Important Details-Music Program


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 11, 2019

Important Music Program Details

Your Kinder’s first Georgetown Holiday Music Program is this Thursday, December 12! We are SO excited to perform for you!! Here are all of the details regarding this year’s program:

Georgetown Holiday Music Program

December 12, 2019

Fair Haven Church

6:30 – 7:00   K-2nd     
(kinders report at 6:15)

7:45 – 8:15   3rd-5th   

(Students report at 7:30)

Where is the church?
Address: 2900 Baldwin Street  Hudsonville, MI 49426.
Fair Haven Ministries is located down the road from Georgetown Elementary at the corner of Baldwin Street and 28th Ave.   Our school has grown so big that we need a big space to perform!  They graciously let us rent their auditoritum for our performance.  


What time do kinders need to be at the church?
Kinders need to report to their assigned classroom 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM. 

It is very important not to be late so teachers have enough time to line up kinders in their riser orders, pass out props and make sure everyone who has a special part is accounted for. Please do not send your kinder to the classroom unsupervised or prior to their scheduled time.

Where does my kinder need to go when they get to the church?
There will be signs at the church directing you to your kinders’ classroom.
Below is the room assignment for kinders

K – Family Life Center

How long will the program be?
Each group will perform for about 30 minutes. There will be 45 minutes between the two programs for K-2nd grade students to leave and upper elementary students to arrive for the next program.


What order are the grades singing?
The grades are singing in order of age: Kindergarten perform first, then 1st/2nd grade, then 3rd grade and finally 4th/5th grade.

Your kinder will sit as a class (with the audience) after their performance.  They will watch their peers perform.  PLEASE KEEP YOUR KINDER’S COAT WITH YOU. MRS REAGAN WILL DISMISS YOUR KINDER TO YOU AFTER THE ENTIRE PROGRAM IS DONE.


Can we save seats early in the day?
No. The only reserved seats will be for the directors, videographers, and teachers. 
Seating is first come first served at that time. 
PLEASE be respectful and courteous to other families. Everyone wants a good seat and we will do our best to fit everyone into the auditorium.  Please try to keep young children on your laps and not to take up unnecessary seats in order to leave more space for others.  


Is food or drink allowed in the church?
No food or drink is allowed in the church. This is strictly enforced.
We are so gracious to Fair Haven for allowing us to rent their facility and we need to abide by their rules.
Do the kinders need to wear anything special?
No. Most kinders love to dress up and will wear special holiday dresses or outfits, but there is no requirement.
The exception to this is if your kinder has a special part. Some parts require special costumes. Many costumes are provided, but some may have to be brought from home. If your kinder has a special part, they should have brought home a “congratulations” letter that would say if they need to wear or bring anything special. Please note that if your kinder has a special part that requires a costume, they will NOT have time to change in between songs and will need to wear their costume for the entire performance.

How do students get special parts?
For most parts, students audition during the school day. Sometimes if Mrs. Bretz has simple parts she randomly choose students or choose random class numbers. She also keeps track of every student who has ever had a Christmas program part from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Whenever possible, Mrs. Bretz tries to give parts to students who have not ever had parts or who have not had parts in the past couple years. Typically, she will have about 50-100 students audition for one part! She narrows the students down to about 20 and puts those names in a bowl and draws out a lucky winner. Although Mrs. Bretz would love everyone to have a part, having almost 600 students and only a handful of parts each year is very difficult. She discusses this with the students and they realize everyone cannot have a solo part, but that EVERY single person is important to the success of the program. Most songs have special props or motions that involve everyone as well.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please email Mrs. Bretz (our music teacher and holiday program director) at 

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Weekly Update…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 8, 2019

12/2 – 12/6

Popcorn Words:  look, from, run, ran

Math:  This week the Kindergartners worked on teen numbers.  They were introduced to our friend the “ten bug” who loves to fly around the room and hear them count those teen numbers.  The Kindergartners also found groups of 10 in teen numbers by counting objects.  We are also working hard on continuing to explore addition and subtraction.

