Week Eight Highlights

Just for Parents: 

  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot!

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “If you can’t think of anything nice to say, you’re not thinking hard enough.” This week’s quote went to SIDNEY who is always encouraging other people and only speaks sweetly to the friends in our class!
  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!    

Our Learning:

  • Writing – On Monday we got to celebrate all of the hard work that students have been putting into their small moment stories! We had a ceremony to put these published stories into our classroom’s library. Students are now learning how to write How-To stories!    
  • Word Study – We started the week by practicing our handwriting. Then the Super Secret Detective Agency called our classroom and asked us to start investigating the case of the silent e! We are studying words such as bake, cape, made, and have. 
  • Reading – Our detective skills transfer over to reading, where we practiced stopping when there is a problem and really looking closely at tricky words!
  • Math – This week was a little more challenging in math as we practiced subtraction. Students are learning how to draw pictures and cross out part of the picture when solving “take-away” problems. We got to practice our subtraction skills with our fourth-grade buddies on Friday!    
  • Social/Emotional – This week our kiddos learned about growth vs. fixed mindset. It was AWESOME to hear students practice sentences such as, “I am going to keep trying!” or “Mistakes are okay!” instead of “This is too hard so I give up.”
  • Mystery Reader – We had a very special mystery reader this week…Mrs. Raisch! Students loved meeting her and were amazed when she showed them pictures of Miss Raisch when she was little, and even shared Miss Raisch’s 1st grade writing!

 


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 21 – STEAM
  • Tuesday, October 22 – Music
  • Wednesday, October 23 – PE
  • Thursday, October 24 – Art
  • Friday, October 25 – Library, STEAM

Week Seven Highlights

Just for Parents:

  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot!
  • The fall party is coming up and we still have one open slot for a parent to lead a game! I would love for this to be filled in within the next few days 🙂 Here is the sign-up link for the party: Fall Party. If you are helping at the party, please make sure to fill out the background check found under the Classroom Support tab on the blog.

Celebrations:

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Be yourself, because everyone else is already taken.” This week’s quote went to JAYCE who is always himself and does not worry about what other people think about him!
  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

  


Our Learning:

  • Writing – After working so hard on narrative writing the past few weeks, we have been spending the last few days putting the finishing touches on our favorite writing piece! Students are revising, editing, and coloring their books!
  • Word Study – We learned how to make new words from itty, bitty snap words (ex. hat from at). Students discovered “smoothie sounds” in words as well, such as sm, th, br. On Friday we had a graduation ceremony where students earned a special certificate and our stuffed animal Rasheed brought us a book as a gift to read!

      

  • Reading – We reviewed all of the amazing habits we have learned over unit one and spent a lot of time practicing great partner reading.
  • Math – In addition, students discovered the new strategy of counting on and practiced this through a fun number game! Count On taught us that we always look for the biggest number to start!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 14 – STEAM
  • Tuesday, October 15 – Music
  • Wednesday, October 16 – PE
  • Thursday, October 17 – Art
  • Friday, October 18 – Art (Yes, 2 days in a row!), Early Release, Popcorn Friday

Week 6 Highlights

Just for Parents: 

  • If you are a baggie book helper, I am automatically signing you up every week for a volunteer slot. If you are providing additional help, then please sign yourself up since these slots change every week. I have also included a slot for take-home helper, where I would send home papers to cut out or sort or prep at night and you would sent it back the next morning. The link to the schedule can be found here: Volunteer Schedule. Thank you!
  • Culver’s Night is tomorrow, October 7th! The event runs from 5-8pm, and I will be there serving from 5-6pm. I look forward to seeing you there!

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” This week’s quote went to COLTON who is always trying to be a great friend to others, especially when they are hurting! 
  • First Grade Family Time – The cafeteria was not available for Family Time on Friday, so we held a special ceremony in our classroom this week to celebrate awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week’s family time.
  • Star Prize – Our class earned 16 stars this week and had SO much fun with our stuffed animals to celebrate on Friday!

