Sixth Grade Newsletter
January 27 - January 29, 2016
Special Dress Up Days Week of February 1, 2016
Tuesday, February 2nd - Hat Day - Donate $1 for the Jump Rope for Heart and get to wear a hat.
Wednesday, February 3rd - Wacky Tacky Day - Donate $1 for the Jump Rope for Heart and get to dress up wacky tacky.
Thursday, February 4th - PJ Day for getting 300 likes on Facebook. Keep sharing the new Blackburn page.
Friday, February 5th - Support the Panthers, your favorite NFL Team or other Sports Team - Donate $1 for the Jump Rope for Heart and get to dress in your favorite sports attire.
February 3rd - Field Trip - Class Productions for Students - Freedom Train
February 9th - PDQ Night 5:00-9:00
February 15th - Student Make-Up Day
February 16th - Lego Night - 6:30 p.m. - Blackburn Gym
March 8th - PDQ Night 5:00-9:00
March 23rd - Field trip—Catawba Science Center
March 25th - Workday
March 28th - Holiday - NO SCHOOL
March 29th - Annual Leave
March 30th - Annual Leave
March 31st - Annual Leave
April 1st - Annual Leave
April 8th - Spring Pictures
April 12th - PDQ Night - 5:00-9:00
April 29th - Heritage - Leadership Day
May 6th - Workday
May 10th - PDQ Night 5:00-9:00
May 30th - Holiday - NO SCHOOL
June 1st - EOG Testing
June 2nd - EOG Testing
June 10th - Last Day for Students
June 13th - Workday
June 14th - Report Cards
Memory Book Assignment!
In effort to know you better, put your writing and creativity to the test, and create a product you will be proud of we want you to write a memory book. It will be the memories you’ve made over the course of your life. It will be due March 24th, but you must begin now in order to complete it on time without rushing!
The final product will be presented to me in a loose-leaf, snap-ring binder or a scrapbook if you choose. Your binder may have drawings or pictures pasted on the outside cover, inside cover and the spine if you wish to. If you choose to put pictures inside to correlate with your chapters then I would suggest you buy acid-free paper. This is your opportunity to be creative – share fun stories, include poems, pictures! Be extraordinary!
Your Memory Book must include the following 13 chapters. Use the titles as the main idea of that chapter and write on some of the suggestions given in parenthesis. You may write in a humorous or serious genre, but be sure to make it informative and enjoyable to read (something you’d like to share – I promise you will want to).
Title Create a title that reflects you in 3 words or less.
Chapter 1: “Who Am I?” (Who are you? Where do you live?
Something interesting about you most people
don’t know. Include your wordle.)
Chapter 2: “Compared with most families, mine…” (your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older cousins and siblings and anybody who may not be a relative, but who has been a great part of your life and your family’s; include a family tree)
Chapter 3: “And Then There Was Me” (Earliest memories:
people, places, events, all those cute things that
your mom told you about. You could also include
your “used to thinks”. For example when you
used to think that the middle lane was for
motorcycles only. )
Chapter 4: “I Grew Up Here” (Describe your town,
neighborhood, rural community, etc.)
Chapter 5: “School Bells” (Your earliest years in school –
K – 3rd – learning to read, special school
programs, special teachers and friends, getting
accustomed to school.)
Chapter 6: “More School Bells” (Grades 4 - 6 - teachers, favorite/ least favorite subject,
friends, activities, successes, heartbreaks, most
Chapter 7: “My First Love” (This is a love or passion for a sport, hobbie, activity, a cause, etc. Be creative and share something you have a love for that reflects who you are)
Chapter 8: “I Wish I Could See ____ Again” (Tell
about a childhood friend that you have no
contact with anymore, but would like to see
Chapter 9: “Let’s Go to the Movies” (Favorite movies at
different times in your life: early childhood
Chapter 10: “Let’s Take a Vacation” (A memorable trip
you took with family or friends or a trip you
would like to take.)
Chapter 11: “You’ve made a difference.”
The most influential person in your life (be sure to explain why) or your own idea.
Chapter 12: “The Future’s So Bright” (Goals? Aspirations?
What are your life goals? What are your
predictions for this year? How do you expect to reach these goals? What would you like to change? Why?
Explain. As you think back on your life, describe
how the seemingly “bad” things that have
happened have created good – for example, in lessons learned or in experiences that prepared you for a future event.)
Epilogue: “Reflections” Congratulations, look what I completed
with my Memory Book! What do I like best about
my book? What would I have done differently?
What chapter would be a good addition for me?
MEMORY BOOK GRADE SHEET
If your Memory Book is complete and shows some effort, thought and creativity, your grade will be no less than an 80. The more thorough and the more creative you are in decorating your book and pages and sections with drawings, pictures, photographs, stuff cut out of magazines or newspapers or brochures, the higher the grade will be. Any book that does not contain all chapters will receive a lower grade, regardless of how nice it looks. Any book that is a bunch of “junk” will not receive a grade.
Here’s the grading schedule and due date: Grade: Content / Grammar
Week 1 (Feb. 5): Chapters 1 – 2 __________________
Week 2 (Feb. 12): Chapters 3-4 __________________
Week 3 (Feb. 19): Chapters 5-6 __________________
Week 4 (Feb. 26): Chapters 7-8 __________________
Week 5 (Mar. 4): Chapters 9-10 __________________
Week 6 (Mar. 11): Chapters 11-12 __________________
Week 7 (Mar. 18): Epilogue __________________
Week 8 (Mar. 23): Scrapbook/Finalize _______________
Due Date: Thursday, March 24th
Final content grade (is everything here): _________________
Final grammar/mechanics grade (did you make corrections): ____
NOTE: These will not be taken late for no reason given format.
Student signature __________________________________
Cold Weather and Recess!
Stay Connected with Blackburn!
Inclement Weather Information!
DURING EXTREMELY BAD WEATHER, IT MAY BECOME NECESSARY TO CLOSE SCHOOL.
Follow these suggestions:
1. Connect messages will be sent to your primary phone number.
2. Watch T.V., listen to the radio and/or check the Catawba County web page:
3. Announcements will be made in late evening or early morning.
4. Delayed openings are used when warmer weather is predicted.
5. No announcement means school as usual.
6. The school will follow the instructions provided by parents on the inclement weather sheet for your child’s transportation.
THERE WILL BE NO AFTER-SCHOOL CARE ON DAYS WHEN SCHOOL IS DISMISSED FOR BAD WEATHER. If the school has not received special instructions from you, the child will be dismissed as usual (car or bus). We do not have phone lines to support individual calls so parents must make plans other than to be called. If your plans change during the year, please let the homeroom teacher know as soon as possible.
New Homework Policy Starting January 21, 2016
Blackburn Elementary School
Sixth Grade New Homework Policy
We are half way through sixth grade, part of our job is to prepare and transition students to the middle school. As a result, we have collaborated to create a consistent policy concerning homework.
This policy does not apply to special projects that may be assigned by teachers in any given class. If a project is assigned a note requiring a parent signature will be sent home.
- This policy starts over every nine week grading period.
- Each student will have the following number of homework passes to use during a nine week grading period:
- 3 passes for math class
- 3 passes for language arts class
- 1 passes for content area classes (i.e.: science and social studies)