Weekly Update…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 13, 2019

1/7 – 1/11

 

Happy New Year!! 

It was SOOO WONDERFUL to be back at school this week and see your sweet Kinder!!!  I truly missed each and every one of them!!  They were full of so many great stories and happy moments of the break.  To start our week off we talked about the New Year and resolutions/goals that many people make.  The kinders celebrated the new year back at school by making a resolution, and how they will reach it, of their own and creating a New Year craft of themselves.  There are some GREAT resolutions:  to play better with my brother, to read, to help my Mom, to ride a bike, to swim.  We are off to a GREAT 2019!!!  

Popcorn Words:  at, that.

Math:  We are continuing to dive into Unit 3: Teen numbers as tens and ones.  This week we worked in with our math partners and in our math groups to work on finding missing numbers to make a number sentence that equals 10.  We also explored shapes.  The kinders used two triangles to make a square.  They also drew lines from corners of shapes to show how shapes can make up other shapes.

  

Writers Workshop:  This week we dove into a new Unit of Writing: Small Moment Writing.  We learned that a small moment is a true story that happened to us and is a small part of a larger story.  The kinders compared a watermelon to a larger story, like a whole vacation.  Then comparing a seed out of the watermelon as a small moment, like a favorite part of their vacation.  We practiced writing a small moment story about opening a present.  The kinders first told their story across their fingers, using the words first, then and next when telling their story.  Then they sketched their story across their page, adding sentences to match their picture.  We are off to a GREAT start!  

Readers Workshop:  We worked on using our partner power and exploring more of our reader super powers.  The kinders added picture power and sound power.  Noticing that pictures can often help us discover what a word is.  However, they also learned that sometimes a picture is not the only thing that can help them figure out a word.  They need to also use sound power to try to figure out a tricky word.  Looking at the first letter and then stretching sounds in a word.  Engaging all of their super powers to figure out tricky words and never giving up!  The kinders also worked with their partners to read a book together, exploring a page they really liked and hunting for snap (also known as sight or popcorn) words.

Word Work:  Everyday the kinders explore different phonics and literacy skills.  This week the kinders explored the short a sound and putting letters together to make words and then sentences.  

Mystery Reader:  This week Kellen was thrilled to see his Grandma walk through our door as our Mystery Reader.  She read us the hilarious story about Penelope Rex and her classmates, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Huggins.  The kinders loved this funny story!  Thank you for visiting with us, Grandma Ayres.

Kinders Showing Kindness:  I have a HUGE passion for showing random acts of kindness.  In our classroom, I strive to show the kinders how to appropriately and kindly interact with one another.  Being mindful of their tone of voice, using kind words and even helping others that need an extra hand.  As part of this idea of kindness, I am also creating a kindness corner.  This corner of our classroom is a place where the kinders can create a card for someone they don’t know who might need a little bit of sunshine in their day.  These cards are then given to people in our community unexpectedly.  A kind act that can brighten someone’s day.  The cards cannot have last names on them and no information about your child is given.  

Quiet Time:  Well, the time of our year has come, no more quiet time.  With our growing curriculum, this is the time in Kindergarten that we slowly pull away from quiet time and insert more learning time.  After lunch, we are having a quieter reading time together and independently.  So, all cuddle buddies get to come or stay home now.  

Reminder:  Please be sure to pack your Kinder 2 snacks daily.  We have an a.m. and p.m. snack time every day.  Unless it’s an early dismissal day.  Then we only have our a.m. snack time.  I am always in need of extra graham crackers if you are looking to send in any supplies.  They go fast!

