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12/2/22

Dear Parents, 

We have weathered the storm with all the sickness going around. The kids are mostly back and have been working hard each day on the Nativity play and Advent service, so I really appreciate it when those who aren’t feeling wear a mask – this will keep us all in school and able to participate. On Monday (December 5), we have the honor of presenting a short Advent service to the entire school. The service starts promptly at 8:05, so drop off your eighth grader at the church no later than 7:50 so that we can get in our positions and be ready. We will be presenting the Jesse Tree. The service will last no more than 10-15 minutes, so please come, if you are able. 

The Nativity play script has been researched and written, a storyboard was made to keep us organized, roles have been cast, and props made. We will now focus on blocking and acting out this special play, which will be presented on Thursday, December 15th at 7PM. I will send more details about what time your child needs to be at the church that day as we get closer. 

We had to be creative to be able to include all twenty-five kids in the play in some way, so we have many scenes where kids are “acting” (holding) as trees, animals, stars, etc. In order to blend in with the background and so that the props stand out, the kids should dress in nice jeans (no holes or rips) and a black long-sleeved shirt. Shirts with logos work, but the shirt will need to be turned inside out and the tag cut off. We don’t want anyone burdened with buying clothing (hence the jeans – which everyone has), so please borrow what you need.

I told the kids that they will have only one book report due in December, but it must be turned in by December 16th (the last school day of the month). Please remind them about this and also about the reading log due on Monday. 

Other upcoming:

Thursday, December 8th – Feast of the Immaculate Conception 12:30 in church – dress uniform

Friday, December 9th – Regular uniform (we will still go to Mass, but it will not be all-school)

Thanks, and have a great, warm weekend! Pray for good health!

Chris

11/11/22

Dear Parents,

Happy Veterans Day! It was so good to meet you all at conferences last week. I hope you learned about your child and his/her learning strengths and areas for growth in academics and in social and behavior areas. The most important outcome of conferences is that your child be able to understand him or herself as a learner and set learning goals. Hopefully, conversations you have at home will help with this. Continued monitoring of FACTS will also help.

We are wrapping up our study of verbs in language arts and have learned about transitive and intransitive verbs and about direct and indirect objects. We will study the active and the passive voice next week before taking our verbs test. We continue to work on Latin roots and affixes to expand our vocabulary.

We are almost finished reading our novels, all of which focus on the Salem witch trials. We will finish these next week and have just enough time for each group to create a final presentation to the class about their novel before Thanksgiving break. While reading in our literature groups, we have focused on characterization and point of view. We studied protagonists and antagonists, dynamic and static characters, and the importance of minor characters in a novel.

We have begun our study of the Revolutionary Era. We began with a study of the causes and effects of the French and Indian War. We then studied the growing unrest of the colonists as Britain tightened its grip through laws and taxation. We will begin our class timeline to display the most important events that led from early colonization to this revolutionary period next week. In order to prepare for the type of studying the kids will be asked to do in high school, they will be reading a social studies lesson (or half of a longer lesson) and taking notes for homework. We will then discuss the lesson’s main takeaways and enduring ideas. This will not only help cement their understanding of history, but it will also teach them effective note-taking skills.

In religion we are learning about how the Catholic Church is catholic. We learned about how Saul (Paul) persecuted early believers in Christ until he heard the voice of Jesus and converted. We also learned how early Jewish believers in Christ (including Peter and Paul) did not want to allow Gentiles into the faith until they had first converted and followed Jewish law (Mosaic Law). The kids had fun looking at some of the Mosaic Laws found in Leviticus. Peter was guided by the Holy Spirit to baptize Cornelius, a Gentile, and this defined the catholic nature of our faith – that God shows no partiality and is for all who fear (believe in and revere) him and do what is right. This brought up many questions about salvation among the kids, the biggest being: Is faith enough, or do we also need to do works to be saved? We are waiting until Fr. Moore is back with us to dive into this question more deeply.

Speaking of works, our annual food drive is here. As we do every year, the kids will be collecting food to fill the Hope House stock. These items will then be sorted and given out to those in need in time for Thanksgiving. We will be having our prayer service and “Human Food Chain” to deliver the food items to Hope House on November 21st in the church. Please send in food items (see list below) next week.

Have a great, long weekend!

Chris

10/29/22

Dear Parents,

We have been working hard to finish up a few things to share with you at conferences next week. The kids will be doing some self-reflection early 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 this weekend. I will attach a Parent Conference Planning Sheet to this email. Please take a moment to fill it out and email it back to me (or send a hard copy with your child) before Wednesday so that I can prepare for our time together.

