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August 13, 2018
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Open House!

Open House is just over a week away! I cannot wait to meet you and your children on 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 kindergartener’s backpack much lighter. 🙂 

Things You Can Bring to Open House

  • Gym Shoes (preferably velcro 🙂 )
  • School Supplies (refer to the earlier supplies blog post)
  • Wish List Items
  • Cuddle Buddy 
  • 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 “Frog 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 meet your wonderful kindergartener!

-Miss Hutchison

July 25, 2018
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Playground Playdates!

Starting school is such an exciting adventure! Sometimes it can also feel a little scary. I would LOVE to meet you before school starts to ease any worries and start our year off on the right foot! I am going to have some times throughout the summer for opportunities to meet me and meet some new friends before school officially begins.

WHERE: Georgetown Elementary Kindergarten Playground

WHAT: Meet Miss Hutchison, play on your school playground, and maybe even meet some new friends from our class!

WHEN: August 1 @ 10-11 am

             August 6 @ 6-7 pm

             August 7 @ 2-3 pm

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

July 1, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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School Supplies

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 keep in mind the following:

School Supplies:

  • 2 LARGE glue sticks (not labeled, we will be sharing)
  • spiral 70- count notebook (labeled with your name)
  • pack of 8-10 thick washable markers
  • pack of Expo/dry erase markers- any color- pack of 3 or more (not labeled, we will be sharing)
  • Plastic hinged pencil box –  no cloth or zipper please 🙂 (label by putting paper with name inside of box.) – Miss Hutchison found a great deal and bought pencil boxes for our whole class! If your child would still like to bring the one they chose, you are welcome to do so! Otherwise, feel free to keep that pencil box at home for other fun projects! Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 11.15.27 AM

Wish List Supplies:

  • Standard Sheet Protectors (can be found at the dollar store sometimes)
  • Play-dough
  • Play-dough tools
  • Kleenex
  • Clorox wipes
  • Band-Aids
  • Ziploc bags (sandwich, quart, or gallon size)
  • White paper plates (large or small size)

Others (Items needed the first week of school):

  • Cuddle Buddy- a small stuffed animal to stay in your locker the first few weeks of school (labeled with name)
  • Gym Shoes (labeled with name; these will stay at school all year)
  • Lunch box (labeled with name)
  • Backpack (labeled with name)

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

June 20, 2018
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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 a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

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 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.

June 18, 2018
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Welcome to Kindergarten!

I am so excited to welcome you and your child to their first year at Georgetown Elementary School!  Kindergarten is the best and most special grade of your child’s life, and I can’t wait to start the year 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 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 8, 2018
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Our Last Week of Kindergarten!! (Pictures Galore!)

Kindergarten Countdown:We popped the last balloon today 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 Experiments! We had a blast with some science fun today! Here are the 5 science projects we made: oobleck (quicksand), slime, Diet Coke & Mentos explosion, twirly whirly milk, and catapults. The kindergarteners thought this was the most fun day ever!

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!!  You can see lots of pictures from our Olympic Games here.

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

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 Enjoying Treats! Miss Hutchison brought in five different kinds of Oreos for us to taste-test. We tried each one, then made a class graph of our favorite kind. Red Velvet was the top pick in the frog room!

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 2030: 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 2030. 🙂

Water Balloons: We had a BLAST with some water balloon fun 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 Lunch:

Our Last Recess: 

Our Last Day of School

Class Movie: Here is the link to our class movie! We watched it today 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 Stuart’s mom, Elise, 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 these “bugs” 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, my first class here at Georgetown, will forever hold the most 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 6, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Big Manila Envelope Coming Home

A big manila envelope is coming home today for YOU! 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:


Math and Writing Assessments – You’ll find your child’s Unit 5 math test, Informational Writing On-Demand, and Opinion Writing On-Demand, all 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 – This is 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 25, 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! 


