Posted by: aoifelove | December 15, 2013

Bravo! Bravo!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

‘Tis the season to be jolly!  Fa!  La! La! La!La!…La! La! La! La!

BRAVO! BRAVO!  To my Sixth Graders who gave a STELLAR PERFORMANCE last Monday night, in their interpretation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Everyone was SUPERB!  It was a joyous evening, and a good time was had by all. Parents, you have very talented children, and I have the best job in the world.  It is so much fun to work with them in drama class.  I am so proud of them!  THANK YOU, Sixth Graders!  THANK YOU to Andres Perez (Tiny Tim), you were FABULOUS!  THANK YOU to Katie and Annie Nugent, who sang the Christmas carols like angels.  THANK YOU to Drew Ferris (Sound), Jorge Osorio (Video), Riz Bugawan (Photography), Denise Esquivel (Stagehand), and Aaron Shebest (for the smoker and stage make-up).   THANK YOU to all of the Sixth Grade parents who ran cues and lines with your children.  BRAVO! THANK YOU to Carmela Escobar who sold scarves to raise money for Sixth Grade Camp.  Riz’s photographs are BRILLIANT!  I showed them to my Sixth Graders on Friday afternoon, and they were thrilled with them.   THANK YOU to all of my parents, especially Michelle Shebest, for the beautiful roses.  THANK YOU to Riz and Loucille Bugawan for the lovely flowers.

There is much excitement in the air with the approaching Christmas vacation and holidays.  Therefore, this week will be a little different from our usual class routine. During literature time, the Sixth Graders will continue to read Greek Gods and Heroes. However, they have asked to see the movie A Christmas Carol, so each day, they will watch it for the last thirty minutes of my class.  This week, I only have my Sixth Graders for three and a half classes, as Thursday’s class will be taken up with making the “Gingerbread Houses.”  Hence, there is no Wordly Wise homework, as I want to have time to explain the next writing assignment “Write a Stage Play.”  Your child will learn how to write a stage play in class first, before I assign it, in January, for homework.  They will receive detailed guidelines for this project.  Despite this, I want my Sixth Graders to think about the plots for their plays during the Christmas break. I am very pleased with their “Plot Analysis/Outlines of Skellig.”  They did a great job! Well done, Sixth Graders!

Half of the Sixth Grade class will take Part 2 of the Literary Terms Test on Monday, so please remind them to study for it.  Thank you.  The other half of the class will have an opportunity to get ahead in their various classroom workbooks during this test.

The Sixth Graders only have two sections left to read in Chapter 4 of their history book.  This week, we will finish those sections, “Early Egyptian Writing” and “The First Paper.”  The next History Test (Part 1) is scheduled for Thursday, January16.  This test will be given in two parts, as it is a very long chapter (5 sections).

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study for Part 2 of the Literary Terms Test for Monday.
  • Write all the definitions from Chapter 4 of the history book, into your history notebook.
  • Write all the questions and answers from your notes, into your history notebook.
  • Start studying for your next History Test.

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!

 ~ Charles Dickens

I wish all my Sixth Grade families A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!  You deserve a wonderful holiday. Relax! Enjoy!  Have lots of fun with your children!  Please keep my students safe this Christmas, as they are VERY PRECIOUS to me.  My love to all of you this Christmas.


Miss Susan