20190828

Class Tag Phone App for Parent - Teacher Communication

Dear Families,

Many of you have received an email, asking you to join "ClassTag". ClassTag is a classroom events management and parent involvement app that you can download to your phone. The parent teacher conference schedule times will be found here very soon! Please email me your best email, if you have not received the invitation to join.  Moving forward, this will be our primary source of classroom information and updates.

I am looking forward to getting us all linked up!

You can download the app for your phone or tablet by searching for ClassTag or by following this link:
http://help.classtag.com/23184-for-teachers/209094-how-can-i-download-classtag-apps


20190827

iGrade Plus

Where can I view my grades? This year students will earn letters grades in the following subjects: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. They will also earn feedback from their other teachers in art and physical education. Each student will get a login username and password. Please have your student login to view their grades with them. Encourage your student to communicate with their teacher to make up missed work and to retake low test scores. Please contact me with any questions: brittany_birchall@pvusd.net. 

COST FOR OUTDOOR SCIENCE SCHOOL



The cost for Outdoor Science Camp this year is $371.  This price reflects the funds raised from last year as well the price for a five day camp experience and student transportation. There is a youtube presentation video for outdoor school that is assigned for this week to watch with your students at home before back to school night.  Please use the link above to watch the video.

If you have questions or concerns, I will be happy to talk with you after the class presentation on Thursday evening.

~The 6th Grade Teacher Team

20190824

Conflict Managers and Student Leadership

Dear Families,

The students who are interested in running for Student Leadership are coming home with a permission slip this weekend. Please disregard the date that reads, ¨Due August 23rd¨. These permission slips are completely fine to come back on Monday, August 26th. Students who decide to run will submit a speach expressing why they would be a good cadidate to their classmates. The speaches will be done in class on Thursday, August 29th. 

Two students will represent our class as student leaders. Should these students also express interest in being a Conflict Manager, they will not be selected to do so. The idea is that we share the leadership opportunities with as many students as possible. We have discussed this in class.

Thank you!
~Ms. Birchall 

20190820

Where Can I See My Child´s Homework?

We will be using Google Classroom for all homework assignment postings. Please ask your child to login to their Google account, and be sure to sign out all other family members. They will be able to direct you to their assignments from this point.

Save the Date - Back to School Night & Science Camp Parent Meeting



20190812

Welcome to the 2019 -2020 School Year!





Dear Parents and Students,

       Welcome to Ms. Birchall's 2019-2020 6th grade class! I can't wait to meet all of you and your families! We have an exciting curriculum this year! 6th grade will be an adventure of learning and exploring our world through ancient civilizations, foundational skills in math to prepare for future success in algebra, Writer's Workshop, Earth, Space, Life, and Physical Science, A.R. reading, spelling, and of course reading across across the curriculum. As a sixth grader you will be earning letter grades on your report card to help your transition to junior high school. 

        One of my specialties and passions for teaching is student differentiation in mathematics. Students will be placed in appropriate leveled groups by the use of the following data points: SBAC, MAP, and Moby Max. This will allow students to be challenged at their independent level and to help them reach their fullest potential in math. The group names that you will hear are Seahawk, Gold, and Blue. Students will have the opportunity to change group levels based on student data and performance. More information to come at Back to School Night. 

        This year as a sixth grader, please look forward to 6th Grade Science Camp the week of September 16th! Save the date! There will be a parent meeting at Back to School Night, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 29th. Please come with any and all questions. 
  
         As a sixth grader you can expect to have ownership of your classroom and school by participation in daily class jobs, class meetings, and other leadership opportunities such as student leadership, conflict managers, and reading buddies. 

        Sixth grade is an exciting year, as students are gaining more independence and they are learning how to self direct. By this time you know your child as a student, but even more importantly they begin to know themselves and the differences they can make to increase their own learning outcomes. This year, we will continue to instill an internal locus of control in education and behavior across the board. 

        Parent communication will be found on our Class Tag web page that you will be invited to join after Back to School Night. This is where I will send out information and organize Parent/Teacher Conferences. The best way to contact me is always by email: brittany_birchall@pvusd.net.  I can't wait to meet all of you and your families. I am truly looking foward to a fun and exciting year!

Ms. Birchall

20080819

Will There Be Homework Every Night?


Will there be homework every night?
Yes! Typically whatever your child does not finish in class becomes homework. Please expect 30 minutes minimum of A.R. reading assignments daily. Remember to check your child's planner regularly or have them log in to their Google Classroom. It is possible that students may have homework over the weekend during project assignments. (Be sure to check their Thursday and Friday homework in their planners or Google Classroom.)

What can I do to bring up my grade and Late Work?
We want to teach our students to be responsible and accountable to due dates set for assignments. Opportunities for students to be successful is the top priority. Students will be better prepared for middle school if they learn to turn in assignments on time. Although punctuality on turning in student class work and homework will be the focus, we will determine if there are missing assignments that may provide an opportunity to bring up a grade. If there are missing assignments, we will start there, and we will come up with an individual plan to get your grade up and work turned in.

Do you offer extra credit?
Yes, if all assignments are completed and turned in, then extra credit may be an option. See me for individual details and assignments/projects.

How Can Parents Help Their Child Do Better on Tests?

How Can Parents Help Their Child Do Better on Tests?
• Find out and post the testing dates at home.• Encourage your child to do well on tests.• Ask your child’s teacher about the tests he/she will take and discuss the upcoming tests with your child to try to reduce anxiety.• Make sure your child attends school on testing days after a good nights sleep and a breakfast.

Como pueden los padres ayudar a sus hijos hacer mejor en los exámenes:
• Infórmense de las fechas, anoten en una lista en casa.• Animen a su hijo/a para que ellos hagan bien en sus pruebas.• Pregunta a la maestra de su hijo/a sobre las pruebas que el/ella tomara y discutan las pruebas que siguen con su hijo/a para tratar de reducir la ansiedad. • Asegúrense que su hijo/a asista a clases los días de las pruebas después de tener una noche tranquila y desayuno en la mañana.

Suggestions to Help Your Child in school:
• Make sure your child is in school on time—everyday. • Let your child know how important their work at school is.• Provide a quiet place for your child to do homework.• Listen to your child read and read to and with him or her.• Ask about what homework is due the next day• Encourage your child to write—lists, notes, letters, journals.• Set a limit on television watching.• Show your child how you use mathematics on a daily basis.• Help your child read charts and graphs in newspapers and magazines.

Sugestiónes Para Ayudar a Su Hijo en La Escuela:
• Asegúrense que su hijo/a llegue a clases a tiempo todos los días. • Deje saber a su hijo/a lo importante que es su trabajo de la escuela. • Proveer un lugar tranquilo para que su hijo/a haga su tarea.• Escucha a su hijo/a leer y lea con el/ella.• Pregunte sobre la tarea que tiene para esa noche.• Anime a su hijo/a a escribir—listas, notas, cartas y en su diario.• Ponga un límite de tiempo para mirar televisión.• Enséñele como usted usa las matemáticas diariamente.• Ayuda a su hijo/a leer un mapa y graficas en el periódico y revistas.