Dear 6th Grade Families,
I hope that you are all enjoying the summer break so far. Before I begin my second day at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Catholic School Advancement Conference, I wanted to take a moment to issue one last newsletter before we get too far into the summer.
I want to thank all of you: students, parents, and fellow teachers & staff members for an outstanding school year. Everyone contributed to our fifth graders making the transition into middle school, and I am proud of all that they have achieved. You have an amazing group of children; I am proud of each and every one of them.
We had a great last month of school together with our field trip, end of exam lunches, and end of the the year activities, which included field day, Kindergarten graduation, St. Ignatius Pictionary, whole- class capture the flag, a break-out activity, and a slideshow. Pictures from these events as well as a copy of the slideshow can be found on the 5th grade page of the school website.
Congratulations to Bradley and Paige who were recognized as our Disciples of the Month for June. Congratulations as well to Maddie and Peter who were recognized for having the highest academic averages, and to Kelly and Nicholas who were recognized for putting forth outstanding, all-around effort in the areas of faith, academic, and service.
Thank you to Mrs. Bontempo and Mrs. Goldner for serving as our room parents this year and to everyone who contributed to our class parties by volunteering your time or sending in items.
I also appreciate those of you who served as chaperones on our June field trip: Mrs. Bontempo, Mrs. de Jesus, Mr. Deeds, Mrs. Eliason, Mrs. Falkenstein, Mrs. Flatley, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Larr, Mr. Merrick, Mrs. Patrick, Mrs. Perales, & Mrs. Sullivan. It was a joy to take the students to the city and experience the Cathedral Basilica and Reading Terminal Market with the 5th graders and all of you.
The summer assignments and supply list for 6th grade can be found on the Back to School page. Please note that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all 6th graders to have a physical exam, and the form for your child's pediatrician can also be found on the Back to School page.
Though this is goodbye for homeroom, I look forward to teaching your children next year in 6th grade ELA and social studies. I am excited about exploring ancient history in social studies and continuing to build the students' reading, writing, and communication skills. The 6th graders spend 1/3 of their week in my classroom, and I am committed to providing an outstanding middle school experience for them.
Curriculum wise, please note that we change reading series in 6th grade; This is on top of changing from Storytown to Journeys (which is very difficult at the fifth grade level, having been used to another way of doing things since kindergarten). However, I have guided students through this transition for quite a few years now, and I am confident that the students will enjoy the stories in their new textbook (it is very heavy and is probably the first textbook with more than 1,000 pages, but it is available online and never needs to be taken home). I also provide space in the 5th grade classroom so that all of the ELA and social studies textbooks are stored in my classroom.
I will be at school through June 30th, and then I will be on vacation until July 24th. If you have any questions of need any assistance, please do not hesitate to call or email. I wish you all a safe, happy, and enjoyable summer; see you at Mass and in September.