October 20 Device introduction meeting (6 PM)
October 20 Author, Margie Preus, will visit DMS
October 22 Picture retake day (sign up in office if interested)
October 23 End of 1st quarter
Nov. 2 & 4 Conferences
Nov. 6 No School
The Old Creamery Theatre’s 2016 Writing Contest
Each year students are encouraged to participate in the Old Creamery Theatre writing contest. Students are invited to write a creative, original story about a character or characters that learn a lesson involving one or more of the Six Pillars (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship). The selected winners will receive gift cards up to $100 and become the basis for Character Chronicles, a show that will be seen by tens of thousands of students all over Iowa (including Decorah Community Schools). Please visit the following website for requirements, story writing tips, and information about how to enter the contest. All entries must be postmarked or emailed no later than January 15, 2016.
From Mr. Peterson. In science we are starting a unit on matter. Next week we will learn about some of the properties of solids, liquids, and gases. In reading, we are working on citing evidence for our ideas, and we are trying to get a deeper understanding of what a theme is. In writing we finished up our fiction narrative and posted them to our blogs on Kidblog.
From Mrs. Nowack: If you haven’t already signed up for a conference time, please take a look at the schedule (view only) and email me to let me know which time you would prefer.
We finished our first read a loud, How to Steal a Dog- which the students loved! Next we will read a book by Margie Preus- the visiting author.
We started our next unit in science class: Processes That Change the Earth. In reading class, we have been working on identifying main idea and supporting details- both stated and unstated. You should see your child reading about 20-30 min/night (students should finish their second book and complete a book talk by the end of the quarter). In language class, our writing/grammar lessons were about: using descriptive words to describe people, using good word choice, compound subjects, and semi-colons. Students have started typing their memoirs now. FYI~ next week’s VIP is Addison.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We have continued work with chapter 3 learning about different cultural regions of early Native Americans. We expect to test Friday, Oct. 23.
Language: Students have now decided on a topic, brainstormed, and made a plan for writing their memoirs. We are also working on verbs, guiding your reader with sequence cues and using good description while writing.
From Mrs. Halweg: During math this week we started our unit on rounding decimals to a given place value and classifying two-dimensional shapes. At the end of the week we spent time distinguishing between different types of quadrangles or quadrilaterals- discussing the characteristics of each.