6th Grade Weekly Update for 12-1-17


Report Cards

Report cards will be coming home on Monday with students. Please see the email from Mr. Blackmer with more details.

Annual Lake Bluff Gazebo Lighting

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade chorus students were invited to sing at the Annual LB Gazebo Lighting this Saturday, December 2nd at 5 PM. Hope everyone enjoyed the event!

News from the Nurse

Many students came to visit me this week with common cold symptoms and scratchy throats. An average of 2 students/day were reported absent due to stomachaches. There was one confirmed case of Influenza B reported. If your child presents with sudden onset of fever & cough, you may want to consider a visit to your doctor.

We are encouraging covering coughs & good hand washing.

"How to Raise an Adult"

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

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 12/4: Set up for Success/ELO; Report Cards Go Home 

, 12/5: Set up for Success/ELO

, 12/6: Set up for Success/ELO

, 12/7: Set up for Success/ELO

, 12/8: Bluffer Buddies Begins! 
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students explored aspects of Ancient Grece related to Alexander the Great and the critical question of whether or not he truly was a "great" leader. They mined documents for evidence to both support and negate the concept. We capped the week with an analysis of information related to the Greek city-states, including their formation and viability. Next week, we will divide into Athenians and Spartans as we explore the attributes of each and assume the roles of citizens.

Science- Mr. Driver for Mrs. Panjwani
This week we continued with the Chemistry Unit.  After observing odors and how we detect them last week, we explored the concept of matter.  On Monday, a balloon was weighed when empty and then filled with air to determine if air had mass.  On Tuesday, several techniques were used to find the volume of matter: using a ruler for regular objects like a box and using water in a beaker for the volume of irregular objects such as a rock (Displacement technique).  The three states or phases of matter were next introduced:  solid, liquid and gas.  We did this by melting menthol in a flask then cooling it.  The menthol changed from a solid to a liquid then to a gas and finally returned to a solid when cooled.  We observed the same changes in matter with water being boiled then cooled.  Next we will continue to focus on gas and the states of matter.  I enjoyed my first week working with the sixth graders.  The classes showed genuine enthusiasm for the activities and labs.  

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students completed two summative activities to complete their Deep Study of Character Unit: centers on Monday and Tuesday; then an assessment on Wednesday.  On Thursday the 6th graders began their next writing unit.  In this Literary Essay unit, they will build on what they just explored with characters, setting, and themes by planning, drafting, revising, and editing structured, polished essays.  These essays will revolve around short stories that students have begun reading.  6th graders also began to prepare for a literary language test on Wed, 12/13.  Please ask your child about this upcoming vocabulary assessment along with his/her current IDR book! 

Math 1- Mrs. Bishop
This week in math students used ratios to enlarge and reduce figures. They also learned how ratios are used in other situations.  We are working on closure and review of Chapter 4 material in preparation for their Individual Chapter 4 test on Wednesday, December 6.  Have a great weekend! 

Advanced Math 1- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
Students began a new Chapter of study this week focusing on multiplication of fractions and decimals.  Students explored how they can visually represent finding parts of parts.  They also explored various methods to find the product when multiplying decimals.  Have a great weekend! 

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students continued investigating and learning about exponential relationships, as well as arithmetic and geometric sequences. Our class will conclude chapter 5 next week and take the Team Test on Friday 12/8 and the Individual Test on Monday 12/11.
Español- Srta. Horner
This week students prepared and completed an assessment on the verb SER.  Next week they will continue to explore the ideas for this unit. 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French students learned prepositions of location, allowing them to say where objects and people are in the classroom. You should hear them singing (and signing!) our little preposition ditty!  There was plenty of practice using the prepositions to say where things are located. Paired oral activities, playing telephone, and games help the students create solid messages. The assessment on this lesson will be next Wednesday, December 6.

Health- Miss Fink 
Welcome to a new trimester and new students.  Thus far during the first week of the trimester, we have been reviewing terms such as self-esteem, empathy, and overcoming hardships.  While we review these terms, students are also making connections to their own life and how they can improve their own skills.  Next week, we will begin discussing friendship - healthy versus unhealthy friendships.  Have a great weekend. 

Mrs. Olmstead
Welcome to a new trimester of STEAM!  The students have chosen their partners and have begun their first engagement.  Each engagement is approximately 10 class periods including a presentation of their final product to the class.  Our STEAM website includes more information about the course and the engagements that are offered to students.  

Chorus- Mrs. Cvitkovic
6th grade chorus will be accepting new members next week as we start preparations for the upcoming concert will be Wednesday, March 7th at 7PM!  Ladies rehearse on Tuesdays the first half of lunch and Men rehearse on Thursdays the first half of lunch.  

Music- Mrs. Cvitkovic
6th grade music students started out the new trimester exploring the use of and getting comfortable with their singing voices.  We are concentrating on making a more mature tone, pitch accuracy, volume and singing with confidence.  It looks to be a very exciting trimester! 

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students kicked off the trimester by decorating their sketchbook cover.  Next week we will open the drawing and collage station and begin our first open studio days.


Monday: BBB vs. Oak Grove 4:15/5:15pm
Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7:00am
GBB vs. Oak Grove 4:15/5:15pm
Wednesday: BBB @ Carl Sandburg 4:15/5:15pm
Thursday: GBB & Carl Sandburg 4:15/5:15pm
8BBB Practice 3:45-5:45, 7BBB Practice 5:45-7:00pm
Friday: NONE

After School Activities 
Student Council 
Student Council will meet on Wednesday, December 6th after school from 3:30-4:30 planning for a fundraiser for hurricane victims. We will meet in Mrs. Carney's room. Please see Mrs. Hines for more details.
Chess Club
First official Chess Club meeting will be after school until 4:40 pm, on Tuesday, Dec 12th, in Mrs. Twohig's room.

 PTO News

Love to Bake?

The LBMS PTO is looking for bakers for our annual boxed holiday treats for the LBMS staff. Any and all baked goods are greatly appreciated. If you'd like to help out, please contact Amy Connell-Donohue at acd@amyconnellphotography.com. Items should be dropped off to Amy by 10:00am on December 14 (755 Mawman Ave.). The holiday treat boxes will be assembled at Amy's from 10:00am-12:00pm on December 14th, if you'd like to help out.  


Spiritwear Update

If you ordered spiritwear, you should have received an email with pickup details. If you missed out, the Lake Bluff PTO will be stocking spiritwear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Updated items will be available for the holiday season. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information.

Want More Information?

Join us on Facebook: Lake Bluff Middle School PTO or visit us online at www.lb65.org/parents/pto.