6th-Grade Newsletter

Week of May 18th

Summer Learning Opportunity for Math and ELA

Parents and guardians:

What a strange and crazy way to end the school year! Many of our students struggled academically as a result of all of the change, so I would like to make you aware of an opportunity:

This summer your student can retake the second semester of their current English and/or math class to help ensure that they are prepared for next year (both semesters of all core classes are offered if you are interested in more options). These courses are considered “remedial,” since your student is taking them this spring, and they do not show up on the regular summer school Explore registration. Your student can sign up for June or July or both (for example, they could take the second semester of English in June and second semester of math in July).

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to equip your student with the skills that were offered in the regular curriculum, please contact Mrs. Wilson-Counselor at jrwilson@spsmail.org or 417.612.7018. School counselors are the only personnel that can register students for the remedial offerings.

Together, as a team, we will help your student find success! Thank you!

Update on Pick-up and Last Day of School


SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS


Dear Wilson's Creek Parents:


As you know, the last day of school through SPS At Home will be Thursday, May 21. In preparation for the final few weeks of school, SPS has received the following questions from students and parents:

· How and when do I pick up my personal belongings left behind in school buildings?

· How and when do I return items that belong to SPS?

This email provides clarity on the timeline and process for picking up and/or returning items before the end of the 2019-2020 year. Please Note: All items will be processed in the carline outside the school and individuals will not enter the building. This ensures that all necessary tasks are completed while the district maintains appropriate social distancing.

Items for Pick-Up

· SPS will place all personal belongings left inside school buildings in bags labeled with the student’s name. This includes all contents of student desks/lockers.

· When requesting items in the carline by student name, parents or students will be asked to provide the appropriate identification to verify ownership.

Items for Return

· Please Note: Students do not need to return SPS-issued iPads and Chromebooks until they return for classes in the Fall. If you need to return an iPad or Chromebook before school resumes in August, please contact your school.

· Items to be returned include Garmins, library books, musical instruments, and extra-curricular items (uniforms, equipment), etc.

· Parents or students will be asked for the student’s name to complete the check-in process.

· Please Note: To equip all students to continue learning, the return of district-issued Kajeet hotspots should be delayed until May 19 or May 20, as outlined below.

Carline Schedule

· All Grades, Evening: Tuesday, May 19 - 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.*

· All Grades, Evening: Wednesday, May 20 - 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.*

*District-issued Kajeet hotspots should be turned in these two days (May 19-20).

Please feel free to contact your school with any questions about the process or timeline for picking up and dropping off items.

News from the Nurse

MEDICATION PICKUP:

Medications for students left at school will be discarded if not picked up by 2PM on Monday, May 18th. There will be a nurse in the office on that Monday from 9-2 ready for you to pick up your child’s medication. If that time does not work for you, please call our office at (417) 523-7930, leave a message, and we will work out another time!

How To Stay Healthy Tip #7: Handling Stress

Everyone has some stress in their lives and it is good to learn how to handle stress in a healthy way because we will always have stressful situations to deal with (it doesn’t go away as you get older and become an adult). However, sometimes we have too much stress in our lives and it is not healthy to have too much stress. When the situation that was stressful passes and we are still feeling constantly worried, it has turned from stress into anxiety. Anxiety is the constant and persistent feeling of dread that doesn’t go away. Too much stress and anxiety starts affecting the health of our bodies and how well they work. When you have too much stress, your body works harder than it is supposed to because it thinks that you are in danger and so it tries to protect itself. Your heart beats faster and harder, your blood pressure increases, your muscles tighten, and your breathing rate increases. This is a good response if you are truly in an emergency situation, but it is not good if you are in this state too often because your body is working too hard. Other signs that you might be too stressed or have anxiety are frequent headaches, frequent stomach aches, chest pain, problems with sleep, and always feeling overwhelmed. This is why your school nurses usually ask you how life is going whenever you come to our office with a stomach ache every day… we care about you and want to figure out if you are struggling with anxiety or stress!

