5/17/24

Dear Eighth Grade Families, 

We are so excited to celebrate your children’s graduation from Assumption Catholic School, whether they have been here for one year or for twelve – these kids have really come together as a class. We want to get a few things on your calendars now so that you can prepare for this special day. 

  • The eighth-grade retreat is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28th and 29th at Camp Lutherwood on Lake Samish. This is an overnight event. The food is provided by the eighth-grade parents (four meals + snacks). This is being planned by Steph and Anne (our room parents), and they will be reaching out to you parents to help prepare, deliver, and serve meals at the retreat center. I will send carpool and packing details about the retreat next week. *I can currently transport 3 kids to the retreat and 10 kids home, so I will need more driver volunteers.  
  • Multicultural Fair May 31st, 7-8:30PM. Kids share their Legacy Projects with the school in the 8th grade classroom. Come dressed as your relative or as yourself! 
  • Kids will be given their yearbooks on June 3rd so that they can have younger kids sign them.  
  • We will have a Farewell Assembly for our eighth graders on Monday, June 3rd from 10:00 – 11:00 in the gym. Parents are invited to this. It will be a chance for the rest of the school to recognize these graduates and say goodbye to them. It is also a time for graduates to recognize and thank their teachers.  
  • Students’ last day of school will be Wednesday, June 5th. They may plan a last afternoon activity (last year was a water balloon fight and slip n’ slide extravaganza). This is planned and implemented by the students; I supervise. I’d love to have a treat (we usually make ice cream sundaes) provided by parents, so if this is something you can plan, please arrive by 2:20 to serve up.  
  • On Thursday, June 6, graduation rehearsal will begin at 8:30 am in the church. Students come to the classroom and we will walk over together. They do not need to bring gowns to the rehearsal, but they should dress nicely, since the brunch is right afterwards.  
  • Following the rehearsal, brunch will be served by the seventh-grade students and their parents in the gym from approximately 10 – 11:30 am. The lunch will include a time for all awards and honor roll. (Awards are not given at the graduation in the evening.) This lunch is for two adults (parents or other special adults) and the graduates only– it does not include siblings and extended family. Teachers of eighth graders will also join us for this brunch based on their schedules. 
  • Graduation will be on Thursday, June 6th at 5 pm at Church of the Assumption. Graduates will need to be here no later than 4:40 pm on that day and will meet in the Stafford Room dressed in their gowns to prepare for the procession. 
  • We will provide gowns for the students to wear at graduation, usually a couple days in advance. Please don’t forget to bring these to graduation at 4:40. Most students dress up under their gowns. Please be sure that you follow school modesty guidelines for when you take your gown off (no spaghetti straps – unless you have a shawl or sweater to wear over it, and no low cut, or super short dresses, etc.). Guys can wear a shirt/tie and slacks. A suit jacket is optional. 
  • Diplomas can be picked up in the office any time after June 10th.  

We can’t wait for the excitement of these end-of-the-year activities! 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Eusebio and Mr. Anderson

4/26/24

Dear Parents,

Thanks for coming to the D.C. trip planning meeting on Wednesday. I received the finalized itinerary today and have attached it to this email. Our trip is just a little over a week away! The kids have been working on tying rosaries since early this school year. We decided to donate these rosaries to the military, since tied, soft rosaries are the only type allowed to be carried by Catholics in the military. Fr. Moore will bless them before we go, and we will bring them to Arlington National Cemetery when we visit. If your child is still working on a rosary, please encourage him or her to finish it by next week so that Fr. Moore can bless it.

In religion this week, Fr. Moore continued his lessons about the sacraments. He focused on the Sacrament of Matrimony yesterday and the kids had many questions. I even learned a thing or two about this sacrament! In our classes about the history of the Church, we learned about monastic life and the Rule of St. Benedict – those guidelines by which monks live in the world (or apart from it, as it were).

In language arts we learned more about prepositions and know that they have objects that immediately follow them that make up prepositional phrases. We learned about adjective (adjectival) phrases and adverb (adverbial) phrases. We also learned to distinguish between the use of some tricky prepositions. We nearly completed another lesson in Latin and will test on that next Friday.

We are making our way through To Kill a Mockingbird and are encountering injustices and prejudice everywhere in the novel. We’ve been talking a lot about what the culture was like back then when we come across certain ugly phrases and never say these phrases aloud when reading. There are many themes in the book, and we talk about these as we encounter them. We are in the middle of the trial for Tom Robinson, and it will be interesting to see if justice is served in the end.

