December 2nd Newsletter
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This week is wild. Please read the newsletter to stay up to date.
- As I mentioned in the email I sent out last week, students have decided to fundraise to provide running water to a family of the Navajo Nation. Students will be emailing you tomorrow to provide more information about this service learning project.
- We are having a class baking party this Thursday evening in Hinde Hall from 6-7pm. Please join us! Students should bring any ingredients and supplies they plan to use, and we'll have fun baking together! Here is what the students said they'd like to make/bring when we brainstormed ideas in class today. Nothing is set in stone; items can be changed up to baking time!
One item that was a HUGE hit when I did this bake sale a couple years ago was hot chocolate. In fact, we ran out pretty quickly. If any of you can donate a package or more of hot chocolate packets, we could definitely use them. Send them in with your kids anytime this week. We'll be able to put them all to use!
- We will have a bake sale during the Coronado Christmas Parade this Friday. Students will be running the bake sale in front of Walgreens. The kids will be signing up in class; please let me know if your child has a prior obligation and is not to sign up for a time. I'm in need of a few parent volunteers to help chaperone. I'm in need of at least one person to help set up the booth and help it run during the first half of the bake sale (5:00 - 6:15pm) and at least two volunteers to help during the second half of the bake sale (6:15 - 7:15pm). Can any of you help out? If so please respond to this email and let me know what time period works best for you.
We are still in need of parent drivers for our upcoming field trips after winter break. If you can drive 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! We depend on parent volunteers to provide these great experiential learning opportunities.
Make sure your calendars are marked for our Christmas Concert next Thursday. Students should report to the classroom at 5:45pm. If anyone will not be in attendance, please let me know immediately so I can inform Ms Parker and she can make adjustments during rehearsal as needed.
During our class Christmas party this December, we will do a white elephant gift exchange. The cost of the gift should not exceed $15. Students are welcome to bring the present to school and place it under our class Christmas tree anytime between now and our Christmas party on 12/20. The book should be wrapped but not addressed to anyone.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK
I love this celebration each year. We've been learning about figurative language so students applied what they've learned to create similes about their grandparents and grandfriends. I hope you enjoyed it!
Forest Ecosystem Presentations
The class did a wonderful job presenting their forest ecosystem projects to the lower grades. Check out your child's work below! Click the "present" button in the top right corner to click through the presentation.
OVERVIEW OF THIS WEEK'S CLASS TOPIC
We have a busy week ahead of us! I have a feeling this week is going to fly by because we have a lot of fun learning activities planned. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we're making a special parent gift with our JK Buddies, on Wednesday and Friday we have Mystery Skypes planned, and on Thursday we're applying what we've been learning in Math about finding fractions of a whole in order to 1/2 or 1/3 a recipe to bake cookies. Thursday evening we have a baking party here in Hinde Hall, and Friday after school we have the Christmas Parade Bake Sale. And in between all of that, we are reviewing math units 1-3 with a cumulative test on Friday, continuing our work in book clubs, starting new units in science and social studies, and diving head first into creative writing. Phew! I might need an extra coffee during the bake sale on Friday.
Writing in the Park was originally scheduled to take place this Friday, but due to our very busy schedule, it will be postponed until next Tuesday.
During the month of December, we focus on creative writing. This Monday, we started a class picture book Advent calendar in the classroom. We will unwrap and read a book each day, and many of the stories will lead to creative writing prompts. These next three weeks are a lot of fun! We'll be sitting our narrative writing aside and will return to it with fresh eyes to publish in January. Over the next three weeks, we'll be churning out creative stories. This is my favorite (and usually students' favorite) unit of the year!
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions/concerns.
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.