curriculum, assessments, reminders, and so much more. Be sure to sign up for blog updates so that you stay informed. This will be my primary way of communicating with parents OFTEN throughout the year.

Feel free to contact me through email (ahutchi@hpseagles.net) if you have any questions throughout the summer. Enjoy your summer and I look forward to meeting you and your child soon!

-Miss Hutchison

June 9, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Our Last Week of Kindergarten!!

Kindergarten Countdown:We popped the last balloon on Friday and said “farewell” to kindergarten! Here’s the fun we had during our kindergarten countdown:

K is for Kick off Your Shoes! No shoes for the day.

I is for Ink pens! Kindergarteners got to write with their own pen all day and even take it home with them.

N is for New Names! Each kindergartener got to pick a brand new name to be called for the entire day. What a hilarious time we had in the classroom trying to remember everyone’s new names! We had everything from Abby to Food Man, Mr. K, Flag, and many more. The kids decided I needed a new name, too, and I let them decide on what it should be….they picked Ms. Mom (because they accidentally call me that often)! What a sweet bunch of littles I’m lucky enough to teach.

D is for Drawing! We did quite a few drawing projects today as a wrap-up for our year…scrapbook pages for Miss Hutchison, a book for Mrs. Brouwer (she is retiring), some additional crafts, drawing with chalk, and more!

E is for Enjoying Treats! We learned how to blow bubbles with bubblegum, and we picked our favorite flavor of Oreo cookie. 

R is for Recess and Relays! We had extra recess today, and during our extra recess we had some relay race fun with crab walks, hopping on one foot, and more.

G is for Games! We played games all morning long during our kindergarten olympics. We also played a game of giant UNO in the afternoon. Thank you so much to our parent volunteers for helping make this event go off without a hitch!! 

A is for Autographs! Each kindergartener got a beach ball and we used Sharpies (which was a big deal!!) to write our autographs on each person’s beach ball. They also got to autograph Miss Hutchison’s yearbook and their friends’ memory books.

R is for Reading Favorites! Instead of a March Madness bracket, we had a “kindergarten favorites” bracket with 12 of our favorite books from kindergarten. We read each of the books and voted until we narrowed it down to our favorite one…”The Day the Crayons Came Home.” So fun to reminisce as we read stories we loved!

T is for Trade Seats! Each kindergartener got to pick their own new table spot for the day. You would’ve thought I gave them a million dollars. 🙂 They loved sitting in a new spot with other friends.

E is for Experiments! We did science experiments all day – including slime, oobleck, twirly whirly milk, mentos & diet coke volcanoes, and catapults. We also ended the day by cleaning our desks with shaving cream! 

     

N is for Next Year! We wrote letters to our first grade teachers about things we are excited to learn and do in first grade. I can’t believe the time has already come for them to be first graders!


More Fun From This Week:

Class of 2031: We may have worked on a little project for when we grow up and graduate high school one day (how can we even imagine that?!). It’s tucked away in a special folder until 2031. 🙂

Water Balloons: We had a BLAST with some water balloon fun with our fifth grade buddies on Thursday! We played a few rounds of water balloon toss before we each got a few balloons to pop however we wanted. The kids’ excitement and smiles were priceless!

 

Memory Books: We made a flip-book full of special kindergarten memories, and it came home in your child’s bucket today. What a treasure!

 

Our Last Recess: 

 

Class Movie: Here is the link to our class movie! We watched it Friday in class, and the kindergarteners were in awe of how much they’ve grown this year!! Such a special memory to look back at years from now.


THANK YOU FOR:

Volunteering: Whether you were a weekly volunteer, helped with a class party, brought in supplies for an activity, chaperoned a field trip, or a combination of the above, THANK YOU! It truly takes a village to give our children the best learning (and fun) experiences possible, and I absolutely could not have done it without you! 

Being a Team: I am so grateful for your support this year and willingness to be a team to make the most of your child’s kindergarten year. The outpouring of appreciation and encouragement from our class of parents has been incredible. Just Incredible. 

