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Welcome to Grade 6! The
first week of the school year has swiftly gone by. The students and I have adjusted well to the
beginning of the new academic year.
. I greatly appreciate the
students’ cooperative disposition. We
are already off and running…I can only imagine what heights we will soar to
As your child’s teacher, I will offer encouragement and
assistance. I strongly believe that
every student is capable of learning and of achieving his or her personal
best. My role is to make this a reality
for each student. I hope to help your
child to develop strong work habits that will form a firm foundation for his or
her future academic success. As a class,
we will work hard towards creating a learning environment in which all students
feel welcomed, safe, and eager to share their knowledge. Additionally, as senior members of our school
community, the students will be given many new responsibilities and
opportunities to be leaders in our school.
This evening, I value the opportunity to meet with you and
to highlight expectations for the upcoming year. It is very important for us to
work together as a team to provide an atmosphere for the children which
encourages active learning, comfort, and success. I am
eager to work with you and your children to help them reach their goals and do
the best they possibly can.
My primary aim as an educator is to help your child develop
a healthy and positive self-concept as part of the educational and growing
process. Every child is a unique gift
from God, each possessing his / her own special talents. I wish to instill in all of my students the
values of responsibility and perseverance in all aspects of their lives. Working together, the students and I hope to
create a Christ-centered atmosphere within which each child will be challenged,
respected, and loved.
Expectations of Students
treat others with respect and consideration
- to be
active participants in the faith community, within and outside of school
demonstrate increasing independence and to be responsible for themselves
demonstrate good leadership
work diligently and quietly during independent seat work making
productive use of class time
work cooperatively with others and offer assistance when the need is
submit all work in a neat and legible manner to write their name, number
and date on all work, and format their work according to the expectations
outlined in class
maintain organized notebooks and binders
complete assignments without simple spelling and grammatical errors
read-over and edit their written work
hand in all assignments on time, or bring a note (written by the student,
but signed by the parent to explain a valid reason for incomplete work)
accept consequences for incomplete work.
resubmit assignments which are handed in incomplete or have not met
complete corrections for their assignments and submit them to their
take pride in their work and perform it to the best of their abilities
As a class, we will be working together to create a
classroom constitution. This is a series
of promises that the children will make to themselves, to each other, and to
God. These rules and expectations will
provide a safe, successful, and creative learning environment. Above all, students are expected to take
full responsibility, put their best effort into all that they do, and ensure
that their work is always representative of their best effort.
This year, in grade 6, your child will be given increased
independence, both inside and outside of school. He or she will be encouraged and expected to
accept responsibility for his or her choices, actions, words, and yes, acts of
Open communication between parents
and teachers is extremely important as we both work together for the benefit of
your child. Please feel free to contact
me by phone or email if there is something that concerns you. You are also welcome to schedule an appointment
with me at any time if you have any questions regarding your child. Always remember that we are working as a
team: teacher, parent, and child!
Please ensure that the office is
informed in writing and kept up-to-date of any medical changes in your child’s
Since we are a "nut-aware” school and do have students in our classroom
who have allergies to nuts, we kindly request that any treats sent to school
for birthday celebrations are in fact free of nuts and nut-products.
The planner is intended to assist your child with developing
time management skills and responsibility.
Your child will record his / her homework and responsibilities for a
particular day, including assignments that were completed during class time. If
an assignment was already completed in class, the student is to put a checkmark
beside it. Please check your child’s
planner each night to ensure all work is completed. If the work has been completed (accuracy and
quality), please sign / initial your child’s planner. Planners are checked periodically (spot checks) by
Assignments are recorded in two columns in the agenda: one
for assignments that are due the next day, the other for reminders of upcoming
assignments or responsibilities. In the
"Reminder” column, due dates are recorded in brackets.
Intermediate students should be completing approximately 30
to 60 minutes of homework each night.
However, homework will vary according to the amount of class time that
your child chooses to use wisely and productively. The purpose of homework assignments is
complete work not completed during the school day
provide extension and/or reinforcement of concepts
help the children continue to develop successful study habits
Thirty (30) minutes of reading should be completed on a
daily basis (and recorded onto a reading log which is collected every two
weeks). Generally, students are provided
time in class for silent reading which may count towards this time.
Individual and group projects will be assigned throughout
the year (long-term projects). Criteria
sheets that identify due dates will be sent home for parent signature.
* If a situation arises where homework cannot be completed,
please send a note with your child explaining the reason as to why it could not
be completed. Your child should give me
the note before the start of classes. If
possible, your child may report to school early the next day to complete the
unfinished work prior to the start of the school day.
