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The Week of October 16th to October 20th

Welcome back... I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun filled weekend.  It is hard to believe that it has already been 8 weeks and we are almost 25% of the way through the year.

As we race through October, I want to fill you in on our UNICEF donation drive. It is an OIS tradition for the 6th grade core classes to gather money for UNICEF in the month of October. In the past, we’ve averaged around $500 per core class.  In fact, one year, OIS was one of the national leaders in donations.

However, things are going a bit slow this year. As of right now, my morning core has collected $21.85, and my afternoon class has gathered $88.41 so far. To help us collect more donations, my classes are thinking of doing a bake sale next Saturday in front of the Orinda library or on the corner by Glorietta Elementary.

Are there any parents that are willing to step forward and help organize this? I have multiple folding tables and it sounds like I have several students willing to help run the sale as well as students willing to bake goodies to sell.


Here are the highlights of our activities in Room 91 this week:


  • We are working on our process piece for our personal narratives.  A process piece of writing is a piece of writing that students work on over an extended period of time and they use to practice a variety of writing skills.
  • We will be working in groups of 2-3 students to hone our editing skills and work with the correct proofreading symbols so that when students offer feedback… they can be understood.
  • Students are allowed … and encouraged… to work on their process piece personal narrative at home.
  • The personal narrative is our on demand genera for the fall. Our on-demand will be in a few weeks and will be completed at school.



  • Students have had a week off from having to do reading logs, however, it is time to jump back into the reading log pool of fun!
  • This week, I am offering students a choice from a variety of projects that will show their deeper thinking about their reading. Some are harder than others and will therefore be worth a higher grade (more points). I will upload the choices from school tomorrow when I have access to a scanner.
  • Students are to be reading AT LEAST 150 hours a week at home! They can do this reading for 30 minutes 5 days a week or whatever combination they choose.

Social Studies

  • We are wrapping up our early human unit and will move on to the beginnings of civilizations in Mesopotamia
  • To finish up our early man unit, students have complete mini reports that they will present in class on Tuesday


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