6th Grade December Newsletter

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

It's beginning to look a lot like...... snow!

As winter approaches, please remember to have your student wear the appropriate coat, hat and gloves to school. We have outdoor recess unless the weather is severe.

Did someone say snow? Just a reminder to log onto the parent portal and check your phone number. In case of a delay or cancellation, the school will send an automatic message to your phone. https://portal.conestogavalley.org/CommunityWebPortal/Welcome.cfm

A username and password is required for your family and you can request one if you do not have access. Please contact Annette Stewart at the district office at (717)397-2421 (annette_stewart@conestogavalley.org). Additionally, many forms will be online in the future so you'll need an account.

Conferences were a success!! Thank you!

We still have a few items we need for our classrooms Holiday food basket. Please email your homeroom teacher if you are able to donate another item. Thanks to everyone who already sent in their donations. All of the food baskets go to families in Leola!! What a great way for our students to be generous during this holiday season.

Click below to check our this month's featured WEBSITE!

Website of the Month - WWW.QUIZLET.COM

Quizlet features online FLASHCARDS. All of the spelling lists and vocabulary lists are posted. You can search a spelling list, a Reading Street selection or by your homeroom teacher's name (mweav, dshetter or ablanshine).

Field Trip to the Lancaster Science Factory

A special "thank you" to all of the parents who chaperoned the Lancaster Science Factory field trip. It was a great success! The students had a wonderful time and were well-behaved and respectful throughout the trip. Take a look at some of the fun activities they tried!

WOW!!! Look at these 6th Grade Leaders

Since it is the end of the 1st Trimester we have the newest members of our 6th Grade Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll. Students who earned an A in every class are a part of the Distinguished Honor Roll. Students who earned an A or B in every class are a part of the Honor Roll. Congratulations and Thank you for your hard work!!

Next TAG/Parent Meeting - January 19th

Thank you to the many parents who have attended a TAG Team (parent group) meeting. The Bingo Night was a success, the Isaac's night was a success, the Yankee Candle fundraiser was a success and the Holiday Shop is happening right now!

Come out to our next Parent meeting on January 19th!

Barnes and Noble

Come out and join the fun! Monday, December 7th is the Annual Leola Elementary Barnes and Noble Night. Leola earns 20% in rewards for purchases at the store and 12% for online shopping. Visit the coffee shop for a special LEOLA inspired drink, watch some Leola students perform and buys some books to support our school.


We spent some time in the last month working on our written responses to text-based questions and learning to read text deeply. If you see your student highlighting and writing back to the text- that's a great sign! We read both fiction and non-fiction this month. Recently, we read "Saving the Rain Forest" as we learned about creating valid opinions that are backed up with facts. Next, we will read the historical fiction piece "Hachiko" and discuss author's purpose.

Please remind your student to write in his/her home reading log. December's log is green.

Also, their reading journal is due every Tuesday. I enjoy reading up on what they have been reading at home!

Mrs. Weaver, Miss, Blanshine and Mrs. Shetter

marlene_weaver@conestogavalley.org alison_blanshine@conestogavalley.org dori_shetter@conestogavalley.or

Math with Mrs. Schnader

This month our focus will be on percents. Just like the previous chapters, we will focus on getting to one percent (unit) and use that information to find our answers to other questions. We will focus on real-world application with examples like finding the tax on an item, sales price, and tip. We will continue to use bar modeling to help us visualize the problem and write statements for our answers. Check out this website on bar modeling http://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html. After we finish chapter 6, the next two chapters will focus on algebra.

Mrs. Schnader's email: jill_schnader@conestogavalley.org

Social Studies with Miss Blanshine

We have wrapped up our geography unit! The students finished by presenting information about the culture of a country or people group of their choosing. See some of them in action below! The annual 6th grade Geography Bee will take place on December 18th at 9:15am

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

Writing with Mrs. Shetter

Writing: This month will focus on publishing and tools to create a polished written product. Students will learn how to use Wikispaces and expand their skills in creating and refining Google Slideshows. We are currently creating presentations to showcase our knowledge of grammar concepts.

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

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Upcoming Dates

December 1-4 - Leola Holiday Shop

December 4 - Parents Night Out/Movie Night

December 7 - Leola Barnes & Noble Night

December 10 - Leola Holiday Concert

December 18 - Geography Bee 9:15a

December 23 - Early Dismissal

December 24 - January 3 - HOLIDAY BREAK no school

Looking Ahead

January 14 - Parent Pep Rally 5:30

January 15 - No School - Snow Make up Day

January 18 - No School

January 19 - 6th Grade Ag Day

January 20 - Spelling Bee 9:15a

January 19 - Leola Parent TAG Team Mtg 7p

January 27 - Early Dismissal

January 29 - Leola Family Movie Night 6:30

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!