Early Release

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday Oct 14 is an early dismissal day. The kids will be out at 12:15. If your child is a car rider, please be at school at 12:10 for pick up.

The kids do not eat lunch at school on early dismissal days. Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days this school year for children to order and take with them to their destination. The cost will be $2.25. Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

Hope you are having a great week!

Reading Counts Quiz

On Monday, your child will be coming home with a Reading Counts book ( similar to WEB reading last year if you were at Georgetown). Each child will select a GOOD FIT book within their independent reading level to take home and read.   Reading Counts is a reading incentive program (separate from our curriculum) that promotes good reading habits and also rewards children for their efforts. Please see the following link for more information READING COUNTS. Here is how we use Reading Counts at Georgetown.

1. Students independent reading levels are determined through teacher assessments. Levels will be similar to last year (within a level or two).

2. Each child is given a goal number of points to achieve during the semester based on their reading level. Each book has an assigned point value which can be found on the inside cover of the book.

3. Students select a book at their reading level and read it at home and/or at school. Books are labeled with reading levels A – Z on the spine of the book.

4. When children are finished with the book they sign up to take a RC comprehension quiz on the computer for that particular book here at school.  (RAZ-kids can be done at home, Reading Counts tests have to be taken at school)

5. If the quiz is passed ( 8/10 questions answered correctly), then another book is checked out. If the quiz is not passed, students take the book home again and reread or select a new book from the library.

6. At the end of the semester (mid Jan), students who have met their goal receive a prize and a ticket into our end of the year BIG prize drawing. Last year it was an Ipad Mini and Target gift cards….YEAH!

Please check your child’s book bag for his/her first book!

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 aray@hpseagles.net.

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 jvandenb@hpseagles.net.

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! :)