Welcome to 6th grade! Part 2

Dear Families,
The first day of school is right around the corner, and I am so excited to meet your child on Monday morning!  Below you will find all of the information your child needs to successfully log in on Monday.
What should my child do BEFORE Monday to be prepared?
  • Download the Zoom app (which seems to work better than using the web browser) and if possible, do a practice meeting with your child.  Please tell your child to use his/her first & last name when logging on to live meetings.
  • Explore our Virtual Classroom.
  • Have your child add our class to his/her Google Classroom using the class code: ecdxa6z
What should my child do on Monday August 31st?
  • At 8:45am, go to our Virtual Classroom and click STUDENTS.  Then click DAILY CHECK IN – this directs them to fill out a Google Form check in for the day.
  • Next, click DAILY LESSON PLANS.  Open the Google Slides presentation called MONDAY AUGUST 31. (This will not be available live until the end of the weekend.)  Here you will find the instructions to log on to Zoom.  I will start the meeting a few minutes before 9am.  This information is also right here:

    Zoom link
    Meeting ID: 921 2135 6921
    Passcode: benson

  • From this point forward I will be “face to face” with your child and can direct the class from here.
A few things to note:
  • I created the Virtual Classroom to serve as a hub for all information students and parents might need.  It is still a work in progress!
  • If you click on PARENTS and then on YOUR CHILD’S SCHEDULE, you will see the schedule for week 1 as well as the regular schedule starting week 2.  For the first week of school, your child’s day begins at 8:45.  This is only for the first week.  You will see on the schedule that starting week 2, the day will begin at 8:15am and end at 12:15pm – the school wide lunch time.
  • During the first week of school I will be meeting one-on-one with each child.  While I meet with your child, if you are available, you are more than welcome to pop in and say hello!
  • I am a better teacher when I can see your child’s face.  It is not a mandate to keep cameras on during Live instruction, but it does make for a significantly better experience.  I want to build the same relationship with your child online that I would have in person.  Please help me by encouraging your child to show his/her wonderful face and by participating during our discussions.
  • If your child is new to Camarena, please e-mail me ASAP to let me know.
Please, please do not ever hesitate to reach out!  If there is anything you want me to know, please e-mail me.  I will always be happy to schedule a phone or video conference!  This is a new journey, and there may be challenges.  I am confident there will also be many successes and memories made.  Thank you for trusting me with your child!

Welcome to 6th Grade!

Dear Families,

Welcome to the new school year! My name is Jennifer Benson, and I am so excited to be your child’s 6th grade teacher!  I am eagerly awaiting the first day of school, Monday August 31st, when I can finally meet your child and see all of their smiling faces.

The first week of school will be focused on establishing routines, getting to know each other, and social emotional learning.  School wide, schedules for the first week of school will look a little different than it will look starting on Monday September 7th when we start a more regular content rich schedule.

Please expect to hear from me again tomorrow.  I will be sending out the the daily schedule for the first week of school as well as the regular schedule that will begin the following week.  Most importantly, I will give you and your child the information you all need to log on for the first day of school. 

The 6th grade teachers will be hosting an online curriculum night on Tuesday, September 8 at 5pm.  At this time we will go into detail regarding what your child will be expected to be doing online and how you as a parent will be able to ensure that your child stays on the path to success.  More information regarding this event will be forthcoming.

I am sure you have so many questions.  Please know I feel all of the same feelings you are feeling as I am a parent as well – my daughter is starting kindergarten at Camarena this year!  I am here to answer any questions you might have.  Although circumstances are different than before, I look forward to a great year ahead with lots of learning together!

Desk belongs, t-shirt, hoodie pick up

If you were unable to come to school yesterday, I can distribute desk belongings, t-shirts, and hoodies at 5:30 tonight before our drive-thru promotion ceremony in the front of the school.  I will only be bringing down items from families that I hear from.  Please email me or message me on teams if you want your items available at 5:30 tonight.  Thank you!

Yearbook, Library books, Belongings in desks, hoodies & t-shirt UPDATE

Yearbook pick up – June 2, 3, and 4 from 1-4pm.

Library book drop – June 1, 2, and 3  from 1-3pm.  If your child owes money for a lost library book, please bring cash or a check during this time.

Belongings in student desks – June 1 at 12-1pm.  If there are any important belongings in student desks that you want back, please email me or message me on Teams.  The belongings that I receive an email/message for will be bagged up and left outside the gate in the front of the school.

6th grade hoodies & t-shirts – June 1 at 12-1pm.  (Students who purchased items: Kendrick, Jiselle, Angie, Xavier, Braden, Ariana, Jovanny, Makena, Roberto, Alexis, Sebastian, Alyssa, Aaron)

Butter Braid Camp Refund Update

Please note that we have discovered that we are not able to include fundraiser monies in the 6th Grade Camp refunds since fundraising money is considered “public funds”.  Parents who paid their own money towards their child’s’ 6th Grade Camp will receive a refund shortly.

The Butter Braid fundraiser raised roughly $7,000 and was designated to offset the cost of 6th Grade Camp.  These funds can only be spent in a manner that benefits all current or future 6th grade students at Camarena.

Attached is a survey asking for suggestions on how to spend these funds.  All survey input must be received no later than Friday, May 8 and as a team decide next steps.  The 6th grade team will review the surveys and make a decision with guidance from administration on how best to use these fundraiser monies.


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