11/10/23

Dear Parents,  

We had a wonderful prayer service on Thursday to honor veterans in our community. It was a very special event and brought me to tears. My father was a WWII vet, wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, so I am especially grateful for those who put their lives on the line for our nation’s safety.  

We have been working hard to finish up a few things to share with you at conferences November 20-21. The kids will be doing some self-reflection next week about each of their subject areas and will be leading their conference. They will have some work samples to share with you and will set some goals for themselves based upon what we discuss. If you have not yet signed up for a conference slot, please do so soon. I will attach a Parent Conference Planning Sheet to this email, in case your child did not give you a hard copy on Thursday. Please take a moment to fill it out and email it back to me (or send a hard copy with your child) before Friday so that I can prepare for our time together. 

We continue to read our Salem witch trial novels. Since this is a short month, I told the kids that they may complete just one book report based upon their outside reading. The other book report can be about their Salem witch trial novel. These will be due the last school day of the month, although I recommend that they complete one before Thanksgiving break to relieve some of the end-of-month pressure. I ask the students for substantive work (as described on the “Outside Reading Requirements” sheet found on the 8th grade page under Resources) so they should not be surprised if they receive only half credit and are asked to re-do for more points. Please remind them that a reading log is due on Monday as well.  

In religion next week we will begin planning the Nativity play which will be the evening of December 14th this year. All students are required to participate in this very special performance. We will be in need of three to four appliance-sized boxes to make our props for the play. If you have any of these, or other sheets of large cardboard, please send them in Monday or Tuesday. Thanks!  

Service hours are part of your child’s religion grade. As a reminder, 18 service hours are due each semester. Your child has already earned 10 hours as part of their WeGrow Garden work. Students can earn service hours on Friday, November 17th by helping with PTC’s Movie Night. Students are needed at 6:30 (immediately following the girls’ basketball game) to begin setting up for Movie Night, which will begin at 7:00 PM. They can stay to help until 8:45PM.  

In social studies, we took our topic (chapter) test about the Revolutionary War. I will allow the kids to make corrections to this test this coming week. Our next focus is on the U.S. Constitution. This will be our entry point into a unit about civics. Our student teacher, Mr. Merrifield, has a degree in history, so it will be great for him to add his perspective to this unit.  

I hope you saw Steph Wolf’s email summarizing our D.C. fundraising opportunities. This is an amazing trip, and I know that we can all work together to make it affordable for all. Please be sure to sign up for areas to help.  

Una nota de Señora Anna- This week in Spanish, we had a quiz to demonstrate our knowledge of food vocabulary. We also learned about a food project we will be starting next week. 

And finally, please see this information below: 

Human Food Chain is Monday, November 27th  

Each year, we do a food drive for the Hope House to help stock their shelves before winter. This has always been a great tradition at Assumption. Starting this week and through November 21st, please bring non-perishable food items to the front entrance where there will be tubs to place the food. Please do not bring glass containers or beans (they have enough of these). Hope House has asked specifically for the following “open and eat” items to support a greater need in the homeless population:  

  1. tuna kits  
  1. beans and franks  
  1. fruit cups  
  1. granola bars  
  1. peanut butter crackers  
  1. individual bags of chips/cookies  
  1. fruit rolls  
  1. bottles of water  
  1. individually wrapped cookies  
  1. individual packages of beef jerky 

Have a great weekend! 

Chris  

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