October Newsletter

Mrs. Weaver and Mrs. Schnader's Homeroom

Welcome Back!

It has been a very busy September! We are well on our way to a fabulous school year. We have 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. Students need to spend time daily reviewing notes taken during the day in each subject in order to be well prepared for tests and quizzes. We 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!


Each month we will have a website of the month. Click below to check it out!!

Website of the Month - Classroom Website (click here)

On our website you will find homework, online links for studying, classroom calendar, 40 Book Challenge information, Leader in Me information, and so much more!

Back to School Night and Conferences

Thank you to all of the parents and students to came to our Back to School Night! It was a great success. Students were able to show parents many of the different activities we do during the school day. Also, we had many parents sign up for parent/teacher conferences in November. If you were not able to attend, a packet of papers were sent home with your child along with the sign-up sheet for conferences. We look forward to meeting with you!

Reading with Mrs. Weaver

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 aid in comprehension, thinking skills, and to prepare them for tests.


Please remind your student to write in their home reading log every day. It is a purple sheet in their binder.


Also, their reading journal is due every Tuesday. I enjoy reading up on what they have been reading at home! Your student can write the journal in their books or go onto www.edmodo.com.

Math with Mrs. Schnader

We are working on 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 and Science with Miss Blanshine

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!

http://missblanshine.wiki.conestogavalley.org/Social+Studies-Geography

Writing with Mrs. Shetter

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!

Upcoming Dates

October 8 - Picture Day

October 13-14 No School

October 22 - Early Dismissal

October 27-31 - Red Ribbon Week

6th Grade Teaching Team

Mrs. Shetter: Writing

ext. 4109

dori_shetter@conestogavalley.org


Mrs. Schader: Math

ext. 4111

jill_schnader@conestogavalley.org


Mrs. Weaver - Communication Skills

ext. 4111

marlene_weaver@conestogavalley.org


Mrs. Leaman: Learning Support

doris_leaman@conestogavalley.org


Miss Blanshine: Science/ Social Studies

ext. 4107

alison_blanshine@conestogavalley.org