Friday was my first early release day and man do those days fly! We spent our Friday working on Social Studies and learning about maps. We used Google Earth to find our school on the map, starting from way out in space. We also created our own projects starting with us, and our house (keep practicing addresses!), and moving to our city, state, country, and finally world. It was great to hear the kids talk about other states they have been to, and what they know about other places in the world.
Last week, we learned two strategies for how to solve two digit subtraction equations. This is a crucial skill in second grade and also something that simply takes practice to develop. The children were amazing and worked so hard! Here is an explanation of the methods that we will be using (you may want to keep handy for upcoming homework :))
We are welcoming 2017 in with series book clubs. Each student is part of a series book club with other friends. We will be focusing on noticing patterns while we read about the character’s traits, the problems in the story and the lessons that were learned by the characters. This requires our readers to jot sticky notes while they are independently reading so that they are prepared to share for their club conservation. Children will begin to notice patterns within a series of books, get connected to the characters and hopefully feel inspired to read them all :).
This week, we started a new unit in math that includes counting money using pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars. Each day our second graders were handling money, identifying coins, and adding them up.
It would be great to practice counting money at home by identifying the coins, identifying the values, separating into groups of similar coins and counting the total amounts (less than $2.00). The more practice and handling of actual money will help children make a connection between coins and their values.
Here is a parent letter that describes our study of money:
I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks for allowing me to work with your wonderful children! I had an amazing experience and learned SO much. I appreciate your patience with me as well, this was a big learning curve for me. I absolutely enjoyed every minute of my time here. I had an AMAZING class to work with! Your kids are great!
Have a Merry Christmas!
December 13, 2016
Fair Haven Church
6:30 – 7:00 K-2nd
(Students report at 6:15)
7:45 – 8:15 3rd-5th
(Students report at 7:30)
Fair Haven Ministries is located down the road from Georgetown Elementary at the corner of Baldwin Street and 28th Ave.
What time do students need to be at the church?
Students need to report to their assigned classroom 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.
It is very important not to be late so teachers have enough time to line students up in their riser orders, pass out props and make sure everyone who has a special part is accounted for. Please do not send your child to the classroom unsupervised or prior to their scheduled time.
Where does my child need to go when they get to the church?
There will be signs at the church directing you to your child’s classroom.
Below are the room assignments by grade:
K – Family Life Center
1st – 100 Wing
2nd – 400 Middle
3rd – 100 Wing
4th – 400 Middle
5th – Family Life Center
How long will the program be?
Each group will perform for about 30 minutes. There will be 45 minutes between the two programs for K-2nd grade students to leave and upper elementary students to arrive for the next program.
What order are the grades singing?
The grades are singing in order of age: Kindergarten perform first, then 1st/2nd grade, then 3rd grade and finally 4th/5th grade.
Can we save seats prior to the program?
No. The only reserved seats will be for the directors, videographers, and teachers.
Doors will open at 5:30 and seating is first come first served.
PLEASE be respectful and courteous to other families. Everyone wants a good seat and we will do our best to fit everyone into the auditorium. Please try to keep young children on your laps and not to take up unnecessary seats in order to leave more space for others.
Is food or drink allowed in the church?
No food or drink is allowed in the church. This is strictly enforced.
We are so gracious to Fair Haven for allowing us to rent their facility and we need to abide by their rules.
Do the students need to wear anything special?
No. Most students love to dress up and will wear special Christmas dresses or “Sunday best”, but there is no requirement.
The exception to this is if your child has a special part. Some parts require special costumes. Many costumes are provided, but some may have to be brought from home. If your child has a special part, they should have brought home a “congratulations” letter that would say if they need to wear or bring anything special. Please note that if your child has a special part that requires a costume, they will NOT have time to change in between songs and will need to wear their costume for the entire performance.
The annual 5th grade Candy Cane sale is officially here!
We will honor this day and all the veterans by wearing RED WHITE AND BLUE.
Check out the Georgetown blog for more facts about Veteran’s Day.
Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday Nov 4 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.
It is also a school wide pajama day!
Hope you are having a great week!
Hudsonville’s mayor Mark Northrup came to visit the second graders of Georgetown Elementary. We learned about our local government, the mayor’s job and how city council and commissioners vote to approve or deny proposals in our community.
Mayor Mark selected city commissioners here at Georgetown to help him vote on certain topics that are being discussed currently in our local government. Children were given the opportunity to speak to the Georgetown council about why they disagree or agree with the proposed solution or topic. Topics included a new senior citizen building, building a new Veteran’s park, keeping dogs on leashes and a snow shoveling policy. The children enjoyed being part of the process of how ordinances and laws are passed in our community. We definitely learned how government works to keep our communities safe.