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May 3, 2018
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Coming Home Today…

Three important notes are coming home with your child today:

Hager Park Picnic Information – Please read this yellow paper even if you are not coming to Hager Park! Every child needs to pack a disposable sack lunch & drink on Wednesday for our picnic lunch at the park. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns!

Kindergarten Olympics – This super fun field-day-like event will be on Friday, June 1! A neon pink volunteer sign up note is coming home with your child today. We would love to have your help for this exciting morning!

We are celebrating our fabulous year of reading growth throughout May by having “Fun Reading Fridays!” Our first reading Friday is tomorrow: Read a T-Shirt Day. Your child is welcome and/or encouraged to wear a t-shirt with words so our class can read each other’s shirts! Check the blue note for details about the rest of our Fun Reading Friday events. 

April 27, 2018
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Week 32 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: We practiced the words “some” and “come” this week. Keep practicing these popcorn words at home as often as possible! 

Math Stations: We are still working through Unit 5 and solidifying those important number sense skills. This week, students worked on writing teen number equations, drawing “tiny tumblers” on math mountains, finding the “hidden 10” inside of teen numbers, and writing partner equations. 

Writing Workshop: We concluded our How-To writing unit this week! This week, I gave the kindergarteners much more independence in their writing. We walked through two more stories together: How to Make a S’more and How to Wash Your Hands. We discussed ideas for each sentence, and then the kindergarteners wrote their chosen sentences on their own. Then, later in the week, the kindergarteners decided they were ready to plan and write all by themselves!!! They wrote about How to Brush Your Teeth and How to Make Hot Cocoa COMPLETELY on their own!!! I was blown away with their effort and writing! 

Reading Workshop: In reading this week, we continued learning more about characters! We specifically talked about comparing characters we see in books. (1) Some characters are in more than one book; (2) some books have more than one strong character; and (3) some characters make us think of other characters. We’ve also been building up our independent reading stamina – this week, we made it up to 18 minutes of quiet reading from our book boxes!! Incredible!!! 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog: We had five top frogs who filled up our estimation jar this week! Lauren brought in 34 pieces of candy; Annie brought in 47 candy canes; Quinn brought in 54 hair pins; Karsten brought in 53 gum balls; and Jace brought 18 nerf darts. What objects will we estimate next week?? 

Mystery Reader: Sophie’s dad surprised our class as this week’s mystery reader.He read us two books about puppies! Thanks for visiting our classroom. 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Culver’s Night: Thank you to all who came and supported our school on Tuesday! I snapped a few pictures while running food. 🙂 Georgetown is so lucky to have such wonderful families!!! 

Kindergarten Olympics: Mark your calendars! Kindergarten Olympics will be held on Friday, June 1st. A note about volunteering for this SUPER FUN event will be coming home next week. 

May Calendar: May calendars came home with your child on Friday. You can also access our may calendar digitally by following this link. Here is the MAY/JUNE LUNCH MENU as well. 

Field Trip: Thank you to all who volunteered to chaperone our field trip on Wednesday, May 9 to Hemlock Crossing! If you would still like to join us at Hager Park for lunch and play, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will add you to this FIELD TRIP PARENTS list. Parent chaperones, I will be sending home a detailed note for you next week!


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, April 30 – PE
  • Tuesday, May 1 – Music, Library 
  • Wednesday, May 2 – Art, Homework due
  • Thursday, May 3 – STEAM
  • Friday, May 4 – P.E. 
  • Wednesday, May 9 – FIELD TRIP — pack a sack lunch!

 

April 27, 2018
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All About Rocks!

Since this kindergarten class really “rocks,” we thought this week would be the perfect time to learn all about rocks!! 🙂 

We began by exploring our own rock collections and looking for similarities and differences among our rocks. We made a rock journal where we described many characteristics of one of our rocks: size, color, texture, height, and density. Each child predicted if their rock would sink or float, and we tested their hypotheses!

Next, we learned about the three types of rocks and did a fun activity to go along with each one. 

(1) Sedimentary Rocks – Since sedimentary rocks are formed by pressure, we applied pressure to three different colored marshmallows to form a new sedimentary rock. 

(2) Igneous Rocks – Igneous rocks are formed by heat. We began with lots of little “rocks” (butterscotch/chocolate chips). Then we applied heat to the rocks (using a microwave) until the rocks turned to magma! Our magma cooled and hardened to form igneous rocks that we could eat. 

