October 21 No School (teacher quality work day)
October 25 End of 1st Quarter
NEW! Student Planners
Student planners finally arrived last Friday! The student handbook (in the front of the planner) has been reviewed with the students already, but you may want to take some time to read through the student handbook with your 5th grader.
Also, please be sure you have completed the parent information on page 4 of the planner. Thank you!
These weekly newsletters will be filled with what we have been doing in class, but also important announcements and information. You will want to read these each week! You can access this information in MANY ways:
-log onto http://dms5.weebly.com each weekend at your convenience
-you can also access this by logging onto your child’s Canvas account
-request a printed copy (by notifying your student’s PrimeTime teacher)
-read the weekly email
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What’s Happening Outside?: Murmurations! We will post links to short informational videos and web content about the phenology of our area. This week? Murmurations. They are so cool. But also keep your eyes open for salamander migrations. Some students have seen some blue-spotted and eastern tiger salamanders out and about. More on these and other Iowa “herps” in the near future.
Math 5-This week in math we continued our first unit. We practiced multiplying and dividing numbers with decimals. Your student completed 4 lessons on their computer to reinforce these skills. We’ll continue this unit into next week.
Hybrid Math- In math this week we wrapped up our short unit on multiplying and dividing with fractions. Your student was assessed over these skills today. They’ll be bringing these assessments home to share with you early next week.
From Mr. Amundson:
Social Studies: In social studies this week students continued with unit 2, American Indians and Their Land. We plan to finish up with the unit early next week before learning about American Indian Cultural Regions.
Reading/Language: Continued weekly writing routines, independent writing on Kidblog, and practiced writing a claim after analyzing photos. We also continued our read aloud Alabama Moon or Tuck Everlasting, along with reading a short informational story from our yellow reader. Each night students should be reading their IR books for 20 minutes or more.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week students have been working with food chains and food webs.
Language: We continue our daily and weekly routines (word work, daily language review, and daily writing). We have been learning the features of memoir (personal narrative) writing by examining some mentor texts.
Reading: We’re wrapping up our introductory unit on story elements. 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.
Check out some photos of Mrs. Nowack’s class in action!
Next week’s VIP: Garrett
From Mr. Peterson:
Science. We are finishing up with our ecosystem unit. 1st hour will be having a quiz mid-week, depending on when we can finish up with stuff, and 6/7th hours will have a quiz by the end of the week. I’ll have a study guide link in the Assignments.
Reading/Writing. We’ve been finishing up our family stories project. Of course, a project like this will never “end”, but we will look at the stories the kids have written. I have a blog post in the queue talking about more about the project. We also reviewed story elements and have begun to think about the characters in our own read-to-self books.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies: We have started a brief unit on using the internet to do a search and how to tell if a website is a reliable source.
Language: This week we’re learning about how good sentences are structured. We also covered correctly adding -ed and -ing endings to words. Our spelling/vocabulary tests are on Fridays. 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. The students are also working on posters to explain the 6 traits of good character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
Here is a translated copy of the newsletter as rendered by Google Translate.