Walk-a-Thon…

Our BIG and ONLY school fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, 9/27/19. We will be holding an all school GO EAGLES Walk•A•Thon — a day for everyone to wear blue & gold — and also the same day as our Homecoming Football Game.

The money raised for our Walk•A•Thon funds all events for the year: Parent/Child Programs, On Line Learning Platforms (RAZ KIDS), equipment for Art, Music, PE, STEAM Studio, books for classrooms and the library, playground equipment, etc.

Schedule for the Walk•A•Thon on Friday, September 27:

  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: K, 1st, 2nd Graders Walk
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders Walk
  • Walkathon ends at 11:30.

What are the prizes?

●  TOP EARNING WINNERS from EACH GRADE: Lunch and dessert with MRS. REAGAN

●  Top WINNING CLASSROOM: Limo Ride AND Lunch at Pizza Ranch.

●  EVERY PARTICIPANT who raises $30 or more will receive an Eagles Tshirt!

●  EVERY PARTICIPANT will be entered into drawings to win raffle prizes such as an electric Razor scooter, Target gift cards and gift certificates to Hudsonville Lanes, Holland Aquatic Center, Celebration Cinema, Craig’s Cruisers, Rebounderz and Eagle Athletic passes.

Important Dates:

  • September 27th: Georgetown Elementary Walkathon
  • September 30th: Completed donation forms and money due back to school
  • Early October: Results announced and prizes awarded

Any questions or if you can help the day of the event please contact Audrey Straub at 616-644-5318 or audreystraub@gmail.com.

Every child who raises $30 or more will receive an EAGLES T-Shirt. These are also linked below.

Thanks for supporting our wonderful school!

Math Mountains…

Our second grade mathematicians have been working hard to build their math strategies.  We are learning about math facts through the use of math mountains.    Below please find a parent letter for more details. Practice math mountains at home together and challenge your 2nd grader to solve and write equations to match! 🙂


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Reminders for Monday…

It was wonderful to meet everyone at Open House Wednesday night! Thanks for attending! It made me very excited for the upcoming year! We have an amazing group! Thanks so much for sending in the supplies and wonderful donations! We’re stocked to start the year! Before our exciting first day, here are three important reminders…

Student Information Forms – Please send in the student information forms (received at Open House) back to school on Monday. Double check to make sure that your contact information is correct for our files.

Me Bags – At Open House, your child also received a Me Bag. We will enjoy sharing these bags as we get to know one another throughout the first week of school. Please make sure that your child’s name is on his/her bag before sending it to school on Monday. 

Water Bottle and Snacks – Your child should bring two healthy nut free snacks and a filled water bottle (no juice please) to stay fueled every day. Morning and afternoon snacks are essential for maintaining energy and attention. Please do not send candy or sugary snacks. High sugar foods cause an energy crash that makes learning difficult. If your child ever forgets a snack, we have a great supply of graham crackers (thanks for your donations!). For more information on snack ideas, you can click the Nut Free Snack List found on the blog. 

Lunch- Please talk to your child about their lunch plan daily so they know if they should order a hot lunch or milk in the morning. We will double check on the first day that everyone either has a home lunch or orders in the morning!

Specials- We will start with music as our special Monday. We will then repeat with a four day rotation going music, gym, art, steam. Gym will fall Tuesday this week, please have separate gym shoes in their locker and send socks by Tuesday.

Birthdays-  At Open House I included a note in your child’s blue folder on birthdays and books. Your child can bring their favorite book or donate one to our classroom on their special day. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks so much! We will celebrate summer birthdays in May/June.

Blue Folder- This is our daily communication folder. If you have any notes for me for changes in transportation, early pick up, etc. these go in their folder. Any homework or work done at school will come back in the folder each day. This is your child’s job to be responsible for daily.

**Finally, with the start of a new school year many students experience some anxiety. Here is link to an excellent blog post to help children through these stressful moments. 13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down

Looking forward to seeing those wonderful second graders on Monday!  They can head to the 2/3 playground after they get dropped off by car or bus. They should look for the sign that says “Ms. Yankee” that will show where we line up daily. 🙂

Second Grade Survey…

I am thrilled to welcome you to Open House a little over a week from now, on Wednesday, August 21st from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Until then please take a few minutes to fill out a brief survey on your child . 

I hope that everyone received some snail mail from me recently. I still love to send mail 🙂 Hopefully my new second graders are working on their letters to share with me.

Please let me know if anything comes up before Open House. I can’t wait to meet you soon!

