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01. Week of August 28th, 2017

Hi Parents/Guardians, 

The new school year is upon us, and your child has made the exciting transition to middle school.  My name is Bridget Welsh, and I am your child's English Language Arts teacher.  I really enjoyed meeting each of my new students over the first three days of school, and I look forward to meeting and working with each of you throughout the school year.  Each week I will post an update of what's going on in 6th grade ELA on my teacher page (https://sites.google.com/a/sd925.org/wmshorn/). I will also periodically send updates via email, especially when there are important dates and upcoming tests or projects of which I'd like you to be aware. If any at time you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me via email or phone call.  

Here's what's going on in ELA this week: 

1. MAP testing- The students will be taking the Fall MAP test for both reading and math during ELA on Tuesday and Wednesday.  This will give us an idea of where your child is starting the year so we can best meet his or her academic needs. 

2. Independent Reading - All students will need to choose an independent reading book, fiction or nonfiction, by Thursday, 8/31.  The students will be given a chance to check books out of our school media center on Monday during class.  However, the book may also come from my classroom library, the public library, or from home.   The students will be expected to bring the book with them class every day and also home each night for 20 minutes of nightly reading.  A handout fully explaining the expectations for independent reading will be coming home on Thursday for you to look over with your child.   You will also be able to find a copy in the digital File Cabinet on my website. 

3. Writing Workshop - The students will be setting up their writing notebooks this week and getting started with some activities to prepare them for narrative memoir writing. 

4. Scholastic Book orders-  Book orders were passed out last week and are due back to school by Friday, 9/1.  There are many wonderful titles in the catalogue this month, and you'll find my recommendations below.  For anyone wishing to order online, here is the link to our classroom: https://orders.scholastic.com/GZNB6

I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to the year!  As I said before, I look forward to working with you to ensure your child has a positive and successful school year. 

Bridget Welsh 

Book Recommendations from this month's Scholastic Book Order 

- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: This nonfiction book is about a remarkable Pakistani teenager who risked her life for the right to go to school ($1)

-Refugee by Alan Gratz: This fictional book follows three different kids, all refugees, from three different moments in time. All will face unimaginable dangers—from drownings to bombings to betrayals—in search of a new land to call their home. ($8)

-Restart by Gordon Korman: This fictional book is about a boy named Chase. Chase was a real jerk—until he lost his memory. Now he's a nice guy who wants to become friends with his former victims…if they will let him! ($4)

-Brave by Sveltana Chmakova: This graphic novel follows a boy named Jensen, whose daydreaming gets put to the test by some hard realities when the stresses of middle school get totally out of control! ($9)

-Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly - This nonfiction book for young adults tells the story of the African American female mathematicians at NASA who helped put a man on the moon. ($5)