This Precious Gift: Thank you so much to Dominic’s mom for taking the time to work with each kindergartener to help them surprise me with such a special memory! When these little fingerprints grow bigger, I’ll be looking back at this tree and treasuring the time when they were this tiny. 🙂 


It has been the biggest, best honor to be your child’s teacher this year. This bunch will forever hold a special spot in my heart! Thank you for trusting me with your sweet little ones this year…I will cherish our year together more than you know! I can’t wait to see all of the amazing, inspiring things they’ll do in FIRST GRADE and beyond!!!

Love, Miss Hutchison 

June 5, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Big Envelope Coming Home

A big manila envelope is coming home today for YOU, parents! This folder is full of very important papers and information, so please make sure to look through all of it. Here are some of the things in your envelope:


Writing Assessments – You’ll find your child’s Informational Writing On-Demand and Opinion Writing On-Demand scored and enclosed in the envelope. 


Pictures! – Quite a few special pictures are printed and stuffed inside a smaller manila envelope for you to save as memories! 


Summer Slide & Summer Calendar – I’ve included a simple summer reading challenge for your kiddos and a calendar full of some easy, fun ways to practice important skills before first grade begins. The calendar is also a great tool for minimizing the “summer slide,” which you can read more about on this orange note. I’m especially excited for June 24, which says “write a letter to Miss Hutchison!”


Kindergarten Playdate Roster – If you sent your contact information back to school, you’ll be receiving one of these tan papers in your packet. Hopefully our kindergarteners can keep in touch this summer! 


“Places You’ll Go” Books – If you sent in a “Places You’ll Go” book earlier this week, I am sending it back home today in this big folder. Please feel free to still send them in if you have one you’d like me to sign! 


A few other notes are also included for you. 🙂 Thank you again for sharing your special little one with me this year. I’m so appreciative of your support and involvement! 

June 4, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 37 Highlights

How are we already at the last week of school?? Time surely flies when we’re having fun! We’ve had lots of fun this past week celebrating our year full of learning and playing together!

Kindergarten Countdown: The end of the year is approaching so quickly…I can’t even imagine saying goodbye to this incredible class, but I wanted to make our last few days together as special as possible! We are counting down to the end of kindergarten by spelling it out. Each day, we pop a balloon to find out about a special activity, treat, or reward for the day. When we pop the last balloon in the word “kindergarten,” our class will be ready to go to first grade! Here’s the fun we’ve had so far:

K is for Kick off Your Shoes! No shoes for the day. 

I is for Ink pens! Kindergarteners got to write with their own pen all day and even take it home with them. 

N is for New Names! Each kindergartener got to pick a brand new name to be called for the entire day. What a hilarious time we had in the classroom trying to remember everyone’s new names! 

D is for Drawing! We did quite a few drawing projects today as a wrap-up for our year…scrapbook pages for Miss Hutchison, some additional crafts, drawing with chalk, and more!

       

E is for Enjoying Treats! To wrap up our opinion writing unit, and to celebrate our countdown day, we tried two fun treats: bubble gum and Oreos. Miss Hutchison tried to teach our kiddos how to blow bubbles, which was hilarious to watch! Then, we tested out different flavors of Oreos and voted for our personal favorites before we wrote an opinion page about our favorite kinds of Oreos. 

     

R is for Recess and Relays! We were planning to have extra recess for this day, BUT it rained all day long. So, our class decided to have extra play time instead! 

G is for Games! We played games all morning long during our kindergarten olympics. Thank you so much to our parent volunteers for helping make this event go off without a hitch!!  You can see lots of pictures from our Olympic Games here.

Mystery Reader: Claire’s dad and sister came to surprise our class as this week’s mystery readers! Thanks so much for visiting our classroom and reading with us!!

Butterflies: We released our butterflies last Monday, and it was BEAUTIFUL! The class loved watching each butterfly as it flew out into the world! 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Things Coming Home: With only 2 and a half days left in the school year, your child’s backpack will likely be full every day this week with gym shoes, books, pictures, class keepsakes, and more!! Keep a special eye out for a LARGE MANILA FOLDER…this will have all of the important papers for you! I’ll post more about this folder later this week. 


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Tuesday, June 4- STEAM
  • Wednesday, June 5 – Music
  • Thursday, June 6 – P.E.
  • Friday, June 7 – Early Release @ 12:15pm, Last Day of School! 
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