6th Grade Newsletter - November 17, 2014

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This newsletter is coming out later than usual due to a problem with the Constant Contact web site yesterday.

Volunteers Needed For Field Holiday Helpers

We need many volunteers to help get this program up and going and we need them ASAP!


If you are interested in helping, or hearing more about the program please contact Shelley Adams-Jones at 612.751.0888 or email her at 


Barnes and Noble Book Fair 
Monday, November 17, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Galleria Barnes and Noble in Edina.
"Support Field, Support the Students, Support the Teachers and Support Reading"
If you can't make the event you can still support the school and do some holiday shopping. All week November 17-23 you can go to http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bookfairs/index.asp and put in our number of 11455029 and we will receive credit for your purchases.

Teachers at Field Community volunteered to support this campaign by sporting a new beard/mustache style for the month of November. During the lunch periods on November 17, 19, 21, students can vote for a teacher of choice and a beard/mustache style for that particular teacher to grow and  wear. Each vote will be $.25. Students can vote for multiple teachers or even a single teacher multiple times. Thank you for your support and let's have some fun with this!

Language Arts

They unlocked the door, even more slowly, and let Margot out. "All Summer in a Day", by Ray Bradbury

What happens next? is the question we all have when reading the end of this story. Last week we drafted our creative ideas for a new story ending. We continue in the computer lab on Monday and share our stories on Tuesday. We will have time on Wednesday to complete our revisions; story endings are due at the end of the period on Wednesday.

On Thursday we will read the "Elements of a Play" in the Reader's Handbook. Next week we will re-read, take notes on our reading, and prepare for group posters.

Friday we will S.W.A.G.again, we were very engaged during our introduction with Ms. J and Kenny Bless.

Reading homework journals are due the first day of the week; read every school day, journal once a week.

Reading homework journal:  blank forms are available here.
We did not take the OLPA test this week.  It has been postponed.  I requested more instruction time in the classroom so the 6th graders can take unit 3 benchmark assessment before Thanksgiving break.  This allowed students more time to process/practice surface area of prisms.  

Next week we will take a couple of days to work with volume of prisms and then review the entire unit on Wednesday.  Students will take a study sheet home on Monday for the entire unit.  I expect students to practice each standard a couple of minutes each night.  

The benchmark assessment will cover all learning targets for unit 3 and students will have 2 days to complete the assessment.  As always, students can use their bookmark as a "google sheet" on every assessment.  


Homework Assignments: Students will have math homework assignment every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The assignment is due the next day.  Students are expected to write the assignment in their planner at the beginning of every class period.  Please check planners!  Homework is designed to help students practice skills taught in the classroom.  We take notes in class and have practice problems written down in the students' notebooks, so they have a reference/help resource when completing the homework each night.  The time it takes students to finish the assignments will vary based on the students ability, but NO ONE should spend more than 30 minutes completing an assignment.  


Please contact me if you have any questions.


Ms. Wilson


Last week:

-- Bubble experiment, Benchmark test, thinking about engineered products.


This week:

More engineering:  

1. Auto airbags, and the trade-offs in their use and design;   

2.  Designing a better paper clip;  

3. Practice drawing diagrams (an important skill for both scientists and engineers).


Homework this week:

   -- HW2 Improve a Design (due Thursday, Nov. 20)  AND

   -- HW3 Drawing Practice (ALSO due Thursday, Nov. 20)


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:  We will finish up activities with Ojibwe.  We will stop to do a Weird MN project based on the history of Charles Schultz and Minnesota as well as discuss some life lessons from an article about Charles Schultz.  Kids will then do a cartoon based on the characters of Peanuts and put "themselves" into the cartoon.  It was lots of fun last year.  Ask them to see the end product.  


We will be taking some time early in the week to hand back an assignment regarding the history of Duluth.  There were many low scores.  I am going to go over the assignments with them and explain how they can redo portions of it to raise their grade.  They will have to redo it outside of class time.


While we discussed these issues before giving the assignment, many students did not complete questions completely which led to the low scores.  Some of the issues you could talk with your child about are as follows:


a.  Read the question carefully.  If it asks for "characteristics" it means to list more than one thing because it is plural.


b.  Answer as much as you can to have a complete answer.  If the article lists five items for a question, be sure to include all instead of only the first item.


Homework: Redo and complete two assignments:  In Flander's Field and Duluth History questions.

From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Dates to Remember:
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Mon., Nov. 17 -- Barnes and Noble Book Fair.


Wed-Fri, Nov. 26-28 -- NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving break)


Friday, Dec. 5  First School dance of this year!

Community Opportunities:

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

Quick Links


Field web site


Northern Lights Hardcover Textbooks

Reading Journal blanks
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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