March News

Miss Blanshine, Mrs. Shetter, Mrs. Schnader and Mrs. Weaver

A letter to parents

Dear Parents and Guardians,


It's hard to believe that the 2nd Trimester is over and there's only a little over two weeks until spring. We are amazed at the progress this year but we still have a lot to cover in the 3rd Trimester. It seems like a busy time of year with gearing up for the PSSAs and the many other spring activities. Speaking of busy, if your child plays a spring sport, send in a schedule and maybe we can come to a game.


PSSA testing is approaching quickly! We will be spending some time in the next few weeks preparing and honing our testing skills. This year, the 6th graders will be taking their PSSA test online. Never fear! Our 6th graders are tech savvy and ready to take on this new way of doing the test! They will have an opportunity to see what the test looks like and practice.


Just a few reminders:

  • As a district we are transitioning to using many online features to communicate with parents. If you do not already have an account, please register with the district. Contact Annette_Stewart@conestogavalley.org for assistance.
  • All students MUST have ear buds or headphones (every day AT SCHOOL)
  • All students must have their TEAM sheets signed on Thursday night
  • Spelling tests are EVERY FRIDAY
  • Journals are due EVERY Tuesday

Thanks, Miss Blanshine, Mrs. Shetter, Mrs. Schnader and Mrs. Weaver

Website of the Month - www.freerice.com

Click on the link to play a game. The game will help you learn new vocabulary words and you'll be fighting word hunger 10 rice grains at a time. Seems like a WIN-WIN!!

TAG

TAG - is the name for our parent group.

It stands for Parents/Teachers - Together and Growing


Our next meeting is March 15, 2016, at 7pm in the cafeteria. Please join in with many other parents as we plan some fun events like Muffins for Mom, Donuts for Dad, Skating Party and Movie night.

Reading with Miss Blanshine, Mrs. Shetter and Mrs. Weaver

This month we finished up our unit on ancient peoples. We read Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs to further our knowledge of the role of an archaeologist, while exploring the southwest region of the United States and the ancient civilization of the pueblo people. Next, we went back in time to learn about the culture and region of the ancient Egyptians while reading Egypt. The students learned about the importance of graphic features in expository non-fiction, and then put their knowledge to use by creating their own!


Next, we will be heading in to some fiction adventure! After this we will delve into book clubs for a short time leading up to PSSAs as well as working on some skill review to get ready for the tests in April. I have seen so much improvement in the students' essays and test-taking skills over the last month!

It's all GREEK to me!

Since the beginning of the year we have been studying GREEK and LATIN root words. You may be asking.... WHY? Even if English is your native language, you'll find that learning Greek root words will increase your vocabulary. If you recognize the Greek root words and know what they mean, you'll be able to figure out the definitions of new words, even if you've never seen them before or see them out of context. English is based off Latin and Greek, so these root words are the building blocks of our language.

Social Studies with Miss Blanshine

Throughout the month of March, we will continue our study of Latin America. We've been studying the ancient cultures of the Aztec, Maya and Inca. Next, the exploration and colonization of the region by the Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors will be our focus, as well as the struggle for independence, and more recent historical trends of the region. Later, we will study each region to get a taste of life in Latin America!


Miss Blanshine's E-mail: alison_blanshine@conestogavalley.org

Math with Mrs. Schnader


I can't believe that we have one more trimester to go. This month we will focus on geometry. We will find the area of triangles, trapezoids, parallelograms, rectangles, and regular polygons. Then we will find the volume and surface area of 3-dimensional figures. Please review the formulas with your child. As a fun family activity, find the area of different rooms in the house. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Schnader - jill_schnader@conestogavalley.org

Writing with Mrs. Shetter

Argument writing is one of the most difficult modes we tackle in 6th grade, and it is probably the most essential of all tasks for academic success. The good news is that students have been practicing this all year as they defend their positions and find textual evidence in reading class. Now we fine-tune the skill. We've been researching a fairly unpopular topic... chores... and have been gathering evidence to support an opinion statement regarding their efficacy as means of supporting maturing young people. We have taken a close look at academic power words for argument writing and the rubrics used to grade our efforts. We can now speak a common language when we work to improve our writing. You can challenge yourself by following this quizlet link!



As we move through March, we will rehearse writing timed 5 paragraph essays in preparation for the PSSA assessments.


Mrs. Shetter's E-mail: dori_shetter@conestogavalley.org

Jonathan Sprout - AMERICAN HEROES CONCERT

On February 19th GRAMMY nominee Jonathan Sprout performed the original American Heroes Concert. He shared facts about many American heroes including Samantha Smith, Albert Einstein, William Penn, Theodore Seuss Geisel, Theodore Roosevelt, and Juliet Low. Jonathan performed fun and quirky songs to help us remember these amazing Heroes.


To learn more about this performer - click here: http://www.jonsprout.com

TEAM Time

Here are some fun pictures from TEAM time!! Students earn TEAM time when they complete homework, keep track of their school supplies, and keep their behavior in check. Students are responsible to have parents sign the TEAM sheet in their binder every THURSDAY evening so they can take part in TEAM building activities.

Miss Blanshine and Mrs. Bair's class meet for buddies! We celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday by reading Dr. Seuss books together!

Upcoming Dates

March 9 - Early Dismissal

March 15 - Leola Parent TAG Team Mtg - 7p Cafeteria

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

March 25 - 28 - Spring Break No School


Looking Ahead

April 3 - Roller Skating Party

April 11-15 - PSSA ELA

April 18-22 - PSSA Math

Mrs. Weaver's 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!