6th Grade Newsletter - October 20, 2014

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Back to normal! 
We have a full week of classes.  Conferences continue Thursday 3:00-7:30.

Change in Picture Retake schedule:
Picture retakes will be on Thursday, Oct. 23,  not Friday. Please have students bring back original packets if you want a retake.  Order forms are in the office.

Speaking of conferences . . .
Among the most uplifting comments I have heard so far:
  --"My job is to make sure my kid becomes a decent human being."
Besides our academic concerns, I hope we are helping your children learn and practice:
   -- Forgiving others' mistakes and your own
   -- Learning from others' mistakes and your own
   -- Resilience
   -- How to be part of a community
   -- Finding humor in life
   -- A love of learning
   -- Curiosity about the world

Socktober at Field!
The students in Advisory room 101 are participating in a community service project inspired by the Youtube video, "Kid President Socktober."  We learned that homeless shelters often run short of, and could use more, socks in all colors and sizes.  Between October 20 and November 1 we are declaring it, "SOCKtober" at Field School.  Advisory 101 is asking kids and adults to bring in new or gently used clean socks to donate to local homeless shelters. We will provide bags for collection in each advisory. Help us help others, bring in socks today. Sock on!!!

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"  
With every book you purchase at the Barnes and Noble Book fair a % goes to bring new and teacher-chosen books into our school.  We all understand that schools need our support.  You can come and shop November 17 or go online that week and do your part to bring the gift of books and reading to Field.

Language Arts



It was a pleasure to see so many of you during conferences! If you haven't scheduled a conference on Thursday, send an email or give us a call to set something up. 

This week we'll be reading more of Walk Two Moons. We're going to encounter our final mysterious message, a police investigation, and a public journal reading in the next section of "Walk Two Moons." On Tuesday, we will be making posters illustrating each of the different mysterious messages. 

The reading log for this week (10/20 - 10/25) will be due on Monday, 10/27.

Thank you to all the families who have made it to conferences so far.  It was a pleasure to talk to you about your delightful student.

We continue our work this week on finding area of quadrilaterals.  The new one this week is trapezoids.  Students should put into practice their decomposing skills by looking at a trapezoid as triangles and rectangles. There will be a learning target quiz on finding the area of a trapezoid, parallelogram, kite, and a rhombus on Thursday.  Then we will start working on calculating the area and perimeter of irregular figures, such as a lake.   



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:

   -- Quiz on "matter."  While many students did well, many students also struggled to clearly explain their understanding of the big ideas.  I don't want students to feel undue stress about testing, but we do need to talk about what to study, how to study, how to express complete thoughts, . . . and what to do when you're not happy with your results.  


This week:

 Introduction to controlled experiments, variables, and collecting data. 


I will be available during recess and during Advisory this week for students who want help to clear up any confusion about last week's quiz concepts.


Homework this week:

   -- HW8 "Quiz Fix-up" (due Thursday) -- students look at mistakes they made on the quiz, figure out how to correct them, and explain/show that they understand the concept correctly.


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:  This week will consist of a Weird MN project which we do after each chapter to break things up a bit.  Our activities stem from a book called Weird MN by Eric Dregni.   These days usually involve doing something a little different.  This week's topic will be the history of the Minnehaha Falls statue and it will involve playdough.  


After our Weird MN day, we will begin Ch. 3 on the Dakota.  So, we will be doing our vocal and reading the online text.


Homework: Study for MN Basics Quiz on Monday, Oct. 27.


From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Dates to Remember:
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Thurs., Oct. 23 -- Conferences (3:00-7:30)


Thurs., Oct. 23 -- Picture retakes


Fri., Oct 31 -- NO SCHOOL (End of Quarter 1)

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
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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