Polar Express Day!

Wearing comfy pajamas was just right for boarding the Polar Express today.

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The day was filled with reading the book The Polar Express, finding rhyming pictures based on the Polar Express, watching the movie, making CVC words, drinking hot chocolate (with and without marshmallows), writing teen numbers, solving addition & subtraction stories using marshmallows and so much more!

 

The day ended with a package delivered to our classroom!  Inside were silver jingle bells from Santa Claus!!!  They were super cold…probably because they arrived right from the North Pole.  WE BELIEVE!!

Grinch Day!

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“And the Grinch’s heart grew 3 sizes that day!”  What a great message we learned that when you think of others and give to them, your own heart grows more and more.  

All day long, the Grinch was the theme as we worked on writing, sight words and math.  Of course, we threw in some fun of learning how to draw the Grinch, reading the book and watching the movie (the cartoon version).

Enjoy these pictures of our fun day of learning!

MATH

DRAWING

CRAFT & WRITING

LITERACY

Holiday Party!

 The kinders and I had an awesome time today!  We had so much fun learning while doing special holiday activities while wearing holiday wear…shirts, sweatshirts, socks and more.

CHRISTMAS BINGO

MAKING CANDY CANES FROM BEADS

“THE BEST TREE EVER” CRAFT

A MATH GAME & LITERACY

SNACK: REINDEER PUDDING, CHRISTMAS COOKIES (thank you Marissa) & JUICE BOXES

News of the Week—Dec 7-11

What a week!  A few days of at home learning and a few days of in person learning at school.  It feels good to be back with friends!  I just need to say it one more time…THANK YOU, THANK YOU for supporting your kinder in so MANY ways while we were at home learning!  🙂

POPCORN WORDS:     WHAT.   IT

MATH:   The kinders worked on solving addition and subtraction math stories, writing out equations, building teen numbers, writing teen numbers and seeing 5 groups within 6-10.

WRITING:  The kinders wrote a small moment story of their choice.  They did a fabulous job including capital letters, finger spaces, sentence stoppers, sight words and detail drawings.

LITERACY:  The kinders did activities that focused on parts of a sentence (putting the sentence in order to make sense), word families (rhymes), syllables, beginning sounds and identifying and writing popcorn words.

READING:  The kinders celebrated being readers!  They learned what it means to retell a book after reading.  It is important to understand what we are reading and we can practice this by retelling our books. The kinders read stories to family members, stuffed animals and friends.  They reviewed using their super powers to help them be the best reader they can be!  🙂

HOLIDAY FUN:  We enjoyed reading some different versions of The Gingerbread Man.  We found out that 14 kinders like gingerbread cookies and 5 do not.  The kinders were excited to make stockings for Santa and super excited to use glitter to write their names. 🙂

KOOL KINDER:  A new round of being the Kool Kinder has begun.  This time the kinders will need to use their writing skills (draw a picture and write a sentence) to show what they like to do as a family.  We found out that families like to ride bikes, go camping, go hiking and go to Great Wolf Lodge. We can’t wait to see and hear what fun activity you do, as a family, to create memories!

REMINDERS

In preparation for snow session, please remember. When snow is on the ground, please have the following in your kinder’s backpack and don’t forgot to label!!

  1. Snow pants
  2. Boots-designed for the snow (consider velcro closing if purchasing new)
  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.

HOT LUNCH–It is FREE to ALL students through June 2021:)  If your kinder orders milk with their home lunch that is a charge.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec 14—ART. Wear Red, Green and White

*Tuesday, Dec 15—STEAM Wear a Holiday Hat (Santa, antlers, etc)

*Wednesday, Dec 16—MUSIC; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due   Wear a Holiday shirt, sweatshirt, etc

*Thursday, Dec 17–-GYM Grinch Day..Dress in Grinch style

*Friday, Dec 18—ART Polar Express Day. Wear pj’s. (no stuffed animals or blankets please)

*Dec 19-Jan 3–Holiday Vacation

*Monday, Jan 4–Return to school

 

Return to In-Person Learning….

I hope this update finds you all healthy, safe, and cozy.  We will be returning to IN-PERSON learning starting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9.  Doors will open at 8:35 a.m.  PLEASE plan to have the following upon your kinder’s return tomorrow:

  • Completed work from our learning at home time, labeled with your kinder’s name.
  • Gym shoes
  • 2 face masks
  • Specials “to-go” bags
  • Morning Work Packets
  • Blue Daily Folders
  • Library books
  • Extra books that were sent home with your child
  • Lunch choice decision or home lunch.
  • Water bottle
  • 2 snacks for our a.m. and p.m. snack times.
  • Appropriate outside gear for the day – labeled.  We will be going outside in these winter months when the temperature is above freezing.

We will be having a fun themed week next week.  Our classroom will also be having a Holiday Party Day on Wednesday, December 16.  The kindergarten teachers have organized a fun day for our classes.  No donations are necessary at this time.  We will not be doing a student gift exchange this year.  The kinders will give their classmates the gift of friendship this year.  Here  is the DECEMBER calendar  I will send home a paper copy tomorrow.  You can also find it under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  Please reach out to me if you have ANY QUESTIONS, kbohl@hpseagles.net.

News of the Week—Nov 30-Dec 4

You did a GREAT job with our “Learning at Home” this week!  I hope you found the learning packets helpful as you navigated through our google classroom’s daily assignments. Thank you for all of your flexibility and patience with our kindergarten team as we maneuvered through this change in learning.  As of today, we will be returning to in-person learning on Wednesday, Dec. 9.  However, with the current climate of constant change please be sure to stay tuned to our class blog and Georgetown blog for any updates.

It was SO WONDERFUL to see your kinders join in on our daily meetings!  I LOVED seeing them bring their cozy items every day and work with me on our Daily Morning Work Packets. Being able to read stories and have some laughs with telling jokes was enjoyable too.  It was AWESOME to see the kinders really “lean in” to our online learning time together and engage in the meetings.  THANK YOU, parents and grandparents and cousin, for all of your help! 🙂

Please have your kinder return the following items to school on Wednesday, Dec 9.  We will need them as we learn and work at school.  Thank you so much!

Specials “to-go bags”

Learning Packets, Homework, any papers completed by your kinder while at home.

December Morning Work Packet

Gym shoes

UPCOMING DATES

*Mon. Dec 7 ONLINE LEARNING DAY

  • 8:45am Morning Meeting
  • 12:15pm Afternoon Meeting
  • ART

*Tues. Dec 8 ONLINE LEARNING DAY

  • 8:45am Morning Meeting
  • 12:15pm Afternoon Meeting
  • STEAM

*Wed. Dec 9 IN PERSON LEARNING 

  • Please bring back supplies listed above
  • STEAM

*Thurs. Dec 10   MUSIC

*Fri. Dec 11   GYM

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.