Another Walkathon Success!

Version 3img_7110Last Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 was another great day for the Georgetown Elementary School Walkathon!  Our class walked a minimum of 4 laps per student and with 23 students, we walked more than a total of 92 laps!! And that’s just a minimum! Some kids did more than 4!

Thank you to all of our families who donated to our only fundraiser of the year. Money is still being counted and soon all prizes will be announced! We appreciate all of the extras that the PTC of Georgetown provides for us.  img_6808

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Picture Day Sept. 22

Say "CHEESE"!!

Say “CHEESE”!!

Hi Parents!

It’s time to smile pretty!!  School picture day is Thursday, September 22, 2016.  Please send the picture packet back to school if you would like to purchase pictures.  The packet was sent home with your child today (Friday, 9/16/2016).

Retakes will be on Thursday, October 27.

Thanks!

Student Blogs Coming Soon!!

kidsSoon you will see a new feature attached to our classroom blog: individual student blogs!  The purpose of this activity is to promote connective reading and writing, cooperative learning, and responsible digital citizenship.   Our students are excited to have a platform in which to share their learning, talents, and abilities with other students.

Parent Permission & Guidelines

A letter was sent home yesterday explaining our new student blogs.  In order for your student to participate, please read through the letter, as well as, the student rules for blogging.  Be sure to discuss with your student why these rules are important.  Please read both copies, sign them, and send them back in to school.  We can’t wait to get started!!

appleWow!  What a great start to the school year!!

First, a big shout out of “THANKS” to our parents for sending in all the great school supplies!  You really make a difference!  Thanks for the support.

Next, what a FANTASTIC bunch of fourth graders I have!  Thank you for sending me such neat kids. Already I can tell these guys are great thinkers filled with great ideas!  It is going to be a fun year of learning and growing together.

Homework and Math

This week, we begin full throttle into our fourth grade curriculum.  Your student should be bringing home a nightly folder that has daily mail in it.  This year we are going to try something new for homework.  On Monday, a sheet will come home for the week that’s entitled “Weekly Homework Sheet“.  On this sheet, you will see each day of the week on a grid.  Under each day will be 3 math problems.  These will be problems that relate to the current day’s math lesson.  It will be important for your student to practice what we’ve learned at home.  Please have a daily conversation with your student to see if they understand the math for the day and check over their problems with them.  Sometimes, hearing a concept explained to them by more than one person, can help them learn the skill at a deeper level.  Thanks in advance, for helping me out with this.  If your child is struggling with a concept, jot a note on the grid and we will tackle it in the classroom again one on one. Another resource you can use to help your child understand a concept are some of the videos I have posted by math operation under “Classroom Tutoring” at the bottom of the blog. These may be helpful in explaining a concept that is hard to get.  You can also email me if you have questions or need further explanations.

Homework and Reading

On the Weekly Homework Sheet mentioned above, there is also a square on the grid to have your student write the title of the book they are reading at home and the number of minutes that they have read per night.  This will count as their Reading Log.  Fourth graders are expected to read at least 20-30 minutes per night in a chapter book at their guided reading level. Research has proven that children become better readers when reading at least 90 minutes per day. We are working on increasing our reading minutes here at school, as well as, reading nightly at home.

Homework and MobyMax

Finally, there will be one last square on the grid to check off for fluency math practice on MobyMax.  Your 4th grader will be expected to be fluent in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.  One great way to practice this is online with MobyMax.  Your student will have a log in and password and should be practicing at least 5 minutes nightly.

So altogether, your student should really only have 30-40 minutes of homework a night.  He or she should be keeping track of it him/herself as we are promoting responsibility and independence strongly in 4th grade. I hope this explanation helps to know what’s expected and let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks!

-Mrs. Q

Welcome Back to a Great Year!!!

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Open House!

Tuesday, August 30th from 6:30- 7:30! Can’t wait to meet all of my new students and their families! Stop in to see what’s in store for our year in school and get a sneak peek of your new room and the new hallway.  Feel free to bring in any supplies you may have already gotten and “lighten your load” on the first day!  It’s going to be a great year!!

