Reading MAPs - Tuesday, Feb. 4
Parent/Teacher Conferences - Thursday, Feb. 6
Parent/Teacher Conferences - Monday, Feb. 10
Math MAPs - Tuesday, Feb. 11
No School - Friday, February 14
No School - Monday, February 17
Winter Weather Wear
Just a reminder: snow pants and snow boots are not required for recess. However, if students wish to play in the snow, they must have snow pants and snow boots. It might be a good idea to send an old towel for the bottom of the locker to absorb melting snow. It also might help to send a spare pair of shoes for your child to keep at school if they are likely to forget shoes each day. Often students end up wearing boots all day because they forget to bring shoes to change into.
School begins promptly at 8 AM, students will begin entering the school/classrooms at 7:52 AM.
Computers are allowed to go home with students when there is homework that requires it. Computers will not be going home over the weekends. Help your child remember:
1. They must remember to bring their computers back to school each day.
2. Computers are for school use only; computer histories can be checked at any time.
3. It is their responsibility to bring it back charged.
4. They should keep it out of extreme weather elements.
5. It must be kept away from pets and siblings.
6. They will need earbuds with the computer at all times.
7. This device is very expensive and belongs to the school.
A La Carte
In the Middle School, students have the option to purchase a few different a la carte items when going through the lunch line. They can make this purchase with their lunch tickets, but again, it is an extra charge- above and beyond the normal lunch that is served. If you have questions or wish to NOT have your child have access to this option, you can contact Kristi Roffmann at this email: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What’s Happening Outside?: Owls in Winter.
We will post links to short informational videos and web content about the phenology of our area. This week? Owls in Winter. Read about some of their sounds and keep your ears open on those clear, cold nights.
From Mrs. Halweg:
Math 5- This week in math we continued working with addition and subtraction of fractions. We learned how to change mixed numbers to improper fractions, and then improper fractions to mixed numbers. We used this skill to assist in subtracting mixed numbers when the numerator of the first fraction is less than the numerator of the second fraction. We’ll continue working with addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers next week as well.
Hybrid Math- In math this week we used the four quadrant coordinate grid to assist in solving real-world problems. We will continue to work with the coordinate plane next week and will finish up this unit next Friday, February 7 with an assessment.
From Mr. Amundson:
Social Studies: This week students started their unit on tensions growing between the colonists and Great Britain. Students have selected a position, patriot or loyalist, and have started preparing their discussion points for our class debate.
Reading and Language: We continued with our groups this week. We also continued with our “How It’s Made” unit on sequential writing. Each week students should be reading +20 minutes a night from their IR book.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We spent the week learning about volume and then practicing our measurement skills.
Language: This week we began talking about informational writing. We continue our daily & weekly routines (word work, daily language review, & daily writing).
Reading: We continue reading our historical fiction books. Students should be reading their independent reading books daily for 20 minutes or more. This book should travel to and from home & school each day.
Next week’s VIP: Austin
Check out some photos of Mrs. Nowack’s classes in action!
From Mr. Peterson:
Science. We are designing and building balloon-powered toy cars. In phase three, we tested to see the effect of nozzle diameter on the car’s ability to haul weight and to run for longer periods of time. The next phase will be the competition phase. I am hoping to have another video from our sponsor, Evets Nosretep, early next week. (Ask your learner about Evets. :)
Reading and Writing. We took a pause on our larger informational written piece, “How It’s Made” while I look them over and give more extensive comments for revision. This week we’ve explored spoken word poetry, especially partner poetry. We’ve written some and some have re-tooled Kobe Bryant’s retirement poem, “Dear Basketball”, as a partner poem. Wow. Some really great stuff. And some moving and funny performances.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies: This week we have turned our attention toward growing tensions between the colonies and Great Britain that lead to the American Revolution. We hope to test over this on or near Monday, Feb. 10.
Language: We have started talking about informational writing. We have been reading an example of this genre called “The Brain”. It has prompted some interesting conversations, and for the record, I did NOT say video games are good for your brain! 🙂 Our spelling/vocabulary tests are on Fridays or on the last day of the week. In Daily Writing, the students and I communicate back and forth using a google doc while they respond to prompts, learn to write good sentences and proofread through our dialogue.
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