Wed., November 22 No Study Buddies or tutoring after school
Thurs., November 23 No school- Thanksgiving
Fri., November 24 No school- Thanksgiving break
Thurs., December 14 Vocal Concert (chorus students)
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If your student brings winter boots for recess, we recommend they also bring an old towel from home to put in the bottom of their locker to absorb the water.
Snow pants are not required at the middle school for recess, however if your student wishes to play in the snow they need to be wearing snow pants and boots.
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. Thank you.
Remember students can stay after school in Mrs. Suhr’s room until 4:00 M-Th. to do homework! This is voluntary and can be on an “as needed” basis.
Special Guest Speaker
On Monday, November 20th Mr. Blikre will be speaking to social studies classes about his career as an archeologist and his work with Bear Creek Archeology. He will be using student questions about Native Americans to guide his presentation. Thank you to Mr. Blikre for volunteering his time and expertise!
Math- In math this week we started our unit on dividing whole numbers. We practiced dividing using partial quotients. Next week we’ll practice traditional long division. The tentative date for your student to be assessed over this unit is Friday, December 1.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: We are currently studying early English settlements. This week we took a virtual field trip to Plimoth Plantation to see what early life looked like for the settlers and area Native Americans.
Reading and Language: In reading, students are studying informational text structures and text features. During language, students have started brainstorming ideas for the Old Creamery Theatre writing contest. Details for the writing contest can be found here.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week we attempted to investigate the length of our shadow at different times of day to help us understand the movement of the Earth as it revolves around the sun. However, due to the lack of sunshine, we only got this half done. I will be sending out an email explaining the rest of the assignment that will need to be completed this weekend. We also learned about the night sky, different constellations, and galaxies. Next week (Monday) we will visit the planetarium at Luther. I am planning a Space Systems unit test for the week after Thanksgiving- date TBD.
Reading: We are continuing with the read-aloud, Sign of the Beaver during WIN time. The skill we are focusing on this week is summarizing. 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). Students have a book project they must complete (on their independent reading book) due before the end of December.
Language: While we continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work, students continue to work on their creative writing stories.
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From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We continue our study of celestial patterns. Quiz after Thanksgiving.
Reading and Writing: We are studying informational text structures and writing a short piece on how something is made using the Discovery Channel’s “How Things Are Made” videos as mentors.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We are currently studying early English settlements. We’ll test on Wed., Nov. 22.
Language - We are improving drafts of a short personal narrative. Students are telling a story about an event or small part of their lives. Students write and practice grammar daily in our language class. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.