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.
Math
  • 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)

List

  • 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.
Science
  •  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. 🙂

Cheers!

Ms. G


Menus for Math Homework

Here are the menus for the math problem solving homework. Only those students who have not completed their math work in class will have to do this in the evening. Most of the students were working very hard and homework is not a reflection of messing around in class but everyone does work at a different pace so sometimes some students will need more time to work on the questions from class in the evening.

We are using these menus for all of September, so please refer back to them anytime menu questions come home in the evening this month.

If students do not have evening Math homework to complete you can look at some of the links I posted in my last post, the Raven Rambler, for a few different websites they can practice math on in the evenings for 20 minutes.

Thanks for participating in our evening homework! 🙂

Ms. G

Raven Rambler Sept.16-22

Ms. Guilbeau’s Class

6L Newsletter

Dear grade six families,

Coming Up…
  • September 16 – 20 – We will be collecting “Toonies for Terry” all week.
  • September 20 – 1:30 pm Terry Fox  Run – Families are welcome to join us on the field.
  • September 30 – Orange Shirt Day in support of the “Every Child Matters” Movement.

Check out these links to learn about Orange Shirt Day and Terry Fox.

Parents
  • I am looking for 1-2 parent representative(s) for our parent council.  As we will be planning a Grade Six Farewell and trip, we would like to have as many parents as possible have input in helping us plan and fundraise.  
  • Students have each brought home a folder that will be used for notices, homework and home reading.  Please get your child to check their folder each night to help them be prepared for school the next day.  We are trying to help students develop good habits for next year and learn to keep track of important due dates and notices. Parents please sign your child’s reading log every night. Thanks!
Math
  • 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.
  • Students will be making goals this week to practice their fact fluency based on the results of their numeracy surprise tests last week. Each student’s test has been marked and sent home to be shown to their parents. These were surprise tests and NOT supposed to be studied for. I wanted to see where they were at currently without preparation in order to understand where our focus should be at the beginning of the year.  6L was mainly successful in their addition and subtraction facts but needs significant work with their basic multiplication and division facts. These facts should have been memorized by the end of Grade 5.  Part A of the Provincial Achievement Test will be 40 addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions. This part of the PAT will be timed. Students are encouraged to work on their basic 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
  • 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 on Friday.
  • Last week students practiced using subjects, predicates, complete subjects and complete predicates correctly. We will be diving deeper into that topic along with starting coordinate conjunctions this week.
  • I am currently testing students on their reading.  So far all students have maintained the same reading level as last year.
  • 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.
Social Studies
  • Students are starting 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
Science
  • Our first unit of study is Trees and Forests.  
  • This unit will introduce a lot of new vocabulary.  Students can start 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
Leader in Me
  • So far we have worked on establishing routines and have done some team building activities.  We have gone over the 7 habits in detail and implemented them into our daily classroom and mission statement. Students have written a class mission statement and will be writing a personal mission statement this week. Students will also create a Math and Literacy goal.  
Genius Hour
  • So far we have gone over how Genius Hour works and chosen the topics we will be researching.
  • 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.

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.

We are going to rock this week!

Sincerely,

Ms. G

Nightly Expectations

In 6L we have reading, a small piece of writing, and math every night with a book report that is due every two weeks. This homework should be built into their daily home routine so that it becomes a habit.

This week (week 2) they will only have the reading & writing component and math will start on week 3.

Reading: Every night students are expected to read for 20 minutes out of the book they will be writing their book report on. They should finish reading their book within the 2 weeks so they can complete their report on time.

Writing: Every night students will record a summary of their nightly reading in their homework books on their reading log. It will look like this:

Students will need to fill out the date, what chapter(s) or pages (ie. p. 4-28) they were able to read in the 20 minutes and a summary of what they read THAT night, NOT the topic of the book as a whole.

The reading log will be filled out every night, with a parent signature.

Book Report: Every two weeks a book report will be due on the monday. So students will need to finish their desired book a few days ahead of the book report due date so they have time to work on the book report. The book reports will cycle from fiction to nonfiction to a comic book. Here is a schedule of the book report due dates for September to December:

  • Book Report #1 – Any Genre – Due: Sept 23rd (Monday)
  • Book Report #2 – Fiction – Due: Oct 7th (Monday)
  • Book Report #3 – Nonfiction – Due: Oct 21st (Monday)
  • Book Report #4 – Comic Book – Due: Nov 4th (Monday)
  • Book Report #5 – Fiction – Due: Nov 18th (Monday)
  • Book Report #6 – Nonfiction – Due: Dec 2nd (Monday)
  • Book Report #7 – Comic Book – Due: Dec 16th (Monday)

***If a student is an avid reader and finishes their book report book quite quickly, it is expected that they still read for 20 minutes each night from any book they’d like. Practicing reading in any form is always a good thing.***

Math: Math homework will be assigned randomly based on if there are extension questions to follow our work in class that day. Any days that they are not assigned math homework, it is expected that they log onto prodigy or mathletics for 20 minutes that evening.

Mission Statement

In 6L our first week, we worked hard as a class to come up a mission statement that we stand for, align with and that represents us as a whole. This is what we came up with and we agreed upon:

Grade 6L Mission Statement

The mission of our class is that every student has a voice.  We are a family and we will use our different talents and interests to help each other succeed.  We will be outstanding leaders and role models for our school with a plan each day and begin with the end in mind.  A “Can Do” Attitude is a must and we will listen to people without interrupting.

We believe in ourselves and each other.  It makes us happy to see other people happy.  Each morning we will come in with a smile, positive attitude, enough rest, a greeting, and ready to work.  Teamwork is the best for our classroom of leaders.

We will use this mission statement to refer back to our values, work ethic, leadership roles and maintain our sense of community/family within the class throughout the year.

Ms. G

Apple Schools

“The District is committed to ensuring every school provides a safe and healthy environment for students and staffs that facilitates health and wellness and promotes healthy lifestyle choices. The promotion of children’s health and well-being, physical activity, and social emotional growth in schools is important to student learning and increased achievement. Health and education are interdependent as healthy students are better learners. A healthy school community is one that supports the wellness of students and staff through the implementation of a comprehensive school health framework that fosters and maintains a health promoting school environment. A healthy school environment provides a consistent message to students, staff and parents by ensuring foods served within the school meet the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth and promotes physical activity.” – Fort McMurray Public Schools

Please ensure that your child is bringing 80% of their food from the “choose most often” category and the other 20% from the “choose sometimes” category from the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.

“Certain rare events in a school may include, for a variety of reasons, involvement of foods from the “Choose Sometimes’ and ‘Choose Least Often’ categories. In communication with parents, a Principal may allow for a specific event to include one ‘Choose Least often’ food (ie. graduation, end of year farewell ceremonies). Food from the ‘Choose Least Often’ category is provided by the school only.” – Fort McMurray Public Schools

Please review these documents with your family so we can all participate in living our healthiest & most actives lives.

Ms. G

Remind Sign Up

Hello to all of my wonderful 6L parents and students.

If you have not yet signed up for my remind, here is the link to do so:

rmd.at/b98aag

It is very important that you sign up to recieve remind notifications from me so that you don’t miss out on important news, letters, documents to be signed, homework & test updates. I communicate using remind from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday and it is the best way to get ahold of me if your child needs to be picked up, is sick, or for any other reason. Email me at kennedy.guilbeau@fmpsd.ab.ca if you are not able to sign up and we will figure it out together.

Thanks!