Welcome new Grade 6 families! (Aug. 26th, 2016)

August 2016

Dear 6F Students (and their Parents/Guardians),

It’s almost that time…..and I am very excited to be getting ready to welcome everyone back on September 6th! Grade 6 is an important year for developing independence (e.g. organizing learning materials; keeping a daily agenda to communicate between home & school; thinking about strengths & challenges, & setting goals; celebrating personal accomplishments; continuing to develop empathy for others & being of service to others, etc.). I’m very much looking forward to being a partner with all students and their caregivers — and before you know it, we will be celebrating all of your growth together in June! I am proud of you already!

I am looking forward to hearing what everyone did this summer! I am loving every minute with my own family: camping, watching movies, making music, reading, gardening, painting rooms & furniture, and playing with our animals. Next step: I’m excited to get to know everyone a little better in our class this year!

As you all know, we have tables in our classroom (no desks) and do not have “desk space”. Students will each have a small cubby area.. I will supply shared stationary items in a cup at each table — pencil donations are always welcome to supplement our classroom supply. (Where DO all those pencils go????)

SUPPLIES – If you would like to bring items to school, these are the items that would be most useful in grade 6. (Please label the items with your name.)


  • SOFT, regular size fabric pencil case (plastic boxes are bulky)
  • Personal set of ear buds
  • Pencils
  • Pencil crayons
  • Calculator
  • Dry erase markers
  • One binder (1 ½ or 2 inch) with 5 dividers (large zip-up binders are bulky)
  • Glue stick



  • Highlighters
  • Box of tissue (for wiping your end of summer tears – LOL – just kidding. Seriously, for cold season, i.e. September – June)
  • Large noise-cancelling headphones if desired for quiet work times
  • 8 x 11 inch (or smaller) sketchbook (if you are a doodler)
  • Personal device, if desired (iPad/ tablet/keyboard, laptop)

 AGENDAS Each student will be supplied with a free Rousseau Agenda.

  • Agendas will allow for students to make personalized lists of important reminders. Students are in charge of tracking their responsibilities in our grade 6 class, and Agendas are an important tool to put students in the “driver’s seat” of their own organization.
  • Agendas will be checked daily by the teacher and are an important tool for communication between students, caregivers and the teacher. Caregivers and the teacher can communicate with each other by writing in the Agenda, too — and sometimes these handwritten notes will be seen before email is checked.

** A general list of reminders will often be posted on our class blog, but individual student lists will not always look the same, depending on many factors. Students will benefit from making their own personal daily lists, both academically and in relation to developing their Learning Skills **

DEVICES – Students are welcome to bring their own devices for learning, if they like — an iPad or other tablet with wireless keyboard & Google Docs app installed, Chromebook, Laptop, etc.. All devices & charging cords must be labelled with your name. We have several classroom devices for student use as well.
WE HAVE A RULE THAT DEVICES ARE USED FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY (= school work only). This rule is for everyone’s privacy and safety, and for maximizing everyone’s academic achievement. Any “screen time” in the classroom is classroom learning time and the teacher must always be aware of what we are using devices for. Our devices are powerful learning tools and we are so lucky to have them! (Related to this, families are always encouraged to reach students through the Office during instructional time in order to avoid distractions in the classroom.)

CURRICULUMAre you even a little bit curious about what we will be learning this year?  You can check it out anytime. Simply Google “Ontario Curriculum”, choose the subject you’d like to read about, and scroll to find the Grade 6 section.

CLASS BLOG – Be sure to click on the “Follow” link on the top right hand corner of this page & enter your email address to Subscribe & receive regular updates.

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 TWITTERAnyone can follow our class tweets @FawcettsClass , even without a twitter account

HOMEWORK – Homework must be meaningful. Homework is “work that students do at home to practice skills, consolidate knowledge and skills, and/or prepare for the next class” (Growing Success, page 148). In our class, homework will consist of nightly reading for pleasure and completing work not finished in class (it is vey important to use your class time well!)…and may also include other activities such as gathering information (e.g. collecting family history facts for a social studies activity), explaining new concepts to a family member (we can learn better by teaching others), practising skills that need extra attention (on an individual basis, identified by the student and/or teacher after reflecting on daily work), etc..

 I hope everyone has lots of fun between now and September 6th! Parents can reach me by email with any questions at   mfawcett@hwdsb.on.ca

See you soon!

Ms Fawcett