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Virtual Learning Information

I hope that you had a relaxing Thanksgiving and enjoyed your day together as a family.  I am truly thankful for all of my sweet kinders and you, as families!  To be able to start our year together and have 12 weeks of in person instruction, building a classroom community and learning has been a gift.  I cannot thank you enough for sharing your kinder with me!!  

I also what to thank. you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility during these last two weeks.  You have been given A LOT of information.  PLEASE KNOW that if at any point you have a question, wondering, or need, email me and I will help. 

Google Classroom:  Our online google classroom work will begin on Tuesday, December 1.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions on getting into our google classroom. I will do my best to help you. A link to our Google Classroom is on our class blog listed under the  CURRICULUM heading on the right.  You can also find the Daily Online Learning Schedule under our CURRICULUM heading tab as well.  I hope that you will find the “At home learning” bag helpful during this time.  All of these tools are printable as well under our CURRICULUM tab too.

Daily LIVE meetings:  PLEASE know that if you cannot make these times they will be recorded for you to access at a later time that is convenient for you.  I will be updating our LIVE meeting links with a recorded version once they have taken place.  So, if you miss a LIVE time just go into our google classroom and click on the link you missed.  It will be updated with a recorded meeting for you to view.  It is my understanding that if you cannot attend a LIVE meeting you will need to call (616-797-9797) your kinder into the office as you would with an in-person absent day.   You can also email our attendance secretary, Mindy Jeltema at mjeltem@hpseagle.net.  Attendance will only be taken during our morning meeting and afternoon meeting times.  

Meal Information:  Free meals are available for all children 18 and under.  You must place an order ahead of time.  You can click this link to go to the order form.  You will be able to pick up these meals at:

  • Hudsonville Freshman Campus, 3370 Allen Street, Hudsonville, 49426.  Front Vestibule area (faces Allen Street).
  • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming Dates

*Monday, Nov. 30. Kinders work on learning packets sent home.  No online learning today.

*Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • Morning Meeting 8:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon Meeting 12:15 p.m.
  • STEAM

*Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • Morning Meeting 8:45 a.m.
  • Flex Day, kinders work independently. 
  • NO TEACHER OFFICE HOURS TODAY.  Feel free to email me with any questions at kbohl@hpseagles.net.

*Thursday, Dec. 3

  • Morning Meeting @ 8:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon Meeting @ 12:15
  • MUSIC

*Friday, Dec. 4

  • Morning Meeting @ 8:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon Meeting @ 12:15 p.m.
  • GYM

Gmail Login for your kinder

Kinder families,

We are asking that you check your kinder’s login information as soon as possible.  This information is located on the back of your kinder’s blue folder.  We are finding that the information we were given in August for our kinders is or may be incorrect and parents are unable to login. 

Please email me as soon as possible if you are unable to log your kinder in.  I will contact the technology department and get you the correct information.

Thank you!

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Learning at Home…..

As we are all aware, our school district will be learning at home through Dec. 9.  With this news, the kindergarten teachers at Georgetown have put together 2 weeks’ worth of learning packets for your kinder.  Each kinder was sent home with a learning packet for 11/18 – 11/24 and for 11/30 – 12/4.  Our goal was to give you pencil and paper tasks that will be easy for you and your kinder to maneuver through over these next 2 weeks.

Our district plan does state that some online learning will take place.  We will be using google classroom which will house all of our learning for this time.  Each kindergarten classroom has a specific classroom code.  As a parent, you will need to log into your kinder’s email to accept the google classroom invite.   Please know that each kinder does have an email and clever badge id., which is located on the back of their blue take-home folder.

Here are the links on how to log into google classroom:

Our district has asked each grade level to develop a daily schedule for our students.  Below you can view the daily schedule for kindergarten.  Please know that our expectations for you is to do what works for your family.

DAILY SCHEDULE:

*VIRTUAL LEARNING WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1*

8:45 – 9:00:  Morning Meeting and Morning Attendance (We are required to take attendance during this time.  If you cannot make this meeting daily please email our school office: mjeltem@hpseagles.net).

9:00 – 9:30:  Writing:  Watch lesson & Complete assignment

9:30 – 10:00:  Math:  Watch lesson & Complete assignment

10:00 – 10:30:  Snack and Break (teacher office hours available to you)

10:30 – 11:00:  Reading:  Watch lesson & Complete assignment

11:00 – 11:30:  Small Group Work (groups will NOT meet until Dec. 7)

11:30 – 12:15:  Lunch and playtime

12:15 – 12:30:  Afternoon Meeting/Read Aloud and afternoon attendance (We are required to take attendance during this time.  If you cannot make this meeting daily please email our school office: mjeltem@hpseagles.net).