(3) Metamorphic Rocks – These rocks are formed using a combination of both heat and pressure. We used two colors of cold play-doh and applied the heat and pressure of our hands to “morph” (marble) the rocks into new colors/shapes. 

We had a blast learning all about these rocks! Your child is bringing home their personal rock collection today. Thank you again for helping to make our learning memorable. 

April 25, 2018
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Scholastic Book Orders!

If you would like to make a Scholastic Book Order, either online or with the catalog, please submit it to me by this Friday, April 27! Here’s the link to order if you are interested. Our class code is R86B7. Thanks again for supporting our classroom full of readers! 

April 23, 2018
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Culver’s Night: Tomorrow

Tomorrow, April 24, is an important night to save on your family calendar for two reasons:

  1.  District Art Show honoring our amazing Georgetown Artists.   This is held at the Hudsonville City Hall Community RM from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.
  2. CULVER’s Night (Jenison location) with Georgetown staff bringing your meals to you in the dining room or to your car!  Time: 5-8pm.  Benefit to our school:  10% of all profits go to our school. Miss Hutchison will be serving food from 5-6pm! Hope to see you there!! 

April 20, 2018
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Week 31 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: We practiced the words “they” and “these” this week. Keep practicing these popcorn words at home as often as possible! 

Math Stations: We dove right into Unit 5, our last math unit, this week. We’ve been working hard at decomposing teen numbers (any teen number has 10 “hidden” inside), writing equations for number partners (4+6=10), and counting large numbers of objects by finding a group of 10 and counting on. Your kindergartener is becoming a math whiz!

Writing Workshop: We continued our How-To writing unit this week! We organized and wrote step-by-step directions for “How to Make a Pizza” and “How to Build a Snowman” (in honor of this April weather!). We also practiced making pizzas as a class by starting with the crust and adding sauce, cheese, and toppings. The students loved having this hands-on practice before writing our books. Yum! 

 

Reading Workshop: In reading this week, we continued learning more about characters! We specifically talked about making connections to the characters we read in books. We can make character connections by sharing similar feelings and experiences with characters. We’ve also been building up our independent reading stamina – this week, we made it up to 16 minutes of quiet reading from our book boxes!! Incredible!!! 

Earth Day: In honor of earth day this Sunday, we learned about what it means to “be green” and REDUSE, REUSE, & RECYCLE. We made a craft/writing activity sharing ways we can help our earth. We also read the book “What if everybody did that?” Our class also took a walk to find our school’s Paper Gator recycling center in this beautiful weather! 

  

Soil: We wrapped up our mini-unit on soil this week by finishing our soil journals, doing a “soil sort” of things we find in soil, and enjoying a soil snack on Friday! For our snack, we started with layers of soil (pudding) and added some rocks (Oreo crumbles), living things (gummy worm), and silt (graham cracker crumbs). We will start learning about rocks next week! 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog: We had three top frogs who filled up our estimation jar this week! Andrew brought in 56 stickers, Katherine brought 100 “warm fuzzies,” and Stuart brought 85 chocolate coins. What objects will we estimate next week??

   

Outstanding Kindergartener: Mrs. Reagan delivered another “Outstanding” to our classroom on behalf of one of our kindergarteners. Georgie was recognized for making green choices, following directions, and staying safe at school. We have so many amazing kindergarteners in our classroom, and I’m so glad they get recognized for their hard work!! 

Mystery Reader: Kyle’s mom surprised our class as this week’s mystery reader. She read us some farm books! Thanks for visiting our classroom. 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Culver’s Night: Come eat at Culver’s on Tuesday, April 24 to support our school AND be served by Georgetown teachers! (Miss Hutchison will be there from 5-6pm.)

Rock Collections: Don’t forget to send in a rock collection of 10-12 different rocks with your child as soon as possible! We will be using them all week during our “rock” unit. 

Field Trip: Thank you to all who volunteered to chaperone our field trip on Wednesday, May 9 to Hemlock Crossing! If you would still like to join us at Hager Park for lunch and play, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will add you to this FIELD TRIP PARENTS list. 


