Interesting Article

Today in Mrs. Mitchell’s reading class, we read an article about smartphone addiction and had an interesting discussion about how smartphones impact our lives.  Students were encouraged to share the article with their parents and have a conversation about the effects of smartphones, as well as what they can do to avoid addiction.  Although it is a longer article, there is a lot of important information in it.  

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Kids Only Holiday Shoppe/Vendor and Craft Fair tonight!

Come Dasher, Come Prancer, Come Comet, Come Vixen!!!  Tonight is the night for LeTort PTO’s Kids Only Holiday Shop & Vendor/Craft Fair!!!  Drop-in anytime from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, December 13th, and have your shopping list ready.  Kids Only Holiday Shop will be in the LeTort library & Vendor/Craft Fair will be in the all-purpose room!  It’s sure to be a jolly good time!  We hope to see you tonight!

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Progress Reports

Midterm Progress Reports for Marking Period 2 were sent home yesterday.  Please complete the form and return it by Thursday.  Thank you!

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Holiday Concert is tonight!

Family and friends are invited to attend LeTort’s Holiday Concert this evening at 6:00 pm.   Chorus, Band, and Orchestra students will be performing, as well as the 2nd Grade classes.  Students and staff will see a shortened version of the concert during a daytime school assembly, which is not open to the public. 

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Winter Craft Volunteers

We are in need of a few volunteers to help with our winter craft as well as two parents to organize two games (one for each classrooom).  If you are interested, please sign up using the link below.    

 Please note that all parent volunteers must have clearances on file with the office in order to participate in these activities.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DA8A62FAA8-winter

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Holiday movie tomorrow night!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  The movie, Arthur’s Christmas, will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Bring a beach chair, blanket, pillow, etc.  to help you relax and enjoy a fun night with your family and friends.  

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Sixth Grade Scoop

Reading

To extend our unit on nonfiction text features, students read a new text, “The Great Serum Race,” which does not include any nonfiction text features.  Students analyzed sections of this story and determined what features would enhance the content of the text and be helpful in communicating the author’s message.

Now we are looking at how authors organize their nonfiction texts to communicate their content.  Depending on the topic and what is being highlighted, text structures are utilized to better help readers understand what they are reading.  Students have been introduced to the various text structures (description, problem/solution, chronological order, compare/contrast, cause/effect, and argument/support.)  Over the next few weeks, students will engage in various activities and read numerous texts to practice identifying the text structures.

**The Book It! reading program continues this month.  Your child is strongly encouraged to read 20 days in December for a minimum of 20 minutes each day.  A packet of Book It! calendar has been offered to interested students.  Parents, please sign each day your child reads.  If your child chooses to participate in this incentive program, the completed calendar may be submitted at the end of the month and your child will receive a “reward” for their efforts (i.e. Pizza Hut coupon, coupon for a ‘free’ snack item at the Letort Café, or a “Homework Pass”).  Happy reading!  

Math

We are just about finished with Chapter 5, which focused on integers and the coordinate plane.  In this chapter, students learned the meaning of integer, rational number, and absolute value, and how each can be used to represent real-world situations.  Students also learned to compare and order rational numbers as well as how to express positive and negative fractions as terminating or repeating decimals. We also did a problem-solving investigation using the focus strategy ‘work backward.’  We will end chapter 5 learning about the coordinate system. Students will learn how to graph points in all four quadrants as well as how to reflect points across the x- and y-axis.

Next week we will start chapter 6, which focuses on Expressions.  In this chapter, students will learn how to represent numbers as exponents and how to write powers as products.   We will also look at how to solve expressions that require the use of the order of operations. Soon, your child will be able to show you how to solve the following expression:  13 + ( 43 ÷ 2) × 5 – 17  (The correct answer is 156)

Your child will receive math homework most nights.  Please take time to briefly look over each assignment to make sure your child has completed it to the best of his/her ability.  

Just a reminder that there are online math materials that correspond with the math curriculum.  Your child was made aware of these resources and shown how to access them using their username and password. For your convenience, on our Blog homepage under ‘parent resources’, we have included links to these resources.  We encourage you and your child to take advantage of these online supports.

Additionally, the math text contains numerous step-by-step examples related to each lesson concept and should serve as an excellent resource for you and your child when completing daily homework assignments as well as when preparing for end-of-chapter assessments.

If you notice your child struggling to grasp any particular concept, encourage them to seek help.  The concepts in our math curriculum build on previously taught concepts so it’s important that your child understand what was taught in math class each day in order to be able to grasp what will be taught in future lessons.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s math teacher.

Science

We started the chemistry unit.  We reviewed the concept of matter, and discussed the meaning of physical and chemical properties.  We then learned about the difference between physical and chemical changes. Students were able to engage in several lab activities where they learned to identify observable evidence of both physical and chemical changes.

Social Studies

Students are still learning about the time period after the Civil War known as Reconstruction.  Students are wrapping up a project about the Freedmen’s Bureau which will be due this week. Next, we will talk about “Special Field Order No. 15,” sharecropping, as well as Amendments 13, 14, and 15.  

Writing/English

In Mrs. Mitchell’s class, students selected a topic, completed an outline, and are now working on their argumentative rough draft.  After typing the rough draft, students will peer conference to determine areas to revise. We continue to work on Daily Language Review to practice grammar skills.

In Mrs. Johnson’s class, we are still working on the informational essays.  We discussed different ways to capture the reader’s attention in the introduction paragraph.   We then moved on to revising the rough draft; students highlighted three areas in their essay where they felt they needed to add additional examples, explanations, and/or details to improve the content of their essay.  Next week, students will be working on writing their final rough draft.  Ask your child to share with you what they have accomplished so far.   Additionally, we continue to work on Daily Language Review each week to practice grammar skills.

Important Dates

  • Monday, December 10 – Holiday Assembly 6:00 p.m. for band, orchestra, and chorus
  • Friday, December 21 – early dismissal (1:30)
  • December 24 through January 1 – Winter Break

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A few reminders

Wednesday – Chorus Rehearsal and String Lessons

Thursday – Band Rehearsal and Lessons                         

Thursday – PTO meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Friday – Holiday Movie Night and Holiday Themed Gifting Tree 5:00-9:00 p.m.

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Don’t want to cook dinner tonight. . .

Here is an excuse not to.  Tonight is PTO night at Arooga’s.  Come from 5:30 – 8:00 and enjoy a delicious meal while supporting our school!   

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Patriot’s Penn Winner

Congratulations to Annie Myer for placing second out of 32 applicants in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest.  See the link below for pictures.  Way to go Annie!

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