6th Grade Newsletter - October 31, 2016

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Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

End of quarter:
Students have until Wednesday to complete all assignments.  

Repeat of Referendum message:
On Nov. 8, Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district's current operating referendum authorization, which expires after the 2016-17 school year. If passed, funding would help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. The request would authorize the referendum for nine years and be annually adjusted for inflation. Property taxes are not projected to increase if the referendum renewal passes. Learn more here: www.mpls.k12.mn.us/referendum2016

Virtue of the Week
Each Monday Mrs. Miller starts our day with a reading of a weekly virtue.  Then in advisory we circle up and everyone has an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the virtue and possibly set goals for the week.  This space will be where you can read the virtue and have a family discussion about it.

Week of 10-31-16  
The Practice of Reliability
"The only lifelong, reliable motivations are those that come from within, and of the strongest of those is the joy and price that grow from knowing that you've just done something as well as you can do it."
By: Lloyd Dobens
I choose my commitments wisely.
Others can depend on me.
I take responsibility for what I promise.
I am consistent in giving my best.
My word is my bond.
I give full support to those I love.
    Language Arts     

Field Families, 
I am working on adding more age appropriate, high interest novels to my classroom library.  If you have any books you would like to donate please let me know!  

Thank you!

Parents, please look for the daily information below in your child's planner.
notepadThis week in Language Arts:

Monday: Seedfolks Project Due
Tuesday: Seedfolks Project Presentations
Wednesday: Seedfolks Project Presentations
Thursday: No School~End of Qtr 1
Friday: No School

Remember, what you do not finish in class you can take home and complete for the next day!

        -- Ms. Risinger
    Social Studies      
This week in MN STUDIES:


Monday:  NAGPRA Law Pros/Cons
Tuesday:  Native American Burial Mounds Article
Wednesday:  Jeffers Petroglyphs
Thursday-Friday:  Student Release Days

HOMEWORK:  Famous MN Project Due Monday, Nov. 7.

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


Last week:  
      Quiz on "matter and how it behaves", and introduction to scientific experiments

This week:
          Tentative schedule:  Mon:  "Springy eyeball experiment," and REVIEW of QUIZ
                                                          RESULTS, and FIX-UP plan
         Tues:  Experiments and data
  Wed:  Experiments and data
 Thurs: (no school)
  Fri: (no school)

Homework this week:  HW9 Matter quiz "Fix-up" -- WED. is the deadline to fix up mistakes and misunderstandings.  Only students who wish to improve their quiz scores need to turn this in. (I am available to help students after school on Tuesday or during Recess (if students check in with me beforehand) M-W, or during Advisory on Tuesday.  
My goal is for each student to feel confident that they understand the "big ideas" we have been studying for the past month.

What you should expect to see in the science section of your child's planner:  
        I ask students to write just a few words about each day's activities, AND to mark boldly the dates when assignments are due or when there is a quiz/test.

What you should expect to see in your child's science notebook:
        I ask students to 
1) Write daily warm-ups -- one week's worth on one page.  The page should be labelled "Warm-ups" with the week's dates included.  If the warm-up is a question, the student should write out the question as well as their response.   
2) Write observations, notes, or data on consecutive pages, so that the notebook is organized by date.  Each page should be labelled with the title of the activity and the date.   

How to study, using the notebook -- daily review and for tests
3)  Students have not been specifically asked to do this yet, but they should be reviewing and adding details or examples of each day's activity to the left side of the notebook page they are referring to.   Color coding, student-created diagrams, and re-wording of concepts or facts are great ways for a student to move information into long-term memory, especially if they review the day's learning within 24 hours, and again a day or two later.

4) Before quizzes or tests, it is a great idea for students to arrange a "study date" with a friend or classmate, so that they can practice explaining the big ideas to each other, and to help each other clarify misunderstandings or gaps in their learning.
- Mr. Husby

Almost all homework and class assignments are available on Husby's school web page.   (Click on "Homework" or "Class Assignments.")
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 started our Geometry work reviewing how to calculate area and perimeter of rectangular figures.  We ended the week working on decomposing shapes into rectangles to be able to calculate area of irregular polygons.  The skill of decomposing will be used throughout the unit and life.  Sometimes we don't remember what formula to use, so we decompose.  Students should update their bookmark daily.           

Monday:  More Decomposing
Tuesday:  Review area of triangles
Wednesday:  Work on calculating area of triangles
Thursday & Friday:  No school

Next Tuesday:  Unit 3 Geometry Quiz #1:  Area of rectangles and decomposing

- Ms. Wilson
  • Nov. 2:  End of Quarter 1
  • Nov. 3-4:  NO SCHOOL
  • Sunday, Nov. 6 -- Daylight Savings Time ends, set clocks back 1 hour
  • Nov. 7: Quarter 2 begins
  • Nov. 23-24-25:  NO SCHOOL

Alan Husby
Bronwyn Wuchpfennig 
(Social Studies)

Stacy Risinger
(Language Arts)

Lonna Wilson 
Heather Walker  
Other 6th Grade Advisors:

Marni Heck

Chase Burkhart

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:
Cathe Brandt

Lisa Purcell
** 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

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