January 3-6, 2023

Welcome back! It's so good to be planning to be back in school!  I hope everyone has had a wonderful, restful, and healthy holiday!
This is a relatively unremarkable week. Wednesday, January 4 is a dress-down day for January birthdays. The Asynchronous work from Dec. 19 & 20 can be turned in anytime between the return to school and January 9th.  If you donate a gift card to the Auction Committee ($20 or above in value, I think?) your student will earn a dress down on January 10th On the horizon, we have mid-year Scantron testing and mid-year Conferences, since I was not able to greet and discuss your students' progress with you at Fall Conferences.  A sign up will be included in next week's newsletter! Three will be two half day dismissals to allow faculty and staff to prep for DFE; one will be on Jan. 13th and January 27th. 
In class this week:
LA 6 will finish the Adjectives grammar unit this week as well as the Descriptive Writing project started before the holiday break. In all of the 6th grade Reading classes, we will be reading a nonfiction book, The Disappearing Spoon, by Sam Kean, Young Readers Edition. Your student will have a copy of the book, a reading schedule with page assignments for daily and weekly reading, and lessons to support reading a nonfiction book.  In Religion the students will begin Chapter 10, God Rescues the Chosen People from Slavery. We'll have a Unit 2 take-home test this week as well.
In Reading 7 for the C. S. Lewis readers, we will be moving into small Reading groups for the following books: Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate; Red Thread Sisters, by Carol Antoinette Peacock; Refugee, by Alan Gratz; The Year of Impossible Goodbyes, by Sook Nyul Choi; and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. We will also be reading Ask Me No Questions by Marina Boudhos and Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga as daily read alouds.  The books and reading/assignments schedules will be provided to each student. I am excited to get started with these wonderful books.  
Have a great week!  I hope everyone is excited to return to class tomorrow!
Mrs. Morgan