11/19/21

November 19, 2021

Dear Parents,

We celebrated a great Grandparents’ Day Mass today with our Kindergarten buddies, who were leading the Mass. Although we had only a few grandparents attend Mass, we still made it a special time, and the Kindergarteners did an amazing job. You will be receiving your children’s grandparent greeting cards in the Wednesday envelope next week. We hope many of you will be able to deliver them over the holidays. On Monday, we will have a special prayer service in the morning after which we will be creating a human food chain to bring our Thanksgiving food donations from the school to the Hope House. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please send in some food items (no glass, please) on Monday so that we can help as many people as possible to have a food-filled Thanksgiving dinner.

We used our religion lessons this week to finalize the scenes for the Nativity play we are creating. Next week and the week following Thanksgiving will be the writing phase during which the kids will write the actual narrative of the play. Once finished, we will work on costumes, filming, and final production/editing. We have our hands full, but I know we can do it.

In language arts this week we finished up our lessons on verbs and then began a review of the concepts in preparation for the unit test on Tuesday. Creating a chart of the different tenses (simple, perfect, progressive, and perfect progressive) was a great way to show how these tenses follow a very simple pattern. The kids will be allowed to use this chart for their test.

In literature, most kids are well into their poster project, a three-panel set of posters with a variety of elements representing their novel. They will finish these next week and present them to their classmates on a gallery wall before Thanksgiving break. With only a few weeks before Christmas break remaining, the students will read a short story by Truman Capote, “A Christmas Memory”, and perhaps have time to write a Christmas memory of their own. Mrs. Demry is asking you to please check your home libraries as it seems that the kids did not return their copies of “The One and Only Ivan” from their literature class last year. If you find a copy, please send it in on Monday so that current seventh graders can begin reading this novel.

In social studies we have been busy – we won the American Revolution, then started thinking about how we would form our new government. We made some mistakes in the first draft of our country’s constitution (the Articles of Confederation) and decided that we wanted to create a completely new document that would give us more rights as a people (having learned how to avoid the abuse of power). We also debated how to divvy up power between states and came up with a couple of compromises, including the Great Compromise and the 3/5ths Compromise. After a lot of hard work, we finally drafted our new U.S. Constitution.

I hope you were able to escape the flooding early this week unscathed. Beautiful, sunny days like today certainly help. Let’s hope for more sunshine and pray for those who lost so much.

Have a great weekend,

Chris

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