Writers Workshop:  This week was filled with several Gingerbread stories during writing time.  The Kinders got to hear a different Gingerbread story and then focus on one of the many writing skills we learned when writing in their Gingerbread writing packet.  For example, after we heard The Gingerbread Girl we practiced using speech bubbles in our writing.  Then, after hearing The Gingerbread Man we focused on writing our sentence to neatly and using an uppercase letter to start and a period to end.  Making sure it is easy for readers to read.  After hearing The Gingerbread Baby we focused on identifying a feeling when we write.  The Kinders LOVED hearing all of these Gingerbread stories and worked hard on focusing on specific writing skills.  They really enjoyed sharing their packets with their friends too.  Giving compliments and celebrating their hard work!

Readers Workshop:  In Readers Workshop this week the Kinders practiced using all of their reading superpowers!  They added more books to their black book boxes.  The Kinders love to “shop” for books each week to add to their book boxes.  We also added 3 “good fit” books to their boxes.  Giving them books that are at or near their tested reading level to help them sharpen their reading skills.  We celebrated all of our superpowers that we have learned in this reading unit.  The Kinders loved making their own Reading Super Hero bracelet on Friday.

Literacy Centers:  The Kindergartners are doing such a GREAT job during our Literacy Center time.  Each day the Kinders get to rotate to 2 different centers where they practice specific skills to build their knowledge of sounds, words, and phonemic awareness.  All skills that grow their ability to become independent readers.  We have volunteer opportunities on Wednesday and Thursday during our Literacy Center time.  If you are interested please check out our Volunteers opportunities on the right side of our blog, literacy centers.

Handwriting:  The Kinders have worked hard on their writing of lowercase letters.  Each week the Kinders get to work in a small group with a teacher to practice writing.  When they finish a group of letter writing they get to bring home their packet to share with you.  We will continue to practice each lowercase letter “family” and then move into uppercase letters.

Star Student: The Kindergartners are SOOO EXCITED about our second Star Student activity.  Our furry classroom friend, Buttons gets to come home with each Kinder for a sleepover!  Buttons comes with his own backpack with instructions inside of how to do his homework for the night (a journal page).  

  • Celia was thrilled to bring Buttons to her dance class and loved giving him a bath!  
  • Violet had fun taking Buttons to a park with her own puppy!  

We can’t wait to see what new adventures Buttons will have with all of our Kindergarten friends!

Mystery Readers:  

  • April was SOOO EXCITED to see her Mom walk through our door as our Mystery Reader!  Mrs. Zuiderveen read us the HILARIOUS book, The Wonky Donkey.  Thanks for visiting with us Mrs. Zuiderveen!!

  • We surprised all of the Kinders with a Mystery Reader that they see almost every day…..Mrs. Snow!  Mrs. Snow read us the book Pig the Elf.  Thanks for reading to us Mrs. Snow!!

  • Nora was SOOOOO EXCITED to see her Mom surprise us as our Mystery Reader.  Mrs. VanSlyke read us The Dish Ran Away With the Spoon.  Thank you so much for being our Mystery Reader Mrs. VanSlyke!

North Pole Ninja Missions:  This week the Kinders were given a mission by a visiting North Pole Ninja in our classroom.  This Ninja leaves us “kindness missions” to complete.  Leaving a kindness bag for an unsuspecting class.  This week our first mission was to leave a bag (with fun erasers inside) outside our 5th-grade buddies classroom door.  Each table team in our classroom will get a chance to complete a Ninja “kindness mission.”  This has been a fun way to spread kindness during this time of year!

Holiday Class Party:  Our party is scheduled to be on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  The planning is underway.  A list of donations will be coming soon.  We do have 2 more spots open if you would like to attend our holiday party.  Let us know if you would like to attend by sending us an email at or as soon as possible.

