This Week’s News

This is just a reminder that next few weeks will be busy for sixth graders and their families.  Tomorrow, October 18th, is the day when families will turn the Science Lab into a Spooky and Spectacular Haunted House.  Work will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue till the task is completed.  If you would like to help, please contact Ms. Googins, who will direct your volunteer work.  The Haunted House sixth grade fundraiser is coming up on Thursday, October 23rd, and on Friday, October 24th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Parents, thank you in advance for all of your hard work to make this a fun and lucrative event.

Additionally, the testing season is upon us.  Next week, students will have their first district-wide writing assessment, where they will write an essay in response to a prompt.  The following week, students will complete their English/Language Arts and Math benchmarks to assess their mastery of sixth grade content thus far.  The Math benchmark will focus on data and statistics, and the English/Language Arts benchmark will focus on elements of fiction, vocabulary, drawing inferences based on textual evidence, combining sentences, subject-verb agreement, and proper pronoun usage.

Furthermore, Thursday, October 23rd through Friday, October 31st has been designated National Red Ribbon Week. Recently, the student council met to plan activities to recognize Red Ribbon Week and to encourage age-appropriate healthy choices. Information about Red Ribbon Week 2014 and this year’s theme, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free,” can be found here. In addition to decorating the school, the student council will be promoting  the following “Healthy Me Spirit Days” during Red Ribbon Week:

Thursday, 10/23, Sports Day, wear your favorite sports team/fitness gear
Friday, 10/24, Make a Pledge Day
Tuesday, 10/28, Wear Red Rally Day
Thursday, 10/30, Sock It to Bullying, wear crazy socks to support a bully-free environment
Friday, 10/31 Halloween, wear your school-appropriate costume

This Week’s News

The end of the first trimester is Friday, October 31st.  Students should be aware of their progress in all areas thus far this year, and they may ask for grade checks as needed.  Conferences will begin on Wednesday, November 12th and will continue through Friday, November 21st.  Students will be running a portion of the conference so they need to attend the conference with their parents. A conference sign-up sheet was distributed and sent home with students on Monday.  If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please do so at your earliest convenience, either sending back the sign-up sheet or requesting a time by email.  Please note that the conference times that appear available on the sign-up sheet when you click on the link above may not still be available as more families select their conference times.

Healthy for Life Tip of the Week

Why is drinking milk so important for children?

Milk and dairy products are the food group that provides the greatest amount of calcium. Consuming a diet with adequate calcium is necessary for strong bones and teeth. One cup (8 oz milk) has 300 mg of calcium.

Age Calcium Requirement How much milk
Toddlers(age 1-3 years) 500 mg about 2 glasses of milk
Pre-school and young children(age 4-8 years) 800 mg about 3 glasses of milk
Older school age children and teens(age 9-18) 1300 mg Higher amount of calcium is especially important once they start puberty.

Children who drink milk each day usually meet their calcium needs. Children who have a milk allergy or don’t like milk can try some of the following:

Other foods that can provide calcium are:
Soy or rice milk 300 mg in 1 cup
Cheddar cheese 300 mg in 1.5 OZ
Yogurt, low-fat 300 mg in 8 OZ
Orange juice, Calcium Fortified 350 mg in 1 cup
White Beans 100 mg in ½ cup
Broccoli cooked 35 mg in ½ cup

It is a good habit to encourage children to drink milk daily. It will build stronger bones for their lifetime.

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