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
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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!!!!

Are you visiting our blog because you will be in this class next year?

If so, WELCOME!!!

Please take some time to explore all of the pages, posts, and links on our blog. 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.

Summer Learning Ideas…

First Grade Families,

Summer is just around the corner!  If you are looking for some ideas to enhance your child’s summer fun, remember he or she has access to the following activities all summer long…

1. Book Lists – Earlier this week, I sent home a book list with some (easy-to-find) book ideas for your child’s independent and guided reading levels.  Your child should spend 20 minutes reading at home each day.  Plan to build this into your daily routine.  If you are looking for some great series books, we have been loving these characters at school: Mr. Putter & Tabby, Henry & Mudge, Poppleton, Frog & Friends, Zelda & Ivy, Walter & Iris, Young Cam Jansen, Freddy Fernortner, Junie B. Jones, Judy Moody, Jigsaw Jones, and Magic Tree House.

2. Raz-Kids – Continue to read books, listen to stories, and take comprehension quizzes even during the summer!  I have updated your child’s level so it matches the books that are just right for him or her.  Of course, when you have finished one level, you can move right up to the next one!  This is great practice for the Reading Counts program that your child will be starting next year.  Log-in to CLEVER to access Raz-Kids.

3. Moby Max – This website offers a great way to practice the math fact fluency that we have focused on all school year.  A quick 5 minute practice each day is a great way to keep your child’s skills fresh.  There are also games and learning activities in other subject areas.  Have fun exploring!  Log-in to CLEVER to access MobyMax.

4. Math Packets – If you are interesting in working with your child on some problem solving skills, I sent home some math review packets from our units this year for you and your child to work on. These are totally optional, but do offer some great practice with some of our most challenging math skills and strategies. 

Thank you for encouraging your child to keep on learning over the summer! And THANK YOU for a great year of learning and growing together!

Mrs. Smith

Important Notes: Week 38

Our final week of the 2018-2019 school year is here!!!  I can still picture each cute little first grader on the first day of school.  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. 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 3 – Stuffed Animal Day

Please help your child choose a small to medium sized stuffed animal to bring into school to snuggle with.

June 4 – Toy Day

Please send your first grader to school with one of their favorite toys.  We will keep them on our desk and have some extra “play time” throughout the day.  Please keep any violent or electronic toys at home.

June 5 – Beach Day & Outdoor Fun Day!!!

Plan to send your child to school with a beach towel. Other optional ideas include: sunglasses, a hat, flip flops, and/or a sand toy.

June 6 – Movie and PJ Day

June 7 – First Grade Diplomas

June 7 – 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 14 – Report Cards Mailed

Report cards will be sent via mail on June 14 . 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!!!

Math Update!

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!!!

Important Notes: Week 37

THANK YOU so much to all the moms, dads, grandpas, grandmas, brothers, sisters, and aunts 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 stay warm in the cool weather!!  The kids loved sharing about all the animals they saw and their favorite parts of the day.

May 27 – Memorial Day: No School

 

 June 1 – Talent Show

The 4th & 5th graders are performing.  We get to watch the show in the morning!

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!

Happy Memorial Day!!!

Learning Update!

Reading:

We have had so much fun practicing with some of our higher level comprehension books that force the kids to figure out tricky vocabulary words and really infer beyond the text to understand the story.

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We read the book The Stranger (Chris Van Allsburg).  This story really puts the kids to the test to see if they can be careful to pay attention to all the small details that are on each page and put them all together to figure out who the stranger is.  We stopped on each page to check for understanding about the WHO? and WHAT? and by the end, the kids were so proud of all the thinking they were doing to figure out who this stranger really was.

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We spent time reading the book The Sweetest Fig, by Chris VanAllsburg.  The kids shared so many questions and connections, it was easy to see the thinking they were doing in order to figure out what was happening in this story.  We had lots of vocabulary questions to figure out in this book, because it takes place in France.

Writing:

This week during writing, the first graders took their last writing assessment. 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. The 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:

We moved into measurement, this week. 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).

Important Notes: Week 36

I can’t believe we are just 3 weeks away from the end of the school year!!!  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 bubblesLARGE bubble wands (Dollar Tree), or popsicles to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks.  We will hold our celebration on Wednesday, June 5th, so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day.

May 20 – Zoo Field Trip

We will leave school around 9:30 and meet our chaperones at the zoo @ 9:50ish.  Remember to dress your child for the outdoors, apply sunscreen, and send your child’s sack lunch to school (use the 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 school around 1:15ish.  We can’t wait!!!

May 21 – 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 21-24 – 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 24 – Red, White, & Blue Day!!!

Wear your USA colors to school.

May 27 – 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.

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 bubblesLARGE bubble wands (Dollar Tree), or popsicles to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks.  We will hold our celebration on Wednesday, June 5th, so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day.