Posted by: aoifelove | February 12, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

CONGRATULATIONS to Alisa, Anna, Cameron, Claire, Elena, Kyan, Laina, and Mykelle, on securing parts for our upcoming musical The Wizard of Oz.  Well done!  I look forward to working with you. 🙂

Last week in literature, my Sixth Graders listened attentively while I read aloud the short story “The Devoted Friend” by Oscar Wilde.  It is a story about the importance of choosing one’s friends wisely, and how sometimes, so called “friends” can take advantage and lead one to destruction, or even death.  My Sixth Graders’ response to this story was priceless.  They were so annoyed and frustrated with both the protagonist and the villain of the story. They clearly understood the theme and plot,  and were so insightful during the discussion!  In addition to this, they worked on the outlines for their “Children’s Books.” Last week’s focus was the setting and characterization.  They also worked in their grammar workbooks.  Group 2 finished viewing Jason and the Argonauts for “Literature on DVD.”  Group 1 will finish it on Monday.

I am extremely happy to report that almost all my Sixth Graders scored in the A+/A range on their Literary Terms test on Friday.  Thank you, Sixth Graders!  I am so proud of you!  Keep up the GREAT work! 🙂

On Friday afternoon, we met with Joel York (author) on Skype, with respect to the next writing assignment. He addressed the following: the writer/reader contract:suspension of disbelief; sensory writing, dialogue, descriptive writing, similes, the three “What if’s,”and the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of writing a story.  It was a great session!  Next week, he will discuss point of view, tone, and mood in writing.

This coming week in literature, my Sixth Graders will resume reading The Tempest by William Shakespeare, both during class time and during Drama Class.  In addition to this, they will continue to put their thoughts on paper for their “Children’s Books.”  This week in class, we will focus on the following conventions of writing: point of view, tone, and mood, in preparation for our session with author, Joel York, on Friday.  Wordly Wise homework for this week is cancelled, as it will be a short classroom week, due to the field trip on Thursday.

Last week during Drama Class, we took a break from reading The Tempest, and I read a children’s biography of William Shakespeare to my Sixth Graders.  They were surprised to find out that in everyday life, we constantly use Shakespearean words and phrases, and we are completely unaware of the fact.  This week in Drama Class, we will return to The Tempest.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Work on the plot for your children’s books.  Please remember that the setting, interesting and different characters, great descriptions, and conflict are essential ingredients for your book, in order to grab the attention of your readers.
  • Complete your paragraph for Mr. Joel.
  • Work on Wordly Wise Lesson 8, which will be due on Wednesday, February 22.


  • Valentine’s Day celebrations, on February 14, will be held from 2:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.
  • Field Trip to Oceanview Mine, in Pala, on Thursday, February 16.  THANK YOU to our drivers.  Our students will need a sack lunch.
  • Presidents’ Day, on Monday, February 20, therefore, no school.

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. ~ Thomas Carlyle

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!  THANK YOU to all our PAC members for all the time and work that you have put into this special day.  You are FABULOUS!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead.


Miss Susan 🙂