Mrs. Mathews' Minutes

Everton Bearcats! Oct, 2, 2015

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


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)

Report Card Conference Time!

Please check your child's blue folder today so you can sign up for your conference times and send back as soon as possible. I am asking that you select your first three choices on times and I will try my best to accommodate your wishes.


Next week we will be covering the following concepts:

  • Reading: We will be doing plays to wrap up our week on inferring
  • Grammar: Using ending marks correctly
  • Writing: Narrative
  • Math: We will be working on variables, formulas, graphs and charts and algebraic expressions
  • Science We will be discussing measurement in science and start discussing Science Fair projects!
  • Vocabulary/Spelling words for next week: consume contrary convenient cordial corpse corridor counterfeit courteous courage creative crisis
    dainty debt decelerate declaration

Upcoming Events

Oct. 6th Picture Day

Oct. 8th PTO meeting 4:00pm

Oct. 9th End of Grading period

Oct. 12 -14th Report cards Conferences

Oct. 19-23 Fall Break

Picture Day is Coming! Order Pictures on line

Enter Picture Day ID HM775343Y0

School Fundraiser information was sent home today. You may also click on the link below to order online. Please sign and return the booklet to school on Monday, Oct. 5th

Why Science Fair is important!

Our Science Fair is Nov 16th, Projects will be due Nov. 13th. More info will be in next weeks newsletter!

Participating in a Science Fair Benefits Students!

If students are interested, they will learn and excel.

*A Science Fair has the potential to get students interested in science, engineering and mathematics.

* Science Fairs can make science relevant to a student

* Only limited by student’s imagination

* Ideas can come from a student’s personal environment, current events and hobbies

* We all learn in different ways

* Research can appeal to one’s natural curiosity

* We all can make a difference

* The work involved in creating a science fair project develops and reinforces successful work and life skills

* Teamwork, Time Management, Responsibility, Discipline, Ethics, Organizational Skills, interviewing, communication, working with mentors

* Participating in a Science Fair is a great for a student’s confidence.

* Science fairs can be a venue for students to network with others in their field of interest

* Students can win funds for college

* Participating in a Science Fair is a hands-on experience, a very important aspect of learning science.

* Science and engineering and mathematics are a human endeavor


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.


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.

Homework Hotline from Rose Hulman

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DreamBox at home

DreamBox is a new math site the students have been working on at school to improve their math 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

Our school code is hyyu/6kyt

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