Our Learning: 

  • Writing – This week we learned how to look at the writing of other authors and try to use their strategies in our own work! Students did a great job adding ellipses, exact actions, and POP-OUT WORDS into their stories!                  
  • Word Study – This week we learned how to make a word a snap word! These are words that we can write or read without thinking too much about them. We wrote a letter to Mrs. Reagan to practice using some of these words!
  • Reading – This week we focused on partner reading and how we can cheer on our partners, introduce our books to them, and help them practice great reading habits!
  • Math – We are continuing to learn new strategies for addition, such as drawing a picture and counting on. Students did great on their first math quiz of the unit!  

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, October 7 – Art, Culver’s Night!
  • Tuesday, October 8 – STEAM
  • Wednesday, October 9 – Music
  • Thursday, October 10 – PE
  • Friday, October 11 – Library, Art

Week Five Highlights

Notes for Parents: 

  • Our classroom is participating in the BOOK IT! program again this year to help encourage reading. Your child will be bringing home a Pizza Hut Book It calendar with a reading goal on it beginning October 1. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar. At the end of the month, please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. This program runs from October through March. HAPPY READING!
  • Thank you so much to the parents that have helped out with baggie books, walk-a-thon, and other classroom tasks so far. I am SO grateful for each one of you! Here is this week’s sign-up for volunteer help: Miss Raisch’s Volunteers

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – Each week, our class learns about a new quote and spends the whole week trying to embody that quote. At the end of the week, Miss Raisch awards a friend from our class who really shined with that quote’s energy throughout the week. This week’s quote went to BRODY for always trying his very best!

  • First Grade Family Time – Every Friday, all of the first graders at Georgetown get together for a little assembly! At the assembly, we celebrate our learning, give awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week’s family time.

Our Learning: 

  • Reading – We are learning strategies for reading tricky words! Students can look at pictures, break the word into chunks, or look for other words inside of tricky words. We also practiced encouraging our reading partners when reading seems difficult!
  • Writing – We learned how to bring our stories to life! Students got to act out their writing pieces and see how characters speak, act, think, and feel in our stories.
  • Word Study – In our Rug Club groups, we learned how to study a word and about the h-brothers (th, ch, wh, sh). We also learned about the different sounds that vowels can make.
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  • Math – Our kiddos took their first math test this week and did an amazing job! We began Unit 2 by exploring different addition strategies.

Walk-a-Thon

Walk-a-Thon was a huge success! The kiddos loved supporting our school by walking laps and playing fun games along the way. Watching the high school pep band and practicing some Hudsonville cheers were also highlights of our Friday morning. Thank you for how you and your friends/family played a role in supporting Georgetown Elementary through your generous fundraising! Here are a few pictures from Friday:

       


Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, September 30 – PE
  • Tuesday, October 1 – Art
  • Wednesday, October 2 – STEAM
  • Thursday, October 3 – Music
  • Friday, October 4 – PE, Library
  • Monday, October 7 – Culver’s Night – Miss Raisch will be at Culver’s from 5-6pm!

Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot registration is now open! If your child is interested in participating in the event, you can sign up at this link: Turkey Trot Sign Up.

I will be there cheering on our students and would LOVE to support your kiddo in this way! Here are the details about this exciting event:

  • Race location:  Eagle Stadium on the Baldwin MS Campus.
  • Race DateOctober 29, 2019
  • Race Time:  Races begin at 5:00 PM.  Gates open at 4:30 PM.
  • Race Information: The Turkey Trot is designed for elementary school children but we will have one additional race for grades 6-12.
  • Entry Fee:  $6.00 Per Person
  • Prizes: Turkeys, Apple Cider and Pumpkins.
  • Individual Race Groups: PK-2nd Less than ¼ mile.  Grades 3-5 Less than a mile.  Grades 6-12 less than a mile. If your child needs special accommodations, please let your PE teacher know.
  • Entry Deadline:  Monday, October 9, 2019
  • Late Registration:  On race day, late registration and additional shirts will be available at the late registration table near the stadium entrance.
  • Severe Weather:  In the case of severe weather and cancellation, the Turkey Trot will not be rescheduled.

