The Mangus Messenger

10/10/15

Dear Parents,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying your weekend! It's been a great week and our students have been working hard on their goals for conferences. I'm looking forward to our Student-led Conferences this year. I believe in having students be an integral part of their learning. Thank you for signing up for your conferences. Please let me know if you have any concerns you want addressed during our time together and we will make sure we include it in our agenda.

Math Assessment

On Friday, the students completed their first enVisionmath Assessment for Topic 1 - Algebra: Numerical and Algebraic Expressions. The students graded their tests, but there are three questions with an "explain your answer," so I will grade those this weekend and you will see the results next week along with their reflections. Thank you for the study support, it made for more confident students.

Book Fair

Next week is the Book Fair (flyers went home yesterday) and we hope you will join us for a Monster event! In addition, a few of our 6th graders have volunteered to be Clifford. Make sure to take a moment and say hello to them during their morning greeting to all of our wonderful students at ARPS. Even though Clifford cannot talk, I'm sure he will love the support! ;)

Fall Classroom Celebration

To honor those that do not celebrate, we have changed the name of our day on Thurs, 10/29. We are still wearing costumes (see guidelines) and we are throwing a party from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. I will get an invitation out after conferences - we would love to have you join us!

Fall Costume Guidelines
  • No weapons or props
  • No blood
  • No gore
  • No offensive outfits (i.e. if it causes a problem for you or someone else, you may not wear it)
  • If the costume is disruptive to the classroom environment, the student may be asked to take it off.

Pumpkins on Parade

The ARPS Fall Festival is right around the corner…Oct. 24th! It will be a day full of fun, friends, and school spirit! Not to mention, the 2nd Annual Pumpkins on Parade will be here.


Our class will read 3-4 picture books and then choose one for our class pumpkin on parade. We will ask a creative parent to carve/decorate a pumpkin to match either a specific character, or the setting, from the book.

What we need:

  • A parent to donate a pumpkin for carving.
  • A parent to decorate or carve the pumpkin by Friday, Oct 23rd (the day before the festival).
  • The pumpkin can be created in the classroom (with the students) OR it can be completed at home (then brought in to show the students). There are no limits and creativity is encouraged (props or no props, carving or painting).
  • The pumpkins must be ready for display by Friday, Oct 23rd at 2:15 pm.

On Saturday, Oct 24th, during the Fall Festival, families will come in and tour the Pumpkins on Parade. This is always a great way to combine Fall Fun and Literacy!


Let me know if you would like to donate the pumpkin and/or decorate/carve for us. Thank you!

School Visits

We want to thank you for your patience during the signing in process when you visit the school. The time it takes to check-in and get your sticker is keeping our students safe from people that should not be in our school. Please remember to have your sticker visible at all times and make sure to check-out when you leave. This will help us account for everyone if there is ever an emergency.

Questions to Ask

  • Tell me about the theme of The 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman.
  • Describe the writing process and the 3 steps that are important to repeat several times.
  • Show me how you use the Distributive Property when creating equivalent expressions.
  • Tell me about the Lime Water Experiment and how you knew a reaction had happened. Compare the reaction from the air pump vs. the reaction from blowing air into the bottle of lime water.

Calendar Reminders

  • Mon, 10/12 - Dress Like a Book Character Day
  • Mon, 10/12 - Class Book Fair Preview Day
  • Conferences 10/13, 10/14, and 10/15
  • Wed, 10/14 - Family Night Dinner at Miner's Tavern in Old Town (I'm sorry I cannot join you due to conferences)
  • No School on Friday, 10/16
  • Thurs, 10/29 - Classroom Fall Celebration Party from 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Have a wonderful weekend!