February 9th & 11th student-led conferences
(please return the tan colored form that was included with report cards to schedule your conference time)
Iowa Assessments are coming up at the end of the month. Please 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 Jan. 25-29 vocabulary & reading
Week of Feb. 1-5 math & social studies
Week of Feb. 8-12 science
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.
Well, specifically, we want pictures of students reading. Our 5th grade hallway bulletin board will display pictures of students reading (the cover of the book should be clearly visible). You can send the printed pictures to school with your child or you can email it to one of the 5th grade teachers and we can print them off and hang them up.
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 email@example.com.
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 students created a Keynote presentation about one of the six land biomes of North America, these are available on Schoology & can be used as study guides. We also learned about water ecosystems this week. A test (unit B chapter 3) is scheduled for Monday, January 25th.
Reading: Students continue to identify and practice sequencing when reading a variety of texts. Students are required to read an average of 20 minutes/day and this quarter they will be held more accountable for discussing what they are reading (feel free to ask your child about the book he’s reading).
Language: Writing lessons focused on past perfect verb tense, indefinite pronouns, word choice, using dialogue in writing, and apostrophes in contractions. Students also began writing their short historical fiction pieces; these will be due Tuesday.
VIP: week of Jan. 25th- Sally
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.
Language - Working on historical fiction unit. Students are doing research about the Plymouth colony.
From Mrs. Halweg: This week we wrapped up our unit on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. Your student was assessed over these skills on Thursday- Friday. Students will be bringing home these assessments to share with you early next week. Our next unit of study will focus on multiplying and dividing fractions.
From Mr. Kelley:
Masaki Nakamura, a Luther education student, spent his last week with us. It was fascinating to hear about Japan and the many differences between our countries. The students really enjoyed having him. Here is one picture that shows Mr. Masaki teaching students some origami.