6th Grade Weekly Update for 11-3-17


LBMS Thanksgiving Food Drive

The LBMS Choirs and the Reach Out Club are collecting food donations at the Fall Choral Concert on Wednesday, November 15th for the Phoenix Rising Foundation that supports local families.  We are hoping each family can bring in 2-5 lbs of food (canned fruits & veggies, cereal, etc…) to help make a wonderful holiday season for families in need.  More information can be found on this link http://ms.lb65.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=31973979

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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!

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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 


"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

Fevers and upset stomachs were the primary reasons for absences this week. Some fevers were rather high in the 102-103 range. The fevers appear to be lasting 24-48 hours. No one has tested positive for Influenza. This appears to be an "influenza type" virus.

The stomachaches are presenting with a few days of nausea, no reports of vomiting.....maybe too much Halloween candy!

Enjoy the extra hour we gain this weekend!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 11/6: Set Up for Success/ELO

, 11/7: Set Up for Success/ELO

Wednesday, 11/8: 2:10 Dismissal

, 11/9: Set Up for Success/ELO

Friday, 11/10: Veterans Day Ceremony Schedule: Students will walk to the Lake Bluff Veterans Day Ceremony at the gazebo
8:45 a.m. and return around 10. 
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students viewed the final portion of the documentary, "The Human Experience" and then created collages and short responses to the film. We are currently working as a whole group to complete the D.B. Q., "What Were the Primary Reasons for the Fall of Rome?" Ask your student to describe some of the similarities in Ancient Rome to the current aspects in our American society.

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week students learned about white light and when different colored lights are mixed, they appear as a new color, brighter than the original. We did a few labs where we tested red, green, and blue light and this made white light. Students also used a computer simulation to do this. Students also learned how they see color and different intensities of light and which parts of the eye detects the different colors. There is a mini quiz over lessons 9 and 10 next Thursday. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students finished up the first bend (section) of our Deep Study of Character Unit.  On Wednesday, they completed reflections/assessments on this bend and turned them in on Google Classroom.  Thursday was the start of the next bend, which focuses on investigating the influence of settings on characters.  6th graders are busily annotating and completing notebook pages analyzing their stories. Please ask your child about the characters in their settings of their books!  We are on track to finish this unit right before Thanksgiving.  

Advanced Math- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop/Mrs. Rote-Kay
Students finished Chapter 3 this week.  Chapter 3 Test is on Monday.  Tuesday, we will begin Chapter 4 an introduction to expressions and variables.

Math - Mrs. Bishop/Rote-Kay
The students have been working to see the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents. They have also worked with portions and ratios discussing the difference between a part to part and part to whole ratio. Next week we will explore absolute value. Chapter 3 assessment is tentatively scheduled for November 13. 

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students completed the team challenge assessment and the individual test for chapter 3. The latter half of this week and next week focuses on the first part of chapter 4; writing and solving systems of equations. Specifically students will practice modeling situations with equations and begin solving systems of equations using substitution and elimination.

Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we paused our lessons to learn a little bit more about El Día de Los Muertos. We have done short readings and looked at infographics with information to learn more details about how it is celebrated in Mexico. We have started watching the film El Libro de Vida, which provides an examle of what El Día de Los Muertos might look like. 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French students are writing original dialogues. Each student first received a "skeleton" of a dialogue that acted as the structure. Then they were assigned a partner and the two of them "beefed" up the skeleton by adding more content. Students were asked to be creative with the language that they know to create more dialogue between the characters. Students presented these dialogues on Thursday. Next up students learn classroom vocabulary and colors in French!

Health- Miss Fink 
This week in health, students have been discussing the myths and realities of smoking, alcohol, and marijuana.  We will close out the week discussing ways in which students can cope with anxiety or stress.  Beginning next week, we will start the human sexuality unit discussing puberty, proper hygiene, and the male and female anatomy.  Have a great weekend.  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
The students are working diligently and creatively on a variety of engagement ideas, from a stop motion robot made out of geometric shapes to a bridge constructed to program a robot over.  Have a great weekend!

Music- Mrs. Cvitkovic

This week music classes finished up our original Halloween Compositions on the chimes. Students learned about 20th century music using patterns of sound. We will start our Ukulele unit next week!

Chorus- Mrs. Cvitkovic

Chorus Concert on Wednesday, November 15th at 7PM. Concert dress is Khaki pants, black polo shirt, black shoes and black socks.  Our theme is “ A Season of Giving and Gratitude”. Please help support our food drive by bringing canned goods to the concert! Shirts can be ordered at: https://store.lb65.org/


Monday: GBB @ Northwood 4:15/5:15

8BBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM

8GBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

7GBB Practice 5:15-6:45pm

Wednesday: 8BBB + 7BBB Practice 7AM

Thursday: BBB vs. Neal Academy 4:15/5:15pm

Friday: 7BBB + 7GBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

Before/After School Activities 
Science Olympiad 
The first meetings for Science Olympiad will take place on Tuesday 11/7 from 3:35-4:30 and on Friday 11/10 from 7:45-8:20 in Mr. Jakcsy's room. Students only need to attend 1 meeting. Please see Mr. Jakcsy for more information.

Odyssey of the Mind 
Any student interested in Odyssey of the Mind should turn the form in to Mr. Jakcsy (if you haven't done so already) by Monday 11/6.

 PTO News

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