Miss Blanshine's Class News

October 2014

This month....

Well, September has come and gone already! We are well on our way to a fabulous school year. I am enjoying getting to know each student and the special gifts each one brings to our classroom. Our first month of school has gone by very quickly. We’ve used this time to establish work habits and study habits to help us be successful throughout the year. 6th grade can be quite a bit more demanding than previous years and it does take some time for students to become accustom to the rigors of our curriculum. They need to spend time daily reviewing notes taken during the day in each subject in order to be well prepared for tests and quizzes. I cannot stress enough the importance of checking in with your child on a regular basis to simply ask, “What did you learn today?” Use the binder as a tool to facilitate communication between you and your child. Ask him or her to explain notes to you. It is an excellent way to help them review and for you to know more about what they are learning. The investment of your time will pay off for them in the end!

Parent Teacher Conferences Are Coming!

During back to school night, many people signed up for Parent/Teacher conferences on November 24th –November 26th. I will send reminders home with your child to confirm the date and time. For those of you who did not select a time and date, I will be circulating the conference sign-up this month. When it comes to you, please schedule a time or write me a separate note explaining when you could come for a conference. I will try to be as accommodating as possible. Please remember to send the schedule back to school the following day!

What have we been reading?

Already this year we have worked with historical fiction and realistic fiction through excerpts from “Old Yeller” and “Mother Fletcher’s Gift”. Students have been reviewing and learning more about the concepts of character and visualizing setting, as well as expanding their vocabulary. Each student keeps a journal where responses to literature, new concepts, and vocabulary are kept. There may be times when they will be asked to do re-reading at home and write in their journals. This is to aide in comprehension, thinking skills, and to prepare them for tests.

Also, please remind your student to be writing in their home reading journal once a week. The journal is due the first school day of every month. I enjoy reading up on what they have been reading at home! Reading journal instructions can be found here on the class wiki.



We are working on a chapter which consists of dividing fractions and multiplying and dividing decimals. Because this is a longer chapter, there will be several quizzes. Please have your child review their multiplication facts. If you haven’t signed up for remind, please do so as soon as you can. I send out reminders about upcoming tests and test corrections.

Social Studies

We opened the year by taking a look at the five themes of geography: location, regions, place, movement, and human-environment interaction. Students are making a lot of connections between the concepts we are learning and the earth around us. We also continue to make connections to what we know about earth and its structure to help with new concepts. The students have been “synergizing” like crazy while they put together skits or newspapers that cover what they have learned about volcanoes and earthquakes. I have been impressed with their teamwork and creativity as they work on this first small group research project. Check out the wiki to see what we've been learning!



Our writing routine is up and running. During September, our main focus during workshop was getting our ideas flowing and we explored many different ways to find ideas for writing. We also began our discussion of conferencing by looking for specific ways to praise and question a piece of writing. These are the first two important steps to revising writing to make it better. I’ve been very impressed with the enthusiasm students are embracing the ideas of writing workshop. There are so many pieces decorating the walls of the room already!

Website of the Month

Please check out our classroom wiki site! It has a daily homework page where you can check assignments, a spelling page for practice, and pages for reading to peak at what we are learning. Click on the link below to check it out!
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Leola 6th Grade Team

All teachers can be contacted here at school between 8:00 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Dial the school number,

656-2068 and then the teacher’s extension. Or dial 0 to leave a message with Mrs. Parker or see if we are available.

The best method for contacting teachers is e-mail. While we may not be able to answer the phone, many times we can get back to you much more quickly with an e-mail.

Mrs. Shetter: Writing

ext. 4109


Mrs. Schader: Math

ext. 4111


Mrs. Weaver


Mrs. Leaman: Learning Support


Miss Blanshine: Communication Skills and Science/ Social Studies

ext. 4107