Mr. Kooiker's 4th Grade Blog

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M-STEP Info

The M-STEP State testing for grades 3-5 will take place this spring.  To find out more information about this required statewide test, visit this link: M-STEP: WHAT IT IS and HOW IT WORKS.

Please avoid all doctors appointments and vacation days on the dates that your child is scheduled to participate in the state wide M-STEP testing.  Thank you for your attention to these dates.

NOTE: If your child is ill, we will administer the tests on make-up dates.  Do not send your child to school ill. We ask only that you avoid late arrivals, doctor appointments and vacation days on the dates listed below.

  • Grade 5: April 10, 11, 12, ,17 (9am – 12pm)

  • Grade 3: April 24, 26 (9am-12 pm)

  • Grade 4: May 8, 10 (9am-12pm)

IMPORTANT TESTING DAY TIPS:
  1. Get plenty of sleep.

  2. Arrive to school on time.

  3. Bring:  2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.

  4. Remind your child that all of our learning all year long has prepared us for these tests.  This is our opportunity to show what we know!

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Book Fair Volunteers

Warmer weather means it’s time for our Spring Scholastic Book Fair!  We are so grateful to our Parent Club for sponsoring our book fairs every year.  In order to make it a success, we need volunteers!!

Please consider donating a couple hours of time to help with this fun event!  Your kids will love to see you and you also get a 10% DISCOUNT on all your purchases during book fair week!! Click on this link to sign up.

Thank you for all your help! If you have any questions, contact Jody Hunt jhunt1@hpseagles.net

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How can you challenge yourself?

In our classroom, I strive to provide structured activities that are challenging and supportive for all students. However, I also want them to take ownership of their learning. One way I encourage this is for the students to determine ways they can challenge themselves when they have completed an assigned task.  My hope was to keep students who finished early engaged. The results have been amazing!

As we began to recognize and celebrate what they were doing, other students began to catch the vision and wanted to be a part of the “challenge” challenge.  

For example, students explored ways to challenge themselves in math. They were assigned the task of dividing a three digit number by a one digit number, which is a grade level expectation. Many of them chose to challenge themselves by dividing a much larger number.  They were even doing these challenge problems on the bus and at home…and then sharing them the next day at school! 🙂

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If you are looking for some fun…

…try getting 23 fourth graders to agree on how to spend $50. 

We had that opportunity earlier in the year in our classroom. The PTC gave us an Amazon gift card for having the highest percentage of participation for this year’s Super Hero Walk-a-thon.  

We wrestled with fun ways to spend the money and in the end found something for everyone! 

Thanks again for supporting the students at Georgetown and thank you PTC for the gift card to Amazon! 🙂

 

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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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