Supply List

I am so excited to be your child’s teacher next year!  I know that back to school sales will be coming soon and if you are as eager as I am to catch all the good deals, check out the list below to see what your first grader will need for this coming year.  I will provide most of the essentials, but we need some help!

 

 

Summer Learning!

Keep On Learning With Reading & Mobymax

 

Dear Parents,

 

Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.   Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

 

Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

 

Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

 

    • Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week.

 

  • Login will be username@hpsstudents.net

 

 

If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

 

Have a great summer…and keep on learning with READING and MOBYMAX!

Box Tops & Coke Caps!

COLLECT BOX TOPS & COKE CAPS

Did you know that every BOXTOP and every COKE CAP collected earns money for our school?   This summer we would like you to work hard to collect both. The money we earn will go toward a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

 

BOXTOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 570) fills  one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU! Download your form here:  Summer Box Tops

 

COKE CAPS:  Super easy. Save the caps and go online to enter collection!  COKE WEBSITE  (https://us.coca-cola.com/give/)   Select Georgetown Elementary and enter the code on the cap.   Now you can recycle the cap. No need to send it to school.

Welcome to First Grade!!

Welcome to First Grade in Room 102. I am so excited you are here and can’t wait to meet you! Please take some time to explore all of the pages, posts, and links on our blog. I am in the process of updating information and links as well as calendars for next year. While you are looking around, be sure to sign up for email updates by filling in your e-mail address in the subscribe by e-mail rectangle located on the upper right-hand column. Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, special events, pictures, curriculum, assessments, and so much more. A school supply list will be posted on July 1. Later in the summer, I will provide information on the blog about the August open house.

Also, remember to sign up for email updates on the Georgetown School Blog.  The school blog will provide updates all summer long about school wide events and important details about open houses and calendar dates.
Enjoy your summer and I can’t wait to meet you all!!

Look Ahead…

Our final week of the 2017-2018 school year is here!!!  I can still picture each cute little first grader when I met each one of them at Open House.  It is hard to believe that 37 weeks of being nice, working hard and learning well have passed.  In celebration of our amazing journey this year, we will be enjoying fun activities each day this week just like last week.  We will also be working on a special Memory Book all week as we take a look back at our favorite events and learning from the year!

June 4 – Autograph Day with Fancy Pens

June 5 – Twin Day

June 6 – Outdoor Fun Day!!!

Send in beach towels, sunglasses, and don’t forget to apply sun tan lotion before school!!  Thank you for all the donations that have been sent in over the past few weeks!!!

June 7 – Movie Day

June 8 – Classroom Awards

June 8 – Last Day of School & Early Release Day

Students are dismissed from school at 12:15.  (Sack lunches can be ordered through Food Service and will be sent home with your child.  Please make sure your child knows if he or she needs to order a sack lunch.)

June 15 – Report Cards E-mailed

Report cards will be sent via e-mail on June 15 @ 4:00 PM. Information about your child’s second grade teacher will be on the comments page. Class lists will not be posted due to confidentiality.

It is going to be a great week!!!

Don’t forget to continue to empty and send backpacks and blue folders right up until the last day of school. Lots of goodies are still being sent home. Thank you!!!

Looking Ahead…

THANK YOU so much to all the moms, dads, grandpas and grandmas that came with us to the zoo last Monday!!!  We had a great time touring the zoo, ate a delicious picnic lunch, and managed to avoid most of the heavy rain!!  The kids loved sharing about all the animals they saw and their favorite parts of the day. 🙂

We will be enjoying some, fun themed days over the next two weeks.  I will send an e-mail the day before if something special from home is needed at school.  Thank you for your help!

May 28 – Memorial Day: No School

May 29 – Free Sit and No Shoes Day

Send your child to school in their shoes, but we will take them off and let our feet relax in the classroom.

May 30 – Hat/Crazy Hair Day

May 31 – Sports Day

June 1 – Toy Day

June 1 – Talent Show

The 3rd-5th graders are performing.  We get to watch the afternoon show!

Please make sure your child continues to come to school with their blue folder and backpack. A lot of materials, creations, and goodies will be coming home over the next two weeks.  It is hard to believe that our year is almost done – only 8.5 more days!

One last note, I have received some chalk and bubbles donations so far (Thank you, Thank you!!).  If you have not donated anything yet, please consider the larger bottles of bubbles!! Feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day.  Thanks so much!

Learning Update!

Writing:

This week during Writers Workshop, first graders took their last writing assessment. Thank you for all your help with brainstorming a character, problem, and solution with your child this week. They have done amazing with making sure to write a realistic story with lots of details! We also took some time to pass back all of the writing assessments and celebrations from the beginning of the year and put them into a book. First graders had so much fun looking at their writing from the very first day of school. They have grown SO much this year as writers! Look for this special keepsake in the next couple of weeks! We will spend the last weeks of school reviewing and practicing all the different kinds of writing we have learned this year.

Math:

This week, we took our Unit 7 assessment – our first graders did great!!!

We started working on adding two 2-digit numbers together. We introduced a strategy called New Ten Above. ​

Our goal is to understand that sometimes when we add two-digit numbers – we make a new ten!!!