All homework assignments are expected to be handed in the
morning of the due date by 9:10 am. Any
assignments turned in after I have collected the class’ work are considered
late. Therefore late penalties will
apply, particularly to major assignments:
- - 1%
if the assignment if handed in later that day
- - 5%
for each additional day after the due date
Without a justifiable, written excuse from the parent, your
child’s final mark for any assignment submitted past the deadline will be
subject to late penalties.
Homework notices are issued for "work owing” to the teacher. Students are expected to complete any
outstanding assignments / corrections and submit them to the teacher along with
the signed homework notice by 9:00 am the next morning.
I am always available to help your child. In addition to recess and lunch, I am willing
to make time before school (between 7:45 am and 8:25 am) or after school, as
long as the student/parent have made prior arrangements with me. At times throughout the year , I will also
schedule sessions for extra help (tutorials on specific concepts) which
students are invited to attend.
If for some reason your child is away from school, he / she
is responsible for completing the work they have missed, collecting notices and
asking for clarification on any new lessons.
In order to support your child, a student in the class (a study buddy) will
be assigned the job of recording missed work, notices, etc. and gathering all
of the necessary materials. An extension
of due dates may be provided depending on the circumstances.
Students may ask for permission to use the phone to make necessary
calls home, for instance to report illness, but not to ask if they can
go to another student’s house after school or because they have forgotten their
homework or gym strip at home, for example.
Enrichment in the Classroom
An enrichment center is located in the classroom. Students who have completed daily class
assignments will be encouraged to earn bonus credit by completing activities in
the core subject areas. Assignments will
be checked for accuracy and quality and then placed in the student’s
Referral to the Enrichment Program led by Mrs. Auld will be
based on ability and merit (willingness to take on extra work, enthusiasm for
the subject matter), as well as space availability. Students will have to earn a spot and
will be required to "apply” for a position in the program.
Extended Learning Opportunities
Many opportunities for learning such as outside of school
and in-class field trips, as well as guest speakers. will be arranged
throughout the year. This year, among
the field trips will be a visit to the Planetarium.
In addition, the students of Grade 6 will have the
opportunity to participate in a Babysitters / First Aid Course, as well as
participate in the Street Smarts (a set of lessons to teach your child about
the dangers of drug addiction).
Curriculum-based In class Programs
Mrs. de Jager will work with the students once a week during
a Language Arts block to teach reading
skills. Mrs. de Jager’s program will
focus on a variety of reading-related skills in the non-fiction genre and will
include novel studies and book report projects.
As for myself, I will work with the students to teach them reading
skills in the non-fiction genre.
On most Fridays (except when there is a Spelling test),
there will be a weekly quiz based on
concepts that have been covered in the week(s) before. Generally, the quiz will cover concepts from
the core subject areas.
and vocabulary development will be integrated into the children’s
assignments. Specific word lists that
the children will be responsible for learning will be distributed at least
twice a month. A spelling test based on
the word list will take place on the Friday of the week in which a word list
was distributed. Generally, there will
be 18 Core words on the list that the students will need to study, as well as
an additional 2 Challenge/Bonus words.
Parents will receive notice for major tests. Students will also
receive / create a study guide to assist them in their test preparation.
and project evaluations must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to
me. If a student has errors on a test,
he or she will be required to complete the corrections on a separate piece of
paper. These corrections should be
stapled to the original test when returned to the teacher. Once the tests (or project evaluations) have
been checked for parent signatures (and
corrections), they will be returned to the students to file in their
Other in-class programs:
Classroom Reading Challenge (completion of book profiles)
of the Week
The Editing Process
Students are expected to read over and edit their written
work in green pen.
Significance of ink colours used in Grade 6:
for day to day work
for self-editing written work
for student (self / peer) marking
Pink - designated for the teacher
When editing a written assignment done on the computer, students are
asked to print off the draft of their assignment (which is to be
double-spaced), edit it in green ink and submit for their teacher’s
The letter grades that your child receives will reflect to
what degree he or she has met specific criteria, as stipulated by the
Provincial Learning Outcomes. Whenever
possible, Ministry created performance standards will be used to grade student
work. These standards will be reviewed
with the students.