In social studies the kids have been divided into research groups to study different topics related to the Industrial Revolution. They will present their topics next Wednesday while the rest of the class takes notes. This will be a testament to their note-taking skills, as this time I will quiz them on each presented topic and allow them to use only their notes to answer the questions. I will be sure to create my quiz based upon what I heard in the presentations. Note taking is such an important skill, and I want to be sure they are ready for high school.

Thanks to those who signed up to accompany us to the WeGrow garden. We have one volunteer for each day, but it would be great to have another. This Monday looks like it will be nice, so please consider signing up on the SignUp Genius I sent.

Next Wednesday we have a Mary prayer service at 8:15. Your child should wear dress uniform. To prepare for the service, we are asking you to send in a flower or two from your garden so that we can put together some bouquets to adorn the statue of Mary that will be crowned. Please bring these in on Tuesday morning so that we can get the bouquets to the church and ready for Wednesday’s service.

MAP testing begins next week and is on Tuesday and Thursday. Please be sure that your child gets plenty of sleep and eats a healthy diet those days. You may consider providing an extra special, healthy snack, too.

Reminders:

April 29-May 3, then May 20-24 – MAP testing, please be sure your child has plenty of sleep and good, nutritious food/snack

May 1, 8:15AM – May Crowning prayer service, dress uniform, bring a flower or two Tuesday for bouquets

May 6 – May 10 – 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.

May 13-17 – Missoula Children’s Theater

May 28-29 – 8th grade retreat at Camp Lutherwood (overnight), I will ask for drivers after D.C. trip

May 31, 7-8:30PM – Multicultural Fair, 8th graders share LP albums in classroom

June 3, 10AM – 8th grade graduation farewell assembly in gym (parents welcome)

June 5 – Last full day for 8th graders (free dress, party in afternoon – students plan this)

June 6 – Graduation Day! Rehearsal in church 8:30-10AM; brunch with parents (or two other adults) 10-11:30; be in Stafford Room no later than 4:40 (already in gown) to assemble for graduation (5PM); reception to say goodbyes afterwards.

Have a great weekend,

Chris  

4/19/24

Dear Parents,

This week has flown by. I heard several kids say the same thing, and this will only accelerate as we get closer to graduation. Until then, I am trying to keep the kids focused and on track with their academics and behavior. They are an awesome class, so they need few reminders.

The kids finished and handed in their autobiographies for the Legacy Project today. I will be grading these over the weekend and giving them back on Monday (hopefully). They should make corrections and print these for inclusion in their albums. The next task is the poem about themselves – due next Friday. We took a Latin test yesterday, so look for that in student work that should come home today.

In literature we are reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”. We have encountered prejudice, racism, and classism. All is not dour as we have also discovered acts of courage, social justice, integrity, and loyalty. This book has so much to offer, and it certainly promotes many interesting discussions. I hope to be able to watch the movie when we have finished the book (because who doesn’t love Gregory Peck?!).

In religion we have been learning about the challenges of discerning between authentic faith and teachings and practices that do not reflect Christ’s truth. We learned about the deep schism between the Church centered in Rome (the Catholic Church) and the Church centered in Constantinople (the Orthodox Church) in 1054AD. The Pope and Patriarch excommunicated each other. We also learned about the differences between the two and subsequent (more recent) popes’ attempts at reconciliation.  

In social studies we finished learning about Jackson’s Era with a focus on Native American relations, Westward Movement, and Oregon Territory. We learned about Manifest Destiny and then took the Topic 6 test. We will move into an abbreviated unit on the Industrial Revolution next week as we lead up to our study of the Civil War.

SAVE THE DATES:

April 24, 6PM – D.C. trip planning meeting in gym with parents and students (immediately prior to general PTC meeting)

April 26, 7PM – Variety Show in gym (some 8th graders are helping with this for service hours)

April 29-May 3, then May 20-24 – MAP testing, please be sure your child has plenty of sleep and good, nutritious food/snack

May 1, 8:15AM – May Crowning prayer service, dress uniform

May 6 – May 10 – 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.

May 13-17 – Missoula Children’s Theater

May 28-29 – 8th grade retreat at Camp Lutherwood (overnight), I will ask for drivers after D.C. trip

May 31, 7-8:30PM – Multicultural Fair, 8th graders share LP albums in classroom

June 3, 10AM – 8th grade graduation farewell assembly in gym (parents welcome)

June 5 – Last full day for 8th graders (free dress, party in afternoon – students plan this)

June 6, 8:30-10 – Graduation rehearsal in the church

June 6, 10:00-11:30 – Brunch in the gym (for graduates and two adults only)

June 6, 5PM – Graduation in church (students arrive no later than 4:40 to Stafford Room to get lined up and ready – don’t forget robes!); sharing of Legacy Projects, photo ops, last goodbyes in gym afterwards

Have a great weekend!

