6th Grade Weekly Update for 4-13-18

Springfield Update
Please remember to print, fill out, and send all Permission for Medical Treatment Forms directly to Hemisphere Travel. You may scan and email the form to jennifer@hemispheretravel.com, or you may send them through USPS to the company address on your travel packet. 

Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz!

Show week is here!  General Admission tickets can still be purchased on the school webstore here.!  We are very excited to get our dress rehearsals underway.  Here is the schedule for the week.

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

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

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

  • Thursday April 19th (no costumes)- All cast and crews bows until 5pm

  • Friday April 20th- musical call times start at 5pm before 7pm performance (specific call times TBD- students/parents will be informed next week!)

  • Saturday April 21st- musical call times begin at noon, specific times TBD.  Showtime 2pm, mandatory strike until 5pm.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are full costumes. Thursday is no costumes, bows only for all cast and crew.  As a reminder, students are encouraged to bring homework to do when they are not on stage.  

  • As a reminder, all cast members are expected to help with STRIKE until 5pm after the show.  They will be assigned to a specific task and be released by a musical teacher when the task is complete.

  • Students should have all costume pieces marked and hung together.  All street shoes/pants/socks, etc...must stay at school for the coming week.  Plastic bags work great for keeping accessories together and hung with hangers!  

  • Any costume piece or prop that you would like back should be picked up at the beginning of strike on Saturday.  It will be difficult to locate once everything is put away and stored.

  • We are so excited for you to see our performance, thank you so much to all the support that our school, staff, community, and parents have provided!   We are off to see the Wizard!

Earth Day Celebration – Lake Bluff Beach: Sun, 4/22 9-Noon

This year’s Earth Day Celebration will return the two venerated LBOLA beach prairies where our plan is to look forward to rising lake levels and plant hundreds of native beach grasses at the base of the bluff. Marram grass is found throughout the shores of the great lakes and our 18-year-old planting has enthusiastically escaped our little sand prairie & has been successfully resisting erosion over the past few years – thereby protecting the sand prairie and parking lot. Park as usual on Scranton, Center or Prospect and join us at the end of the beach road. Bring your family and friends, dress appropriately for conditions, and plan to get dirty!

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche 
Spring is Here!
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) is gearing up for its beloved and highly anticipated biennial Spring Marché shopping boutique on Thursday, April 26 at The Lake Forest Club.Funds raised from Spring Marché support the LDA’s "Make A Difference" grant program, which annually awards a wide variety of supportive equipment and educational and emotional programs to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff public schools, The School of Saint Mary and Lake Forest Country Day School. Grants awarded total $370,000 to date and include funding for sensory suites in Deerpath Middle School, (named the “Go Zone”), Lake Bluff Elementary School and Lake Forest Country Day School.  This year, Spring Marché will be open for daytime shopping from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.lflblda.com for $15 or at the door for $20. Besides providing what promises to be an amazing day of shopping, reconnecting with friends and supporting our students, we hope that this event will extend community awareness of the LDA’s work within our community.

News from the Nurse

This week was uneventful in the illness arena.  There were a few absences due to a stomach virus early in the week.  The last few days several students had low grade fevers with cough. The most common reason for absence this week was “not feeling well”.  I think PARCC testing may have left some students feeling fatigued. I think we all need warm Spring weather!

A friendly reminder: Mandated 6th grade Dental Exam Forms are due by May 1st. Thank you to those that have submitted them.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 4/16: Set up for Success/ELO

, 4/17: Set up for Success/ELO

, 4/18: Set up for Success/ELO

, 4/19: Set up for Success/ELO

Friday, 4/20: Musical Dress Rehearsal; Musical at 7 p.m./Sat at 2 p.m.
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson

Students shared their "FAB FIVE" this week via speed pair-sharing as well as whole group share. "FAB FIVE" consist of five facts, wonders and sets of findings connected to content specific to our current unit, Ancient China. Students utilized the skills connected to standards listed below to research content, compose thick questions and compile factual information.


SS.IS.2.6-8: Ask essential and focusing questions that will lead to independent research

SS.IS.6.6-8.MdC: Construct explanations using reasoning, correct sequence, examples and details, while acknowledging their strengths and weaknesses


SS.H.1. 6-8.LC: Classify series of historical events and developments as examples of change and/or continuity

SS.H.4.6-8.LC: Explain multiple causes and effects of historical events

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week students were introduced to the scientific explanation outline which contains a claim, evidence, and reasoning. Students constructed their first evidence-based scientific explanation on the lab we did last week. Students also did a lab to test the idea that plants supply the building materials and energy to animals. Their results proved that plants contain food and this means that they need food as well. Next week we will continue our research on the trout mystery in the Great Lakes. The standards included this week were 
MS-LS1-4. Use argument based on empirical and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristics of animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectfully. MS.LS2-3. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week the 6th graders became journalists researching the broad topic of teen activism.  They explored and wrote about six or more different activists in order to gain an understanding of what makes a teen activist.  This research will lead to their writing of informational articles about the topic next week.  Students also had lots of time for independent reading as the L.A. homework load was light.  Finally please remind your child to prep and rehearse his or her poem for our Poem in your Pocket Day presentation due Th, 4/26.  
Standards included this week were W.6.2- Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. W.6.7-Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Advanced Math- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
This week students reviewed all 6th grade cluster standards (6.RP, 6.NS, 6.G, 6.SP, 6.EE) and continued to practice with writing equations (6.EE.7 
Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations) and inequalities (6.EE.8 Write an inequality of the form; represent solutions of such inequalities on number line diagrams.) Students will take their Chapter 9 Test Monday. 

