May 20

Dear Parents,

The Legacy Project writing is finished! The kids had a sigh of relief as they turned in their autobiographies today. I asked them about the writing for this project, and they all said that it seemed daunting at first, but that it was doable. They have become such strong writers over the course of the year and it has been fun for me to hear their stories through the Legacy Project. They still have a few things to do, such as the bibliography, gathering and labeling all their documents/photos, and then putting everything into their binders/albums. Several kids are nearly finished, with only a few items to add. Remember that the final album is due on Friday, May 27th. This is to be sure that your family can completely relax over Memorial Day weekend. You deserve it!

We have been learning about the Reconstruction period of American history. I have been trying out a couple of new social studies texts and will ask the kids for some feedback on the texts we have tried. We are nearly finished with everything we need to cover in eighth-grade history and will use the final week of school to summarize what we have learned.

While language arts time has been spent writing, literature time continues to be spent reading our dystopian novels. We will try to finish these by the first week of June so that we can complete a project related to the novels. This project will count as the one book report for the month of May. Because of the heavy focus on the Legacy Project and other end-of-year items, I did not assign a second book report this month. Daily reading is still important though, so please don’t forget to sign your child’s completed reading log and have them bring it in Monday morning.

The kids have been working on their final writing of the year – an essay about what their time here at Assumption Catholic School has meant to them. They have had several class periods to work on this and the final essay is due on Monday. Most have already finished but are merely taking time to look it over. It will be interesting to see if the Legacy Project has sparked in them a recognition of and appreciation for all that the school has given them. I can’t wait to read them!

Please take a moment to review the details about the retreat below that have been copied from a previous email:

Departure: Tuesday, May 24th around 8:15 (right after attendance)

Return: Wednesday, May 25th back to school by 3PM

Drivers/Chaperones: Shannon Zebrowski (4 kids), Rob Viggers (6 kids), Constantin Anton (4 kids)

Meal Coordinator: Rob Viggers (Please check in with him to see how you can help. He has a plan, but may need help in actualizing it.)

Packing List: sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, pajamas, change of clothes (in case of wet weather), no cell phones

*I am still waiting on a couple of palanca letters. Please send those in to the office Monday morning.  

Please also check your emails from yesterday – we forwarded an email with details about graduation events that had been sent earlier. This email has lots of important information including dates and times of events.

Have a great, sunny weekend!

Chris

May 13

May 13, 2022

Dear Parents,

We celebrated a beautiful May Liturgy with a crowning of the Blessed Virgin. The kids showed great leadership in putting the Mass together and helped in all aspects of this special event. I will try to get ahold of the photo we took at the end of Mass and send it your way.

We have been doing a lot of writing this week and finished Friday with a peer-editing session for our Legacy Project autobiographies. We talked about how to transition from the biography portion of the project to this one, how to parallel the thesis statement from the biography, and how to ensure that we talk about either how our relative’s legacy affects us now, or how we are going to leave a legacy someday – just like they did. The final corrected and printed copy of these autobiographies is due next Friday, May 20th, along with their self-portraits. Although the Legacy Project Due Dates sheet doesn’t state it, the final day for turning in their completed albums/binders (their choice of style) will be Friday, May 27th. I chose that date specifically so that kids are not waiting until the bitter end and having to use their Memorial Day weekend to finish up. If you have not yet purchased a binder and plastic sleeves or a scrapbook-type album large enough to accommodate at least fifty pages (25 sheets X 2 sides each = 50 pages), please do so soon. One student asked this week if they need to read their Legacy Projects at graduation. The students will put their projects on display at tables in the gym for the reception after graduation, but they need not read them. They will share their projects with the younger grades on the last week of school, but again, they will not read them and will only share some interesting things they learned along the way.

The kids continue to enjoy their dystopian novel unit. They had complete choice over what novel they are reading, and this really helps. They’ve been working on their literature journals in which they write a summary of their reading each day along with completing an extended literature task of their choice. Again, they really love having some choice in what they do. Please be sure they are reading each night so that they keep up in their novels. We aim to finish these by the end of the month so that they can complete a project related to their novels. I am still recording the reading logs each Monday and will do so until the end of May, so please be sure you sign it on Sunday night and have them bring it to school Monday.

We have been learning a lot of in-depth information about the Civil War in history class. We are hoping to bring the war to an end on Monday and then to have just enough time in the last two weeks of school to learn about Reconstruction – the last of the units of required learning in eighth-grade history.

Father Moore continues to teach lessons about morality. He has covered some heavy topics: same-sex marriage, abortion, pre-marital sex, etc. I hope your kids are bringing these conversations home so that they are comfortable talking about them. This will really come in handy when they start facing some potentially tough or dangerous situations in high school. My Family Life lessons are much tamer (thank goodness!), and we are working our way through these lessons.

Our final MAP testing of the year will start next week. We test Tuesday and Thursday, so please avoid pulling your child out those mornings (we are usually done testing by 11:30). We skip testing the following week because of our retreat and complete our final tests the mornings of June 1 and 2.

We are still looking for two dads to be chaperones at the retreat May 24-25. If you can do this, please let me know as soon as possible. If you have not contacted Rob V. with your offers of help for food, please do that as well.

I have been telling the kids to check their grades in FACTS and complete any missed work or corrections. We are now in countdown mode, and I will now be taking only weekly missed work or corrections, not work from weeks or months past. If they would like me to make some type of exception to that, they should let me know Monday, or I will be sticking with weekly late work/corrections only. This is meant to allow me the time to focus on grading the large amount of writing and other work that is coming in now so that it is done by my grading deadline. I hope you understand.

Have a great weekend!

Chris

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