Good morning, sixth grade families! Welcome to the last week of sixth grade! It is hard to believe that we are here already, but this week marks a great milestone for our class, as they prepare to advance to the seventh grade. Sixth graders come in as very young people–very childlike in many ways–and they leave as more mature young people, on the verge of their teenage years. Our class has grown so much and become even more caring, thoughtful, faith-filled young learners who eagerly grasp new ideas and engage fully in their lessons. We can all be very proud of them!
During this busy week, we are still working! The most important dates and details follow. PARENTS ARE INVITED TO ANY AND ALL OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS!
The last school Mass of the year–9:00 on Tuesday, June 13. Please note the time change.
Shakespeare performance of scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream–Wednesday morning, 8:30 a.m. in the 6th grade classroom
End-of-Year Class Party–Sometime on Thursday. I am waiting to hear back about possible times. Please let me know if you are available that day to help us celebrate our year. I hope we can have a lunchtime party, beginning around noon and going till 2:00 pickup. We can work on crafts and have a nice lunch together. Just let me know if you can contribute anything to our celebration or if you can attend and help with the fun!
Classroom and Honors Awards–We will hold our award distribution informally in our classroom on Friday, June 16, around 8:15 a.m.
On our academic/school calendar this week, here is what we will be doing:
Religion–We will be doing a surprise project for our dads!
Spelling–We are done!
English–Students are writing a letter to the incoming 6th graders.
Literature–We are rehearsing our scenes for Shakespeare! We are also taking a sonnet quiz on Monday, and we will be reading about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Ancient Rome.
Math–We are taking our final math test on integers in algebraic equations. Students will have a chance to correct any mistakes for half credit.
Social Studies–Our Mount Vesuvius reading will be part of this unit.
Science–We will be erupting our own volcanoes on Wednesday afternoon!
Genius Hour–The final few people will be presenting their work. I hope our class continues to pursue its interests and delve deeply into the great mysteries the world has to offer!
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our parents of the wonderful sixth graders. I have thoroughly enjoyed this class, from the first moment and every moment in between! (Okay, there were a few tiny hiccups now and then, but they were rare!) I so appreciate that you have sent your child to Holy Cross School, where they are loved by all, and provided me with the great honor of being their teacher this year. It is a great honor to be part of their growth and learning. Seeing your children become active learners, more loving members of our community, and more mature thinkers who can consider others with true empathy–these are the gifts of my role as their teacher. Thank you for sharing your wonderful children. I wish you all a joyful, relaxing, and safe summer. I look forward to seeing everyone next year! (Don’t be surprised to get another message from me this week! There is a lot going on!)
With great affection,
Mrs. Nancy Cinney