We spent a lot of time this week going over the Charlotte Doyle essays the kids wrote last week. I retaught the structure of an essay along with how to write a simple paragraph (the building blocks of an essay) using topic and closing sentences. Many kids chose to re-write their essay based upon the re-teaching and the notes I wrote directly on the essays.

The kids started their Salem witch trial books and completed a variety of literature tasks associated with these books. They also learned about characterization and point of view and analyzed these two concepts in their books so far. I gave many reminders that two book reports for the month of October are due on Monday, the last school day of the month. They should be working to finish those this weekend. 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, we planned for our All Saints Day liturgy to be held Tuesday, November 1st at 12:30PM. The kids will be processing in with their kindergarten buddies. Kinder buddies will be dressed as saints, and eighth-grade buddies will carry signs with each saint’s name, feast day, symbol, and patronage. Please come and attend with us, if you are able. At Friday’s Mass, the priest spoke about how Jesus is the cornerstone on which we build our faith. I was excited, as this is the exact topic of one of our religion lessons this past week. I taught the song “Cornerstone” by Leon Patillo at the end of that lesson and it kept circulating in my head for the rest of Mass. I got a few glances from the kids as Father started talking about Jesus as the cornerstone, so I know they took the lesson to heart.

We completed our Virtus lesson on Monday. This lesson was about how to be a safe friend. It talked about how to recognize people who are not safe friends, such as those that ask you to do things that are not right or are immoral, or those that may be grooming you to accept more and more inappropriate behavior. The kids showed good understanding of the concepts taught, although I hope they never encounter these situations in their lives.

In social studies, we took our first topic (chapter) test about early colonization. We are not quite finished with the test and will complete it on Monday, if we can squeeze it in around all the Halloween activities that day. We will be meeting to decorate pumpkins with our kinder buddies, so if you have any craft-type decorations to donate for this (sequins, feathers, stickers, etc.), please send them in with your child. We will have some items, but the more diverse and plentiful, the better.

I hope to see many of you at either the 8 or 10 Mass this weekend for coffee hour. This is yet another fund-raising event for our Washington, D.C. trip. Your child should come dressed in some type of ACS swag so that they are easily recognizable.

Reminders:

Monday – Orange and Black Day – kids come dressed in these colors

Tuesday – All Saints’ Day Mass at 12:30, dress uniform

Thursday – Early dismissal – conferences (see schedule to sign up)

Friday – No school – conferences (see schedule to sign up)

Have a great weekend!

Chris

10/21/22

Dear Parents,

Welcome rain! I am so grateful for this blessing and hope that it will put a stop to the fires, smoky weather, cancelled/postponed sporting events, and indoor recess.

This week the kids put their reading and writing skills to work as they wrote their first persuasive essay of the year. They were asked to persuade a judge/jury that Charlotte Doyle was either innocent or guilty of mutiny and murder. The kids used an essay outline to put their ideas on paper. The outline was a great way of reinforcing the different parts of an essay. We reviewed catchy starts, thesis statements, providing evidence in our body paragraphs, rebuttals, and conclusions. I will grade these essays this weekend and will save them to review together at conference time. I hope you have seen the sign-up for conferences that was sent out this week. I will also send home a conference planning sheet early next week via email. This sheet will allow you to let me know about any concerns you might have and will help me to adequately plan our 20-minute conference slot.

In our grammar lessons this week we continued learning about different tenses and reviewed some irregular verbs (especially have, be, and do, since those are used most often as helping verbs). We dove into the progressive tenses today and learned six different ones. We continued studying our Latin roots and will test on Friday.

We didn’t have any lessons on Church history this week but focused our time on morality lessons with Fr. Moore. The kids have been very engaged in his lessons and ask such great questions of him. I am glad to see that they are taking such an interest in these very important topics. This Monday will be our Touching Safety lesson. It will focus on being a good friend and how we can tell safe friends from unsafe ones.

In history class we’ve been learning what life was like in colonial times. We learned about the Great Awakening (ask your child about this) and its effects on religious tolerance. We also learned about the different social classes, and about how important literature, art, and music were. We will learn about politics and government next week and then take our topic (chapter) test on Friday. I will spend some time teaching the kids some test-reviewing strategies beforehand so that they can prepare.

We have our final Fall gardening time on Wednesday from 1:15-2:40. We will be planting cover crops and more garlic, tidying the beds, attending to the compost bins, and disposing of unwanted plants (mostly sunflowers). I would love two parents to come along with us (meet us at school at 1:15 to walk along). We will go rain or shine, so please have your child dress appropriately next Wednesday. If you can come along, please let me know. Thanks!

