Candy Cane Sale!

The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here!

The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Wednesday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 18.The cost for each candy cane is $1.00, and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you for your support, and happy holidays!

Update: Week of December 2

Here is an update of our learning in 3rd grade:

Writing: We are publishing our persuasive speeches and look forward to sharing our pieces with our classmates on Friday. This week, we will also begin a new writing unit: The Art of Information Writing. We will learn strategies to write in a way that teaches our reader.

Math: We have started our third math unit and we have studied measurement with inches, half inch, quarter inch as well as liquid volume with gallons, quarts, pints, cups, liters, milliliters. We will move into time and elapsed time as well. Please check with your child about what math facts they will be working on this Friday for their practice page.

Reading: We have learned so many strategies for reading mystery books and we are learning that these strategies can be used with all fiction books. We have learned what it means to read with our mind on ‘high-alert’ and be an active reader. We will be moving into our next unit and will learn new strategies for reading informational text.

Social Studies: We continue our study of Michigan geography and this week we will learn about the natural resources in Michigan.  

Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 


Our Class Making A Difference:
As we enter the winter months, we realize that not everyone has access to warm socks, hats, gloves, or mittens. These are essential items for a Michigan winter! Our class would like to bless others by collecting these items to then be donated to area shelters and/or food pantries so they can be distributed to those in need.

If you are able, please send in new socks, hats, gloves/mittens. All sizes, kids through adult!
We will collect items through December 16. I will plan to drop the items off, but if you have a
place in mind and would be willing to do a drop off, please let me know!



December 12: Holiday Program     Click HERE for more details.
December 13: Early Release- dismissal at 12:15pm
December 16: Holiday Shop
December 19: Classroom Holiday Party  9:00am- more details to come next week! 


We had a great day at the GRAM last week. Check out the video!

Update: Week of November 11

Writing: We continue working on our persuasive speeches. We are learning about how we write to our audience while using convincing words.

Math: We have been working on 2 step word problems. These can be tricky! Today, we started our math review for our test on Wednesday. The review will come home tomorrow. Please help your third grader by going over word problems and continuing to practice multiplication facts.

1. The pet shop had 8 cages of mice, with 4 mice in each cage. 5 mice escaped. How many mice were left in the pet shop?

2. I baked 47 cookies, but 7 were burned and thrown away. The rest were shared equally among 8 people. How many cookies did each person get?

Reading: We continue our study of mystery books. Our third graders are becoming great detectives and are using helpful strategies to solve the mysteries in their books. We have learned about using a chapter timeline and collecting clues and suspects. They are becoming great thinkers as they read!

Social Studies: We started learning about the vegetation and climate of Michigan.

Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 


WINTER GEAR: Please remember to send all the winter gear with your third grader. It is so helpful if it is labeled with your child’s name, too! We still have recess on cold and snowy days and the playground gets wet. Thank you for your help with this!

SNACK: Our class has one snack break in the morning. Please pack your child a healthy snack to support their learning. Please make sure the snack is separate from their lunch and that your child knows where the snack is placed in their backpack. Thank you!

BIRTHDAYS: If your child chooses to share something with the class on their birthday, our policy is no food. Your child can bring in items such as stickers, pencils, bookmarks, erasers, etc. to share with the class or you may choose to donate a book to the class. Thank you!

MOBYMAX: Please help your child remember to log on MobyMax to practice their math facts. Some students have made it to their multiplication and division facts! YAY!! Keep up the great work!


Friday, November 15: Early Release- dismissal at 12:15pm.

PE CARES canned food drive through November 21. Keep sending in those canned goods!

November 26: field trip. I will be contacting those whose names have been drawn to attend as a chaperone.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday, Nov. 20.  – note the change for our class to Tuesday, not Monday.

Scholastic Book Fair: November 18-22. Our class will preview on Nov. 19 and purchase on Nov. 21.

Holiday Program: December 12- more details to come!




The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 6.  We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
 (please no ramen noodles)
The food drive will continue until Nov. 21.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive.  The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.
This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering

Update: Week of November 4

Here’s what’s happening in third grade:

Writing: We continue working on our persuasive speeches. We have developed a thesis and are working on organizing information.

Math: We have been working on 2-step word problems. Continue practicing multiplication facts at home. Right now we are planning for our math test sometime next week.

Reading: We continue to use strategies to read mystery books. Today, we talked about using a timeline when our book gets confusing. This helps to check our comprehension.

Social Studies Homework: We have been learning about the Landforms and Bodies of water in Michigan. Your child has homework due Wednesday. It was sent home today. They should read the Bodies of Water page and complete the rest of the chart. They should study for our Landforms/Bodies of Water quiz on Wednesday. They will need to name the landforms and Bodies of Water in Michigan and be able to name an example of each.
1. Mountains- Huron Mountains
2. Bays- Grand Traverse Bay

Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 

Field Trip Note: A field trip note was sent home on Friday. It should be returned on Monday, Nov. 11.

