November 18th Newsletter
Lots going on...read on to stay up to date. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
- I look forward to seeing you this Wednesday at your scheduled parent/teacher conference time. Students stay home for this round of conferences. In the spring, we will have student-led conferences that involve parent, teacher, and child.
- We kick off our week of Thanksgiving break with a celebration of grandparents and grand-friends in Chapel. Please join us for this fun Grandparents Day celebration at 2:20pm Friday afternoon.
Possible upcoming fundraising - students were inspired by the 5th grade class who raised money to fund a well in South Sudan, and after reading A Long Walk to Water and meeting Salva, they were begging me to do this fundraiser with them. This is hard to say "no" to, isn't it? I told them it would take a lot of hard work and dedication, but if they were willing to do it, I'd be happy to support them. We had to table it for a bit, but I promised we'd discuss it again when we moved on to our next Science unit. The time is already here, so I wanted to let you know that you will be hearing about this service project (or something similar to it) this upcoming week. I'm going to discuss a few options with the kids and let them decide how they'd like to proceed. We'll be sure to keep you posted.
- Mark your calendars! A date has been set for the Water Conservation Garden field trip and the class has been so great, I've added a field trip to Birch Aquarium for the "Creatures of the Kelp" workshop as well. We'll be going to the Water Conservation Garden on February 4th. Birch Aquarium will be right after Winter Break on January 7th. Permission slips will be sent out closer to the date, but for your planning, the estimated cost for the Water Conservation Garden is $17, and the estimated cost of the Birch Aquarium field trip is $20. We're in need of three drivers/chaperones for each field trip. If you can drive three or more kids and chaperone on the Water Conservation Garden field trip, please complete this form. If you can drive and chaperone on the Birch Aquarium field trip, please complete this form. Thank you!
- If students want to create a present for Christmas, the $6 fee for supplies is due on Friday. We are encouraging students to do some work at home to earn this money as opposed to simply asking/receiving.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK
Virtual Field Trip to Virginia History and Culture Museum
On Tuesday we traveled virtually to Virginia to learn about the geography of the state and the Powhatan Indians.
SLOW MYSTERY with SOUTH AFRICA
We continue to ask questions to a class from South Africa to find out where they're located. We've been going back and forth with questions for a couple months now. We discovered they were in South Africa a few weeks ago and we're now learning more map reading skills to find their town. Doing a Mystery "Skype" this way (I call them "Slow Mysteries") allows us time to reason and discuss questions as a class, enabling greater understanding and learning of geography. I thought you may like to see how this works, so I've linked to our videos below. Type in the password Mystery1, and you can view the videos we've posted.
It was fun sitting with family and JK buddies at the Family Picnic on Thursday. We look forward to doing another picnic like this in a couple months!
Free Dress Fun!
We had fun with crazy hair day on Friday. So many creative ideas!
OVERVIEW OF THIS WEEK'S CLASS TOPICS
The essay noted above will be tackled in chunks and completed in class for the most part. A paragraph will only make its way home if not completed during the work time dedicated in class.
See you Wednesday!
School Wide Events
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.