Please check grades this weekend with your child. The sports season is upon us and kids cannot participate if their grades are low. Have your child fill out and turn in a reading log on Monday. And if there is any extra time this weekend, please encourage your child to complete the two book reports that are due on the last school day of the month – Halloween!

Have a great, wet (I never thought I’d say that!) weekend,

Chris

10/13/22

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,

Chris 

10/7/22

Dear Parents,

We just got back from a fabulous fall retreat. Our leader, Joan Williamson, did a super job interspersing messages of God’s immense love for us with games and stories. We talked about the choices we make and how they affect those around us, and about our hopes and dreams and how we should try to avoid doing things that get in the way of those dreams. Three main songs we listened to that put Joan’s message to the kids were: Home by Chris Tomlin, Live Like You’re Loved by Hawk Nelson, and Set the World on Fire by Britt Nicole. Our retreat wouldn’t have been nearly as fun if the kids weren’t so awesome. How lucky we are! 

In language arts this week we learned about verb tense and what that means and about the main parts of verbs (infinitive, present participle [walking], and past participle [walked]). We explored several tenses that use present and past participles (e.g. we are walking, were walking, will be walking and we have walked, had walked, will have walked). The more the kids start to see patterns in how their language is put together, the easier it will be for them to both understand their own language and learn new ones.

In literature we finished our plot analyses of The True Adventures of Charlotte Doyle. We dissected the elements that make a good movie trailer and transferred those elements to book trailers. The kids are working on making book trailers of Charlotte Doyle. These are due next Tuesday. I’ll provide popcorn and Red Vines for the “premiere”.

In religion we finished learning about how our Church is apostolic. We completed a chapter review before taking our first chapter test on Thursday. Kids who wish to retake or make corrections may do so next week, they need only ask me.

We have learned about the New England and the Middle Colonies and their search for participation in choosing their government (representation). We learned about the differences between a proprietary colony and a royal colony, about free enterprise and cash crops, and about the Quakers’ belief that all people are equal in God’s eyes. All these ideas are setting us up to learn about what our forefathers looked for when making a new government for this new nation.

Next week we go to the WeGrow Garden on Wednesday from 1:15 – 2:50. We still need one or two parents to walk with us and help supervise at the garden. If you can do this, would you please email me on Monday? It’s always a mad scramble to be sure I have enough parent supervision.

Please sit with your child this weekend and look on FACTS. All grading should be in and updated. Don’t forget to have your child fill out and return a reading log on Monday. This is registered in the gradebook and does affect grades.

The following is from Mrs. Santos:

The 8th graders studied the verb to need and practiced its conjugation using Ellaverbs.com. I presented new food vocabulary and expressed food preferences. We talked about what kind of food we should eat to maintain good health. 

I will use language acquisition techniques, comprehensibility, repetition, and memorable experience to practice new concepts. 

Homework: Students should read vocabulary daily for 15m.   

Feliz fin de Semana! 

Upcoming:

Thursday, October 13 – Free dress (thanks to Principal for the Day)

Friday, October 14 – No school, faculty retreat all day

Have a great weekend,

Chris

10/1/22

Dear Parents,

I have been impressed by the kids’ dedication to turning things in on time and to fixing up/correcting mistakes they make on assignments and tests. They seem to understand that learning is ongoing, and even fixing mistakes is yet another way to cement learning (not to mention the fact that it teaches them that hard work pays off). They worked hard this week, finishing their two book reports in addition to a number of other literature tasks. I was so proud of the kids and had not one late book report! While we have finished reading our first novel, we will spend a few days next week analyzing its plot development and then making book trailers. We will then move on to novels about early colonial times.

In language arts we assessed our knowledge of nouns and began our next unit on verbs. I told the kids that everything we learn about our own grammar will help us to have a better understanding of Spanish grammar. And, conversely, the grammar they learn in Spanish will reinforce what they understand about their own language. In other words, understanding the basic components of grammar help us learn our own and other languages. Grammar matters! We learned that infinitives are the unconjugated base verbs. We learned the difference between action and linking verbs. Linking verbs are usually verbs that act as “to be” verbs like “The teacher is friendly,” or “It seems/smells/appears/sounds wonderful.”

We started our Second Step program this week. This program provides lessons on social emotional learning. We began by taking a peek at what we will cover this year. We then brainstormed norms for how we would treat one another during these lessons. The kids came up with a number of norms that would help them to feel safe and comfortable sharing ideas during these lessons. Their final norm says, “Above all, do the right thing.” What a great precept!

