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 have attended three sessions and will now have the option to join or opt out. Return permission slips by Monday! Contact Mr. Beckman with questions.
The final letter with instrument recommendations will be sent home on Wednesday, Sept. 20. The parent meeting will be on Thursday, September, 21. 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 started out Monday with a test over Topic One. The tests were corrected, sent home for you to look at and sign, and then were sent back to me. You may have noticed that the test had a place for a total score, an individual standards score section out of 5 or 7, and a section in a row for a rubric score. The rubric score section would best be explained by the narrow orange strip of paper, that was sent home with the test. The rubric range for each standard is 4, 3, 2, 1, and 0. If a standard was low, the good news is, it can be improved with some remediation. Please keep the orange strip handy for future test score explanations.
This past Tuesday and Wednesday, your young person completed their MAPS math testing for the fall. Look for that score as we get a little farther into the school year.
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!
We began our discussion on Topic Two on Friday. It involves work with Mental Math, and will continue into next week.
As always, please encourage your young person to come and see me if they need help, at least through Tuesday! This next week, on Wednesday, Mrs. Halweg returns to her duties in Room 218. As I said in last week’s newsletter, I have so enjoyed my time with your young person and have been very blessed with the opportunity to have been able to begin the school year with them! Time has really flown by!
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: Students took their first test about how American Indians adapted to different environments within North America. This week we will be studying how and why American Indian cultural regions differ. We will also be taking a quiz next Friday for weeks 3-4 of our daily geography practice.
Reading and Language: This week the writing focus has been adding details that appeal to the senses (sensory details). Each student has a daily writing journal to practice all of their writing skills and improve in typing. Be sure to ask your son or daughter about this. They may access it anytime by logging into their Google Drive account at drive.google.com. In reading we have been working on identifying character traits and providing evidence from the story to support our descriptions. Next week we will begin studying internal and external conflict.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: Our first unit is on living systems. This week we checked and watered the grass and beans we planted. We’re starting to see growth! We have been learning about food chains and food webs. On Friday, September 22 we will have an assessment of what we have covered so far with Living Systems.
Reading: This week we have focused on the story elements of character and conflict. 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 our routines with daily language review, daily writing, and word work. We have begun learning about personal narratives. Monday and Tuesday we will take the language MAP test.
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We are starting to create a model of our creek ecosystem and we are learning about basic stuff that we don’t think about very often, like, Why doesn’t dead stuff just pile up all over the place?
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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 Native Americans in early North America.
Students will learn about how these people adapted to various environments.
Language - Students write and practice grammar daily. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week. We have been studying sentences to make sure they are complete.