End of Quarter- Friday, March 27
Parents, We need some help locating some missing social studies books. Students are able to check out these textbooks to use, but they need to be returned! If you see a book at home like the one pictured here, please send it back to school! Thank you so much!
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?: Goldenrod Gall Fly.
We will post links to short informational videos and web content about the phenology of our area. This week? Those little oval bumps you’ll find on goldenrod plants caused by goldenrod gall fly larvae. Read about their life cycle and how they are a source of high-energy food for woodpeckers and chickadees.
From Mrs. Halweg:
Math 5- This week in math we started Mission 3. This week’s lessons taught about line plots and how fractions and division are related. Your student will be bringing home their Mission 2 test over adding and subtracting fractions for you to look at and sign over the weekend. Next week we’ll continue to learn about dividing and multiplying fractions in this new unit.
Hybrid Math- In math this week we began a unit of study on rates and proportions. We’ll continue this unit into next week as well. Your student has been doing a great job of staying caught up on his/her Mathia units!
From Mr. Amundson:
Social Studies: This week the students started reading the Declaration of Independence, focusing on keywords and the values of the colonists at that time.
Reading and Language: This week students selected their new reading books for the next reading unit, I Survived reading series. We also did some sharing of our How It’s Made writing samples, along with working in our writing logs. Each week students should be reading +20 minutes a night from their IR book.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We’re exploring physical and chemical changes.
Language: This week we started taking notes for our state reports. We continue our daily & weekly routines (word work, daily language review, & daily writing).
Reading: We’re continuing to read our historical fiction books and have begun looking for common themes amongst them. 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. Students have a book project due March 18th.
Next week’s VIP: Spencer
Check out some photos of Mrs. Nowack’s classes in action!
From Mr. Peterson:
Science. We are finishing up our competitions! Some of the cars performed extremely well, better than in testing, during this phase; some performed better during testing than during the competition. Our final project will be to demonstrate our engineering knowledge by describing design decisions for this final phase of the project. We’ll work on that during class next week.
Reading and Writing. We are moving into a short claim-evidence-reasoning unit in both reading and writing. This will help prepare us for upcoming years of analytical thinking, but also for the upcoming ISASP tests in mid-March.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies: Next week, we’re going to be doing an online simulation. Students will take the role of an apprentice prior to the American Revolution.
Language: Each student has been assigned a state to write about for their informational piece. They should be reading books and taking notes about their assigned state. 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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