Chris

4/12/24

Dear Parents,

Every year it seems like once we are back from spring break the time until graduation flies by! I am trying to slow down in class and enjoy these kids before they leave me. I got a lot of joy from reading their Legacy Project biographies over break. I told them how proud I was of their ability to write and to tell the narrative of their relative. Their next project, rough draft due for peer review next Thursday, is the autobiography. We have already brainstormed how to break this into manageable parts so that they can write a bit each day. This should not be overwhelming at all since they should be quite familiar with their own lives! Along with studying our Latin lessons, we also finished up our study of pronouns (personal, possessive, interrogative, indefinite, demonstrative, reflexive, and intensive). Who knew there were so many? We will review and take a short test on Monday.

In literature we began reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. We began by researching and learning more about the author before beginning our reading. This is a powerful novel that deals with issues of racial justice, fatherhood, integrity, preconceived notions based on gossip, and other social issues. I hope that reading this novel will help the kids to have a deeper understanding of these themes and how they present themselves not only in literature, but in life. Please remind your child to turn in a reading log on Monday.

In religion, we finished a chapter on the Eastern versus the Western Church. We continued preparing for the ACRE test which will take place next Friday, April 19th. Finally, we put our knowledge of social justice to work by visiting the WeGrow Garden. We performed a variety of tasks including prepping beds for planting, composting, weeding, and planting both seeds and seedlings. The Bellingham Food Bank is undergoing a food shortage crisis and will be grateful for whatever fresh food we will be able to provide them with this summer. We are still in great need of volunteers to accompany us to the garden. We had to enlist Mr. Anderson’s help last Monday, so please see if you can sign up this Monday or another Monday on the SignUp Genius. If we do not have at least one extra person, we cannot go.

Your children brought home a white 5-gallon bucket this week. Please help them to drill several holes in the bottom for drainage, and another several about an inch from the bottom around the sides. They should bring these buckets to school on Monday. We will carry them to the garden Monday afternoon and will fill them with good soil and bring them back for a Kinder buddy planting project.

We have been focusing on the growth of our nation and its push westward in this history unit. We learned about Jackson’s presidency and the Indian Removal Act with its consequent Trail of Tears. Kids worked in groups to create buffalo hides with pictograms to tell the Trail of Tears story. They learned that early Native Americans did not have an alphabet (a syllabary) system until Sequoyah, a Cherokee, created one in the early 19th century. We will finish this Westward Movement topic and test next week.

SAVE THE DATES:

April 16 – Class pictures, 8th graders have free (appropriate) dress

April 24, 6PM – D.C. trip planning meeting in gym with parents and students (immediately prior to general PTC meeting)

April 29-May 3, then May 20-24 – MAP testing, please be sure your child has plenty of sleep and good, nutritious food/snack

May 6 – May 10 – 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.

May 28-29 – 8th grade retreat at Camp Lutherwood (overnight)

May 31, 7-8:30PM – Multicultural Fair, 8th graders share LP albums in classroom

June 3, 10AM – 8th grade graduation farewell assembly in gym (parents welcome)

June 5 – Last full day for 8th graders (free dress, party in afternoon – students plan this)

June 6, 8:30-10 – Graduation rehearsal in the church

June 6, 10:00-11:30 – Brunch in the gym (for graduates and two adults only)

June 6, 5PM – Graduation in church (students arrive no later than 4:40 to Stafford Room to get lined up and ready – don’t forget robes!); sharing of Legacy Projects, photo ops, last goodbyes in gym afterwards

Have a great weekend!

Chris

3/22/24

Hi Parents, 

We have been working hard this week to learn new words using the Latin roots that are becoming second nature to us. We finished a unit on sentences (simple, compound, and complex) and clauses (independent and subordinate [aka dependent]) and the conjunctions that join them. We tested today and have returned the graded tests to the students.

In literature we continue to analyze our Civil War novels. We learned about direct and indirect characterization this week. We also learned how story elements like setting, characters, plot, and conflict can help to support the theme of a novel. Today we reviewed what inferences are and viewed a “Mr. Bean” video to see if kids could recognize when they were making inferences from the video. We’ll wrap up our Civil War novels next week. Please remind your child that only one book report is due this month and it can be about the Civil War novel to save time for work on the Legacy Project. The book report is due next Friday but can be turned in earlier (recommended). 

