Posted by: aoifelove | October 26, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

Thankfully, the ITBS Testing is finished, and the Sixth Graders have survived in tact.  Well done, Sixth Graders!

Last Week in literature, we finished Skellig by David Almond, but we did not finish our discussions regarding this great book.  Therefore, we will continue our discussions this coming week.

Good news!  The books are in at Barnes and Noble and I will pick them up tomorrow (Sunday).  The next book on the Sixth Graders’ agenda for reading is Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.  It is full of stories about gods, goddesses, and all kinds of monsters.  Great reading for the mind and the imagination!

The Sixth Graders’ “Spooky Stories” were great!  I was thoroughly entertained in reading their work.  The rewrites are due on Wednesday, October 30, with a colored illustration.  Some students will have a different rewrite date, as I forgot to return their corrected work last Friday, after our drama rehearsal in the afternoon.  My fault…therefore, seven students will have a rewrite date for their “Spooky Stories” on Friday, November 1.

The next writing assignment is “Write a Narrative Poem.”  In class, we have read  long, medium length, and short narrative poems in preparation for this homework assignment.  A narrative poem must tell a story.  The narrative poem is due on Wednesday, November 6.

The Sixth Graders had their second History Test on Thursday, October 24.  Sixty-nine percent of the class scored well on the test, while thirty- one percent failed the test.  Those who failed the test admitted that they did not study for it.  The Sixth Graders are still adapting to Middle School, and learning about new study skills etc.  Therefore, those who failed the test need more encouragement and guidance regarding their homework and study skills.  I guide them in school, but I need your help and support at home.  I have no doubt that all of my Sixth Graders will learn and succeed in their academics very soon .  So, don’t worry, but ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO DO HIS/HER BEST IN HIS/HER STUDIES AT HOME.  THANK YOU!  This week in history, we will finish reading Chapter 3, which focuses on Ancient Mesopotamia.

Our play, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, has been cast.  All students will appear in two scenes, apart from Scrooge, who is in every scene.  Some students will have two different parts to even up the score on the lines.  The “second parts” have not been finalized yet, but  will be finalized this coming week.  Please encourage your child to learn his/her lines and cues, as they are now part of their weekly homework.  Thank you!

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 7 in Wordly Wise.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 7 of Wordly Wise.
  • Rewrites and illustrations of the “Spooky Stories” are due on Wednesday.
  • The narrative poem is due on Wednesday, November 6.
  • Write up the definitions in the history notebooks of Chapter 3 of Ancient Civilizations.
  • Study the cues and lines in the script A Christmas Carol.

Reminder: Parent/Teacher conferences on Monday, October 28.  I look forward to meeting with you then.

Children have more needs of models than of critics.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead!


Miss Susan