6th Grade Weekly Update for 3-9-18

Springfield Announcement
Exciting news! The deadline to sign up for Springfield has been extended! The Springfield due date is now Thursday, March 15th. You can register online at www.hemispheretravel.com, and our registration code is 18TA12396. For scholarship information please contact Mr. Blackmer. For questions about the trip please contact Ms. Horner. 

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN SERVICE TRIP  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 11:30. We would love to have you share in this meaningful experience as a chaperone!

FMSC has a strict student-adult chaperone policy that requires one adult for each three students who participate and your support will be absolutely appreciated! Your student will be bringing a permission slip home in the next few days.  If you would like to be included as a participant/chaperone in our service trip, please reserve your spot by signing up below.  Thank you in advance for supporting our students and FMSC!!

SIGNUP:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a4a92aabf94-feed

Spring Break

Spring Break is the week of March 26th-April 2nd. School resumes on Tuesday, April 3rd. If your child is leaving early and/or returning late, please inform the office and your child's advisor.

Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz!

Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 12th via the school webstore!  There is also a link for the webstore on the musical website.  The cast calendar for April will be available by Friday, March 16th on the website and printed for students.  

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

Lake Forest-Lake-Bluff LDASprig Marche

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche Flyer

News from the Nurse

The health office was very busy this week.  Many students were complaining of nausea, some with vomiting.  Many students were complaining about headaches; about half of those students felt better after being given a snack and water.  I am legally prohibited from administering Tylenol or ibuprofen to a student unless I receive a medication authorization form signed by both a parent and healthcare provider.  Please complete the form (found on our website) if you would like your student to take medication at school.

About six students were absent this week with "Influenza like Illness", there were no confirmed reports of Influenza.

The state mandated 6th grade Dental forms are due by May 1st. Thanks to those that have already submitted your forms!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 3/12: Set Up for Success/L.A. ELO

, 3/13: Set Up for Success/Math ELO

, 3/14: 2:10 Dismissal

, 3/15: Set Up for Success/Science, Social Studies, and World Language ELO

, 3/16: Bluffer Buddies 
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students were focused and very productive this week as they created physical projects for their assigned area of Ancient India. Projects include the connected content information and essential question for each category. Projects will be presented next week and a summative assessment is scheduled for Friday, March 16th.
NOTE: As a whole group, we are preparing for our service trip to Feed My Starving Children on Thursday, March 22nd. Please complete and sign your student's permission slip. Also, we are welcoming and in need of parent volunteers for this rewarding experience. Please view the announcement at the top section of this communication and access the SIGN UP GENIUS to participate!!

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
I am so glad to be back at Lake Bluff! Mr. Driver and Miss Arwady did a fabulous job while I was away. This week we started our Life Science unit. We are learning about the study of biology, particularly, how organisms interact in the environment. We also celebrated a particular biologist, a primatologist, Jane Goodall for International Women's Day and learned about her work with chimpanzees. Next week we will be doing a field study and will go outside to make observations on organisms in their environment. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students completed the second bend of our nonfiction reading unit.  They worked as curators to curate text set lists for their topics that include summaries and rationales.  Please ask your child to share the text set!  Next week we will delve into the final bend of the unit by exploring a new topic using these curated text sets.  Independent reading continues!  

Math-  Mrs. Bishop
This week students worked with rates to determine which fundraiser would earn the most money in the least amount of time and also to compare the speeds of runners, bikers, and swimmers.  Students used tables and graphs to help them compare rates.  Next week, students will work to find a unit rate as another way to compare different rates.  Students will also continue to work on strategies for dividing fractions.  

Advanced Math- Mrs. Bishop and Mrs. Carney
This week students worked with various data displays to determine spread and center.  Students also learned how to write a statistical questions and gathered data and completed a presentation of their findings using statistics.  The end of the chapter focused on writing algebraic equations for given situations along with the application of the formula d=rt.  Students will be taking the Chapter 8 test on Tuesday.    

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students finished chapter 8 and completed the team and individual assessments. Next week we’ll begin chapter 9, which focuses on solving quadratic equations with the quadratic formula and solving inequalities.
Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish, students learned a new verb! We learned the verb "querer" to say "to want". We use "querer" to talk about activities we want to do and it will help us work on making plans with friends! 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French, students presented their -er verb songs! Student performances were very fun to watch and the songs have come in handy to remember the endings needed when conjugating. Congratulations to Dikembe in period 1 and Anne-Marie et Sabrina in period 5 for winning the French Idol competition! The rest of the week, we continued to practice verbs in a variety of ways. 

Health- Miss Fink 
This week is the final week of the trimester and 6th grade health students have been finishing up discussion on puberty by playing puberty bingo.  This is a review game to assess what students understand and what we need to continue to work on.  Next Monday, March 12, health students will go back to PE for the final 12-weeks of school.  Have a great weekend. 

Mrs. Olmstead
It has been a engaging, creative, and impressive trimester in the STEAM lab!  The students finished their third engagements today.  Please ask your student at home about their experience and what they created!  All students can access their work via their google drive to share what they accomplished. Have a great weekend!  

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students are starting to wrap up the trimester by writing their artist statement and preparing their work for display.  

We are excited to announce the start of our COED Intramural Volleyball. Come out and play! We start Tuesday morning at 7:00am at the LBMS gym!
Monday: 7th BVB Tournament Pool Play @ Millburn
8th BVB Practice 3:45-5:15pm
Tuesday: 6th COED IM Volleyball 7:00 -8:20AM
8th BVB Tournament Pool Play @ Deerpath
7th BVB Practice 3:45-5:15pm (If advancing to semi's and finals)
Wednesday: 6th COED IM Volleyball 7:00 -8:20AM
BVB Semi's and Finals (If qualifying) 8th @ Millburn / 7th @ Deerpath
Thursday: 6th COED IM Volleyball 7:00 -8:20AM
Friday: NONE

 Extra-curricular Activities

All Students - Reach Out Our next event is during lunch on Wednesday, March 14th. We will be making dog toys for Orphans of the Storm. Bring in an old t-shirt to use for this activity.

All students - Literary Magazine We are hosting an informational meeting for the Lake Bluff Middle School Literary Anthology. We are looking for both student submissions AND student editors! Thursday, March 15th @ 8:00am in the cafeteria. See Mrs. Huddlestun for details. 

 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.