Posted by: aoifelove | September 25, 2015


Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

CONGRATULATIONS to all the students who ran for positions on the Student Council, last Monday.  Your speeches were great!  I am so proud of you!  Well done!  The votes were cast on Friday and the results of the election will be announced on Monday, September 28, during the School Assembly in the Serra Center. Time…TBD.

THANK YOU to Michelle Acosta and Cheri Bell for organizing the CAKE CELEBRATION for Mrs. King’s birthday, on Thursday.  THANK YOU to all the parents who made delicious cakes for the event.  THANK YOU also to Michelle Acosta, Cheri Bell, Cynthia Gilbertson, Maria McHaffey, and the Seventh and Eighth Graders, for serving the cake to all the students and teachers.  It was a great success, and a lovely way for Mrs. King to start her birthday.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mrs. King!

This past week, I had very little time with my Sixth/Seventh Graders, due to Monday’s assembly.  Then, we had school photographs on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Hence, I did not accomplish all that I had intended.  No worries, we will catch up on our work this coming week.  I have started reading and correcting the fables, and they are good so far.  I will return the corrected fables to my Sixth Graders next week.  They will make their corrections to them, and return the rewrites to me, with the copy of my corrections, and I will check to see that they have done their corrections.  A colored illustration of the fable will be due with the rewrites, which are due next Friday, October 2.

I am happy to report that 70% of the class scored high on the spelling and vocabulary test.  Some students are rushing through the Wordly Wise homework, or are not reading the directions.  “A job worth doing is worth doing well.”

This coming week, we will start our poetry unit.  We will begin with “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes.  It is a wonderful narrative poem about true love.  The next writing assignment for my Sixth Graders will be, “Write a Narrative Poem.”  In addition to this, they will continue to read Skellig by David Almond (we are half way through the book), work in the grammar workbooks, and write in their journals.

The first History Test is scheduled for Thursday, October 8.  The Sixth Graders know the definitions and questions that they have to learn/study from Chapter 1 of their history books.  I know there is a lot on the Sixth Graders’ plates at the moment, but don’t worry, they will adapt to Middle School in good time.  I will cancel the Wordly Wise homework the week of the test, in order to give them time to study, as two tests in one week would not be conducive to success.  We will prepare for this test next week.  Please encourage your child to study for the History Test.

This afternoon, the Sixth Graders watched a DVD of one of my former plays of A Christmas Carol by Charles DickensThen, they wrote down three possible characters that they might like to play.   I always try to give them one of their three choices, if possible.  They will receive their scripts soon, and we will begin the audition process, which is always a lot of fun.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 4 of Wordly Wise, on Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 4 of Wordly Wise.
  • The rewrites of “Write a Fable” homework is due on Friday, October 2.
  • Study the history definitions and questions for the History Test on Thursday, October 8.
  • Breathe, relax, and have fun!

One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.   ~ Aristotle

Enjoy your weekend and have a GRAND week ahead!


Miss Susan