Monthly Archives: March 2020

What’s Coming Up?

What’s coming up? That is a great question! We are in uncharted territory, and our district leaders are working tirelessly to determine the best course of action in an unusual situation.

 Dr. VanderJagt sent an email last night that suggested some schedules and resources for at-home learning, and Mrs. Reagan shared some ideas on the Georgetown Elementary blog. If you’re on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen similar ideas. You could adapt sample schedules/routines according to the number and ages of children in your family. Regardless of what (if anything!) you decide to work on with your child, you are doing just fine! 

I know that I feel anxious or face uncertainty, I find some comfort in a consistent routine. Like we do each summer, my husband and I worked together this morning to develop an outline that we will follow each day. This loose schedule helps us (me) feel grounded and helps lower our (my) anxiety over the unknown. Little things like schedules can help us (me) feel more mentally equipped to handle tasks, deal with emotions, and just be more pleasant to be around. We included time to be outside or active, quiet time to read or do crafts, an academic time where we can work on school or our own learning, and together time where we can play games, go for walks, and enjoy our family. 

I encourage you to focus on family time. Take the time to teach important concepts like humanity, kindness, emotion management. Teach a new recipe or a new craft. Try out a new game or make one up. Go outside and explore the backyard. Build. Create. Play! Take time to do all of the wonderful things that we never seem to have the time to do. And try to breathe. 

For now it seems that our plan of action as a district is to do what you can. That means that I will not be ASSIGNING any work that students must complete. I will, however, post ideas or resources on our blog and on Google Classroom for students to access if that is your family’s plan. While you’re trying to find some balance in your newly hectic life, remember that students have many resources that they are used to using and are independent in navigating. 

I will also put some journal prompts on their Google Classrooms and I will continue adding videos to our FlipGrid (be sure to log in with your child’s school gmail). I have so enjoyed seeing our classmates’ faces pop up in our videos! Please keep adding!

I am always (conveniently) available for help should you need it, please reach out if you need ANYTHING!

Here are some ideas OTHER than MobyMax, Prodigy, StudyIsland, NitroType, and the resources that we’re used to using. 

If you’re worried about missing math…

  • Bake together and discuss fractions
  • Play Yahtzee! (or any other board game) and count up points
  • Practice number sense by playing what-if games or how-many games 
    • “If our dog eats 1 ¾ cups of food for breakfast and the same for dinner, how much does he eat in a week? How many meals can we get out of this bag of dog food? Is it a better deal to get the bigger bag or the smaller bag?”
    • “How many grapes do you think are in this bunch? How many grape bunches do you think they have a Meijer? If there is ___ number of grapes on a bunch and ___ number of bunches, how many grapes is that?!”

If you’re worried about missing ELA…

  • Bake together and have your child read the recipe
  • Read a book together, taking turns reading chapters
  • Have your child read to a sibling or a pet or a stuffed animal
  • Write “piggyback” songs or parodies of popular songs

To sum it up, have fun together, turn off the news when you can, and enjoy your beautiful family! 

Keep watching for blog updates (and FlipGrid!), and I will keep you updated with anything else that you need along the way. I will plan on having a new FlipGrid created soon that we can continue seeing our friends.

Lastly, please let me know how I can support you and your family. Your child is my top priority, please let them all know that I love and deeply miss my silly 5th graders already!

Flipgrid fun!

As we await news of any online learning, have some fun by checking out our newest FlipGrid!

Check back as I add more topics and new videos, and of course, add your own! Have fun!

**When logging into FlipGrid, be sure to use your child’s school account. The grids are private to protect privacy so only accounts using will work**

From the app, scan this QR code to access our grids.

What’s Coming Up – Week of March 9-13, 2020


  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (Monday, March 9 & Wednesday, March 11)
      • Please see the link with the Spring parent-teacher conference schedule HERE
  • Scholastic Book Fair March 9-13 Our class’s preview day is Tuesday, March 10 and our shopping day is Wednesday, March 11.
  • Show off your 5th grade spirit! Join us in wearing our 5th grade shirts every Friday

March 6 – Early release

March 9 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Walenta’s class only)

March 10 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Wysocki’s class only)

March 11 – Baldwin Street Middle School Visit 10:30-2:10 (Mrs. Ball and Mr. Cooley’s classes only)


  • We are beginning unit 6, Operations and Word problems.
  • Students should be completing MobyMax Fact Fluency practice at home for five minutes per day unless they have mastered all math facts.


  • We’re beginning a test prep unit, which is a review of topics covered in 5th grade.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.


  • We’re continuing our unit: Go With the Flow which investigates invasive species and their impact on our waterways.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our fifth unit, Road to Revolution. We will be examining the events that led to the colonists declaring independence from Britain.

Our growing readers are hoping for some new books, so I just created a DonorsChoose classroom request.
Curling Up With Some New Books
If you know anyone who may want to help our students, please pass this along!

Any donations to our classroom project by March 11, 2020 will be doubled! Just enter the code LIFTOFF during checkout and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50). In return, you’ll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks.