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 Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. I am excited to be teaching your child both reading and writing. We will be continuing the Empowering Writers program where the children learn strategies to improve their writing. Since the children had an extensive teaching of the writing process with Mrs. Leone, they will be using those strategies to further enhance their writing to prepare them for middle school.

 

Vocabulary Workshop is a new addition to the sixth-grade curriculum. This program will enable students to acquire the vocabulary and strategies critical for academic success in the 21st century. The children will learn words rich in context and then practice using them in engaging activities. Weekly assignments and quizzes will be given.

 

Each month, every student will be required to complete eight Kid Biz articles of their choice on Achieve 3000. At the end of the month, they will be averaged and a cumulative grade will be given, 

 

We have a classroom library where children will be able to select a "just right" book according to their level and enjoy time reading. The children will have the opportunity to read independently and develop the love of reading throughout the day. Both whole class novels and independent reading will be part of the ELA classes.

 

Please make sure to check your child's grades on Genesis as they are updated weekly.

 

 

 My number one goal for each child is to enable them to become avid readers, writers, and inquirers through a novel based curriculum. During the year, children are given the opportunity to live, work and learn as writers by observing the world around them while collecting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing well-written narrative and expository texts. While reading the many novels,the children will learn to become better thinkers and analyzers to fully understand what is being read.


We began the year with modeling the roles that will be used during literature circles. Literature circles provide the opportunity for the students to take ownership of their learning. They will participate in reflective discussions about literature within supportive group environments while developing an appreciation for the author's style and good reading strategies.
 
Birthdays will be celebrated one day per  month unless otherwise noted.  The class mothers will contact you with the information some time during your child's birthday month. Please remember that a healthy snack is required and to check the website for allowable snacks. Remember  that snacks must be approved and verified before they can be brought into the classroom, so they need to be in the office the day before they are to be served. This way we can ensure the safety of all our students with food allergies.

I am looking forward to a successful 2017-2018  school year! If there is ever a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact me at jmaikisch@roselandnjboe.org.