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, April 23 – STEAM 
  • Tuesday, April 24 – P.E., Library, Culver’s Night, GES Art Reception 
  • Wednesday, April 25 – Music, Homework due
  • Thursday, April 26 – Art
  • Friday, April 27 – STEAM

 

April 19, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Rock Collections

Just wanted to send a quick reminder to please send your child’s rock collection to school with him/her tomorrow, Friday, April 20. (10-12 rocks of various colors/sizes/textures). We will be exploring these rocks and making a special journal about our collections as part of our Earth Day learning. Thanks!

April 15, 2018
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Week 30 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: We practiced the words “him” and “jump” this week.

Math Stations: This week, we went back to review some specific skills from Unit 4 to ensure that we are all experts on these concepts before moving on to the next unit. Your child’s Unit 4 Math Test and rubric will be coming home on Tuesday! We also started Unit 5 by drawing “teen scenes,” or drawings where we found a group of 10 objects within the teen number. We also played a new 3-D shape puzzle game, too!  

Writing Workshop: We began a new type of writing this week: How-To Writing! We learned that writer’s write how-to pieces to give the reader step by step directions about how to do something. We made a list of all the things we know how to do! Then, we began writing our first how-to piece together: How to Carve a Pumpkin. We had to cut and paste the steps in the correct order and use transition words (first, next, then) to help our reader carve their own pumpkin! 

Reading Workshop: In reading this week, we started a new unit focusing on Characters! First, we reviewed what a character is, and specifically what a ‘main character’ is. Then, throughout the week, we discovered different ways that we can learn more about a character: by how he/she looks, by the things he/she says, and by the way other characters act around him/her. We’ve also been building up our independent reading stamina – this week, we made it up to 14 minutes of quiet reading from our book boxes!! Incredible!!! 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog: We had two top frogs who filled up our estimation jar this week! Lyla brought in 16 crayons, and Drew brought 24 marshmallows. What objects will we estimate next week??

 

Outstanding Kindergartener: Mrs. Reagan delivered another “Outstanding” to our classroom on behalf of one of our kindergarteners. Brianna was recognized for making green choices, following directions, and staying safe at school. We have so many amazing kindergarteners in our classroom, and I’m so glad they get recognized for their hard work!! 

Fort Day: Our kindergarteners had lots of fun at our fort party on Friday! They used problem-solving skills to work together. We had quite the collection of unique forts around our classroom! Thanks for sending in a blanket with your kindergartener. 

Mystery Reader: Lauren’s dad and little sister surprised our class as this week’s mystery readers. Since Lauren’s uncle lives in Seattle, they read us a book about an adventure throughout Seattle! Thanks for visiting our classroom. 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Rock Collections: Please don’t forget to send in a rock collection with your kindergartener: collect 10-12 rocks that are all different sizes, shapes, textures, etc. Collections are due on April 20! 

Field Trip: Our class will be going on a field trip on Wednesday, May 9, and we are looking for chaperones to join us for a fun-filled day! A detailed note about our field trip will be coming home with your kindergartener on Tuesday!


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 8 – Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
  • Monday, April 16 – NO SCHOOL – SNOW/ICE DAY! Enjoy 🙂 
  • Tuesday, April 17 – STEAM, Library 
  • Wednesday, April 18 – P.E., Homework due
  • Thursday, April 19 – Music
  • Friday, April 20 – Art, Rock Collections due

Have a wonderful, relaxing, and rejuvenating day off tomorrow!!! 

April 13, 2018
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Early Release TODAY

Just a reminder that today, April 13, is a fast Friday! Dismissal is at 12:15 pm. If your child needs a sack lunch, please email me or send a note to let me know. Thanks so much!

Also, don’t forget to send your child with a blanket or sheet to use for today’s Fort Party! 🙂

April 11, 2018
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Estimation Jar

As we are approaching the end of the year (already?!), we have just enough time for each child to be the Top Frog for one more day! This time, instead of bringing home Mr. Ribbit, your child will be bringing home our “Estimation Jar.” Their job is to fill the jar with a mystery number of objects (marshmallows, erasers, etc.) for our class to guess the quantity the next day. They will also have all of the other privileges of the Top Frog on the day they return the Estimation Jar (line leader, door holder, calendar helper, etc.)

The kindergarteners are so excited to fill up our estimation jar one day soon! Please return the estimation jar to school the very next day after your child brings it home. We will send your child’s items back home with him/her the same day. Thanks for your support!

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