We have enjoyed meeting with many of you this week for conferences and look forward to seeing some of you next week as well! At your child’s conference, we will give you a progress monitoring form that will let you know what type of ELL services your student is receiving this year. As a reminder, ELL report cards are only sent home twice a year – in January and June.
If you have more questions about ELL services, or would like to schedule a separate conference time, please let us know. We’d be happy to set up another time to talk with you!
Thanks for all of your support. Be sure to check out the “links for students” on the right side of this page for plenty of activities to work on at home!
-Mrs. VanHaitsma and Mrs. Cooley
Dear Teachers and Parents,
2 years ago we suggested some free iPad apps for English Language Learners (click here if you missed it). We just found another helpful website with more free iPad apps that we hope you will enjoy. We know that our students are very motivated by technology and think this is a great list (we use a lot of them already)! Go here and check it out now!
Have a great day! -Mrs. Cooley and Mrs. VanHaitsma
Didn’t the first month of school go fast?! We are still catching our breath from all the excitement! The ELL teachers have been busy meeting and screening new students, creating schedules, figuring out MEAP accommodations, and lesson planning with teachers. We are finally settling into a schedule that works for our students and we are already seeing some fantastic progress! Thank you for working with us and helping your students achieve success.
This is just a reminder that the MEAP test begins next week! Almost all of our ELL students will get accommodations for this test- this means that students will still take the test, but will be allowed to take it in a small group. Most ELL students will also be allowed to have the test read to them by a teacher or can listen to it on a CD. If your student tells you that he/she took the MEAP test in another location (other than their classroom) or had another teacher read the test to them, this is why. If you have any questions regarding your students’ MEAP accommodations, please contact us.
We are asking that you help us in our MEAP preparations! Please make sure that your student has a good night of sleep the night before the test. Be sure that your child eats breakfast (at home or school) and has appropriate clothing for the weather that day. Encourage your student to do his/her best and that is what will make them successful!
We know this test can be stressful for many of our students, but with your help and our accommodations, we know they will do a great job!
Welcome back to the start of the school year! We hope you are enjoying these last few days of summer with your students. We had a very busy and exciting summer! Mrs. Cooley spent the summer officially becoming a Hudsonville resident and moving into her new house! Mrs. VanHaitsma spent the summer getting ready for her baby boy! He due to arrive around Christmas! Both of us feel very blessed and refreshed to start the new year.
Here are some things you need to know as we get ready for school to start:
-Mrs. VanHaitsma will continue at Riley, South, Jamestown, Park and Forest Grove. Mrs. Cooley will continue at Baldwin, Georgetown, Alward, and Bauer. We are also excited to introduce our parapro, Mrs. Sellaro, who will be working with us during the afternoon! We will be sure to let you know if and when Mrs. Sellaro will be working with your student.
-You will be receiving a letter from us soon. The letter will include your students Spring 2013 ELPA score which helps us determine appropriate services for this upcoming school year. Also included in this letter is a “Permission to Provide Services” form, which must be signed by you and returned back to school.
-Stay tuned to the blog in the first few weeks of school (if you haven’t subscribed yet, please do so)! We will be updating our schedules and anything else that you need to know.
We look forward to seeing you at Open House next week Wednesday! As always, contact us if you have any questions.
Mrs. Cooley and Mrs. VanHaitsma
Dear Students and Parents,
Wow, what a year! Thank you for all of your hard work this year! We are so proud of all the accomplishments our students have made in learning English, as well as all the learning they’ve done in the classroom. We are convinced that our students work harder than anyone, and because of that, we are so honored to be your teachers.
Have a wonderful, relaxing summer. We will see all of you again in the fall!
Love, Mrs. Cooley and Mrs. VanHaitsma
P.S. If you’re looking for ideas of things to do this summer, check out this great link! It gives you an idea of something to do EVERY DAY!
Meet Siena. Siena came to Hudsonville this fall from Korea. She knew very little English when she arrived here, but has learned so much this year! Her writing prompt was “What are you the most proud of in 2nd grade?” and she chose to write about learning English. I hope you enjoy this video- she worked very hard!
Georgetown fourth and fifth grade ELL students have been working on learning and illustrating idioms in both English and their native language. We illustrated both the literal meaning and the idiom, and then on the inside told the meaning and gave some examples how you could use the idiom. Our students are going to share these with their classes and teach their peers some examples. Great work fourth and fifth graders!
We want to make you aware of an academic program available through Grand Rapids Public Schools. The program is called GRASP, and there are currently 20,000 students from all over the United States that are enrolled! The program follows common core curriculum in math and reading and lasts for 9 weeks. You can choose to do the program online (grades 4-8) or mail the lessons with the provided packets. Students receive rewards for the number of lessons completed.
If you are interested in this great program, please click here for more information.
Enjoy the sunshine! -Mrs. VanHaitsma and Mrs. Cooley
The Calvin Theatre Company (Calvin College) is presenting a play called “Grains of Hope”. ”Grains of Hope” is about refugees who have settled in West Michigan. So far, this play has had great reviews and many people are talking about their new perspectives gained from attending these performances.
We highly suggest you see it! The play has several show times at different locations. You can find more information here:
Grains of Hope website
Have a great weekend! -Mrs. Van Haitsma and Mrs. Cooley
Are you looking for a new website to try? Click here to try TurtleDiary, a new website with tons of educational games and activities! We think this site is a lot of fun! We hope you enjoy it– let us know your favorite part!
Love, Mrs. VanHaitsma and Mrs. Cooley
P.S. We’ll add this link to our “Links for Students” on the right side of this page!