We have moved from early exploration of the New World to early colonization in our social studies text. We usually begin each lesson together, watching a video, exploring unfamiliar vocabulary, and looking at timelines or maps. The kids then “cut loose” and work through the readings and questions. Some kids choose to read the text, others listen to the audio version. We have headsets in the classroom, but I told the kids that they may bring their own, if that is more comfortable for them. At the end of each lesson, we review the main takeaways, then take a short quiz. You should see these listed in the gradebook on FACTS (something you should be looking at with your child each weekend).

You have undoubtedly seen the permission slip for our fall retreat next Friday, October 7th. Most students have returned their permission slips to me. If you have not yet done so, please return it on Monday. We are still in great need of drivers both to and from the retreat. Please consider this, as we can’t hold the retreat without transportation. This is not a retreat you need attend – we only need a ride there and back. Even committing to driving one direction or the other would be a huge help.

I’m heading out now for our fundraiser in the school parking lot. Hope to see you there!

Chris  

9/23/22

Dear Parents,

This week we worked on MAP testing and completed both the reading and the math portions of the test. The kids understand that this Fall test is simply a baseline so that we can see how much growth they make throughout the year. We will be able to talk about these results at conference time in early November and perhaps use them to set some goals for your child. We will continue testing next week on Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11:30, so please try to avoid pulling kids for appointments during those times. Also, please remind your child to bring a charged laptop on testing days – well, every day!

We completed our nouns unit and will test on Monday. We reviewed today and spent the majority of our time on possessives and appositives (add-ons, as one student aptly called these). We will continue working this week on our Latin and will test on Friday.

In literature, we are reading our way through The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. We are nearly finished and are enjoying the plot twists and turns. I have been recommending Charles Nordhoff’s Mutiny on the Bounty for those interested in reading a higher-level book of this topic. The kids have been learning a lot of new vocabulary and have been discussing the elements of literature as they pertain to our novel. This would be the weekend to finish up the two book reports that are due on Friday, September 30th. Your child should ask you to sign their reading log, which is due on Monday.

We began our study of the history of the Church this week and started keeping track of new vocabulary related to Church history. This vocabulary list will come in handy when we start studying for the ACRE (Assessment of Catholic Religious Education) test. We learned about the Marks of the Church – that it is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. We are focusing on the apostolic nature of the Church now and will move on to a closer look at the other marks (characteristics) of the Church in the coming weeks.

In social studies we finished learning about the early Spanish explorers, what they were looking for, and the effects they had on early empires and indigenous peoples. We are moving into a study of the French, Dutch, and English explorers and will focus on the first permanent European settlements in North America.

Next week we will walk to the WeGrow Garden on Wednesday. We leave at 1:15 and return by 2:50. I have one parent volunteer so far but could really use one more. Please let me know if you can come along with us.

Please sit with your child this weekend and log into FACTS to check grades and missing work. This really helps the kids get in the habit of working to better themselves.

From Mrs. Santos:    The students spent time reviewing when and how to use definite and indefinite articles, fall season vocabulary, classroom expressions, and reading time in Spanish. We practiced listening skills, reading comprehension (Lorena y las calabazas), and AR verb conjugation. Celebrating Hispanic heritage month, we talked about any important contributions from a Latino figure in the USA. Students will write 10 sentences about the canine-behavior expert Cesar Milan. Feliz fin de Semana!  

From Ms. McIntosh:   This week in PE 8th graders began fall fitness testing. Students learned about aerobic capacity and tested their abilities in running the mile. Next week students will learn about muscular endurance and test their skills in the push-up test and sit-up tests. Students may bring an appropriate change of clothes to change into during fitness testing if they would like. 

Have a great weekend!

Chris

9/16/22

Hi Parents,

It was so nice to meet so many of you at Curriculum Night on Wednesday. Thank you to those who attended the D.C. fund-raising meeting right before that. We ended up having fourteen attendees, so we will receive a $1000 scholarship towards our trip.

Wednesday was also our field trip/service project at the WeGrow Garden. The kids were amazing, sharing their knowledge about a variety of gardening methods and social issues to the visitors that day. I got so many compliments about how informed they were and how well-behaved and polite they were. Kudos to them! The kids were also able to get their hands dirty and prepare a few of the gardening beds for the fall planting they will do on 9/28, 10/12, and 10/26. We will leave school those days at 1:15 and walk to the garden, returning to school no later than 2:45. If you are willing to come along and help chaperone any of those days, please let me know. I could really use two people to help me manage this large group on each of the above-mentioned dates.

