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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.

February News from 6E

To close January 6E and 1M prepared the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Monday the 26th.  Everyone did an outstanding job.  Our annual Spelling Bee for the 5th and 6th grade was also held on Monday.  6E was represented by Joshua, Danny, Molly, Sam, and Ria.  In an intense matchup Charlene from 6W was declared the St. Christopher School Spelling Bee Champion and will represent St. Christopher School in the State Championship in March.

As a result of snow days, Catholic Schools Week continues into February.   On Tuesday we had our Day of Faith.  We decorated our bulletin board with a little red school house and inspirational quotes from our patron saint, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

On Wednesday the 4th we will have Spirit Day.  Students will come to school in their favorite St. Christopher shirt.  We will also write paragraphs about why we love St. Chris.  We will have ice cream sundaes thanks to the hot lunch program.  Yummy!

On the 5th of February grades 4 to 6 will go on the much-loved ice skating field trip to the Conway Arena.  What a treat!

In Spelling we will cover lessons 21, 22 and 23.  Don’t forget to study the words each week.  The words can be tricky.  If the book is forgotten at school, the list can be found at www.spellingcity.com.

In Religion we will continue studying the Old Testament.  Chapters 17, 18, and 19 will be our focus.  We will learn about prophets and proverbs.

In Literature we will continue reading My Side of the Mountain.  While reading the story and completing activities, we have also been watching the movie with our fellow classmates in 6W.  We will compare and contrast the movie and the book.

In Math the 6th grade will finish their fraction unit.  We are currently adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.  They will apply their knowledge of addition and subtraction of fractions to solving algebraic equations.  Before February is through, we will also multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers.  As a reminder extra help is every Wednesday morning at 8 AM.

The 5th grade has started their decimal unit in Math.  They will study place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals.  Extra help is every Monday at 8 AM.

What a busy month!  It is a good thing that we close the month with a much needed February Vacation.

 

January News

Brrrrrrrr….It is cold outside.  Please dress appropriately.  More than a sweatshirt is needed for outdoor recess.

6E has two Masses this month.  The first is the Epiphany Mass on January 6th.  All parents are welcome to attend.  The second Mass will be a Buddy Mass with 1M.  We will kick off Catholic School’s Week on the 26th with our Mass.  We look forward to seeing many of you.  For Religion class, we will finish chapters 15, 16, 17, and 18 in January.

The Spelling lessons for the month of January are 17, 18, 19, and 20.  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.

In Literature, we will have a class book.  More information will be given shortly.  We will continue to use our class text.  The stories for the month of January our based on fables and folklore.

6th grade Math extra help is back up and running on the 8th.  It takes place Wednesday mornings at 8 AM.  We are currently studying the fraction unit.  We will master GCF, LCM, and Prime Factorization in order to expand our fraction skills.  The students will learn the rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.  We will apply our knowledge to algebraic expressions and equations.

5th grade Math extra help is also returning.  It takes places on Monday mornings at 8 AM.  We are working on our graphing unit.  We will combine the graphing unit and the last fraction unit together for the test.  We finished multiplying and dividing fractions before vacation, but did not take the test.  After a review, we will take the test the week of the 12th.  Our next unit will be decimals.

A great conclusion to the month of January is Catholic School’s Week.  It is usually one of the students’ fondest memories.  We have many enjoyable events planned.  Keep your eye out for the Wednesday News.  It will have a schedule for the week.

 

December News

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 Tuesday, 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 a story quilt for our November book report, which will be on display after the Christmas holiday.

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 integer unit.  We will start our fraction unit beginning with divisibility rules, prime numbers, composite numbers, and greatest common factors.  They need to have strong fact recall to succeed!

The 5th grade is about to finish their last fraction chapter.  They will multiply and divide fractions.  We will finish off the fractions unit shortly after Christmas break.

See you next year!  Mrs. Emond

 
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