6th Grade Weekly Update for 3-16-18


Spring Break

Spring Break starts Saturday, March 24 and school resumes Tuesday, April 3rd. If your child is leaving early and/or returning late, please inform the office and your child's advisor.

Springfield Update
Please remember to mail or email Permission for Medical Treatment forms directly to Hemisphere Travel. For a new copy of the Permission for Medical Treatment form, please log in to your Hemisphere account or contact Ms. Horner (chorner@lb65.org). 


Greetings! Sixth-grade students will be traveling as a whole group to participate in service project work at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville on Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 9:00 to 11:15. We would love to have you share in this meaningful experience as a chaperone!

You may participate by traveling with us by bus to and from the Libertyville location, or meet us there. Arrive at school by 8:40 a.m. if traveling with us, or meet us at the location at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 22nd.


742 East Park Avenue (Hwy 176), Libertyville, IL 60048 
(Behind Life Storage, use same parking entrance)
If you would like to be included as a participant/chaperone in our service trip, please reserve your spot by accessing the sign-up form: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a4a92aabf94-feed

Thank you in advance for supporting our students and FMSC!!

Standards Based Reporting Parent Night 3/20/18


Please join us Tuesday, March 20th from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for an Standards Based Reporting Parent Night.  The purpose of this event is to communicate and build understanding around best practices in grading. We will be reading and discussing the article Will Letter Grades Survive (Edutopia) on Tuesday evening. If interested, we ask that you RSVP here.  Questions? Contact Principal, Nate Blackmer nblackmer@lb65.org or Assistant Principal, Kellie Bae kbae@lb65.org

Wizard of Oz Update 3.16

Premium tickets are now sold out!  General admission tickets can continue to be purchased through the school webstore.  In addition, if your child would like to purchase a T-Shirt, Rehearsal Dinner Pizza, and/or a Shout, it can be purchased at the same time. The program process will begin immediately after Spring Break, so any shout out you would like in the program should be included with your next order (if you haven't done so already).  The April calendar is ready to go live.  There will be printed copies for the students on Monday and Mrs. Olmstead will send a PDF of just April via email on Monday.  Please remember that there are no conflicts the two weeks before the show. If you have any questions, please contact aolmstead@lb65.org. Thank you so much for being a part of the production!

Schedule Week of Musical:

Monday April 16th- Act 1 Dress Rehearsal until 6pm (cast who are in Act 2 only do not need to attend)

Tuesday April 17th- Act 2 Dress Rehearsal until 6pm (cast who are in Act 1 only do not need to attend)

Wednesday April 18th- All Cast Dress Rehearsal and Dinner until 8pm

Thursday April 19th- All cast bows until 5pm

Friday April 20th- musical call times start at 5pm before 7pm performance (specific call times TBD)

Lake Forest-Lake-Bluff LDA Information

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche Flyer

News from the Nurse

I'm happy to report that overall absences due to illness definitely decreased this week. There is still some significant illness lingering in the building. There were two confirmed cases of Influenza this week, one was a staff member, the other an 8th grade student.  The "Influenza like Virus" is still present, but definitely diminished. There were also a few absences due to nausea.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 3/19: Set up for Success/L.A. ELO

, 3/20: 
Set up for Success/Math ELO

, 3/21: 
Set up for Success/Fine Arts ELO

, 3/22: 
Set up for Success/World Language, Social Studies, and Science ELO

, 3/23: Advisory Lesson; 
Spring Break begins at 3:30pm. School resumes Tuesday, April 3rd.
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students shared projects related to assigned topics for Ancient India and took notes on each others' presentations. A Gallery Walk allowed students to view projects from all six class sessions as they deepened their understanding of both content and essential questions. The summative assessment for Ancient India will be next Tuesday, March 20th. 