Kindergarten Writing – I bound a book with a few writing pages that highlight how much your child has improved in writing and drawing this year! So fun to see so much growth in just one year. 


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 1, 2018
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 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! 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 Experiments! We had a blast with some science fun today! Here are the 5 science projects we made: oobleck (quicksand), slime, Diet Coke & Mentos explosion, twirly whirly milk, and catapults. The kindergarteners thought this was the most fun day ever!

 

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!!  You can see lots of pictures from our Olympic Games here.

Mystery Reader: Lyla’s mom and younger siblings came to surprise our class as this week’s mystery readers! Thanks so much for visiting our classroom and reading with us!!


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Things Coming Home: With only 4 and a half days left in the school year, your child’s backpack will likely be full every day this week with gym shoes, popcorn word 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 next week. 


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, June 4 – STEAM
  • Tuesday, June 5 – P.E.
  • Wednesday, June 6 – Music
  • Thursday, June 7 – Art
  • Friday, June 8 – Early Release @ 12:15pm, Last Day of School! 

 

May 31, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Kindergarten Olympics Tomorrow!

Our Kindergarten Olympics are being held tomorrow, Friday, June 1. Hooray!!

Here are a few reminders:

  • *Parent volunteers are asked to be on the Kindergarten playground at 8:45 a.m. for instructions.  Games should be finished around 12:00. Please stop at the office prior to this time for a name tag!
  • *Don’t forget to  wear tennis shoes, shorts and t-shirts.  We will be running and playing lots of games.  NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS PLEASE!!
  • *Please send a home lunch and drink  for your child. THERE WILL BE NO HOT LUNCH!  We will be eating a picnic lunch as a class. at 11:45am-12:00pm.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join us for a picnic lunch on our playground.  
  • *Please send a water bottle with your child’s name clearly marked on the outside.  It is going to be WARM and we will want to stay hydrated during our games.
  • *Apply sun screen BEFORE coming to school.
  • *Please send ONE backpack snack for the afternoon.  The kinder teachers are supplying pretzels for the morning snack. 
  • *Volunteering parents please dress in comfy active clothes.  You will be walking around with the kinders helping them play the games.  If you want to take along a lunch so that you can join us…you are welcome.

We can’t wait to enjoy a fun filled morning with all our kindergarten classrooms!!  Let the games begin!!

May 29, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 36 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: We have been reviewing all of our words in these final weeks of literacy centers! 

Math Stations: We did it! We finished Unit 5 this week and took our last math assessment of the year! These kindergarteners did an amazing job. All year’s hard work has paid off! 

Writing Workshop: We wrapped up our opinion writing unit this week by completing our On-Demand writing task. Kindergarteners wrote about their favorite restaurant and gave reasons to support their opinions. Their writing is so impressive – I can’t believe how much growth these young ones have made as writers this year! 

American Symbols: We did TONS of learning about American Symbols this week, especially on Friday’s Red, White, and Blue day! We spent the week reading and learning about the American Flag, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the Bald Eagle. We also read this super fun shine-a-light book with hidden pictures of US symbols (thanks for sharing it with us, Annie!).  On Friday, we celebrated our learning by making symbol necklaces and enjoying red, white, and blue popsicles. 

 


CELEBRATIONS:

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! 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. 

Mystery Reader: Anha’s mom came to surprise our class as this week’s mystery reader! Thanks so much for visiting our classroom and reading with us!!


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Kindergarten Olympics: Kindergarten Olympics will be held this Friday, June 1st. A note will be coming home this week to make sure your child is prepared for our fun, busy morning! (This is in the upcoming note…please provide a sack lunch and water bottle for your child on Friday!!)


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Tuesday, May 29 – STEAM, Library books due back
  • Wednesday, May 30 – P.E., Last homework due
  • Thursday, May 31 – Music
  • Friday, June 1 – K Olympics! (Pack a sack lunch & water bottle)
  • Friday, June 8 – Early Release @ 12:15pm, Last Day of School! 

 

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