Mrs. Mathews' Minutes

Everton Bearcats! April 29, 2016

Mrs. Donna Mathews

6th Grade Teacher at Everton

Indiana University East Graduate

5th year teaching

Married for 36 years, 4 adult children and their spouses, 10 Grandchildren...Priceless :-)

Love quilting, being outdoors, gardening and working puzzles

We Survived C.O.S.I!

What a great time we had exploring science! Thank you to all the parents that were able to help us out on this trip. I will give you a sneak peek of some of our activities below in the picture section. The Kids were great and really had a fun trip.

Auction Items!

Our list of auction items are continuing to grow thanks to your generosity and your efforts in asking for donations for the kids. Thank you again to all the parents that have went out and got donations, or made donations for our end of the year auction! We would like to have all items at school by Friday May 6th!

6th Grade Tie Dye Shirts

Please remember to send in a white t-shirt for our 6th grade shirts! If you are buying a new one, remember they tend to shrink a lot after they are washed so you may want to buy a larger size. If you have an old one at home that is fine too! If you want to donate any RIT Dye please send that in as soon as possible as well. We will mark all the shirts with each students initials before they dye them. Please send all shirts and dye in no later then Tuesday, May 3rd.


  • Reading: We finished our poetry unit and will finish up the year doing literacy circles
  • Writing: We will be writing some expository pieces to finish up the year
  • Math: We continued our unit on Rates and Ratios
  • Science We started our last chapter over Food Chains and Biomes
  • Grammar- We will be reviewing all skills

Upcoming Events

May 3rd- T-shirts for Tie-Dying are due.

May 6th- Tie Dye T-shirts for 6th grade

May 6th- Auction items are due at school.

May 16th- 6th grade celebration cookout

May 18th- Last day of school for all students


Sixth grade brings a lot of responsibility. Here are just a few areas to keep in mind:

  • Keeping up on class work ( We have a lot to cover each day and move quickly)
  • Checking in for attendance and lunch each morning
  • Turning in daily work and completing morning work
  • Using appropriate voices( There is a time to be social and a time to work)
  • Participation (the more you participate, the better you will understand the skill )
  • Responsibility (agenda, HW, turning in papers, following procedures)

Just a few Pictures from our C.O.S.I. Trip!


Communication is so very important and can make such a positive impact on your child's success. I've set up the following ways to have open communication with each of you. Please reach out to me any time you have a question, comment, or concern

  1. Daily Agendas
  • Please check and sign daily agendas. I check them daily and students receive extra Dojo coins if they are signed!

2. Remind

  • Thanks to everyone that signed up for Remind! It's an easy way for me to get a quick text message to everyone at once. Please consider signing up this weekend if you have not already done so! Thanks!

3. Dojo

  • Information was sent home the first week of school on how to sign up for Dojo. I also sent email invites to those that have not signed up yet. Please consider joining so you can see how your child is doing behavior wise. Students also earn coins to use for our mini economy. I can also send out emails to all of you at one time.

4. Email

  • I check my email many times throughout the day and evening. I will get back back with you as soon as I can. Sometimes, I need to gather and verify information, so please be understanding. I promise to communicate back as quickly as I can.

We have uploaded another Math app to help students practice their skills.


Students have their log in and password in their agendas

Newsela- Great reading site!

This site contains current event stories with a 4 question quiz at the end. Great way for allowing students to read topics they like and test their Comprehension! All students have a username and password to log on!

Website for practicing and reviewing math skills

Many students are still struggling with converting fractions, decimals and percents. If you have time above is a free website that you and your child can review!

Digitwhiz.....A Great site for more math practice

All the students can log in and practice at home!

Homework Hotline from Rose Hulman

Free help for your homework!


Please consider signing up for remind using the button below. Remind is a free, safe and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students and parents. All personal information is kept private. I will never see your phone number, nor will you see mine.

Please follow the directions so I can send you important information in a class text message! Your number will not be seen my phone either, so your information is still confidential.

DreamBox and Lexia/Core 5 at home

DreamBox and Lexia are new math and reading website the students have been working on at school to improve their skills. If you would like to down load Dream Box at home on your IPad it will ask for our school code. That code is : hyyu/6kyt For Lexia you only need my email which is listed at the top of this flyer

Our school code is hyyu/6kyt

Harmony Parent Portal

Keep up to date with your child's grades!

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