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week in science students conducted a field study and we went outside to the creek. Students took notes on the different organisms they saw and the interactions. We were introduced to the lake trout shortage in the Great Lakes and students analyzed the population data on the lake trout. We learned that there are four types of interactions that take place that can cause a population to change; other organisms, food, environment, and reproduction. We will continue to research the mystery on the lake trout and eventually this will lead into our dissection. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students broached a new topic as they delved into the last bend of the nonfiction unit.  They chose new topics and displayed what they have learned over the course of the unit in a more independent way.  Next week students will present mini TED-style talks sharing their knowledge of the topics with their classmates.  The talks are due on Wed, 3/21.  Please check in with your child about this project!  Independent reading continues!  

Math- Mrs. Bishop
This week in math students learned how to calculate unit rates for given situations.  They were also introduced to various strategies for dividing fractions such as drawing diagrams and using common denominators.  Next week, students will continue to work with division with fractions and decimals and how to represent fraction division as ratios.   

Accelerated Math- Mrs. Bishop and Mrs. Carney
This week students began Chapter 9 on Volume and Percents.  They learned how to calculate the volume and surface area of various prisms and also practiced describing three dimensional figures from their nets.  Students ended the week by using portions to figure out percentages of various concentrations of a drink.  They also worked on writing algebraic equations to represent given situations.  

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students learned how to solve quadratic equations by using the quadratic formula. We also learned how to solve and graph inequalities in one variable. Next week, students will graph solutions to linear inequalities and systems of linear inequalities.
Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we worked on various ways to explain our daily activities! We continued working on what we want to do. Then we transitioned to talking about activities we have to do, such as "I have to do my homework". We started to explain things we have to do but don't always like to do. To expand our vocabulary we added a few verbs related to chores, so students can explain that they have to do chores before they can hang out. 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French students have been using their conjugating skills in a practical manner...by talking! Students have discussed what they like to do in their free time and also what their classmates like to do. It's important for kids to feel comfortable using the verbs in conversation, so I encourage everyone to participate at least once! Students need to be comfortable speaking French, even when they make mistakes! It's all part of the learning process. The assessment on conjugating -er verbs was on Thursday. Next week we check out current popular music in France. 

Health- Miss Fink 
This week marks the beginning of a new trimester.  Sixth grade students who are in health, will be bringing home the class syllabus and a human sexuality permission slip to get signed by a parent/guardian.  These slips need to be returned to Miss Fink on Monday, 3/19.  In addition, in the initial weeks of the trimester, students will be learning about empathy, self-esteem, overcoming hardships, healthy versus unhealthy friendships, and various ways to prevent bullying.  Have a great weekend. 
STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
It's the beginning of another exciting trimester of STEAM!  This week the students chose their partners, learned about lab expectations and where everything is located, and how to begin their project planners (their online reflection tool that they use to document their progress).  See our class website for more information and to see what students can choose from!  Each engagement lasts for ten class periods and ends with a presentation of their final results.  Have a great weekend!

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students were introduced to the choice-based philosophy of the middle school art curriculum and began designing their sketchbook cover.  Next week we will begin opening the drawing and collage centers.

Track has begun!  Your child should contact Mrs. Buksa or Mrs. Hines for more information. 

Tuesday: 6th COED IM Volleyball 7:00 -8:20AM
Wednesday: 6th COED IM Volleyball 7:00 -8:20AM
Thursday: 6th COED IM Volleyball 7:00 -8:20AM

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

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

The Lake Bluff PTO is excited to be hosting its first Lake Bluff Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party. It will take place May 19th on the greens of Lake Bluff Golf Club followed by a celebratory party under the golf tent. This is a community-wide fundraiser to benefit Lake Bluff students and schools. Tickets will be available for purchase three ways: Golf Scramble, After-Party or a combination of both. More details to follow, but the day will be full of golf, games, dinner & drinks, silent auction and live music from local favorites Bushwood!


Volunteer for the LBMS PTO 

Would you like to be more involved with the LBMS PTO? We are working on filling the LBMS PTO slate for next school year. If you are interested in chairing a committee, please contact Megan Michael at mmichael11@comcast.net. 


Want More Information?

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