Posted by: aoifelove | January 7, 2017

The Science Fair!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,
Last week on my blog, I made an error regarding our Sixth Grade Homeroom Mom.  I apologize profusely to Janet Lombardi, who is the Homeroom Mom.  I am so sorry, Janet!
Therefore, THANK YOU, to our wonderful and very helpful Homeroom Mom, Janet Lombardi, for all that you did for us, during our First Semester of school, at ECDS. You are a gem! 🙂
Last week in literature, my Sixth Graders finished reading Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.  They were particularly shocked and amused by the amount of violence and killing in these classical Greek Myths.  Then, they returned to the next two chapters of the mythological story of Jason and the Argonauts, on DVD.  In addition to this, they learned the next column of Literary Terms, worked on their punctuation/editing workbooks, reviewed the definition of Interjections, played the Grammar Game, and we discussed the content of their Final Examination for this semester.
The next book for reading will be The Tempest by William Shakespeare, but it has not yet arrived from Amazon.  Therefore, this week, my Sixth Graders will begin our study of short stories with The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde.  They will also resume work on their Stage Plays, both in class and at home.  They will review for the “Finals,” which will be given from Wednesday, January 25 to Friday, January 27.  In addition to this, they will continue to watch more chapters of Jason and the Argonauts.
Last week in Drama Class, I read aloud an introduction to The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  My students greatly enjoyed this story about Prospero, the magician, and his daughter, Miranda, who were stranded on an island for twelve years.  This week, we will discuss The Tempest, to make sure that my Sixth Graders know and understand the story and the unusual characters.   If time permits, they will act out a funny play about Grammar: The Eighth Parts of Speech.
The homework for this week is as follows:
  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 6 in Wordly Wise, on Wednesday, January 11.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 6 of Wordly Wise for Wednesday, January 11.
  • Work on your Stage Plays, which are due on Wednesday, January 25.
  • Last Friday, I had large envelopes of all the tests and written work to date, from the Sixth Graders’ files ready to go home.  I had asked my students to pick them up at the end of the day, but they were at the other end of the campus, and must have forgotten.  No problem!  I will send them home on Monday.  Please sign the envelope, to assure me that you have received the work, and return the empty envelope to me, on Tuesday or Wednesday, January 10 – 11.  MANY THANKS!
  • The Annual Science Fair, will be held on Tuesday, January 10, from 1:15p.m. to 2:45p.m., in the Science Lab and Performing Arts room.  We look forward to seeing you.
  • The First Friday Assembly is scheduled for Friday, January 13.  All are welcome to attend.
  • Monday, January 16, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day.  Therefore, no school.
  • Finals will be given from January 25 to January 27 (a change in dates from the school calendar).
  • ECDS will host an Open House on Sunday, January 29, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.  We hope that you will attend.
The child, in fact, once he feels sure of himself, will no longer seek approval from authority at every step. ~ Maria Montessori
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead.
Best Regards,
Miss Susan 🙂