News From the Team!
Homework Help: Homework help will be offered two times a week. The times are after school (3:25 - 4:20) on Mondays and Tuesdays. This is a great opportunity for your child to work one-on-one with a teacher to complete his/her homework. Homework help will be in Ms. Land’s room on Mondays and Ms. Mutchler’s room on Tuesdays. Homework help is free and students who attend get a snack while they work. Please encourage your child to attend!

Student Led Conferences
Wednesday, November 9th-- 3:00-7:30
Thursday, November 10th-- 4:00-7:00
Friday, November 11th-- 8:00 am--12:30 pm

School Website: Check out our website and our team’s page with information about each of your child’s teachers.

From the Roaring Fork School District Community:
Basalt Middle School is holding its 4th annual Family Science Night Nov. 4 from 6-8pm, and your 4th-8th grade students are all invited to join us! The theme this year is Forensics, and once more the John McConnell Math & Science Center will be on-hand with demonstrations, hands-on tables and plenty of STEM activities. We hope you will help us promote this event and encourage your students and families to attend. We promise it’s lots of fun!

From the CMS Partners In Education committee:
CMS Families --
Please sign up to bring FOOD for Fall Conferences for our superb staff! Use this Sign-up Genius link:

Wreath and Poinsettia Update:
We need volunteers to help distribute Wreath and Poinsettia orders on Wednesday, November 16th. Use this Sign-up Genius link to volunteer:

Looking ahead ...
The Book Fair will be December 5 - 9! Plan to do some holiday shopping that week! The library is looking for volunteers to help, too. Interested? For more information contact Lorri: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970.456.9958.

Language Arts News from Ms. Mutchler
In Language Arts, students are beginning the second part of our narrative unit! This portion of our studies focuses heavily on the plot elements of a fictional narrative:
Rising Action
Climax (Turning Point)
Falling Action
Your child(children) will be writing a creative short story with a partner as a culmination of these studies. This short story will be due before our Thanksgiving break-- an official date will be determined shortly as I gauge how long my students will really need to study, practice, and assess their abilities on each lesson leading up to our writing. Your students will be assessed on these reading and writing skills in the form of quizzes as well.

Ms. Mutchler just introduced the 20 Book Challenge to all Language Arts classes. Ask your child (children) about our book tasting! Your child will be reading 20 books between October through May. They all have a tracking sheet that they are keeping in class to keep up with their reading. Information on the challenge is attached to this newsletter. Please engage in conversations with your child (children) about what they are reading, read with them, and model what a good reader looks like for them to see!

We continue to have weekly homework in Language Arts, it is handed out to students on Mondays and it is due on the following Monday. In order to keep up with the 20 Book Challenge, students are required to read a minimum of 120 minutes (2 hours) per week as part of their homework. After completing their reading, students need to complete the neon green reading response paper. Thank you for your continued support in your child’s education!

Please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns:
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Literacy Based ELD News from Mrs. Lasko
In literacy based ELD we are finishing up Unit 1 on Change by writing a personal narrative about our Journey to CMS. In these, we are challenging ourselves to use many of the language structures, conventions and vocabulary we learned in this unit. As part of the planning process we created a visual, and used graphic organizers to get our ideas down. Now, that we are actually writing our narratives, we will use the many resources from this unit to give feedback to each other, edit our drafts and make them into a polished piece of writing.

From here we will be ready to move onto Unit 2 "Children of the Border" where we will continue building connections to characters in text and increasing our vocabulary, all while improving our oral, written and reading fluency. Grammatically, we will keep pushing ourselves to use capitals, end punctuation, apostrophes and quotations appropriately.

Students need to read for at least 20 minutes a night. They are reading for comprehension/quality not necessarily quantity. We should read to understand! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or ideas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 384-5718.

Social Studies News from Ms. Hayden
SS is focused on Election 2016. We are connecting this Presidential Election to civics. Students are learning about candidates, political parties and polls. We will participate in a Mock Election next Tues. 11/8!
Detailed news coming on the first of the month!
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about Social Studies:
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Science News from Ms. Land
The Nature of Science has been our focus and will continue to be as we study measurements, units and tools of measurement. Students are hands-on and practicing measurements using all tools. We are also looking at metric conversion. You can ask them what base 10 means.
GOOD Questions to ask: 1. What are the tools used to measure mass, volume and temperature? 2. What are base units?
Thanks for supporting your child in science class. The students are given HOMEWORK on Monday and it is due on THursday each week. ***THIS WEEK’s HW : Finish up Measurement and Scale sheet.
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Math News from Mr. Logan
Sixth grade math students are busy learning about ratios and rates. Among the many things that students will learn are how to solve problems involving equivalent ratios using diagrams, equations, coordinate graphs, and ratio tables, and how rates can be translated into unit rates and used to solve problems. One of the more interesting problems that we will solve involves using the shadow of a tall object to determine the height of the object. Ask your son or daughter to tell you their thoughts and experiences about this. If you notice yourself using ratios and/or rates in your daily life, be sure to share these examples with your son or daughter. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. My number is 970 948 9115 and my email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spanish News from Mrs. Lasko
In Spanish we are finishing up our introductory unit covering a variety of basic themes (the body, time, calendar information, greetings, letters, classroom vocabulary and weather). This week, we designated a few days to cultural connections. "Día de los muertos" is a, widely celebrated holiday in many Spanish speaking countries. For our "Día de los muertos" connections we will compare and contrast this celebration with Halloween, make sugar skulls, and sing a song. After that, we will start our next unit "Mis amigos y yo" getting us thinking more about things we like to do (verbs), making a cultural connection to Spain, learning to dance the "mambo" and a couple grammar pieces (negatives, also, and neither) all while continuing to build vocabulary.

Remember learning a language takes frequent practice. Any extra practice you can do at home will only increase your child's success. Especially in this unit it would be good to practice to watch the verb videos on the CMS Spanish website. Yes they are labeled kinder-4th however that is just the progression of the videos. If you and your child can master the basic verbs then feel free to move onto the more challenging ones in 3rd and 4th. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas or concerns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 384-5718.

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