Reading:

This week our readers learned that when you love a book you recommend it to others!  In order to recommend a book, we should be able to introduce the characters, setting, and retell the story.  Sharing these details gets our friends excited about trying out the books we love to read.

For the reminder of the year, I will be recommending some of my favorite books to our class.  We will enjoy some new chapter books series and picture books that I love.  I want your child to be excited to continue reading through the summer!  Look for some books lists, with books at your child’s just right level, to come home next week.  To keep your child’s skills fresh, reading everyday over the summer will be essential!  Our school library will also be open on Tuesdays from 10-12 in June and July!

Looking Ahead…

We had so much fun celebrating our realistic fiction writing this past week!  Mrs. Stutz’s class came to visit.  We loved showing off our writing and reading skills with a kindergarten buddy!

Thank you so much for reading our Friday Letters each week and writing letters back to your child.  We enjoyed looking back through all the letters in our books on Friday.  What a great artifact to hold on to from our year!  We hope you enjoy them too! 🙂

May 21 – Zoo Field Trip

We will leave school around 9:40 and meet our chaperones at the zoo @ 10:00ish.  Remember to dress your child for the outdoors, apply sunscreen, and send your child’s sack lunch to school (use a paper bag labeled with his/her name, if possible).  We will tour the zoo, eat our lunch, play on the playground, and head back to around 1:15ish.  We can’t wait!!!

May 22-25 – Realistic Fiction Writing Post Assessment

Our class will be writing our last realistic fiction book this week.  I will use this piece of writing to assess each child’s understanding of writing narrative books.  If you are able, before school on Tuesday, brainstorm with your child about a character, setting, and trouble they would like to imagine for their story and check in with your child about how their writing is going throughout the week.  I can’t wait to read these amazing books!!!

 

May 23 – Spelling Assessment

We will take one last spelling assessment over our 35 “no excuse” spelling words.

May 23 – Math Assessment

May 25 – LAST LIBRARY DAY!!!

Please send your child’s book back to school.  We will head down to the library to turn our books in and listen to one more story from Mrs. Vandenberg.

May 25 – Red, White, & Blue Day!!!

Wear your USA colors to school.

May 28 – No School: Memorial Day

We will be wrapping up with a lot of assessments this week and next week, it’s hard to pinpoint the date for each, but when I can I will add it to our schedule.  Make sure your child gets a good nights sleep, eats a yummy breakfast, and has two healthy snack to eat during our school day.

Learning Update!

Math:

We continued to study shapes during our math time this week.  We started the week combining triangles, rectangles and squares to form new shapes.  We learned about: rhombuses, trapezoids, parallelograms, and hexagons.  We also found that we could combine and transpose our shapes to create patterns.

Later in the week we began exploring with 3-dimensional shapes! We touched on the following shapes…

We learned about the attributes of each of these shapes.  We also briefly discussed how these 3-D shapes compare to the 2-D shapes. For example: the 3-D sphere is just like a 2-D circle and the 3-D rectangular prism is just like a 2-D rectangle.  We combined different shapes together to create new shapes and also tried to break large shapes apart into smaller ones.

Then, we moved into measurement. We discussed how in the old days before rulers were invented, people used to use their body parts to measure objects.  This kids couldn’t believe this was true and brought up a very big problem… our feet and fingers are different sizes!  We realized that when we use a common unit – like a paperclip – we all get the same results.  To test this theory, we used paperclips to measure various things in our math book and around the room.

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We also introduced the word “length” and talked about how to line up measurement tools properly to get the most accurate measurement.  We compared lengths of objects from shortest to longest and longest to shortest (1, 2, 3).

Reading:

Our first grade readers continued to work on discovering the lessons that our characters can learn in some of our favorite picture books.

As we talked more and more about the “big ideas” from our stories, we noticed some similarities and differences between our books.  We tried to really dig deep and make connections between the same lesson and trouble.  Sometimes, our characters experienced the same trouble, but the lessons that they learned were different.

At the end of the week, we reorganized part of our classroom library and grouped many of our favorite books together by the lessons they teach: believe in yourself, speak up, be polite, stay with the group, etc.  Then, we were able to pick books to read from these piles already knowing the lessons the characters (and ourselves) were going to learn.  We can’t wait to read more books and learn more lessons from so many amazing characters!

Writing:

This was our final week of writing realistic fiction. We finished up any stories that were not done at the beginning of the week. Then we picked our very best piece that had everything from our checklist that we worked on last week. We spent some time rereading, editing, and looking at our punctuation to make sure we were ready to celebrate our stories. Finally, we each wrote an “About the Author” piece where first graders shared important and interesting facts about themselves with their readers. Once we created a cover for our stories, we celebrated by inviting a kindergarten class to come listen to our stories! We have had a blast creating realistic fiction stories. First graders are so creative and the voice and personality they add to their stories makes it so much fun. Next week, we will be writing our final writing assessment for the year! You can help your first grader brainstorm a real problem and solution for their story this week!

Bubbles and Chalk Day!!

Every year, we look forward to celebrating the end of the year together outside with bubblessidewalk chalkpopsicles, and fun!  We are all stocked up on FUN, but…we would LOVE if you would add bubbles, LARGE bubble wands (Dollar Tree), or popsicles to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks.  We hold our celebration on the Wednesday, June 6th, so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day.