February 9th & 11th student-led conferences
We are so proud of our students for their hard work this week on the vocabulary and reading assessments. Next week students will take the math and social studies assessments. Please continue to encourage your child to do his/her best on these assessments. Please try not to schedule any appointments during the testing periods. Thank you.
Week of Feb. 1-5 math & social studies
Week of Feb. 8-12 science
By now you have probably heard from your child that the 5th grade students are receiving DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) from Decorah’s Officer Hendrickson. You should have received a letter this week from your child explaining this program.
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 beginning a longer-term engineering project where we build balloon powered cars to specific design criteria. The kids created design company logos and slogans and now they are beginning to put together the car chassis. In reading, we are putting together some materials that we will share at student-led conferences. We are reflecting on our reading and setting some goals. In writing, we are working on creating a book trailer video, which we hope to share with you at conference time. This involves writing a script and enhancing the script with music and photos to help entice readers to read the book.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week we have been focusing on human impacts on the environment. A small group of students acted out a short skit based on the book, Agatha’s Feather Bed; we learned that “Everything comes from something. Nothing comes from nothing.”
Reading: Students are asked to read an average of 20 minutes/day and are being asked to discuss what they are reading. This week students discussed the conflict in their books with their peers.
Language: This week we have been editing, revising, editing, and revising some more, but students finally turned in their historical fiction stories and I look forward to reading them this weekend.
VIP: week of Feb. 1- Grady
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - Students are learning about the city of Williamsburg in the 1700’s. We will be taking a “walking tour” to visit some historical places. There will be a test Wed., Feb. 3, depending on what our weather does next week.
Language - Students have listened to a historical fiction story starter. They will be using their research about the Plymouth colony to write an ending to the story.
From Mrs. Halweg: In math this week we learned how to multiply with fractions (fraction x fraction, fraction x whole number, and mixed number x mixed number). Next week we’ll be moving to division with fractions. Your student will also be taking the Iowa Assessments for math next week. Our plan is to test on Monday and Thursday.