31 Mar 2017
It sounds as though most students thoroughly enjoyed the spring vacation, but a few students were also sick during the vacation, which, of course, was not fun for those students. We are now in the final stretch of the sixth grade year, which will be packed full of academics, assessments, and activities. Often, this time of year is the hardest of all for sixth grade students, many of whom are now feeling very ready to finish their elementary experience and move into their next educational stage. Parents, you may need to support your student in keeping his/her focus and motivational level high during the coming weeks. Here are three of our major goals for this phase of sixth grade:
- Students are responsible, self-directed, and self-controlled. Students are expected to endeavor to make the right choice in every situation and prove that they can be trusted.
- Students are reflective and are able to articulate both the process and the content of learning. Students can self-advocate and are able to describe what is challenging, as well as what works well for them.
- Students are honest and kind to themselves, each other and with adults. Students strive to be the best version of themselves that they can be.
Respect the elders.
Teach the young.
Cooperate with the pack.
Play when you can.
Hunt when you must.
Rest in between.
Share your affections.
Voice your feelings.
Leave your mark.
~ Del Goetz
17 Mar 2017
Enjoy your vacation week, and I’ll see all of you students back at school on Monday, March 27! If you have any free time, you might consider working on your science-fiction/fantasy book project. As a reminder, spring pictures will be taken the Monday we return from break.
10 Mar 2017
As you are aware, because of the hard work and generosity of the sixth grade parents, students, and PTO, we reduced the total per student cost of camp to $5
. This camp payment is due by Wednesday, March 15.
Speaking of camp, information and a number of camp forms went home with students. All camp forms–the health form, the authorization for medication form if needed, the permission slip, and the water permission slip–are due at the beginning of next week. Students, if your forms have not been turned in, please have them for me on Monday. All forms are also available online at the Camp Masonite Navarro website linked above. Furthermore, to provide parents with additional camp information, a parent information night will be held on Wednesday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Sonoma Mountain.
Conference week begins Monday. Dismissal time is 1:25, except on Wednesday, when dismissal time is 1:50. Students with a conference scheduled should attend the conference with their parents.
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12. Don’t forget to “spring forward.”
CPM Tip of the Week for Parents
Mathematically proficient students understand and use information to construct arguments. They make and investigate conjectures. They can recognize and use counterexamples. They justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others. Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments. How has working with a team helped your student meet this standard?
At this point in the year, you will be combining multiple math concepts. It may take a long time to come to a conclusion about one problem. Keep your patience, trust the process, and be proud of what you can accomplish.