Grade 6

Megan Friesen & Shannon Hodgins

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19September

GRADE 6 GENERAL INFORMATION

What to know for grade 6!

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We are excited to teach your child and look forward to all that lies ahead!  We are committed to making this one of the best social, emotional, spiritual, and academic years for your child.  Below are some guidelines to help them get the most out of their Grade 6 experience:

Being an INDEPENDENT LEARNER

Being an independent learner means that students will need to take RESPONSILIBITYfor their learning within the classroom.  Our role, in partnership with the home, is to teach students to become more independent in preparation for Grade 7 and high school.  While students are learning to be independent we are always here to support them through the process.  Our expectation is that students will try their best at all times.  Taking risks is essential to learning new things and we challenge students to be stretched beyond their comfort zone at times.  Taking small steps will allow them to grow throughout the year.

COMMUNICATION

It is important that communication between home and school is strong.  You know your child best, so please contact us if you have any concerns about your child’s academic, emotional, or social needs.  We have a number of ways to maintain the lines of communication:

  • Google Classroom– students (& parents) can use Edmodo to download assignment sheets, find updates and reminders and connect with their classmates about school related topics. *Mrs.Friesen will demo Google Classroom on the BBQ night
  • Email– if you have concerns or questions please contact us through email.  We both check our email regularly.
  • Parent/Teacher interviews– throughout the year parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled.  We are able to schedule a face-to-face meeting outside of those times to discuss any concerns regarding your child.

 

 DAILY ASSIGNMENTS & TESTS

  • Each assignment will contribute to the overall letter grade for the term.  It is important that students use their class time wisely to ensure they understand the assignment and complete their work.
  • At the beginning of each project, criteria and expectations will be discussed with the class (a project sheet and grading rubric will be handed out at that time).
  • Due dates for projects will be known in advance and indicated in the planner and on the website.  Students should not leave their project until the night before it is due!  We will help the students create a guideline to break the project into manageable chunks.
  • Quizzes happen for Bible memory verses, Math and occasionally for Social Studies and Science.  Tests will usually occur at the end of a unit in Math, Social Studies, and Science.  A study sheet will be given out prior to the test as well as posted on Google Classroom.

 

 

 

 

HOMEWORK

We believe that students should work hard at school and use their out-of-school time to focus on things that contribute success in life: eat dinner as a family, participate in extra-curricular activities (sports, arts, youth group), play outdoors and READ!  Therefore, we will not be assigning nightly “homework”.  Students will have project work and be expected to review for tests.  They should also read at least 30 minutes a day. Every. Single. Day.

  • Students are provided with a planner to keep track of assignments that are due and important information.  They may also take a photo of the due date board on their device.
  • Assignments should be handed-in at the beginning of the day it is due.  Work turned in after that time willhave marks deducted.  *Part of the CE mark will include handing in work on time.
  • We understand that circumstances can make it difficult to complete an assignment or project.  Please have your child email us ahead of time to let us know about these circumstances and we can extend grace by working out an extension, extra help, etc.  Excuses on the due date are not acceptable.
  • Students that continue to have incomplete work will be required to stay in at lunch or recess to complete the assignments.

 

EXTRA HELP

Students who need extra help can come before school or request to stay after school.   However, we are not tutors and strongly encourage students to ask questions during class time.    Most evenings we are able to reply to emails/ Google Classroom messages regarding assignments.

PUNCTUALITY & ABSENCES

It is important that students arrive on time and have the necessary supplies for each day (PE clothes, Band instrument, USB stick, etc.).  The work load in Grade 6 makes it difficult for students to catch up if they are late, and is not good stewardship of everyone’s time if we need to spend time repeating instructions/assignments for late students.

When a student is absent it is their RESPONSIBILITY to find out what work they have missed.  They should check the class blog, Edmodo, email or call a friend, or email the teachers.

It is the parent’s responsibility to provide a written note or email to the office regarding the absence.  These notes are audited and used for our school funding.

 

 

 

 

UNIFORMS

Students are required to wear their formal uniform everyday. We ask that you assist us in making sure your child is properly dressed when they leave the house each morning, that means:

  • all black shoes (notboots)
  • navy/black socks or tights (girls)
  • and their shirt tucked in (golf shirts may be worn untucked)
  • The students should keep their PE uniform (navy shorts, gray t-shirt and running shoes) at school EVERYDAY for participation in PE or DPA (Daily Physical Activity).  But please…take it home for regular washing! We also ask that all students keep deodorant at school for after PE class.  (Please, NO SPRAY DEODORANTS)
  • Please note- intermediate students do not need to have all black running shoes.  They may wear any colour of athletic shoes.  It is important that the shoes provide good support for active play (and fit a family’s budget).

 

SNACKS/WATER

Proper nutrition and proper hydration help fuel students’ bodies for learning.  Each student should have a reusable waterbottle to keep at their desk.  Please label it and send one that is made of a heavy material so that it does not constantly drop off their desk.  We know that hungry students do not learn effectively so we allow students to snack on fresh fruit and vegetables in class. Please do not send chips or snacks with a high sugar content (NO soda pop!).

  • A “hot” lunch will be available weekly by pre-order through the PAC “Munch a Lunch” program.  Keep you eyes out for the order forms in early September.

 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS

The Grade 6 students will have the opportunity to participate in Scholastic Book Clubs.  Flyers will be sent home throughout the year.  Scholastic provides a variety of reading material at a very reasonable price.  When you order the class earns coupons towards the purchase of books and resources for the class.  Please do not feel that you need to purchase these books.

 As educators we know that parents have the greatest insight into their child.  To allow us to get to know your child please email both of us the following information:

  • At home my child enjoys….
  • My child excels at…
  • In 5 words (or less) I would describe my child’s temperament as…
  • My biggest concern(s) about my child in Gr.6 are…
  • Any other information you think we should know about your child.

