November 13th Newsletter
Good afternoon. I'm back from Mexico! It was such a pleasure to return to the classroom this morning to such complimentary notes about the class from the substitutes. They were productive during the sub days, and we were able to jump right back into our typical routine together this morning. Below is a short recap of last week along with a look ahead. I don't like to duplicate information from the all-school letter and make an effort not to do so, but there are a couple of important events that I want to reinforce, so please read the "to do" action items below.
- Come to our 6th grade preview night tomorrow evening (11/14) at 6pm. Mrs. Cowan and Mrs. Funk hope to see you there to provide an overview of 6th Grade here at CCDS and address common questions.
- Students have the option to make special Christmas presents for you. We have an artist coming in to work with the kids in a few weeks and she needs a count on the number of students who will be participating in order to provide the proper number of supplies. We've asked students to help out around the house or complete other helpful chores to earn $6 to submit for art supplies needed to make this gift. To participate in this activity, $6 must be turned in by November 22nd.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK
Mystery Skype to Frontenac, Kansas
This was our best Mystery Skype yet! The class did a great job collaborating and problem solving together. They're learning more and more about geography and applying what they're learning to ask thoughtful questions to guess the location of the other class in as few questions as possible. During this Mystery Skype, students learned new geographic features in the United States to narrow down the location. Here's a video of the students in the "think tank" working together to decide on the best question to ask next.
Ecosystems in Science
We also watched an episode of Our Planet in class. This episode examined the fragile interdependence that exists between forests' wide variety of residents, including bald eagles, hunting dogs, and Siberian tigers. Students took notes on how producers, consumers, and decomposers rely on one another for existence. Afterwards, they were able to choose three to research further. We will be publishing these science research projects this week and plan to share them with you on Friday.
OVERVIEW OF THIS WEEK'S CLASS TOPICS
School Wide Events
Monday, June 1th HALF DAY - 12PM NOON DISMISSAL, NO AFTER CARE
12:00 p.m. dismissal today, no after care.
Wednesday, June 3th PLAY DAY 11:20 A.M. - 2:15 P.M. - DISMISSAL FOLLOWS
A funfilled Play Day with lots of exciting activities from 11:20 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Dismissal follows.
Thursday, June 4th TALENT SHOW @ 12:45PM
Talent Show at 12:45 - 2:30pm
Congratulations to our Class of 2020 6th Graders! Dismissal after graduation - NO AFTER CARE.