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December 12, 2017
by Miss Hutchison
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Coming Home Tomorrow…

A number of important papers will be coming home in your child’s FROG folder tomorrow:

  • Unit 2 Math Assessment – Your child’s test, along with the score report, will be in his/her folder.
  • Social Studies Assessment – Our “wants and needs” assessment and score report will be included. 
  • December Popcorn Word Flashcards …for you to add to your collection.
  • STEAM Studio Launch Logs – Students recently completed their exploration of the human body, bones, and more in STEAM! 

I will paperclip all of these papers together inside your child’s folder. Thank you for your continued communication and support! 

December 11, 2017
by Miss Hutchison
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Important Music Program Details

Your kindergartener’s first Georgetown Holiday Music Program is this Thursday, December 14! We are SO excited to perform for you!! Here are all of the details regarding this year’s program:

Georgetown Holiday Music Program

December 14, 2017

Fair Haven Church

6:30 – 7:00   K-2nd     
(Students report at 6:15)

7:45 – 8:15   3rd-5th   

(Students report at 7:30)

Where is the church?
Address: 2900 Baldwin Street  Hudsonville, MI 49426.
Fair Haven Ministries is located down the road from Georgetown Elementary at the corner of Baldwin Street and 28th Ave.   Our school has grown so big that we need a big space to perform!  They graciously let us rent their auditoritum for our performance.  

What time do students need to be at the church?
Students need to report to their assigned classroom 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM. 

It is very important not to be late so teachers have enough time to line students up in their riser orders, pass out props and make sure everyone who has a special part is accounted for. Please do not send your child to the classroom unsupervised or prior to their scheduled time.

Where does my child need to go when they get to the church?
There will be signs at the church directing you to your child’s classroom.
Below are the room assignments by grade:

K – Family Life Center
1st – 100 Wing
2nd – 400 Middle
3rd – 100 Wing
4th – 400 Middle
5th – Family Life Center

How long will the program be?
Each group will perform for about 30 minutes. There will be 45 minutes between the two programs for K-2nd grade students to leave and upper elementary students to arrive for the next program.

What order are the grades singing?
The grades are singing in order of age: Kindergarten perform first, then 1st/2nd grade, then 3rd grade and finally 4th/5th grade.

Can we save seats early in the day?
No. The only reserved seats will be for the directors, videographers, and teachers. 
Doors will open at 5:30 and seating is first come first served at that time. 
PLEASE be respectful and courteous to other families. Everyone wants a good seat and we will do our best to fit everyone into the auditorium.  Please try to keep young children on your laps and not to take up unnecessary seats in order to leave more space for others.  

Is food or drink allowed in the church?
No food or drink is allowed in the church. This is strictly enforced.
We are so gracious to Fair Haven for allowing us to rent their facility and we need to abide by their rules.
 
Do the students need to wear anything special?
No. Most students love to dress up and will wear special holiday dresses or outfits, but there is no requirement.
The exception to this is if your child has a special part. Some parts require special costumes. Many costumes are provided, but some may have to be brought from home. If your child has a special part, they should have brought home a “congratulations” letter that would say if they need to wear or bring anything special. Please note that if your child has a special part that requires a costume, they will NOT have time to change in between songs and will need to wear their costume for the entire performance.

How do students get special parts?
For most parts, students audition during the school day. Sometimes if I have simple parts I randomly choose students or choose random class numbers. I also keep track of every student who has ever had a Christmas program part from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Whenever possible, I try to give parts to students who have not ever had parts or who have not had parts in the past couple years. Typically, I will have about 50-100 students audition for one part! I narrow the students down to about 20 and put those names in a bowl and draw a lucky winner. Although I would love everyone to have a part, having almost 600 students and only a handful of parts each year is very difficult. I discuss this with the students and they realize everyone cannot have a solo part, but that EVERY single person is important to the success of the program. Most songs have special props or motions that involve everyone as well.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please email Mrs. Bretz (our music teacher and holiday program director) at abretz@hpseagles.net. 

December 9, 2017
by Miss Hutchison
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Gingerbread Houses!

  We had a ton of fun making gingerbread houses with our fifth grade buddies on Thursday! Earlier in the day, we “traveled” to Germany and learned that gingerbread houses originated there, so we decided to make our own in celebration of our learning. The houses turned out to be amazing (and delicious)! 

Thank you, thank you to those who sent in items for this project – we appreciate your generosity and couldn’t have enhanced our learning without your support! 

        

December 8, 2017
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Week 15 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: This week the words look, from, and run popped in to our classroom. We practice these words during literacy centers each week!   

Math: We began unit 3 of math this week, which introduces many brand new topics to our kindergarteners. This week we had a little introduction to the following concepts: teen numbers (11-20), addition and subtraction equations (what the + and – signs represent), and number partners (two numbers that we put together to make a bigger number, like 5 and 3, which make 8). We played math games on Friday that exposed us to some of our new concepts!

Reading: This week, we began a new reading unit: Exploring Patterns. Patterns are everywhere in the books that we read! We took a look through our blue book boxes and found so many books with repeated words and sentences. We specifically looked for pattern books where there was a different word at the end of each sentence and for books where there was a different word at the beginning of each sentence. Ask your child to find patterns in the books you read at home, too! 

