Raven Rambler Sept 23-29

Ms. Guilbeau’s Class

6L Newsletter

Dear grade six families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • September 23 – Book Report Due, WTW Spelling Test & any other homework is due
  • September 25 – Ms. G is out of town & class will have a sub
  • September 27 – No School (PLF #2)
  • September 30 – Orange Shirt Day in support of the “Every Child Matters” Movement.
  • September 30 – Ch.1 Social Studies Test (study guide will be given out this week)

Check out these links to learn about Orange Shirt Day.

Parents/Thank You
  • I am still looking for 1-2 parent representative(s) for our parent council.  As we will be planning a Grade Six Trip and Farewell, we would like to have as many parents as possible have input in helping us plan and fundraise. This is a super important role for our class & school and we’d appreciate anyone who is able to take on this role.
  • Thanks to all of the families who donated money for our Terry Fox run.
  • Thanks to all of the parents who have returned the numerous notices/letters that have been sent home over the past few weeks.
  • Students are working on developing their number sense along with problem solving. In class we have been working on solving word problems using menus, money and multiplication. This week we will be moving onto 3 digit x 2 digit multiplication questions with decimals along with 2-5 step word problems.
  • Students will be making goals this week to practice their fact fluency. 6L still needs significant work with their basic multiplication and division facts. We have been doing mad minutes every morning in class and students should use the websites down below as a tool to also practice their facts at home.
  • 9 + 9 (all addition facts up to 9 + 9)
  • 18 – 9 (all subtraction facts related to addition facts)
  • 9 x 9 (all multiplication facts up to 9 x 9)
  • 81 divided by 9 (all related division facts)


  • This week our class math prodigy account will be set up and the code will be updated on here.
  • Students will then be able to practice their math facts on there.
Language Arts
  • Spelling: Students are working on spelling and building their vocabulary with weekly spelling words.  Students will be bringing these words home on Monday and will have a test every Friday.
  • Grammar: This week students will be diving deeper into coordinate conjunctions.
  • Reading: I am currently testing students on their reading.  So far all students have maintained the same reading level as last year.
  • Reading Strategies: We have been working on the reading strategy called sequencing as many students are reading, but not understanding why the order is important to remember and how it can affect the story.  Students have been working on identifying significant parts of each chapter and how they are sequenced within the story.
  • Goals: This week & next, students will be making a literacy goal after they have completed their reading assessments with me and a class narrative writing assessment.
Social Studies
  • Students are continuing to follow the election for a new prime minister this week and will be participating in a student vote. 
  • Students are following current events and will be starting to use CBC News for kids this week https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/.
  • We have discussed different ways that groups make decisions and are learning some of the following vocabulary.  
    • Democracy
    • Consensus
    •  Representation
    •  Equality
    •  Equity
    •  Freedom of choice
  • This week students will be receiving a study guide for chapter 1 from our textbook about the key concepts above and will have a test on Monday, Sept 30th.
  •  This unit will introduce a lot of new vocabulary.  Students can continue working on some of these words at home.
    • Biodiversity
    • Biotic
    • Cambium
    • Canopy
    • Carbon dioxide
    • Carnivore
    • Chlorophyll
    • Clearcutting
    • Cones
    • Coniferous
    • Deciduous
    • Decomposer
    • Food Chain
    • Food Web
    • Producer
    • Prey
    • Predator
  • This week students will be building their own Food Web in class and presenting it next week.
  • We will also start to explore decomposers in more detail, parts of a forest, animal populations in 1 hectare of forest, and roles of a tree in the nutrient cycle.
Leader in Me
  • Students have written a class mission statement and will be writing a personal mission statement on day 6. Students will also create a Math and Literacy goal.
Genius Hour
  • Genius Hour is one hour a week that students get to research their topic of choice, a self-study. It allows students to have choice in their learning and to understand that learning is fun and not a chore, it is exciting! They will then create a project based on their topic of choice and at the end of 8 weeks they will present it (much like a science fair project) to the class, admin and other students within the school.
  • We will be confirming our rubric this week on day 6 and the project expectations.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send me a message on Remind or send an e-mail to kennedy.guilbeau@fmpsd.ab.ca.

I can’t believe we are on the last week of September already, this is so exciting! Big things are coming up! I can’t wait to read all the book reports this week. 🙂


Ms. G

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