6P News

April 8, 2016

Upcoming Events

Monday 4/11: Pennies for Polio Competition Begins

Friday 4/15: Solar Oven Picnic

Monday 4/18: PARCC Testing Begins

Thursday 5/5: Spring Concert 7:15pm

Friday 5/6: Farm Day

Friday 5/20: Grades 4-6 Awards Ceremony

Friday 5/20: Bike Hike

Solar Oven Picnic

Please remember that student solar ovens are due next Friday, April 15 and they will not have class time to construct or test their designs prior to the due date. Weather permitting, our solar oven picnic will be next Friday. In addition to ensuring that their ovens heat to 120 degrees, students will be cooking s'mores in their ovens.

The individuals below signed up to provide items for picnic:

  • 2 Packages of Hotdogs: Kerri Cordray
  • 2 Packages of Hotdog Buns: Londa Holoch
  • Chips: Kerri Cordray
  • Plates & Napkins: Julie Lohnes
  • 2 Boxes of Graham Crackers: Allison Stuepfert
  • 2 Bags Large Marshmallows: Melissa Melton
  • 6 Full Size Hershey Bars: Ranie Seversike
  • 6 Full Size Hershey Bars: Jodi Cooper

Upcoming PARCC Testing

PARCC testing will begin Monday, April 18. Students will take one test each day and will take a total of seven tests, 4 math and 3 literacy. We have spread out the testing over a two week period. Students will test only on math the week of April 18 and will be tested in literacy the week of April 25.


4/18-4/21 Math Assessments 10:45-11:45

4/25-4/27 Literacy Assessments 12:30-2:20

During this time period please make sure your student is:

  • Eating a healthy breakfast and lunch
  • Getting a good night's sleep

As the tests the first week of the testing period are scheduled for late in the morning, I am looking for a few volunteers to provide a healthy snack for the entire class. Fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese and crackers, or snack bars would be preferred. Our testing the second week will occur directly following lunch and snacks will not be necessary. Please email me if you are interested in sending in snacks, so we can select a date and discuss foods to avoid due to student allergies.

Creative Writing

Prior to Spring Break the other sixth grade teachers and I decided to terminate our alphabiography project for the remainder of the school year. This decision was due to the fact that the students were not enjoying the writing process and students were not really able to demonstrate their writing abilities and growth through this assignment.

It the place of alphabiographies, students have now been working on a creative writing assignment for a little over three weeks. While we have focused on very specific writing concepts, like character development, plot structure, and utilizing dialogue in writing, students have had very few restrictions for this writing. This new assignment has been made the writing process enjoyable again for students and I recommend that you ask them to share their writing with you.

Pennies for Polio

From reading Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret over the past few weeks, students have learned more about the disease and treatment of polio. On Monday, April 11, 2016, sixth grade students will begin competing in a penny war against rooms the other two classrooms. Students are invited to bring in pennies and other coins for a friendly competition which will end on Friday April 22, 2016. The students will be raising money for the Normal Rotary Club project - Pennies for Polio. Although this is a competition, there will be no prize for the classroom that raises the most money. We think it is extremely important for students to understand that acts of kindness are often reward enough. Every $0.60 raised, provides one polio vaccination for people in other countries where polio is still prevalent.

Bike Hike

The sixth grade annual Bike Hike is scheduled for Friday, May 20. As a grade level, we will bike to Howard Virgin Timber Park and will spend the day rotating through various activities. This is a wonderful experience for students, but requires them to act responsibly and safely as we are out of the building. Students who receive more than one referral between now and the Bike Hike will not be permitted to attend. Also, students with late work at the time of Bike Hike will not attend.

Every student must wear a bicycle helmet and bring a sack lunch and water bottle. Parents are welcome to join us for this fun day. Permission slips and notes with more details will be distributed at a later date.

Bonnie Pollock

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, and concerns.