6th Grade Weekly Update for 10-27-17

Laptop Care Reminders
Please remind your child to charge his or her laptop each night!  That is a daily homework assignment.  Also please remind your child to take care of the laptop as it is a loaner from the school district. Thank you for your support! 

Parent Math Night

Would you like to know more about our new College Preparatory Math (CPM) Program?  We’ve designed an evening event for parents to explore and learn more about our new program that is is based on collaborative learning, problem based approaches, and mixed space practice.

This event will include the chance to experience a lesson, find out more about parent and student resources, and ask questions you have as we launch CPM with our 6th - 8th grade mathematicians.

Please note this program is not used with our HSAATH course.

Questions: Please contact Kellie Bae kbae@lb65.org

Join us at Lake Bluff Middle School

Thursday, November 2, 2017

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A Message from Mrs. Kellie Bae-- Enrichment Contact List

Hello Parents,

We are attempting to gather email addresses for parents who are interested in enrichment updates and information. If you are someone who is interested in being a part of our Parents Interested in Enrichment contact list, please take a moment complete this short form. Inclusion on this list means you'd like to receive general updates regarding Enrichment at Lake Bluff School District 65 Schools, as well as notification regarding our Parents Interested in Enrichment (PIE) Meetings. Please know the volume of emails will be low/manageable. If you are not sure if you are on our contact list, it's safer to complete this form, just in case. Thank you for your time.

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!

Helping Out a Family in Need

On Labor Day, our neighbors lost their house to a catastrophic fire which has left them without their home, personal possessions, and their sweet dog, Demi. What wasn't destroyed by the fire was ruined by the water, leaving them with only the clothing on their backs. Our hearts are breaking and many want to help this family rebuild their lives. To that effort, I have set up a drop location at the Shields Township Office, where you can leave basic necessities such as gently used clothing (women’s size L and men’s size L), toiletries, gift cards to Jewel, Target, Home Depot, or local restaurants. Their daughter has a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/help-my-family-get-back-on-their-ft), where you can donate, also. Thank you in advance for your generous support; they are grateful for all of the help! Sincerely, Caty Weston 
Please drop off items to Mrs. Johnson's room or at:
Shields Township Offices
c/o Terry Darraugh, Shields Township Supervisor
906 W. Muir Avenue (2nd Floor) Lake Bluff 

News from the Nurse

The health office has been exceptionally busy this week. A variety of nasty bugs have invaded LBMS.  Here is the list of illnesses I've seen this week:  Two confirmed cases of Strep, bronchitis, many stomachaches, vomiting, fevers, and a few colds with sore throats.

Thanks for keeping students home when they are sick, this helps prevent the spread of illness to other students and staff.

Students must be free from fever and vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.

Enjoy Pumpkin Fest!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 10/30: Set Up for Success/ELO; 
Odyssey of the Mind starts after 

, 10/31: Set Up for Success/ELO

, 11/1: Set Up for Success/ELO

, 11/2: Set Up for Success/ELO; 
LBMS Parent Math 
Night @ 6pm

, 11/3: Bluffer Assembly 
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students participated in a short written response assessment this week highlighting their content knowledge related to Ancient Rome and the standards connected to the unit. We viewed the highly acclaimed documentary, "The Human Experience," and recorded personal responses to two brothers' journey as they explored what it means to be human in various parts of the world and circumstances. Personal connections will be represented in a collage format and combined to create a "collage of collages" in the sixth-grade hallway. Next week we will begin work on the D.B.Q. (Document Based Question) essay, "Why Rome Fell."

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week in science students continued learning about absorption. They completed their post lab on the clear vs. dyed water lab. They saw that the temperature of the dyed water increased in temperature and this shows that the light was absorbed into the liquid. Students have a test on Friday (10/27) over lessons 6-8 and this covers the concepts of transmission, scattering/reflection, and absorption. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students delved deeply into their book choices for our "A Deep Character Study" unit.  6th graders are busily noting the trajectories of their protagonists' character traits in their first and second selections.  An important component of this unit is the students' readers' notebooks.  Please take a look at your child's thinking in the notebook.  Next week they will finish up the first part of this unit by turning in a notebook page for assessment.  They will also continue exploring how characters are complicated and change over the course of books. 

Advanced Math 1 - Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Rote-Kay
Students worked on fluidly moving between different representations of portions this week.  Next week we will be investigating relationships of rational numbers, specifically integers.  The Chapter 3 test is currently scheduled for Monday, November 6

MATH 1 - Mrs. Rote-Kay
This week the students have reviewed equivalent fractions using the "Giant One" concept, looked at portions as percents, and  represented a value as a fraction, decimal, and percent. We used the 100 block grid for a visual model.

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students were introduced to literal equations and reviewed chapter 3. The Team Challenge Assessment will be on Monday 10/30 and the Individual Assessment will be on Tuesday 10/31. Then we'll begin chapter 4 which focuses on solving systems of equations.

Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we continued our practice of the verb ESTAR and subject pronouns with conversational practice. We also completed some reading and writing work to start building up to our unit project. Next week we will take a pause and discuss Día de los Muertos.

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French students practiced their pronunciation and accents when they recited the ever popular Jessica Miller dialogue! This dialogue goes down as legend among LBMS Frenchies for its catchy dialogue and upbeat pacing. Students had the Unité 1 assessment on Thursday and Friday. Assessments include writing sections, listening sections, and speaking sections when students record their responses in Garage Band. Next students write an original dialogue to present to the class. 

Health- Miss Fink 
This week in health, students have begun the drug education unit.  We are working through a program called Life Skills Training, which addresses characteristics such as self-improvement, self-image, communication, social skill development, and resisting peer pressure.  All of these skills are necessary for students to communicate effectively if they are ever in a situation where drug/alcohol use is occurring.  Have a great weekend. 


Monday: 8BBB Practice 3:45-5:45, 7BBB Practice 5:45 - 7:00
Lake Forest HS GIRLS Feeder Tryouts (Open to 5th-8th Graders!)
Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, 8GBB + 7GBB Practice 3:45-5:15
Wednesday: None (Lake Forest HS BOYS Feeder Tryouts -Open to 5th-8th Graders!)
Thursday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, 8GBB 3:45-5:15, 7GBB 5:15-6:45, 
7BBB 5:45-7:00pm
Friday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, 8GBB + 7GBB 3:45-5:15pm

 After School Activities 


"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!

 PTO News

Spirit Wear

October 29th is the last day to order Lake Bluff PTO spirit wear. 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. Orders will be delivered mid-November.  

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