Sheldrup's Grizzly Gazette

News in Room 202!

February 25, 2013

Welcome Grizzly Families!

Our music concert was fantastic! Students pulled together to showcase their talents three months earlier than past Garfield music concerts! A big "Thank You" to Mrs. Hopf and Mr. Geesman for their dedication to our Grizzlies. This week we have another big event to look forward to: The Garfield Science Fair! I am excited to learn about the individual experiments students have pursued this year! What is fantastic about the students in our class is that they all rally around each other. I witnessed this last week during the music preparation and am eager to see the great P.R.I.D.E. shown to acknowledge the hard work of our science fair participants! Just a reminder from last week:
  • To finish the year off, I will be sending you weekly updates from room 202! These updates are in addition to the weekly Garfield School updates sent by Mrs. Lauer. If you do not receive Mrs. Lauer's updates, please let me know and I can help connect you. The focus of this newsletter will be to help keep you in the loop on what is happening here at Garfield, as well as give your resources that may be beneficial in guiding your 6th grader. Your feedback is helpful! If you have suggestions or topics you would like to receive information about! I am excited about this new endeavor and eager to hear your thoughts!

Working Together,
Mrs. Sheldrup

February's Events and Notes

2/25 Orchestra students travel to Franklin for a concert.
They leave at 8:15 and again at 12:15. We wish them the best!

2/26 2013 Garfield Science Fair
It is finally here! Drop off your child's project in the gymansium between
7:15-7:35. Public viewing is from 1:40-2:10. Project take down is at 2:10.
We cannot wait to learn what our classmates have discovered through their
scientific experiments!

2/28 February novel deadline. Your child's deadline to report on their February
Independent read is today! You can support your child's reading by scheduling a regular time in their day for their independent reading.

2/28 Skate Time Begins (PE)
Remind your child to hand in their permission forms asap!

2/28 West Side 6-12 Grade Band Concert- 7:00 West High School
Come check out the entire band program in one concert! Best of luck to our
6th grade beginners!!

Beginning of March- Conference Sign Up
Conference slips will be mailed out the beginning of March. Keep an eye out in your mailbox! Garfield Conferences will be:
3/19 Parent-Teacher Conferences, Scheduled, 3:15 – 8:00 pm
3/21 Parent-Teacher Conferences, Arena, 3:15 – 8:00 pm
3/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences, Scheduled, 7:30 – 12:00 pm

This Week's Reading Focus: Author's Perspective (Continued)

Author's Perspective is also known as the author's opinion or point of view. Through the next few weeks, we will focus on learning about the author who writes each selection we study. This is important because it helps us make inferences (reading between the lines) and draw conclusions (arrive at decisions) that are intended for us to understand by the author. Some times we rely only on our schema (set of experiences, opinions, and background knowledge), and that can lead us astray in our understanding of text. Understanding author's perspective also helps us recognize any biases the author portrays.

Guiding questions we will focus on:
What does the author mean when he/she writes ___?
How does the author let you know about …?
How does the author help readers BETTER understand how to…?
What is the author’s MOST LIKELY reason for ___?
With which statement would the author MOST LIKELY agree?
In order to show readers that ___, the author includes ___.
Why did the author include the section __?
The MOST LIKELY reason the author _____, was to…
The author says “___” to show that…
Why does the author ____?
What was the author’s purpose in _____ ?
What clues helped you determine the author’s purpose for…?
How did the author let the reader know his/her perspective on the topic?

*Questions cited from

I encourage you to choose a question and ask your child about the author's perspective of their current novel!!

Unit 4, Week 4 Vocabulary Questions

Here are questions you may ask your child to facilitate discussion and further understanding of the assigned vocabulary words. The more time a student spends reading, writing, and discussing new words, the better he/she understands and retains them! Feel free to make up your own questions as well!

Spectators (people who watch)
Which event would you like to be a spectator at?
What would the antonym (opposite) of a spectator be?

Demonstration (a show or proof of something by example)
What is a skill/talent you would be comfortable demonstrating?
What is a new skill/talent you would like to observe a demonstration of?

Prominent (widely known and respected)
Who do you consider to be prominent individuals?
What qualities are attributed to someone who is prominent?

Luxury (a comfortable pleasantry, not necessary for life)
*Challenge your child to make a list of luxuries vs. necessities, as you do the same. Discuss your similarities and differences on the list. What accounts for the differences? (Experience? Perspective? Responsibilities?)

Prevail (to triumph or succeed)
What is a challenge you experience in life currently that you would like to prevail in? How can I support you? How will you achieve this goal?

Maneuvered (to skillfully change direction or position)
*Challenge the family to an obstacle course, in which each person must maneuver in a challenging manner (in the dark, on one leg, backwards, etc.) Reflect on strategies that helped each person maneuver.

Collective (something that involves all members of the group)
What is a collective goal that our family can work towards? How will we achieve this goal?

Adept (highly skilled)
Name a talent that each family member is adept at.
What skill would you like to become adept at?

**Additional practice for any vocabulary word:
  • List synonyms (words that have the same meaning and part of speech).
  • List antonyms (words that have the opposite meaning, but same part of speech).
  • List other words in the word family (words that use the base/root/main part of the word- ex. Collective: collect, collected, collecting, collection, recollect, recollection, etc.)
  • Play pictionary or charades with the words each week!
  • Tell a story with the words included.
  • Give clues to each word. Can your child guess it? Can your child make up clues?


At Garfield, we emphasize P.R.I.D.E. in student behavior and choices. The acronym means:
P- Preparedness
R- Respect
I- Integrity
D- Determination
E- Excellence

This month's focus is on Determination. One way for you to support your child's efforts in school is to have a discussion on Determination. Here are some supporting questions you may choose to use:

  1. What is Determination?
  2. How is Determination similar/different at home and school?
  3. If someone is Determined, what kinds of choices do they make?
  4. How can a person increase their Determination?
  5. Describe what choices you make at school to show Determination.
  6. Rate your Determination at school.
  7. How could you show more Determination in learning?
  8. How will you benefit if you show more Determination?
  9. Set a Determination Goal. What steps will you take to achieve it? When should it be achieved by? How will we know?

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