Meet Ms. Yankee…

Hope everyone is still soaking up their summer! Thought I would share a little bit about me…

A warm welcome to my 2nd Grade Blog! Welcome to what I know will be a very special year for your child. I am overjoyed to begin my eighth year at Georgetown as your child’s 2nd grade teacher!

This is my nineth year in the Hudsonville district. I have had five amazing years teaching Kindergarten at Georgetown! I decided two years ago to begin a new chapter and move to teaching 2nd grade! I have loved the past two years and I can’t wait to begin another great year as your child’s second grade teacher. I couldn’t be more excited to return to school for a new year of learning! Eight years ago, I taught at South Elementary as the Special Education Resource Room Teacher. Before that I worked in Jenison as the Kindergarten Teacher, leading a kindergarten enrichment program.

I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. I  just completed my masters degree recently from GVSU in the area of learning disabilities, an area I am very passionate about.  I am originally from Birmingham, MI, a suburb outside of Detroit, but I have made the move to the beautiful West side of the state after falling in love with the area after college. I come with a strong passion for working with young children, and I’m willing to go the extra mile to ensure your child achieves success! I am attuned to the diverse learning styles of all students, bringing my creativity, high energy, and compassion to enrich your child’s school experience.

When I’m not in the classroom teaching, I enjoy keeping active, running, hitting workout classes, and anything near the water! However, this past May an injury slowed me down. I had to undergo patella tendon knee surgery. I have been taking this summer to literally get back on my feet. I am looking forward to getting back to my active lifestyle soon.  I also love to visit my family cottage on Lake Michigan in Traverse City. My other interests include being at the beach, gardening, and spending quality time with friends and family.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be returning for my eighth year at Georgetown! I am looking forward to meeting you and working with your son/daughter!

Thanks,

Ms. Yankee (Mackenzie Yankee)

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Back to School Supply List…

Happy Summer!  Our classroom is full of materials that will help us grow as learners, but there are a few supplies that we ask children to provide if possible.

You may bring these to supplies to the Open House on Wednesday August 21 from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Here is the suggested list of materials your child will need for second grade:

  • 1 pencil case (all labeled with their name with items inside): one highlighter, 2 glue sticks, a pair of blunt child’s scissors, 24 pack of crayons, 12 thin washable markers, travel toothbrush container (for storing indiv. pencils- will be provided)  see example link- 
  •  Composition Book, wide ruled
  • box of dry erase markers- any size or color- to share 
  • Sticky Notes (3×3 size)
  • A clean pair of tennis shoes for gym ( they don’t have to be new)
  • A pair of earbuds/headphones labeled with your child’s name( a piece of tape on the cord works well)
  • 1 game (to keep at school for the school year) your child can teach the rest of the class how to play during indoor recesses.  It can be returned at the end of the year.  Please write your child’s name on the box or bag.

Here are some other supplies that we use quite a bit within our classroom and would appreciate any donations.  These same items will be posted on our giving tree as we get closer to the fall as well.

  • Antibacterial Wipes
  •  Kleenex
  • hand sanitizer
  •  Red ink pens
  • Gallon Size Ziplocs
  •  Sandwich size Ziplocs
  •  Band Aids
  • Twistables Colored Pencils
  • box of graham crackers
  • page protector sheets 

Important items your child should bring to school every day.

  • backpack (big enough for a lunchbox, folder, library book, and winter snow gear)
  • filled water bottle (water only, no juice please)
  • 2 healthy snacks (one for the morning and one for the afternoon… second graders get hungry!)

Continue to enjoy your summer and encourage your second grader to keep a journal for recording small moment memories. This will be a huge help for your child when we begin writing this fall! Please reach out with any questions or concerns! I am getting so excited thinking about meeting all my new second graders! 

Summer Learning…

Keep On Learning With Reading & Mobymax

Dear Parents,

Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.  Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts
    • Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week.

If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

Have a great summer…and keep on learning with READING and MOBYMAX!

Box Tops Collections..

COLLECT BOX TOPS

Did you know that every BOXTOP and every COKE CAP collected earns money for our school?   This summer we would like you to work hard to collect both. The money we earn will go toward a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

BOXTOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 570) fills  one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU! Download your form here:  Summer Box Tops

Welcome to Ms. Yankee’s 2nd Grade!!!

Welcome to second-grade families! I am thrilled to have your child in my classroom this year! I can’t wait to start learning together!   Please make sure to register for email subscriptions  (upper left-hand corner of the blog) which alerts you via email when our classroom blog is updated.  We use the blog for classroom happenings, activities, and school special events.

Looking forward to the upcoming year… ENJOY YOUR SUMMER and treasure up some small moments to write about in the fall!  We will post a classroom supply list during the first few weeks of July (crazy to think about).