February 9th & 11th student-led conferences
February 12th no school
February 15th no school
Student Led Conferences
Thank you to all of the parents who have come to conferences this week. The students did a wonderful job of communicating their strengths and weaknesses in each class, focusing on their learning, and reflecting to do some goal setting. This was a very valuable experience for the students!
We wrapped up our Iowa Assessments this week by completing the science assessment. These scores will be mailed home later this school year. Thank you for your support over the past few weeks!
As a reminder, we go out for recess daily, so students should be dressed appropriately. If students do not wear snowboots, they must stay on shoveled sidewalks only. If they want to play in the snow, they will need to wear snow pants as well.
CODING CONTEST (through NASA)
“Imagine Cup Earth” is open to ages 6-18 with two categories. There are two dates available to enter: March 31 and June 15. Tutorials and information are included when you visit the web site for more information and to register. https://www.imaginecup.com/earth?__af3b91cc=_af3b91cc Cash prizes are available. For more information contact Kathy Hay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solving the Discipline Puzzle- Steps for Growing Respectful and Responsible Kids
A FREE workshop provided by Keystone AEA and the Parent & Educator Connection: the workshop will help parents find simple methods that help their kids be respectful and responsible while ensuring strong positive relationships with them and keep peace at home.
Join us to learn how to:
- View discipline problems as a chance to help your child learn new, socially appropriate ways to behave.
- Use common socials skills for children and youth to guide your discipline efforts.
- Clarify your personal expectations for your child/youth at home, creating more peaceful routines.
- Strengthen your child/youth and increase desired behaviors through the use of effective praise.
- Look at misbehavior as a teaching opportunity and to peacefully correct your child/youth.
Parents are encouraged to attend the workshop in person. However, teleconference participation will be available using Zoom (telephone or computer). A teleconference site will also be available at the Keystone AEA's Dubuque Office. Parents who select participation by Zoom via computer or telephone will receive further details through email.
Please go to http://tinyurl.com/pecpw16 by February 26th to register for the workshop. Further information is available on the Keystone AEA website under the Parent & Educator Connection tab.
From Mr. Peterson: In science, we are entering the final stage of our engineering project. The children will be designing cars to enter in several competitions. The children may be asking you for materials to use for the final car design, although that is not a necessity! In reading, we are exploring how authors introduce secondary characters into the story. We’ve been calling these “A Voice from Outside.” We are creating posters to illustrate the “voices” we have heard in our class read aloud, The Honest Truth. In writing, we finished with our book trailer and will start working on writing complex sentences. Also, we will begin exploring opinion writing in the next few weeks.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We continue our unit on human impacts on the environment. This week’s lessons focused on limiting factors, what resources our material objects come from, and the life cycle of material objects.
Reading: This week students read a more complex text selection and then compared three different realistic fiction pieces. Students are asked to read at least 20 minutes/day and are being asked to discuss what they are reading.
Language: Though we have continued with our daily language review and our word work, this week has been primarily focused on preparing for the student-led conferences.
VIP: week of Feb. 15- Rebecca
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We have started Chapter 10 about growing tensions between the colonies and Great Britain. We will have a short quiz over this chapter on Friday, Feb. 19th.
Language - Students have been writing an ending to a historical fiction story starter that takes place in colonial Plymouth. We have spent a great deal of time in class lately responding to writing prompts, proofreading, and improving their own writing.
From Mrs. Halweg: This week in math we reviewed the different types of multiplication of fractions we have learned over the past 2 weeks. We then started learning about dividing fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by fractions. Today we learned how to do this by finding a common denominator. Next week, we’ll be learning the traditional way to divide fractions and will apply all of our multiplication and division skills by solving story problems.
From Mr. Kelley: This week in ELA we began an iMovie book trailer project in which students are persuading others to read a book they finished this year. All of the information can be found within Schoology for this project. In Social Studies we finished discussing the tensions leading up to the American Revolution.