This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: said, make

READING: This week during reading, the kindergarteners learned that they need to check their reading. They need to ask themselves, does this make sense? If it doesn’t, they need to try to fix it. We also learned about looking for patterns in books. The Kinders color coded some pattern reading. I hope they read it to you at home! We finished off the week by using letter-sound knowledge to help them when they are trying to read unknown words. We looked at the picture and the first letter/sound to figure out the tricky word. They did a great job! The Kinders had a lot of fun with their partners reading ABC books! I’m so proud of them, they are working hard!

WRITING: During writing this week, we continued practicing how-to papers. We started using some new how-to paper and wrote whole papers. We wrote about how-to make cookies, how-to brush your teeth and how-to make a bowl of cereal. The Kinders are getting more and more comfortable writing how-to papers, trying a little more on their own each time. Way to go Kinders!

MATH: This week during math, we worked hard on building teen numbers and noticing 5-groups. When we found 5-groups, we circled them…making them stand out to us.  We finished the week by learning more about teen numbers. We practiced adding 10 + a number (1-9) = a teen number. It was fun to practice making teen numbers by using marshmallows and doing hot chocolate math. We also wrote equations totaling teen numbers. For example, 10 + 7 = 17. They had fun, did great and got to eat the marshmallows! Yum!

THE MITTEN: On Friday, we had hearing the story The Mitten by Jan Brett. We listened to the story and retold the story using pictures. Then we had fun making a mitten craft!

LITERACY: During literacy this week, the kindergarteners practiced many skills in their literacy tubs. They matched up rhyming word puzzles, practiced writing popcorn words, practiced writing their names (with an uppercase letter at the start and then lowercase letters), and finding beginning word sounds. I’m so proud of the hard work they are doing!

MYSTERY READER: Hazel and Ruby were so excited when their sister, Macy, walked through our door and surprised them as a mystery reader! Macy read us a fun story called, The Pigeon Needs a Bath! We love pigeon books, so that book was perfect! It was fun to have Macy (a third grader) visit our classroom!

POPCORN AND A MOVIE: On Friday, we celebrated earning 5 stars!! Yay…way to go Kinders!! We watched a Franklin the Turtle movie and also had fun watching the popcorn “pop” in the air popper. The kids loved watching the popcorn spill out into a bowl!! Next week, we are going to use the popping popcorn to write a how-to paper. 🙂

Upcoming Dates…

Monday, January 20: Gym; Library – remember to bring your book back!

Tuesday, January 21: Art; Take Home Books…return your book!

Wednesday, January 22: STEAM

Thursday, January 23: Music; Take Home Books…return your book! PTC meeting @ 6:30

Friday, January 24: Gym; Take Home Books…return your book!

Friday, January 31: Fast Friday – dismissal at 12:15

Winter Break – February 3-4

PE Apparel Sale

The annual P.E Apparel sale is officially open and will be open until January 29, 2020.   If you are interested in buying any apparel, you must order online.  

The link is:

Here is the design and colors available:

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Please contact Mrs.  Nienhuis or Mrs. VanKoevering if you have any questions.

616-797-9797 ext. 7460 or

Thank you!! 

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: at, that, was

READING: This week, we began a new reading unit called Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles. The Kinders learned that when reading we need persistence power. Persistence power helps when books are considered challenging because they have more words and more lines, longer words, new words and surprise endings. We also learned about pattern power. We learned that when readers figure out the pattern it makes reading easier. Each of the Kinders were given their own reading mat to use during reading time. The Kinders practiced using their reading mat to organize their books as they read. They placed their books on the green arrow side (in a pile with the easiest books on top) to start reading and moving the book to the red arrow side when they are finished will allow them to go back and re-read their books again.

MATH: During math this week, we practiced many skills and learned some new ones. We learned about sorting and classifying pictures. We sorted in different ways and told why we chose to sort that way. We sorted by shapes, colors, size, animals, people, etc. We also practiced using 5-groups to show how to represent numbers. The Kinders had a chance to  practice their addition and subtraction skills! We finished the week by learning about equal and unequal numbers. They are working hard learning new math skills! 

WRITING: This week, we began writing How To stories. We shared what we thought we could teach others to do with our partners. Some examples were: how to ride a bike, how to make a bowl of cereal, how to make a snowman, etc. We learned that writers write about what they know and they practice telling what they know by putting the steps in order. This week we practiced writing abut…How To Wash Your Hands, How To Make Hot Cocoa, and How To Make a Snowman. We did some cutting and pasting (instead of drawing) to put the pictures in correct order and then wrote words to tell the steps. The Kinders did a great job and had fun writing How To stories!