Writing: Our reading workshop unit (Exploring Patterns) ties directly to our new writing unit! We are learning how to write our very own pattern books for our classroom! So far, we have written a pattern book with a different word at the end of each sentence (“I ate turkey. I ate corn. I ate cake.”) and one with a different word at the beginning of each sentence (“Toys are in the store. Clothes are in the store.”)

Social Studies: We continued our “Holidays Around the World” traveling this week by visiting Italy, England, Australia, Germany, and India. We find each place on a world map, stamp our passports, then learn a bit about the holidays in that country before doing a fun craft, treat, or game. Who knows where we will go next??

 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog: We loved having Stuart as our Top Frog this week! Georgie will be our next Top Frog.

Mystery Reader: Brianna’s grandma came to surprise our class on Friday! She read us two books that were both super silly!! Thank you for reading to our classroom. 

Gingerbread Exchange: So far, we have received two packages with letters from other kindergarten classrooms across the country: one in Massachusetts and one in New York! We love seeing how the students decorated their gingerbread men before we add them to the big bulletin board map by our lockers! 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Bundle Up!: Just a reminder to pack your kindergartener with appropriate outdoor gear for our snowy weather. I am looking for help during the times of 11:20 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. daily for Winter Bundling.  It would require coming into school to help our Kindergarteners get ready for recess with their extra clothing and then helping them get ready for lunch.  If you are interested please email me at ahutchi@hpseagles.net. 

December Details: Please take a few moments to read this post and sign-up for our holiday party if you are able. We are still looking for help and donations for our party on the 21st! See this post for all of the details. 

Candy Cane Sale:  The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here! Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 15. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you for your support and happy holidays!


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, December 11 – Art
  • Tuesday, December 12 – STEAM, Library
  • Wednesday, December 13 – Kindergarten Music Program Practice (in lieu of our special for the day), Homework Due
  • Thursday, December 14 – Music, Holiday Music Program @ 6:30 pm at Fairhaven
  • Friday, December 15 – Art, Book Exchange Books due
  • Wednesday, December 20 – Grinch Day! Wear Green
  • Thursday, December 21 – Class Party @ 1:50 pm
  • Friday, December 22 – Polar Express Day! Wear PJs

December 7, 2017
by Miss Hutchison
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SNOW! (Snow pants & boots)

The snow has arrived!!!  Let it snow, let it snow!

Please send your kindergartener with the necessary winter outside clothes…..snow pants, boots, hat, mittens/gloves.

PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHING.  21 black snow pants and boots all look the same in a busy hallway! 🙂 

We WILL go out to play unless the wind chill is below 0.  If you kindergartener does not have boots, they will need to stay on the sidewalk/paved area of the playground.  Wet shoes are messy for the classroom floor and rug. 

Kindergarteners may wear their gym shoes each day inside of school during the winter instead of sending another pair of shoes every day, if you wish. 

Stay warm and have a great day!

   

December 6, 2017
by Miss Hutchison
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10 Star Reward!

We celebrated another 10 Star Reward this afternoon by having a hot chocolate party! We got to have hot cocoa with all of the extras: marshmallows, whipped cream, and fancy straws. The kids loved having a nice warm treat on this cold and windy day! I am so proud of their green choices, kindness, and best effort. 

 

December 4, 2017
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 14 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: This week the words an, can, man, and ran popped into our classroom. We loved using our “chunky monkey” superpowers with these words! (More on this later.)  

Math: We wrapped up our second unit and took our Unit 2 test this week. The kindergarteners love using their “offices” to take their tests again! We will begin Unit 3 next week. 

Reading: This week, we learned about another one of our reading superpowers (strategies): chunky monkey! Chunky monkey reminds us to look for smaller chunks of words we know inside of bigger words, like “an” inside of “can.” All of our superpowers remind us of different skills we can use when reading words. Remind your child to use their superpowers when they are reading at home, too! 

Writing: In writer’s workshop this week, we wrapped up our “Writing Like Scientists” unit by making one more book. This time, we wrote about candy canes! We are practicing writing complete sentences with a capital letter at the beginning, a period at the end, and spaces between our words. Students also got their own writing binders this week! Their writing binders are full of strategy pictures and pages that they can use to help them if they are stuck on writing. The kids LOVE their binders, and ask to use them throughout the whole day!! 

Social Studies: We began our travels around the world this week, and our first two stops were Greenland and Israel. We find each place on a world map, stamp our passports, then learn a bit about the holidays in that country before making a fun craft or treat. In Greenland, we made a Santa Claus face (because Santa lives really close to Greenland!) When we went to Israel, we made an edible dreidel, just like the game children from Israel play each holiday! Who knows where we will go next??

 

 


CELEBRATIONS:

Mystery Reader: Sophie’s mom surprised her as the mystery reader this week, and she read a super fun book written from two different perspectives. Thanks for sharing a book with us!!

