October 31-November 4

Happy Halloween!  Although it's a rainy, yucky night, I hope everyone was able to get out to do a little trick-or-treating!
Race for Education last week was so much fun, and Trunk or Treat was an awesome time as well. What a great week!  Thank you to Mrs. Donovan and Mrs. Nimerick for the pirate hats and eye patches!  
Speaking of...thank you for the meals - I am pretty excited about the options and the fact that they are pre-portioned to eliminate having too much on hand. Thank you for your contributions to ease what will be a long couple of weeks, with something very yummy to look forward to each day for dinner!
This week, be prepared that on Wednesday your students who wear shorts will need to be wearing long pants. A v-neck sweater or a cardigan sweater will be a must, depending on the temperature fluctuations in the building: some rooms might be a little warmer, and some areas might be a bit chillier as we head into cooler weather.  Remember that there shouldn't be bracelets, necklaces, dangling earrings, and nail polish.
November calendar items: Please note the following:
Nov. 1, Mass for All Saints Day
Nov. 2 birthdays get a dress-down day and shorts to become pants
Nov. 10th conferences in the gym (not with me, though)
Nov. 11 no school.
Nov. 14th PowerSchool portal closes
House meeting on Nov. 18th, so your student wears his/her new House t-shirt to school that day.
Nov. 22-25 no school for Thanksgiving Holidays
Dec. 2 report cards go home
I'll plan virtual and in-person conferences for Dec. 7-9.
Academically, in LA 6 the students are working on pronouns and word study. In Reading, the Kestrels are creating book talks with skits related to Gary Paulsen's Hatchet and Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins to be presented on Thursday, Nov. 3rd. It will be so much fun! The Bluebirds are studying Gary Paulsen's hilarious book Crush and looking at characterization. In Reading 7, the students are using text evidence and honing their lawyer-y persuasive skills in a Mock Trial to convict or exonerate Mr. White in The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs. In Religion, the 6th grade will complete the study guide and take the Chapter 6 test, Abraham is Our Father in Faith.
Ms. Hickey (Stuver! Stuver! Remember she is Mrs. Stuver now!) will be here on Friday to support Rm. 9 while I am out. 1991  is the last time I left a class for any type of mid-year absence, and that's because of having a baby (who will be turning 31 soon) and which was way more fun and exciting. This one is a bummer, and I appreciate all the positive prayers and good vibes coming my way (plus, those yummy dinners!) are much appreciated while I heal up and prepare to come back to school.  
Have a great week!
Mrs. Morgan