A Note From Ms. Bonilla
It’s not easy to start a school year, meet a new teacher and adapt to a demanding schedule. Thankfully, kids are flexible and adapt quickly. They have made the transition smoothly and are learning important life skills.
This year you will notice your child speak more about the Common Core Standards. The Standards are in full implementation this year. You will get a blue brochure that highlights the key points for ELA and math, and it’s in parent-friendly language. Please read it, you’ll be able to better support your 6th grader if you understand what they are expected to learn.
The students and you will receive login information for Engrade. This is the online grade book I use to keep all stakeholders accountable for student progress. Please register and make it a habit to check your child’s academic progress regularly. Help me teach the students to be proactive about their academic progress monitoring. If you or your child has a concern, it’s best to contact me before the concern becomes a problem.
Please register for this text-messaging app. It is my way of contacting you with quick reminders about due dates and events. It is the most effective way I have to contact you immediately if the need arises. Instructions for registration are included here. Please register as soon as possible. If you have trouble with the texting, I can email you instructions.
How to Register for the Remind App
8/26 Point Fermin Applications Due
8/27 EREEF Meeting 7pm in MPR
8/28 About Me Project Due in Class
8/31 Meal Applications Due
9/1 EREEF Fundraiser @ColoradoWineCo
9/4 School Closed-Admissions Day
9/7 School Closed-Labor Day
9/8 Back-to-School Night 6:30-7:00 pm
9/11 Overnight Field Trip-San Fermin
9/14 School Closed-Unassigned Day
9/15 Dine Out for Eagle Rock @Chipotle
9/16 PTA Meeting in MPR 6:30 pm
9/23 School Closed-Unassigned Day
9/24 EREEF General Meeting
Implementation of the Common Core State Standards is in full gear. The students are learning to read and understand demanding expository text, prepare and present complex information to their peers, and write personal narratives that are thoughtful and focused. We will write daily during writing workshop and grow full-fledged authors. During daily group work students will argue and provide ideas that can be supported with textual evidence. In addition to classroom reading, the Common Core State Standards recommend that students read extensively so they can build reading stamina. Please allot time for them to read 30-45 minutes per night. Reading time should be golden, uninterrupted time!
Our school will continue with the use of EngageNY as our core math program. The next few weeks will focus on developing concepts of Ratio and Proportions. Students will learn to write extensively in math and explain their thinking and rationale. Regular numeracy drills will help students learn automaticity with basic math concepts. Look for Mad-Minutes, Math Sprints and the 60-Second Sweep.
During our first unit students will learn about plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes. These are abstract science topics for sixth graders that require comprehension of sophisticated science concepts. They will be learning to use Cornell Notes and write outlines to deconstruct the text. Also, this year we will have weekly STEM activities that will have the students working in groups, designing and redesigning, and moving them closer to acquiring the much needed skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century.
Hominids, Mesopotamia and Egypt will be the topics for our first History unit. Many new vocabulary words, geography, and timelines will be examined. Enrichment Essays will be used to supplement the reading and present alternative perspectives and arguments. This month the students will learn to annotate text. Annotating Text is a skill that supports a student’s ability to identify the central argument of a text and make sense of the author’s purpose. And of course, there will be current events reports.
The acting skills necessary to produce our spring play begin this week! The first drama assignment will be to memorize a monologue. Look for recitations from these young thespians all over your house.
Homemade Foods and Parties
For safety and health reasons, homemade foods intended for sharing are not allowed at school, per District policy. Birthday parties and treats are also not allowed due to the interruption to instructional time. Please do not ask.
The price for school lunch has changed. The cost for 6th grade lunch is $2.50. If you purchase regular or reduced lunch for your child, please note the changes and send the correct amount. You may also deposit money into your child’s account online. mypaymentsplus.com
Please do not send frozen water bottles. The condensation on the outside of the plastic bottle drips and creates a big mess! And since paper towels are always in low supply, we want to conserve them as much as we can. Besides, some researchers say the body absorbs tepid water better because cold water causes blood vessels to shrink. Water for thought…
94-100% 4 Exceeds Standards
75-93% 3 Proficient
60-74% 2 Partially Proficient
>59% 1 Not Proficient
Classroom Management & ClassDojo
We have one rule in this class, Work Hard and Be Nice. That is pretty much how the students will learn to be nice and productive citizens of the world. But since they are still young and need tangible rewards, I use ClassDojo to help them out. This online program will help you monitor your child’s behavior. The students earn and lose points for behaviors that contribute or detract from our common goal, to be nice and work hard in room 30.