Room 1219 Newsletter

October 2013

Surprisingly, it is time for report cards! Our first trimester ends November 7, and the report cards will be sent home on November 14. Therefore, we will be continuing to wrap up this trimester will a few more writing, reading, and math assessments.
Looking ahead, November and December are the beginning of two months with multiple days without school. Please help to keep your child focused by encouraging them to read and study on their days off. Please see the Dates to Remember below for a list of the upcoming days off of school.

Reading daily is essential for academic success in all subject areas. Reading increases a child's vocabulary, increases a child's knowledge, and can increase their academic achievement. Because of these benefits, I require all students to read 30 minutes daily, including weekends and holidays. Ask your child if he has achieved his Accelerated Reader Goal for the first trimester. This goal must be completed by November 4.

One way to help with this requirement is to have many books available to read by taking trips to the library, book stores, or finding books in our class or school libraries. Another way to access books in through Scholastic book orders. The advantage to ordering from Scholastic is that the class will receive books for free when you order. I will send home book orders soon. If you wish to order, please send your order form to me or order online. When you order books from Scholastic, it helps me to buy books for our classroom. You may send cash or a check to me with the order form, or you may order online. I will send instructions on how to order online with the book orders

Again, another way to have plenty of books available is to take a trip to the local library, school library and classroom library and find books for free.

Curriculum Update

Language Arts: Recently, your child took the GUSD Reading Benchmark. Scores have already, or soon will be, sent home. Currently, we are working on writing an informative essay that will also be presented as a speech in class. We have started with a topic, have researched the topic, and will soon write a first draft. Our next few literature selections will be nonfiction, informative texts. Also, I hope to have one more Wordly Wise test before the end of the trimester.

Mathematics:We just finished the first algebra unit. The next unit begins the return of fractions, adding, subtracting, and multiplying. After beginning the unit, it will quickly change to mixed numbers for the rest of the year. If your child struggled with fractions in fifth grade, please check their work in this unit and encourage them to get extra help from Ms. Turner. Later, we will be using fractions in our algebra and measurement and geometry units. So, it is imperative that your child learns to work with fractions during this unit.

Science: Sixth grade science is all about Earth Science. The next unit is Energy in the Earth System, which is how energy is moving throughout Earth, adding radiation energy and extending the learning about convection currents. We are at the end of this unit. Unfortunately, we will not have the chapter test until after the end of the first trimester. Probably the second week of November.

Social Studies: Sixth Grade history is all about ancient civilizations. Ask your child what about their history class with Mrs. DeBellis.

Dates to Remember

October 31 Flag Ceremony and Halloween Parade
November 1 No School-Teacher Training
November 4-18 Square 1 Online orders open (Featuring your child's art)
November 8 No School Report Card Prep
November 11 Veteran's Day No School
November 15 Minimum Day Parent Conferences
November 22 Flag Ceremony
November 25-29 Thanksgiving Break No School

Red Ribbon Week