April 27- 5th grade field trip to Mystery Cave and Forestville
May 7- band concert 6:30 @ Carrie Lee Auditorium
May 9- Mini Courses (rain date is May 16)
May 11- 5th grade field trip (more info to come)
May 14- orchestra concert 6:30 @ Carrie Lee Auditorium
May 23- Last “late start Wednesday” of the school year
May 30- No late start this Wednesday- start at 8:00 AM
May 31- Last day of school- dismiss at 1:30 PM
SPRING STEM FESTIVAL
Thursday, April 12th
Wilder Business Center at NICC in Calmar
Free of charge and appropriate for all ages
Drive robots, conduct science experiments, and MUCH MORE!
Field Trip – PARENT ACTION NEEDED
5th-grade will go on an all day field trip to Mystery Cave and Forestville Historic Site on Friday, April 27. A letter went home with your child this Friday. Parents will need to return part of the letter indicating meal choices to the school by Tues., April 17.
You’re Invited to Join the May Biking Club!
-Wednesday May 2nd , 9th , 16th and 23rd
-Kids bike (with an adult volunteer) from Freeport Park to school in the morning and then bike
back to Freeport Park after school.
-It’s a fun way to burn off energy with friends. Plus, you earn a Biking Club Celebration at the
end of the year!
-Important Details: Kids must get dropped off at the Freeport Park by 8 am and picked up there by 4pm.
-There should be a little free time for kids to hang out with their peers and volunteers at the
park in the afternoon!
-How do I sign up? Email or call April Bril, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 382-6171 ASAP. Include student’s name, school, grade, and an emergency contact name/number.
Spring MAP Testing
April 23/24 Reading
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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.
Math- This week your student demonstrated their knowledge of reading and creating line plots. We also began another short unit of study on the order of operation and writing expressions. Your student will be tested over their knowledge of these skills next Wednesday, April 18.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: We continue to learn about the U.S. Constitution and are beginning our study on the Bill of Rights.
Reading and Language: We began our study of persuasive writing. Students also began a six-week book club in which they will meet once a week to discuss a novel.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week we learned about potential and kinetic energy and then wrapped up that part of our force & motion unit and then started phase two- which is the engineering portion of the force and motion unit.
Language: Students have begun outlining and researching for their persuasive letters. We continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work.
Reading: This week we wrapped up fact and opinion and focused on some general reading fluency and comprehension skills. Students should continue to read 20 minutes every day from their independent reading books.
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We will have a quiz on Tu as we continue to explore matter and how it interactions.
Reading and Writing: We are looking more closely at how chocolate is made as part of a ramp-up to research and writing about social issues. More vocabulary and mentor sentence work.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We are learning about the U.S. Constitution and the branches of our government. I expect to test on this unit Tues., April 17.
Language - Students are currently writing a persuasive letter on the topic of their choice. They will have three solid reasons for an action supported by evidence or examples. Some students have started writing while others are still working on their reasoning and support. Students write and practice grammar daily in our language class. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.