Room 1219 Newsletter

April / May 2014

A Close to the Year

This will be the last newsletter and book order for the year. May is rapidly approaching, and in sixth grade, May flies by. We have multiple activities and the last academic push to prepare for middle school.

Please make sure that you have reviewed your child's progress report for trimester 3. Encourage your child to continue to study and put forth their best efforts until the end of the year.

The end of the year will be filled with sixth grade activities and fun. Please know that I will be trying to teach between all the fun and extra activities. I never stop teaching! Also, please be aware that our math lessons are the most challenging at the end of the year. Many students will need to pay attention to lessons, take good notes, and work hard in the last few units of math.

Reading daily continues to be an essential for academic success in all subject areas. Reading increases a child's vocabulary, increases a child's knowledge, and can increase their academic achievement. Because of these benefits, I require all students to read 30 minutes daily, including weekends and holidays. Ask your child about their progress on their Accelerated Reader Goal for the third trimester. This goal must be completed by May 23.

One way to help with this requirement is to have many books available to read by taking trips to the library and book stores or by finding books in our class or school libraries. Another way to access books is through Scholastic book orders. The advantage to ordering from Scholastic is that the class will receive books for free when you order. I will send home book orders soon. Please note that this will be the last book order of the year. If you wish to order, please send your order form to me or order online.

Again, another way to have plenty of books available is to take a trip to the local library, school library and classroom library and find books for free.

Curriculum Update

Language Arts: We are currently researching information about Earth Day for an Informative Essay about Earth Day. Concurrently, your child will also be writing an essay for science about Beach Erosion. After completing the Earth Day essay, students will write an essay about a personal experience that explains their "credo". This essay will be the basis for their last speech, which will be a monologue.
We are also continuing to work on reading strategies with a variety of reading selections. The most recent was an essay called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Ask your children what they learned from it. Our next reading selection will be related to Earth Day.

Mathematics: We just completed our unit on Probability. Unit 8 is about rates, ratios, and proportions. I am hoping to complete this unit so we can get to the last unit on area and volume.

Science: Sixth grade science is all about Earth Science. Our current unit is about Shaping Earth's Surface. In the last unit we learned about how our earth is shaped from under the surface, plate tectonics. Now we will be investigating how wind and water shape our landforms. As I mentioned above, students are currently working on an essay about beach erosion for science.

Social Studies: Sixth Grade history is all about ancient civilizations. Ask your child what about their history class with Mrs. DeBellis.

Dates to Remember

April 17 Progress Reports

April 24 No School

April 25 Last Book Orders Due

April 25 Orchestra Concert

April 26 Campus Beautification

April 30 Flag Ceremony

May 2 Last Day of Orchestra-turn in your instrument

May 9 & 10 Father's Follies

May 13-16 CHOSS-Camp Highland Outdoor Science School

May 22 Open House and Minimum Day

May 23 6th Grade Softball Game

May 26 Memorial Day-No School

May 30 6th Grade Activity Day at Hansen Dam

June 2 Achievement Dinner

June 3 6th Grade Flag Ceremony and Last Day of School, Final Report Cards Sent Home

Tropical Wear Day

Survivor Challenge