Sept. 1-25 MAP testing
Sept. 7 NO SCHOOL
Sept. 16 Magazine Sales Start
Sept. 17 School Pictures
Starting the day with a healthy breakfast is critical for students! If eating breakfast at home isn’t feasible, there is an alternative. Breakfast is served at DMS at 7:45 AM.
Fifth-grade MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing began this last week. Each week we will do one test; there are three in all. Please make sure that your child is well-rested and has had a good breakfast! The next test will be reading; it will take place in reading class on September 8-10.
Magazine sales kickoff day is Sept. 16. Magazine sales monies are used for various projects around the school.
The Social Studies textbook is online; however, the science and math books are not. The science text has an online glossary and activities section. Please ask your child’s teacher, if you have any questions about this.
With the early outs on Thursday and Friday we are a bit behind with band and orchestra tryouts. You will be kept up-to-date with the process, but you should plan to attend an instrument night on Thursday, September 17th at DMS (more info coming).
Did you know you can sign up for email updates of this newsletter? Find the Updates by Email box on the right of the 5th-grade Webpage and fill it out. Very convenient!
From Mr. Peterson. In science class, we are studying organisms and ecosystems by visiting the creek that runs behind the school. (Want to read more? Visit the 5-P blog!) In Reading and Writing we are studying the structure of narratives (stories). We will be writing some small “slice of life” stories at the same time we are studying story elements. Our read-aloud has been the graphic novel series Rust. The kids have been doing a great job of noticing text and graphic details and asking questions. Finally, have you seen the common green darner dragonflies migrating? There have been several “waves” in the past week! Gorgeous. Visit A Poem Place on the 5-P blog to read a great dragonfly poem and learn more about dragonflies. Cool beans.
From Mrs. Nowack: In science class we have been learning all about the scientific method. You could ask your child about bananas, Skittles, and Gummy Bears! For reading class, I have asked students to read a minimum of two good-fit books this quarter, you should see your child reading about 20 min/night. Remember- Scholastic Book orders are due by September 10th. We have been reading a great realistic fiction book titled, How to Steal a Dog. Through reading this book, we will review story elements of fictional stories.
From Mrs. Halweg: The current unit for 5th grade math is not in our Everyday Math book, so if you student has questions about their homework, ask them to get out the other activities and problems we’ve done together in class to use as examples. These should be on worksheets in their binders. If they still need assistance, they can always come visit me before school at 7:45 after checking in at the office.
From Mrs. Suhr: We have started our first unit in social studies about the geography of the U.S. We are learning about physical features such as mountains, plains, gulfs, rivers, etc….
From Mr. Kelley: In Reading and Writing we are studying the structure of narratives (stories). We will be writing some small “slice of life” stories at the same time we are studying story elements. We just finished setting goals for reading - be sure to ask your child about their individual reading goal for the year.