The Phillips' News

February 2016

A Letter From Your Teacher

Dear Students and Parents,

Robert Ingersoll once stated, "We rise by lifting others." As our class goes forward with the last part of our year together our focus is to make a difference in our world. Being kinder than is necessary, giving more then is required needs to be the way we live our lives! Don't you agree? We will be doing many different assignments in these next few months were we will be looking at how we can make a difference in our world.

As a tangible means of being kinder than is necessary, our class is dedicated to having a Valentine Party "with a purpose." As mentioned in one of my January emails, we will forgo having a traditional Valentine's Party. Instead, we will make small tied fleece blankets. We will then donate our blankets the NICU at Rocky Mountain Children's Hospital. Thank you to the families who have already donated cash for the purchasing of fabric. It's not too late to donate! Please send cash donations in this week and all proceeds will go to this project!

As always, I welcome any and all feedback! Have a wonderful month and Happy Valentines' Day!

Warmest regards,

Cheryl Phillips

Important Dates:

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Feb. 5 - PTO Meeting (7:45 AM)
  • Feb. 5 - Purple MRMS Registration Forms Due
  • Feb. 5 - Bronco Spirt Day
  • Feb. 11 - Valentine Party (1:00 PM)
  • Feb. 11 - Hat Day - Make-a-Wish Spirit Week
  • Feb. 12 - Teacher Work Day
  • Feb. 15 - No School
  • Feb. 16 - Green Spirit Day - Make-a-Wish Spirit Week
  • Feb. 17 - Inside Out Day - Make-a-Wish Spirit Week
  • Feb. 17 - Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Feb. 18 - Pajama Day - Make-a-Wish Spirit Week
  • Feb. 18 - Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Feb. 19 - Wish Week Shirt - Make-a-Wish Spirit Week
  • Feb. 22- SAC Meeting (7:30 AM)
  • Mar. 3 - Mesoamerica Day - (More Information to Come)
  • Mar. 9 - Graduation Pictures for 6th Grade

MRMS Visits Heritage!!!!

On January 27th, counselors and student leaders from Mountain Ridge Middle School visited the students of Heritage Elementary. The purpose of this visit was to help build excitement and ease fears over the upcoming move to middle school. Our visitors shared an amazing video that was created by middle school students. In the video, students and staff members of MRMS welcomed all incoming 7th graders! Mountain Ridge looks like an amazing place to learn! Counselors also introduced the following concepts: block scheduling, selecting electives, CORE classes, & Clubs and Sports.

Remember, you need to register your child online and also complete and turn-in the purple registration form. This will ensure that your child receives some of the electives they selected.

If you have any questions, the counselors suggested that you first visit the MRMS website. You can also email them with any questions. Their email addresses are located on the MRMS website. (I am also happy to field any questions that I can.)

Exciting times ahead!!!

In the Classroom:

Language Arts:

  • Fiction Reading - Students are busy reading and reflecting with their novel groups.
  • Nonfiction Reading - Ongoing reading, annotating, and analyzing magazine articles from Junior Scholastic.
  • Writing - Persuasive Writing


  • Chapter 7 (Equations - A Deeper Investigation into Algebra)
  • Write and Solve Addition Equations
  • Write and Solve SubtractionEquations
  • Write and Solve Multiplication Equations
  • Write and Solve Division Equations
  • Performance Assessment Task: The Road Trip Project

Social Studies:

  • Ongoing investigation of Central American and the Caribbean Islands
  • Mesoamerica Day - March 3rd


  • Physical science with Miss Wheeler