Miss Perris' 6th Grade ELA, Reading, and Social Studies


Happy Tuesday,

It is important that I share with you that several of our teachers and students are extremely sensitive to smells.  Therefore, we are striving to keep our classrooms “scent-free”,  meaning no perfumes, Axe deodorants, lip balms, hand sanitizers, etc.  Non-scented items can be substituted for some of these items.  We thank you in advance for your support!
Sonali Ranaweera (one of my former students) has published a book with IEEE-USA as an eBook.  Sonali has become the youngest author to have a manuscript accepted by this professional organization.  Sonali wrote this short story when she was in 6th grade.  She plans to donate all proceeds from the sale of this book to make a difference in the lives of others.  Please consider purchasing the book — perhaps for a younger sibling or to donate to a library.  I am very proud of Sonali, not only because she is a published author but because she understands the meaning of giving back to her community.
The CIA (Compassion in Action Club) is collecting items for our homeless community.  They are collecting the following items (short list):  travel toothbrush, travel toothpaste, travel tissues, deodorant, socks, mittens/gloves, chapstick, baby/adult wipes, beef jerky, oatmeal pouches, etc.  Whatever you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.
We are officially collecting BOX TOPS.  Please place BOX TOPS in a baggie, along with your child’s name and the number of BOX TOPS enclosed.  Have your child give them to his/her core teacher.  As always, thank you for your support.
The following is a brief letter from the Project Cornerstone Team:
Dear Parents,
Good news! Project Cornerstone is in its second year at Rolling Hills.  This anti-bully/high self esteem program for youth is rolling out as follows and we need your help.  Our goal is to find volunteers to work in pairs in the classroom for the following:
- 5th grade has the ABC Reader, in-class program.  (3 classes, need 6 volunteers)
- 6th is in its second year of a planned in-class curriculum adapted from Cupertino Middle School's program (11 classes, need 22 volunteers)
- 7th grade is in the planning stages, possibly using the same curriculum as last year's 6th graders but nothing is scheduled until we see what parent resources we have. (Not sure of class needs yet)
- 8th grade is planning to rollout a modified version of last year's 6th grade in class curriculum. (Probably need about 20 volunteers to get 2 in each class)
- Lunch recess is also a time when we plan to be a presence at school, especially on Wednesdays when all students take lunch at the same time. Last year we worked with the Student Leadership class to create fun activities and will do so again (Infinite happy adult faces!)
If you have an interest in helping youth first hand, or working with a team of other parents committed to helping youth make healthy choices socially and in school, please contact Gini Bellawala immediately via text at 408.394.5280 and let her know your name, child's grade and if you are available during school hours twice a month.  Or contact any of the team leaders listed below.
Our informational meeting and first training for 6th - 8th grade is 
- Wednesday 9/20, 8:45am - 10am in the Teachers Lounge.  5th grade already had a training last week but will repeat it sometime but please feel free to drop in on our 6th - 8th grades 
Thank you from the entire Project Cornerstone Team
Nedda Ashjaee, Gini Bellawala, Anna Maria White, Amy Dalziel
The following is an announcement from our librarian, Mrs. Panus:
Hello everyone,

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held October 30 through November 3, 2017.

The dates were changed to coincide with Parent/Teacher conferences. 

I am seeking volunteers for:

Before School – 8:00 – 8:35 a.m.

Break – 10:05 – 10:25

Lunch – 11:45 – 12:45

After School – 2:07 – 2:45

Thank you,

Gail Panus

Information Resource Tech 

Rolling Hills Library Staff

1-408-364-4235 x 5188

1.  Science camp will be from October 23 - 26.  Regarding the YELLOW camp forms — Please complete the forms as soon as possible.  Your child should give the form to his/her core teacher.  Additionally, if you are paying the tuition in full, checks are appreciated as soon as possible.  Checks should be made payable to Rolling Hills Middle School.  Make sure to include your child’s name on the check.
2.  Miss Thompson is looking for a few volunteers to help us sort and distribute cookie dough on Oct. 12 — the day the cookie dough is being delivered.  We will need help sometime in the morning.  Please let me know if you would be interested.
3.  Mrs. Donovan will hold her homework center on Mondays from 3:15 - 3:45 pm.
4.  Miss Perris will begin her homework club on Thursday, September 21 from 3:15 - 4:15.  Meetings are Tuesday and Thursdays.
Homework for 9/19/17:

Language Arts (Perris only): 

*Review grammar worksheet (5 mins.)

*Grammar quiz on Friday, 9/22
***IF your child receives a score of 6 or lower on a grammar quiz, he/she should retake the quiz.    
Social Studies (Perris only):  No homework
Math:  Page #50 (#1-6), page 51 (#10-12), page 52 (#18)
Science:  Return yellow science camp form.  We are still missing MANY yellow camp forms.  Please return them ASAP. 

Reading/Literature:  Please read 20 MINUTES every day at home.  An AR book should be in a student's backpack at all times.  

If you want to find out if the book your child is reading is an AR book, please go to www.arbookfind.com.  Please have your child see me if he/she needs help with book selection.


Have a great night.


Miss Perris/Mrs. Donovan/Mr. Gillie