Miss Blanshine's Class News

May 2015

Exciting Events!

Dear Parents / Guardians,

As we wind down the last few weeks of the 2014-2015 school year there are many exciting events to record on your calendar. From community arts day, to the 6th grade awards, to the end of year field trip, there is much to look forward to! Please read this month’s newsletter carefully to get information about all these upcoming events.


-While we realize the students are growing in their enthusiasm for finishing elementary school, we still expect appropriate school behavior.

- Clothing: (most of this is for girls but everyone should read this) All shirts must be modest. This means that the midsection and undergarments should not be visible. Straps on shirts should be three fingers wide (no bandeau style or spaghetti straps). Shorts should be finger tip length (without adjusting them). Please be smart about wearing flip flops and heels to school. We go to recess every day and students cannot wear them for physical education class. Bare feet are not acceptable. Please do not wear any shirt that has questionable logos or words. If you aren't sure, err on the side of caution.

- Keep in mind that the marking period continues through the month of May. Students need to keep on top of their work. Please encourage your child to end the year on a positive note!

- Be sure to register for a parent portal account. If you do not have an account or experience problems logging in, contact Annette_Stewart@conestogavalley.org for assistance.


Wow! We had a wonderful fiesta! We couldn't have done it without the Spanish 4 students who came from the high school or the parents who pitched in on our wonderful lunch! Thanks to all who helped!

What have we been reading?

We have been reading a lot of short stories through Study Island and other PA State released test preparation items to help students become familiar with and confident of what they will experience on the PSSA. This includes review of skills we have been working on all year such as theme, generalization, plot, character, and literary language, as well as working on our essay writing skills. I have seen so much improvement in skill and stamina in just the last week or two! Thanks for all you are doing at home to support your student!

Social Studies

We have wrapped up our study of Latin America with a final country research project. We celebrated the end of the unit with our annual fiesta! The high school Spanish 4 students came to help us learn more about the Spanish language and culture. As always, our special fiesta lunch was wonderful! Thanks to all who helped make the annual fiesta a great success!


We have begun a new unit on energy and forces. Thus far we have learned about different forms of energy and how it behaves. We even discovered what gives us sunburn! Hint: ask your student about the electromagnet spectrum and UV rays. Next we will move on to heat and electricity, then finally how applying force to objects affects how objects interact.


As we move into last month of school, we will focus on developing and honing our problem solving strategies and critical thinking skills. Each class, I will pose a problem for the students to work out as a group using the skills and knowledge that we’ve introduced throughout this school year. As we work through these problems, they will see how much they’ve grown in this area.


Our writing time will focus on publication this last semester. All students will be able to create a district based wikispace to showcase their writing talents and other learning projects they have worked on throughout the year. We will also spend some time working collaboratively with Mrs. Russell composing lyrics. We hope to encourage students to write their own original songs. 6th graders have been working to learn how to play the ukulele in music class.

May Events

Please make note of the following dates:

Friday, May 1st - Hats on for Reading Day

Tuesday, May 5- Leola Spring Concert

Wednesday, May 6- Muffins with Mom

Middle School Tour in a.m.

AIDS/Human Growth and Development Presentation

Friday, May 8th - Wacky Reading Dress up Day

Wednesday, May 13- Donuts with Dads

Thursday, May 14- Field Day (Rain Date May 19)

TAG Parent Meeting - 6:30pm

Friday, May 15- Cozy Reading Day

Monday- May 18- Band Trip


Tuesday, May 19- Track and Field Rain Date

Friday, May 22- Field Trip permission slips and $ due, Leola Proud Assembly, Reading Sports Team Dress-up Day

*Last day of 40 book challenge!

Monday, May 25 No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 26- District Track and Field Day (Rain Date May 28)

Wednesday, May 27- 1:15 Early dismissal

Thursday, May 28- Step-it- up Day (District Track and Field Rain Date)

Friday, May 29- Leola Community Arts Day- Our 6th graders are student helpers!, Rock and Roll Reading Day, Family Movie Night

Tuesday, June 2- 6th Grade Field Trip and TEAM Day Refreshing Mountain Camp

Wednesday, June 3- 6th Grade Awards Ceremony-1:00

Ice Cream Social immediately to follow awards.

Friday, June 5- Last Day of School, 1:15 Dismissal

How to contact us:

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