6th Grade Newsletter - November 4, 2013

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Here we go!  Quarter 2 begins today.  Fresh start for everyone! Let's make it a success for everyone.

Please sit down with your 6th grade student and:
1.  Review their goals/plans for success this quarter.
2.  Help them clean out their binders and folders.
3.  Restock pencils, paper, notebooks as needed.
4.  Review the routines and expectations for each class (including homework and writing in their planners).
5.  Make a commitment to check in at once a week if your student is struggling to keep organized.  

Consistently checking in and supporting the routines makes a difference -- and makes students feel successful as they stay on top of tasks.


The No Sale Fundraiser is back! The fundraiser runs from November 4 thru December 12, 2013. This is a Hale/Field Fundraiser that helps our schools get much needed money to supplement academic and community events. We hope to raise lots of money this year.

            Please go to the GiveMn link http://givemn.razoo.com/ to donate. Put Field School in the search box (upper right hand corner) and your choices will appear. 


                  In two weeks, you have an opportunity to double your dollars by connecting to Give to the Max! Day in Minnesota. On November 14, every donation you make gives Field School the chance to win even more money. Hundreds of organizations will offer the opportunity to double your dollars with matching grants throughout the 24 hours of Give to the Max! Day.

                  Please share the website with friends and community members as a way to support Field Community Middle School. How often have your family or friends asked what they can do to help your school? This is an easy, tax-deductible way to help and all the money goes back to our school.

Language Arts


This week in Language Arts:


We will be working on a poetry writing assignment on Monday. Students will have a vocabulary quiz on vocabulary from Through the Tunnel and Walk Two Moons. Students were given a study list last week and should use that to prepare. Students should also have the words in their readers/writers notebooks. There will be a Socratic seminar on Walk Two Moons on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be spent in the computer lab working on a 3-paragraph response essay to the seminar discussion.


Students should complete a reading log/journal for homework this week.


FRESH START FOR EVERYONE! New quarter and a new unit means everyone has a clean slate.  No one has missing assignments, no one needs to work on meeting the standards on an old quiz, everyone is starting fresh.  With a fresh start it means students need to make a commitment to getting work done on time everyday.  


We are starting our next unit, Rational Numbers.  Students will work with common multiples and factors, expressing numbers in prime factorization form using exponents, review order of operations, and add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.  


This is a good time to review with your child multiplication/division facts.  At the 6th grade level students have already mastered double/triple digit multiplication. That is not a skill that will be taught in the classroom, so you might have to dust off your own pencil and show your child how it's done; anyway you want.  


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


Here are the continuing routines in science.   Please help your student to keep up with them.

1. Students should write a warm-up in their notebooks each day.  Each week, students should begin a new page. (I usually post the warm-ups AND sample notebook entries for the previous week on my school web page.  You and your student are welcome to use them.)

2.  Students should also write a daily entry in their planners.  It is usually just a few words, so it is a fairly painless routine. Please check your student's planner at least weekly to see whether they are keeping up in all classes.   

3.  Homework is usually assigned each Monday and due by Thursday.  

4.  Students should spend 5 minutes each day reviewing any additional notes they wrote during class that day.  It is helpful to review by re-writing the main ideas in another form, and using diagrams or colors extends the learning even more.  


This week:

This week, we continue to study variables, fair experiments, and what scientists do.  There will be a short quiz.  Later in the week, students will begin to explore what engineers do.


Homework this week:  Experiment to explore what causes a Lifesaver to dissolve faster or slower.  We have already done a similar experiment in class.  (Each student will be given 2 Lifesavers candies. If they lose or eat them, any other hard candies will do.  But it will probably take longer . . .)  Due Thursday.


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

Social Studies   


Upcoming Classwork:  


This wee we will be looking at main ideas of Chapter 2 and putting them into our Cornell Notes as well as completing some interesting activities with petroglyphs and NAGPRA while discussing the differences between primary and secondary sources!  Ask your child about NAGPRA, primary sources, secondary sources and petroglyphs!


Homework: Famous Firsts Summarizing Worksheet due November 11.

From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Dates to Remember:
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Thursday, Nov. 14 -- "Give to the Max" Day.


Tuesday, Nov. 19 (5 - 8 pm)  Field Book Fair at Barnes and Noble -- come hear local author Nick Hupton and the Field music groups perform. 


W-Th-F, Nov. 27-29 -- NO SCHOOL.

Community Opportunities:



WASHBURN HS presents their Fall Spotlight Production of 
"YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN". This production is being directed by students and features all of your favorite Charlie Brown characters. Join Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown and more! 
November 6-9 at 7pm. 
November 9 at 2pm. 
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/children. 
November 6th is pay what you can.



Washburn Arts Council and the Washburn Foundation announce their Second Annual Fall Arts Gala, a fundraiser to support visual and performing arts at Washburn High School. Money raised will be used to purchase a pug mill and printing press, and to enhance stage, sound, and lighting in the Washburn High School Auditorium.

Saturday, November 16 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, located at 3450 Irving Ave South in Minneapolis. The Beatles-themed celebration will feature student performers and artists, and a special performance by acclaimed jazz artist and Washburn alumnus Connie Evingson. There will be opportunities to purchase student art, sign up for a "Great Gathering," buy wine chances and mystery box items, bid on live auction items, and donate cash. Advance tickets are $35 ($40 at the door) and can be purchased through Eventbrite at: 
The Gala will include light appetizers and a cash bar.


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

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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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