March 30- Spring Break
April 2- Spring Break
April 5- Joe Beckman Assembly (Inspirational speaker)
April 5- Old Creamery Theatre
April 27- 5th grade field trip (more info to come)
May 7- band concert 6:30 @ Carrie Lee Auditorium
May 9- Mini Courses
May 11- 5th grade field trip (more info to come)
May 14- orchestra concert 6:30 @ Carrie Lee Auditorium
May 30- Last day of school
Spring MAP Testing
April 23/24 Reading
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Joe Beckman, an inspirational speaker from the Minneapolis area, will be here on Thursday to speak with students, staff, and parents. He has 15 years of experience in speaking in educational settings. His message will focus on getting more connected with people (such putting down devices) and making a difference in people’s lives! Students will all attend three different sessions with Joe during the day next Thursday. Parents are also invited to attend a session in the evening from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Carrie Lee Auditorium. It will be packed, so arrive early! If students purchased a “Vikes Strong” t-shirt, they are encouraged to wear them on Thursday!
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 in math we started our learning about reading and creating line plots. This will continue into next week, with a short test on Friday, April 6.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: This week we began our study of the U.S. Constitution.
Reading and Language: Students have been studying the biography genre and will be interviewing a classmate to write a biography about their life.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: Balanced and unbalanced forces, net force, motion, speed, acceleration, and momentum, oh my!
Language: Students have spent the week analyzing the parts of a persuasive letter. We continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work.
Reading: This week we’ve continued with comparing and contrasting. Students should continue to read 20 minutes every day from their independent reading books.
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We’ve been exploring the idea that matter is made of particles that are too small to see. We’ll be using this particle model to help us explain all sorts of chemistry ideas.
Reading and Writing: We’ve been investigating point of view and how authors use it to help us understand characters. In the process, we’ve been practicing our small group discussion skills. Also, the e-book of poems is here: http://www.calameo.com/books/0028228006937e96b4f24
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - Today, we had the final quiz on the American Revolution. Next up, we’ll be learning about the U.S. Constitution and the branches of our government.
Language - Students are in the process of researching about their persuasive writing topics. The can use written material, the internet or interviews to find evidence to support their arguments. Students write and practice grammar daily in our language class. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.