Posted by: aoifelove | October 17, 2015

Parent/Teacher Conferences!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to all the parents who attended our Parent/Teacher Conferences on Friday.  It was lovely to meet with you to update your child’s progress.  The next days for Parent/Teacher Conferences will be on Monday, October 26 (all day) and on Friday, November 6 (afternoon).  I look forward to meeting with you then. 🙂

This coming week in literature, we will finish reading Skellig by David Almond.  Then, we will analyze the plot, themes, and characters etc.  This coming week, we will read another narrative poem, “Remorse” by Truman P. Reitmeyer.  It is a poem based on a true story about a hunter, who shot down two geese for sport.  He soon realized that he had shot two mates.  His heart was so moved by the actions of the dying birds in front of him, he threw away his hunting gun and vowed never to shoot again.  The narrative poems that we will be reading in class are sad tales.  The purpose, of this sad but beautiful poetry, is to ignite compassion in your children’s hearts.  The Sixth Graders are at the age when their hearts need to be touched from a bigger and more worldly viewpoint.  We will continue to read more narrative poetry in preparation for a future writing assignment, “Write a Narrative Poem.”  We will also examine Common, Proper, Concrete, Abstract, and Collective Nouns.

The next writing assignment is “Write A Spooky Story.”  Your child will receive the guidelines on Monday, which we discuss at length in class.  I will also read aloud several spooky stories during class time, in preparation for this assignment.  The due date for this assignment will be October 29.  I am looking forward to being SPOOKED by the Sixth Graders’ “Spooky Stories.”  Eighty-two-percent of the class is scoring very high on both their weekly spelling/vocabulary test and the Wordly Wise homework.  Well done!  Keep up the great work, Sixth Graders!

This past week in history, we started to read Chapter 3 of Ancient Civilizations, which focuses on Ancient Mesopotamia. This coming week, we will watch a documentary of the Maya Civilization on the Smart Board.  The next History Test is scheduled for Thursday, October 29.  Every night, your child should be studying the definitions and the answers to the important questions from Chapter 2.  I have asked my students to study four or five definitions each night, and the questions/answers from one section per night.  There are three sections in Chapter 2.  Cramming the night before a test is not learning, and it causes great stress to your children.  We will continue to read Chapter 3 of the history book, and hopefully finish it, too.

We are still reading the script for A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and most of my students have received their parts.  This week, the Sixth Graders will continue to read aloud for their parts.  They each have given me three choices of parts they would like to play, and I am doing my best to accommodate them, if possible. I will finish casting this coming week.

Reminder: Parent/Teacher conferences are on Monday, October 26, and on Friday, November 6.  I look forward to meeting with you. 🙂

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 6 in Wordly Wise on Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 6 of Wordly Wise.
  • Write up all the answers to the questions in Chapter 2 of Ancient Civilizations.
  • Study the definitions and questions/answers for the History Test on Thursday, October 29.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.  ~ John Dewey

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!


Miss Susan