Math- Mrs. Bishop
This week in math, students focused on using the Distributive Property to write equivalent expressions (6.EE.3 Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.) and evaluated algebraic expressions for given variables (6.EE.2c Evaluate expressions at specific values of their variables.)  Students practiced using correct algebra vocabulary when describing parts of an algebraic expression such as: term, variable, coefficient, constant (6.EE.2 Identify parts of an expression using mathematical terms).  Students will take their Chapter 7 Test on Monday.   

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week, students completed the chapter 9 assessments and started chapter 10. Chapter 10 primarily focuses on solving different types of equations with fractional, irrational, and complex solutions. We will continue chapter 10 next week. The standards covered in this chapter include: 4) Operations & Polynomials, 5) Linear Equations & Inequalities, 6) Systems of Equations & Inequalities, 7) Quadratic Situations & Equations.

Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish, we learned the last objective for Unit 3! This was a long unit, encompassing activities we like to do, want to do, have to do, and now activities we are able to do. The unit culminated in students being able to make plans with each other by including questions and specific times or dates to make plans. Standards addressed this week:
WL 1.1) Student can exchange information about familiar topics, using phrases and simple sentences. (Interpersonal Language) WL 2.5) Student can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar. (Interpretive Language)
Français- Mme Szostak 
This week in French, students practiced their new vocabulary in a variety of ways (I can talk about what I do in my pastime). While using the vocabulary, students also applied the grammar of the lesson by saying how much they like or do a certain activity. (Interpersonal conversation:  WL 1.4  Student can apply class material to conversation). Students used Quatre Coins to show how much they like to study, ride bikes, or sleep. They also shared if their pastimes are primarily done indoors or outdoors ( WL 1.1 Student can exchange opinions about familiar topics).  Next week, the focus will be on students saying what they don't do.
Health- Miss Fink 

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships: What do these look like? How can we create healthy relationships/friendships.

Role Play and Friendship Task Cards.

Standards Assessed:

  • Standard #1:  Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health.  
  • Standard #2: Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors. 
  • Standard #3: Access valid information, products, and services to enhance health. 
  • Standard #4: Interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and reduce health risks. 
  • Standard #5: Demonstrate and identify circumstances that can help or hinder healthy decision-making skills.
STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in STEAM, the students presented their final products to the class. Students completed projects using our 3D printer, 3D home and architecture design, digital animation, and robotics. Students are assessed at the end of an engagement on the following ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education Standards):
ISTE.1.Empowered Learners:  Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. ISTE.3.Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, to produce creative artifacts, and make meaningful learning
experiences for themselves and others.
ISTE.4.Innovative Designer:  Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
ISTE.6.Creative Communicator:  Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
ISTE.7.Global Collaborator: Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning  by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students continued to work on their open studio piece and were introduced to watercolor and tempera painting techniques.

National Core Art Standards Assessed:


Artist applies methods to overcome creative blocks.


Ideas are original, unique, creative and show personally relevant content.


Accurately show an understanding of specific techniques.


Artist demonstrates willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms and meanings that emerge in the process of artmaking or designing.


Demonstrate a high level of attention to the finish and overall presentation of the artwork.


: Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm

Tuesday: Track @ Lakes HS 4:30pm

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: NONE

Friday: NONE


Visit lakebluff.revtrak.net under the "Summer School" registration link for exciting options in: Volleyball, Field Hockey, and/or Basketball Camp!

Open to all incoming 5th-8th Graders, Camps will run June 11-14,18-21

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

8th Grade Graduation Update -- Packets Due Today!

Graduation forms, payments and baby pictures are due today, Friday, April 13th. If you have not returned them, please have your student hand them into the office on Monday. Missing your packet? Here's a link to the info you need: Graduation Flyer

Lake Bluff PTO Ball Drop -- Raffle Tickets Due Monday, April 16th

All sold ball drop raffle tickets (and if you don't know what it is, please check your student's backpack or have him/her check their locker) are due back to school on Monday, April 16th. Please return the contact portion of the tickets in the provided envelope with your student's advisory on the front. What's a Ball Drop fundraiser? Our sponsor, Canopy Trees, will drop balls from a crane on to a hole on the Lake Bluff Golf Course. The owner of the first ball to drop into the hole wins the $1000 prize! Questions? Need more tickets? Contact Eva Rice at alexander_eva@yahoo.com or Alyson Dueringer at padueringer@comcast.net.

Potbelly Bluffer Night -- Wednesday, April 18th

Get out of the kitchen and head into the Lake Bluff Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Wednesday, April 18th. Potbelly is hosting a Bluffer Night from 5:00pm-8:00pm, during which 25 percent of purchases will be donated back to the Lake Bluff PTO. Mention or show the Potbelly Flyer flyer when you pay for your order.

May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Everyone is invited to the PTO's 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 are now available for purchase (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lake-bluff-pto-golf-scramble-and-19th-hole-after-party-tickets-44784702250?). You do not have to golf to join in on the fun. Tickets can be purchased three ways: Golf only ($100), after-party only ($75) or both ($150). The day will be full of golf, games, dinner & drinks, a silent auction and live music from 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.