6th Grade Weekly Update for 12-8-17


News from the Nurse
Coughs and sore throats were the primary reasons for visits to the health center this week; a few students were reported absent for the same reasons.  I have not received any confirmed reports of Strep this week.
There was one reported case of Fifths Disease.  Fifths is a mild viral infection with low grade fever, headache & fatigue.  About one week after those symptoms, a bright red rash appears on the face, looking as if the person has been "slapped"; a lacy looking rash may also appear on the arms, trunk, & legs.  By the time the rash appears, the person is typically no longer contagious.  

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 12/11: Set Up for Success/ELO

, 12/12: Set Up for Success/ELO

, 12/13: 2:10 Dismissal

, 12/14: Set Up for Success/ELO

, 12/15: Holiday Sing/Talent Show; Last Day before Winter Break
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students examined specific aspects of the ancient Greek city-state this week before assuming their identities as Athenians or Spartans. They researched each city-state in terms of education, government, the role of women, social class structure, values and overall positive and negative attributes. We ended the week with Socratic dialogue activities that further explored essential questions related to the viability of ancient Athens and Sparta and how they might have benefitted from unification.

Science- Mr. Driver for Mrs. Panjwani
This week in Science, we explored the states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) and developed a model showing the changes from one state to the other.  New vocabulary for these processes.  Next, we focused on properties of gases, demonstrating compression and expansion.  There is a quiz on lessons 1 - 5 on Monday.  Study guides were handed out on Wednesday and reviewed on Friday.  Study session 8 AM on Monday.   Next week, we will start to investigate and detect differences between two solids, liquids or gases.  

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students gathered evidence, crafted claims, and created outlines for their literary essays about characters from the short stories they have read and annotated. Over the weekend and next week they will draft, revise, and edit their essays working toward turning them in by Fri, 12/15.  On Wednesday, 12/13, the 6th graders will complete their Literary Language, Part One tests.  Please remind your child to read his or her IDR book over the weekend and each night! 

Math 1-Mrs. Bishop
This week student completed Chapter 4: Introduction to Variables and Ratios.  Next week, students will be begin exploring fraction and decimal multiplication (Chapter 5).  They will learn how to represent parts of parts in diagrams and as a multiplication problems.  Please encourage your child to continue to practice their math facts at home!  Have a great weekend.

Advanced Math 1-Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
This week students explored how multiplying by certain numbers effects the product.  Students worked with different strategies for multiplying decimals.  Students continued to practice using the generic rectangle to help them break down multiplication problems into different parts.  We also started to work with finding the area of shapes that are not rectangles.  Have a great weekend!  

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week we learned about geometric sequences and modeled different situations with exponential growth and decay functions. We reviewed chapter 5 and completed the team challenge assessment on Friday. The chapter 5 team test is on Monday 12/11.

Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we continued to practice saying where we are a from and where we live, and we added these phrases to our list of facts about ourselves! We have also started practicing the verb "tener" which means "to have". This week students brought home their T1 Standards Reports for Spanish and should have brought them home to go over with you.

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French, we are wrapping our En Classe unit. Students had a summative assessment on the material on Wednesday. In the assessment, they identify colors used in an spoken French sentence, they give oral responses saying where things are located in a classroom, and they respond to questions about the word "the" in French. Closing up the week, we took a trip to Paris to see the most famous of her monuments. Students chose a monument to research and will present what they learned to the class. 

Health- Miss Fink 
This week in health, students have been discussing healthy and unhealthy friendships.  As we discuss these, we also analyze the characteristics of a good friend and a bad friend.  Finally, students will participate in some role playing as they evaluate and apply the information that they have learned throughout this section of the unit.  As next week gets underway, we will begin watching, "Finding Nemo," and analyze the friendships that are occurring in the movie.  Have a great weekend.  

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art students reviewed how to draw with depth/space and how to draw 3-dimensional forms.  They were also introduced to the National Core Arts Proficiency Standards.  Next week they will enjoy open studio time with the drawing and collage centers.

Monday: GBB vs. Highland 4:15/5:15pm
Tuesday: BBB vs. Highland 4:15/5:15pm
Wednesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM
Thursday: BBB @ Deerpath 4:15/5:15pm
7GBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

 After School Activities 
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.

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