6th Grade Weekly Update for 2-9-18

Springfield Information
On Tuesday this week your child received packets for this year's trip to Springfield! 
 The Springfield trip this year will be on Friday, May 11th, 2018. This packet contains important information about the trip, payment deadlines, and registration instructions. All registration and payment should be sent directly to Hemisphere Travel. Please email Ms. Horner (chorner@lb65.org) with any questions.

PARCC Prep: PARCC is in April
Please review the following test preparation strategies to incorporate at home before and during PARCC testing:
  • Mark down test days on your calendar so you and your child are both aware of testing dates.
  • Make sure that your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test.
  • Ensure that your child eats a healthy breakfast.
  • Make sure that your child gets up early enough so that he/she will be on time to school.
  • Let your child relax for a few hours before bedtime,
  • Communicate a positive attitude about testing.

Musical Update- Wizard of Oz!

We know that sometimes rehearsal codes and locations can get confusing.  Please email Mrs. Olmstead or have your son or daughter ask us at school with any questions about rehearsals!  It is very important that all cast members attend all rehearsals to learn choreography, singing, and blocking unless they had a pre-arranged conflict or are out of school.  Our directors truly appreciate it!  Thank you to the parents who have signed up to create, donate, lend, or purchase items for our props needed for the show!  If you think you have something that can work, please email Mrs. Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.  The musical website has a link for the webstore for purchasing items- tickets can be purchased online starting on March 12th.   The March rehearsal calendar will be available online on Friday, February 16th and in print on Tuesday, February 20th.  Have a great weekend, We’re off to see the Wizard!

Lake Forest-Lake-Bluff LDA Information
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche Flyer

News from the Nurse

The “Influenza Like Illness”  continues to create absences for both students and staff.  I did not receive report of any confirmed cases of Influenza this week.  There was one reported case of Strep in the eighth grade.  A few students were absent due to the GI virus; this bug seems to be exiting the building at this time. Stay safe and warm this weekend!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 2/12: Set up for Success/ELO

, 2/13: Set up for Success/ELO

, 2/14: 2:10 Dismissal 

, 2/15: Set up for Success/ELO

, 2/16: No School; 
Tri-District Inservice 
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students shared their presentations on Ancient Egypt this week.  They exercised their presentation, listening, and note-taking skills throughout the week.  They completed the week by virtually exploring Ancient Egypt. 

Science- Ms. Arwady for Mrs. Panjwani
This week we began our last unit of chemistry which discusses molecular movement. We utilized three different labs to show how molecules move at a faster rate when energy is added to the system. The students also shared their optional research during "what's new weekly" and completed journal 11. We have a few chapters left of chemistry, then we will be learning about life science!

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students continued to dive deeply into their non-fiction book club books.  They are busily determining possible central ideas by organizing key details in their books individually and with their club members.  Please remind them to follow their reading calendars and continue sticky noting this weekend. 
Math- Mrs. Bishop
This week students practiced long division and also worked with division of fractions.  Students looked at how multiplication and division are related: for example 3 pies slip into 1/8 pieces would result in 24 pieces of pies but we could also look at it as 3 pies are 1/8 of an order so there would need to be 24 whole pies in the order.  Students had a chance to write their own story problems making sense of fractional division.  Next week, students will begin to work with Algebra tiles and naming unknown lengths to determine area and perimeter.  

Advanced Math- Mrs. Bishop and Mrs. Carney
This week students worked with rates and unit rates.  They also continued their work with division of fractions using several different strategies such as finding a common denominator or using a super one to make the denominator one.  This is setting students up for the idea of finding a unit rate that contains fractional parts.  For example if I can walk 2/3 of a mile in 3/14 of an hour, how many miles per hour can I walk?  Next week, students will ratios, inverse operations, and the distributive property.  

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students completed chapter 7, which focused on applications of exponential growth/decay and fractional exponents. We have an upcoming mini-project where students will create solutions to real-world problems with exponential growth and decay models. We will also begin chapter 8, which focuses on factoring polynomials and solving quadratic equations.

Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we completed our visual verbs project! Instead of taking a quiz over verb endings we made visual aids of the different present tense verb patterns. Students used verbs from our notes or verbs of their choice. The visual shows us what the verb means without having to look it up in English. On Friday we had a gallery walk of all of the projects so students could see the different verbs their friends did. We will hang them up in the Spanish room next week. Also- I have been searching for some ways to make the Spanish room more cozy! If you have any large throw pillows or "husband pillows" that you are willing to part with we would love to put them to good use here in Spanish class! Thank you for your consideration. 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French has been all about Mardi Gras! Students learn about the origins of this holiday, where it's celebrated, and how it's celebrated! Then at the end of the week each student creates a Mardi Gras mask that will be used during our parade through the school! Next Tuesday is Mardi Gras and we have a fun celebration in class!

Health- Miss Fink 
This week in health, students have been going through the Life Skills Training program by continuing to discuss the ill-effects of alcohol and marijuana.  In addition, we have started to discuss the connections between anxiety and effective communication skills as it relates to drugs and alcohol.  Next week, we will be finishing up the drug education unit and beginning the human sexuality unit.  Have a great weekend.  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
This week the students have geared up to finish their second engagement and get ready to present their results to their classmates next week.  We will be doing a "round robin" style of presentations so that we can share all in one class period and maximize time that students can have on their final engagement.  Have a great weekend!

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students glazed their ceramic sculpture and we opened the digital photography center.  This allows students to take photos and create stop-motion shorts.  


There are NO IM's this week, however 6th BOYS IM Basketball is now CO-ED! Any girls interested in Intramural basketball can come Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the following week at 7:00AM.

Monday: BVB @ Northwood 4:30/5:30 (8th Plays 1st!)
Tuesday: NONE
Wednesday: NONE
Thursday: NONE
Friday: NONE

Extracurricular Activities 

 PTO News
Save the Date -- May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Preparation is underway for our bi-annual fundraising event. This year, the PTO is excited to be hosting it’s first Lake Bluff PTO Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party, which will take place on May 19th on the greens of the Lake Bluff Golf Course followed by a celebratory party under the golf tent. Mark your calendars now so that you can join in on the fun! More information is to come, but the day is shaping up to be a rockin' time. 

8th Grade Graduation
The 8th Grade Graduation Committee could still use a few helping hands. The ceremony date is set for Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 pm with a dance immediately following at the Winter Club. The PTO is looking for a few more parents to volunteer for the planning committee, and more specifically to help with the dance. If you're interested, please contact Ann Kozel (annkozel@hotmail.com) or Michelene Tomek (mtomek@lfschools.net). Your help is greatly appreciated. 
Spirit Wear
Love the look of Lake Bluff's spirit wear? The PTO has stocked spirit wear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information. 

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