6th Grade Weekly Update for 10-20-17

Science Olympiad/Odyssey of the Mind 
Information Meetings 
On Monday, Oct. 23rd we will be conducting informational meetings about two exciting extra-curricular opportunities for our students.  The Odyssey of the Mind meeting will begin at 6:30 PM and the Science Olympiad meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings will take place at the presentation stairs at Lake Bluff Middle School.

Red Ribbon Week
Next week is National Red Ribbon Week!  The purpose of this week is to create awareness surrounding the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs and support our students in their decision to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.  Here is our calendar of themes and activities throughout the week.  LEAD is hosting a parent event on recreational marijuana and its impact on our community.   We also encourage you to check out these tips on how to support and talk with your children at home.  Your involvement is appreciated (and makes a difference!)  Contact Mrs. Quick with any questions. 

Unity Day
Wednesday October 25th is Unity Day.  We are asking everyone to wear
ORANGE that day as a way to unite together and show support for students who are bullied everywhere.  This is a national day of bullying awareness and we hope all students will participate and help us foster a culture of being a united and kind LBMS!

Interested in learning more about Standards Based Reporting and SBR practices?  
Check out our podcast!  This is the second in a series of podcasts that we will be sharing throughout the year. 
For additional information, check out our Standards Based Reporting webpage.

Robotics & Engineering 101
This is an annual event for our LBMS ladies held at Woodlands Academy. Interested girls will attend building workshops, create a catapult, and learn about coding & programming. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 18th from 9AM to 12:30PM. Girls can register by going to www.woodlandsacademy.org/robotics-engineering-101. You can contact Mrs. Komac for more information!

Events sponsored by  Lake Forest High School 

"How to Raise an Adult" 

Book Discussion
Tuesday, November 7
7:00 p.m.
Board Room
LFHS West Campus (please park and enter by blue awning)
300 S. Waukegan Rd

Presentation by Author, Julie Lythcott-Haims

Monday, December 4
7:00 p.m.
Lake Forest High School
Raymond Moore Auditorium
1285 McKinley Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) and Real American: A Memoir (2017). She is deeply interested in what prevents people from living meaningful, fulfilling lives.

How to Raise an Adult emerged from Julie’s decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. She received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience, and toward the end of her tenure as dean she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult has been published in over two dozen countries and gave rise to a TED talk that became one of the top TED Talks of 2016 as well as a sequel which will be out in 2018.

Lake Forest Book Store has generously offered a 15% discount on the purchase of the book if you mention this event!

Co-sponsored by Lake Forest High School District 115, Lake Forest District 67, and LEAD

Executive Functions and the Teenage Brain

Presenter: Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Rush Neurobehavioral Center- Education Department

Monday, November 20, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (includes a Q&A)

Lake Forest High School (Raymond Moore Auditorium)

 Back by popular demand… Dr. Bozeday will explore the unique and sometimes confounding nature of the teenage brain.  Research technology in the twenty-first century provides us with exciting opportunities to study the ever-changing human brain from infancy through the senior years.  Accordingly, we can now better understand adolescent behavior and examine best approaches in parenting and teaching.  Questions from topics based on research in educational neuroscience that will be incorporated into Dr. Bozeday's presentation include: *  Is high school too late for kids to develop executive function skills like developing better organizational     skills, maintaining routines, managing time, and balancing school work, extra-curricular activities, and family? *  What role does sleep play in the development of the teenage brain? *  When are stress and anxiety motivating and when do these emotions get in the way? *  Is media helping or detracting from our kids' ability to succeed?

 The presentation will focus on middle school and high school age students. All are welcome!

News from the Nurse
In the last two days, absence due to illness has increased. Two different reasons are being reported.  One is a viral sore throat with minor nasal congestion and low grade fever, no Strep has been reported.  The other is upset stomach, no fever, no vomiting, just reports of lingering nausea.
Please remember to report any absence (illness or other type) by 9am to the office. Thank you!

Next Week at a Glance
Red Ribbon Week! 

Monday, 10/23: 
The Future's So Bright Day--Wear 

Tuesday, 10/24: 
Put a Cap on Drugs--Hat Day

Wednesday, 10/25: 
Team Up--UNITY DAY--Wear 
Thursday, 10/26: 
Saying NO is No Sweat--Wear

Friday, 10/27: 
Be a Lifesaver--Superhero Day

Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Student presentations were completed this week featuring areas of Ancient Rome. The week concluded with individual conferences providing feedback on presentations and projects as well as an overview of the standards addressed in the unit. Students will participate in a summative assessment for the unit next Tuesday when they compose written responses to prompts that connect feature areas to standards. For instance, the prompt for standard 

SS.EC.3.6-8: Explain barriers to trade and how those barriers influence trade among nations

will require students to define that the mountain ranges in Italy along with the high tax rates in Ancient Rome complicated trade routes and processes related to trade efficiency and frequency.

