6th Grade Newsletter - May 18, 2015

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6th Grade News
The End Is Near!
We are quickly approaching the end of the school year.  It is becoming harder for students to concentrate, and there are many distractions and special events coming up.   It would be best for your 6th grader to take care of missing assignments NOW -- it only gets harder from here on out!

End of Year Celebration at Grand Slam in Burnsville, MN!


Field trip slips were sent home and are on salmon colored paper and come with a white Waiver Release Form for the trampoline at Grand Slam!  


Please ask your child for this information and send back to Ms. Wucherpfennig as soon as you can.  Checks made payable to Field School.


The basics of the trip are as follows:


Friday, June 5 11 am -2 pm


Shortened Core Classes in Morning

Grand Slam from 11-2


Our cost per student:  $20


Cost includes:



Hot dog and Pop

4 Arcade Tokens

Unlimited Trampoline, Lazer Tag, Krazy Kars, Batting Cages and Mini Golf.


If your child plans on participating in the unlimited trampoline, Grand Slam requires SOCKS and a WAIVER FORM.  Grand Slam has asked that I remind parents to fill out the complete waiver form.


Any questions, email Bronwyn Wucherpfennig.



Student Council will again be supporting the efforts of our local community service partner, Full Cycle. We will be collecting food items from Monday May 18 - Wednesday May 27  to help them support the needs of those who are hungry in our community.  Students/teachers/staff will be able to contribute food to ANY teachers' box.  The teacher from each grade level with the most donations will be entered into a bike race (Mario Cart Style) around the school that will be held at the end of the day on Friday May 29.  Below is the point system that will provide the teacher with "Power Ups" to use during the race!


1 Point - Canned Foods (Soup, Tuna, Meat, Fruit, Beans, etc.)  

2 Points - Canned Foods with Pop Top Lids

3 Points - Boxed Foods (Low Sugar Cereal, Crackers, etc.)

4 Points - Juice Boxes, Peanut Butter

5 Points - Can Openers


In addition we will be hosting a "Field Bike Rally" on Friday May 29. If you are cleaning out your garage this spring and have bikes or bike parts that you would like to donate, please bring them in or ride them to school on May 29 and Full Cycle will pick them up to use for their homeless youth apprenticeship program.  Every bike donated will help Full Cycle accomplish their mission to reduce youth homelessness in our community. Our goal is to collect 50 bikes.  You may view a video for Full Cycle with the link below.  It explains their mission and ways they serve homeless youth in south Minneapolis.


Language Arts

We have finished reading Seedfolks and have started on the final assessments. We will have class time to work; depending on how efficient students are working in class, they may need extra time at home. I have cancelled reading homework for the year to allow more time to work on these project based assessments. 
The first assessment is a character acrostic poem sheet. The second is a matrix of assignments that they choose from. They need to pick four projects for full credit. Students have been provided with the assignment choices and a file to collect and turn in their work. The last day to turn the work in is Tuesday, May 26.
We will have time to work in the computer lab on Wednesday and Thursday.

Our SWAG celebration is during class time on Friday, May 22.

Last week's homework journal is due today, Monday, May 18.

Reading homework journal:  blank forms are available here.
Students have been working on transformations and take a quiz today.  The quiz will focus on the work they have been doing in class on the Wump characters, specifically translations and dilations. We had a class assignment on Friday that was also to be used as a study guide over the weekend.  This unit is moving fast and students should be completing homework every night to keep on top of all the vocabulary and rules of transformations.  This is a good time to ask your child about their math bookmark and make sure they are taking notes to use during quizzes.   

Next, scale factor.  There will be another quiz by the end of the week.  


Back to regular homework routine.  Homework everynight Monday-Thursday and due the next day.      


Please contact me if you have any questions.


Ms. Wilson


Last week:

1.  Microscopes, microorganisms

2. Mystery substances: Are they alive?

3. Cells


This week:

1.  How and why do cells divide?

2.  Plant parts

3.  Plant reproduction


Homework this week:

   -- HW7 The Lowly Paramecium;   due Thursday!


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

Social Studies   


Classwork this week: As our year draws to a close, we will finish with a chapter on Prohibition and the Great Depression with an open book quiz to end the unit.  We will continue with a guest speaker from Junior Achievement who will work on looking at financial aspects in more detail from some of the topics we have studied throughout the year.  In closing, we will do some general financial literacy lessons utilizing a fun new musical website called Flocabulary and some great ipad activities that reinforce financial concepts.


Homework: None



books-apple-icon2.jpg Reader's Workshop

During the next four weeks of Reader's Workshop, students will be reading Time For Kids magazines and doing a close reading of the cover story.  This technique helps students read for understanding, learn craft and structure, and integrate knowledge and ideas. Students will also be reading current news articles of interest from NEWSELA. The task will be to find the main ideas and write summaries.

*Note to parents: I will be on medical leave beginning May 11th through the end of the school year. Unfortunately, I am having back surgery that requires three months of recovery time. Your children have been a pleasure to teach this year. I look forward to returning in the fall with renewed energy and enthusiasm! In the meantime, two of Field's preferred substitutes will be teaching the Reading B.E.S.T. classes.
Bev Halvorson
Reading Specialist
Dates to Remember:
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Monday, May 25 -- NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)


Friday, June 5 -- Last day of 6th grade!!


Community Opportunities:

In This Issue
Contact Info:

Language Arts
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

Social Studies
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Marni Heck

School Social Worker:
Mariam Graff


Linda Reiner



Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt



Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:

C.C. Strom


Danielle Zdon



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.

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