8th Grade Weekly Updates

Helping Out a Family in Need
On Labor Day, our neighbors lost their house to a catastrophic fire which has left them without their home, personal possessions, and their sweet dog, Demi. What wasn't destroyed by the fire was ruined by the water, leaving them with only the clothing on their backs. Our hearts are breaking and many want to help this family rebuild their lives. To that effort, I have set up a drop location at the Shields Township Office, where you can leave basic necessities such as gently used clothing (women’s size L and men’s size L), toiletries, gift cards to Jewel, Target, Home Depot, or local restaurants. Their daughter has a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/help-my-family-get-back-on-their-ft), where you can donate, also. Thank you in advance for your generous support; they are grateful for all of the help! Sincerely, Caty Weston 
Please drop off items at:
Shields Township Offices
c/o Terry Darraugh, Shields Township Supervisor
906 W. Muir Avenue (2nd Floor) Lake Bluff 

Robotics & Engineering 101
This is an annual event for our LBMS ladies held at Woodlands Academy. Interested girls will attend building workshops, create a catapult, and learn about coding & programming. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 18th from 9AM to 12:30PM. Girls can register by going to www.woodlandsacademy.org/robotics-engineering-101. You can contact Mrs. Komac for more information!

A Message from Mrs. Kellie Bae-- Enrichment Contact List

Hello Parents,

We are attempting to gather email addresses for parents who are interested in enrichment updates and information. If you are someone who is interested in being a part of our Parents Interested in Enrichment contact list, please take a moment complete this short form. Inclusion on this list means you'd like to receive general updates regarding Enrichment at Lake Bluff School District 65 Schools, as well as notification regarding our Parents Interested in Enrichment (PIE) Meetings. Please know the volume of emails will be low/manageable. If you are not sure if you are on our contact list, it's safer to complete this form, just in case. If you have questions feel free to contact Kellie Bae ~ Director of Curriculum kbae@lb65.org

Parent Math Night

Join us at Lake Bluff Middle School

Thursday, November 2, 2017

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Would you like to know more about our new College Preparatory Math (CPM) Program?  We’ve designed an evening event for parents to explore and learn more about our new program that is is based on collaborative learning, problem based approaches, and mixed space practice.

This event will include the chance to experience a lesson, find out more about parent and student resources, and ask questions you have as we launch CPM with our 6th - 8th grade mathematicians.

Please note this program is not used with our HSAATH course.

Questions: Please contact Kellie Bae kbae@lb65.org

News from the Nurse

The health office has been exceptionally busy this week. A variety of nasty bugs have invaded LBMS.  Here is the list of illnesses I've seen this week:  Two confirmed cases of Strep, bronchitis, many stomachaches, vomiting, fevers, and a few colds with sore throats.

Thanks for keeping students home when they are sick, this helps prevent the spread of illness to other students and staff.

Students must be free from fever and vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.

Enjoy Pumpkin Fest!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--Odyssey of the Mind starts after


Wednesday--National Family Literacy Day

Thursday--Parent Math Curriculum Night, 
                     6:00 p.m.

Friday--Bluffer Assembly
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
Students have started our next unit examining the Early Presidents from Washington to Pierce.  Students will be creating a comprehensive website with information about the presidents and historical figures that shaped their presidency.  Students will be researching, creating a Top Ten list (good and bad) about their President's time in office, debating why we should remember their president, and creating a presentation about the legacy of their president and the historical figure.  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
We wrapped up the Earth Science unit with students presenting models of the tectonic plate movement at a given site on the planet, and also telling us how it looked it the past and presenting, making predictions for its future. Next week, we'll move into the Life Science unit, which is largely genetics and natural selection. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week students started to investigate the setting in their books and identify its influence on the characters.  Students considered the mood and atmosphere of the setting and noticed the author’s language and emotions it evoked.  Students are working hard in their reading partnerships and applying these strategies in their reading notebooks.  Most students are on their second book and some are already on their third books.   
Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students were introduced to literal equations and reviewed chapter 3. The Team Challenge Assessment will be on Monday 10/30 and the Individual Assessment will be on Tuesday 10/31. Then we'll begin chapter 4 which focuses on solving systems of equations.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we explored the world of fractions built with polynomials (rational expressions). The new task was assigned, and students from each team met during ELO to break the task down, assign portions to each team member, and get clarifying questions answered. The team task is due Mon. Nov. 13th. Next week, students will have Quiz 5 for rational expressions on Tues. Oct. 31st.  We will then start working on synthetic division and rational equations.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week, 8th grade students have begun the drug education unit.  We will be discussing topics such as the dangers of prescription drugs, alcohol, and various classifications of drugs such as stimulants and depressants.  As the week comes to a close, we will be discussing the effects that marijuana has on the teen brain and body.  Have a great weekend.  
EspañolSra. Ogren
This week the students have been reviewing the hotel vocabulary. They took an assessment in which they drew described scenes, and they took a short quiz using the vocabulary. We also started new vocabulary about things to do while on vacation. We will continue to be reviewing the vocabulary next week. We will have a vocabulary quiz on all the vocabulary from this unit on Thursday, November 2nd. Our verb of the week is the verb "hacer," (to make or to do). Paragraphs for this verb are due on Friday, November 3rd. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French students students continued to practice and use the passé composé in writing and speech. There was a quiz on forming the past tense on Thursday. Next we will begin the presentational project, Quand j'étais jeune... (When I was young..) where students present 5 memories from their childhood to the class. This is an oral presentation with visual support from PowerPoint. Presentations begin next Wednesday. 

Advanced Acting- Mrs. Olmstead
This week the students are performing their duet scenes.  The students have working hard on their blocking and rehearsing!  Next week we are going to begin analyzing and rehearsing a comedic one act called Thirteen Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview.  Have a great weekend!

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian


Monday: 8BBB Practice 3:45-5:45, 7BBB Practice 5:45 - 7:00
Lake Forest HS GIRLS Feeder Tryouts
Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, 8GBB + 7GBB Practice 3:45-5:15
Wednesday: None (Lake Forest HS BOYS Feeder Tryouts)
Thursday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, 8GBB 3:45-5:15, 7GBB 5:15-6:45, 
7BBB 5:45-7:00pm
Friday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, 8GBB + 7GBB 3:45-5:15pm

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Spirit Wear

October 29th is the last day to order Lake Bluff PTO spirit wear. Show off your Lake Bluff spirit in our newly designed items for fall and winter. We've got you covered from warm hats to cozy sweats and fun shirts in between. Go to https://lakebluff2017.itemorder.com to see all of the items that are offered and to place an order. Orders will be delivered mid-November.  

 7th Grade Social

The 7th Grade Social, which will be held at CROYA, is scheduled for Friday, November 10th from 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Please save the date. More details are to come.

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