St. Joseph's School | Smithers BC

Grade Six

October,  2018
Welcome Back!

As the weather changes and the nights draw in, it is a sign that we resume some routine and head back to school.  

Classes are fully in swing as we begin our learning along with reinforcing the routines and classroom expectations, everything from a reminder on manners and respect within the classroom, to setting up our page.  All this is fundamental when it comes to consistency, efficiency and confidence.

As we become more settled in to the routine of the intermediate wing and class, I remind parents that there are a few aspects of the week that you can "check in" on with your child.  Each week we have a Journal that is given each Monday; this assignment begins with a discussion, a web of ideas (manditory) and finishes with  write up that is a minimum of half a page.  The expectations of this entry have been given and are posted in the front of each student's Journal.  This piece is due on Thursday.  While it is not given as a homework piece, if the student has not utililized the class time well enough, perhaps it needs to be completed at home.  Lunch time Study Hall is always an option, too.

 Spelling Lists are given each week ~ with the exception of "short weeks".  A test is carried out on Friday asking the student to demonstrate the correct spelling as-well-as an understanding of the meaning for each word.  

  Math is a subject where the students are given instruction, and then time to practice with the daily exercise.  The amount of work is usually tailored to the time available left within the period.  Those questions not completed within class time will be sent home for homework.  As mentioned, Study Hall is a place where these assignments can be finished in order to avoid bringing it home.  I am concerned by the number of students NOT completing these few remainder math questions ~ the lack of completion means lack of practice and this inevitably leads to a less than solid understanding of the concept.

Genius Project ~ this is an extended five week project that is predominantly done in class time.  I encourage you to check with your child as to their progress and that they are staying on track with their topic.  This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about current events, history, or hot topics within our society.

Please touch base with your child and ensure all homework and weekly assignments are being done and meet the criteria set.  These will also be listed in the Homework Book.

Homework Book is the  best form of communication.  Please feel free to make notes, comments or requests in the HWB as I check these daily.  I also post important dates, assignments and information, along with weekly spelling words, on this web site each week.

Library is Monday - each student is able to take out two library books for a week.  They are to be returned / renewed each Monday.  If the books are not processed on Monday, the student is not able to take another library book.

PE is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday - Full gym strip required i.e. Running shoes, shorts / leggings, t-shirt
                                                                            * missing gym strip 3 times within a term results in dropped grade
                                                                      -    Need written permission from parent if excused from gym (HWB), especially if for an extended time.

Novel - each student must have a novel in their desk for personal reading at all times.  There are books available within the classroom if necessary.

Reminder :  All parents who wish to volunteer / drive need a NEW driver's abstract and copy of your insurance papers
                    along with a Criminal Records Check on file (valid for 5 years)

Here's to a year of growth in learning, faith and social development......  And perhaps a little fun, too.
With kind regards, 
Lexie Wilson