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410 Central Ave. N.
New Prague, MN 56071

phone: 952-758-1700
fax: 952-758-1799


Weekly Announcements!


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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: February Birthdays..... Shea (5th) and Lucas (26th)....Hope you all had/have a great day!

A HUGE thank you to the following: (February 19-23: Day 5-3) 

Teacher's Aide/Superhero of the week.....Hayle T.

Teacher's Aide/Superhero of the week last week...Bradley T.

Conference Sign Up:  On Friday, Feb. 9th, your child should have brought home the sign up sheet for conferences.  Thank you so much for all the families who have already signed up.  Spring Conferences are Thurs. March 1st (5-8), Thurs. March 8th (5-8) and Friday, March 9th (10-4).  If you did not see the sign up direction sheet, please ask your child for it.  Holding them responsible for bringing information home to you is an important part of gaining responsibility.  If your family has misplaced the form, you can call Candy Gareis in the office at 758-1502 and she can help get your scheduled for conferences. 
WAX MUSEUM and SHOWCASE NIGHT: Monday, March 19th 6:15-7:15 is the big night for us!  Costumes are due on Monday, March 12th.  Students have been busy researching and learning about their individual.  We will spend time into next week researching as well and then we will start writing our "autobiography" speeches.  
**Mark your family calendar for Monday, March 19th for our annual 5th grade showcase night from 6:15-7:15.  Students will show off academic work we have done in class, projects, and of course, our famous Wax Museum project.  Students will be bringing more information in Friday folders.  Students were randomly assigned a famous person in American History to research.  They could be a famous scientist, athlete, president or first lady, musician, artist, philanthropist, etc. We chose people that have made an impact on history for a variety of reasons. One of our standards is for students to use different research materials to develop a paragraph summarizing the information read.  By researching this person, students will learn how to become that person.  They will write their speech as if they are that person (This is called First person narrative.)  Students will also need to find a costume to wear that would be similar to that person.  Again, all 5th grade is drawn at random and we are excited to see what information and costumes are developed.  Costumes can be as dramatic and fancy as you wish to make them.  Please don't go out and spend money, when searching through closets and asking relatives usually serves its purpose.  Students will do most of the research and writing in class, but will probably need to practice reading it at home.  They will not need to memorize their speech, but will need to be able to read it fluently.  If students do not use class time wisely for their research, then they will have work to have to complete at home. 


*I love to Read Month:  Olympic reading sheet (for those participating) is due on March 1st. 

Dress up days for I love to Read Month:

Feb. 21st: "The Magical World of Reading!" Dress as your favorite Disney character or Book Character

Feb. 28th: "Reading exercises your Brain!" Wear your workout clothes!

Other important information: My son Alec will be graduating from Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. I will be gone on Thursday and Friday this week. Mrs. Schoenecker will be he

CONGRATS TO OUR DO LIFE BIG AWARD WINNERS: The January Do Life Big award was awarded to Taylor H. and Aubrey B. Way to be a leader in and out of your school! Keep spreading kindness with integrity! We are looking forward to our February recipients. 

 Band - Fri., Feb. 23 (Day 2)

          Stands = Woodwinds
Lessons - Thurs., Feb. 22 (Day 1)
               Fri., Feb. 23 (Day 2)
               Mon., Feb. 26 (Day 3)
Panorama of Bands Concert
Sunday, Feb. 25 @ 3 p.m.  (rehearsal at noon)
New Prague High School Gym
Attire: Band shirt, black pants/skirts/shoes
Bring a snack, too!

Science Fair!

*Can you tell I am excited!! Check out the link to register!! Approval forms are due on this day. There is still time to get your approval form in to me!


What: New Prague Elementary Science and Engineering Fair!

When: Saturday, March 3 New Prague Middle School Commons, Gym and Auditorium 11:30 am - Registration/Set-up 12:30-2:30 pm - Judging 2:30-3 pm - Open Viewing 3-4 pm - Awards Ceremony 

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
**We can't wait to see what students come up with! Feel free to email me directly as well 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!

*Check out this resource page: http://mailchi.mp/stevespanglerscience.com/eow-science-fair-display-tips?e=2b291a1724  

SQUIRT:We have a classroom goal to stay on target for this reading program. If the students stay at 100 pages a week they can keep up! Each day it increases by 20 pages. We are currently at 700 pages for second semester. Keep reading!!




Reading/Language: We will have a Lifebook entry this week. It will be due on Friday. We will be reading out of our SQUIRT books and filling out a SEM-R sheet. It will be due on Friday. We will also be reviewing context clues. We will continue talking about theme in a book. This week we will write the literary elements of the SQUIRT book we are reading. Students will need to read the fiction book in their book bags.

Science/Health: We will be looking at the engineering design process. We will be engineering balloon carts to explore a wheel and axle. Please save recycle materials they may want to create a cart. Cardboard and water/pop tops are good ideas. Let the creativity begin! We will be doing a lab called "May the Force be with You" first. We will explore Newton's Second Law of Motion.

Social Studies/Math and Spelling:Your child will have Mrs. Wiener for these classes. Check out her website under links on this site.


Here are the Spelling words: http://www.npaschools.org/spelling-lists

**Dates to Note**

February 1-March 1: I Love to Read Month activities

February 19...(No school) Presidents Day

February 25 Panorama of bands concert: high school 3:00pm (students there at noon)

March 1....I love to read month forms due.

March 1 and 8...Evening conferences (school in session)

March 3 District Science Fair (set up 11:30)

March 9....Conferences (No school)

March 19 Showcase night:Wax Museum: 6:15-7:15

March 26-30 Spring break-No school

April 9-13: MCA reading test (AM)

April 19....Touring the middle school (9:30-11:30)

April 23-27: MCA Math test (AM)

April 2-3: MCA Science test

May 8 All district band concert 7:00 pm.

May 11 Track and Field day at Trojan Stadium!(9:30-3:30) Will need a lunch!

May 13....Mother's Day

May 24....Last day of school