Pumpkin Investigation

It is time to plan for our yearly pumpkin investigation. If you are able to donate your time and/or an item for the investigation, please use the link below.

Pumpkin Investigation Sign Up

The investigation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

If you have any further questions, please contact Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Mitchell.

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PTO Skating Party

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • The Castle Roller Skating Rink (1400 Elm Ave., Lanc.)
  • For all Letort students and their families
  • This is not a drop-off event – a parent/guardian needs to be present with the student
  • Cost – PTO is sponsoring this event, so the only cost is for skates ($3.50 for quads, $5.00 for in-line)
  • All skill levels welcome!
  • Questions? Email Heather Myer at johemyer@pa.net
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Important Papers

The Midterm Progress Report and the Parent-Teacher conference form were both sent home today. Please review your student’s academic progress on Sapphire before signing and returning the progress report which is due Tuesday. Parent-Teacher conferences are in November. To help us schedule them, please complete the form. It is due Oct. 9. Please return both promptly. Thank you!

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First Sixth Grade Scoop of the Year

Reading

During our first reading unit, we reviewed the elements of a story: setting, characters, conflict, and plot.  We then discussed plot structure (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution).  Students also learned about the various types of conflict, both internal and external.  We then spent time learning about characterization and the methods for how an author presents a character’s traits, both directly and indirectly.  This week we started reading our first trade book, Ghost by Jason Reynolds.  We will be using this text to further our understanding of story elements, plot structure, conflict, and characterization.

Math

The first chapter in math focused on ratios and rates.  We reviewed how to find the greatest common factor and least common multiple of a set of numbers using an organized list.  We then looked at how prime factorization can be used to find GCF and LCM of larger numbers.  We also learned how to represent a ratio in various forms as well as how to calculate a unit rate.  Additionally, students learned how to create, analyze, and graph ratio tables.  We ended the unit looking at the various ways to determine if ratios are equivalent and how to solve word problems involving ratios and rates. 

Chapter 2 focused on fractions, decimals, and percents.  Students learned how to convert from one form to another, as well as how to compare and order.  They also learned how to calculate percent of a number as well as how to find a reasonable estimate.  We ended the chapter learning how to solve percent problems using proportions. 

Next week we will begin Chapter 3, which focuses on decimals. 

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.  An electronic version of the math text can also be accessed through our Blog homepage

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

Our first unit in science focuses on meteorology.  Students have learned about the types of information/data that are included in a weather forecast as well as how forecasts benefit people.  They also were briefly introduced to the numerous instruments meteorologists use to collect weather data. 

We are now learning about the various types of weather data needed to make a weather forecast. First, we talked about relative humidity.  The students had an opportunity to use a sling psychrometer to collect wet-bulb and dry-bulb readings, and then used this data to calculate the percent of relative humidity.  Currently, we are learning about air pressure and how air pressure can have an impact on the current and future weather conditions.  Ask your child to explain to you the difference between a High pressure system and a Low pressure system and what kind of weather you can expect with each.  There will be a science quiz next week.  Please encourage your child to review their study guide in preparation for this assessment.

Social Studies

During our first unit, students will learn about the Civil War.  They have learned about slavery, the Underground Railroad, and about some of the causes of the war.  We also learned a fun song about the Compromise of 1850.  Ask your child to sing it to you.  Beware, after hearing it, you will be singing it the rest of the day!  Mr. Rohm will be visiting to teach the students about Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln, Lee’s surrender at Appomattox courthouse, as well as for a few other lessons. 

Writing/English

In Mrs. Mitchell’s class, students wrote a short story about a picture from Chris Van Allsburg book, The Mysteries of Harris Burrdick.  Students completed a story map, similar to the one used in reading, as a graphic organizer, write a rough draft, revised it, and are in the process of publishing a final draft.  During the revising process, students focused on adding vivid verbs and the five senses to their writing.  We also are working through the first grammar unit which focuses on sentence structure.  We have also been working on Daily Language Review to practice grammar skills. 

In Mrs. Johnson’s class, we are working through unit 1 in the grammar text, which focuses on sentence structure.  Students learned about the four different types of sentences.  We then discussed how to locate the complete and simple subject and predicate in a sentence.   We have also been working on Daily Language Review to practice grammar skills.

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Chorus Rehearsal Monday

Chorus rehearsal is Monday at 8 a.m. in the music room. Please make sure that you return your permission form as soon as possible.

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Crazy Sock Day

Here is how we show our school spirit!

Crazy Sock School Spirit Day
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Calendar Page on the Blog

Please refer to the Calendar Page on our blog to stay up-to-date on our school events and sixth grade events. New events have been added.

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School Spirit Day

Let’s kick off the new year with…CRAZY SOCKS! Wear your crazy socks this Friday, September 6th. 
Participation is optional.

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Book Orders

Each month, Mrs. Mitchell will send home book orders with interested students. There are only 21 copies so all students will not be able to receive a hard copy. If your child does not receive a hard copy, you can shop online using the scholastic website, https://orders.scholastic.com/GTCH6.

You can submit an order online or you can send in a paper copy. To submit an online order, you will be asked to use a credit card. If you choose to send in the paper order with your child, please make the checks out to Scholastic Book Clubs.

For any further questions, you may contact Mrs. Mitchell at beth.mitchell@pennmanor.net.

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Splash Party Canceled

August 28, 2019

Due to the weather forecast of severe storms this evening, the splash party has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Students who participated in the Summer Reading Incentive will be treated to extra recess tomorrow and a special treat.

Our apologies for this inconvenience!

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