Elf: Our classroom elf made his arrival from the North Pole on Friday! The kindergarteners voted on his name: Jingle Bell. Jingle will be spending the next few weeks with us and helping us do random acts of kindness for others around Georgetown! 

Gingerbread Exchange: On Friday, we made gingerbread men for our upcoming gingerbread exchange. Miss Hutchison will be sending our gingerbread men, along with a class letter we wrote together, to other kindergarten classrooms across the United States. They’ll be sending us gingerbread men and a letter, too! We can’t wait to see how other kindergarten classes decorated their gingerbread men. 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Bundle Up!: Just a reminder to pack your kindergartener with appropriate outdoor gear for our changing weather.  I will be sending home information soon to look for volunteers for Winter Bundlers. Winter Bundlers help get our kindergarteners ready for recesses.  I am looking for help during the times of 11:20 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. daily during our snowy times.  It would require coming into school to help our Kindergarteners get ready for recess with their extra clothing and then helping them get ready for lunch.  If you know you are interested please email me at ahutchi@hpseagles.net.  I will be sending home information as well to ask for help!

December Details: Please take a few moments to read this post and sign-up for our holiday party or gingerbread house donations if you are able. We are still looking for help and donations for both events! See this post for all of the details. 

Holiday Shoppe: Our holiday shopping day is this Wednesday afternoon.  A packet with more information about this went home last week. If you are able to send in your child’s packet on Tuesday, that would be wonderful! We are hoping to get a head-start on our shopping by sending a few friends down on Tuesday afternoon as well. Thanks for supporting Georgetown through our Holiday Shoppe! 

Candy Cane Sale:  The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here! Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 15. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you for your support and happy holidays!


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, December 4 – Music
  • Tuesday, December 5 – Art, Library
  • Wednesday, December 6 – STEAM, Holiday Shoppe
  • Thursday, December 7 – P.E., Gingerbread Houses, Jet’s Pizza Night
  • Friday, December 8 – Music
  • December 14 – Holiday Music Program @ 6:30 pm

November 30, 2017
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Early Release tomorrow

Just a reminder that tomorrow is a fast Friday! Dismissal is at 12:15 pm. If your child needs a sack lunch, please email me to let me know. Sometimes the kids aren’t sure if they need one or not, so it’s easiest to have you email me or send a note in your child’s FROG folder. Thanks so much!

November 28, 2017
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Busy December Details!

We have a very busy December planned in the frog room! Below is a detailed list of everything you need to know for the main events leading up to winter break. December calendars will also be sent home with your child this week. Please take a few moments to read through this entire post – lots of details are on this page!

(1) Holiday Party

Our Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, December 21 from 1:50-3:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer for a station (game or craft) or bring a snack, please sign up on this Google sheet. Also, if you are planning to attend the party, please sign up on the form as well, so I can notify the office of parents in attendance.

(2) Holiday Shoppe

Georgetown’s Holiday Shoppe is next week, and our class is scheduled to shop on Wednesday, December 6 from 12:20-1:00 pm. An informational page and envelope will be coming home in your child’s frog folder tomorrow with more details about the items in the shoppe.

(3) Gingerbread Houses

Our class will be making graham cracker gingerbread houses with our fifth grade buddies on Thursday, December 7 as part of our “Holidays Around the World” study of Germany. If you would like to donate an item for us to use when decorating our houses, please sign-up on this Google sheet. Thank you for supporting our learning!

(4) Book Exchange

We will be doing our holiday book exchange during the last week of school before break. Please send in a gender-neutral book (less than $5) with your kindergartener by Friday, December 15. Please wrap the book and include a tag that says who the gift is from (ex: To a Friend, From Miss Hutchison). These can be sent in at any time. 🙂

(5) Holiday Music Program

Georgetown’s Holiday Music Program will be held at Fair Haven Church on Thursday, December 14. Our kindergarteners will be performing at 6:30 pm. The kids have been practicing so hard and are ready to impress you with their musical talent! 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding these plans – I hope I didn’t miss anything! Thank you so much for your continued support of our little learners!

November 28, 2017
by Miss Hutchison
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Ready for Take-Off!

This afternoon, our classroom was transformed into an airport as we prepared for a trip around the world! We will be spending the next few weeks traveling to different countries and learning about the holidays that they celebrate in the winter time. To prepare for our trip, there were a few things we needed to do:

First, we had to get our plane tickets. The kindergarteners were so excited to find their tickets “hidden” under their table spots! 

Once we had our tickets, the kindergarteners realized we needed suitcases to carry our things. So…each friend got their own suitcase to decorate! We will be filling these suitcases with our learning every time we visit a new country. 

Next, we talked about something else people need when they leave the United States – a passport. We filled out our own passports and they are ready to be filled with stamps from each country! 

We were almost ready for take-off, but a flight isn’t complete without pretzels and juice from the flight attendant. 🙂 The kids had a BLAST on our “flight” around the world! (I had an airplane video playing so it looked like we were really in the sky). We explored a globe and a map, too! We will be tracking our travels on our own maps each day. 

Our class is ready to travel around the world and learn about new holidays! I hope your kindergartener had fun on our airplane adventure! 🙂

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