Where in the World is Mrs. Stutz?:  I just wanted to let you all know that I will be gone this week, Wednesday – Friday.  I am attending a work function with my husband.  The kinders will be in GREAT hands while I am gone.  They will have Mrs. Fredrick on Wednesday and Thursday and then Mrs. Brock on Friday.  Both are amazing subs in our building.  The kinders know Mrs. Brock very well and have seen Mrs. Fredrick in our building several times.  It is VERY hard for me to leave “my” kinders for several days!!  I will be talking to them about my absence to prepare them for a change for a few days.  If you have ANY changes to schedules please let the office know, they will get any messages to the sub.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 14…MUSIC, LIBRARY – return all library books.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15…GYM
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16…ART, Mrs. Stutz gone-Mrs. Fredrick subbing.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17…STEAM, Mrs. Stutz gone-Mrs. Fredrick subbing.
  • Friday, Jan. 18…MUSIC, Mrs. Stutz gone-Mrs. Brock subbing
  • Jan. 21…Logan 1/2 B-Day celebration!  MLK, Jr. Day.
  • Jan. 22…Take Home Books come home.
  • Jan. 24…Weston 1/2 B-Day celebration! Bring Take Home Books to school.
  • Jan. 25…Kendall 1/2 B-Day celebration!

 

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Only One You

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

Grade K •  ONLY ONE YOU

In the middle of our building, between the office and the rotunda…across from the library, we have a very special wall.   This wall holds 4×6 inch black/white photos of every student and staff member at Georgetown.

This past week, Mrs. Reagan put up the final photos — which means that there are 630 photos on the wall!  Throughout the fall, she will take an individual photo of every person in our school and post them in small batches each week.  The first groups to go up are kindergarten and fifth, then first followed by second, third and finally fourth graders.

Taking the photos allows her to intentionally connect with each and every child–every year. Over the years, it is fun to notice how their personality evolves — and how much they grow up!  When the photos are developed, Mrs. Reagan labels them with the child’s name, teacher and grade — which is another way for her to interact with each child — appreciating their beautiful features and individuality.

As she puts them up on the wall, Mrs. Reagan interacts a third time — and this is when she usually practice their name, grade and teacher name — a strategy she uses to rehearse everyone’s name (first and last) as well as their teacher.  It’s important for her to know where their grade and room too.

Mrs. Reagan also organizes the photos on our school SMUGMUG site — and permits her to cross check all students on the wall. Rather than standing in front of the board, she can access the photos from her laptop at home!   A more accurate and more comfortable way to make sure we have all the children on our wall.

Again…thank you for sharing your beautiful children with me…and our school.  It is tremendous privilege to work with each child — and it is Mrs. Reagan’s greatest joy and honor to be the principal of Georgetown Elementary.

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Our last week of 2018!

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 1, 2019

Enjoy a video of our last week of 2018!

 

Mystery Reader:  Thank you to Mrs. DeHaan for being our last Mystery Reader of 2018!  She surprised Brody on his birthday to be our Mystery Reader!  He was sooo excited to see his Mom and little brother walk through our door!!  She read us the adorable rhyming book I Know a Wee Piggy by Kim Norman.  There are more dates available for 2019 to be our Mystery Reader!  Be sure to check out our signup page or email me to set something up that works for you!!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 7…Back to School! Music, Library, LIBRARY BOOKS DUE!
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8…Gym
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9…Art
  • Thursday, Jan. 10…Steam, Jet’s Pizza Night
  • Friday, Jan. 11…Gym, Early Release Day – 12:15 p.m dismissal.
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Snack Reminder…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 19, 2018

 

Please remember to pack your kinder 2 snacks daily. 

We have a snack time in the a.m. and p.m. every day. 

If you would like to donate to our graham cracker supply please feel free to send in with your child.

Thanks for all you do!!

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Fun Ahead…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 18, 2018

A few fun things are ahead this week:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19…Grinch Day (wear green or dress is Grinch-ish style-if you want).
  • Thursday, Dec. 20…Book Exchange Wrapped Book Due.  We will be exchanging book gifts in the a.m.  Our class party will be at 2:00 p.m.  All volunteers may arrive by 1:30 p.m. to help set up.
  • Friday, Dec. 21…Polar Express Day.  All K-P.J. day!

