6th Grade Newsletter - December 16, 2013

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6th Grade News
Dance Fever!
The Student Council and Counselor Wendy Wolff did a wonderful job of organizing, setting up, and cleaning up after the dance on Friday night.   Thanks also to all the parent volunteers!   It felt like a big success.
Clean out Lockers
Many student lockers are FULL and need to be cleared out before Winter Break.  (The Field mice become very bold and curious during our two weeks off.)  Please consider sending a grocery bag with your student to carry home all their accumulated items. We will check all lockers on Wed. or Thursday. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found items will be donated to charity over winter break.  Students should claim their lost items by Friday, December 20. 
Winter Break
We hope all our students and families enjoy the two-week break beginning next Monday, and everyone comes back rested and relaxed!

Language Arts


No news this week.


Our new unit started last Friday with a quick place value activity, including decimal place value.  This reminder will help students make sure their answer makes sense when we have a one day activity on adding and subtracting decimals.  We will wrap up the week with multiplication with decimal numbers.

Have a wonderful winter break.    

REMINDER:  Homework is assigned on Mondays and Wednesdays, and due the next day.   It should usually take no more than 30-45 minutes.  Students will have detailed notes from class to use to help with homework.  The idea of homework is to practice what was learned in class or review previous mastered concepts.   


Please contact me if you have any questions.


Ms. Wilson


Last week:

We built cubes of straws and paper clips.  Connecting the straws firmly was the biggest challenge.  We also visited the Inca empire to learn about their engineering skills.


This week:

1.  See how the Incas built bridges out of grass.   2. Build truss bridges with straws and paper clips.  3.  Organize class notes to review and summarize what we know about engineers.  AND 4.  Because I am mean, there will probably be a short engineering quiz on Friday.


Homework this week:  

Design a City Monument  


I am usually available during recess time on Tues-Wed-Thur. for individual help.


Most assignments and class notes can be downloaded from my school web page:  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/Husby 

Social Studies   


Upcoming Classwork: 


We will be learning about history of dreamcatchers and making a class dreamcatcher as well as looking at the history of the city of Duluth as it played a major role in the emerging conflicts between Dakota and Ojibwe.  An Educreations project on the ipad will also be created to display the migration of Ojibwe into Minnesota.


Homework:  Study Ch. 4 Ojibwe Vocab and Cornell Notes Questions for quiz on Friday before we leave for break.

From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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From Counselor Wendy Wolff:

Middle School students should expect to spend 30-60 minutes on homework every night. Research indicates that students who have a consistent time and place each day to do homework tend to be more productive and ultimately successful in their classes- even if they say they "have no homework".:) Homework includes tasks assigned by the teacher, completing classwork not finished in class, reviewing notes, studying for tests AND reading for fun. Reviewing class notes for 10-15 minutes every day for each core class helps lock information in the long term memory which improves test performance and ultimately school success. Cornell notes are set up so students can "test themselves" on how well they understand the concepts covered in class. Going over their notes each night also helps them identify concepts they may need to clarify with teachers.  Please encourage your child to set a time each day for "homework". If you have questions about your child's progress grades, please feel free to call me, I am at Field on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!



Please support the Field holiday food drive! All non perishable food items are welcome and students can put them in the bin by the office door. We will deliver donated food to our community partner, Full Cycle, on December 18. Help us fill the bin and help support homeless youth in our community!

Dates to Remember:
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 Mon, Dec. 23 to Jan 5 -- WINTER BREAK


Mon., Jan. 6 -- Welcome back!

Community Opportunities:


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

Quick Links

Parent portal Log-in


Field web site

Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Marni Heck

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt


Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:

Erin Thompson

Jeanne Mettner


Main Office (and Attendance):

About the Site Council:

Site Council meetings are 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.

This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by alan.husby@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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