Coloring Page

Today your child should be bringing home a coloring page. This is a fun event the city of Hudsonville puts on. If your child would like to do it, they just need to color the page the best they can and turn it in back to school by October 21. It is not required but there will be winners from each grade. All art work will be displayed throughout the town.

Math scores

On Friday we took our first Math Quick Quiz.  After each “Big Idea” we take an assessment that helps build the grade for the report card.

Attached to your child’s Quick Quiz is a grading sheet that says: Unit 1:  Quick Quiz #1

_________ I can fluently add and subtract within 20

_________ I can identify odd and even numbers.

I will put a 1,2 or 3 on the lines.

1- below basic expectations

2- basic and inconsistent understanding of knowledge and skills.

3-proficient: solid, consistent performance of knowledge and skills.

*The goal is a 3! If your child receives a 1 or a 2 on the grading sheet, know that we will continue to work on that standard with your child.  We ask that you will work with your child as well.

**There will be a Unit test that will cover those same standards in the near future…. so with all of us working together, I am sure we will have success!

:::Supply List:::

Happy Summer!!!!   As the back to school ads come out, our class supply list hopefully will allow you plenty of time to get your child ready for second grade and maybe find a GREAT deal! :).

Here is the suggested list of materials your child will need for second grade:

*  1″ Binder with pockets in the inside cover

* Composition Book, wide ruled

* 4 Dry Erase Markers labeled with your child’s name 

*  1 Pencil box

*  Sticky Notes

* Markers or Colored Pencils

* 2 Glue Sticks

* A pair of blunt child’s scissors labeled with your child’s name

* A clean pair of tennis shoes for gym (they don’t have to be new)

* A pair of earbuds to be used with our classroom ipods.  Please put your child’s name on the headphones/earbuds (a piece of tape on the cord works well).

* TWO containers of disinfecting wipes

* A box of Kleenex

*1 game (to keep at school for the school year) your child can teach the rest of the class how to play during indoor recesses.  It can be returned at the end of the year.  Please write your child’s name on the box or bag.

Here are some other supplies that we use quite a bit within our classroom and would appreciate any donations.  These same items will be posted on our giving tree as we get closer to the fall as well.

* Antibacterial Wipes

* Kleenex

* Dry Erase Markers (We use these EVERYDAY :))

* Red ink pens

* Gallon Size Ziplocs

* Sandwich Size Ziplocs

* Sidewalk Chalk

* Band Aids

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Summer Learning!

Have 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

Happy July! :)

2nd Grade Celebrations!

Where has this year gone?  These children have become family, and I love them all so dearly!    We have studied content:  addition, subtraction, word problems, telling time, reading and writing non fiction, but I hope that through it all your child has gained confidence, a feeling of self worth, respect for others and knowledge of just how special they are!

Thank you for your support this year through donations, party planning, crowd control, field trip chaperones and homework. But most of all, THANK YOU for trusting me with your precious little gifts, they will always have a special place in my heart and have been an incredible blessing to me!   I considered it an honor and privilege to work with these kids every day…. I love them to pieces and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.  Have a wonderful summer and please stay in touch! :)



Dear Parents,   


Mobymax is an online learning tool that Georgetown utilizes to support math facts, math skills, reading, and much more.  Mobymax can be used on a laptop, desktop, tablet/ipad or smartphone.


LOGIN Instructions for LAPTOP or home computer:

Open browser (safari, firefox or google chrome.  Type one of the following into the browser address bar:

  1. Go to
  2. Go to and enter mi1457 in for the school code.
  3.  Go  to and select Georgetown Elementary — scroll to Hudsonville, MI.
  4.  Go to the blog and click on the MOBYMAX whale.


LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS for tablets/smartphones:

  1. Open safari
  2. Type in the URL address bar.
  3. Select student.  Type mi1457 into the school code box.
  4. Click the “Action Icon.” This is the box with the arrow icon pointing up at the bottom of the window.
  5. Click “Add to Home Screen.” This is a grey square icon with plus sign.
  6. Enter the name “MobyMax” and click “Add.”
  7. A MobyMax icon will now appear on your home screen.


Once you are onto the MOBYMAX site, there are three view options that pop up.

  • Star: Incentives, goals that MOBYMAX is offering.
  • Books: Learning Area (Number Sense, Fact Fluency, Reading Trio, etc.)
  • Arrow:  Progress icon (purple), Messages from the teacher, Vibes – good messages from the teacher, etc.


FACT FLUENCY:   First time on, each child takes a placement test.  Addition is the first fact to be tested and mastered, followed by subtraction, followed by multiplication and then division.  Each child should spend 5 minutes a day on MATH FACT practice.


  • Each fact appears for six seconds.
  • If the right answer is entered, a new problem appears.
  • If the wrong answer is entered, time is allowed for a correction.
  • The five minute fact test is broken into 5 one minute sprints.
  • At the end of each sprint, a progress update is provided.
  • Overall progress can be checked via the PROGRESS ICON.

Green = mastered.  Yellow = Tricky Fact.

Reading Lessons:  MOBYMAX also has an reading modules that work together to reinforce reading skills.   Your child’s teacher will tell you which area should be the focus for your child.


Content Lessons:  MOBYMAX also has other learning modules for your child to keep active as a learner over the summer.


Non-Fiction in the Sun!

We took advantage of the beautiful weather today to take our non-fiction books outside! These readers have been practicing with non-fiction books to learn and share new facts with friends. They have learned the different text features: headings, table of contents, captions, diagrams… and have learned how to “prove” what they learned by showing a friend where they found the information. We practice skimming and scanning today. The kids learned how to look for certain things on a page before they read it to give them a better idea about the information they would be reading.

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