Dear Parents, 

This was a short week for us made even shorter by our work at the WeGrow Garden. We prepared beds, planted garlic and cover crops, composted sunflowers and other waning plants, and tended to the irrigation system. Thank you to Lynette M. and Anne P. for walking with us and helping us in our important work to feed the hungry. 

We had a great time watching the book trailers about The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Many of the kids tried new techniques for the presentations including moving images, blending original art with work from the book’s artist, adding voice overlay and background music. While some of the techniques didn’t work out for some, the kids stepped out of their comfort zones and tried something new. We decided that we would like to learn from one another some techniques we saw in the trailers, so I will find some time for peer teaching. 

We will be using our language arts time next week to write an essay about the novel we read, trying to convince a judge and jury of Charlotte Doyle’s innocence or guilt. I will be using an essay outline that the kids will fill in first to guide and organize their thinking about the topic. This should make writing the essay much easier for them. 

In religion we began learning about how the church is holy. Holy means set apart for God or living in communion with God who is all holy. It also means whole in that we become whole when we turn ourselves entirely over to God. We learned that becoming holy is a life-long process of cooperating with God’s grace. We are invited to walk along with Christ in the sacraments.

In history, we learned about the southern colonies and then compared similarities and differences between the three different colonial regions. The biggest similarities were that each colony had religious freedom (or at least tolerance) and representation in government as their important desires. We will dive into these concepts next week before taking the unit test. The essential question for this unit is “Why do people move?” and these desires of tolerance and representation, along with the need for elbow room (land/resources), are central to answering this question. 

Please take note of the service opportunities that have been sent by eighth-grade parent coordinators recently. The coffee hour and concession sales are two important events that we couldn’t do without “all hands on deck.”

Please check FACTS this weekend with your child so that no assignments are missing. Also, please remind your child to send in a reading log on Monday and to start working on one of two book reports due on the last day of the month. 

Have a great weekend,


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