Dear families of 6th graders,

Welcome back to school.  I can't wait to get to know this new community of families that make up the 6th grade this year.  We are going to learn and grow a tremendous amount this year, and I'm very excited to challenge each of you

In the past, I have used this welcome letter to give parents a glance at what we will be learning throughout the year in each class I teach.  While that information is important for you to know, you can always learn it from me personally at Back to School Night, through email, or just asking your child what is going on in class.  This year, I want to use this letter as a tool for you to help your child be successful in their first year of Middle School.

In that spirit, I want to list a few ways you can stay in touch easily and know if homework is being completed, turned in, and understood consistently.  You don’t have to wait for the report card or the mid-term to know how your kid is doing.  Here is what you can do any night of any week, to help your Middle-Schooler be successful:

Check their planner
They should have every class written down with their homework from that class and its due date filled in as well.  If they don’t have homework in a class, it should day “No Homework.”  If there is nothing written in for a class, they likely failed to record something important.

Check the classroom website 
http://swedberg.weebly.com is our classroom website and it will be updated almost daily with news and resources for parents and students.  When you check the website, you might find a couple videos we watched in class that day, a tip on how to study more effectively, a reminder of an upcoming field trip, or a parent survey.  It really is the best way to get a glimpse into the classroom and it should be checked daily.

Look for graded assignments as they come home
Your child will have a folder in the classroom marked, “Graded Assignments to Take Home”.  If you aren’t seeing many graded assignments coming home, you should make sure your child has emptied this folder.

Email, call, or stop in any time
My email is swedberg@bellinghamchristianschool.org, you can reach me by phone at 733-7303 x106, and I will always make time for concerned parents.

This is going to be a great year!  You child is going to grow and mature, think hard about what it means to be a Christian, work very hard, and be surrounded by amazing people who care a great deal for their success.

God bless,
Mr. Swedberg
Simone Buhler
9/6/2011 09:54:40 am

Great website, it will be very helpful. Thank you for making the first day a wonderful experience for your students.

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