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we practiced our popcorn words by reading the story The Mitten. The Kinders were amazed how all of the animals fit into the mitten. They found popcorn words in the book and put them in their blue book boxes to practice reading during reading time. We also practiced writing our popcorn words as well as looking for the words. We practiced writing our color words, stretching out CVC words (listening for all the sounds we hear) and writing them, and reading books while wearing sunglasses. 

MYSTERY READERS: This week in our class, we were lucky enough to have more than one mystery reader! 

Marisa was surprised and excited to see her sister and mom walk in to be our mystery readers! Kaitlyn is a second grader and skipped her recess to come and read to us. Marisa’s mom helped by holding the book for Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn read us a fun book called When Pencil Met Eraser. It was a great story!

Sawyer was excited and also surprised to see his mom walk through the door as our mystery reader. He didn’t expect it to be her since she was working at our school that day! Sawyer’s mom read us the story How To Catch A Unicorn. It was a fun story that we all enjoyed listening to! 


TAKE HOME BOOKS – Please remember to return Take Home Books every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Look for new books to be coming home on those days too! Happy Reading!

WINTER GEAR – Please remember to send appropriate winter gear with your Kinder each day to school. If you haven’t had a chance to label their winter gear, please do so…we have many pairs of snowpants that look similar. 

SNACKS – Please remember to send in 2 snacks each day with your Kinder. Thank you!


Monday, January 13 –  Music; Library – remember to bring back library books

Tuesday, January 14 – Gym; Bring back Take Home Books

Wednesday, January 15 – Art

Thursday, January 16 – STEAM; Bring back Take Home Books

Friday, January 17 – Music; Brink back Take Home Books

Friday, Jan 31 – Fast Friday – Early Release at 12:15pm

Winter Break: February 1-4

Enjoy these fun pictures from kindergarten this week! We have a new play center in our room, a veterinary clinic. The Kinders have had so much fun playing in the vet clinic this week, taking care of all of the animals! We also have some new dress-up clothes that the Kinders enjoyed dressing up in…it was a fun week!


Happy New Year…2020!!

This Week in Kindergarten…


We had fun learning, Grinch style! We learned to count teen numbers, we labeled the Grinch, made a Grinch headband, drew the Grinch step-by-step, read about the Grinch and then answered some questions. We also got to watch the Grinch! It was a fun day! Each Kinder brought home a green candy cane and hopefully told you all about their fun day.


We had some fun, holiday style! It was fun exchanging books with another Kinder! We also finished up our gifts for parents…in case they forget, they are inside backpacks. The Kinders worked hard on them and are excited to give them to you! It was fun to have a visit from our fifth grade buddies who made us special cards! We ended our fun day with our holiday party! Many thanks to all of the parents who helped at the party and/or sent things in for the party! It was a super fun afternoon!


We had a fun day, Polar Express style! It was a cozy day in our jammies traveling from classroom to classroom. The Kinders traveled to each kindergarten classroom and watched a part of the movie in each room. They had to get their tickets stamped and then took a seat on the “train” to enjoy the show.


On Friday, Xander was surprised when his sisters walked through the door! Xander’s twin sisters were both able to come to our classroom and both got to read us a book! They were perfect books…Max’s Christmas (we LOVE Max and Ruby) and The Little Blue Truck’s Christmas (we LOVE The Little Blue Truck stories too)! The Kinders had fun meeting Xander’s sisters!


December 23 – January 5: Holiday Break

Monday, January 6: STEAM; Library – remember to return your book!

Tuesday, January 7: Music

Wednesday, January 8: Gym

Thursday, January 9: Art; Jet’s Pizza Night

Friday, January 10: STEAM

Have a wonderful Holiday Break! Enjoy your time with family and friends! I will miss you and will see you on January 6, 2020!     

~Mrs. Baker

This Week in Kindergarten…

The “gingerbread people” turned out adorable!! They look so cute hanging in the hallway!!


READING: This week during reading, we practiced all of the Super Reading Powers that we’ve learned! The Kinders are doing a good job using their “Super Powers” during reading time! I’m proud of them remembering to use these strategies! The Kinders are working hard to increase their stamina during reading!

WRITING: During writing this week, we read a different gingerbread story and then wrote something about each of the books. We decorated the cover of our gingerbread writing book by coloring a cookie jar. We enjoyed reading The Gingerbread Boy, The Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Girl and The Gingerbread Cowboy. They were all fun stories to listen to and write about! It was a fun way to practice all we’ve learned it writing! 

MATH: During math this week, we learned about teen numbers! We practiced writing teen numbers, identifying the number and drawing circles to represent the number. We also continued practicing adding and subtracting numbers. We had fun using Santa’s sleigh to add and subtract numbers!


LITERACY: We had fun doing gingerbread themed literacy activities this week! We practiced beginning sounds, popcorn words, gingerbread man labeling and rhyming words.

