Journal - Parent Letter ~ August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017


Dear Sixth Grade Families:

Welcome to Sixth Grade: As I write, we are less than 24 hours away from the start of a new school year. Our new classroom has been thoroughly cleaned, long-burned-out lights have been replaced, strange residues from years of neglect scrubbed from the cealing rearranged and repaired, and larger desks and chairs have been gathered from all corners of the school (no thanks to our admin support staff who apparently had higher priorities). I’d like to thank everyone who came out this weekend to help prepare the classroom. We are ready.

Announcing Tina Tian, Assistant Teacher: Please join me in welcoming Tina Tian as our sixth grade Assistant Teacher. Tina volunteered in our class through much of fifth grade, and is very familiar with our students and classroom routines. Tina brings a wealth of experience and talent. She grew up on China, is bi-lingual, and has traveled widely. Tina studied Radio Technology before becoming the Financial Manager of her family’s business. She is currently studying at SRJC, and is considering becoming a California credentialed teacher.

Mt Lassen Field Trip: Our first field trip is coming up fast! From Sept 5-8, we will camp at Butte Lake in Mt Lassen National Park. Goals for this trip include: practicing low-impact camping and hiking, working in small groups to independently prepare, cook and cleanup for all meals, exploring unique volcanic areas, such as Cinder Cone, Bumpass Hell, Devastated Area and Subway Cave, learning about the history, geology, and the plant and animal communities of Mt Lassen, learning orientation skills with topographical map and compass, observing the night sky, finding constellations, learning star navigation, and last but not least cooking and eating great camp food. Below are links to more information about this trip.

Chaperones Needed: Such trips are not possible without the active support of many parents. The following parents have confirmed as chaperones. We need at least two more volunteers. Please contact me soon if you can join us.

  • Mike Roghi (Group Leader, Games)
  • Steve Raffaini (Group Leader, Games)
  • Patrick Bynum (Group Leader, Orienteering)
  • Jacques Janson (Group Leader, Games)
  • Jay Grundle (Group Leader, Games)
  • Linda Odetto (Head Cook)
  • Rachel Freed (Astronomy, Camp Steward)

Mandatory Chaperone Meeting: A chaperone meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, August 24 at 6 PM. We will review the itinerary, and try to resolve any remaining questions or concerns.

Block Schedule: Our first Main Lesson Block will be on Mineralogy. You can see the complete block schedule here:

Local Field Trip Form: We are planning to walk with our Second Grade Buddy Class to a local park on the last Monday of each month. Please complete the Local Field Trip Waiver so that your child can join us. You can download it here:

Student Materials: A Student Materials List is available here:

Communications: The best methods for communicating with me remain the same as last year. I am happy to meet with you after school on most days. Please make an appointment if you feel you need extra time. I will continue to make weekly packets, which the students will bring home on Mondays. The class website will remain the best place to find the most up-to-date and detailed information. My email address is I will try to respond to all messages within 24 hours.

Upcoming Events:

  • Tuesday, August 22: First day of school. Remember: Short days all week!
  • Thursday, August 24, 6:00 pm: Mt Lassen Chaperone Meeting
  • Monday, September 4: School Holiday
  • Tuesday, September 5-8: Mt Lassen Field Trip
  • Thursday, September 21: Back to School Night
  • Thursday, September 28, 6:00 pm: First Sixth Grade Parent Meeting
  • Friday, September 29: All School Assembly

I look forward to seeing you all soon,

Ron Liskey