If you have any questions, reach out to me or one of the PE teachers at TNienhui@hpseagles.net or mvankoev@hpseagles.net

Week Four Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • This week is SPIRIT WEEK! See the Upcoming Dates section down below for details on what your kiddo can wear each day! The week concludes with the Walkathon. Please have your child bring in any donations before Friday, September 27th. If you would like to walk with your child at the walkathon, our class’ time slot is from 9:45-10:30am. 
  • Scholastic book orders are also due by Friday, September 27th! Please email me if you have any questions about this process.
  • I love having volunteers in our classroom! Every week, I will share a Google Document with our current volunteer schedule. Please feel free to sign up for an open slot here: Miss Raisch’s Volunteers! Thank you in advance:)
  • Your child came home with a Take-Home book bag on Friday! Please read the enclosed book each night and return the bag to school EVERY day so your first grader can swap out his/her book.
  • Picture Day is this Thursday, September 26. Please return your picture day order form by Thursday morning.

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – Each week, our class learns about a new quote and spends the whole week trying to embody that quote. At the end of the week, Miss Raisch awards a friend from our class who really shined with that quote’s energy throughout the week. This week’s quote went to ELIANA for always being a great listener!
  • First Grade Family Time – Every Friday, all of the first graders at Georgetown get together for a little assembly! At the assembly, we celebrate our learning, give awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week’s family time.
  • Our class reached our 15-Star Goal this week! On Thursday we had an afternoon of not wearing shoes in the classroom to celebrate this accomplishment!

Our Learning: 

  • Reading – We continued learning about reading habits by agreeing to “drop bad reading habits” and “pick up good habits.” Students spent lots of time reading in partnerships this week, too.
  • Writing – We learned how to “unfreeze” the characters in our stories by making them talk or move through pictures or words. We are continuing to add details to our small moment stories.
  • Math – We wrapped by unit 1 by reviewing partners of 10. We will be taking our unit 1 assessment this week!
  • Word Study – Our special word study buddy, Rasheed, helped us learn about a few phonics skills this week, especially short vowels and consonants in our names.
  • 4th Grade Buddies – On Friday, our 4th grade buddies from Mrs. Huizenga’s class came to read with us! We loved getting to share our growing reading skills and listening to the 4th graders read as well.                    

Other Photos From the Week:

   


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 23 – Music, PJ Day
  • Tuesday, September 24 – PE, Crazy Socks Day
  • Wednesday, September 25th – Art, Crazy Hair Day
  • Thursday, September 26th – STEAM, Picture Day
  • Friday, September 27 – Music, Library, Walkathon, Hudsonville Blue & Gold Day

First Grade Reading Notes

Here are three important notes about reading in first grade:

  1. First graders do not have any homework packets this year, BUT your child still has homework to do! We expect every first grader to read at home for 20 minutes each day. This is essential for your child’s reading growth this year! Check the back of your child’s blue folder to see some ideas of ways to fill that 20 minute reading time.
  2. Our class goes to the library on Fridays. Please be sure your first grader returns his or her library book to school every Friday so he or she can check out a new book!
  3. This Friday, your child will begin to come home with a “take-home book” bag. Please have your child read this book and return it to school the next day so he/she can get another book. We will be switching out our take-home books almost daily! (Parents, I am still looking for a few more volunteers to help with take-home books! If you are available, please sign up at this link, or send me an email. Thank you SO much in advance)!

-Miss Raisch

Week Three Highlights

Notes for Parents:

  • Walkathon paperwork came home with your child on Monday. This is our ONLY fundraiser for the year, and it is HUGE for our PTC! Please return these fundraisers in your child’s blue folder before the Walkathon on September 27. 
  • Interested in volunteering in our classroom this semester? We would love your help! Follow this link to see available slots and to sign-up.
  • If your child participate in a fall sport or other fall activity, please email me their schedule! I LOVE supporting our first graders outside of school, too. ❤️

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – Each week, our class learns about a new quote and spends the whole week trying to embody that quote. At the end of the week, Miss Raisch awards a friend from our class who really shined with that quote’s energy throughout the week. This week’s quote went to ELENA for being brave and trying new things!
  • First Grade Family Time – Every Friday, all of the first graders at Georgetown get together for a little assembly! At the assembly, we celebrate our learning, give awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week’s family time.

 


Our Learning: 

Reading – We are “building good reading habits” in first grade! This week, we learned the importance of setting goals, reading smoothly, and scooping up words. We each got our own reading mat to use during independent reading time, and we will have new “Mac & Cheese” reading buddies starting on Monday.

