January 3, 2021 - Happy New Year!

Feast of the Epiphany
I hope that all of our students and families had a blessed, wonderful Christmas, and best wishes for a Happy New Year!  Thank you notes on the students' desks, and we should all be rested and refreshed for our return to school tomorrow. 
It will be a challenge to get back into our covid routine, beginning with checking in with the Magnus app each morning (teachers and admin are required to do it, too!) but my hope is that the students are mentally preparing already to wear their masks and gaiters appropriately through the school day without complaint, maintain their social distancing requirements, use the desk wipes and hand sanitizer without a ton of reminders, and most importantly, frequent handwashing at lunch and bathroom visits. Also - WATER BOTTLES.  Many students are having to go to Nurse Burnside to get paper cups because they don't have their water bottle.  The paper cups end up on our classroom floor instead of the trash can, and it's not very sanitary. As a reminder, the mitigation procedures require a closed water bottle, with no drinking from the water fountain. We've had lots of time at home in our own comfortable little biomes, and now, to maintain our in-person learning, we need to be extra vigilant about  health!
In 6th grade Reading, we will finish The Westing Game activities on Monday and Tuesday, work on Vocabulary in Action on Wednesday and Friday (Vocab in Action test on Friday, Unit 6 words) and Storyworks Thursday. 
In 6th grade LA, we will begin Descriptive Writing for the next two weeks, using our Voyages unit books as well as working on a Real Estate/Dream House writing assignment.  This descriptive writing assignment is a bit different from the one that I have done in the past, and I look forward to trying this new "Design a Dream House" resource. 
In 7th grade we'll work within our class novels Resistance (7-6) and Touching Spirit Bear (7-3) on Monday and Tuesday, a Quickwrite and author sharing on Wednesday, ReadTheory Thursday, and on Fridays, begin a short weekly question/answer written assessment on what we're doing/reading in class. I really miss spending more time with the 7th grade, only seeing them once per day.  Time is passing too quickly!
Have a great week!
Mrs. Morgan