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New Prague, MN 56071

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Mr. Ledwein's Newsletter


Weekly News


Mrs. Ericson and Mr. Ledwein


We enjoyed a presentation on Friday by the International Wolf Center. We learned about the wolf population in Minnesota. This fit wonderfully with our science unit that’s focused on adaptations and changes in ecosystems. Ask your child what they learned about wolves!

Please see the information below from Mrs. Prchal regarding the Elementary Science Fair:

Who: Elementary Science Fair Scientists & Engineers in Grades 3-6 
What: New Prague Elementary Science and Engineering Fair!
When: Saturday, March 3 New Prague Middle School Commons
How: This is a fun event that includes displaying and judging your projects, as well as fun and engaging science activities for the whole family! A comprehensive packet of information will be available on-line on the Community Education website and at all three Elementary schools. This packet will take students through the complete process of the project by using the scientific method or the engineering process from start to finish! Purple ribbon winners who advance from this fair will have the opportunity to represent out schools at the regional fair in Mankato on Sat, April 28. 
Getting Started: We have great staff and successful past participants (who have gone on to compete at state and internationals) that are eager to help you! 
Kick-Off: Tuesday, Jan 9 6:30-7:45pm Falcon Ridge Multi-Purpose Gym 
Our KICK-OFF event will be meaningful and full of great information to get you started. Display boards can be purchased $5, packets picked up and questions answered! T-shirts will also be available for $9 if interested! Packets will be available December 8th in each school office for those who would like to begin before Winter Break.
Help Sessions: Each elementary school will host a science fair help session that any student is welcome to attend. Feel free to attend a different school’s session if the dates don’t work for you! A teacher and volunteers will be on hand to help guide the children with project selection, researching, or just pulling it all together. Please send a note with your child to school for permission to stay after and plan to pick up your child at the main door of the school afterward. 
Raven Stream: January 23rd & February 6th - Mrs. Ilkka 4-5pm 
Falcon Ridge: January 18th & February 13th - Mrs. Prchal 4-5pm 
Eagle View: January 25th & February 20th - Ms. Ringsred 4-5pm 
All help sessions will be held in the respective building’s computer lab. Bring science experiment, notebook, packet and pencil. 
We can't wait to see what students come up with! Feel free to email me directly (jprchal@isd721.org) with questions or concerns. This is made possible by New Prague Community Education and there will be sign up information at the kickoff event and in offices after that. There is no cost to participate!


Weekly Accomplishments:

Math: We practiced single digit multiplication. We also worked on estimation.
Reading / Language Arts: We worked on a dodecahedron book report project for The One and Only Ivan.

Science / Health: We learned how ecosystems can be changed by people, other organisms, and natural forces. 
Social Studies: We learned about the Eastern Woodlands Native Americans. We completed our Winter Counts and also made a parfleche.

Important Dates:
December 18th – Fine Arts Night (A note was sent home with your child with more details.)
December 21st – Holiday celebrations in the classroom
December 22nd – No School
December 25th – January 1st – No School (Winter Break)
January 2nd – School resumes

Band / Choir Dates:
Full Band / Choir: December 15th (Day 2)
Band Lessons: December 14th (Day 1) and December 11th (Day 3)