Weekly RemindersPosted by Jen Kravitz on 6/12/2019
Dear Parents and Families,Happy last week of school! I hope you all are having an enjoyable week. I just wanted to take a moment to tell you a few reminders for the end of the week.
1) Please send your students with extra bags for the next two days, so that they can take home all of their belongings.2) We are going to Lake Bomoseen tomorrow for all out day. Students will need the following items for the day:swim suit, towel, sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle, purple form (if they plan on swimming), snack3) Graduation is at 1pm on Friday. Any family members and friends are invited to attend. Students have been practicing their speeches this week and have been reflective in their growth over their time at Cornwall school. Encourage your student to practice their speech to you before Friday. The more practice the better!4) If your student has a copy of Confessions of a Former Bully, If I Ever Get Out of Here, or Reformed please bring it to school asap. We are still missing several of these books and they were brand new this year. It would be a real disappointment to lose them.Thanks so much for reading and hope to see you all at graduation.Warmly,Margaret
Weekly UpdatePosted by Jen Kravitz on 6/6/2019
Dear 6th grade parents and families,I just wanted to update you all on a few things.1) Please remind your student to bring a water bottle and a snack to class each day so that they can stay happy, hydrated and fed.2) If your student has a copy of Reformed, If I Ever Get Out of Here or Confessions of a Former Bully at home please bring those into school. We are missing several copies of each of the books. These books were new this year and thus need to be located, so they can be used again with future classes.3) Graduation will start at 1pm on the 14th (the last day of school). Friends and family are welcome to attend. Students will each be doing a 3-4 minute speech at graduation to highlight their special moments of their time at Cornwall school. If you have questions or concerns about your student's speech please do not hesitate to let me know.4) All out day is Thursday the 13th at Lake Bomoseen. FOCS will provide lunch on this day.5) Remind students that they have a week left together. Encourage them to cherish this week and remind them to be respectful to each other and adults, so that we have the opportunity to do some fun outdoor celebrations together before the year is over.Thanks for your support and hope you are well!
Weekly UpdatePosted by Jen Kravitz on 5/28/2019
Dear 6th grade parents and families,I hope you all had a great long weekend. I just wanted to send an update about some upcoming events and some important things we will be working on in class in the coming days. I know your child is likely feeling very ready for the middle school, but it is key that in these last few weeks of school they continue getting lots of good sleep and eating well, so that we can have thoughtful closure to the end of our school year.That being said we have again run out of extra snacks for the class. If you have a moment and are at the store it would be great if you could pick something up for the group. We would really appreciate it.On Thursday we will be going to Spring into the Arts at the college. This should be a very fun and exciting day. We will be seeing our band, our show chorus and doing a workshop with Courageous Stage (who we did Shakespeare with earlier in the year), among other fun activities. Please be sure to remind your child to sign up for lunch tomorrow if they wish to have a bag lunch on Thursday. It will also be important that students bring jackets to this event as we may be going on a whole school TAM walk after the workshops are complete.All 6th grade students have completed SBAC testing. We are in the midst of completing our FAST assessments as well as some F and P reading assessments. Please remind your student to be patient during this assessment process and to bring good snacks each day, so they are well energized.Friday is Lauren's last day with us at Cornwall school. We will be celebrating her time tomorrow at All School Meeting. Be sure to stop by and say goodbye to her before Friday.In math we just finished up our geometry unit and will be delving back into algebra. We will be looking into inequalities and sequences.We are also working on persuasive writing and have been writing letters to the new Cornwall principal, convincing her why next years 6th grade class should go to KEEC.In science we are continuing to learn about plate tectonics and geology. Today we spent some time thinking about the major tectonic plates and why they are located where they are.Students will begin work on their graduation speeches this week as well. For homework they are to watch a TED Talk from the list they were given to gain some inspiration for writing their own speech.Thank you for your continued support and as always let me know if you have any questions.Thanks
Fun Run UpdatePosted by Jen Kravitz on 5/28/2019
Dear 6th grade parents and families,
The 6th grade Fun Run is quickly approaching. They should all be coming home with a flyer in their backpacks today with the details. The run is on Ridge Rd. this coming Sunday, June 2nd at 3pm. A parent volunteer sign-up went out yesterday, I am hoping that many of you can help out.