GINGERBREAD FUN: It was fun to read different versions of the Gingerbread Man and other Gingerbread Man stories. We made our own book of the Gingerbread Man and filled in the missing words to the story we are getting to know so well. Then we practiced retelling the story in order.

NORTH POLE NINJA: We had a surprise visitor in our classroom on Monday morning when we got to school! Nick, the North Pole Ninja, was in our class and he gave us a mission…to spread holiday cheer! He has visited our room each day and given us a mission to do. We have gotten to spread cheer to our 5th grade buddies and the other kindergarten classes. It has been fun to secretly deliver a special treat to each of these rooms! Each morning we are excited to hear our mission!

MYSTERY READER: Gracie was so excited when her mom came through the door as our mystery reader! She was extra excited because her sister came too…and it was her second birthday! Gracie’s mom read us the story Miss Nelson Is Missing. It was a fun story to listen to!


Monday, December 16: Art; Library; Wear green and red day; Please remember to turn in book for our classroom book exchange – wrapped and labeled with who it is from!

Tuesday, December 17: STEAM; Wear a holiday hat day; Penguin Patch Holiday Shop

Wednesday, December 18: Music; Grinch Day

Thursday, December 19: Gym; Holiday Party 2:00-3:00; Holiday sweater day

Friday, December 20: Art; Polar Express day – wear your pj’s

Holiday Break: December 23 – January 5 … See you on January 6, 2020

Sack Lunch

If your kindergartener needs a sack lunch from the hot lunch program tomorrow for our early release day, please email me to let me know – along with their milk choice, chocolate or white. If I don’t hear from you, I’ll plan on your child eating lunch at home with you. Thank you!

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 

Gingerbread Reminder…

Just a reminder to work on disguising your gingerbread person this weekend! Please have fun completing this project with your Kinder and send them to school on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: look, from, run

READING: This week during reading, we practiced sounds like readers when we read. We used our voice to bring our books to life! We also learned about noticing punctuation as we read. We practiced reading Where is Thumbkin? We noticed periods, question marks and exclamation points. We also learned we have persistence power when we read! When one super power doesn’t work well, we try another one! The Kinders practiced this on their own during reading time and with their partners. 

WRITING: During writing this week, we practiced writing a small moment story as a class (shared writing). We wrote about when we made Stone Soup as a class. The Kinders helped with the pictures, the labels and the words! Then, they wrote a story of their own. We practiced using a checklist when writing stories. The checklist helps the Kinders remember the things they need to do: draw pictures, add labels, write words, use finger spaces between words and use periods. I’m so proud of how hard they are working on their stories!

MATH: This week during math, we looked for groups of ten, colored them and circled them. We got to meet Ten Bug! Ten Bug flew around our room and helped us make ten groups. The Kinders loved getting to meet Ten Bug! We also learned about partners of numbers. For example, using the number 6, we broke it apart into the partners 2 and 4. We put a “break apart stick” to show the two partners. Then we put a plus sign in between the two partners. We finished the week by counting groups of objects and practicing adding and subtracting numbers. 

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we practiced having 5 different literacy stations going on at the same time. At each station, the Kinders practiced a different literacy skill. Some of the stations they did on their own and some of the stations were led by a teacher. The Kinders did a great job! We were lucky enough to have some parents help during our literacy time! If you are interested in coming to help during our literacy time, just let me know! 

2ND GRADE READERS: On Thursday, Ms. Yankee’s class visited our classroom and read to us! Some of the Kinders had siblings or cousins in Ms. Yankee’s class. They were so excited about their visit!! It was fun for Mrs. Baker to have some of her past students visit!


GINGERBREAD FUN: On Friday, we had fun learning more about the Gingerbread Man! We heard a story, read a story and retold the story. Then we “sewed” the gingerbread man! Even though it was a little tricky, they did a great job of working hard! 


Monday, December 9: Art; Library – remember to return your book!

Tuesday, December 10: STEAM

Wednesday, December 11: Music

Thursday, December 12: Gym; Holiday Program starts at 6:30 at Fairhaven Church in Jenison

Friday, December 13: Music; Early Release Day – dismissal at 12:15; Wear a flannel day

Monday, December 16: Art; Wear green and red day; Please remember to turn in book for our classroom book exchange – wrapped with who it is from on it!

Tuesday, December 17: STEAM; Wear a holiday hat day; Penguin Patch Holiday Shop

Wednesday, December 18: Music; Grinch Day 

Thursday, December 19: Gym; Holiday Party 2:00-3:00; Holiday sweater day

Friday, December 20: Art; Polar Express day – wear your pj’s

December 23 – January 5: Vacation…see you on January 6, 2020!