6th Grade Newsletter - April 9, 2012

Sixth Grade News -- with Language Arts
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Welcome to the final marking period of this school year.  We still have a lot of learning to do, and "testing season" is now upon us.    Please try to help your student be prepared every day until we say goodbye on June 5.
Volunteer Tea April 26 at 2:45.

Language Arts


This week we will read a Star Trib article: "Four Myths About Immigration" and related poems and readings.The socratic seminar is on Friday.

Reading Homework is due on Mondays.  



Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a restful and exciting spring break.  As the top of the newsletter states, "testing season is upon us".  We are going to be moving fast and working hard to make sure we are familiar with ALL the 6th grade standards as well as reviewing everything mathematically from kindergarten to present.  It seems like a lot of work, but these are VERY hard working 6th graders.  I know they will do their best! 

We are going to review some of the geometry standards from the beginning of the year in preparation for the surface area and volume work we will do later this week. 


This week each table group will design and build a truss bridge made entirely of straws and paper clips.  Fun but frustrating!


Homework this week: Writing Clear Directions. Students are challenged to write a clear set of instructions for others to follow.  Most will choose the option of explaining how to make a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich.   Later in the week I will pick a couple at random and try to follow the directions.  


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


Social Studies 

Classwork:  We will be continuing with Ch. 8 activities and reading while completing our Cornell Notes.  Please remind your children to review their vocab a little bit every day.


Homework:  Current MN History Event due April 16, 2012.


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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From counselor Wendy Wolff:


We will be sending third quarter report cards to all families and you should receive them early the week following spring break.  We are offering student success groups as well as after school support so please contact Wendy Wolff if your child is struggling with organization, missing assignments or study skills. We want all students to feel comfortable seeking out support when needed!


Thank you to all students and families who donated to our Pennies for Patients fundraiser over the past few weeks. We raised a total of $529.46 and congratulations to the top 3 Advisories who turned in their coins.  Ms. Fernandez came in first place with a total of $76.18, Ms. Heck came in second place with a total of $43.96 and Ms. Mazig came in 3rd place with a total of $36.35. Great job everyone!!


LASTLY! The masquerade ball held her at Field on Friday March 16 was a HUGE success thanks to the hard work of student council, staff and parent volunteers! Congratulations to Azsareea Smith for winning the grand prize for the best MASK!  




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, April 9 -- Fourth quarter begins


Tues-Wed., April 17-18 -- MCA Reading Test


Thurs., April 26, 2:45 -- Volunteer Tea


Monday, May 7 -- Staff Day -- NO STUDENTS


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


Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:



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