*A note with these reminders was sent home today as well.

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Weekly Update…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 14, 2018

12/10 – 12/14

Popcorn Words:  what, it.  

Math:  This week the kinders did a GREAT job of exploring our Math Workshop activities.  With Unit 3 we are working in small Math groups, working independently and working with Math partners that support our Math goal for the day.  This week the kinders explored finding partners in number sentences, completed addition and subtraction sentences and practiced teen number building.  They did a GREAT job!

Writers Workshop:  This week we wrote another pattern book of our own.  The kinders listened to several pattern books to prepare for this writing.  They have become so GOOD at discovering what kind of pattern the book is.  We looked at patterns that had a surprise ending this week.  A surprise ending is when the last page is not like the other pages, it changes completely.  The kinders wrote a book of their own, I Have Two.  They are doing a GREAT job with pattern writing!

Readers Workshop:  This week we explored more superpowers that Super Readers use when reading.  The kinders learned about snap word power and partner power.  Snap word power is when a reader can find words they know, like sight words, and read those words in a snap.  The kindergartners explored the classroom for words they knew in a snap.  Partner power is when readers help each other when they are reading.  The kindergartners worked with their reading partner to read a book together, taking turns to point and read to each other.  Helping each other with words that might be tricky. 

Handwriting:  This week we worked on the uppercase letters P, B, R, D and J.  The Kindergartners practiced these letters using play-dough, whiteboards and markers and in their journals.  

Mystery Readers:

  • On Monday, Charlotte jumped up with joy to see her Dad come through our door as our Mystery Reader.  Mr.  Becker read us one of his childhood favorite books, Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola.  The kinders loved this Caldecott Honor-winning story about a magical pasta pot.  Thank you for visiting with us Mr. Becker.

  • On Friday, Piper was absolutely awestruck to see her Grandparents and baby sister come through our door as our Mystery Reader.  Piper’s Grandma read us a fantastic story about Santa Claus’s big sister, Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera.  A fantastic story about the importance of giving.  Thank you for visiting with us Piper’s Grandparents and adorable Santa baby sister Bernadette!!

Book Exchange:  Thank you so much for sending in your holiday book exchange wrapped gift by Wednesday, Dec. 19.  If you placed a book order it has shipped and should be here Monday.  Please let me know if you have any questions, jstutz1@hpseagles.net.

Superstar Behavior Stars:  Our class earned 15 superstars for AWESOME classroom behavior!  We have decided to have a combo day on Monday.  Our combo day is Sports and Stuffed Animal Day.  What does that mean?  Wear your favorite sports team or sports gear and bring a stuffed animal.  What if I don’t want to do either or only one?  Like Pete the Cat says, “It’s all good.”  This day is meant to celebrate their amazing choices in behavior.  I am soooo proud of them!!

Holiday Party:  Thank you to the volunteers who have contacted me about the upcoming party!  All of our supplies have been taken care of.  We also have all of our volunteers needed for the party!  AWESOME!  As I wrote before I am limited to the number of volunteers for this party, to 10.  Thank you for understanding that we are all set for those who are able to attend on Thursday.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Dec. 17…LIBRARY, STEAM.  LIBRARY BOOKS DUE.  Sports and Stuffed Animal Day!
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18…MUSIC
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19…GYM.  Grinch Day…wear green or dress like a Grinch character!
  • Thursday, Dec. 20…ART. Holiday Party, 1:50-3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 21…STEAM.  Brody’s B-Day!  Polar Express Day – All K – P.J. Day
  • Monday, Dec. 23 – Jan. 4…NO SCHOOL – Holiday Break!
  • Dec. 26…Elijah’s B-Day!
  • Dec. 27…Piper’s B-Day!
  • Dec. 31…Bryson’s B-Day!
  • Monday, Jan. 7…Back to School!!

