Sept. 1-25 MAP testing
Sept. 14 NO SCHOOL
Sept. 16 Magazine Sales Kickoff
Sept. 17 School Pictures (Order form to be sent home this week!)
Sept. 17 Parent Meeting/Instrument Display Night for Band and Orchestra
Sept. 23 1st Magazine Sales Turn-in Day
Band and Orchestra
The band and orchestra teachers are sending home a letter in the “Friday Folder” updating parents about recruiting activities. There is a tear-off sheet on the bottom of the letter.
Please sign, date, and return no later than Tuesday, September 15th to your classroom teacher after you have discussed your child’s participation in band or orchestra. These will be passed on to Ms. Hahn and Mrs. Larson. This will give us an idea of who is interested, and help inform our exact instrument recommendations. Another letter will be sent home on Wednesday, September 16th regarding FINAL instrument choice after all interviews are completed.
On Thursday, September 17th, there will be a parent meeting and instrument display night. You are invited to join us! Parents and students interested in band will meet at 7:00 PM in the middle school band room. Parents and students interested in orchestra will meet at 7:00 PM in the middle school orchestra room. Kephart’s/West Music will also be available after the meeting to help with instrument rental if needed.
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.
Just a reminder that breakfast and lunch menus can be found online on the school website (found under Food Services). http://goo.gl/UqTWxe (bookmark this for quick access)
Fifth-grade MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing continued this week in reading classes. Each week we have done one test; there are three in all. Please make sure that your child is well-rested and has had a good breakfast! The last test will be math; it will take place in math class on September 15-17.
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.
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, we continue to study organisms and ecosystems by using the creek as a model ecosystem. Soon we will look at food chains and food webs and how energy and matter flow through ecosystems. Next week in Reading we will begin a deeper study of themes in narratives. Please remember to have your child read for at least 30 minutes a night, five nights a week. (I know that many are reading much more than that. Superb!)
From Mrs. Nowack: In science class we are starting our first unit of study in Earth Science: weather & climate! For reading class, you should see your child reading about 20 min/night. In language class, we have begun our first writing unit on memoirs.
From Mrs. Suhr: In social studies, we’ll have our first test on Chapter 1 on Tuesday. Chapter 2 is about Native American cultures in the 1400 and 1500’s. In language, we are working to develop good character trait posters for our classroom. Students will present in small groups what they have learned about the character trait to which they were assigned.
From Mrs. Halweg: We are wrapping up our current math unit this week. Next week we’ll be completing the Math MAP and will start reviewing for our upcoming test.
From Mr. Kelley: Students were guided through estimating an appropriate reading goal for the year. We discussed reading rate and frequency before estimating. Students were also encouraged to set a goal of trying a different genre or type of book. See your child’s goal below. Please encourage your child to consistently read at home to meet this goal. Students seem to be motivated with setting the goals themselves. Thank you for your support!
Kelley Reading Goals
Halweg Reading Goals