Science- Mrs. Panjwani

This week in Science students did a lab learning about transmission of light. They worked with 6 materials and looked at how much light transmitted out using the light sensor. Students also were introduced to the concept of absorption and had visuals such as a radiometer to see how absorption works. They also completed a lab where they tested clear vs. dyed water and looked at how much light was absorbed in both. 
Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students celebrated their writing by sharing their narratives by a roaring fire(on the projection screen) and giving compliments about their growth as storytellers.  They also completed an on-demand in class showing off all they have learned over the course of the unit.  Excitingly, on Thursday, we kicked off our next unit, Reading: A Deep Study of Character.  The 6th graders are working with one or two partners to read as many books as possible over the next few weeks as they navigate courses of study that are developing.  As they read, students are exploring complex character traits.  Please ask your child about his or her book! In Mrs. Hominick's class, students have been getting to know a teacher intern from Lake Forest College, Ms. Reyes.  She has been/will be with us three days a week through Thanksgiving.  Next week, Ms. Reyes will lead some lessons in the morning L.A. classes.  Welcome Ms. Reyes! 

Advanced Math 1 - Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Rote-Kay
This week we learned about the concept of a Giant One to help us find a percent of a quantity. Next week we will work on fluently performing operations with decimals as well as begin to look at ratios.

Math 1 - Mrs. Rote-Kay
Much of the week was spent reviewing for, and completing the Chapter 2 individual and team assessments which was about arithmetic strategies and area. We will begin Chapter 3 next week, Portions and Integers.

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students worked with Algebra tiles to model expressions, solve equations, and multiply binomials. Next week our classes will be solving equations with multiplication, absolute value, and working with multi-variable equations. The next team team challenge assessment will take place on Monday 10/30 and the next individual test will take place on Tuesday 10/31.

Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish, students finished up discussing the subject pronouns. We talked about plural groups such as "they" and "we", and how to know which word to use. We then laid the foundation for conjugating verbs, and students used their observation skills to pick out patterns and identify rules for conjugating verbs. Next week we will spend a lot of time practicing these different groups and working with the verbs ESTAR and HABLAR. 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French, students created journal covers for their portfolios. These covers were their first glimpse into the beauty of Paris as we discussed the most famous of Parisian monuments. Students then used pictures of the monuments on their covers to give it a French feel. Students also learned about the accent marks used in French. They learned what they're called, what they look like, and what purpose they serve when used on words. Next week we'll be wrapping up our first unit of study and will be having an assessment on Thursday. 

Health- Miss Fink 
This week in health, students are finishing up the documentary "Supersize Me," with reflection questions.  Additionally, students will start to learn how to read food labels and the importance of the various components listed on the food label.  While students are learning this skill, they will also learn how to determine whether or not a food item is healthy or unhealthy.  Next week, we will begin the drug education unit.  Have a great weekend.  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
With each new STEAM engagement the students explore, they are becoming more confident in their abilities to problem solve, learn new information, and teach that information to someone else.  The STEAM lab is a buzz with learning and innovation!

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students enjoyed open studio time and the opening of the digital center where they learned about digital photography and creating stop-motion videos.


8th Girls Basketball Tryout Results will be posted on the Sports Zone Website at Noon on Saturday. Due to scheduling conflicts, 7th and 8th grade boys will extend the tryouts through Tuesday. 7th and 8th Grade Boys Teams will be posted at 8PM on Tuesday Night. Thank you to all who tried out and worked hard!

Monday: 8BBB + 8GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15
7GBB Practice 5:15 - 6:45
7BBB Practice 5:45 - 7:00
Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM
8GBB + 7GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15
7BBB Practice 5:45 - 7:00
Wednesday: NONE 
Thursday: 8GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15
7GBB + 7BBB Practice 5:15 - 7:00
Friday: 8BBB 7AM

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Spirit Wear

The Lake Bluff PTO spirit wear webstore is now open. Show off your Lake Bluff spirit in our newly designed items for fall and winter. We've got you covered from warm hats to cozy sweats and fun shirts in between. Go to https://lakebluff2017.itemorder.com to see all of the items that are offered and to place an order. The webstore will be open until Sunday, October 29, with orders to be delivered mid-November.  

Pumpkin Fest and Pumpkin Chase

Pumpkin Fest 2017 is right around the corner! It will be held on Friday, October 27th from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m. and Saturday, October 28th after the Pumpkin Chase (www.lakebluffpumpkinchase.org) until 11:00a.m. Come join in on the fun~Haunted Forest, Bake Sale, Bouncy Houses, Facepainting, Pumpkin Decorating, Raffles and more. Please consider volunteering. If you are interested go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090944ADA723A02-volunteer1. Do you like to bake? The bake sale committee is looking for donations. Here’s the bake sale sign-up link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050E4AA9A92E5-2017. Please fill in your name and contact information along with a general idea of what you’re making. Your help is greatly appreciated. 


7th Grade Social

The 7th Grade Social, which will be held at CROYA, is scheduled for Friday, November 10th from 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Please save the date. More details are to come.

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