1:00 – 1:50: Specials

2:00: – Purposeful Play until the end of the day

2:00 – 2:30:  Teacher office hours available to you

You should have received an email from your kinder’s teacher inviting you to a “fun show and tell zoom” meeting for tomorrow.  We would love to see your kinder!  PLEASE reach out to your kindergarten teacher at ANY POINT if you have any questions.  We thank you for your patience, grace, and understanding during this very fluid time.

News of the Week—Nov 16-20

We had very short in-person week in kindergarten.  Look what we did at school.

MATH: We took our unit #2 math test.  This kinders did a great job!  We also practiced putting numbers 1-10 in the correct order by playing a fun fall fox game.

WRITING: We continued to work on writing our personal narrative/small moment stories this week.  The kinders thought of a real story that happened to them.  They told the story to their partner and then worked on their OWN story by writing the beginning and middle of their story in a 3-page writing booklet. They can finish the ending at home.  They were reminded to use ALL of our writing charts when writing real stories. They learned that writers say their sentence, working hard to write word after word on their paper.  

READING:  We added another Super Power to our chart. PERSISTENCE POWER reminds us to never give up when trying to tackle unknown words.  Using our Super Powers really helps us be Super Readers!  

zPOPCORN WORDS:  AN,  CAN,  MAN,  RAN    The kinders were excited when they noticed that “an” was hiding inside of our other popcorn words.  Our shared poem and book also included this week’s word…..can.  We had fun making up a new story for when Max gets ready for a rainy day after reading how he gets ready to play outside.

HANDWRITING:  We completed learning the proper formation of the lower case letters j,g,q,p,y,  This booklet came home with your kinder.  Please refer to it as you practice at home.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS for this month 

SPECIAL TO GO BAGS: You are welcome to use the supplies inside of your kinder’s to go bags but please keep all materials inside the bag.  Once we return to school, the kinders will be asked to return the bags to school for usage during their special classes.

LEARNING PACKETS:  Please refer to the 2 learning packets that your kinder took home this week.  Be mindful of the week’s dates as you continue learn at home.

UPCOMING DATES

*Thurs Nov 19 At home learning.  Please refer to the learning packet.

*Fri Nov 20. At home learning.  Please refer to the learning packet.  Class Zoom Meeting 10:30-11:00. Link will be sent to your email this weekend.

*Mon Nov 23 At home learning. Please refer to the learning packet.

*Tues Nov 24. At home learning. Please refer to the learning packet.

*Nov. 25—Nov. 27—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation   

*Mon Nov 30 At home learning.  Please refer to the learning packet.

*Tues Dec 1 Virtual learning begins 

Again, thank you for taking the time to attend your kinder’s virtual conference this week.  You have amazing kinders and I am so grateful to spend my days with them.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitant to contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net.  I am willing to help you as we navigate and learn together in kindergarten.

I am very THANKFUL for each kinder and how they make a difference in our class family.   Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

THANK YOU!!!

Thank you for attending your kinder’s parent teacher conferences. I enjoyed meeting with you, even if was virtual! :). Your kinder is unbe”leaf”able!!!

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please don’t hesitate in contacting me at kbohl@hpseagles.net.

Please continue to check your email and our blog for updates about learning at home.  Thank you!

Book Fair Information

Our class will have the opportunity to  “preview” the books at the book fair on Tuesday, Nov 17.  We will visit the book fair and make a wish list to bring home to parents.  

On Thursday, Nov 19 we are scheduled to “buy” books at the book fair.  If you are interested in having your kinder purchase a book from the book fair and want them to do it at school, you can send in the money with your kinder’s wish list.  Please be sure to circle the title of the book and place this inside an envelope with your kinder’s name clearly marked on the outside.  There is also an option to purchase books online if you wish.  Directions came home with the book fair information. 

Please reach out to me at kbohl@hpseagles.net if you have any questions.   Mrs. Bohl

News of the Week—Nov 9-13

It is hard to believe that it is mid-November and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving.  We had some fun making some silly looking turkeys to help decorate your home.

POPCORN WORDS    OR    FOR

READING: We continued learning about our Super Reader Powers!  We learned that PARTNER POWER can help make our reading stronger.  When using this superpower, one partner reads and the other partner points to each word. We learned that PICTURE POWER helps readers figure out unknown words or tricky words.  Pictures are helpful when reading. We learned that SNAP WORD POWER helps readers read snap words (popcorn words) quickly. We practiced using this superpower by reading the nursery rhyme The Itsy Bitsy Spider. We learned that SOUND POWER is needed when readers need more help than just looking at the pictures. We looked at a pictures of a beetle and guessed what the word would be.  Then we uncovered the first letter and made that sound.  Finally we uncovered the whole word learning that it was a beetle. 

