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September’s Virtue is Respect.

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Thank you for returning the forms that needed your signature.   This week students were given a white sheet with your child’s school information- please update and correct as needed, or write no changes on it and send back to school.

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Thank you also to parents who have sent in a box or two of tissues for classroom use.  If you haven’t sent in any, please consider doing so-  many students are appreciative when cold season starts!


This Week:

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PA Day: Friday September 21

Math Quiz: Tuesday, September 18, place value, reading and writing numbers in the millions, comparing and ordering large numbers

Science: We will be discussing sorting and classifying living things. We will explore criteria scientists use to classify and begin by classifying different items. I have asked students to bring in…

Wed: 10-20 items from home to sort

Thurs: 5 + leaves/ needles from trees to classify in class. I have asked students to bring in the stem the leaf/ needle is on to help with classifying- sometimes the arrangement on the stem helps with the classifying we will do. I will bring some in as well.

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Gym clothes: students have gym three times a week. In Grade 6, students are expected to change for gym class. Greenleaf shirts will be available for order at the Greenleaf Celebrates/ Meet the Teacher evening the first week of October. Until then, students can bring different clothing for changing, and have clean and dry shoes for gym. Clothing should be comfortable, appropriate for physical activity and fit with dress code guidelines (you can read them in the front pages of the agenda).  We also recommend a kit bag of some sort to carry items! This helps organization in the changeroom, classroom and for quick locker visits.



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September’s Virtue is Respect.

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Greenleaf Celebrates: Thursday, October 4, 5:30-7 p.m.  More detailed information about some of the other goings at this “Meet the Teacher” event can be found in the letter from School (parent) Council letter that students received this week. Please consider subscribing to their information to stay informed of School Council activities- you can do that here.

I hope to call and introduce myself to you sometime in the next two weeks; I have begun making phone calls to say hello, and look forward to speaking with you soon.

Homework: Math Task due Tuesday.  Students received a 1/2 sized sheet to remind them about the task which continues an activity we did in class.  The task is to find five large numbers and what they represent. These numbers can be found from the newspaper, magazines, or found online. I shared a fact I found online from National Geographic for kids about the number of kilograms a blue whale calf weighs after 365 days.  We’ll use this work in class on Tuesday.

School Supplies: Monday  I’ve asked students to have binders, dividers, paper, pencil case etc. for Monday.  I’ve also asked students to have a double pocket folder to use as a homework folder. I’ve offered to staple them in the back of the agenda. I showed students my own that I use; students can put homework from any subject, notes, other important papers that need to go home or be brought back to school quickly in the pockets.  Hopefully this means students don’t need to take home several large binders a night! (Although bringing them home occasionally for organizing is a good idea!)

Notes to be signed: Students got many notes this week. Please read through and return them to school this week, by Friday at the latest.

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Reading: All students on Friday had a reading book.  I’ve explained that students always have reading homework: to read a minimum of 20 minutes a night. Many students said they read more than that, and many said they read 20 minutes most nights.  Hopefully 20 minutes is an achievable goal that isn’t too onerous for students who do not yet read regularly. I find this image interesting to visualize the benefits of frequent reading- click on it to enlarge it.

Going out for lunch:  Students in grade 6, 7 and 8 are permitted to go out for lunch second break with parents’ permission.  Students can bring in a dated note for permission and show the office when they sign out. Students going out for lunch should sign out and leave at the start of lunch break, return and sign in again after 1:40 and be in class on time at 1:45.  Food should be finished before returning to school.

Curriculum work:

We had a busy first week!  Students had many opportunities to work together and I could learn how everyone likes to work through many collaborative activities. Our class will continue to review virtues, routines, and skills that will make collaborative work productive and successful.

Language: Students will be introduced to reading and writing workshops this week.  Students will have time to read and write every day.

Science: Our first unit is Biodiversity. We are exploring characteristics of living things, and how scientists classify living things.

Math: Large Numbers (into millions) and place value.

Welcome to Class 6A and grade 6!

Thank you for taking the time to visit this blog. I will use this space, usually once a week, to post information about what we are learning in class, due dates, quiz dates and homework assignments. I will post about school happenings and dates as well. Please see the calendar (tab at the the top) which I will keep updated with class and school information.

I usually post on the weekends. You can subscribe to our class blog on the right hand side of the page to receive an email link to follow when a new post has been made. While students will have an agenda to record information, many parents have said they find it helpful to know what is going on so that they can support their child’s independence without being in the dark!  Please sign student agendas frequently, and at least once a week. I will do the same, and students can bring agendas up to me at any time if you have a note or question. Please feel welcome to write in the agenda as needed.

This week: Students will receive agendas and many notes for your information and your signature to return to school. These will include emergency contacts and health information, as well as photo consent, and a paper copy of September’s  school newsletter.  Please read and sign all the forms required and send back to class. I have a “Notes for Ms. S box” that students can use for forms etc. You can subscribe to Greenleaf’s school newsletter at

to receive future newsletters, which will only be online.  You will receive an email with the link to newsletters and other school postings.

Students will also receive a list for suggested class materials. While many students may have bought general supplies already, I would like students to have a binder (1 or 1/2 inch) and 5 dividers.  Students should have timetables for their agenda, lockers, and one for home too.



I’m looking forward to meeting you at the “Meet the Teacher” night. I will post more information about the evening when I get the date.

I hope your child is enjoying their first week of Grade 6! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Jan Steinberg