Third Annual Valentine’s Holder Contest a Hit!!

Every year these Valentine holders get better and better!  This one, designed by Ben and Mason won “Most Humorous Valentine Holder” award!




This one, designed by Charli, won the award for “Most Artistic”!

The media player by Ashley and Avery, as well as the snake, designed by Tegan, won “Most Creative Valentine Holder”.

But you can see that Alyssa’s roller blade and Evan’s bird were very good too and won “Honorable Mention”.

Here are some others, that all won “Honorable Mentions”!  Everyone did such a great job!  And a big thanks to all the parents who volunteered to make our party a success!!

Great Student Blogs!

Hi Families and Students!  Just a reminder that if you have not been on your student’s blog or their friends in quite a while, you are going to want to check them out!  You can see what books they are reading, how Valentines Day originated and more!  Stay tuned because next students are interviewing each other.  Read on to see what your students are writing about on their blogs these days!

February Update!

Where are you sunshine?!

Last year’s cute holders!

Hi Families!  Just a quick update for the upcoming Valentine’s party!  First,  the party is next Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 2:15 – 3:15.  Students are welcome to bring in their valentine holders any time from now until next week.  We are having a contest for the “Most Creative”, “Most Artistic”, and “Most Humorous” Valentine holders.  This is an optional contest.  If your student is not interested in participating, have them see me for a bag to decorate to hold valentines.  Valentines can be brought in any time, however, we won’t pass them out until the day of the party.

Second, our third round of science is wrapping up this week.  Your student will be tested on the sun and moon unit this Thursday (Feb. 9).

Third, tonight and tomorrow night are Jet’s Pizza nights.  If you call and order a pizza and give them our class name, we might possibly win a pizza party!  We sure could use one!

Happy February!

Welcome to 2017!!!

Welcome back to a new year!  It was a great December, full of celebration and fun! Now, as January chills our bodies, our minds must heat up with lots of new learning!

Math:  We are onto Unit 4, which now combines all four operations (+-x/) in solving story problems.  We are learning beginning algebra and how fun that can be!

Writing:  We continue to write personal essays and we are learning the formal structure that supports writing a good essay.  Literary essays are the final portion of this unit which we are aiming to get to by the end of this month.

Reading:  In combining our unit of informational reading with our social studies unit on government, it makes for some great classroom discussions on how our government works and why we can have faith in it!  We also get to see how informational writing has different structures used to convey information to the reader.

Science:  Mr. Bowen is teaching away on the Sun, Moon, and Earth unit!  Ask your students about what they are learning and let me know if you have any questions!

Keep up that reading every night and MobyMax fluency practice!  We are seeing great gains in all of our students!  Thanks for sending me such a SUPER-DUPER bunch of KIDS!!

A Final Wrap Up Before Christmas!

christmas-cookies Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!  Have a wonderful, safe holiday!

Just a few things:

Unit 3 Math Test will be started tomorrow (12/20).  We are doing the regular division problems on the test in the morning.  The harder story problems will be reviewed and tested after we get back from our Christmas break.

Science Test in Mrs. H’s Class – will be held off until we get back from break. We will review on the Tuesday we get back and take the test on Weds., Jan 4th.  The same is true for Mrs. Huizenga’s class in my classroom.

Christmas Party tomorrow (12/20) at 2:15!  See you there if you are coming to help with the party!  Please park at Baldwin Middle School if our parking lot is full.  Due to the snow, we have lost some parking.

Wednesday 12/21 is PJ and electronics day!! We have earned it!  So students may bring in their favorite electronics item and they will be locked up when we are not using them, as we have before!  Remind your student that they are solely responsible for their electronic on the bus though, and should not take them out of their backpacks until they get home.

We are also showing Finding Dory as a fun celebration for the whole fourth grade that afternoon!  Finding Dory has been approved by the Dove Family Film Foundation.  If you would like to know more about it, the link is here: .  If you are not ok with your student watching this movie, just let me know and they can sit out with another type of activity.

Have a wonderful Christmas!



Holiday Program Audience Participation!

For the first time ever, we are going to have audience participation for our final song this year!  The students are very excited to share this experience with you, however, in order to be ready to join in on the fun, we are asking families to download this free jingle bell playing app PRIOR to the holiday program on their phones if you will be attending the 3rd-5th grade performance.  THANKS!!

iJingle Bells (John Slater) is available on iPhone

Christmas Jingle Bells (Bytza Entertainmet) is available for Android

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Hudsonville Ski and Snowboard Club!

Hudsonville is opening our Ski and Snowboard Club to elementary schools again this year!  The cards are for Bittersweet Ski Area in Otsego.  This is a great family opportunity for an inexpensive price.  Stop by the office today to get a packet.



Club Card – $16

Lift Ticket – $16

Ski or snowboard rental – $16

Helmet rental – $10


The card is valid after 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  Weekdays (non-holidays), the cards are valid from 10am – 10pm.

Please contact Karman VanderStel with any questions at

A Busy December!

Charlie brownxmasHello Friends and Families!  We have a BUSY two and a half weeks as we count down to Christmas vacation!  Here are a few of the December Highlights for the next weeks ahead!

December Highlights:

Dec. 7 – Penguin Patch Holiday Shop – students will be able to shop for family members and KEEP IT A SECRET!  HA-HA!  Maybe!  Maybe not!

Dec. 13 – Georgetown Holiday Program – at Fair Haven Church, 2900 Baldwin Street Hudsonville.  K – 2nd grade is from 6:30 – 7:00 and 3rd – 5th grade is from 7:45 – 8:15.

Dec. 19 or 20 – TBA – Science Test for Mrs. Huizenga’s class – Students should be bringing home flashcards to study along the way, as they have a couple of important quizzes too!

Dec. 20 – Classroom Holiday Party – our party will be held from 2:15 – 3:15!  We DO NOT exchange gifts between students.  We WILL play some fun games, do a craft, and eat a yummy snack!

Dec. 21 – Electronics/PJ/Popcorn/Movie Day! – These guys have earned it!  They have earned “Living Legend” ten more times because of great behavior, so we are going to celebrate a job well done that day.

Have a blessed holiday with family and friends!


With love, Mrs. Quigley

Annual 5th Grade Candy Cane Sale!!!

The annual 5th grade Candy Cane sale is officially here!
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The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our 5th-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities.
This year the sale runs from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16.    
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!