In religion we have been learning about the early Church and how Canon Law was formed. We learned that Pope Gregory united Church and state into one society known as Christendom. We have also been busy studying for the ACRE test (coming in April). Fr. Moore would like to have more Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC’s) and has reached out to any interested 7th and 8th graders. There will be a training during religion class time on Tuesday, April 9th for those interested. Please have your child let me know if they would like to participate in the training. It will prepare the to be EMHC’s not only for school Masses, but also for weekend ones.

In social studies we started our next unit on Jackson and Westward Expansion. We learned about the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears. We played an interactive game about the Oregon Trail today and, sadly, we all died. We will resume our Westward Expansion unit when we return, making an art project that tells a part of this story. 

As you know by now, the biography portion of the Legacy Project is due next Wednesday in class. The kids will be doing some peer editing and will then fix up their biography, print it at home, and turn it in on Thursday. Please do print it at home as it would be too cumbersome for me to print more than 200 pages (19 students X min. 10 pages). Of course, if you have extenuating circumstances, I am happy to print it for you. 

Our service-learning project at the WeGrow Garden continues this spring when we return from break. We will be going to the garden each Monday from 12:30-2PM. We will continue learning about organic and sustainable gardening, food insecurity, at-risk youth, and the benefit of community gardens. We will also get the garden ready to produce approximately 500 pounds of vegetables for the Bellingham Food Bank right across the street. I will send a SignUp Genius next week asking for parent helpers to walk us to the garden and provide some supervision and support. Please look for the permission slip I am sending home today so that you have it back to me early next week. This will be important, since we go to the garden the day we get back from break. Remember that your child may wear casual uniform (non-ripped jeans and the blue ACS t-shirt) on garden days.   

Have a great weekend, 

Chris 

3/15/24

Dear Parents,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day early! We had lots of fun dressed in all shades of green on Wednesday, then today we celebrated by having a second breakfast of Lucky Charms. They were magically delicious!

In language arts we finished a Latin lesson and tested today. We learned about conjunctions and how they join compound and complex sentences this week and listened to the old “Schoolhouse Rock” song to reinforce it.

In literature we started reading through a variety of Civil War novels in small groups. The kids read according to their agreed-upon schedule in order to finish the book by spring break. They discuss and then respond to a variety of literature tasks. Next week, we will review some important literary elements with them and have them respond to those each day.

In social studies we have been studying some precedent-setting Supreme Court cases. Kids worked in pairs to study a Supreme Court case and then presented it to the class. They presented what was at issue, the background of the case, the decision handed down, the amendment or article of the Constitution that the case refers to, and why it matters to us today. The kids wrote a short essay telling which case interested them the most and why. Most have been graded and are in FACTS, although a few will turn theirs in on Monday.

The Legacy Project is in full steam. The kids have already completed several components of the project and are saving them to insert into their Legacy Project albums. Their albums can be a scrapbook style (with glued in corners that hold each item – lots of work), a photo album type, or a binder (most prefer this type). If they choose a binder, they will need sheet protectors to insert their writing and artifacts into. Please remember that they need to have at least 50 pages total (many will have more). This means a minimum of 25 sheet protectors, since each side of a page counts as one page. The biography is due Thursday, March 28th for peer review/editing in class, and March 29th printed out and turned in to me for grading over spring break. If your child has not made much progress, you might want to light a fire under him/her this weekend to get a goodly amount done.

Have a great weekend!

Chris  

3/6/24

Dear Parents,

We had rain, snow, sun, snow, and more sun this week. What could be next?!

In language arts, we have started a new Latin unit as well as a unit going over sentence structure focusing on subjects and predicates and learning the difference between simple, compound, and complex versions of each. The kids have done a great job understanding the subject so far and we will continue to build on it next week!

In literature, the kids have written a paragraph explaining who they believe was responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death and used text evidence to support their claim. I’ve noticed that everyone has really improved their writing abilities over the year! As always, everyone is always welcome to turn in a revised essay with corrections for an even better score.  Today we are beginning our Civil War novels unit where they have gotten a chance to read through a small portion of several novels to see what interests them. On Monday, we will assign the novels based on their preferences. Please remind your child to turn in a reading log on Monday!

