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September Newsletter

Grade Six News

September  2019

Gr. 6 Monthly Bulletin

Important Dates:

Sept. 16 Patrol Training in the pm

Sept. 17 Class Photos for Grade 6

Sept. 18    Beakerhead Field Trip in pm

Sept. 25 Bragg Creek Trees & Forests Field Trip   


What is Teaching for Transformation and Throughlines?

The biblical truth that resounds in our Christian school’s curriculum is that all things in the world belong to God. It is important that we not presume that this truth is obvious or apparent to all. The task of a Christian school teacher is to help reveal God’s grand story in all things. Thus, a teacher’s task is one of Christian-story telling, of seeking out and helping students to “See The Story” in all areas of study.

We do this by teaching under the principle of all things. God created all things. It is into this story the Teaching for Transformation Throughlines, as developed by The Prairie Centre for Christian Education (PCCE) region, provides a framework for the development of authentic and integral Christian learning experiences that are grounded in a transformational worldview with a focus on the Biblical story.

The Biblical Throughlines help us all, teachers and students, to understand what our roles are, what our calling is. These characteristics weave through the Bible, and describe a calling to "be", not simply to "do".  And what does God call us to "be?" He calls us to  be Servant-Workers, be Justice-Seekers, to be Earth-Keepers, to be Community-Builders.  He calls us to be Creation-Enjoyers, Idolatry-Discerners, Order-Discoverers, Beauty-Creators.  And in all of these He calls us to be God-Worshippers and Image-Reflectors.  

We call these "Biblical Throughlines," and describing our roles or calling in these terms helps us understand who God wants us to be and what He wants us to do.  They describe, exactly and profoundly, what students (and teachers) should "be" as a result of Christian schooling.   ~ TFT Handbook

Bible Memory

Students are also required to memorize and either tell it to the teacher or write it out by the due date. They are also expected to understand the meaning of the memory work, as they will be asked that as well. 

September’s Memory Work

 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14

Curriculum

Language Arts

The students will be focusing on expository writing this month.  We will be challenging them to write a Hero Research Report who they will learn about and then see at the Winsport Canada Sports Hall of Fame later in October.  In addition to expository writing the students will be working on spelling through word work activities.  We will also be doing spelling, guided reading instruction, independent reading, listening to novels, questioning and discussion items to enhance comprehension. 

Math

Understanding numbers greater than one million is the focus for the month of September and the students are working on a Million Dollar Project. We’ll be looking at multiples and factors, prime and composite numbers as well as introducing the order of operations. We will also regularly be working on the Part ‘A’ Math PAT which is adding and subtracting large numbers, long division, and two digit by two digit multiplication.  Giving your child a few of these questions from home each week will help their confidence grow.

Social – Mrs. Gooliaff and Ms. Visser

This year we will be studying the Canadian democratic government using municipal and provincial governments as an example.  We will also study the Iroquois Confederacy and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. To start we will look at the four pillars of democracy and practice being an active citizen by participating in Student Vote for the federal election.  

Science – Mrs. Groeneveld and Mrs. Makila

We’ll be examining trees and forests to start our science curriculum this year. Specifically, we’ll be learning about leaf types and identifying trees based on their characteristics. Make sure to ask your child about different types of trees and the impact that people have on forests.  

Bible

We’re exploring the Grade 6 Bible curriculum titled, ‘Big Questions’. We begin with looking at ‘Who we Are’ and who God created us to be. A big focus is on Matthew 7:12. 

FRENCH

For the first few months of this year, the French 6 students will be exploring topics related to "My Health & Well-Being." In September, we will start by learning to express a wide range of feelings and emotions.

P.E. 

All students have been provided with a P.E. shirt and are encouraged to bring deodorant for after P.E. classes. 

Music 

Please check for music information on Ms. Gatus’ eTeacher page.

Volunteers

We love Volunteers!  Please watch our next newsletter for a chance to sign up.  There are many opportunities from working with students to prepping materials.  We look forward to seeing you in the classrooms soon.  

Please Note:

 All three Grade 6 classes are nut free rooms.  Thanks for your cooperation in this. 

Floor Hockey

Stay tuned for information coming up on the co-ed floor hockey team.