I wanted to welcome you and your students to the 6th grade.  My name is Mr Benford, and I will be teaching your student this year in English and Social Studies. I will be sending out weekly emails with the essential information for English and Social Studies; such as Homework for the week, assessments for the week, or any additional information needed. Knowing that you are all very busy, they will be short and to the point.
This upcoming week:
-Read for 15 minutes everyday
-Make sure that you have all 5 things needed for class everyday
-Practice checking email daily
Topics for Upcoming Classes:
English: Small Moments in each student’s life
Social Studies: Collaboration and Problem Solving
Table Topics: 
(These are discussion questions you can ask around the dinner table that relate to English and SS)
-What book do you have for reading in English?
-Talk about the news and what is going on in the world.
-What is Social Studies?
-What does collaboration mean?
-What problems have you had so far this year, and how did you deal with them?
What is an exiting memory that you could write about?