6th Grade Weekly Update for 9-1-17

Announcements
MAP Testing: Next Week
MAP testing in grade 6 take place Tuesday, Sept. 5th and Wednesday, Sept. 6th.  Attendance during MAP testing is important. We would encourage you to avoid making appointments or checking your child out of school during the testing dates. Students tend to perform better when they take tests in their regular testing environment.  Below is a list of other tips to help your child do well on the MAP test: 
  • Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep.
  • Make sure your child eats a good breakfast.
  • Encourage your child to do his/her best. 
  • Make sure your child is at school on time and brings his or her charger to school for the testing days.  
  • Ask about the test each day. Let your child know the test is important and that you care about the results. 

Curriculum Night: THURSDAY, 9/7

Curriculum Night for 6th through 8th grade parents will be held on Thursday, September 7th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Our format will let parents walk through a "mini-schedule" that mirrors the students' schedules. We're excited to meet as many parents as we can.


From the Office
Please be sure to put your child's name on lunch bags and boxes.  We will try our best to get them returned to your child if we find them in the school.  Lunch bags left for several days begin to smell and draw ants so they will be thrown out.

All checks and cash turned in to the office for sports, socks and lunches will be deposited in your Push Coin account.  You will see these transactions when you view your Push Coin account which can be accessed at https://www.pushcoin.com/.

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run will be starting Tuesday, September 12.  We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:30.  Please see Mrs. Huddlestun or Ms. Turner for more information.  To register, please visit: https://www.gotrchicago.org/Register-Now

News from the Nurse---Kathy Sullivan
Welcome Back!  This week has been quiet on the illness front. I'm seeing signs of a viral bug beginning, 3 students have had low grade fevers with sore throats. No reports of Strep throat.  A fair number of students are suffering with seasonal allergy symptoms.

The State of IL requires a complete physical with updated immunizations for all 6th grade students.  These must be submitted to school by Sept.29th.  Students without this state mandated physical can be excluded from school until it is completed. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 9/4: No School-Labor Day

Tuesday, 9/5: MAP; Social Contract Finalization

Wednesday, 9/6: MAP; Set Up for Success

Thursday, 9/7: 
Set Up for Success; Curriculum Night at 7 p.m.

Friday, 9/8: Emotional Wellness Lesson 
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students are off to a lovely start in Social Studies! We are examining essential vocabulary for the year and our planet's oceans and continents as we build a foundation that will serve us through our study of ancient civilizations. Students will take an assessment that includes the vocabulary terms and mapping of the oceans and continents next Friday, September 8. Ask your student to share his or her interaction with the QUIZLET study set for this unit.

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week in Science students practiced the lab equipment they will be working with in middle school. They had a quiz on identifying the lab equipment on Friday. Students were also introduced to their new unit, Physical Science. They will be studying all about light. Next week, students will complete their first journal entry and focus on what is needed in order to see objects. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
Students launched into their independent reading lives this week in Language Arts. They worked on building a reading community in the classroom and planning their reading lives outside the classroom. 6th grade students have reading homework every night. They need to read for at least 20 minutes and follow their page goals. Please ask them to share their books, Daily Reading Logs, and reading goals with you! Next week, we will be MAP testing and begin a narrative writing unit. We have really enjoyed getting to know the 6th graders! 

Math 1- Mrs. Bishop/Mrs. Rote-Kay
Math 1 students have been working through chapter 1, Introduction and Representation, which introduces the students to the program - mathematical practices, topics that we will study, class and group expectations, and organization of their math spiral. Please watch the introduction video with your child, in the next few days, to see the online math materials that we are using this year. Interesting and different are a few of the words the students have used to describe math class thus far!

Advanced Math 1-Mrs. Bishop/Mrs. Rote-Kay and
Mrs. Carney


Math Map Testing will occur next week Tuesday and Wednesday.  Students who have math periods 1/2 and 6/7 will test on Tuesday, September 5.  Students who have math periods 2/3 and 5/6 will test Wednesday, September 6.

Advanced Math 1 students started unit 1 this week and will continue next week.  This unit will introduce students to the mathematical practices that we will be using and working with throughout this course. We started by working with our classmates to solve a series of problems of various challenges. Please take a moment to view the Student eBook video introduction with your student.  

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
To begin the year, students have been investigating patterns, analyzing data, and creating tables and graphs to represent their results. Additionally, students are getting used to the new CPM curriculum. Next week our classes will be looking at different types of functions and taking the fall MAP test. 

Español- Srta. Horner
These first two weeks of Spanish we've gotten back in the habit of using Spanish during class! We spent time getting to know each other, including a "Todo sobre mi" page that you will see hanging up at Curriculum Night! We have reviewed some important Spanish questions and vocabulary that we will use each day (for supplies, drink breaks, etc). We also had our first "Mundo miércoles" where students were introduced to Puerto Rico, our focus location for this year. We will continue comparing and contrasting life in Puerto Rico to life in Lake Bluff as the year goes on. Next week we will begin Unidad 1, ¿Cómo estás, amigo? Have a great weekend. 

Français- Mme Szostak
We have had a great start to French! Students are enthusiastic to begin using the language and are ready to take risks to try and speak! It's been very fun being with them these first two weeks. We have been learning how to greet people in French using proper titles (such as Madame, Monsieur). Students have been saying hello to all their teachers trying to find out who the Mystery Educator is. If a student says hello to that teacher, they receive a small prize. Teachers have been enjoying the influx of French in the hallways. Students also learned how to ask for and give names. Knowing that information, they couldn't wait to choose French names!! It's been a dynamic start to the year in the French room. Looking forward to meeting you next week at Curriculum Night.

Health- Miss Fink 
This week in Health, students have started to visit concepts such as empathy, self-esteem, body image, and what makes someone who they are.  We have also started various journal entries that provoke thinking on subjects within the mental and emotional health unit as well as enhance their writing skills.  We will cap off the week with some meditation.  Have a great weekend. 

STEAM- 
Mrs. Olmstead
We have had a great start to our first trimester of STEAM!  The students have chosen partners that they will work with through a series of engagements in categories such as robotics, computer graphics, software engineering, and mechanics and structures.  For each engagement, each pair of students will choose a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Based) goal that they will work towards over 10 class periods before they present their final product to the class.  Our class website explains more about STEAM in detail.  Please feel free to email Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org with any questions!  


Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students were introduced to the art room and began creating their sketchbook covers.  Next week, we will open the drawing and collage center as well as talk about open studio.



Athletics
Please make sure all physicals, forms, and fees are turned into the office!

Monday
: NONE
Tuesday: Practice 3:45-5:15 GVB+SOC+FH
Wednesday3:45-5:15 GVB+SOC+FH
Thursday3:45-5:15 GVB+SOC+FH
Friday: Practice (None Unless otherwise noted by a coach)



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