Mr. Kooiker's 4th Grade Blog

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Merry Christmas!


As I was looking at the Christmas tree in our living room this morning, I thought about the first Christmas and what that must have been like!   

I saw the many gifts under our tree that you so generously gave and the notes that were so thoughtfully written…and my heart was filled with inexpressible gratitude! 

I also thought about the gift of every student in our classroom!  It is because of you that I look forward to going to school each day…you always were my favorite! 🙂

Parents, your support and encouragement is above and beyond…a gift every teacher would treasure!  I am humbled that you have entrusted your child to me this year.  It is an awesome privilege! 

Thank you SO much!  We have a lot to celebrate during this Christmas season!

Merry Christmas! 

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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 Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 15. 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!

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The Hudsonville community will benefit…

and we’re going bowling because of your generosity!  Excitement for the opportunity to help others grew quickly as the PE teachers announced that the PE CARES Food Drive would begin on Wednesday, November 1. 

Some students bought food items using their own money.  Other students collected food items from their neighbors.  Families worked together to gather food from their pantries or road trip to the local grocery stores. 

In the end, 1,012 food items were collected by the students and families from our classroom.  These were added to the massive amount of food items donated by other classrooms that lined the hallway outside the gym.

Thank you for making this food drive a HUGE success! 🙂 


We had a great year of giving for PE CARES!!!  GT elementary students and their families donated 3,987 items to Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Thank you all for supporting this very worthwhile cause.  Mr. Kooikers class collected the most and will be given a PE CARES bowling t-shirt and taking a field trip to Hudsonville Lanes in the near future 🙂  Way to go!!!

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Fall Party

We had a special Fall Party in Room 304 on Tuesday, October 31. Please watch the slideshow below to get a snapshot of the celebration! 🙂

Thanks again to all of you who went above and beyond in giving your time, energy, and resources to make this celebration so special!

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Fall Party Plans

Our Fall Party will take place tomorrow, October 31, starting at 2:20 pm. 

The students are invited to bring an appropriate costume to school and change into it during the recess prior to the party.  Costumes are not required.  We are looking forward to games, food, and a craft!  It should be a lot of fun!

Parents, you are welcome to attend if you are helping out at one of the stations. Otherwise, I will post pictures of the party fun for you to enjoy! 🙂

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