Update: Week of October 28

Hi Third Grade Families,
Here is an update of our classroom learning:

Writing: We have been learning about persuasive writing. Our third graders have been learning about writing a thesis statement and using reasons and explanations to support their opinion. They have been learning writing strategies to address their audience as they write, too!

Word Study: In our word study groups, we work on sorting our word cards. We spend time learning about spelling patterns, vowel patterns, word endings, etc. We work with our words on an eight day rotation!

Math: We are in the middle of unit 2 and we are working on 2 step word problems. It will be important for your third grader to build their confidence in their basic multiplication facts so they can apply what they know to the 2 step problems.

Reading: We are into our mystery unit and we are having a lot of fun. Each third grader was delivered a mystery envelope last week. They soon learned that the envelope revealed their mystery chapter book they would be reading. Each student has been reading and collecting clues and noticing the suspects in their books to solve their mystery. The class even got a visit from a detective during one of our reading lessons!  🙂

Social Studies: This week we are learning about the landforms and bodies of water in Michigan.

Conference Times: Please look in your child’s homework folder for your conference time. Those were sent home today. 

Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 

Fun at the Football Game: We had a great time cheering on Jackson and the varsity football team last Friday! Go Eagles!!

Book Order: If you plan to order from the Scholastic Book Order, please do that by tonight. Thank you!

Fall Party: Our fall party is on Thursday. We will only be able to have 8 parent volunteers for our party. I have contacted our 8 volunteers. If you signed up to donate, please send in your item by tomorrow. thanks!
If your third grader will be bringing a costume to wear, please send it in a bag labeled with your child’s name. Please no blood, weapons, etc. thank you!

Looking forward to a great week in third grade!


Update: Week of October 21

Here’s an update of our learning in third grade:

Writing: We started a new unit this week! We will be learning about persuasive writing. We will be collecting ideas to share our opinion and learning writing strategies to write an essay.

Math: We have started our second math unit. We are learning the 6s, 7s, and 8s multiplication facts. We are working on applying our knowledge of the basic facts to math word problems and area problems. Practice pages went home today. Please help your third grader practice for the next one on Friday.
Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 

Reading: We had a lot of fun solving a Halloween mystery today! This launched our next reading unit: Mysteries! We will be reading mysteries and using clues from the text to solve the mysteries within our books.

Social Studies: We have started our Michigan Geography unit. We have learned what Geography is and we are studying absolute location and relative location. We are using the map to learn how to use direction words such as: North, South, East, and West.


Writing Celebration: Last Friday we celebrated the completion of our personal narrative stories. Each student  identified a line in their story that they were most proud of. Each student shared their line and then we had a writing museum. We walked around the room to read each others writing and notice the great things each writer did to make their story so powerful. The students had a lot of encouraging words for their classmates!
Take a look at a few pictures from our celebration!

Scholastic Book Order: An October book order went home today. If you plan to order, please do this online by next Monday, October 28. As always, thank you for your orders as it allows our class to earn free books!

Football Game this Friday: One of the varsity football players has been volunteering in our classroom on Fridays. As part of this program, our class is invited to cheer him and the team on at the beginning of the football game this Friday! I sent an email about where and when to meet this Friday. I’m looking forward to seeing our class there!

Turkey Trot: October 29

Picture Retakes: October 29 . If your child is getting retakes, be sure to send in the original picture packet that was sent home today.

Math Tests: The unit 1 math test was sent home today. Please review this with your third grader and reflect on areas to keep practicing as we move forward in math.

Ms Van Arkel 🙂




Update: Week of October 14

Hi Parents,
Here are a few things to know this week:

Friday, October 18 –Early Release: Dismissal is at 12:15pm

Friday, October 25— Football Game- more details to come!

Tuesday, October 29— Turkey Trot
Tuesday, October 29— Picture Retakes

Thursday, October 31— Fall Party- I have contacted our volunteers and will be sending an email out regarding donations. Please note: only the volunteers that I have contacted, will be able to attend the party due to space concerns with classroom activities and parking.

Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 

  • MATH: 5 minutes of Multiplication Fact Practice/ 5 days a week.
    • Use flash cards, MobyMax, or Flash to Pass app
    • It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 20 minutes of reading/5 days a week

We did our first practice page on Friday. The practice page will be coming home today. As your child passes each quiz, they will move to the next multiplication fact.  For example, if they passed the 5s quiz, this Friday they will take the 2s quiz.  If they did not pass the 5s, they will take it again this Friday. Each student will be working at their own pace and tracking their own progress. Please help your child practice their math facts so they can be successful on their practice page on Friday.