Please note that letter grades are based on a number of
performance in class (discussion, group work, class activities)
self-evaluation / peer-evaluation
and project work
Schedule of Specialty Classes
Daily Physical Activity
Formal Phys. Ed classes (full gym strip
DPA Fitness Blocks
(running shoes required)
Monday, Tuesday, Friday
with Mr. Zucchetto
with Mdme. Ponis
with Ms. Ranallo
Reading Block with Mrs. de Jager
with Mrs. de Jager
with Mrs. Auld
(Library books are due back at school on Thursday)
with Ms. Ranallo
v Immunizations: Immunizations take place in the Grade 6 year
(co-ordinated by the local health authority).
& Grade 6 Buddies: As you may
know, the Grade 6 students are paired with students from Kindergarten. Every two weeks, the buddies gather together
to engage in fun learning activities.
Please note that although our Holy
Cross Community is a very generous one, we want to prevent families from feeling
the pressure to exchange gifts between the K & 6 buddies at different times
during the school year (such as birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, end
of the year, etc.) To this end, the
Kindergarten teachers and I will plan for just one formal gift-exchange between
the K & 6 buddy classes in the school year: at Christmas. Details regarding this gift-exchange will
be forth-coming once we approach that season.
for High-School: Next year in
Grade 7, your child will be required to make a decision as to where he / she
would like to attend high-school. In
light of this, you and your child are
strongly encouraged to attend as many "Open Houses” hosted by local high
schools within (or outside of) our system this year in order to familiarize
yourselves with what the different high-schools have to offer.
Please note that many of the
high-schools may require copies of your child’s report card(s) from Grade 6, in
addition to those from Grade 7, as part of the application process.
Dates to Note…
Grade 6 Masses: September
May – the exact date is yet to be determined
Thank you in advance for your time, cooperation, and
support. If you have any questions,
comments, or concerns throughout the year, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to a positive and productive
Miss Charlaine Francis
Grade 6 Teacher & Vice Principal
Christian Education (Religion)
Our overall Archdiocesan theme for the year is: "Care for Everyone in our Common Home.”
The textbook that we will be using is from the Christ Our
Life Series: God Calls a People
Focus: Old Testament
Health Education (part of the "Physical and Health
integrated into the other subject areas
Focus: healthy living, mental health well-being, substance
abuse prevention, safety and injury prevention, puberty
Students will participate in the following two courses:
- St. John’s Ambulance
baby-sitting and first aid course
Smarts (drug abuse resistance education)
* Generally integrated into the other subject areas
Focus: effective work
habits and study skills, goal-setting and decision-making, interpersonal
skills, conflict resolution, and career development
Reading is an important part of all subject areas. A variety of literature will be used to
complement various themes: anthologies,
grade-level appropriate picture books, short stories, novels and, of course,
textbooks and reference material for content reading.
The students will be engaged in learning the Reading Power
strategies as we explore various types of literature.
The novels studied this year include: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A
Bridge to Terabithia, Number the Stars
30 minutes of daily reading is required. Parents are asked to initial entries in their
child’s reading log.
Writing: The overall
writing process (pre-writing, drafting, editing, proofreading, publishing and
presenting) will be explored. Students
will learn more about good sentence and paragraph construction, as well as
various styles of writing: narrative,
descriptive, persuasive, and expository.
Some types of writing that your child will be engaged in this year
include anecdotes, short stories, opinion / persuasive writing, and research
Listening and Speaking: Various listening and speaking experiences
will be provided. Students will also be
involved in choral reading, oral reading, discussions, presentations and drama.
Makes Sense Program will be used, as well as Journeys 6 and additional handouts to supplement lessons.
Some concepts that will be covered are: patterns, number concepts, number operations
(addition, subtraction, division, multiplication), decimals, fractions,
probability, measurement, geometry, graphing, estimation, problem solving, and
Some units that will be covered include: Mapping, Global Citizenship, Protection of
Human Rights, the United Nations and international cooperation, Global Poverty
and Inequality, Government Systems, Ways of Life in Other Countries, Globalization,
Economic Interdependence, Natural
Resource Management & other Challenges Facing the World Today
Some units that will be covered include: Exploring Extreme Environments (Space), Human
Body Systems (excretory, hormonal, and nervous), Forces & Motion
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
* Integrated across the curriculum, particularly in Science
Topics explored: Digital
Literacy; Media Arts, Robotics
Students will be creating digital portfolios this year to
help showcase their learning.
A variety of mediums and artists will be explored. Art will also be incorporated into the other
A variety of drama-related learning opportunities will be
integrated across the curriculum.
* Exploration of the First Peoples’ Principles and
Perspectives will be explored throughout the entire curriculum, as will the
Principles of Catholic Education.