Items Pick-Up and Technology Drop-Off TOMORROW!

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Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 10) from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Technology Device Drop-Off will take place in the DES parking lot.

Please make sure to bring all school technology: Chromebooks and/or iPads. Students must also return any classroom books and/or books borrowed from the DES library.

During this time, students will also pick up their Remote Learning Progress Report, any items that students purchased during the class auctions, their poster that was signed online by 4th grade classmates, and their locker and desk belongings (if they haven’t already done so).

If you have more than one child attending DES, you can also pick up their belongings during this time.

I hope I am able to see all students tomorrow so I can officially congratulate them on being FIFTH GRADERS! (Insert crying emoji here!)

Zoom Meeting: 1:00 p.m. Tomorrow

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Dear Parents,

I made a mistake on the weekly checklist. The Zoom meeting tomorrow is at 1:00 p.m., NOT 11:00 a.m. I have notified all students by leaving a comment on each of their checklists, but I wanted to also let you know of this mistake. I apologize!

During this meeting, students will:

  • Have an opportunity to share their “My School Year” poem
  • Learn more about the details of the auction next week
  • See the auction items
  • Learn details of the technology device drop-off and auction items pick up

I’m looking forward to seeing your child tomorrow afternoon!

Next Week’s Auctions – Mark Your Calendars!

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This Friday, June 5, will be the last day of online instruction. There is a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. that day.

Next week, we will celebrate our year together through Zoom auctions. The dates are listed below:

  • Girls’ Auction: Monday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Boys’ Auction: Tuesday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m.

The morning of the auction, I will send students an email to let them know how much class cash they have to spend.

On Wednesday, June 10, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Technology Device Drop-Off will take place in the DES parking lot. At this time, students and families can do the following:

-Drop off all school technology: Chromebooks and/or iPads. This must be done before summer break begins!

-Return any classroom and/or DES library books

-Receive the Remote Learning Progress Report

-Pick up any items that students purchased during the class auctions

-Pick up student belongings (if you haven’t already done so)

-Receive your child’s poster that was signed online by 4th grade classmates

-Get a popsicle

-Wave to me and say, “Happy Summer!”

If you have more than one child attending DES, you can also pick up their belongings during this time.

I’ll see you on June 10 between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.!

 

Weekly Checklist: June 1 – 5

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Here is the weekly checklist for this week! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Weekly Directions June 1-5

This week, we will have our class Zoom meeting on Friday at 1:00 p.m. I would like everyone to attend this meeting. Students should check their Saugatuck email around 1:00 p.m. for the Zoom link.

Remember, although school officially ends June 10, this will be the last week of assignments for students. June 8 and 9 will be the dates of our class auctions and June 10 is the scheduled day to return technology devices. I will post more detailed information about both of these events later this week.

Poetry This Week: This week, students will learn about poetry. On Friday, students will be asked to write a four stanza poem to describe their 4th grade year. During our Zoom meeting on Friday, students can share their poem with the class.

Student Posters: At the end of each year, I like to make a poster for each student. This poster includes the student’s name in the middle, and the rest of the class writes a positive note, comment, or memory on the poster. I then laminate these posters and send them home with students. Even though we are not together physically, I still wanted students to have a chance to “sign” each other’s posters. I have made a Google Slideshow with all students’ names and shared it via Google Classroom. This week, students will take time to add a text box and write a comment on each student’s poster. Over the weekend, I will laminate the posters and give them to students on June 10 during the technology device return. Please remind your child to write only positive notes and comments, and encourage them to be thoughtful.

 

Virtual Class Auctions

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Every year, I end the school year with a class auction. I buy items such as games, candy, art supplies, sport supplies, water bottles, pens, stickers, locker decorations, balls, headbands, and more! Students use the class cash they earned for the year to bid on these items. Whoever bids the highest wins the prize.

Students have worked so hard this year to earn their class cash, so I have decided to do two Virtual Zoom Auctions – one for the boys and one for the girls. I have decided to split it up this way because we have so many students in the class. It will be easier for me to manage 13 or 14 students at a time rather than 27.

Although I have not figured out all of the logistics of the auction, here are the details I shared with students:

-The auctions will take place the week of June 8 – 10.
-There will be a designated time that week to pick up the items that your child bought. I’m thinking I will set up a time to sit in the DES parking lot so your child can pick up his/her items. I will share more details as I work this out with Mrs. Gust.
-Before the auction, I will email your child the amount of class cash he or she earned for the year. Students will then subtract from that starting amount as they make purchases (I will also do this to make sure our totals line up!).

I hope that this will be a special way to end our year together. I will post more information about this next week.

Weekly Checklist: May 26 – 29

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Here is the weekly checklist for this week! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Weekly Checklist – May 26 – 29

This week, we will have our class Zoom meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) at 3:00 p.m. I would like everyone to attend this meeting. Students should check their Saugatuck email around 3:00 p.m. for the Zoom link.

If your child has a game or activity he or she would like to suggest for our Zoom meeting, have your child email me at tkortman@saugatuckps.com!

Virtual Art Show

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Since we were not able to have a DES Art Show this year, Miss Pawlak, our amazing art teacher, decided to create a virtual art show! Using the link below, you can peruse all K-5 art that was created by students this year. Each room contains art from a different grade level. Just be aware that the site does take a while to load, initially. After that, it’s very easy to navigate! I have found the easiest way to access it is on a computer, because if you choose to access it on your phone you need to have the Artsteps app.
Enjoy! 

Final Specials Rotation

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Please see the note below from the specials teachers!

Session 3 of DES Specials Clubs begins May 26! 

Please sign up for a different club this session.  

Specials teachers are pleased to offer our students Art, Music, PE, and Science Clubs!  Here’s how it works. Sign-up your child(ren) for one of the following clubs for the next 3 weeks.  You’ll get a lesson and assignment on Mondays and then meet with your teacher and club on Zoom later in the week to show your work.

Note: You may only sign up for one club at a time.  Please do not sign up for a club in which you have already participated.

K-2 Music Club Sign-Up     Thursdays at 1:45pm

3-5 Music Club Sign-Up     Thursdays at 2:10pm

PE Club Sign-up                 Friday afternoons

Science Club Sign Up         Friday afternoons

Art Club Sign-Up         Thursday afternoons

Questions about a club?  Please contact us.  We can’t wait to see you.

Art – Ms. Pawlak mpawlak@saugatuckps.com

Music – Mrs. Winningham awinningham@saugtuckps.com

PE – Mr. Cochran bcochran@saugatuckps.com

Science – Mrs. Bullinger sbullinger@saugatuckps.com

Weekly Checklist: May 18 – 22

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Here is the weekly checklist for this week! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Weekly Checklist – May 18-22

This week, we will have our class Zoom meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11:00 a.m. I would like everyone to attend this meeting. During this meeting, we will have a “Show and Tell.” If your child has something he or she would like to share with the class, he or she should bring it to the meeting. Thank you to Jax for this idea! Students should  check their Saugatuck email around 11:00 a.m. for the Zoom link.