Thurs., November 2 Parent Teacher Conferences
Fri., November 3 No School
Wed., November 8 Preview Shrek at DHS
Fri., November 10 Veteran’s Day Assembly
Daylight Savings Time will end and it will be time to change our clocks on Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 a.m. We can all get an extra hour of sleep that night — Yeah!!!
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If your student brings winter boots for recess, we recommend they also bring an old towel from home to put in the bottom of their locker to absorb the water.
Snow pants are not required at the middle school for recess, however if your student wishes to play in the snow they need to be wearing snow pants and boots.
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- In math this week we continued to practice multiplying with decimals. Your student will be assessed over this skill on Thursday, November 9.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: Students have been studying early explorers between the 15th and 16th centuries. The chapter 5 test will be on Tuesday, November 7th.
Reading and Language: In reading, students are studying informational text structures and text features. During language, students have started brainstorming ideas for the Old Creamery Theatre writing contest. Details for the writing contest can be found here.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: *stars, *movements of the Earth & moon, *time zones, and *seasons
Reading: This week we continue to identify main idea and supporting details through guided reading groups. 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: We continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work.
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From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We begin our study of earth, moon, and sun patterns. It’s been really cloudy so I know that you haven’t been able to see the moon very well. I’ve caught sight of the darn thing on Saturday and Tuesday nights, but it was only a lucky peek.
Reading and Writing: We finished up our (somewhat) wacky descriptions this week. We’ll move on to explore more informational text structures next week. Also, we’ll be learning how to read for the gist, or main idea of informational text. Maybe we can embed this into a study of Saudi Arabia, which is where one of our classmates has gone now for a few months.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - . This unit is about some specific explorers and their contributions to the knowledge about the New World. This unit will take a couple weeks, so we won’t test until about Nov. 13
Language - We are brainstorming and writing drafts of our own personal narratives. Students write and practice grammar daily in our language class. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.