Your kids signed up for jobs today. Please check over their job assignment and let Jessie know if they are not going to be there. If you don’t see your child’s name this is because they didn’t think they would be there. If they are available just let me or Jessie know what job they would like to do.
6th graders are not going to be participating in the race, they are helping to run the event. If there is a group who is motivated when the race is complete we can reset the clock and do a timed 1 mile 6th grade race after the event, around 5pm. Some of them seemed really excited about this idea today.
Job Assignments –
Lead biker – Gavin – Bike just ahead of the first runner, clear the road, let people know racers are coming and turn around at the 2mile turn-around. All racers stay to the right of the road. Gavin also volunteered to bring finish line “tape” which we will also lie down as the start line and a air horn for start. He could also make sign for his bike that says Lead Biker if he would like to.
Bib Decorating Station – George – help kids decorate bibs, markers will be provided by school.
Aid Station – Indy, Alex, Alexis This will be set up in the Gene’s driveway, near Alex’s house. They will use a table from Alex’s house. They will have small cups and water. They will need a trash can and bag. The kids will pass out water, encourage runners and help set-up and clean up. If there is a possibility of a hose if it is hot that would be great.
Registration Helpers – Ava, Clara, Ronan – Mark people’s bibs with a Red 1 for 1 mile, Blue 2 for 2 mile and Green 3 for 3 mile/5k.
Sweeper – Ronan and Aven – follow behind last runners, encourage them along.
Finish Line – Tucker, Clara, Ava – pass out untapped maple, record times, call people’s names out, high fives, direct to water and snacks
Bake Sale – Ryan – Ryan volunteered to run the bake sale and Clara, George, Alex and Ronan all said they thought they could bring items to sell at the bake sale. Let me know if this is possible. We are planning all items for $1. If a bake sale is too much to add on we could skip it but the kids seemed excited about the idea.
Please help us spread the word. Walkers and all ages encouraged! Any questions/concerns just let me know.
Thank youPosted by Jen Kravitz on 5/19/2019
Dear Parents and Families,Thank you so much for sending your student to KEEC. I think it was a really valuable experience for everyone. Students were able to start new relationships with friends from other schools while exploring: Mt. Moosalamoo, early industries of the Salisbury area, canoeing, rock climbing and much more. Please ask your child to tell you about their experience, I'm sure they have a fun story to share. I saw students reflect in a very deep and honest way at the end of camp. The following are some of the amazing learnings they shared with me:-I made it a week without electronics and now I am really going to miss talking to real people. I feel lonely now.-Wow, I had no idea that I would be able to make it a whole week sleeping somewhere other than my house.-I really want to hike some more with my family.I couldn't help but see many connections to our IB curriculum through these thoughts. I saw students being open minded, taking risks, caring for each other and most of all being inquirers. This was so refreshing and positive!Thank you to those of you who stopped by while we were at KEEC. I really appreciate that you all were able to stay in the cabins with us for a night or two.It would be great if students could bring their KEEC journal to school tomorrow. I just want us to have some time to share things from the week. Also please remind your student to bring in their earth model if they forgot to prior to leaving for KEEC.I hope you all are having a great weekend and that students were able to get some good rest for the weeks ahead.Thanks for your support,Margaret
Weekly UpdatePosted by Jen Kravitz on 4/29/2019
Dear 6th grade parents and families,I hope you all had a great end to the break and that students can get some rest tonight for the week ahead. I just wanted to remind everyone of a few things that will be happening over the course of this week.1) Activity night is on Friday May 3rd from 6 to 8:30 pm. I will need parent help with this tomorrow afternoon in class, Thursday afternoon in class and Friday afternoon in class, as well as Friday during the actual event. Please let me know if you can help at any of these times. I will be sending out an email later in the week with specific adult jobs that need to be done during the event on Friday. Students signed up this afternoon to bring specific foods to sell at activity night. If for some reason you are not able to bring what your student signed up for, do not worry about it, we will make do. If your student did not sign up to bake something and you would like to feel free to email me and tell me what you are making and we will add it to the list. Thank you!Popcorn-Chips-Lemonade-Brownies-Chocolate o pop-Cookies-Cupcakes-Macaroons-E2) KEEC-A health form was sent home today along with information about our KEEC trip and a background check form if you are going to be volunteering with us. Please make sure the green health form comes back to school this week. If you are volunteering please make sure the yellow background check form comes back to us this week as well.3) Students start SBAC on Wednesday. They will be doing the ELA section of the test this week and the math section of the test next week. Please be sure to send your student with several snacks each testing day and make sure they get a good night sleep, so they can do their best.4) Students are working on a tessellation project for homework this week. This is their only homework for the week and should be a fun and creative assignment. If they are having trouble please let me know, I am happy to help!Thanks for reading and hope you have a great week!Margaret
