April 29, 2022
We have had a crazy busy week! Students have overcome one of the main portions of their Legacy Project – they turned in their ten-page biography today after peer reviewing it one final time. This, I’m sure, will take a lot of pressure off them. I will teach them how to structure their autobiography next week. Remember that it will only require five pages. They should continue to gather artifacts to put into their L.P. binders or albums (whichever style book they choose), but don’t let them begin assembling until they have their graded writing returned so that they know how many pages to leave in the album. If they want to begin putting captions on documents/artifacts (required of every document) and putting them into sheet protectors, that would be fine. Mrs. Santos will work with them next week to begin the self-portrait.
In social studies we learned more about why the Emancipation Proclamation was so important and how it affected both the Union and the Confederacy. We will continue our lessons about the Civil War next week, focusing on daily life during the war and on how the tide of war shifted.
In language arts we began a review of basic and more advanced punctuation skills. Who knew the comma was so important and had so many rules around it?! We always seek to look at the logic in a grammar or convention rule so that it will be easier for us to remember it later. The review of punctuation came in handy as we peer edited the Legacy Projects.
We finished our April book reports about Civil War novels and the resulting projects adorn our hallway. The kids wrote about the plot structure, themes, characters, and synopsis of their novels – all on an object that was symbolic of their novel. Our next genre will be dystopian novels. The kids were given the task of finding a dystopian novel they would like to read (they should not have read it before) and bringing it in on Monday. They were allowed to borrow from one another (many kids have these at home), from another classroom, from the school or public library, or purchase one. I wanted them to have the option of choosing one they liked. I have a stack of dystopian novels in the classroom, so if your child does not bring one on Monday, I will be assigning one that I have. Please check with your child to be sure he/she comes prepared or amenable to my choice on Monday.
We took our ACRE test in religion class this week. As a reminder, the results of the test do not count toward your child’s religion grade. Rather, the scores let the Archdiocese and us know how strong our religion program is. We also started our first Family Life lesson. As you saw in my email, there are ten lessons in the program. We should finish it the last week of school.
We continue to go to the We Grow Garden most Wednesdays. I have not had any parents volunteer to walk with us on these dates. I would really appreciate some extra help, if you are able. Our remaining dates are May 4, 11, 25, and June 1 (our final session). We leave school at 1:15, walk ten minutes, and return by 2:40. If you can come along with us, please let me know. It really is a lovely and valuable time with the kids.
Our retreat is coming up Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24th and 25th. I will send out a permission slip next week. We will need drivers and overnight chaperones, so please indicate on the slip how you are able to help. I also explained in last week’s letter that eighth-grade parents are responsible for preparing/providing the meals for the retreat. If you can help in that way, please let me know. I have heard from one person so far.
Have a great weekend!