Thank you, parents for helping us through our third full week of school. I won’t lie, it has been a long few weeks for the teachers – but a good “long”! Both you and the students have absorbed a lot of new information in a short time. There will be plenty more to come. However, in the meantime, I want to update you so far:
Donation gratitude!! > If I haven’t said it enough, thank you families for donating so many wonderful supplies at the start of the year!! We have enough Lysol wipes to last us the entire school year! A very special thanks to the Riley Family for donating several NEW books to our classroom library. These books will make a fantastic addition to Room 414. I am very grateful. If you would also like to make donations, or know of individuals who can… I will be setting up an account with DonorsChoose.org. This clearinghouse helps fund supplies and projects for teachers. More to come…
40 – Book Challenge > Your child has been working with me to determine his/her reading level. As we mentioned at Curriculum Night, the 6th grade team is implementing the 40-book challenge in lieu of having Accelerated Reader. This will give your child more choice, without compromising the accountability. Once I have a clear idea of your child’s reading level (accuracy, fluency and comprehension), then I will ask each student for book recommendations and help make a plan to reach the goal. While not every child may reach the goal by June, it is a worthwhile opportunity to be exposed to other genres. Part of that accountability will be to do more writing, blogging and book reviewing using different mediums.
Math > We have been studying ratios and proportions. I have been sending the textbook and workbooks as needed. Likewise, most work will be review of skills or introductions to new ones via a video. I want to stress that your child will need to work harder to “explain” his/her math reasoning. One way to look at it as if giving step-by-step directions, with a rationale included with it.
Social Studies / Language Arts > Our grade has begun studying Early Man and the Paleolithic Era. We are making connections to archaeological findings and how these may be affecting our modern culture, even today. Narrative writing practice has been incorporated into this content area.
Homework > Students have been learning how to find homework both through this website and through Edmodo. While it may be redundant, I made this purposeful in case Edmodo ever decides to “crash”. At least the website is a backup. Students are getting the hang of it, and being great editors to catch me if I haven’t explained the directions clearly. I will do my best to make sure students know when they need to send their homework digitally, or simply on paper.
Discipline Assembly > Last week, all grades has a discipline assembly to remind us of the school rules and expectations. I will continue to enforce and inform of your child’s daily behavior through Class Dojo. Please email me if you are not connected with a parent account, since you will need a code to login.
Camp Fundraiser > Our first 6th Grade Camp fundraiser will be with Butter Braid. Your family can reduce a significant amount of the cost of 6th Grade Camp with this fundraiser! Order forms will go home Friday, Aug. 16th with your child. The fundraising sale goes until Sept. 9th.
Parent Conferences > I will be sending more information soon regarding sign ups for parent conferences in September. Conferences dates will be Sept 12-19th. These will be minimum days, with dismissal at 1:15pm. Please note that I will not be available for conferences after 6:00pm.
Thanks for your continued support to get us off to a good start!