Weekly UpdatePosted by Jen Kravitz on 4/1/2019
Dear Parents and Families,There is lots of news to share from the sixth grade classroom! The first bit is concerning the upcoming conferences that will occur on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. The class will begin preparing for the student led meetings tomorrow and they will continue reflecting on their work throughout the coming days. This will be an opportunity to share recent work samples and more importantly celebrate all of the progress and learning that has been made so far this year. Attached is a document where you can sign up for a conference time slot of 30 minutes. I look forward to seeing you next week.Last week, we began a new algebra unit that focuses on order of operations, expressions and equations. Students had a great time coming up with fun ways to use PEMDAS in their work today.Our current reading books are well under way and one group is working on a skit to show what they have learned. Students are grappling with the concept of bullying and are thinking about people who have been bullied, people who have been bystanders or people who have been victims in given situations. It is my hope that discussing this content now will help students more effectively advocate for themselves and others in middle school. Students have been working to make inferences and identify point of view as well. Part of the culminating project of these book groups will be for students to create a persuasive essay to a school board about a bullying prevention policy they would like to create.We are also beginning our Who We Are IB unit which will be focused on the colonization of Africa. We have begun by discussing the essence of culture and looking at different maps of Africa to compare important characteristics such as but not limited to: tribal boundaries, current country boundaries, religious boundaries, and European colonization. The final project of this unit will be for students to make a collage of important documents, quotes, maps and photos about what they learned.One more thing... Bingo and the spaghetti supper have been rescheduled for this Friday evening. I hope that you will be able to come and support these two initiatives that will help fund the Farm To School Program and the intermediate level field trips.As always, thank you for your support,Margaret
RemindersPosted by Jen Kravitz on 3/18/2019
Dear 6th Grade Parents and Families,Happy Monday! I wanted to let you know a few reminders.1) If anyone can bring in some extra snacks for the group that would be much appreciated. We have run out.2) Bingo night is Friday and we need prizes. If you have prizes to donate please bring them in anytime this week.3) I will be gone this week Thursday and Friday at an IB training in Dover, VT. Stephanie will be the sub.4) The class is interested in doing the play Piggy Pie. This play is based off of the book by the same name. If this play is going to happen I would need some parent volunteers to come in and help us make set pieces and costumes. If you are interested please let me know.Have a great day and see you this evening!
Weekly Update ContinuedPosted by Jen Kravitz on 2/13/2019Dear Parents and Families,I just remembered one last thing. Tomorrow is also a whole school PBIS celebration. Students may wear appropriate PJs and bring a stuffy to school. Students will not be able to switch PJs with classmates.I hope students are excited!MargaretP.S We will also have some hot chocolate!
Weekly UpdatePosted by Jen Kravitz on 2/13/2019
Dear Parents and Families,I hope you all are enjoying this snow day! I just wanted to remind you all of a few things for tomorrow and Friday.1) Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. We will be having a short celebration in the afternoon, in which students will be able to give cards and treats to their friends and make a craft with Mrs. Phinney. If your student would like to bring in valentines they must make one for everyone in the class. I would really encourage students to write thoughtful cards, instead of bringing lots of sugary treats.2) I wanted to let you all know that we are in the process of trying a new homework system. With this new system all of the homework will be sent home at the beginning of the week and is then due on Friday morning, when students arrive at school. This is so students can budget their time how they want to, given that I know some nights of the week are very busy for them. The expectation is that an adult is still signing their planner everyday, so that I can tell they at least had a conversation with you about the school day and their work. If you have any questions or concerns about this please let me know.3) Tomorrow morning we will be skiing again at Rikert. Please remember to have your student bring all of their snow gear, so that they stay warm! On Friday morning please remind your student that their entryway cubby needs to be empty when they leave school.4) Friday the 15th I will be gone at my resilience class in Burlington. Connie will be the sub. Monday the 25th I will be gone for a family matter. Stephanie will be the sub. Please remind your child that our classroom expectations will remain the same on both of these days.Thank you all for your support and I hope you are having a great day!