Posted by: aoifelove | November 8, 2015

Happy Veterans’ Day!

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 and chat with you about your children’s academic and social progress.  Thank you!

Last week in literature, the Sixth Graders finished reading Skellig by David Almond.  Then, they started to watch the DVD of Skellig, which they loved.  This week, we will discuss the themes, characters, and plot of Skellig, and they will finish watching the DVD of Skellig, which brings the book to life for them.  Our next book for reading is Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.

In addition to this, the Sixth Graders will continue to learn how to write a formal outline, in preparation for their next writing assignment, “A Plot Analysis /Outline of Skellig by David Almond.”  The outline of Skellig will be due on Tuesday, November 24, before the Thanksgiving break.  We will also continue our study of Literary Terms, which we started last week.   I thoroughly enjoyed reading the “Spooky Stories” from my Sixth Graders.  They did a great job!  The rest of the “Spooky Stories” will be returned for rewrites this coming week.

This week in history, the Sixth Graders will prepare for the next History Test on Thursday, November 19.  I have distributed the notes to my Sixth Graders, so they need to write up the notes and definitions into their history notebooks.  Please encourage your child to study his/her history notes in order to avoid stress.  Thank you.

On Friday, the Sixth Graders will continue their rehearsal of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  We will block the  “Party Scene” and begin the “Ghost of Christmas Future” scenes.  Please encourage your child to learn his/her cues and lines.  Thank you.


The first quarter for in-class testing, homework, and grading of academics ended on Friday, November 6.  The second quarter begins on Monday, November 9.

The Renaissance Testing will take place for the Sixth Graders, on Monday, November 9, at 9:00a.m. – 10:00a.m., and on Monday, November 16, at 9:00a.m. – 10:00a.m.  Please make sure that your child goes to bed early the night before the test, as a tired student will not perform well on tests.

Our annual School Dance for the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders will take place on Friday evening, November 20, in the St. Francis Hall, from 6:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.  Admission will be $5.  In addition to this, each student was asked to donate one item towards the Refreshment Stand, for example, a packet of cookies, soda, water, etc.  I will need chaperones to guarantee the safety of our students, during the dance.  If you would like to chaperone, please let me know A.S.A.P.  Many thanks!

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 8 in Wordly Wise.
  • Complete all the exercises and CROSSWORD in Lesson 8 of Wordly Wise.
  • Write up your history notes into your history notebooks.
  • Study for the History Test of Chapter 3, on Thursday, November 19.
  • Study the cues and lines of A Christmas Carol.

The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.  

~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

THANK YOU to all our heroic Veterans.  Your service is greatly appreciated.  I wish all our families a very Happy Veterans’ Day! No school on Wednesday, November 11.  Have a grand week ahead!


Miss Susan