6th Grade Newsletter - April 30, 2012

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Summer School

Summer School Applications should be turned in to the office.  Information regarding Summer School can be found on the website.


Language Arts


We are finishing up our novel, Seedfolks, this week.  As a fun final project, each class will plant their own garden just like the characters in the book!  So far, we have collected about 100 empty Kuering coffee cups for this project, but we still need more.  If you have any you would like to donate please do! We are also accepting donations of seeds for students to plant.  Thank you!


Also, don't forget!  Reading Homework is due on Mondays.



We are finding the volumes of rectangular prisms this week.  MCA III tests will happen for 6th graders Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday May 8-10.  We will be in the computer lab all three days.  



We finish our "machines and work" unit this week by applying those concepts to new situations. 


Students will practice using ramps and levers to move things.  If there is time, they will also see how an old weapon called a trebuchet used leverage to knock down the walls of a castle.


There will be a short quiz about machines and work later this week (Wed. or later).  Last week's homework will be most of the study guide.


Homework this week:  Design a Rube Goldberg device.  Think of the old "Mousetrap" game:  you use common objects to create a set of ramps, pulleys, and levers to accomplish a simple task.  If students want to actually build their device, they can bring in pictures and a step-by-step description.  (Marbles, Hot-Wheels tracks, and dominoes are very popular items for these projects.)


Science assignments for this quarter can usually be found at:  Husby's web pages (usually only after they are assigned).


Social Studies 

Classwork:  Weird MN coming up with the beginning of Ch. 11 on Wednesday!  Students should be studying vocab/notes after Wed. a little bit every day!

Homework:  Study vocal and notes every day!  (This should take approx. 15 minutes) and Mapping MN worksheet!  If kids did not finish their Ch. 10 Get it Guides in class last Friday, they can finish them at home this week!




More news later!  


New Field families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html  Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.

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From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Family Focus

(From social worker Julie Peterson):




Enforcing consequences can be tough - your teen needs you as a parent, not a pal!  It may be hard to believe but teenagers want rules and limits set for them.   Establish family rules and expectations and then set appropriate consequences for not following a rule.  Teens are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior that they have previously discussed and established clear consequences for with their parent(s).  Be consistent.  And most importantly, notice and acknowledge the positive.




The middle school years are a good time to start giving your teen more independence; It helps them establish their own place in the world.  As your teen becomes more reliable and mature increase privileges and opportunities for independence.   If they fall, they still have you to catch them and to guide them before they are out on their own.  Remember some of life's most valuable lessons are learned through life experiences!


Struggling navigating through the teen years?  Two Field parents developed an app that answers alot of teens' -- and their parents'-- tough questions about things they face: relationships, mental health, substance abuse, bullying, etc.  called teensphere.  You can learn more about the app at teensphere.com.  Check it out!



Did you know that having an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others? Try it with your family!  Do one small thoughtful or generous thing for each member of your family daily; express your appreciation for someone's skills or talents.




Dates to Remember:
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Monday, May 7 -- Staff Day -- NO STUDENTS


Tues-Thurs, May 8-10 -- MCA Math Test, during math classes


Monday, May 28 -- Memorial Day -- NO SCHOOL

Community Opportunities:




In This Issue
Language Arts
Social Studies
From our Administrators
Dates to Remember
Community Opportunities

Quick Links

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Parent portal sign-up
Field web site
Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Del Bey
Marni Heck
Kim Hotchkiss

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Gretchen Mattson


Math Specialist:

Mark Usem


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