Dec. 20 last day of school in 2019 (winter break starts)
Jan. 6 classes resume
NEW! DMS Student Council Annual Book Drive
5th graders are encouraged to bring in gently used children’s books which will be donated to the Food Pantry to distribute to families in need. The goal is for 5th graders to bring in a total of 500 books!
If you haven’t done so, please complete the parent information on page 4 of the planner. Thank you!
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?: Some really cold turtles.
We will post links to short informational videos and web content about the phenology of our area. This week?Turtles. Read about some of their incredible strategies for surviving the winter. I mean. Really?
From Mrs. Halweg - Mr. Twedt:
Math 5- We started and completed lessons 28 and 29. These are the last two lessons until the winter break! In lesson 28 and 29, we learned to solve word problems involving multi-digit division with group size unknowns and the number of groups unknown. With that said, the end of lessons means that an assessment is on the horizon! Therefore a study guide was handed out and assigned for Monday, December 16th to prepare for the test which will take place on Tuesday, December 17th. Encourage your young person to practice some division problems so that they can be as prepared as possible for the Tuesday exam!
Hybrid Math- This week we continued work on properties of equality and inequality. We began solving problems using one-step equations and ended our week working with problems solving multiplication equations without models and then using those equations to solve problems. We also completed Mathia Unit 3 with 6 workspaces. Thanks for your help in encouraging your young person to complete their Mathia units! They have done a great job with this!
From Mr. Amundson:
Social Studies: This week students continued learning about the colonial regions. We will continue this into next week, along with introducing the next unit on slavery. Mr. Fromm will be presenting a slide show towards the end of next week on slavery in the Americas.
Reading and Language: This week students continued weekly writing routines, started writing their Old Creamery stories. In reading, we have continued reading various informational texts. Each week students should be reading +20 minutes a night from their IR book.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week we’ve been learning about the “story of stuff” (from extraction to production, distribution, consumption, and disposal).
Language: Students’ have been working on creative writing stories this week! We continue our daily and weekly routines (word work, daily language review, and daily writing).
Reading: We’re finished up Great Turkey Walk; skill focus has been on sequencing main events and summarizing. 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 reading project due on/before January 10th.
Next week’s VIP: Hadley
Check out some photos of Mrs. Nowack’s classes in action!
From Mr. Peterson:
Science. We started a new unit on matter by thinking about how a smell gets to your nose. (Here is a collection of some of our questions.) We have explored models of how matter is made of particles that are too small to see. This helps explain how liquids evaporate; why solids are so, er, solid; and how an invisible substance – air – can take up space and weigh something.
Reading and Writing. We have been reading like writers as we study mentor texts to help us write our Old Creamery Theater stories. We’ve planned and gotten feedback on our stories and now we’ve begun to write them.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies: This week, we finished up the unit about the colonial regions. The unit next week is about slavery and the struggles of being a slave.
Language: We are currently learning about and writing personal narratives.
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.
Below: A Spanish version of the newsletter as rendered by Google Translate.