Popcans for Books

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My class has truly inspired me with the points they have earned past their reading counts goals. Many have surpassed 50 and some are even close or past 100 points. They have been asking to read during free time. During our district meeting on Friday when we discussed intervention plans for reading and looked at the data which indicated the decline in skills during the summer.

I talked this over with my lovely Third Graders and we would like to have an ongoing school wide pop can drive to collect money to buy books. We would then make book baggies for children at Georgetown (readers that struggle either with interest, skills or financially) to read over the summer. We would also like to donate our gently used books that we have “grown out of” to the younger grades. During this project we will be gathering data, making wishlists and in the end purchasing books so please send in your empty cans.

Pen Pals

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Our sister school, Raey Guang Elementary  has forty children that would like to become email pen pals with children from our school.  If you are interested in this, please complete this pen pal survey form.  I will work with a teacher and the principal from Raey Guang to match children.  This is open to children in grades 3, 4 and 5.  I would like to send the names to Taiwan over the holiday break so the correspondence can begin in the new year!

Quick Update for the Week

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Our party will be on Friday starting at 9:15. The children can wear their pajamas to school. We also won the Pizza Party for typing so we will have lunch together as a class and watch the Polar Express in our room. We’ll enjoy a piece of pizza and I will have some snacks and drinks for them. If your child does not like pizza, they can order hot lunch or bring lunch from home. Our gift exchange will be after the movie.

Families in Need

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Our Kids’ Hope Director, Nicole Poolman, has offered to organize food collections for families in need.  Nicole will be working with her own church’s food pantry as well as Fair Haven’s Hand 2 Hand backpack program.

If you know of a family within our school that would benefit from this program, please complete this form:  FOOD DONATIONS

All submissions are anonymous.  If you do not know a family to nominate, but would like to help with this program, there is a spot on this form for you to leave your name and contact information.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs. Reagan and Nicole Poolman

Just in Case…

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It’s official!  Resurrection Life Church has provided us with a snow day for our Holiday Program.  If we have a snow day on Thursday, December 10, our Holiday Program will be canceled.  The program will then be held on Thursday, December 17 at 7 pm.

This contingency plan has been developed to ensure that the projected winter storm MISS our area and allow our program to go on as planned.  However, if the storm does hit our area, our music teachers and students know that all their rehearsal time will still be rewarded the following week.   As theatre veteran Noël Coward once said, “THE SHOW MUST GO ON!”

Winter Gear

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The winter weather is upon us. Please encourage your child to wear snow pants, boots, hat, coat, and gloves. I am monitoring them here but many did not wear boots today or snow pants and we are trying to keep your child warm and dry.  If they do not have snow pants or boots on they are to stay on the black top and that isn’t too much fun. We also will need them to wear dry shoes in the classroom. There are a few darlings the told me that they didn’t have these when asked and I’ll talk to them about this.


Book Blogs

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-3My name is Nathan S. and the book that I read is Puppy Mudge Wants to Play by Cynthia Rylant.  It is a fiction book.  I picked this story because it was not a ready counts book and because I like Henry & Mudge books.  My favorite part was when Mudge sits on Henry’s book.  I enjoyed reading this book because it is in my level and because it has good characters.  You can read it pretty quick and it’s funny.  (1pt)

-1I also read The Story Goes On by Aileen Fisher which is a Nonfiction book.  I picked this book because it is a poetry book.  My favorite part was when the farmer shot the hawk.  I enjoyed this book because the story had good details and the pictures were drawn good.  This book also teaches you about a food chain.  (1pt)

M-2y name is Grant S. and the book that I read is Strange Spirits of St. Ignace by Jonathan Rands and it is a Mystery book.  I picked this book because it looked like a good book and because I was doing this book for reading groups.  My favorite part was when Bobby and Arien were by the tree and a bear came out and almost made Bobby cry.  I enjoyed this book because I like mystery books and because I love Michigan Chillers.  They are cool and also my favorite kind of book.

My name is Haley and the fiction book that I read was The Thanksgiving Day from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler.
I chose this book because it is almost Thanksgiving!  My favorite part was when Mrs. Green asked what holiday was coming up and Eric raised his hand and said FOOTBALL!!  I also liked that it talked about giving thanks on Thanksgiving and what  you should be thankful for.

My name is Madelyn V. and the book I chose is Magic School Bus and the Truth about Bats by Jonna Cole and it is Nonfiction. Mrs. McDonald gave it to us and it looked cool. My favorite part was when Pheobe thought the screaming bats were real when they caught her eye. This book is filled with a lot of real information. You can visualize the book very easy. I think Mrs. Frizzle is funny and smart. If you want to read this book it is funny.

My name is Mason B. and I am in Mrs. McDonalds 3rd grade class.  The Nonfiction book that I read was titled Golden Gate Bridge by Julie Murray.  I chose this book because I am interested in bridges.  My favorite parts were all the facts about the bridge.

My name is Brendan H. and the fiction book I read was Stanley, Flat Again by Jeff Brown.  I chose this book because I really like the Flat Stanley books and I already have read a few of the other ones.  My Uncle Todd gave me this one so I thought I would try it.  My favorite part of the book was when Flat Stanley went into the Merker Building to save Emma Weeks.  Emma was stuck under the wreck and the only person that could get in was Flat Stanley.  Emma was not nice to Stanley.  But Stanley was a Hero and got his picture in the newspaper.  I enjoyed reading this book because it is about a boy that is flat and gets to do fun and interesting stuff that regular boys can’t do.  He also always has an adventure and is helping people.

My name is Mason B. and the fiction book I read was Blizzard of the Blue Moon by Mary Pope Osborne.  I really like to read the Magic Tree House series.  I really liked the part when Annie read the duck rhyme and the story also takes place in the Great Depression which I liked.  I really enjoy reading about history and Jack and Annie’s adventures.  All the Magic Tree House books are great!!

Scavenger Hunt

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24 Hours remaining for our


Our third hunt of the year is designed to introduce silly things teachers do!  Your job is to hunt through all the blogs and find a silly teacher for each of these grades:

  1. A prek or kindergarten
  2. A 1st  grade teacher
  3. A 2nd grade teacher
  4. A 3rd grade teacher
  5. A 4th grade teacher
  6. A 5th grade teacher
  7. A special teacher


For those of you who have never participated, the rules are simple:

  • Search all the Georgetown blogs linked to this site.
  • Keep a list of blogs where you found your items.
  • When you have found all the items, submit your answers on the SCAVENGER HUNT ENTRY FORM.
  • Everyone who enters by December 5 will be included in the school wide drawing.
  • Student winner receives:  A Barnes & Noble Gift Card.  Winning class (those who have the most students participate in the scavenger hunt) will receive one hour of choice time.
  • All those that enter will be added to the Reading Counts Drawing (held on December 15)

Happy HUNTING!  And…Good Luck!