Holiday Music Program:  On Thursday morning (10-11:00 a.m.) our class will be taking a bus to Fair Haven Church in Hudsonville to practice for our Music Program that evening.  Please plan to have your Kindergartner at the church (Fair Haven Church – 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville) by 6:15 p.m.  The Kindergartners will be meeting their teachers in the large multi-purpose room-located directly across from the sanctuary.  Your Kinder will stay with us and get ready for their performance.  You will get to keep their coat and find a seat.  If the past plan is used then after our Kindergartners perform they will leave the stage and sit with their classmates and teachers to watch the rest of the show (first and second graders perform).  Once the show is finished then you will get to come and collect them from us.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Dec. 9…MUSIC
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10…GYM, LIBRARY *Help your Kinder return their library book.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11…MUSIC (change in specials due to Holiday program rehearsal).
  • Thursday, Dec. 12…STEAM
    • Hudson’s B-Day!!! 
    • Wrapped book due for our classroom holiday book exchange.
    • 10:00-11:00 a.m. -Bus to practice program at Fair Haven Church.
    • 6:15 p.m. arrive for Music Program at Fair Haven Church. 
    • Jet’s Pizza Night
  • Friday, Dec. 13…ART 
    • Early Release – 12:15 p.m.
    • School-wide wear Flannel day  
    • Popcorn Day
  • Dec. 18…Celia’s B-Day!!!
  • Dec. 19…Classroom Holiday Party – 2:00-3:00 p.m.
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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 2, 2019

Your Kindergartner came home with a new back cover on their Blue Take Home FolderIt looks like the picture shown above.  It has your child’s Clever badge, login and password.  This information will get them into our Clever site on our class blog.  Specific details on how to log into this site were sent home in the Fall.    

  • Find the Educational Fun tab on the right side of our blog and click on Clever
  • Then you will be directed to either use your child’s badge icon or use their login and password.

Clever is a great resource that has lots of fun educational games and activities.

Please let us (, know if you have any questions about getting onto this resource.  

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A Short Weekly Update…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 27, 2019

11/25 – 11/26

The Kinders LOVED making a Thankful Bag with their 5th grade buddies! They decorated the bag filled it with supplies and added a note that details how each ingredient symbolizes their thankfulness for you!  

We also want to express our thankfulness to all of our Kindergarten families!  To be able to do what we love and spend every day with your sweet Kinder is such a JOY!!!  Thank you for sharing your Kindergartner with us.  Sending you all a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving break!

Math:  We wrapped up our Unit 2 this week.  The Kinders took their Math test on Tuesday.  These tests will come home next week.  We will begin our Unit 3 when we return from Thanksgiving break.  Unit 3 will explore teens numbers as tens and ones.

Writing:  The Kinders made an adorable Turkey adding feathers that have what they are thankful for written on them.  It was so adorable to see what they added (family, brothers, sisters, school, friends, pets, grandparents).  Enjoy these adorable turkeys!!

Visiting Ms. Yankee’s class:  We were THRILLED to visit our 2nd grade friends and some siblings in Ms. Yankee’s class for their Non-fiction Museum.  The 2nd graders were experts on different topics and shared their expertise with us!  We got to hear about all kinds of different animals during our visit.  Each 2nd grader shared their knowledge with us as we traveled around their “museum.”  Thank you Ms. Yankee’s 2nd graders!!!  

Wants and Needs: We are continuing to explore the difference between a want and a need.  The Kinders helped with a sort and also did their own sort they brought home.  Everything feels like a need!  We will continue to reinforce this concept when we return from break.  Highlighting the idea that Needs are things we have to have in order to survive (food, water, shelter, love, clothing) and Wants are things we would like to have but don’t have to have in order to survive (toys, candy, pets, ice cream, video games).  

