6th Grade Newsletter - April 24, 2017

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Monday, April 24 2017


OLD NEWSPAPERS NEEDED:  If you have any you can donate to MN Studies for an activity, it would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

Student Council Announces USA Day this Friday!
Friday, April 28 is USA Day at Field School!  Dress up in red, white, and blue to show your support for the American flag!  Costumes are not welcome.  There will e a contest at lunch for the most creative clothing.  Thank you!

End of the year field trip planned:
We are scheduled to go to Grand Slam (an indoor recreation center) on the final day of school, to celebrate a successful year of learning and growing.  All 6th graders are invited to attend, within the following expectations:

Academic expectations:
No "F"s in any core classes.  (In special cases a student may appeal to a teacher by showing evidence of their active effort to learn and to improve;  ex. coming in for extra help.)
Behavior expectations:
We must be able to trust students to make responsible behavior choices on field trips; otherwise we cannot risk taking students out of the building.  Student behavior during school is our only way of assessing that trust.

To ensure a safe and pleasant experience for all, students who exhibit any of the following behaviors between now and the end of the year will be required to have a parent or guardian accompany them during the entire trip (including bus rides and during each activity):
        - 5 or more "Reflection recess" sessions* assigned
        - 3 or more removals from class due to behavior
        - suspension, either in-school or out-of-school

*  "Reflection recess" is our way of helping students who exhibit certain classroom behaviors to learn from their mistakes and to make things better.  A student is asked to come in during recess to talk with a teacher, write what the problem was and how they will make it better, and then call a parent to report on it.

Virtue of the Week
The beginning of each week Mrs. Miller starts our day with a reading of a weekly virtue.  Then in advisory we circle up and everyone has an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the virtue and possibly set goals for the week.  
The Practice of Strength
Quote:  Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved."  By: Helen Keller
I have the power to endure my tests.
I willingly face the challenges of my life.
I have the courage to persevere.
I cultivate gentleness and patience.
I understand the purpose of suffering.
I trust the value of transformation.

    Language Arts     

Field Families, 
I am working on adding more age appropriate, high interest novels to my classroom library.  If you have any books you would like to donate please let me know!  

Thank you to all the families who have donated books!  The students are very excited to see the library grow!

Please look for daily information to be written in your child's planner. Extra copies are always available in my classroom (purple bins in the Student Center) as well as on the student/parent portal.
This week in Language Arts:

Monday: Holes continue reading, study guide
  Interactive Notebook
Thursday: Vocabulary Activity
Friday: Free Write

As a reminder, whatever you do not finish in class , you can take home to finish and turn in.

        -- Ms. Risinger

    Social Studies      
Monday: Music Videos/MN Basics Quiz
Tuesday:  Typical Wages for Jobs in late 1800's/Ch. 12
Wednesday:  Finish Reading for Ch. 12
Thursday:  Iron Ore Simulation
Friday:  US Citizenship Test

HOMEWORK:  None this week.

Feel free to email at any time with questions :)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig


Last week:  
         Sound and waves ... and some practical applications of how sounds work.  (I'm not sure the other teachers have forgiven me for the noisemakers yet, but it's all part of the joy of learning!)  :)

This week:
          Tentative schedule:
Monday:  Doppler effect and review of sound waves ("longitudinal" or
 compression waves)
Tuesday:  Review, Intro to light energy
Wednesday:  Sound QUIZ;  more about Light energy
       Thursday:  Light energy
Friday:  Light energy

Homework this week:   HW2 Make (or analyze) a Musical Instrument, due Thurs.

- Mr. Husby

Almost all homework and class assignments are available on Husby's school web page.   (Click on "Homework" or "Class Assignments.")

"What to expect in your student's planner and notebook"  and "Successful studying":  check here
Planners:  Parents I am having students write in their planners DAILY what the specific homework assignment is for the day. Including Fridays.   
If your child does not have or remember their homework, please check the parent portal.  I will list the assignment.  If the assignment is a worksheet I will have a pdf of the worksheet attached to the title of the assignment. Click on the paperclip icon and the pdf will appear.

This week we will wrap up the end of our Algebra unit with polygon sum and angle measurements.  Along with this work we will review for the MCA III that will take place during math classes next week.   Students have homework packets of vocabulary words, problems to work on WITHOUT a calculator, and also a multiple choice problem solving packet.  
Monday:  Polygon Sum/MCA Review
Tuesday:  Angle Measurement/MCA Review
Wednesday:  Angle Measurement/MCA Review
Thursday: MCA Review
Friday:  MCA Review

Upcoming Dates  
NEXT WEEK: MCA III math-May 1-May 5

- Ms. Wilson
Upcoming Events
  • May 1-4 -- MCA Math Test during Math classes
  • Monday, May 29 -- NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, June 13 -- Last Day of School

Alan Husby
Bronwyn Wuchpfennig 
(Social Studies)

Stacy Risinger
(Language Arts)

Lonna Wilson 
Heather Walker  
Other 6th Grade Advisors:

Marni Heck

Chase Burkhart

Other Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640

Field School Site Council
6th Grade Parent Reps:
Cathe Brandt

Lisa Purcell
** Site Council meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.

Field Community School
 4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612-668-3640 | Fax: 612-668-3661

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