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Holiday Program Details…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 13, 2018

 

  • Who:  Your amazing Kindergartner, K-5th graders
  • What:  Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program
  • Where:  Fair Haven Church, 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville 49426. 
    • Kindergartners will need to report to the Family Life Center inside the church by 6:15 p.m.  
  • When: 
    • 6:15 p.m. – students need to arrive-to Family Life Center inside church.
    • 6:30 p.m. – K-2nd grade performs. 
  • 7:30 p.m. 3rd-5th grade students need to arrive. 
  • 7:45 p.m. 3rd-5th grade performs.

Please email me at jstutz1@hpseagles.net if you have any questions.  

 

 

 

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Sub tomorrow…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 12, 2018

Just a friendly reminder I will be out of the classroom tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 12. 

Mrs. Brock, a familiar face to the Kindergartners will be subbing for me.  She was in our classroom at the beginning of the school year and frequently subs in our building. 

If you have any going home changes or need anything that needs immediate attention please call the office at 797-9797.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

 

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Weekly Update…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 9, 2018

12/3 – 12/7

Popcorn Words:  look, from, run.

Math:  This week we started our work on Unit 3 in our Math curriculum.  The students started exploring teen numbers.  Discovering a teen number is a group of 10 and then some ones.  We also met our classroom ten bug, a ladybug that LOVES to see us count our teens.  The Kinders have decided to call her Ella our ten bug!  Ella helps us find a group of ten in teen numbers.  We also learned about number partners and how when they are added together they make a new number.  The kinders practiced using their pencil as a “break apart” stick to show partners in a number sentence.  The kinders LOVED “teaching” each other on the ELMO and showing their work using the x-ray effect.  We are off to a GREAT start in Unit 3!  All Unit 2 Math tests came home at the beginning of the week.

Writers Workshop:  We continued to practice writing pattern books this week.  The Kinders wrote pattern books where the last word changes on each page.  They even were able to write a pattern where the word in the middle changes in a pattern.  We learned that to write a pattern book we need to first think of a topic, then decide what we want to tell about the topic, pick a pattern to use and then put our pages in order.  The kindergartners are practicing starting each sentence with an uppercase letter, putting a finger space between their words, adding punctuation and labeling the pictures.  

Readers Workshop:  As readers this week we learned that we are Super Readers!  Super readers have super powers, we focused on our pointer power this week.  The Kindergartners practiced pointing to each word as they read.  We are continuing to use our pointer tools that help us to remember to point to each word as we read.  The kinders learned that we point under each word as we read, making sure that our finger matches the word we are reading.  

Gingerbread Man on the Loose:  This week we continued to explore more Gingerbread stories.  Finding patterns on each page while listening to the stories.  We were surprised by a bag that was left at our door from the Gingerbread Man on Friday.  Inside the bag we discovered that the Gingerbread Man was on the loose.  The Gingerbread Man left us 4 postcards from Australia!  He also left us a passport to “travel” and find out more about where he was.  We all decorated our own passports and pretended to board our plane to Australia.  While there we learned a little bit about Australia, reading the Gingerbread Man’s postcards he left us.  We learned that many animals are in Australia, one of them being a Koala.  Also, the Australian flag has the same colors as ours, red, white and blue.  In Australia they speak English just like us too, but they have a different accent than we do.  We didn’t find the Gingerbread Man.  Not yet anyway…we can’t wait to see where he is off to next!

Mystery Reader:  

  • On Friday Keller was absolutely THRILLED to see his Mom walk through our door as our Mystery Reader.  Keller’s Mom brought Keller’s elf from home, Cookie Pickle Pants, and read us the book Santa’s Underwear by Marty Figley.  A hilarious story about Santa getting ready to deliver presents and needing his outfit to be just right.  The Kinders got lots of chuckles from this funny book!  Thanks for visiting with us Mrs. Yates!!

