Mrs. Mathews' Minutes

Everton Bearcats! December 4, 2015

Mrs. Donna Mathews

6th Grade Teacher at Everton

Indiana University East Graduate

5th year teaching

Married for 36 years, 4 adult children and their spouses, 10 Grandchildren...Priceless :-)

Love quilting, being outdoors, gardening and working puzzles

Christmas Party

We will be having a small Christmas Party on Dec. 18th. We will not be doing a Christmas exchange. We will just share some yummy treats and possibly watch a festive Christmas movie. I will send home a sign up sheet later next week for things I may need.

While I love getting gifts, I ask that you please don't purchase anything for me. If you would like to purchase an item for the classroom that would be GREAT! Card games, board games, or legos for indoor recess would be awesome. Goodwill often has gently used games for a few dollars each. I will leave the gifts under our tree and the students can open them on the 18th.


Sixth grade brings a lot of responsibility. Here are just a few areas to keep in mind:

  • Keeping up on class work ( We have a lot to cover each day and move quickly)
  • Checking in for attendance and lunch each morning
  • Turning in daily work and completing morning work
  • Using appropriate voices( There is a time to be social and a time to work)
  • Participation (the more you participate, the better you will understand the skill )
  • Responsibility (agenda, HW, turning in papers, following procedures)


  • Reading: We are still reviewing comparing and contrasting as we read
  • Writing: We will continue working on using colons and semi colons in our writing
  • Math: We will continue our Geometry chapter and review percent off and sales tax
  • Science We will start Chapter 4...more on matter and energy
  • Vocabulary/Spelling words for next week: garland, aroma, boughs, Bethlehem, candles, companionship, epiphany, embrace, fervor, gourmet

Upcoming Events

Dec. 7th Winter Program 1:15pm & 6:00pm Grades: K, 2, 4, 6

Dec. 14th and 15th- Santa's Workshop

Dec. 18th- End of 2nd Grading period.

Please check out these 2 new website below for practicing Math and Reading Skills!

Digitwhiz.....A Great site for more math practice

All the students can log in and practice at home!

Newsela- Great reading site!

This site contains current event stories with a 4 question quiz at the end. Great way for allowing students to read topics they like and test their Comprehension! All students have a username and password to log on!

Website for practicing and reviewing math skills

Many students are still struggling with converting fractions, decimals and percents. If you have time above is a free website that you and your child can review!


Communication is so very important and can make such a positive impact on your child's success. I've set up the following ways to have open communication with each of you. Please reach out to me any time you have a question, comment, or concern

  1. Daily Agendas
  • Please check and sign daily agendas. I check them daily and students receive extra Dojo coins if they are signed!

2. Remind

  • Thanks to everyone that signed up for Remind! It's an easy way for me to get a quick text message to everyone at once. Please consider signing up this weekend if you have not already done so! Thanks!

3. Dojo

  • Information was sent home the first week of school on how to sign up for Dojo. I also sent email invites to those that have not signed up yet. Please consider joining so you can see how your child is doing behavior wise. Students also earn coins to use for our mini economy. I can also send out emails to all of you at one time.

4. Email

  • I check my email many times throughout the day and evening. I will get back back with you as soon as I can. Sometimes, I need to gather and verify information, so please be understanding. I promise to communicate back as quickly as I can.


Please consider signing up for remind using the button below. Remind is a free, safe and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students and parents. All personal information is kept private. I will never see your phone number, nor will you see mine.

Please follow the directions so I can send you important information in a class text message! Your number will not be seen my phone either, so your information is still confidential.

DreamBox and Lexia/Core 5 at home

DreamBox and Lexia are new math and reading website the students have been working on at school to improve their skills. If you would like to down load Dream Box at home on your IPad it will ask for our school code. That code is : hyyu/6kyt For Lexia you only need my email which is listed at the top of this flyer

Our school code is hyyu/6kyt

Homework Hotline from Rose Hulman

Free help for your homework!

Harmony Parent Portal

Keep up to date with your child's grades!

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