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Published in Grade 6

14September

Welcome To Grade 6

September 15th

Welcome To Grade 6

Dear Parents,

 

What a busy two weeks it has been in grade 6.  We have hiked, drawn pictures, written sentences, solved complex math problems and learned how to have a growth mindset.  Stay tuned for more on (What is a growth mindset?)

 

Google Classroom:  The grade 6 students have been assigned the task of setting up google classroom on their home computer and/or device.  (parents you are encouraged to check their google classroom nightly) Our goal this year is for all grade 6 students to use google docs and google classroom.  Their school gmail account allows them access to both google docs and google classroom.  NOTE, since it is a school email address it should ONLY be used for school related purposes.  

 

Meet The Teacher Barbeque:  Sadly, Mrs. Hodgins will not be at the meet the teacher barbeque. She is working that evening at her other teaching job in Delta. However, if you would like to meet Mrs. Hodgins she will open her door before and after school on Tuesdays in September.  So, stop in and say Hi.

Mrs. Friesen will be at the barbeque and is looking forward to meeting everyone’s parents or guardians.  From 7-8pm I will be in the grade 6 classroom doing demo’s on google classroom and stressing our #1 goal for grade 6...responsibility.  

 

Communication:  We will be using google classroom nightly to communicate with the students.  All homework, assignments and announcements will be posted on there.  If you have any questions please email us immediately.  We are always available via email.

Also, we will try to post weekly updates on the school blog (will be done on the weekend) so please check back Sunday nights.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hodgins and Mrs. Friesen

 

 

Published in Grade 6

15January

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

COMING SOON - January 27th and 28th

 

WHEN:  January 27th-28th 3:00pm-5:00pm (20 min slots)

SIGN-UP:  Outside the grade 6 classroom                   

The purpose of student-led conferences is to open the eyes of students to their own learning and to help them take personal responsibility for their progress. In the traditional parent-teacher conference, students are “third parties” to assessment, hearing about their progress through the grapevine of teachers and parents. Teachers and parents do play a vital role in assessment but students must also take an active role in this area to maximize their potential for success. In preparing for a student-led conference, students see how their strengths, weaknesses and behaviour can affect them as learners thus allowing them to take more responsibility for and control over their achievement in school. Student-Led Conferences are an experience that can improve the communication patterns of both students and parents. In a Student-Led Conference, students learn how to reflect on their learning, evaluate their progress and communicate this information to their parents. Parents listen to their child, encourage growth and learn how to best help their student with specific problems.

HINTS FOR PARENTS

Express positive interest and anticipation about the upcoming conference

Be on time

Listen and respond to the student (not the teacher)

Express pride in growth and progress

Ask questions (see below for samples)

Be positive, offering to help in areas where improvement is needed

Recognize that students need to develop independence in communicating progress – the teacher will be there to facilitate and answer specific questions but will not take charge of the conference

POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING THE CONFERENCE

• Can you explain this to me?

• How did you come up with this idea?

• How have you grown in this subject?

• How can you improve in this subject?

• How can we help you at home?

• What was important to you about this?

• If you could do this work over again, how would you change it?

                                                                                   

Published in Grade 6

15January

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

COMING SOON - January 27th and 28th

 

WHEN:  January 27th-28th 3:00pm-5:00pm (20 min slots)

SIGN-UP:  Outside the grade 6 classroom                   

The purpose of student-led conferences is to open the eyes of students to their own learning and to help them take personal responsibility for their progress. In the traditional parent-teacher conference, students are “third parties” to assessment, hearing about their progress through the grapevine of teachers and parents. Teachers and parents do play a vital role in assessment but students must also take an active role in this area to maximize their potential for success. In preparing for a student-led conference, students see how their strengths, weaknesses and behaviour can affect them as learners thus allowing them to take more responsibility for and control over their achievement in school. Student-Led Conferences are an experience that can improve the communication patterns of both students and parents. In a Student-Led Conference, students learn how to reflect on their learning, evaluate their progress and communicate this information to their parents. Parents listen to their child, encourage growth and learn how to best help their student with specific problems.

HINTS FOR PARENTS

Express positive interest and anticipation about the upcoming conference

Be on time

Listen and respond to the student (not the teacher)

Express pride in growth and progress

Ask questions (see below for samples)

Be positive, offering to help in areas where improvement is needed

Recognize that students need to develop independence in communicating progress – the teacher will be there to facilitate and answer specific questions but will not take charge of the conference

POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING THE CONFERENCE

• Can you explain this to me?

• How did you come up with this idea?

• How have you grown in this subject?

• How can you improve in this subject?

• How can we help you at home?

• What was important to you about this?

• If you could do this work over again, how would you change it?

                                                                                   

Published in Grade 6

22May

French Game Boards due Tuesday!

Tuesday, May 26th

Don't forget to turn in your game boards to Madame Pelz's office: box labelled :Grade 6 Game boards. I will be away at track meet that day---just turn in boards at school.

Make sure all parts are clearly labelled!

Merci!

Published in Grade 6

14May

French 6 Game Project Materials Due

Tuesday, May 19

Hi Parents,

The French Game Board Project is nearing completion.  Please ensure students bring all game-related materials to class Tuesday, May 19 (posterboards, cardstock, spinners, dice, etc).  They will not have any more "at-home time". Projects will remain at school.

Due to the Microsoft Field Trip, due date of the project will be postponed to May 26.  This is the day before Capenwray.  Students will have this weekend, plus three more in-class sessions to complete their game boards.

See you Tuesday!

~Madame Pelz 

 

Published in Grade 6

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