W., Sept 13 Band/Orchestra slip back to school by this day (sent home Fri.)
Th Sept 14 School Picture Day (see Friday Folder for picture order forms)
Th., Sept 21 Band/Orchestra parent meeting 7pm
M., Sept 25 NO SCHOOL (Teacher Inservice)
This year students have the opportunity to participate in chorus which is held on even days during 8th hour. All students will attend three sessions and then will have the option to join or opt out. Watch for a letter from Mr. Beckman regarding your child joining for chorus. Contact Mr. Beckman if you have questions.
This year students also have the opportunity to participate in band or orchestra which is held on odd days during 8th hour. All students have had a chance to try out different instruments. See the Friday Folder for a letter with more information regarding your child joining band or orchestra. These slips will be due back to school no later than September 13th! The final letter with instrument recommendations will be sent home on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Contact Mrs. Larson or Ms. Hahn if you have questions.
Wednesday Morning Music Opportunity
Luther College will be holding a music program every Wednesday morning September 6- December 6 from 8:00-8:50 at Decorah Lutheran Church. Luther music education students will be teaching the class. The class is free and will accept the first 60 students. Please contact Jill Wilson at Luther if you’re interested (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Just a reminder that if your child chooses to bring treats to school (on a birthday, for example), treats should be store bought. Additionally, it would be a good idea to check with the school nurse or your child’s homeroom teacher to find out if there are any food allergies before bringing treats into the classroom.
Math- This week, we completed Topic One in Math with our final
3 lessons. They included:
1-4 understanding decimal place values using the standard, expanded, and number name.
1-5 comparing decimals to see which are greater or smaller, using structure.
1-6 rounding decimals with whole numbers, tenths, hundredths, and thousandths.
Now that we have reached the end of Topic One, we are using the last two days of this week to review for our first test, which will be given on Monday, September 11th. Please encourage your young person to study the Place Value Review sheet that they will be bringing home for the weekend. I would also really appreciate your help in providing some time for them to study it! I will ask them to take their math book home along with it, so they can use that as a guide for helpful hints and examples on how to do the various problems.
Speaking of tests, your daughter or son will also be taking their MAPS math assessment test on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 12th and 13th. They will take this in my classroom on those two days! Thank you for encouraging them and helping them prepare for those tests, by having them get as much rest as possible! :)
We also continued to log into the Realize computer program, that allows your son or daughter to supplement and practice some of the math concepts from the week. They will have 5 new questions each week and can complete them during study hall or WIN time!
As always, please encourage your young person to come and see me if they need help! Their success means a great deal to me!! And- I have so enjoyed working with all of them! It has been fun!! :)
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: Students have been learning routines in social studies, such as Daily Geography, work habits, and organization for success. Fifth grade is a study of American history. As part of that history we are beginning our study of Native Americans and the adaptations they made to the environments they lived in.
Reading and Language: Students have each set up a daily writing notebook. This is a Google Document that I will use to give them feedback on their writing. Each week prompts are added. I give students feedback within these prompts each week. This week students also took the reading MAP test.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: Our first unit is on living systems. This week we learned how to identify a system and learning about the subsystems of planet Earth! We also set up an investigation that we will conduct in a few weeks by planting several seeds with a variety of variables.
Reading: This week we have focused on the story element: setting and took reading MAP tests. All students have independent reading books that should travel to & from school each day- students are expected to read a minimum of 20 minutes each night (in addition to any time read in school).
Language: This week we continue to establish routines with daily language review, daily writing, and word work.
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We are continuing our look at the creek ecosystem! I’ve been giving feedback on student work (ungraded) to help them with their learning. Nature Journals will be graded this weekend and we’re looking for our first (graded) quiz next week. I’ll let you know!
Reading and Writing: We are writing some poetry in writing class and reviewing story elements in reading. Ask about our fantastic odes to strange things. Also, check in on Kidblog (find the link on 5-P Symbaloo) and read some of our “I am from…” poems. Fun stuff. Please have your child read at least 20 minutes per night.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We have started learning about maps and U.S. geography to help us understand history. We are also reviewing HOW to study for and take a test. Our first test will be Wed., Sept. 13.
Language - Students write and practice grammar daily. The first spelling/vocabulary test went well last week. There will be a spelling/vocabulary quiz on Friday every week. We also have been learning about how to avoid run ons in writing complete sentence.