WRITING:  We reviewed what a small moment story was.  Mrs. Bohl explained that a really big story is like a watermelon.  We want to pick just one seed out of the watermelon and tell a seed story.  Our Fun Fall Friday could be a watermelon story so we picked one seed to write about….making our marshmallow spider webs.  We practiced writing a beginning, a middle and an end. The kinders drew pictures on each page and wrote words to on each page. They even added a speech bubble to tell what someone in their picture was saying, just like in Piggy and Elephant stories!  The kinders are taking risks writing and doing a fabulous job!

HANDWRITING:  We practiced writing SLANT lowercase letters of k,v,w,x,z
PHONICS:  We practiced hearing for syllables, sorted pictures by the final sounds, spelled sight word by movement and more.

MATH: The kinders worked on showing the -1 pattern.  They practiced identifying their shapes and learned about a new shape…a hexagon. We learned that hexagons have 6 sides and 6 corners while singing a fun song about hexagons.The kinders had to find certain shapes and color them the correct color.  We also helped Puzzled Penguin learn the difference between number 6 and number 9.  We wrote our numbers in order and helped Puzzled Penguin do the same thing. Good thing we helped him, he gets puzzled sometimes.  Next week we will be taking our Unit #2 math test.  We had so much fun playing FIND THE TURKEY when he was hidden behind numbers 1-20.

WANTS AND NEEDS:  We reminded ourselves the difference between wants and needs.  Wants are things we wish we had (doll, baseball).  Needs are things that we need to have. (food, water, clothes, shelter)  We sang a fun song about wants and needs before completing a coloring sheet.

SPLIT LIT:   This week we started our new Split Lit. center activities.  After getting a chance to assess and re-assess the kinders, I was able to create a group of activities that enables them to work on the skills they need to practice the most.  The kinders spend this time with working in small groups either with Mrs.Bynum/Mrs. DeGroot, myself or working independently on literacy activities such as identifying and writing letters, reading emerging books, rhyming words, beginning sounds and more. The kinders love using their Reading Binders.  These binders have literacy skills inside them that they get to decide what to work on during literacy time. 

REMINDERS

It was announced today through a district email, that Nov. 23 and 24 are now remote learning days for Hudsonville Public Schools.  I will be sending home a learning packet with your kinder next week for each of these days.  This packet must be completed over these days home and returned to school the following week. 

In preparation for snow session, please remember. When snow is on the ground, please have the following in your kinder’s backpack:

  1. Snow pants
  2. Boots-designed for the snow
  3. A Warm Coat
  4. Mittens/Gloves
  5. A Hat

SNACKS – Please remember to send your kinder with 2 snacks and a water bottle each day. We have a morning and an afternoon snack. Due to COVID restrictions, we can not use our drinking fountain.

Our annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive ends this week. We are asking for your help in 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 class with the most items at noon on Nov. 18 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes (if allowed later in the year) and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov 16—GYM; Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences  4:00-8:00pm

*Tuesday, Nov 17—ART 

*Wednesday, Nov 18—STEAM; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due  Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00pm  Book Fair Purchase Day

*Thursday, Nov 19–-MUSIC Birthday celebration for Kole

*Friday, Nov 20—GYM. Birthday celebration for Parker (11/23)

*Monday, Nov 23 & Tuesday, Nov 24–NO IN-PERSON CLASS A learning packet will come home.

*Nov. 24—Nov. 27—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation

Have a great weekend.  I am looking forward to meeting with you next week to share your kinder’s progress.  .    Mrs. Bohl

Important Conference Papers

Dear kinder families,   

Please look inside your kinder’s backpack for this yellow folder that came home today. I placed it inside the daily blue folder. 

This yellow folder contains papers for your kinder’s upcoming parent teacher conferences.  Take some time this weekend to look over the amazing progress that your kinder has and is making.  We will refer to these papers during our time together, so please keep this folder in a safe place.  

Your kinder is unbe”LEAF”able!  I am so proud of their progress and hard work. 

~~~Mrs. Bohl

To All Veterans….THANK YOU!!

Today we learned about Veterans Day.  We learned what a veteran is and why we have Veterans Day.  We also talked about what is a hero (someone who protects and keeps us safe) and listed people who we thought are heroes.

 

 

 

 

We read a sweet book entitled Hero Dad to help us learn more about what people in the military do. It was fun to make soldiers wearing camouflage.

 

We learned that a veteran is someone who served in the military by reading a newspaper.

   

Thank you to ALL veterans and active service men and women, for your service!

PE C.A.R.E.S Food Drive

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The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 4.

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 & please do not break apart packaged food)

The food drive will continue until noon on Nov. 18. 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. 18 will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonsville Lane (if allowed later in the year).

This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, to teach our kinders compassion and love for others.  Thank you for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown..  If you have any questions please contact  Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering. 

Below is a link to their blog: 

P.E. Blog http://mvankoev.edublogs.org