Stop the “Summer Slide”!!

slideHave you ever heard the phrase ‘summer slide’?  It refers to the loss of learning that can take place when skills are not practiced over the summer.    We want everyone to keep their learning brains turned on by spending a 10-50 minutes every day practicing math facts and reading.  To determine the appropriate minimum number of minutes/day for your child, multiple their grade level by 10.  For example, a first grader would spend a minimum of 10 minutes — 5 minutes on math and 5 minutes on reading.

Our school has a login for all students on MOBYMAX –  an excellent online tool for all content areas.  If your child has forgotten their password/login, email me.

On Mobymax, I recommend the following:

  • Grade K:  Number Sense, Alphabet and Reading Trio
  • Grade 1:  Number Sense (review), Math Fact Fluency and Reading Trio
  • Grade 2-5:  Math Fact Fluency (keep those facts fresh) and any of the other applications on the site.

Also, if you would like to track reading minutes over the summer, this counts too.  Simply log into this form once a week to tell me how many minutes per week or per month you are reading.  Summer learning contest ends on August 20.

All students who participate in summer learning entered into a drawing

for an AMAZON GIFT CARD.

Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have post photos of you reading over the summer.  If you have a photo of your reading during vacation, send her the photo at jvandenb@hpseagles.net

Hope your July is going well!

Back to School Shopping!

backtoschoolHi Parents and Fourth Graders!  Just wanted to make a mention that if you have not checked out the “School Supplies 2016/17” page at the top  of our blog, you are going to want to, now that all the school supplies sales are beginning at our local stores!  So just click on over there and you will see all of the things we will be needing for our new school year.  Happy shopping and see you all soon in the last week of August for Open House!

Welcome Fourth Graders of 2016/17!!

Welcome new Fourth Graders!!  I am so excited to be your 4th grade teacher! It’s going to be a great year in fourth grade!  We do LOTS of fun and exciting stuff!

Keep your eye on this blog throughout the summer.  In July, I will post a list of school supplies that you will want to get.  We post this in July when most of the stores start putting their school supplies on sale, so you can get the good deals.

Two more reminders: 1) don’t forget to get on Mobymax and Study Island over the summer to practice all areas of our curriculum and 2) don’t forget to read!!  Feel free to check out all of the sites listed at the bottom of this blog as well.  I have lots of cool stuff to check out!!

AND I hope to see you up here in the library over the summer on Tuesdays from 10 – 12:00 noon!! I will be working in the library on Tuesday, July 19th! I look forward to meeting you!

Happy Summer!!   Love, Mrs. Quigley

Summer Library!

childrenHi Gang! Don’t forget that you can come up here on Tuesday mornings from 10-12 to the Georgetown Summer Library Program! We’ve got lots of books here that you haven’t read, so come on up and take advantage of it!  Another perk is that you may run into friends or teachers from school! I will be working the library on July 19! So come on up, as many of you that can, and we’ll have a small reunion in the library!

A Fond Farewell!

sorryI really can’t express enough of what an exceptional class this was!  Thank you to each and every one of you for putting your best forward in school this year.  Much was accomplished.  Hopefully, you could see and feel yourself learning and growing to the best of your ability.

And parents, thank you for sending me such great kids and trusting me with them each and every day! Thanks for all the donations of time, money, supplies and treats! Hudsonville has a strong educational reputation. I’ve heard said it’s because of teachers, but honestly, it’s truly because of parents who care. Thank you for being good parents. And thank you for all you do to support education on a daily basis.

I will truly miss these kids. I wish you all a restful summer! And I will see everyone back here in the fall!   -Love, Mrs. Q

Mini Market

We had such a great learning experience at our mini market this last Wednesday! Our sports bracelet team only made a small number of sports bracelets. The class REALLY learned the concept of supply and demand and how that drives the price up (or down!) because EVERYBODY wanted one!IMG_0249

The students came up with some great products and we had a great time buying things from each other with our behavior bucks! Our profit was spent on ice cream sundaes on the last day of school. (Not really, because Mrs. Q just said, “Take those behavior bucks home!”) Overall, we found that economics can be a very interesting subject!

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