April 28, 2020

Hello All!

The follow message is from BSMS:

The music people said that not many students are going to the website that was included on the one page music flyer that you all put out the day of the registration instructions.  The website asks students to put in the instrument that they are choosing as well as a google form for percussion fittings.  This is the website that they would like shared again.  Thanks!

**This is an extra step ONLY  for the students choosing a music class.

Voting Information!!

On the ballot for Hudsonville on May 5th is the non-homestead renewal. This will not increase property taxes; it will allow the continued allocation of approximately 5.3 million dollars for HPS operating expenses.

If you are a Hudsonville resident, apply ASAP for your absentee ballot.

This is the link to fill out an application to get the absentee ballot. https://www.michigan.gov/doc…/AbsentVoterBallot_105377_7.pdf
You can also contact the county clerk for more detailed information.

April 20, 2020

Greetings Parents!

This morning your 5th grader will have information regarding middle school course selection on their Google Classroom account. I also sent an email out to each of you…….just in case 🙂

The information sent out includes middle school course descriptions and instructions as to how students should sign up!

I miss you all and having your students in class! If there is anything that I can help with, please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

Wishing you all a great day!!

-Chris Karel

March 28, 2020

Dear Alward Families,


As a district, we have developed a common platform for ALL parents to access learning opportunities for your children, for all grades K-5.  In this email, you will find information on how to log into your child’s email account and classroom teacher’s Google Classroom, how to connect to learning opportunities for specials’ classes (ART, MUSIC, PE and STEAM STUDIO), and an overview of the weekly schedule for all learning opportunities.


How to Log into Gmail and Google Classroom

The majority of our 3rd-5th grade students are already familiar with gmail and Google Classroom.  Here is a video that you can watch to help you and your child out if you need it.  This video also explains how they will join their teacher’s Google Classroom if they haven’t done so already.  


How to Connect to Learning Opportunities for Specials’ Classes

Here is a video that will show you how to join our specials’ Google Classrooms.  To join their classes, you will need the following codes:

  • Art: 47g3l47
  • Music: mf7jvye
  • PE: yjw2ucw
  • STEAM: All 3-5 students already are in Google Classroom.  Please email Mrs. McClure if your child is not in a STEAM class.


Overview of the Weekly Schedule

Once again, we know some parents want MORE than what we provide and some parents will be overwhelmed by what we provide.  I cannot stress this enough: please do what works for you and your family. These are optional learning opportunities for our students to engage with their classroom teachers and classmates (staying connected) while also keeping them exposed to some content.  Our number one priority is still our families’ social/emotional health and well-being. Please do what works for you and your family. 


The format of the schedule is meant to be flexible and adaptable for all schedules.  Currently, we have some teachers doing more than what is described below. The minutes listed below are maximum daily instructional minutes.  Remember you can do these lessons at any point in your day. They are not scheduled for certain times.

Elementary On-Line Maximum Daily Instructional Minutes 
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
30 min. Math
30 min. ELA

15 mins. PE

30 min. Math

15 Music

30 min. ELA
15 mins Art
30 mins. Science or Social Studies 

What will this look like?

Here is what Monday may look like for your learner.

  • Students will log into their Google Classroom and click on their classroom teacher’s Google Classroom.  
  • Classroom teachers will post a video link of a math mini lesson for Monday in their Google Classroom that will be approximately 10 minutes in length.  There will then be an activity posted that will go along with that mini lesson. The activity might include solving some math problems or working on a website (Study Island, ExtraMath, Prodigy).  
  • Students will then go to their STEAM Google Classroom.  STEAM will have an activity posted for kids to participate in that will take no longer than 15 minutes.  
  • The total amount of instructional minutes per day will be at most 45 minutes. Once again, please do what works best for you and your family!


We are an amazing school community that will rise to the occasion to do the best we can for our children and families!  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help or support. Thank you for all of your support, encouragement, grace, and understanding during this time!  We really appreciate all of you!




Mrs. Melanie McClure & Mr. Karel


March 28, 2020

Good Morning!!

If you are into playing hide and seek, and are looking for a few new hiding ideas………Check out the photos above………This guy actually paints himself to fit into a background!!!

I will still be using this blog to post information and to continue communication with parents, but I will be switching all student assignments and messages over to google classroom. This will begin on Monday, March 30.

Please email me if you have any questions at all! I would love to hear from you!!  Remember that all work posted on the google classroom is a baseline, and if you would like further suggestions…..please feel free to reach out to me!!

Wishing you a great weekend!! Be Safe!!!  🙂

-Mr. Karel

March 26, 2020

Good Morning My Favorite 5th Graders, and happy Thursday!!

This will be one of the last assignments…..greetings that will be on this format! From here forward, Hudsonville will be using the Google Classroom platform for teachers to communicate with students.

I sent out an email to each student with the class code to join our group (Mr. Karel’s Class). I will resend this email today.

In your gmail account go to google classroom, and select join class (this is on the top right corner using the +). Once you have selected join class, type in the class code, and you should be in!!

