6th Grade Newsletter - October 2, 2017



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Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Navigating 6th grade:
Some students are surprised by the increased responsibilities they now face:
-- finding out what they missed in each class when they are absent:  from classmates first, then through the routines in each room (such as assignment walls, etc.), and making it up;
-- planning ahead so they don't have to visit their lockers between classes
-- keeping track of missing assignments or "retakes;"
-- getting to classes on time;
-- keeping their materials organized and complete;
-- monitoring their own behavior and time on task;
   . . . it can all get to be a little much.  We recognize that our students are children who are learning how to be responsible, and there are successes and stumbles on the way.  Sometimes it's hard to know when to challenge them and when to cut some slack -- each child is unique.  Within this delicate balance, we try to consistently provide a gentle nudge forward.  
Conferences:  Many of you have already scheduled a conference with the 6th grade team, beginning Thurs., Oct. 12.  We have a small number of openings left during regular conference times:
Tues, Oct 17 3:30
Wed., Oct 18 11:30

If none of these times work, we can also arrange a conference before school (7:30-7:50 am) on a day that everyone is available,  or Mondays after school (2:45-3:05 or 3:10-3:30).
You can contact me at:  alan.husby@mpls.k12.mn.us
Hale Community Ed. Opportunity:
Red Cross Babysitting  Course (11+)
Students will learn leadership, safety, basic child development, safe play, rescue breathing and first aid. They will receive a certificate of completion, textbook and CR.  3 sessions  Oct 5, 12, 26  Student must attend ALL session to receive the certificate.  Fee $75    Classes held at Hale Elementary School 5330 13th Ave S, Mpls
Classes begin Thursday Oct 5th * 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Register by calling Hale Community Education at 612.668.3767
Here's to a good week!
    Language Arts     
Excited for another great week with 6th grade! 

Reminder: Please check in with your student on their Outside Read Book and encourage them to begin a new book if they have finished! 
This week in Language Arts:
Continue reading Seedfolks; discuss how character chapters are connecting and how characters are affecting one another
Character Chart Work Day 
Character Stations 
Practice narratives- focus on Character

Compare-contrast Seedfolks book to Children's Theatre production
*Plans subject to change 
Have an excellent week! 
        -- Ms. Ringold
    Social Studies      
Monday: Share Branches of Govt Cut and Paste and Finish
  Congress for Kids
Tuesday: Bill Becomes Law Review
Wednesday:  Electoral College Process Notes
Thursday: 270towin Ipad Activity
Friday:  270towin Ipad Activity

HOMEWORK:  None this week!  Students may finish their Congress for Kids classwork at home if not finished on Monday.
Have a great week!

Feel free to email at any time with questions :)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

We now move into a brief look into "matter and molecules" - how substances behave and why. 
This week's possible schedule:  
Monday:  Phases of matter, as introduced to a curiously ill-informed space alien named Zed
Tuesday:  (continued)
Wednesday:  Stacking liquids (intro to density)
Thursday:  Phases of matter, diagrammed and acted out
Friday: Oobleck and thermal expansion
Homework this week:  HW6 Floating and Gravity, due Thurs.;  ALSO students will be expected to finish incomplete classroom activities at home (1-sorting customary units, 2-history of the meter, 3-Fannie Farmer story)
      - Mr. Husby

Almost all homework and class assignments are available on Husby's school web page.   (Click on "Homework" or "Class Assignments.")
"What to expect in your student's planner and notebook"  and "Successful studying":  check here
Planners:  Parents I am having students write in their planners DAILY what the specific homework assignment is for the day. Including Fridays.    
If your child does not have or remember their homework, please check the parent portal.  I will list the assignment.  If the assignment is a worksheet I will have a pdf of the worksheet attached to the title of the assignment. Click on the paperclip icon and the pdf will appear.
We are finished with the first unit.  The final assessment grades are in the portal.  Please make sure the grade matches with your child's test, not the numbers. The total is out of 40.  The final unit test is NOT a test eligible for retakes, but unit 1 (Prime Factorization, and LCM/GCF) retakes are still available.
Monday students will complete the FAST in the computer lab.  This is a new assessment for Field school.  When I find out more details about scores and meanings I will pass on that information.
On Tuesday we will start unit 2.  We will only spend about two weeks reviewing multiplication and division with fractions.  The skills were taught last year, but it's nice to review.  
Monday:  FAST in computer lab 
Tuesday:  Go over unit 1 final assessment results, syllabus for unit 2
Wednesday:  Mixed Numbers/Improper Fractions
Thursday: Multiplication with Fractions
Friday:  Multiplication with Fractions
Upcoming Dates:
Unit 2:  Rational Numbers final assessment Thurs. and Fri. October 12th & 13th
Monday October 16th:  Unit 3-Geometry 
- Ms. Wilson
Upcoming Events
  • Thurs, Oct 12:     Conferences (3:00-7:30pm)
  • Tues, Oct 17:      Conferences (3:00-7:30pm)
  • Wed, Oct 18:      NO SCHOOL - Conferences (7:30am-12:00noon)
  • Thu-Fri, Oct 19-20: NO SCHOOL - EdMN Convention 
  • Wed, Oct 25:      Picture Re-Take Day
  • Wed, Nov 1:      End of 1st quarter
  • Thu-Fri, Nov 2-3: NO SCHOOL - Teacher staff workdays
  • Mon, Nov 6:      Beginning of 2nd quarter
  • Wed-Fri, Nov 22-24:  NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Alan Husby
Bronwyn Wuchpfennig
(Social Studies)

Emily Ringold
(Language Arts)

Lonna Wilson
Heather Walker  
Other 6th Grade Advisors:

Kim Hotchkiss
Other Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640
Field School Site Council
6th Grade Parent Reps:
** Site Council meetings are held 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.
Field Community School
 4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612-668-3640 | Fax: 612-668-3661
Field School & Hale/Field PTAs, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Field PTA, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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