Mon., Sept 25 NO SCHOOL (Teacher Inservice)
Fri., Sept.29 Homecoming
Students and staff at DMS will be celebrating homecoming week with a few “dress up” days next week:
Tuesday: Color Day (5th grade will dress in as much blue as possible)
Wednesday: Pajama Day and Crazy Hair Day
Thursday: Team Day (dress in your favorite college or pro sports jersey, shirt, and/or hat)
Friday: Spirit Day (wear as much red and blue as possible)
Of course, learning is the top priority at DMS- even during homecoming week- so if an outfit becomes a distraction, students will be asked to change.
Homecoming buttons are on sale by the DHS Community Club- they can be purchased in the office for $2 (proceeds go to the local dog park).
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The final letter with instrument recommendations was sent home on Wednesday and the parent meeting was last night, Thursday, September 21. If you were unable to attend, please contact Mrs. Larson or Mrs. Hahn.
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 (email@example.com).
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.
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 we continued our study of adding and subtracting decimals to hundredths. We’ll be wrapping up this unit with some review next week. Your student will be tested over these skills on Monday, October 2.
I returned to school on Wednesday and am enjoying getting to know your student! If your student ever has a question about their math assignment, please encourage them to talk to me. Outside of the school day, I am available every day before school from 7:40- 7:55 AM. After school they are welcome to stay in my room and ask questions until 3:40 PM. We taped little orange sheets in their planners today to remind them of these times they can come in to see me.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: Students are studying various American Indian cultural regions. Next week, students will be assigned an American Indian tribe. Working with a group they will research and present a slideshow demonstrating what they learned.
Reading and Language: After finishing up MAP testing, we began reviewing sentence basics in order to lay the groundwork for discussing comma usage and varying sentences within writing. In reading, students finished a unit on characterization and are now studying conflict.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week’s lessons focused on plant nutrition/photosynthesis. The first Living System test was today (Friday). Please watch for an email from Mrs. Nowack regarding an assignment which will require parent guidance.
Reading: This week we did some close reading and comprehension checks and learned about the story element of conflict resolution. 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 took language MAP tests and continue our routines with daily language review, daily writing, and word work. We have been learning about the features of personal narratives.
Next Week’s VIP: Leah
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We’ve been putting together a food web based on organisms we’ve seen out at the creek. We’ll be having another quiz next week, so stay tuned.
Reading and Writing: We’ve been studying the way narrative writers use descriptive details to give clues about a character’s attitude and goals. We’ll be using our knowledge to write some narrative text. We’ve been doing a lot of writing on Kidblog. Wow!
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We have started learning about Native Americans in early North America.
Students have learned about how these people adapted to various environments. There will be a test on Tuesday, Sept. 26!
Language - We have been studying sentences to make sure they are complete. We have learned ways to fix run ons and make compound sentences correctly.
Students write and practice grammar daily. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.