In religion this week we learned about the Church in the east and the west and that there are 24 Catholic Churches: the Latin Church (Roman Catholic Church) and twenty-three Eastern Catholic Churches – each one recognizing the Pope as the head of the Catholic Church on earth and believing that the Church is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic”. The kids researched some of the different rites (liturgical heritages) of the Church and presented to one another today.

In social studies we have begun a unit learning about the Supreme Court, what function it plays in our government and why its decisions are so important and affect all of us as citizens. We had some open discussion talking about a few particular cases such as Riley v. California and Board of Education v. Earls. The kids really got into the discussion about how the court made its ruling on these cases, and they got to provide their own opinion and ideas about it! They finished the week working in pairs on a presentation of a specific Supreme Court landmark case assigned to them and will present them next week.

The Legacy Project is in full steam. The kids have already completed several components of the project and are saving them to insert into their Legacy Project albums. Their albums can be a scrapbook style (with glued in corners that hold each item – lots of work), a photo album type, or a binder (most prefer this type). If they choose a binder, they will need sheet protectors to insert their writing and artifacts into. Please remember that they need to have at least 50 pages total (many will have more). This means a minimum of 25 sheet protectors, since each side of a page counts as one page. The biography is due Wednesday, March 27th for peer review/editing in class, and March 28th printed out and turned in to me for grading over spring break. If your child has not made much progress, you might want to light a fire under him/her this weekend to get a goodly amount done.

Next Wednesday, March 13th is “Green and White Day” to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Thursday, March 14th is Pi Day (3/14) so “Dress like a Scientist Day”. Alternatively, kids can wear their school uniforms if they choose not to dress in green and white or like a scientist. Lastly, don’t forget that Bellingham Schools is hosting a presentation to private school families from 2-3PM on Friday, March 15th at each of the schools. Please let the office and me know if you are taking your student from school early to attend that presentation. If you are arranging for another parent to escort your child, you will need to provide us with that information as well; we will not release students with a non-family member without written permission.  

Have a great weekend!

Chris

3/1/24

Dear Parents,

We had a busy week with all kinds of weather causing indoor and gym recesses. Hopefully, we’re done with the worst of it and can bring in the spring weather!

In language arts we finished a unit in Latin and took a test both on that unit and on a unit about adverbs. Most kids have already corrected their mistakes, but those who haven’t have two weeks within which to do so. I always recommend making corrections, because that is often where the learning finally happens.

We finished reading “Romeo and Juliet” today. Since we just finished writing an essay (“Is Man Basically Good or Evil?”), I will ask the kids to instead write a paragraph telling who was responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death using text evidence to support their claim. On Monday we will brainstorm at least eight different people who could be to blame, then talk out our reasoning. Finally, using the ideas we heard and contributed, we will write. Please remind your child to turn in a reading log on Monday. Book reports were due yesterday for the month of February. I am missing a few, and these will be deducted a “late fee”.

In religion we finished a chapter about early Church councils whose goals were to firm up the beliefs of our faith and to combat heresies. We learned about Arianism – that heresy put forth by Arius that taught that Jesus was fully human and not divine. Another heresy denied the goodness of humanity and creation. I brought up the essays the kids wrote and reminded them that humans couldn’t possible be anything but good, since they were made in the image and likeness of God. We are good, but we make mistakes!

In social studies we finished learning about the new republic under the first few presidents. We learned about the two-party system (which included Democratic Republicans and Federalists), how trade and commerce were so important to our young economy, and finished with James Monroe’s presidency and the War of 1812. We took the Topic 5 test yesterday and the kids will be allowed to make corrections.

During our Legacy Project work time today we shared our family crests. We also shared some of the most interesting information we’ve found so far. As the kids learn more about their relative, they can add a few main ideas to their initial legacy paragraph to help create a great thesis statement (a statement that guides an essay, somewhat like the topic sentence of a paragraph).

Please check FACTS with your child this weekend. We are still early in the semester and have time to correct some bad habits. If you feel the need to have a conference with me, please let me know as I have set aside next Friday morning from 8 to 11 for these. Simply email me and we can find a time that works.

Have a great weekend and see you at the auction on Saturday!

Chris

2/23/24

Hi Parents,

This was a short week, but despite that the kids still got a lot done. They used their interview facts this afternoon to start writing a portion of their Legacy Project biography. Writing about each part of their relative’s life while it’s fresh in their mind is helpful. They can always go back and add to a particular part of the story as they discover more.