Mystery Reader:  Hailey was SOOOO HAPPY to see her Mom walk through our door as our Mystery Reader!  Mrs. Nauta read us the hilarious book, I Say OOH, You Say AAH by John Kane.  The Kinders LOVED this book!  Thank you for visiting with us Mrs. Nauta and for the book donation to our classroom!!  More Mystery Reader spots have been added to our Volunteer sign up page if you are interested.  Please feel free to email us if you don’t see a time that works for you and we are happy to accommodate. 

Soup from a stone?:  Imagine that!  The Kinders LOVED adding all of their ingredients to our pot to make our very own stone soup.  It was so fun to see them excitedly add their ingredients and then check on the soup all day while it cooked.  As we looked at our Let’s Find Out magazine we noticed how long ago children helped with food too, just like we were doing!  We got to try the soup if we wanted.  Some deciding YES they liked the soup and some decided NO thanks I don’t like the soup.  Thank you all so much for sending in the ingredients for our fun day!  

Changing Faces of Help:  We have some new faces that are helping our Kinders in our class.  Mrs. Bynum is in a different role in our school and we now have Mrs. Sliwa as our recess and lunchroom teacher.

We also have new support with our class while they are coming back from lunch and in their specials time.  Mrs. Smies is now joining us during this time.

Mrs. Blauwkamp and I are still the same!  We are both with your Kinders all day when they are in our classroom.  We are continuing to find our rhythm together as Co-teachers and are so THANKFUL for each other!  We are continuing to teach lessons whole group and beginning to break off into smaller groups for different topics.  Please feel free to email us with any questions. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 27…Hunter’s B-Day!!!  NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, Nov. 28-Friday, Nov. 29…NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break!
  • Monday, Dec. 2…STEAM
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3…LIBRARY, MUSIC, *Help your Kinder return their library book.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4…GYM, Book Orders due online if you want to place an order for our holiday book exchange.
  • Thursday, Dec. 5…ART
  • Friday, Dec. 6…STEAM  
  • Dec. 12…Wrapped book due if you wish to participate in our holiday book exchange.  Our class will be traveling by bus to rehearse at Fair Haven in Jenison from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Holiday Music Program, Kindergarten students arrive at 6:15 p.m.  HUDSON’S B-DAY!
  • Dec. 13…Early Release Day, 12:15 p.m. dismissal.  
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Weekly Update…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 24, 2019

11/18 – 11/22

A HUGE thank you for attending our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences this week!  It was so GREAT to get to share your Kinders progress with you.  We love our time with these amazing children of yours!  Your support and teamwork with us are priceless!  We are so lucky to be part of your child’s learning journey!!  Please feel free to email us if you ever have any questions, jstutz1@hpseagles or  

Celebrating Superstar Behavior:  We had a lot of fun having our Pizza and Movie Party!  We loved watching The Curious George movie and having lunch together.  We are so proud of how they worked together to do their best behavior to earn points as a K team.  All of them supporting each other to make good choices and do their best.  We can’t wait for our next Superstar behavior celebration!

Popcorn Words:  an, can, man.  The Kinders did a GREAT job writing these words in sentences in their journals during our literacy time.  They also were amazing word detectives and found the word “an” hiding in can and man.  We loved hearing the classic tale of The Gingerbread Man this week!


Literacy Centers: We are working hard on getting used to literacy center time.  The Kinders get a chance to rotate to several literacy centers a few times a week.  They get to focus on skills like sentence writing, segmenting and other pre-reading skills.  This time also allows Mrs. Blauwkamp and me to work with small groups on specific skills to grow their reading skills.  We will be expanding our volunteer opportunities for these literacy center times.  Check our volunteer tab for literacy centers to sign up.

Writers Workshop:  This week the Kinders worked hard on writing true stories about themselves.  First, thinking of a story, telling it to a friend and then drawing and writing their story across 3 pages.  We are so proud of how well they are doing!!  The Kindergartners are focusing on writing stories that are easy for others to read.  Making sure they draw lots of details in pictures and add all the sounds in the words to match their pictures.  

