Tues., October 3 9th hour officially begins (see page 17-18 of student planner for more info)
Wed., October 4 2nd Annual DMS STEAM Day
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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. 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 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: Each student was assigned an American Indian tribe to study. Working with a group they researched and presented a slideshow demonstrating what they learned.
Reading and Language: In reading, students studied internal and external conflict. Students worked on their vocabulary and spelling list this week in language. We also studied the basic parts of a sentence in order to later work on varying sentence structure in writing.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We continued investigating with bean plants and the effective of their potting material. Additionally, students should be making their nightly moon observations.
Reading: This week we wrapped up our introduction to conflict & resolution and learned about the story element of theme. 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: Students went through a process of brainstorming and evaluating their ideas and have begun writing their personal narratives. Each week we have routines with daily language review, daily writing, and word work (with tests on Fridays).
Next Week’s VIP: Amelia
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: Ecosystem unit test is Monday. We’ve reviewed material in class. Study guide is linked to assignment page. Next big science question: Since plants don’t eat stuff, how do they grow so big? How do they get their matter and energy?
Reading and Writing: Continuing our work to understand how fiction authors help readers experience a story by planting clues and creating patterns. We’re writing a lot, too, to make our writing legs strong. (And to have some fun.)
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - Our current study is the Cultural Regions of Native Americans. We’ll be learning why different groups of Native Americans had different ways of life depending on natural resources and climate of an area.
Language - We’re trying to transfer knowledge about sentences into our own writing. Students are practicing writing compound sentences and correct their own sentence errors.
Students write and practice grammar daily. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.