One of the things I asked the students to do was to think about one of the hardships their relative went through. They should think about what was happening in the world, nationally, or locally that led to that hardship and then explain the historical context. Once done with that, they can tell how their relative overcame the hardship and how they were changed by it. This is just an example of how they can elaborate and tell the complete story. Context is so very important to any story.

By now, the kids should have their family tree completed and checked off along with their interview questions and interview completion sheet. By next Friday they will need to have a completed family crest (they can design their own, if there isn’t an official one), and bring the notes they’ve taken so far to show what progress they’ve made. This is not a project that can be completed last minute, so please be sure they are putting time in at home on this.

Fr. Moore finished his lessons on morality and began his unit on the sacraments this week. He introduced the different types of sacraments (initiation, healing, and vocation) and let the kids ask preliminary questions about them. These questions were a great way to satisfy their initial curiosity. Fr. Moore will spend the remainder of the year covering the sacraments in depth.

In U.S. history, we learned about the War of 1812. We will have a discussion next week about whether the war was beneficial or harmful to us. This may lead to a more generalized discussion about wars and whether, in the end, they are helpful or harmful.

In language arts class we finished our adverbs unit and will test next Tuesday. We also began another Latin lesson. We should be on track to finish the Latin book by the end of the year – at least, that is my goal.

In literature we finished reading act 2 of “Romeo and Juliet” and discussed what was going on and how Romeo felt when he fell madly in love with Juliet “at first sight”. We ran out of time, but it would be interesting to see how many eighth graders believe in love at first sight. (The right answer is: they shouldn’t know anything about love yet because they are WAY too young!)

There is a possibility that we will walk to Bellingham High School next Thursday to see a preview of their musical “The Sound of Music”. I haven’t heard back from their director yet, but please note that I may be sending a walking field trip permission slip home on Monday with a quick turnaround time.

Have a great weekend!

Chris

2/16/24

Dear Parents,

We celebrated Valentine’s Day with treats provided by the kids. They decided what they wanted to do for this special day. The boys broke off into their own group and played poker, and the girls played a rousing game of charades (and never the twain shall meet). 

Speaking of valentines, we continue reading “Romeo and Juliet” and are learning about a variety of literary devices such as irony, puns, and foreshadowing. The language in this play is difficult to understand, so I told the kids that they are welcome to look up translations or summaries of each act online using such sites as Spark Notes or Lit Charts, but they are still expected to read the actual play. Please remind your child that two book reports are due on the last school day of the month (turning them in earlier is always appreciated), and a reading log is due (signed by a parent) each Monday.

In language arts, we began our adverbs unit and learned that adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. They tell howwhenwhere, and to what extent (how much). These last are called intensifiers (e.g. They spoke very quickly.) We learned how to form adverbs, where they should be placed in a sentence, and how to use them to compare two or more actions. We also finished a Latin lesson and tested today.

In religion we started learning about how the Roman Empire had two different centers: one in the west (Rome), and one in the east (Constantinople). Because these two centers were surrounded by different cultures, the Church started to develop different styles of liturgy. We will dive deeper into these differences next week. We took some time to learn how to speak up or start a movement when we see bullying. We had a frank discussion about why kids don’t speak up. I reminded them that we have a duty to stop others from getting hurt (physically or emotionally),if we can do it safely. Remember that what we don’t confront, we condone.

We have been learning about the early presidents and about the two-party system in our U.S. history class. The kids have been having debates in class and have been doing a variety of other activities such as “jigsaw” and “four corners” to break up the monotony of book learning. They seem to enjoy this movement and variation.

Your child should now be gathering information about their relative for the Legacy Project. As I have said before, they may keep their information in any format they choose. I recommended that they have a document started and divided into different life eras (birth, early life, marriage, etc.) so that they can add notes to those sections. Then they can use the notes that are right there to start writing up the narrative for each section. Next Friday they will need to bring in their Interview Completion Sheet so that I know they have completed at least one interview to gather facts. If they do multiple interviews (and many will), I do not need completion sheets for those. Next Friday I will also explain some helpful ways to keep notes. I will also look at some samples of family crests, since both those deadlines are coming soon (fact check-in and family crest both due Friday, March 1).

This is a reminder that your final payment for World Strides is due on Feb. 21st. At this point, we have 15 students going on the trip and two adults (me and Pete Lockhart). I’d love to have one more adult along with us, if possible, so that our ratio is 1:5, so if you are considering coming along, please make that decision soon. If you decide to come along after the 21st, you may have to be on the waiting list as World Strides will start making flight arrangements for us.

Have a great, long weekend!

Chris

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