Writing – We continued our small moment storytelling this week by writing our OWN stories! Students learned different strategies for spelling tricky words (say the sounds, look for snap words, etc).

Math – We are becoming experts at number partners! For example, the partners of 6 are 1+5, 2+4, 3+3, etc. We have been using our workbooks to practice writing these partner equations for 6, 7, and 8. Plus, we’ve started using iPads for tech time. We use the MOBYMAX app to practice our addition and subtraction fluency every day!

Social & Emotional – We continued learning about our emotions this week and had lots of good conversations about the importance of recognizing our emotions-good or bad. We also learned about facial expressions and how these can be clues as to how a person is feeling.

STAR Assessments – WHEW! We did it! Our first graders are required to take an online reading and math assessment at the start of the school year. Our fourth grade buddies came down to our classroom to help us log onto the computers for the first time, and they helped us if we needed directions repeated during the assessments. We are ALL done and super grateful for our amazing fourth grade buddies!

Word Study – We started our phonics workshop this week by studying the most important words in the world: NAMES! We met with our rug clubs to learn more about each others’ names. We searched for vowel sounds, blends, and other word patterns in our names. We also got special “Book Box Binders” that will store poems, songs, word walls, reading tools, and more.


Other Photos From the Week:

        


Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, September 16 – Music
  • Tuesday, September 17 – PE
  • Wednesday, September 18 – Art
  • Thursday, September 19 – STEAM, Miss Raisch will be gone in the morning for a training!
  • Friday, September 20 – Music, Early Release @ 12:15 pm

Week 2 Highlights!

Notes for Parents: 

  • Scholastic Book Order forms will be coming home with your child on Monday and are due on Friday, September 27th! If you would prefer to place an online book order visit clubs.scholastic.com. Our class code is VXLWC.
  • Information about classroom birthdays came home in your child’s blue folder this past week. The document is also linked here on our blog.
  • Please practice shoe-tying with your first grader! This is a BIG BIG help for us as we have lots of little shoes to tie each day.

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – Each week, our class learns about a new quote and spends the whole week trying to embody that quote. At the end of the week, Miss Raisch awards a friend from our class who really shined with that quote’s energy throughout the week. This week’s quote went to RILEY for being a kind friend!

  • You are Awesome! – During many of our subjects (ex. reader’s workshop, math, word study) Miss Raisch will pick a “mystery friend” to observe and look to see if they are serving as a role model for our class. If this friend does an amazing job and follows our class rules, then you will receive a “You are Awesome!” note home about their amazing work.
  • First Grade Family Time – Every Friday, all of the first graders at Georgetown get together for a little assembly! At the assembly, we celebrate our learning, give awards for the quote of the week, and celebrate birthdays from the week. Here are our “Quote” & “Birthday” first graders from today’s family time.


Our Learning: 

Reading – We started reader’s workshop this week by learning about how we will spend our reading time each week. We also learned how to take a “sneak peek” at a book before we start reading and applied this skill with our “Mac & Cheese” reading partners. Plus, we practiced book shopping from our classroom library!

            

Writing – We began our “Small Moments” writing unit this week! To begin, we learned about the difference between a watermelon story & a seed story. Then, Miss Raisch modeled how to THINK, PLAN, & WRITE a small moment story.

Math – This week’s math lessons focused on simple addition and subtraction from 0-10. We used our math workbook pages for the first time and we wrote lots of partner equations. We also spent time on Friday having “number talks” which are our class-wide discussions about math problems.

Social & Emotional – We met Mr. Penguin, a stuffed penguin who will help us talk about our emotions throughout this school year! We brainstormed lots of different emotions and made our own chart to show different feelings. We ended the week by making a penguin craft!

SOAR – All of Hudsonville Public Schools are focused on SOARing this year! Be Safe, Own It, Act Responsibly, and Be Respectful. We added some new SOAR posters to our classroom and talked about how we will SOAR in the classroom, on the bus, on the playground, and more.

 


Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, September 9 – STEAM
  • Tuesday, September 10 – Music
  • Wednesday, September 11 – PE
  • Thursday, September 12 – Art
  • Friday, September 13 – STEAM, Library