Mrs. Ward’s December Newsletter
December 3,, 2018
Here it is - the last month of 2018! It is amazing how fast the school year is progressing. We will be very busy the next few weeks.
Briefly summarizing our objectives - we are immersed in our new district-wide curriculum resource – Schoolwide – following the workshop model. We know the routines and expectations of reading and writing workshop. We go through various strategies and techniques of writing and the writing process to incorporate that with our reading. We will continue with our fiction and personal narrative unit. Our curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards.
We have also started Daily Language Review (DOL) and begin our class everyday with these skills. This covers all the sixth grade common core state standards for language. You should see your child studying his/her review sheet every Thursday. Also, you should see his/her test coming home weekly.
Your child is doing a great job with the expectation to always bring a book to class and to read at least twenty minutes a day at home. I love seeing students reading and discussing their books! I do not usually assign a lot of homework nightly because your child should be reading the book. However, I will check in with them every Thursday and they are getting used to explaining something different every week that is going on in their book – Write About It Thursday. However, at least twice a week, please ask your child to share with you something he/she learned when reading the book. Please remind your child about The Tower of Book Reading Challenge and to show you the paperwork that has gone home about that.
Upcoming events include cyberbullying assembly on Monday, the 3rd, Alice training and early release on Friday, the 7th, assemblies on the 14 and 21st. Early release is also on the 21st for the holiday break until school resumes on January 7, 2019.
Please call me anytime if you have any questions. I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday break and a very Happy New Year! Have a wonderful month!