Mrs. Carroll's Classroom

5th & 6th Grade
Sherry Carroll
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"Walk with your feet on Earth, but your heart be in heaven." 

-St. John Bosco

 

Feb 01

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St. Maximilian Kolbe School is a Catholic community where all members are dedicated to the total development of each child

, thus providing the foundation for a Spirit-filled and sacramental life.

6th Grade Newsletter

January Christian Value: Charity

Dear Parents,

As we enter the second half of our school year, the students will be learning a variety of formal writing techniques, including friendly letters, argumentative writing, and research essays. We are currently working on perfecting the primary components of formal writing – topic sentences, descriptive/sensory details, concluding statements, and citations. As with all formal writing, students will use the five steps of the writing process to polish their work. While some of the writing will be hand written, most will need to be typed using Google Docs. Google applications are used extensively in upper middle and high school, and I want to be certain students are comfortable with keyboarding. 

 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Monday: Phy. Ed. & Science Post Lab

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Phy. Ed.

Thursday: Music, Band Lessons

Friday: Mass, Music, Adoration, & Science Lab

 

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

 

RELIGION: Completed “God Leads His People”

MATH: Improper Fraction & Mixed Number Conversion

READING: Literary Skill: Analyzing Events in a Text

ü  Text Structure

ü  Close Reading & Critical Thinking

GRAMMAR: Continued Topic Sentence Practice

WRITING: Formal Writing Unit – Paragraph Structure

SOCIAL STUDIES: Begin Ch. 6: “The Land Changes Hand”

SCIENCE:  Investigating Heat – Heat & the Body 

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!

Hooray for Catholic schools! Catholic Schools Week kicks off with Mass this weekend, along with breakfast sponsored by Catholic United Financial after the 8:00 and 10:30 Masses this Sunday. We have some awesome service projects and fun events planned. Please see this weeks “Messenger” for details. I also have several in-class activities and lessons planned. 

LITURGICAL CALENDAR PROJECT

Students received information this week pertaining to a Liturgical Calendar they need to create. This is a large project and will have an impact on their religion grade. I expressed the importance of independently putting quality time into this project to create a unique and colorful 2D/3D display. It’s okay to consult, but please allow your child to complete this project using their own brains (please let me know if we can help with materials). The details, including requirements and rubric, have been given to each student. This activity is due next Thursday, February 4th

Many Blessings,   

Mrs. Carroll

Jan 26

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6th Grade Newsletter

January Christian Value: Charity

Week of January 18th – 22nd  

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, the students visited the Delano Senior Center for a friendly game of cribbage with the area seniors. Father Nathan also showed up to get in on the action. It looks as though everyone had a great time – students and seniors alike! Once again, the students impressed me with their manners and high level of respect during the entire visit. Their cribbage skills were impressive, as well. I admit I was a bit nervous when we started this venture, as several of the students didn’t know how to shuffle or deal cards. Their hard work paid off – by the end of our visit, many of the seniors were inquiring as to if we could return next month. What a perfect way to start off our Year of Mercy!

 

SCHEDULE

Monday: Phy. Ed. & Science Post Lab

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Phy. Ed.

Thursday: Music, Band Lessons

Friday: Mass, Music, Adoration, Benediction

             and Science Lab

 

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

RELIGION: “Moses & The Great Exodus”

MATH: Cribbage Practice, Senior Center Visit

READING: Literary Skill: Character Perspective

              • Point of View Analysis, Discussion
              • Readers Theater Performances

GRAMMAR: Effective Paragraphs

WRITING: Begin Formal Writing Unit

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Finished Ch. 5: “The Fur Trade”

SCIENCE:  Investigating Heat – Chemical Reactions

 

MID-TERM PROGRESS REPORTS

Progress reports for the 2nd trimester will be coming home this week. As with all trimester progress reports, please keep in mind this report is just a snapshot of your child’s progress and doesn’t necessarily reflect the final grade. There are only a handful of grades in at this point; therefore, if a student doesn’t do well on a test or fails to hand in an assignment, the overall grade can be greatly affected.  That being said….

 

TUTORING ASSISTANCE

I will be contacting several of you to offer after-school tutoring services in various subjects. It’s critical (and a personal passion of mine) that all students understand specific core skills, and there just isn’t enough time during the day to pull students aside for repeated reteaching sessions. I’m planning to offer individual and small-group tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-3:10 in my classroom. 

 

Many Blessings,   

Mrs. Carroll

Jan 15

 

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6th Grade Newsletter

January Christian Value: Charity

Week of January 11th - 15th 

Dear Parents,

I have to start my newsletter with yet another reason why I love being a Catholic schoolteacher. As I was making my way to the office during my prep time, I was halted by a beautiful sound coming from the girls’ bathroom – our Adoration song “Jesus We Adore You” was being sung with love and emotion by one of our kindergarteners, loud enough to be heard in Mrs. Barten’s office. It’s moments like this that reaffirm the unique beauty of our school!

The 6th grade students finished up their roller coaster STEAM activity with incredible results! We learned the thrill of success, along with the frustration of failed tests. In the end, the students demonstrated their finished coasters (along with a mini lesson in gravity and energy) to the younger grade students, who were both amazed and inspired.  In science, we continue using our knowledge of energy as we investigate heat. Each Friday afternoon finds us in the Science Lab, where 14 young scientists, complete with lab coats, are actively learning through hands-on experimentation.

SCHEDULE

Monday – Phy. Ed. & Science Post Lab

Tuesday – Library

Wednesday – Phy. Ed.

Thursday – Music, Band Lessons

Friday – Mass, Music, Adoration, and Science Lab

 

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

RELIGION: “God Leads His People”

MATH: Factor Trees, Cribbage Practice

READING: Literary Skill: Character Perspective

  • Point of View Analysis, Discussion
  • Readers Theater

GRAMMAR: Combining Sentences; Conjunctions

WRITING: Journal Entries, Perspective Paragraphs

SOCIAL STUDIES:  “The Fur Trade”

SCIENCE:  Investigating Heat

 

POWDER RIDGE

Once again, the Powder Ridge field trip was a great success. I couldn’t believe how quickly the students finished their instruction and were on the chair lifts! Many students expressed an interest in joining Blizzard, a local skiing club that travels to various resorts in the area.

CRIBBAGE

We travel to the senior center this coming Wednesday for some healthy Cribbage competition with the seniors. While we’ve been practicing on and off in class, the students were instructed before Christmas break that they were to routinely practice at home – with a partner, or online via the app installed on their Chromebooks. Students who are not prepared to play Cribbage will need to stay behind at St. Max with Mrs. Calice.

Enjoy your weekend. Stay warm! Stay safe!!

God's Blessings,   

Mrs. Carroll

St. Maximilian Kolbe School is a Catholic community where all members are dedicated to the total development of each child, thus providing the foundation for a Spirit-filled and sacramental life.

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