Readers Workshop:  The Kindergartners worked on adding more Super Powers to their reading strategies this week.  We practiced sound power and persistence power.  Sound power reminds us that pictures aren’t always enough to help us figure out a word.  We need to use the sound of the first letter to read the word.  Persistence Power reminds us to never give up when trying to tackle unknown words.  The Kinders also enjoyed working with their partners to share their favorite parts in books they read.  Practicing their partner power!  We are becoming SUPER READERS!!!

Math:  We have wrapped up our Unit 2 in Math this week.  Working hard on crossing out objects to show subtraction, finding groups of objects to show a number, drawing pictures to show addition story problems and discovering features of shapes.  This next week we will be taking our Unit 2 Math test. 

Mystery Reader:  Ella was THRILLED to see her Mom walk through our door as our Mystery Reader.  Mrs. Hopkins read us the story, Who Wants Arthur?  An amazing story that reminds us all to just be ourselves.  Thank you for visiting with us Mrs. Hopkins!  We have opened more Mystery Reader spots, check our volunteer tab and click on Mystery Reader to sign up.  If you are interested and don’t see an open spot on our sign up page PLEASE reach out, we are flexible with getting you in to read to us!


Holiday Party:  Our Holiday Class party is scheduled to be Thursday, Dec. 19 at 2:00-3:00 p.m.  We will be able to have 10 party volunteers attend.  We are in need of a party coordinator(s).  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Nov. 25…GYM, Celebrate Hunter’s B-Day! STONE SOUP DAY, bring your contributions.    
  • Tuesday, Nov. 26…ART, LIBRARY, *Help your Kinder return their library book.  Logan’s B-Day!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27….Hunter’s B-Day!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27-Friday, Nov. 29…NO SCHOOL, THANKSGIVING BREAK!
  • Dec. 4…Book Orders due online if you want to purchase for our Holiday Book exchange.
  • Dec. 12…Wrapped book due if you wish to participate in our Holiday Book exchange.
  • Dec. 12…Our class will travel by bus to Fair Haven to rehearse for our Holiday Music Program.  We will be away from school from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Dec. 12…Holiday Music Program – 6:15 p.m.  Kindergartners arrive at Fair Haven.  6:30 p.m. Music Program begins.
  • Dec. 13…Early Release Day…12:15 p.m. dismissal.
  • Dec. 18…Grinch day, Get your Grinch wear ready!  We will be having a fun Grinch themed day!
  • Dec. 19…Holiday Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 20…Polar Express Day in Kindergarten.  Wear your jammies to school!  We will be having a fun Polar Express themed day!  Part of this day involves watching the movie Polar Express.



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Holiday Party Planning Shout Out…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 23, 2019

Our Holiday class party is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  If you are interested in planning this party please email us at or  If you attended or planned our Fall party thanks for giving the other parents in our classroom a turn.  We will be able to have 10 volunteers at this party and our next celebration (Valentines Day).  Giving each parent a chance to attend a party this year.

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Pizza lunch and a movie!


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 19, 2019

Our amazing Kindergarten class earned 5 superstars for positive behavior. 

We are SO PROUD of them!! 

As their reward, we will be having a pizza lunch and an afternoon movie time together.  We will have this special afternoon on Friday, Nov. 22. 

If your Kindergartner would like to order a school lunch or bring their home lunch instead of having pizza we will ensure that they get the planned lunch of their choice. 

We will have juice boxes, fruit, and vegetable choices also available with our pizza (cheese and pepperoni) lunch. 

Feel free to email us with ANY questions, or  

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Weekly Update


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 17, 2019

11/11 – 11/15

*Thank you for your patience with the changing of our blog “theme.”  We always strive to make it mobile and computer friendly.  This theme seems to be most helpful with access to both.  Oh, the fun of technology.

Veterans Day:  On Monday we learned and celebrated Veterans Day.  We read about Veterans in our Scholastic News and then made a Veteran craft.  The Kinders loved making their soldier craft.  Thank you to all who are serving or have served in the military.

