May 7- Band concert 6:30 @ Carrie Lee Auditorium
May 9- Mini Courses (rain date is May 16)
May 11- 5th grade field trip - Norman Borlaug Inspire Day
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
June 4- Last day of school- dismiss at 1:30 PM
Norman Borlaug Inspire Day
Dr. Borlaug always loved talking with students of all ages. His wish for his farm was to bring people, especially students, to see how life was during his upbringing and how everyone has the potential to do great things in his/her lifetime. DMS 5th graders have the wonderful opportunity to attend Norman Borlaug Inspire Day on Friday, May 11th. Throughout the day, students will rotate through 10 sections taught by Luther College education methods students readying for student teaching next year. We will spend the entire day at Norman Borlaug's Boyhood Farm in rural Cresco. Lessons will be on science, global studies, math, & history, while incorporating Borlaug's life and legacy. The hope of the Borlaug Foundation’s mission of educating our youth about Dr. Borlaug's life and legacy will be "Inspiring" to our 5th graders.
We will be outside all day for this trip. Students should be dressed for the weather. Layers, jackets, old walking shoes, pants, and hats are recommended as we will be outside walking through prairie. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and water bottles are recommended as well.
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.
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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- We continued our stations this week with a focus on the metric system. Your student received their study guide today and we checked it in class. They will be assessed over converting units within the metric system and the U.S. customary system next Monday, May 7.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: We are currently learning about Iowa history, geography, and culture. This week students compared life today to life for Iowa pioneer settlers in the 1800s.
Reading and Language: We finished up our writing unit on the study of persuasive writing. Students selected their own persuasive topic to research and write about. Students are finishing up a six-week book club in which they will meet once a week to discuss a novel. We also began comparing narrative elements in two or more stories.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week student engineers are testing out different nozzle sizes on their balloon motors.
Language: Students finished their persuasive letters this week. We continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work.
Reading: This week we are finishing up our guided reading rotations; students are reading a variety of genres. Students should continue to read 20 minutes every day from their independent reading books. Fourth quarter book projects are due May 18th.
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We continue our study of the properties of matter.
Reading and Writing: We are studying “This I believe…” mentors and will write one ourselves. We have started a research project called “The Other Side of the Wall” that seeks to understand the humanity and history of recent refugees. Our poetry collaboration with Ms. Courtney’s 8th-grade art class link is here: https://goo.gl/nfGz4A
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We finished and tested on a unit on the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. Students have gained a general understanding of some of the amendments in the Bill of Rights.
Language - Students are finishing a persuasive letter on the topic of their choice. We are still adding some finishing touches to these persuasive letters. Students write and practice grammar daily in our language class. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.