6th Grade – Surprenant

December Newsletter

The Hustle and Bustle of the Holiday Season is Upon Us– Students Going Stir Crazy!

We are beginning a school-wide “Busy Bee” time in an effort to boost reading levels across the board. This allows teachers to work with groups at similar levels to more effectively move them forward.

Last month our focus fell naturally to percents as we converted them between decimals and figured discounts and tax. This month we will “sled” into our fraction unit, as we look at the relationship between fractions, percents, and decimals.

Our focus last month was on the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycle and their importance for existence of life. We also discussed the different layers of the atmosphere. We will spend the beginning of December with a focus on cell reproduction before moving into our Earth unit.

We have been learning about Canada’s past and will continue reading about its progression into an independent country. Then we will concentrate on Canada today, learning about its current customs and how they tie into the past.

Students did not write a personal narrative last month, but instead wrote an opinion piece on either the best sport or the best part of the school day. This month we will do some research on holidays around the world celebrated at this time of year. We have also been working on writing a variety of poems that will be displayed on our bulletin board.

Please continue to encourage reading at home– at least 20 minutes a day- to help your child become a better reader.

Students may come in before and after school to get help on work.

Reading homework is sent home every day. After 10 homeworks turned in, students earn a little treat. I will also be sending home a math minutes sheet every night. I encourage the students to make an effort to do what they can.

Spelling tests are on Thursdays. Please make sure students work on words at home.

Some students get cold in our classroom. Please provide them with either a gray, white, or navy blue sweater. NO HOODIES OR SWEATSHIRTS.

Remember: This is Michigan– we don’t know what the weather will be like from day to day. Come prepared!!

Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress; working together is success.
~Henry Ford

Book orders are still being sent home. To order online, use teacher code LFQ39. Orders are due Dec. 11

Remember: The school day begins at 8:20. If your student is tardy, they are already falling behind on the day’s work. Please make every effort to be on time. If your child will be absent, let the school know and ask for make-up work to be sent home.