Popcorn Words:  or, for

Math:  This week the Kindergartners worked hard on discovering shapes that are triangles and not triangles.  Exploring more shapes like circles, hexagons, trapezoids, and pentagons.  They also told addition and subtraction stories while looking at a picture.  We also practiced writing our numbers 6 and 7.

Literacy:  The Kindergartners are working hard during our literacy time every day.  They work on skills that help build and develop their reading skills.  Skills like stretching sounds in words, identifying that sometimes letters make different sounds, also writing in their journals, and finding popcorn words in books.  The Kinders have already grown so much in developing these skills!

Writers Workshop:  We continued to work on writing our narrative/real stories in writing this week.  The kinders focused on thinking of a real story that happened to them.  Telling the story to a friend and then writing the beginning, middle, and end of their story in a 3-page writing booklet.  The Kinders loved adding speech bubbles to their stories this week too.  Helping readers see that someone was talking in their story.

Readers Workshop:  This week we continued learning about our Super Reader Powers!  We practiced reading using our Pointer Power, Snap Word Power, Partner Power, and Picture Power.  The Kinders worked so well practicing partner power while reading The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  They loved finding snap words in books too.  The Kinders loved raising a hand in the air and showing a popcorn burst whenever they found their popcorn words.


P.E. Cares:  Wow!  Thank you so much for the donations this week for our P.E. Cares.  We were able to take 34 donation pieces to Gym this week.  Our last day of our P.E. Cares food drive will be Thursday, Nov. 21.

Mystery Readers:

  • On Monday Palmer and Conner were SO EXCITED to see their Dad walk through our door as our Mystery Reader!  Mr. Harring read us the story, The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain.  A timely story during our Thankful theme this month.  Thank you for visiting with us Mr. Harring!

  • On Wednesday Addison was THRILLED to see her Mom and big brother Jacob (a 3rd grader here at Georgetown Elementary) surprise us as our Mystery Readers!  Mrs. Schroeder read us the book, The Thankful Book by Todd Parr.  Then Jacob read us the book How Zebras Got Their Stripes by Lesley Sims.  We LOVED hearing these stories!!  Thank you for surprising us and reading to us Mrs. Schroeder and Jacob!!

Report Cards and Conferences:  On Friday your Kinders brought home a Conference Reminder slip.  This slip has your conference date and time on it.  Our conferences are held in our classroom and will be 15 minutes in length.  During our conferences, we will give you your Kinders report card.  We will get the opportunity to discuss the report card and share your Kindergartner’s progress with you.  Our Book Fair will also be open during our conference evenings.  You are welcome to stop in and purchase books if you would like.  We will also be previewing the book fair this week as a class.  The Kinders will be bringing home a wish list of books.  Our class will also get to buy books this week on Wednesday or Thursday if you would like.  Please reach out to us if you have ANY questions, and

5th Grade Buddies:  We LOVED spending time with our 5th-grade buddies this week!  They came and read books with us.  Thanks for visiting with us Mrs. Ball’s 5th-grade buddies!!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Nov. 18…MUSIC, Book Fair Class Preview Day, Conferences 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19…GYM, LIBRARY, Help your Kinder remember their library book. Book Fair Class Preview Day.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20…ART, Book Fair Buy Day, Conferences 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21…STEAM, Book Fair Buy Day, Last Day of P.E. Cares Donations.
  • Friday, Nov. 22…GYM
  • Monday, Nov. 27…Bring Stone Soup Ingredient.  Celebrate Hunter’s B-Day!
  • Tuesday, Nov. 26…Logan’s B-Day!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27…NO SCHOOL, Hunter’s B-Day!
  • Dec. 4…Book Orders Due online if you would like to purchase for our Holiday Book Exchange in our class.
  • Dec. 12…Wrapped books due for our Holiday Book Exchange if you would like to participate.
  • Dec. 12…Holiday Music Program, 6:30 p.m. @ Fairhaven Church in Jenison.  More details coming soon.  
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Weekly Update…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 9, 2019

11/4 – 11/8

  Thank you for sharing your child with us!  We treasure the fact we get to be part of their journey.