During the current COVID-19 situation, our families and even ourselves can feel a lot of extra stress. We thought this would be a good time to talk about some ways to decrease your stress! Here are some tips:

  • Talk to your parents or another trusted adult (teacher, nurse, counselor) about how you are feeling. If you are feeling overwhelmed/angry/scared/sad about a situation, they can usually help you work through it and figure out ways to handle the situation to help you.
  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep! We handle stress better when we are well rested.
  • Exercise! Exercise and physical activity increase the “feel good” chemicals in our bodies.
  • Learn a relaxation exercise like deep breathing. When feeling stressed, cllose your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 7 seconds, and exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat up to 4 times.
  • If you feel overwhelmed, you may need to decrease the amount of activities that you are involved in. Even though extra activities and sports are good, too many activities outside of school can cause you to feel overwhelmed. It is important to have a good balance of activities and free time.
  • Keep a journal. Take a few minutes every day to write down whatever comes to your mind. This helps you to reflect and write down your feelings and what you are going through. A journal is somewhere safe where you can write your thoughts and writing those things down helps to relieve some stress off of you.
  • Sometimes there are very difficult situations in life that we will need extra help to work through like the death or severe illness of a family member or friend, parents getting divorced, abuse, or an unstable home life. There are professional counselors that help us whenever we are going through something major like this. Kids are not meant to be able to handle these tough situations by themselves (adults usually need help as well) so let your parents, school counselor or nurse know if you need extra help!

*** Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing all of our 5th graders in the fall! 6th graders, we will miss you so much and wish you the best at Cherokee!! :)

Canvas Notifications

When parents log in to their account in Canvas they need to:

1)Click on their name right under their picture/avatar

2)Click on notifications

3)Toggle the green box to the X on any item they do not wish to receive notifications from

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Principal's Pride Post

Thank you to our wonderful PTA for providing snacks as we give out the student belongings! Our Parents ROCK!

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Math

Students will complete Unit 8 Data Sets and Distribution.

Science

We are completing Unit 5: Just Dig It! It has been a lot of fun examining weathering, erosion, the rock cycle, and the different types of rocks. In Unit 6: Astronomy Tales, we will be exploring moon phases, eclipses, rotation and orbit. Earth Day activities provide the opportunity for students to identify problems with pollution, practice recycling, and make changes to protect Earth. Keep your chin up and reach for the stars.

ELA/Social Studies

ELA News:

Students have finished readingThe Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade and are diagraming the stages of the plot and analyzing the themes of the book. Finally, students will put the lessons learned from Maverick and the people in his life to use by creating a Public Service Announcement.



S.S. News:

SS Students will be working through TCI Lesson 43: Life in Medieval Towns to help us learn what was life like in medieval European towns.

Highlights of Learning

SPECIALTY CLASSES

Library News

Returning Library Items

Here are instructions on how students can see what library items they have checked out: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15iK58MS6_LB1LqAL6S4ui6QNUtkPmKSWCyQErIuoGNs/edit?usp=sharing

You can return library items at Wilson’s Creek during the carline schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 19 - 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 20 - 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

*If you are not able to return your library books this month, you can return them in August at Wilson’s Creek or to any Springfield school library in August.

6th graders, I’ll miss seeing you! Please come by Wilson’s Creek sometime in the future and tell me how you are doing!

Mrs. Melson’s Contact Info:

E-mail: amelson@spsmail.org

Canvas: Wilson’s Creek Library Learning Commons

Twitter:@WCreekLibrary

Counselor's Corner

A Note from the Counselor

Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org



Have a wonderful and safe summer.

Student Council News

Thank you to all our amazing Student Coucil reps for your help this year! We had a wonderful year, and I couldn't have done it without you!

- Mr. Kennedy

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Explore

Middle School Students (grades 6-8)

Registration: Beginning May 4, registration will open for middle school students. Those who have already enrolled will be assigned to the online equivalent of the classes they selected. You may log in May 4 to accept your child's enrollment. Register at sps.org/Explore.