6th Grade Life

Vikan Middle School

Archive for October, 2015

Eggs, Races and more…

It is All About Outdoor Ed! (well, almost…)

Outdoor Education is almost here. One week from tomorrow we will be loading the busses and heading to our 3 day adventure. Here are a few things to think about:

  1. Do you have the packing list? If not, please let me know and I’ll send another your way. Do you have all you need so your child is ready and comfortable?
  2. It will be cold, so make sure your child brings plenty of warm stuff (hats, gloves, scarves and warm socks).
  3. If your child is getting new boots (not necessary – tennis shoes will do!), make sure that he/she breaks them in before the trip!!!
  4. I will remind you all again, but next weekend will be the weekend to load up on water. Set an alarm and remind your child to drink a cup of water every 1-2 hours – just like medicine. This will avoid a lot of potential problems.
  5. Busses LEAVE the school at 7 am next Monday. Make sure your child is there in plenty of time to check in and say goodbye. Our first class starts at 9:00 am so we are unable to wait for tardies.

I promise we will take good care of your child…! 🙂

The other news is Halloween. I sent a sign up link last Friday. The party starts at 2:45 pm. Here is the link again: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084eaea72bab9-halloween (to activate the link, you might have to copy and paste it to your browser).

I have added a few pictures of our egg adventure. We candled the eggs and found out that 17 out of the 18 eggs have chicks in them. This does not mean they will all hatch, but chances are good that we will have a few go all the way to hatching. “Chick day” is tomorrow, so we should be seeing some action soon. We also dissected an egg that was found in our kindergarten playground. This was a fun, yet disgusting experience for all of us. Make sure to ask your child about it.

Grades are available on Infinite Campus now. You should also be able to see 2nd quarter work already. If you don’t have a login  for your child, please contact the office for help.

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

Erosion and Weathering Labs

Earthquake-Proof Structures

Welcome to October!

October is here and I for one was glad to see cooler temperatures! October also brings us Picture Day! Our time is TOMORROW at 11:20 am. We are lucky to have picture day before lunch, but we do have gym tomorrow… I will provide time for kids to visit the bathrooms and use mirrors to make sure you get your money’s worth when you purchase the pictures.

I have added lots of fun pictures of the students’ earthquake proof structures. They had fun researching, planning and building their structures out of marshmallows and spaghetti noodles.

Science this week: We will complete our comics project (probably by Tuesday). We will the start experimenting with weathering and erosion concepts. We will start with a great lab that involves water, dirt, rocks and sand. Kids usually love this lab and we get lots of hands-on exploration that will help firm the weathering and erosion concepts in their minds.

Literacy this week: We start our first “big” writing project tomorrow. All students will be working on a narrative piece. This is one of three writing genres required by our state standards. I expect all of the work to be done in school. If your student brings work home, it will be because he/she did not finish it. They will have to type their pieces, and we are hoping to get time in the computer lab here at school to do so. I am looking forward to this as kids always surprise me with their creativity.

Last, but very important: Did you sign up for conferences yet? I have sent an email last week with a link. The same link is pasted below… You might have to copy and paste the link to your browser for it to work. If you have problems accessing the link please email me. I look forward to spending time with you and your student during conferences!


Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt