6th Grade Newsletter - January 23, 2017

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6th GRADE NEWSLETTER
Monday, Jan. 23, 2017
Welcome!
All assignments must be turned in this week!  Please encourage your child to check their grades to make sure they are the grades they want.  Students have the ability to improve their grades if they put in the work. Students should complete missing assignments, talk with teachers about how to improve, and/or re-taking quizzes if available.   

NOTE FROM OUR SOCIAL WORKER, Mariam Graff:
As the Social Worker at Field I am always amazed by the generosity of the Field Community. I am requesting your help with a Second Semester Supply Drive. I am in need of single subject notebooks, folders, pencils, binders and pencil pouches. Please drop your donations off at the Main Office. They are greatly appreciated!

From Student Council:
Community Service:  Starting now, we have a fundraiser for the homeless shelters call "Hibernating for the Homeless" happening at Field.  We are selling gummy bear grams for students to send to each other.  The cost is $1.00 per gram.  The money raised by selling the gummy bear grams will go towards buying supplies for snack packs which we will be giving to homeless shelters.  
Spirit Committee:  Twin day is coming!  On Friday, February 3rd, we encourage all students to dress in pairs or in Twins sports apparel.  Anyone can dress up and appropriate clothing is expected.  We will hold a competition for students who have the most spirit.  During the contest we expect good sportsmanship.  

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.  This space will be where you can read the virtue and have a family discussion about it.

Virtue:  Week 1-23-17
The Virtue of Openness
Quote: "To open deeply, as genuine spiritual life requires, we need tremendous courage and strength, a kind of warrior spirit." By: Jack Kornfield, A Path With Heart
I am hones and transparent.
I am direct and candid in sharing my perspective.
I appreciate new ideas and possibilities.
I sincerely want to communicate.
I have no hidden motives.
I care about the views and feelings of others.
I am willing to receive life's bounties.
    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 for all the families who have donated books!  The students are very excited to see the library grow!


Parents, please look for the daily information below in your child's planner.
notepadThis week in Language Arts:

Monday:  Final Projects Due and Presentations
Tuesday: 
Presentations
Wednesday: 
Presentations
Thursday: Presentations
Friday: No School

Remember, what you do not finish in class you can take home and complete for the next day!

Progress reports were sent home for those students missing work.  Check the student/parent portal for missing work and assignment details.  All work is due by Thursday January 26th.

        -- Ms. Risinger

    Social Studies      
   
Special Note:  Our classroom is running out of extra pencils.  If you would like to donate some to the room, we would appreciate it!

CLASSWORK:
Monday-Tuesday:  Historic Fort Snelling Virtual Tour on iPads
Wednesday: Talliaferro Activity
Thursday:  Tower and Braid Video
Friday:  Day off-Record Keeping for Teachers

HOMEWORK:  Victorian Art Activity for Kids

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

Greetings!

Last week:  
      Lego machines using gears

This week:
          Tentative schedule:  Mon:  Review of simple machines and work
         Tues: Notebook check** and intro to tools
  Wed:  Analyze and diagram a tool
 Thurs: Final opportunity to build with Lego kits?
  Fri:  No school for students

* Tuesday's notebook check will be a brief assessment to check whether students are keeping up with warm-ups, data collection, and class notes.  It will include times from the past 2 weeks.  I will give details on Monday during class.

Homework this week:   HW8: Simple machines and Work



What you should expect to see in the science section of your child's planner:  
        I ask students to write just a few words about each day's activities, AND to mark boldly the dates when assignments are due or when there is a quiz/test.

What you should expect to see in your child's science notebook:
        I ask students to 
1) Write daily warm-ups -- one week's worth on one page.  The page should be labelled "Warm-ups" with the week's dates included.  If the warm-up is a question, the student should write out the question as well as their response.   
2) Write observations, notes, or data on consecutive pages, so that the notebook is organized by date.  Each page should be labelled with the title of the activity and the date.   

How to study, using the notebook -- daily review and for tests
3)  Students have not been specifically asked to do this yet, but they should be reviewing and adding details or examples of each day's activity to the left side of the notebook page they are referring to.   Color coding, student-created diagrams, and re-wording of concepts or facts are great ways for a student to move information into long-term memory, especially if they review the day's learning within 24 hours, and again a day or two later.

4) Before quizzes or tests, it is a great idea for students to arrange a "study date" with a friend or classmate, so that they can practice explaining the big ideas to each other, and to help each other clarify misunderstandings or gaps in their learning.
Microscope
- Mr. Husby

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

For the last four days of the quarter we will spend class time/homework time reviewing multiplication and division with decimal numbers.  This is work from unit 4 learning targets 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4.   
 
Monday:  Multiplication with decimals
Tuesday: Division with decimals
Wednesday:  Real-world mathematical problems 
Thursday: Order of operations with decimals
Friday:  No school

- Ms. Wilson
Upcoming Events


 

  • Thurs., Jan. 26 -- Final day of Quarter and Semester 
  • Friday, Jan. 27 -- NO SCHOOL (Staff work day)
  • Monday, Jan. 30 -- NO SCHOOL (Staff work day) 
  • Tues., Jan 31 -- First day of Quarter 3!
TEACHING STAFF:

Alan Husby
(Science)
Alan.Husby@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
 
Bronwyn Wuchpfennig 
(Social Studies)
Bronwyn.Wucherpfennig@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Stacy Risinger
(Language Arts)
Stacy.Risinger@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Lonna Wilson 
(Math)
Lonna.Wilson@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
 
Heather Walker  
(AVID) 
Heather.Walker@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
____________________________
Other 6th Grade Advisors:

Marni Heck
Marni.Heck@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Chase Burkhart
Chase.Burkhart@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
___________________________

Other Field School Student Resources:
 
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640
Mariam.Graff@mpls.k12.mn.us

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Field School Site Council
6th Grade Parent Reps:
 
Cathe Brandt
brandtmpls@comcast.net

Lisa Purcell
lisa.purcell@gmail.com
 
** 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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