Holiday Party:  Our classroom holiday party is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 20 from 1:50-3:00 p.m.  If you would like to volunteer to help at this event please email me asap.  Unfortunately, our space is limited at this party.  I am able to have 10 parent volunteers.  If you have not filled out your background form please do so asap. If you would like to help with any of the following supplies please email me asap.  Thanks!

  • Supplies Needed:
    • 30 candy canes
    • 30 holiday paper plates
    • 30 holiday paper napkins
    • 30 juice boxes-decorate like a snowman (with white paper and markers – I can supply items to decorate)
    • 1 bag of mini chocolate chips
    • 30 white powdered donuts
    • 1 bag of candy corn 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Mon., Dec. 10…STEAM, LIBRARY.  BOOK ORDERS DUE -online or send in with your kinder.
  • Tues., Dec. 11…MUSIC
  • Wed., Dec. 12…GYM, Mrs. Stutz absent – Mrs. Brock will be subbing for me, a familiar face to our kinders.  
  • Thurs., Dec. 13…ART.  Holiday Music Program at 6:30 p.m. – Fair Haven Church, 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville.  Please drop off your kinder by 6:15 p.m. to the meeting room at Fair Haven Church.
  • Fri., Dec. 14…MUSIC.  Early Release – 12:15 Dismissal.
  • Tues., Dec. 18Wrapped BOOKS DUE for Class Gift Exchange.  Be sure to include a gift tag – To: a friend, From: you, on the gift.
  • Wed., Dec. 19…Grinch Day – wear green or dress like a Grinch character!   
  • Thurs., Dec. 20…Holiday party – 1:50-3:00 p.m. 
  • Fri., Dec. 21…Brody’s B-Day!  Polar Express Day – All K- P.J. Day
  • Mon., Dec. 23 – Jan. 4…NO SCHOOL – Holiday break.
  • Dec. 26…Elijah’s B-Day!
  • Dec. 27…Piper’s B-Day!
  • Dec. 31…Bryson’s B-Day!
  • Mon., Jan. 7…Back to school!

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Learning apps…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 7, 2018

Learning at Home

 

Check out these awesome programs, completely paid for by our amazing PTC (parent teacher club). A paper with more detailed instructions will be coming home with your child.


1- CLEVER

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Clever is an easy way for your child to access all of the learning applications they use at school. It allows them to access all of their learning applications with a single username and password.

Our younger students use individualized Clever Badges login without a username and password. Students can login by holding up their badge to the webcam.  (I WILL BE SENDING HOME YOUR CHILD’S PERSONAL LOGIN BADGE & LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS).

How to login:

  • https://clever.com/in/hpseagles
  • Click on the Clever Badge Log in.
  • You will be asked for permission to use your laptop webcam.  Click yes.
  • Hold QR badge up to webcam.  This will take your child to the CLEVER site.
  • A page will appear with multiple learning sites for your child! 

2 – MOBY MAX

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One of the apps offered through the Clever service is Moby Max. This is a phenomenal app used in-school grades 1-3 for math fact fluency and phonics/reading skill practice.

Math modules recommended for K:  numbers. 

Reading modules recommended for K: Phonics, Alphabet letters, Alphabet sounds, Phonics Blending, Phonics spelling, Foundational reading, Sight words


3- RAZ-KIDS

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This information was sent home at the beginning of the year with your child’s login information.  Please let me know if you need this information again.

RAZ-Kids is an AMAZING reading app that Georgetown PTC sponsors for all of our classrooms.  This is a GREAT app to download on your phone or tablet for your kindergartener.  It is a great way to give your child exposure to digital literacy skills.

How to login:

  • Download the app: Kids A-Z (also known as RAZ-Kids)
  • Open the app and type in the following username:  jstutz0
  • Find your child’s name from our class list.
  • Your child’s password is their lowercase initials.
  • Once logged in, go to the “Level-Up” section.
  • Now your child can choose any of the stories on the app to listen to, read independently, then answer comprehension questions.
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