6th Grade Newsletter - June 4, 2012

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Language Arts


Welcome to the last few days of school!  If you have not done so yet, please turn in your research paper, the 20 word GIST assignment, and any other missing work you may have.


We (Ms. Barry and Ms. Pederson) want to thank you all for an amazing year! Each and every one of you has amazed us with your hard work and progress over the year.  Have a great summer filled with reading!



Where did the year go?!?!  As I look back at all the skills the 6th graders have mastered I can't believe we got it all done.  The students worked hard and have blossomed into wonderful mathematical thinkers.  I am very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to hearing about their continued growth as they move to seventh grade.  


I had a blast teaching this group of 6th graders.  They enjoyed learning and were curious about the next steps.  Their kindness and laughter were a day brightener.  I hope students keep in touch and come back to visit the "upstairs".  


Have a wonderful summer everyone!

Ms. Wilson



Thank you for a wonderful school year!  This group of 6th graders has been a true pleasure to work with.  As parents you have much to be proud of.


Please consider asking your NEW 7th grader to visit the library once a week during the summer, to talk to you once a week about what they are reading, to explore a different country or a different animal every week and tell you about it, to try a new sport or activity, to learn a new song, to bike someplace new with you or with friends, to build something or cook something or sew something . . . and to relax some too.   


Screen time (TV, video games) should be limited to 1-2 hours a day, even during the summer.


Social Studies  

Thank you so much, students and parents, for such an enjoyable year.  Moving to 6th grade after twenty years of teaching older students was a huge transition and your children made it so easy.  Their love of learning, passion for always doing their best and genuine kindness made it an awesome year.   



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):





Want your teen to talk more, try listening more.  One thing I've learned in my 15 years as a School Social Worker is that frequently kids just want somebody to listen to them.  Many times talking through the problem or concern helps clarify the situation. While listening keep good eye contact, remain calm (as tough as this may be at times), focus only on what your teen is saying, and respond appropriately (e.g. nod head, say words like interesting, really?).  Next time your teen comes to you wanting to talk try listening without offering advice, judgment or suggestions, you may be surprised at how much more your teen has to say.


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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Tues., June 5 -- Last day of school with our beloved 6th graders.



Community Opportunities:




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

Quick Links

Parent portal Log-in 

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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