Art Prize 2020

  • The K-12 HPS ART DEPARTMENT  is excited to submit a collaborative piece for ArtPrize 2020. Hudsonville students will work to create an art piece titled “20/20 Vision.”GOAL:  Achieve 100% student K-12 participation.WE NEED YOUR PERMISSION to allow your child to participate in the project.Click here to fill out the permission survey.Mrs. Chmura is also asking for donated pieces of wood for the 2020 ART PRIZE entry.  Read this blog post for more details.


Today in class, we started our Michigan Geography unit. We began by thinking of some facts we already know about Michigan. Then we did some exploring by looking at the map of Michigan. We had a great time looking closely at the map. Each partner group contributed a question that we hope to answer during our studies of Michigan.



Update: Week of October 7

Last Friday, we ended the day with a teamwork activity. Each team was given some straw constructors and was given a challenge of building a structure. First, they had to come up with a plan to build their structure. In the time given, each team learned that their plan changed a few times, but each team built their own unique structure. We had a lot of fun with this group activity!

**You will see a new Reading/Math Fact log in your child’s folder. Please remind your third grader to sign it when they complete their reading and fact practice. This should be returned next Monday, October 14.

Here’s What We’ve Been Learning:
: We are finishing our drafts this week and have been working on strategies for revision. We will be working on finishing final drafts by Friday.

Math: We continue our lessons with multiplication and division and word problems. We will review this week and plan to take our test on Friday. A review page will come home.
This week will start our practice pages. Beginning Friday, we will take our first multiplication quiz on 5s. Our curriculum teaches them in this order:  5s, 2s, 10s, 9s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s. As your child passes each quiz, they will move to the next multiplication fact.  For example, if they pass the 5s quiz on Friday, next Friday they will take the 2s quiz.  If they don’t pass the 5s, they will take it again the following week. Each student will be working at their own pace and tracking their own progress.

Multiplication Practice:
Please help your child practice their multiplication facts in the following ways: 

* Flash Cards- these should be coming home each night in your child’s folder. Pick out the specific facts your child needs to work on.
* MobyMax: We are currently working on review of addition and subtraction facts, but your child will move on to multiplication very soon.
* Another great tool is an app called, Flash to Pass.  It’s free and can be downloaded on most devices.  On this app, students can practice one specific grouping of facts.  This is different from Moby Max because they are all mixed together.

Reading: We continue to work on building a reading life and working toward our goals. We are using reading logs to keep track of our progress and we are making sure that we are choosing good-fit books and finishing the books we start. We have been making sure we focus as readers so that we can talk about our books when we meet with a partner.

Social Studies: We are finishing our Growth Mindset and character trait lessons and next week we will begin our Michigan studies with our first unit: Michigan Geography. 

Monday, Oct. 7- Culver’s Night 5-8pm—–A % of the earnings from 5-8pm go to our PTC fund which provides money for class field trips, learning software, library books, classroom books, parent/child events, and much more.
Thursday, Oct. 10– Jet’s Pizza Night—- make sure you mention our classroom when ordering.
Friday, Oct. 18-Early Release

Thank you!  🙂




Week of September 30!

I can’t believe we are entering into the month of October already! I have seen growth in our third graders and I am proud of their hard work as we learn new routines and expectations and dive into third grade curriculum!


You will see a reading/math fact log come home today. As your third grader completes their at-home reading and math fact practice, they will fill out their reading log. A new one will be sent home every Monday and it should be returned the following Monday. Your third grader will sign the five days they did their reading and fact practice. We are using detailed reading logs in class so using an at-home log will support the reading that we are doing at school. Thanks for your help with this!

Math Fact Cards: You will see your child’s yellow fact folder filling up. As your third grader works on their math fact log, please help them choose one set of count bys (one color) flash cards to work on each night. As each color is mastered, move on to the next. We have learned the 5s, 2s, 10s, 9s, 3s, 4s, so far. It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child gain confidence with their math work by practicing these at home!

(This is optional, but may be combined with our classroom reading calendar)
Our classroom is participating in the BOOK IT! program again this year to help encourage reading.  Your child will be bringing home a Pizza Hut Book It calendar with a reading goal on it beginning October 1.  Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October thru March.  HAPPY READING!!!

Our second winner of the contest is: KENDALL!! She chose a MobyMax hat as her prize. Way to go, Kendall! Our contest continues for one more week. The last winner will be chosen next Monday.
Our class has one snack break in the morning. Please pack your child a healthy snack to support their learning. If your child chooses to have an afternoon snack, please pack an extra so they can eat it during afternoon recess. Thank you!
Classroom Halloween Party: We will be having a class party on Thursday, October 31. I will be sending more information about this tomorrow.