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Kindergarten: We are trying to establish a routine and it is going pretty well except they think we always have an early out or late start. We worked on more rhyming words---it's getting better. Everyone knows their colors. We are already preparing for Grandparents/Special Friend program in music!

Grade 1: We have had a busy week. We celebrated Mrs. Fischer's birthday on Tuesday and Talia's birthday on Wednesday. We had school pictures on Thursday. We had our first list of spelling words and first spelling test this week. We did wonderful! We did a science experiment with celery and colored water to see how the stem of a plant carries water to the leaves. In math we are busy learning more about numbers that partner up to make bigger numbers.

Grade 2: In math, we are using the count on strategy to quickly solve basic facts. For addition we identify the larger number and then count up the amount of the smaller number to find the sum. For subtraction we count back to find the difference. In social studies we are learning about communities and the people that live in a community. We found out that our parents pay taxes so our community can provide government services such as police, fire departments, and garbage removal. Our parents went to a meeting to receive materials for beginning our preparation for the sacrament of reconciliation.

Grade 3: The third graders continued their work with place value in math and added with dollars and cents. They worked on their fire prevention posters discussing the theme "Have 2 Ways Out." We welcomed Ms. Dalager and Mrs. Doschadis, UMM students, to our room and will enjoy having them with us this fall. Our geography work this week helped us pay more attention to a map key and a compass rose.

Grade 4: In English, the fourth graders are learning about different types of sentences; declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory. In science we are learning about global landforms and plate tectonics. Also, we are learning about and how to use different maps for elevation.

Grade 5: The fifth graders are busy working on building up their speed with multiplication facts in math. For language arts we are working with details and how to utilize them when writing descriptions. Identifying and describing major rivers and lakes in the United States is the topic for our social studies.

Grade 6: A big "Thank You" to everyone who came out Sunday to September Fest and shared in the fun, warm weather and played the 6th grade carnival games! This week in spelling we practiced words with "ie" and "ei" in them. We also worked with mental math and choosing a method of computation in math. On Thursday we all dressed up and had beautiful smiles for our school pictures!

Upcoming Events

-Sept. 27 Conservation Day Gr. 4/5

-Oct. 1 Gr. 2 to Swell

-Oct. 5 Marathon: 12:30