Reading Counts Progress Reports

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We have had a fantastic week in second grade! Today your children are coming home with a reading counts progress report. Please take a moment to look at it to see how they are doing towards their goal. Remember the reading counts books should be easy because we want them to gain confidence, read fluently and be able to comprehend the material easily. If your child has not been successful, it will be important for us to adjust the level.

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We are getting close to our annual Walk-A-Thon Event!  This is our single money raising activity for our Parent Club.

We have set a goal of $25 for each child to raise….and understanding these tight economic times, know that we will take pennies, nickels, dimes and any amount you are willing to contribute.  The money we raise goes for the support of family/child activities as well as all school events and materials that support learning in many ways.

The walking times and color assignments are as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 29th: 9:45 – 11:15: Morning ECSE, PK, K, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
  • Thursday, September 30th: 1:45 – 3:15: Afternoon ECSE,  Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade


  • Grade PK/K and ECSE: RED
  • Grade 1: PURPLE
  • Grade 2:  YELLOW
  • Grade 3:  BLUE
  • Grade 4:  GREEN
  • Grade 5:  ORANGE


Mrs. Reagan and the Incredible Georgetown PTC Board

*Note:  If we have rain on one of these days, we will walk  inside the building on a different schedule that above.  We are hoping for NICE WEATHER so we can walk outside!

Photo Release

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cameraAs a school, we utilize the internet to provide information about school and classroom events through the following sites:
-Georgetown Blog
-Classroom Blogs
For safety reasons, when we post photos to these sites we never label the photos with children’s names.
We are aware that some of you may still feel uncomfortable with a photo of your child being posted to our school sites.
We want to honor and respect all wishes, so please let us know them by completing this photo release survey.
You only need to complete this survey once.

Social Studies Homework

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Now is your chance to be a “community observer.” Tomorrow you will be writing a story titled: A Walk in (your name)‘s Community. Tonight, take a walk or ride around your community. Pay close attention to what you see. List some of the things that you see that you might be able to use in your story. Watch for the buildings, natural characteristics, businesses, transportation and places to have fun. Listen close for some sound effects to include.

Reading Counts Starts Today

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Today your child is coming home with a Reading Counts book that is in their level based on the Student Reading Inventory test that we took last week.  Please read the notes that are coming home today concerning the Reading Counts Book Log and general information about Reading Counts.

This will be your child’s first experience with Reading Counts and we want it to be a positive one.  If your child has a picture book, please make sure that he or she reads it through more than once so that they have a good grasp of the content of the story as there will be quiz over the book.  Each RC quiz is worth a certain number of points as written on the spine of the book.  Your child’s goal is written on the note that is coming home today.  Please keep in mind that this is end of the marking period goal.

If at anytime, we notice that a child is continually passing quizzes with ease, we will consider moving their level up to more “good-fit” books.

We will try our best to have your child take their quiz in a timely manner here at school .  Be patient with us as we learn the ropes :) .    Open library time begins on Thursday so we will have more opportunities to use multiple computers for RC quizzes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me …

Thanks for your continued support! They are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes per night. Please make a note if they did so in their nightly news for a ticket.


Math Update

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Your child will be exploring smaller numbers that are “hiding” inside a larger number. The activities will help your child master addition and subtraction. To make the ideas clearer, Math Expressions uses some special words and materials.

  • break-Apart: We can “break apart” the larger number to get two smaller numbers. Your child is using objects and drawings to explore the different ways to break apart a number. For example, 6 can break apart as: 1+5, 2+4, 3+3.
  • Partners: Partners of a number are any two smaller numbers that together make the total. For example, 6 has these partners: 1 and 5, 2 and 4, 3 and 3.
  • Switch the Partners: The partners can be switched and the total stays the same. For example, 1+5=6 and 5+1=6.

Break Apart10 total break apart


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Greetings parents and students and welcome to the 2010 – 2011 school year!

 The 2010 Walk A Thon kicks off today….and this is  our primary fund-raiser for our school.  This translates into:  WE WON’T ASK YOU FOR MONEY TO SUPPORT THE STUDENT/FAMILY/LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR~
For those who wonder what your money would fund, the list includes (and is not limited to) the following:

  • Parent Child Activites (Mother/Son; Father/Daughter)
  • Secret Santa Shop/School Carnival
  • Field Trips (one trip per student is funded every year)
  • Books for our school library
  • Framing for our school art collection (student art work)
  • PE/ART/Music Support
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • If funds are available, stipends for classroom learning materials.
  • And….much, much more!

Our goal is to have ALL students participate and for each to strive for a personal goal of raising at least $25.
To make participation easy for everyone, we are holding this event during the day– students can walk, jog, or run around the course.  All participants will receive water and a nut-free/milk free snack after the event.
This year, the schedules are as follows:
Wednesday, September 29th: 9:45 – 11:15
Morning ECSE, PK, K, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
Thursday, September 30th: 1:45 – 3:15
Afternoon ECSE,  Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade

All participants who collect over $25 will win a special prize and will be entered into a raffle for more exciting prizes which include a Wii, a Great Wolf Lodge package, a Hudsonville Gold card and a  Pool Party Afternoon at Mrs. Reagan’s Pool! (And…even though Mrs. Reagan is typing this and is really biased, the pool party was a blast!)
Also, the class who collectively raises the most money will be treated to a pizza party!
Here are some days to remember:

  • September 13 – Kickoff of the event
  • September 28th – Completed donation forms and money due back to the school
  • September 29th and 30th – Walk A Thon takes place
  • Mid October – Prizes are awarded

As always, we encourage parents to attend the event to cheer on the students.  We are still looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event, so if you are able to help, please contact Jodi Royse at 616-610-4306 or
Thank you for helping us to make this event a HUGE success!!!

2nd Grade “Handbook”

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I can’t begin to tell you how excited how I was to get to see so many of you last night at Open House. I only wish I had a chance to visit with each of you for a longer period of time. I am looking forward to the upcoming days together! Here is the 2nd grade handbook (just in case you have any questions about our routines). 2nd Grade Packet 

Just a reminder of a few things that your child needs for Tuesday:

  • Wear or bring tennis shoes (for gym)
  • Bring your “me” bag
  • Return any papers from Open House
  • Don’t forget a snack