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Grade 6 - Mrs. Emond

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I have been teaching at St. Christopher School for over 10 years. I started teaching as a 5th grade homeroom teacher, where I taught science to 5th and 6th grade. Then I became a 6th grade homeroom teacher, where I currently teach math to the 5th and 6th grade.

I grew up in various cities throughout the US and Germany, until my father was stationed in Massachusetts, settling in Nashua, NH. This was a fortunate turn of events, because it brought me to St. Christopher’s, first as a member of the parish and second as a teacher. I graduated from Keene State College, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.

January News

Brrrrrrrr….It is cold outside.  Please dress appropriately.  We all need to wear more than a sweatshirt for outdoor recess.

6E has the mass this month.  It is the Epiphany mass on January 6th.  All parents are welcome to attend.  We look forward to seeing many of you.  Using the class text, we are concluding the Christmas chapters.  We will finish chapters 14, 16, 17 and 18 in January.

The Spelling lessons for the month of January are 18, 19, 20, and 21.  Please remember to practice the test using www.spellingcity.com.  All spelling work is due on Thursdays.  Tests are Fridays, unless announced.  We do take the spelling tests using the iPads.

For the month of January we will be reading our class literature book, My Side of the Mountain.  We will have whole class instruction, individual work, and small Literature Circles on the content from our book.

6th grade Math extra help is back up and running on the 6th.  It takes place Wednesday mornings at 8 AM.  We are currently studying the first of three fraction chapters.  The students are learning the divisibility rules, prime factorization, equivalent fractions, and simplest form. The sections for www.ixl.com/signin/stchris are E and I.

5th grade Math extra help is also returning.  It takes places on Monday mornings at 8 AM.  We are beginning the final fraction chapter.  We will multiply and divide fractions.  All answers must be in simplest form.  The sections for www.ixl.com/signin/stchris are M and N.

I wanted to thank you all for generous Christmas gifts.  The care and thought that went into them was incredible.  You are too kind.

Thanks,

Mrs. Emond

 

Visions of Sugar Plums...

Tis the Season!  There aren’t many weeks left in December.   I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break.  REST and RELAX!

The Jesse Tree was our main focus in religion.  The Jesse Tree is a pictorial representation of Jesus’ family tree.  The students made ornaments for the bulletin board, our mini class tree, and designed their own Jesse Tree.  We are also studying Advent and Christmas.    We will end December with our Christmas prayer service.  It takes place on Wednesday, December 23rd at 9:15.  The 23rd is also a half day with no aftercare.  Please pick your children up at 12:30.

Please continue to use www.spellingcity.com to assist in weekly spelling practice.  The last lesson of this month is 16.  The more you practice, the better your grade will be.  Don’t forget that all weekly spelling homework is due on Thursdays.

Our genre for the December book report is Christmas.  Each child picked out their favorite Christmas picture book.  They will read the story to their buddies using as much excitement and expressions as they can muster. We created people, timelines, and a review of life for our biography/autobiography book reports.

In both 5th and 6th grade classes I have noticed a need to spend more time reinforcing the basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) at home.  A strong knowledge of the facts is necessary to do the more complicated math problems in our chapters.

In 6th grade math we finished our algebra unit.  We will start our integer unit.  Students will add, subtract, multiply and divide integers.  They need to have strong fact recall to succeed!  Extra help is Wednesday morning at 8 AM.  No extra help on Wednesday, December 9th.  Please focus on Y for IXL.

The 5th grade is about to finish their first fraction chapter.  They will start adding and subtracting fractions next.  We will finish off the fractions unit shortly after Christmas break.  Extra help is Monday mornings at 8 AM.  Please focus on F and K for IXL.

See you next year!  Mrs. Emond

 

November News

Another month of school is under our belts.  We are having a blast!  We had a crazy end to the month of October.  Mrs. Clarke rode around the school on a scooter wearing a shark costume.  It was an exciting day!  Our Halloween party was on Friday, October 30th.  We had snacks and played games.  Half of the class provided treats for the party.  Thank you to everyone who sent something in for us to share.  Don’t worry if you didn’t, your child has signed you up for Christmas.

In Religion we finished studying the Mysteries of the Rosary.  Students memorized the mysteries and took weekly quizzes on them.  We continue our study of the Old Testament focusing on the patriarchs of our faith.  For the month of November, the religion chapters are 8, 9, and 10.

We will complete lessons 9, 10, 11, and 12 during November.  Weekly work includes writing the list three times, book work, and an activity.  All work is due on Thursday.  Tests are Fridays.  Students should be studying for spelling using www.spellingcity.com.

Students are working hard at completing their October book report.  They will describe the characters, plot, and summary of their science fiction or mystery book.  These are the same themes we are working on in our literature book.

Sixth grade begins the order of operations section of our class text.  PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) should be running through their minds.  They will also complete an in-class project on PEMDAS.  Extra help takes place on Wednesday mornings at 8 AM.   Students should complete section O at www.ixl.com/signin/stchris.

Fifth grade begins a lengthy fractions unit.  Prime numbers, prime factorization, simplest form, and mixed numbers will be discussed.  Extra help takes place on Monday mornings at 8 AM.  Students should complete section K at www.ixl.com/signin/stchris.

We look forward to meeting with our buddies again.  We will complete a Thanksgiving craft with them.  Parent/teacher conferences are on the 17th of this month.  I will send out a reminder notice closer to the date.  I look forwarding to sitting down and speaking with all of you.

 
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