October 23 – Picture Retakes (Let the office know and return the old packet!)
October 24—Magazine Sales End
October 26 - End of 1st quarter
November 1—P/T Conferences 5:00 to 8:00
November 2—No School (comp. day)
November 6—P/T Conferences 5:00 to 8:00
November 7—HS Variety Show Preview
November 9—Veterans Day Assembly (Afternoon)
Parent/Teacher Conferences- A link will be sent out this weekend via school messenger with directions about how to sign up online for conferences which are scheduled Nov. 1st and 6th. This fall you’ll be meeting with your student’s Prime Time teacher only. He/she will have information to share with you from your student’s other teachers as well.
Digital Learning Environment at DMS
The DMS 1 to 1 Digital Learning Expectations handout can be found on the DMS website; student expectations are also included in the student planner. Computers should only come home when the student has homework to complete using the computer. Most school nights the computers will stay at school, plugged in to charge. Generally, students should not be bringing their computers home on the weekend.
DMS Fundraiser- Our annual DMS magazine fundraiser kicked off on Monday. This year, instead of only selling magazines, students can also sell speciality food items and gifts. All money should be collected at the time of the sale. Checks can be made out to Decorah Middle School. Keep in mind that students selling specialty and food items will be responsible for delivering them when they arrive on Wed., Nov. 14th. For online orders, use www.gaschoolstore.com and school code 434316.
Student Concerns - The fifth grade teachers want parents and students to know that your input is very valuable. If you ever become concerned about the safety or well-being of your child or another child for any reason, please reach out to us. We must work together to keep our kids safe! You may contact Mr. Stock (Counselor), Mr. Albers (Principal), or any 5th grade teacher by phone or email any time you feel there is something happening we should be aware of. We are also inviting parents (in addition to students) to use our online anonymous reporting form. Completing this form sends an automatic text to Mr. Stock and Mr. Albers. You can use the following link or you can find the Safe School Reporting Form on our school website and our 5th grade Weebly page: Safe School Reporting Form
Planned Absences - If you know your child is going to be absent, please send a note, email, or call the school to let us know. With adequate notice, we are happy to gather materials to help students stay caught up during absences.
Letter from Ms. Horton - Some of you may have had a difficult time viewing the letter from Ms. Horton about library services at DMS. I have tried to fix the problem; I hope it works better now! You can view the letter at this link.
From Mrs. Halweg:
Math 5- Your student demonstrated their knowledge of multiplying multi-digit whole numbers using the traditional algorithm this week on their unit assessment. We also started our next unit on multiplying with decimals. We’ll continue learning about and practicing this skill into next week.
Hybrid Math- Today your student demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of rates and ratios on their unit assessment. They’ll bring these home early next week to share with you. Our next unit of study will focus on working with percents.
From Mr. Amundson:
Social Studies: This week we started unit 3: American Indian Cultural Regions, focusing on unit vocabulary and additional reading texts.
Writing/Reading: Continued with weekly writing routines, along with finishing first writing sample, accurately quoting texts using evidence. Reading groups continued focusing on characterization while reading Holes. Students should be reading +25 minutes each night from their good fit book. (book needs to travel back and forth from school to home each day)
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week students have been applying their life science knowledge to work in groups on projects; connecting our learning to the “real-world!”
Language: Students are about done writing their personal narratives and some have begun the revision process. Our writing lessons focused on punctuating dialogue and using semicolons. We continue with our daily and weekly language routines of DLR, daily writing, and word work.
Reading: Our genre focus this week was on informational text; we continue to practice identifying the main idea and the supporting details. Students should read 20+ minutes each night from their independent reading (IR) book. This book should travel back and forth from home to school each day.
Next week’s VIP: Eli
From Mr. Peterson:
Science. Studying sky patterns by observing the Sun and Moon. Nighttime sky observation form is due on F, Oct. 26th. Have fun looking up into the sky!
Reading/Writing. Completing book talks and creating a digital writing project: a video book trailer.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies: We tested on Native American cultures on Thursday this past week. On Friday, we started a unit about the New World Explorers from Europe and the tools they used to navigate the oceans.
Language: Student writing seems to be improving each and every day as we learn about types of sentences. Soon we will start writing a personal narrative. Each class period, we start off with a daily proofreading activity and Daily Writing. Students get the new word work packet at the beginning and have a spelling/vocabulary test at the end of each week.
Star of the Week starting Oct. 22: Kelby Kerndt