Question: What kind of tree fits into your hand?  (answer at the bottom of the page)

So, if you had to write a caption for the picture at the top of this page, what would it be?
Google Doc Assignment to share with me… What do you like best about the book that you are reading right now?
1.  If I have  3   2/3 cups of flower, and the recipe that I am using calls for 5  1/2 cups of flower, how much more flower do I need?
2.  If a stadium holds 2,345 people and they sold 1,245 tickets so far, how many more tickets are available to sell?
3. What is 3/5  of 13
4.  What is  the area of a triangle with a base of 8.4′ and a height of 6′
5.  3(3 x 2) + 2(5  – 3) –  3  +  5(4 –  2) =
**Liberty Kids  and  Shepperd Software
Reading:  read for at least 45 minutes per day
Answer: A palm tree!
Have a great day! Be a blessing around your house!

March 25, 2020

Good Morning My Favorite 5th Graders and Happy Wednesday!!

So, what caption would you write for this photo?  Google doc response 🙂

Question: Why do birds fly to warmer climate?

For starters today:

Lets start with a little PE:

-Stretches  (Same as what you use in gym with Ms. Stokes)

-40 Jumping Jacks

-30 situps

-20 pushups (take a break…..but get em done!)

-15 squats or lunges

Google Doc question of the day:  What could you do today to show kindness to someone in your family? What could you do to brighten someone the day of someone outside of your family?

Remember to get in your 45 minutes of reading


1.    456  x  15 =

2.    357 divided by 5 =

3.   4   5/6  +  3   1/2  =

4.  What is   4/5   of   7

5.    What is   2/3   of   9

6.    3   2/4   x    4   1/3 =

7.   11   3/5    –    5   8/10 =

8.    What is 3/5 of  21 =

9.    2( 5 x 3)   +   4(4 -1)  – 2 +  3(2 x 2) +

10.  What is the volume of a rectangular prism (box) with a length of  4.8′  a width of  3.1′ and a height of 5′  ?

Don’t forget about Podigy, Shepperd Software, and Liberty Kids!!

Answer:  Because it’s easier than walking!

Please start to check your email for a google classroom invite…..I will be transitioning over with some things to the google classroom format.

Hope you have a great day!!


March 24, 2020

Good Morning My Favorite Students!!!

What do you call a broken can opener???  Answer at the bottom of the page 🙂

Here are just a few things to get your day kicked off!

Each day this week let’s make it our goal to read for at least one hour.

Google Doc.  Question to share with me…….”What is the worst character/villain/antagonist  in your book right now? Explain.

How are you doing on your DC’s?


1.  What is  3/7 of  13

2.  What is   345 divided by 7?

3.  What is the product of 351 and 45?

4.  What is the sum of 456 and 34?

5.  What is the difference between  57.9  and  3.781

6.  What is the sum of 567.9  and. 45.8?

7.  What is the sum of  3   2/3 and  4   4/5?

8.  What is the difference between  14   3/4  and  3  4/5?

9.  3(3×4) + 2(4-2) – 4  +  2(4-1) =

10.  6 + 2(3-1) – 4 + 4(2×2) =

Don’t forget about Liberty Kids!  Watch them in order so that it makes sense!!

answer: A can’t opener 🙂

March 20, 2020

So…….I hope that cheese is worth it!!!!  Go mouse!   Gooooooooo!

So how are your  days going?  For your writing today, I would love for you to share out how life is going while living under the Covid 19 siege. (Google Doc 1/2 page)

Question:  What do call a cow with no legs?    Answer is at the bottom of the page


1.   3.5 + 17.345 + 6.4 =

2.  12  1/2   –  4  4/5   =

3.   537  x  25   =

4.   15/50  x  10/20  =             (remember t0 cross reduce)

5.    2   1/2  x   5   2/3 =

6.   33.4   –  5.678 =

7.    2(3 x 2) – 4 + (3 x5) +  2(2 x 4) =

8.    2a  + 3a  + a – 3  =  27 + 5 + 2a                 a=

9.  Reduce.  13/26 =

10.  Reduce.   7/35 =

Reading    45 minutes  minimum  🙂   Keep up the good work…..chew through those books!!!

Answer:  Ground Beef!!!

Hope you have a great day!!

March 19, 2020

Good Morning My Favorite Fifth Graders!

So, if you had to write a caption for this picture…..what would it be?

Why can’ t you trust atoms?  (answer is at the end of the page)

The to do list for this morning:

  1. Daily Comprehension
  2. 1/2 page response to this question:  What is your favorite character in the book that you are reading right now? Explain your answer using at least two examples from the book to support your choice!
  3. Read at least 45 minutes today and think about why the author is giving the details that you read today….what might be coming up next in the book….is there a plot twist going on…..

Math: (answers will show up later today!)

1.  14  1/2  – 3  3/5 = 10  9/10

2.  9  5/6  +  7   3/4=  17   7/12

3.  What is 3/5 of  9 = 5   2/5

4.  2  3/4   x  1  1/3 =  3  2/3

5.  (2 x3)  + 2(3-1)  –  2 + (2 x4) =  16

6.   What is the area of a triangle whose base is 4.8′ and whose height is 5.2′  ?   12.48 sq ‘

7.  Wha this the volume of a rectangular prism (box) that has a length of 4.1 feet, a height of 3 feet, and a width of 2.6 feet ?

31.98 cubic ft.

8.   4.345  x 2 = 8.69

9.  8.77 – 0.456 = 8.314

10.   8 x 2 + 1 + 4 x 2 – 3 =    22   (hint: put in in the parentheses)

*Don’ t forget about liberty kids!

Answer: They make everything up