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
June 4- Last day of school- dismiss at 1:30 PM
The following students for winning the Winneshiek County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Annual Grocery Bag Contest. This year’s theme was on watersheds. These students will be recognized at an awards breakfast on May 1st!
5 Nowack = Edyn Bateman, Savannah McCann, Brayden Wemark
5 Peterson= Cashton Riehle, Kealy Hines, Hannah Arendt
5 Kelley = Ivy Sullivan, Natalie Goodner, Kamryn Werges
5 Halweg = Elliana Brodbeck, Gwenyth Thompson, Ava Bahr
5 Suhr = Rylin Sibley, Nathan Wymer, Charlie Brandel
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 email@example.com 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- This week we began our unit of study on converting units within a given system of measurement. We focused on the U.S. Customary System this week. Next week we’ll be learning about the Metric System. You won’t be seeing the same math homework coming home with your student over this unit. We are trying some new stations within the classroom.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: We are currently learning about Iowa history, geography, and culture.
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. Next week we will begin comparing narrative elements in two or more stories.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: Student engineers have constructed toy cars, have been running tests & modifying their cars to meet design goals. This week they added “motors” to their cars!
Language: Students are finishing up their persuasive letters. We continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work.
Reading: This week we continue with 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.
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We continue our study of matter by looking at the properties of matter.
Reading and Writing: We finished up our letters to 4th-graders and continue our research project.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We started a unit on the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. Students will gain a general understanding of some of the amendments in the Bill of Rights. We hope to test approximately May 4th.
Language - We finished and sent our letters to next year’s 5th graders. Students are also 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. We are now just 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.