Popcorn Words:  am, are, little

We had lots of fun celebrating all the color words we have learned by wearing a rainbow of colors on Friday.  The Kinders loved creating an edible rainbow and creating a torn paper rainbow craft.  

Math:  This week in Math the Kinders explored practicing writing more numbers 1-8.  Also, drawing objects to match those numbers.  They also loved telling math addition and subtraction stories.  We even worked on making numbers 7 and 8, showing these numbers as groups of 5 and then more.  The Kinders loved finding their own groups of 5 on their hands and feet as well, 5 fingers on one hand and 5 toes on one foot.  We practice making numbers larger than 5 by putting a group of 5 on one side and then more to make a number.  The Kinders practice by taking 5 and putting it in their head and then counting on with more on their fingers.  

Writers Workshop:  This week the Kindergartners focused on writing a narrative story.  The Kindergartners learned that a narrative story is a true story, something that happened to them.  We picked a story that we all experienced, Sydney’s birthday that we celebrated on Monday.  First, the Kinders told the story to a friend, telling the story, focusing on who was there, where it happened and what happened.  Then we illustrated this story from the beginning, middle to end.  Writing it over 3 pages.  The Kindergartners also wrote words to match their pictures.  Adding labels, speech bubbles and lots of details to pictures so that readers could really picture in their minds what happened in our story.  They did a GREAT job!

Readers Workshop:  We are becoming super readers and have started to use our “super reading powers.”  This week the Kindergartners worked hard on practicing their Pointer Power.  Making sure each word gets one tap.  They also sharpened their snap word power.  Finding snap words (sight words, popcorn words) in books they read.  On Friday, we were able to practice reading with our reading buddies by sitting back to back while looking at our books in our black book boxes.  The Kinders engaged in using their pointer power and snap word power.  They did AMAZING!!!


Mystery Reader:  Celia jumped for joy when she saw her Mom walk through our door as our Mystery Reader this week.  Mrs. Moreen read us The Three Little Tamales, a twist on The Three Little Pigs.  The Kinders LOVED this story!  Thanks so much for coming and reading to us Mrs. Moreen!!

Snow:  Winter arrived this week!  The Kinders were sooo excited to see the snow and wear their snow gear!  Thank you so much for sending your child in all their gear.  I know it seemed to arrive all of sudden.  Please be sure to mark your child’s winter gear with their name, on a tag, anywhere you can find.  This helps us know who’s items are who’s.  Please let us know if you need any help in providing winter gear for your child.  We have amazing resources at Georgetown Elementary.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Nov. 11…Veteran’s Day, MUSIC
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12…GYM, LIBRARY *Help your Kinder return their book.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13…ART
  • Thursday, Nov. 14…STEAM, Jet’s Pizza Night, *Let me know if your Kinder needs a sack lunch for Early Release Friday.  
  • Friday, Nov. 15…GYM, Popcorn Friday, Early Release 12:15 p.m.
  • Nov. 18…Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 20…Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-9:00 p.m., Book Fair Buy Day
  • Nov. 21…Book Fair Buy Day, Last Day of PE Cares Food Drive!!
  • Nov. 26…Logan’s B-Day!!!
  • Nov. 27…Hunter’s B-Day!!!
  • Nov. 27-29…NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 12…Holiday Music Program, 6:30 p.m. @ Fairhaven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches.


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P.E. Cares


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 6, 2019

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The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 6.

We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville. Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.  (please no ramen noodles)

The food drive will continue until Nov. 21. We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive. The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.

This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community.  If you have any questions please contact  Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering. 

Below is a link to their blog: 

P.E. Blog

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