Mrs. Mathews' Minutes

Everton Bearcats! May 8, 2016

Mrs. Donna Mathews

6th Grade Teacher at Everton

Indiana University East Graduate

5th year teaching

Married for 36 years, 4 adult children and their spouses, 10 Grandchildren...Priceless :-)

Love quilting, being outdoors, gardening and working puzzles

Field Day!

Our Field Day will be this Friday, May 13th. Mr. Gable would love to have as many parent volunteers as possible! if you would be willing to help please let me know ASAP! It is a fun day to spend with all the students!

Mini Economy Class Auction

Our class auction will be held on Thursday, May 12th. Students will use the (pretend)money that they have earned from our mini economy all year to purchase real items in our auction. Thank you again to those of you that donated items or went and asked for donations for the kids. This has been a great learning opportunity for the students. They had to make choices on how to save or spend their money all year. They also learned the value of making good choices and earning bonuses or making poor choices and being assessed a fine. If you would still like to make any donation I will accept items up until Wed.


  • Reading: We will be finishing up our Literacy circles this week
  • Writing: We will be working on brochures using Microsoft publishers
  • Math: We will test over rates and ratios and prepare for our Math final exam!
  • Science We finished our last chapter and will test this week over chapter 9
  • Grammar- We will be reviewing all skills

Upcoming Events

May 12th 6th Grade Auction

May 13th Field Day - 6th grade will be the first half of the day

May 16th- 6th grade celebration cookout

May 18th- Last day of school for all students


Sixth grade brings a lot of responsibility. Here are just a few areas to keep in mind:

  • Keeping up on class work ( We have a lot to cover each day and move quickly)
  • Checking in for attendance and lunch each morning
  • Turning in daily work and completing morning work
  • Using appropriate voices( There is a time to be social and a time to work)
  • Participation (the more you participate, the better you will understand the skill )
  • Responsibility (agenda, HW, turning in papers, following procedures)

Fun being outside and making our Tie Dye Shirts for Field Day!


Communication is so very important and can make such a positive impact on your child's success. I've set up the following ways to have open communication with each of you. Please reach out to me any time you have a question, comment, or concern

  1. Daily Agendas
  • Please check and sign daily agendas. I check them daily and students receive extra Dojo coins if they are signed!

2. Remind

  • Thanks to everyone that signed up for Remind! It's an easy way for me to get a quick text message to everyone at once. Please consider signing up this weekend if you have not already done so! Thanks!

3. Dojo

  • Information was sent home the first week of school on how to sign up for Dojo. I also sent email invites to those that have not signed up yet. Please consider joining so you can see how your child is doing behavior wise. Students also earn coins to use for our mini economy. I can also send out emails to all of you at one time.

4. Email

  • I check my email many times throughout the day and evening. I will get back back with you as soon as I can. Sometimes, I need to gather and verify information, so please be understanding. I promise to communicate back as quickly as I can.

We have uploaded another Math app to help students practice their skills.


Students have their log in and password in their agendas

Newsela- Great reading site!

This site contains current event stories with a 4 question quiz at the end. Great way for allowing students to read topics they like and test their Comprehension! All students have a username and password to log on!

Website for practicing and reviewing math skills

Many students are still struggling with converting fractions, decimals and percents. If you have time above is a free website that you and your child can review!

Digitwhiz.....A Great site for more math practice

All the students can log in and practice at home!

Homework Hotline from Rose Hulman

Free help for your homework!


Please consider signing up for remind using the button below. Remind is a free, safe and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students and parents. All personal information is kept private. I will never see your phone number, nor will you see mine.

Please follow the directions so I can send you important information in a class text message! Your number will not be seen my phone either, so your information is still confidential.

DreamBox and Lexia/Core 5 at home

DreamBox and Lexia are new math and reading website the students have been working on at school to improve their skills. If you would like to down load Dream Box at home on your IPad it will ask for our school code. That code is : hyyu/6kyt For Lexia you only need my email which is listed at the top of this flyer

Our school code is hyyu/6kyt

Harmony Parent Portal

Keep up to date with your child's grades!

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