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Outstanding Student

We have another OUTSTANDING STUDENT!  Kingston was chosen because of the good choices he makes here at Georgetown Elementary!

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Twin Day

Here are some pictures of our “twins” and “triplets” from today.

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Updates from Room 201

We are back at it again. . .learning, growing, and developing!  I trust that you all had some quality time together over our two week break.  I know I enjoyed the downtime and now look forward to growing and reaching new goals during these next few months.

Goals:  Students came home with a goal sheet yesterday.  I wanted them to think about what goals they wanted to accomplish between now and spring break.  The goal sheet will also have the numbers they need to practice for the next math dash for Friday!

Math:  We are starting a new unit on place value which will lead us into three digit addition and subtraction.  A two digit addition and subtraction sheet will come home today that students did before the break.  Almost everyone got a 3, for full understanding.  A few students just need a quick refresher.  This is encouraging and I am hopeful for a little easier math unit than our last one on elapsed time.  Unit 3 math tests will be sent home this week.

Writing:  We are publishing our informational writing pieces this week.  Students are working hard on detailed, informative paragraphs with pictures, diagrams, bold words, and other text features that we have learned.  Next, we will head back to narrative writing!

Reading:  We have been reading many informational books during reading time.  Some of the students really enjoy learning and digging into new information.  Some like a good story with characters and a problem/solution.  Since we coincide our reading and writing units as much as possible, our next reading unit will be fictional books in a series.  I will place students into book clubs and they will read two books in a series.  They will talk with their book club about character connections and relationships between the two books.

Social Studies:  We continue studying the history of Michigan.  Our read aloud is called Traders in Time by a Michigan author named, Janie Panagopoulos.  This is a great story begins in Grand Haven, Michigan and eventually travels back in time to fur traders.  It brings to life the sights, smells, and drama that took place along the shores of Lake Michigan and at Fort Mackinac in the later 1700s.

Twin Thursday!  The students have won another award. . .and their choice for achieving the goal?  Twin Day!  They can chose any person in class or in school to plan to dress as their “twin” for the day.

Early Release Friday!  Please remember Friday is an early release.  If your child would like a sack lunch, will you please email me to let me know.  Thank you!

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Polar Express Party

Click here to see pictures to the Polar Express Party!

Holidays are meant for gathering and being with family and friends.  This party allows all of the 3rd graders to get together and enjoy it together!  So a very special thank you goes out to all of the parents who donated items and came in to help run stations at the party.  We clearly could not do this without you!  

Merry Christmas!

 

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OUTSTANDING STUDENT

Bella got an Outstanding Student Award for making good choices and doing the right thing!  Great job Bella!!!

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Clothing Attire for Thursday and Friday

Tomorrow is our Polar Express Party!  And everyone knows that kids board the Polar Express in their PJs!!!  All 3rd graders can wear their PJs tomorrow.

On Friday we would like to have kids wear holiday attire, for example, red and green, fun holiday socks, hats, necklaces, etc.  Let’s get decked out!

Happy Holidays!

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Reminders for next week. . .

Next week is a big week here at school!  We have parties, crafts, and a MATH TEST!!!  

If your child did not bring in their box to collect their presents, please find time to make it over the weekend.  On Monday we will start loading them up with presents! 🙂 Please see the blog post titled, “Polar Express Holiday Party” for more details.

Our Polar Express Christmas Party is on Thursday from 9:00 – 10:30 in the lunchroom.  If you are signed up to send in supplies, please do so by Wednesday.  If you are signed up to help at a station, please come to school at 8:30.

Our unit 3 math test on measurement, elapsed time, and graphing will be on Thursday.  We will finish the unit on Monday and then spend two days reviewing.

There will be NO HOMEWORK and no spelling test next week.  We will be doing other word work activities with Christmas words.

 

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Artsonia Artist

A special Georgetown artist needs your vote!
Third grade artist Bradley has been selected as a finalist for this week’s “Artist of the Week” award for the PreK-3rd age group on ARTSONIA, our on-line artist gallery.  The finalist who receives the most online votes between now and Saturday December 16 will be selected as the The “Artist of the Week”.
The “Artist of the Week” will be featured on the Artsonia homepage and will receive a commemorative plaque from Artsonia.  In addition, Blick Art Materials has generously donated $100 gift certificates to the winning schools and $50 to the winning artists.
To view the finalists and cast your vote, simply click on the link below.  Voting is limited to one vote per computer per day – please vote for Bradley, screen name Bradely3280!

http://www.artsonia.com/aotw/vote/teacher/59820373

Inline image 1 Bradley’s Artsonia Masterpiece
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Holiday Program Details

Our week will end with an ALL SCHOOL PJ DAY on Friday.  It will be a perfect day for us to be cozy, warm and slightly sleepy following our late night on Thursday.

 

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Updates from Room 201

Santa’s Secret Shop

We visit the Santa’s Secret Shop on Tuesday.  If you are making out a check, please make it payable to Georgetown PTC.

Polar Express Holiday Party

A note is coming home today about the Polar Express and class gifts that we will be exchanging.  We have 26 students in our class.

All of the spots have been filled to send in donations and for volunteers to help at the party.  Thank you to everyone who is willing to help and send in supplies.  If you were not able to sign up because the spots were filled, please come any way. We can always use extra hands.

We start singing in the hallways about 9:05 and then we will head in to the cafeteria for our party.  Our party will end about 10:30 so we can make it to our special on time.

Holiday Concert

Our Holiday Concert is on December 14.  K-2nd grades perform from 6:30-7:15.  3rd – 5th grades perform from 7:30-8:15.  More details will come home soon.

Star Student Lunch

Parents have asked if it’s required for them to bring lunch to their student when they are the start student.  The answer is a simple, no!  I have never had parents bring their child a lunch during our star student lunch until this year!  (lol)  As the students have gotten wind of Subway, Pizza, etc. being delivered, some of them have been telling their parents that it is a “requirement” to bring lunch.  Since the trend has been set, it is up to you and your child if you want to send in lunch when they are the start student.  However, the purpose of this time together is for the “star” and a friend of their choice to have lunch with me in a quiet environment so we can get to know each other better.

 

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