Canaan Middle School Update

September 23, 2022

Principal Corner

Canaan Families,

We are over half way through the first nine weeks and students are doing a great job adjusting to their classes and schedules. As we make our way towards the end of the first nine weeks, we will be sending out information about parent teacher conferences. 5th grade will hold conferences on Oct. 11th and Nov. 7th. We will hold 6th grade conferences Nov. 7th and 17th. More information will be sent out to each grade level regarding the sign up process in the very near future.


We have also kicked off our Cookie Dough and Frozen Food fundraiser and we can't thank everyone enough for your generous support. The money for our fundraiser allows us to provide activities and experiences for students throughout the year. We also use these funds for student centered materials and field trips. If you haven't had a chance to purchase an item, please ask one of our students about the sale. Thank you all again for your support!


Mr. Walter, Principal

Canaan Middle School

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5th Grade Update

In Language Arts this week we are continuing our Literary Elements unit. This week we have been focusing closely on learning objective RL.5.3 which requires students to compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story/drama while drawing on specific details from the text. We have introduced the CER method to students this week, in order to begin forming "mini essays". Students should continue to read for 20 minutes each night so that students can independently practice reading strategies modeled in class. Students should also be reviewing their weekly vocabulary words. We have seen success when students utilize the following resources: Blooket, Flash Cards, and the Definition Sheet.

6th Grade Update

A reminder that Intertwine 2029 t-shirt forms were due today, Friday September 23rd. If you have not sent your form in yet, please be sure to return this on Monday.


Intertwine 2029 T-Shirt Order Form


The end of the 1st 9 weeks is already quickly approaching. Please make sure you are connected to Canvas and checking grades weekly!


The 6th grade team is sending newsletters biweekly. If you have not been getting them, please email your teacher with your updated email address.

6th Grade Unity Theme Assembly

Guidance Corner - Mrs. Hein

Managing Anxiety

Children are carrying all kinds of worries throughout the day. Perhaps there is a specific situation weighing them down. Maybe they are carrying a lifetime of “struggle” in school. Or, perhaps they’re imagining something to be worse than it is.

Anxiety is a function of self-preservation. It helps us monitor for threats to our safety. Think back to caveman days; anxiety was a very helpful function when a tiger was lurking. But, in our modern society, it often gets in the way more than it helps.

Meanwhile, we are really good at trying to talk people out of anxiety:

  • “Don’t worry.”

  • “There’s nothing to be upset over.”

  • “Just settle down.”

How many times do these lines actually work? Zero. Zip. Nada

Anxiety is the brain’s response to worry. It triggers “Red alert! Danger!” mode in the Emotional Center of the brain. It creates a vicious cycle, pulling more and more chemicals from the rest of the brain. The more anxiety escalates, the more the other regions of the brain shut down. This is why “talking” someone out of anxiety doesn’t work.

So, how can you help?

Get them moving! The more aerobic the movement, the more chemicals the brain produces. Send them on a walk or have them do 20 jumping jacks. Maybe both.

Deep Breathing. Slowing down the heart rate does slow the anxiety cycle.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): EFT releases negative emotions by tapping specific meridian points on the body. One simple EFT technique is to have them massage the “webbed” space between their index finger and thumb for 30 seconds. Then, alternate hands.

Name what’s happening. Once the anxiety has settled, help your child identify what is upsetting and why it’s upsetting. Have them name the specific feelings that were triggered.


(Adapted from “How to Help Students Manage Anxiety” by Susan Kruger Winter, 2022, Founder of SOAR).

Whats going on in Specials at Canaan Middle School!

Canvas Access

Canvas is a Learning Management System that is used at grades 5-12 at Jonathan Alder. You and your student will find a lot of information about the school and your students classroom through this platform. It is VERY important to stay connected and log on to Canvas. This link should help you log on and explain Canvas.

Upcoming Important Dates


September 30th: School Fees are due (School fees are $30. Cash or check made payable to: Canaan Middle School or by card through your students mealpay lunch account)

October 4th: Fundraiser Ends and PTO Meeting in the Library at 7PM

October 20th: End of 1st 9 Weeks

October 21st: Fall Break (No school)

Mark Your Calendar

Families: Please add the following dates to your calendar. Our staff will be taking part in Professional Development meetings on the following dates and students will NOT be in school.



Monday, Oct 10, 2022

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023

Friday, March 3, 2023

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