Almost done!We are in the final stretch and your child is wrapping up his/her final quarter as a sixth grader. The time will pass quickly, so please stay tuned in to the blog and the Edmodo calendar for your informational updates. Many parents have opted to take vacations outside of the designated Spring Break dates and have asked for work to be prepared and sent home in advance. This is not always possible, and I want my students to understand that they miss so much more learning than just the products they make up for their grades. I post missing work daily on Edmodo so absent students will know what needs to be completed. This doesn't include all of the details of what was actually done in class that day to enhance their learning.
Lesson plans are just that, a plan. I have to be flexible and adjust according to a number of factors, so it does not make sense to send home what was planned but more importantly what we actually did. This prevents students from wasting their time on items that were never addressed. I am flexible with work completion for students who are absent due to the fact that it is nearly impossible to catch up and keep up at the same time. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
It has been brought to my attention that some of my students have been hanging out after school at the library. Unsupervised students are not permitted to loiter on the library grounds. Inappropriate activities have been known to occur there and have resulted in the issuing tickets to parents for $500. 00. Please do not allow your child to stay after school unattended.
Read A Thon
Thanks to all who participated in the Read A Thon. We raised approximately $450 for new books. Michael Garno raised the most funds and will be accompanied by Declan Harbaugh and myself to Barnes and Noble next week after school. Those students who forgot their money today, will need to bring it in on Monday.
Friday, April 11th is the last day of the quarter and the final day to take AR tests. Students who do not have their goal achieved yet will be attending Lunch Bunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I will be providing ice cream floats for those who make their goals, preferably on a day when the temps reach 90 plus degrees in the classroom. I really want all of the kids to be successful.
Food for Thought
Thank you for reading this blog. Please tell your child to see me for Google Gum on Monday.
Better Late Than Never!
Reading/ Writing (Vogel)
I'm sorry for not getting this reminder out sooner. The Read A Thon pledges are due this Friday, April 4th. We will be counting up the totals over the weekend and determining which class (Scheffer, Currie, or Vogel) will win the pizza party next week during homeroom and lunch. Additionally, the top pledge collector and one other student, whose name will be drawn, will go to Barnes and Noble after school (Date to be determined) to select the books the class has identified as needing to be replaced or new titles they wish to read. We will be having dessert at the cafe' while there ( on me). I will be contacting parents to set this up.
Thank you for supporting this activity. All of the students have used books from my classroom library, so this truly benefits everyone. These books are purchased out of my own money, not by the district, so it is necessary to hold book drives and Read A Thons annually to assist with upkeep. Research shows that students who have fingertip access to well stocked, current classroom library materials are stronger readers and score higher on standardized tests. I know this to be true.
I am seeing wonderful progress with comprehension, fluency and stamina this year. I hope you will support my efforts to strengthen your child's literacy skills. It is, by far, the most important gift we give to our children.
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