Homeroom

6th Grade News

 

 

October 15, 2021

 

Dear Sixth Grade Parents,

 

WOW! October is flying by! Standardized testing has officially come to an end. I’ve been so impressed with the hard work I have seen from each student through this process. I look forward to sharing their results with you and making plans to help each child grow throughout the school year.

 

Homeroom Updates

 

  • Touching Safety Program: Holy Rosary School, along with all the schools in the Archdiocese, will continue teaching the sexual abuse prevention program called Touching Safety. This program is provided to us by the Archdiocese of Seattle and is part of our ongoing effort to help create and maintain a safe environment for children and protect all children from sexual abuse. We will be teaching two lessons again this year. The first will be this month (October), the second in March. If you do not wish your child to take part in these lessons you will need to let me know so you can fill out an opt out form. Please let me know by Thursday, October 21st if you wish to opt out. 

 

  • Magazine Drive – Thank you to all who participated and made this year’s Magazine Drive successful! 

 

Curriculum Updates:

 

Math (Mrs. H): Monday: *Review (Day 2) 

Tuesday: *Ch. 3 Test (ALEKS check is tomorrow.)

Wednesday: *4.1 Powers and Roots

Thursday: *4.2 Negative Exponents

Friday: *ALEKS customized assignment review of W and Th

 

Math (Mrs. C): We began Chapter 2, Fractions, Decimals, and Percents on Monday and students are doing great. They are learning how to go from a fraction, to a decimal, to a percent that is less than 100%. Next week students will take on percentages greater than 100% as well as compare and order fractions, decimals, and percents. Please remind your children we have an ALEKS check on Wednesday, October 20th. 

 

Math (Mr. W): Hello, and happy weekend. This past week, we took our time with the first few lessons in chapter one. We did a lot of review on fractions, ratios, and rates. I also returned the  chapter three tests. If students received a D or less, they may correct the questions they got wrong for 70 percent. They must show their work, and circle the correct answers for each incorrect question. Next week,  we will begin graphing ratio tables. We will then take a look at equivalent fractions in lesson 6. Finally, we will end chapter one with ratio and rate problems. Have a great weekend. 

 

ELA: We will start our first vocabulary unit on Monday. With each vocabulary unit, students will learn 20 vocabulary words. Students will have a few different homework activities as well as learn different study strategies to help them memorize each definition. Students will have 2 weeks to learn these vocabulary words and will be tested on Friday, October 29th. We will also be starting a new unit called “Fears and Phobias.” Over the next few weeks students will read short stories and articles in our Collections text book. We will practice our close reading strategies as well as discuss each story, pulling out the different story elements we have been learning. This is the perfect unit for spooky October!

 

Social Studies: Next week we will be moving into Lesson 4 The Rise of the Sumerian City-States. Students will learn about and respond to key problems faced by ancient Mesopotamians to understand how Neolithic farming villages evolved into complex Sumerian city-states. We will address four issues – food shortages, uncontrolled water supply, irrigation system maintenance, and attacks by neighboring communities. 

 

Science: Students have received a study guide to help them prepare for a test based on their experiments with magnets and motors next Tuesday (10/19).

Next, students will begin a new unit in Life Science called Living Systems. In this unit students will conduct investigations to learn about the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems in humans and the vascular system in plants. Students will learn how all cells have basic needs for water, food, gas exchange, and waste disposal. They will also learn how materials are transported to cells in multicellular organisms.

Religion: This week in religion we will finish our creation painting and prayer of adoration. We will focus on human dignity as we recognize the communities we are a part of and how we can treat others with care as we are all created in the image of God. We will also focus on how we are “Caretakers of Creation” We will have a quiz on Ch. 2 on Friday and then begin a new 2nd Step lesson.

 

Calendar Updates:

 

  • October 18th – Picture Retakes
  • October 20th – Parents Club Meeting
  • October 23rd – Fall Open House
  • November 1st – All Saints Mass

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Nicole Chiodo