6th Grade Newsletter - November 7, 2011

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Hello!  We are now beginning Quarter 2 -- a fresh start for all.  During this quarter we expect students to take on a bit more responsibility for their own learning.  Everyone knows the routines and the expectations, so we can spend less time giving reminders.

This is a great group of sixth graders, and we know they will rise to the challenge.

Save The Date:  
6th Graders will be going to Long Lake Conversation Center March 19 through the 23, 2012.  This is the annual overnight camping trip students at Field school have been experiencing for the past 30 years. Boys will travel to Long Lake located in Palisade, MN Monday through Wednesday while the girls are back at school attending classes. On Wednesday morning the girls will travel to Long Lake and switch places with the boys.  The boys will travel back to the Twin Cities Wednesday afternoon and attend classes at Field School Thursday and Friday.  More information will be sent home soon.  

A note about picking up forgotten items:
Did your child forget their homework, instrument or lunch?  Students appreciate parents bringing forgotten items to school; however, we would like to keep classroom interruptions to a minimum.  Parents may drop items off in the office for the student to retrieve during passing time.  Students will not be called; once they realize they forgot something, they can check with the office. 

Language Arts



"I'm part of some big circle that I don't understand. And so are you. Life, death, good and bad, everything is part of that circle. When I hurt you, I hurt myself, too." Cole to Peter, TSB


We wrap up our novel study of Touching Sprit Bear this week. A study guide for the final test and a Unit 1 vocabulary list will be handed out on Monday. The end of the unit vocabulary test is Wednesday; the final test is Thursday. The next week we will write a book review of the novel.


Our next Novel Study will be centered on Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson. This is a substitution for previously planned Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep. Please use the following information to update your syllabus.


Bridge to Terabithia

    Novel by Katherine Patterson

            Writing:  Creating a Secret Kingdom, writing stories

Daybooks:  Unit 2 - Strategic Reading, Unit 6- Studying an Author:

                Lois Lowry          

            Junior Great Books:  "Soumchi"

            Companion Texts:  "The Dream Keeper" and "Dream Dust",

                           Langston Hughes

Suggested Reading and Viewing: The Lion, the Witch and the



Reading homework is due on Monday.




It feels wonderful to have a fresh start with the new quarter.  Students have the opportunity to stay on track by completing homework every Monday and Wednesday night and handing it in the next day.  


We continue to work with fractions this week.  Monday and Tuesday is a quick review of adding and subtracting fractions.  Next is multiplication and division of fractions. 



microscopeWelcome to Quarter 2!

We will continue to refer back to models, designs, and engineering throughout the year, but for now we are moving on.  For the next couple of weeks, students will be practicing how to set up and run controlled experiments as they review the basics of matter -- what is it, how do we recognize each state of matter, etc. 

As the quarter progresses, we will focus on energy in several different forms, including light, sound, chemical, heat, and electrical.

Homework this week:  An experiment to try at home (Will ice cubes melt faster in a cup of salt water or fresh water?), and a short reading about the scientific process.

I have a student teacher beginning this week.  Her name is Heather Butzlaaf, and she will be with us for the next 8 weeks.  Over that time she will gradually begin to take on more teaching responsibilities.  

Science assignments for this quarter can usually be found at:  Husby's web pages (usually only after they are assigned).


Social Studies 

CLASSWORK:   Ch. 2 Quiz on Monday.  We will then end our unit with a fun activity from a book I have called Weird Minnesota.  Tossed into this week also will be some fun inference activities to go along with how archaeologists do their work.  We will then begin Ch. 3 The Dakota by reading it and doing our Cornell Notes later in the week.  

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HOMEWORK:  Homework #5 will be due Monday, Nov. 14.


AVID students will have their first guest speaker on Friday , November, 11th (Veteran's Day).  In preparation for this event, students read a Star Tribune article titled A Faith Fulfilled, by Steve Brandt.  It describes what happened when Arthur and Edith Lee bought a home in the Field neighborhood.  http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/38722822.html  Arthur Lee "was a Minnesota native.  He was also a World War 1 veteran  He worked as a guard at the post office, and he and his wife were black."  This Wednesday, students will read an additional Star Tribune article titled  A lesson in Racism that crosses Racial Lines, also by Steve Brandt. http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/124859544.html  This article describes our speaker, Joe Senkyr-Minjares, a veteran himself, and owner of Pepitos restaurant on Chicago.  The article explains how Joe became involved in planning an event of this past summer, commemorating the 80 year anniversary of the Lee family's experience in an all white south Minneapolis neighborhood.  Parents are welcome to join us for our speaker.  If possible, please email me ahead so that I know you are coming and plan enough seating.

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:
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Dates to Remember:
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Community Opportunities:

Youth Performance Company, a Minneapolis/St. Paul-based theatre company, is offering theatre classes this winter: Saturdays, January 21 - February 25.  Acting, singing, dancing: YPC has it all!  Check out of class offerings and register online at www.youthperformanceco.org.  Register by January 7th and save $5 off tuition!  Link
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