This past week, I put up the final photos — which means that there are 630 photos on the wall! Throughout the fall, I 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 me to intentionally connect with each and every child–every year. Over the years, I notice how their personality evolves — and how much they grow up! When the photos are developed, I label them with the child’s name, teacher and grade — which is another way for me to interact with each child — appreciating their beautiful features and individuality.
As I put them up on the wall, I interact a third time — and this is when I usually practice their name, grade and teacher name — a strategy I use to rehearse everyone’s name (first and last) as well as their teacher. It’s important for me to know where their grade and room too.
I also organize the photos on our school SMUGMUG site — and permits me to cross check all students on the wall. Rather than standing in front of the board, I can access the photos from my laptop at home! A more accurate and more comfortable way to make sure I have all the children.
At the top is a slide show of all of our students. The photos are randomly organized — a nine minute mash-up of all our K-5 unique, individual and just right learners. I have also created individual grade level slide shows. You can access each of those below.
And…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 my greatest joy and honor to be the principal of Georgetown Elementary.
Do you know about Toys for Tots? It’s a great charity that provides happiness and joy to kids on Christmas morning. They cannot do this without our help.
This year, we have set a school donation goal of 100 toys.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to school before December 13. Toys for Tots will distribute these toys to kids in need throughout our community.
PLEASE SUPPORT THE KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
Ainslee Tomaszewski, Student Chairperson for Georgetown Toys for Tots Campaign
WAYS to EARN MONEY for OUR SCHOOL
|The money we earn goes toward: playground equipment, field trip funds for every student, online reading programs (RAZ KIDS and Scholastic News), updating old equipment (microphone systems, projectors, etc.), classroom library expansions, library books, and more!
ONE BIG EVENT PER YEAR: Fall Walkathon
*We are allowed one big money raising event each year. Walkathon is our BIG EVENT.
|COKE CAPS: Super easy. Save the caps and go online to enter collection! COKE WEBSITE (https://us.coca-cola.com/give/) Select Georgetown Elementary and enter the code on the cap. Now you can recycle the cap. No need to send it to school.|
|AMAZON SMILE. Order everything from AMAZON through our smile link to earn our school MONEY! Go to this link: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-4701906 to earn credit for the Georgetown Elementary PTC whenever you shop on AMAZON.|
|JET’s PIZZA NIGHTS: One Thursday per month. Check our school calendar for the Thursday nighteach month. When you order, give your child’s teacher name to help his/her class win a pizza party.|
|CULVER’s NIGHT: Two per year: Fall and Spring. Teachers and Parent Club Board members serve food and earn money for our school. Example of Culver’s Night|
RECYCLE your old paper for our HUNGRY PAPERGATOR. When it’s full, we get money for our school. Papergator located in front parking lot.
What CAN go into the PAPERGATOR?
With the weather forecast, it looks like Winter is about to begin. As soon as tomorrow possibly!
Just a few reminders:
- The kids go outside at every recess. We only keep them inside if the wind chill is below zero. If no boots are worn then the kinders will need to stay on the pavement to keep shoes dry.
- WINTER CLOTHING is a must. Boots, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants. Write your last name on all pieces of clothing. This helps with those missing items that like to go missing!
- Be prepared to hang up the winter clothing to air out and dry each night.
And, finally…get ready to hear about the new recess celebrations and concerns. The SNOW is so much fun on the playground. And, like most schools we have rules (I know… way to ruin the fun, right?!) The rules are basic:
- NO SNOWBALLS. WHY? Because we have had our fair share of eye injuries, head injuries, bruising etc. when these snowballs hit people in the face. I always tell kids that if their parents let them have snowball fights at home, do it at home. But we can’t do it at school.
- NO ICE SLIDING. WHY? We have kids break their wrist or arm sliding on ice. We have also had kids fall and get a concussion.
- FORTS…build at your own risk. Our playgrounds are shared by nearly 600 kids. If you build a fort during one recess, another group might come out the next recess and change your fort — put on an addition or take off the front porch or destroy it for a new subdivision. So…build away…but know it might be changed.
Our priority will be to have the kids dress appropriately for the snow, have fun in the snow and be safe in the snow!
GEORGETOWN Culver’s Night Monday, November 19 from 5:00 – 8:00
7393 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison, MI 49428
You can either come in and eat or go through the drive thru.
Culver’s is donating a portion of the profits from every customer.
Parents and staff get to help deliver food.
Bring your family by for dinner or get a concrete mixer and support your school!
Hope to see you there!
At Georgetown School, we believe it is important that kids feel safe and that they are kind to each other. Click on the slideshow below to see the key ideas that we will be discussing in our classroom throughout this week.