We’re nearly finished reviewing the intricacies of nouns. We will finish our unit next week with a brush-up on possessive nouns before testing the kids’ abilities next Friday. We took our first Latin test today after playing a game of “Sparkle” to review the spelling and definitions.

In literature we’ve been enjoying “The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle” and the adventures and excitement this novel holds. We took a vocabulary test from the first six chapters and will take another one next week. I told the kids that I would put the words on the test that would be the most useful to them, not the unusual ship terminology that they will likely never use again. We learned about the nature of conflict and that it is typically person vs. person, person vs. self, person vs. nature, or person vs. society. We had discussions about the variety of conflicts in the story and identified major and minor ones and how they drive the story. I reminded the kids that they have two book reports due by September 30th. If you could please encourage them to get one done soon, that would save me from having fifty reports to grade at the end of the month.

I asked the kids if this year is harder than last. Some said that seventh grade was harder, while most agreed that this year is harder (more homework). I asked them which class has the most homework and they all agreed that it is social studies. It has a lot of reading (this can also be listened to, thanks to its audio feature) and lots of short-answer questions. I told the kids that what they are doing in social studies is not only benefiting them from a historical perspective, but that it is also helping improve their reading and writing. I hope that you will see much growth in these areas this year.

With all the work (class, home, quizzes, tests) the kids are doing, I told them that it is their job to check FACTS on weekends against what I send home on Friday to make sure that everything has been input correctly. They often make corrections to their work (I encourage it) and I may add the new score to my paper grade book but not add it to FACTS. They need to bring the work to me on Monday and show it to me so that I can make the change in FACTS. This doesn’t happen often, but it is a safeguard I want them to have. Don’t ditch the work until you’ve double checked FACTS! I also reminded the kids about missing work and correcting work — that it must be done within two weeks. Beyond that we will have moved on to new things.

We have MAP testing the next two weeks. Our class will test on Tuesday and Thursday morning this coming week from 8:15 – 10, and the following week Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11:30. Please be sure that your child gets plenty of sleep, a nutritious breakfast, and (hmm – we Catholics like things in three’s …) plenty of words of encouragement!

A few words from our Spanish teacher, Mrs. Santos:

“Spanish: Semana 3

We learned about cognates and the ability to use them in a primary language to help understand words in a second language. The students wrote a list of perfect cognates, near-perfect cognates, and false cognates. 

We review school vocabulary, there is/are, to have conjugation, to be verbs referring to location, and infinitive verbs ar, er, ir. The 8th graders listened to audio exercises to identify and remember a series of words. To end the week with a good rhythm, we danced the AGUA choreography.

Homework: Students should read vocabulary daily for 15m. 

Feliz fin de semana!”

To find out about what is happening in math classes, please follow this link:

News – ACS Middle School Math (assumption.org)

Thanks and have a great weekend,

Chris

 

9/9/2022

Dear Parents,

We have been finding our groove in eighth grade. The kids have been adjusting to the new schedule, greater expectations, and the more rigorous workload. I’m proud of the work they’ve done so far and the amount of effort and attention they’ve given during class time. The kids have been especially helpful and kind to their Kindergarten buddies, showing them how to enter and attend Mass, and showing them how to find their way to their pick-up points in the afternoon. We took a well-deserved break at the end of our day today with our Kinder buddies on the playground. We wanted them to know us as fun, too, not just their “minders”.

In language arts this week we began our Latin and grammar lessons, setting routines for homework, study, and classroom work habits. We are reviewing the intricacies of nouns, including concrete/abstract, and compound/collective nouns. I enjoyed the editorials the kids wrote using these different types of nouns. The kids practiced peer editing before turning these editorials in for grading.

We began reading our first whole-group novel of the year: Charlotte Doyle, by Avi. We begin the year with a class novel so that we can explore it together and set expectations for listening and discussing literature. We will alternate between whole-group and small-group novels (literature circles) throughout the year. One benefit of reading novels is the exposure to new vocabulary. We took our first quiz of some of the vocabulary from Charlotte Doyle. My goal is not that they memorize this vocabulary completely (which includes spelling), but that they recognize the meaning of these words in context and can begin to utilize them in their writing and speaking. Please be sure your child brings in the reading log on Monday morning. This should be signed by you.

We have become a bit more comfortable with the new social studies text and have finished the first two lessons about Early Americans and Native American Cultures. These lessons vary in length and can be one-day or multi-day lessons. The text is much like the text that was used in both sixth and seventh grade in that it has required reading and lots of responses in writing to the text. In addition to this, however, the text also adds interactive features, video content, and links to primary source documents, which makes it rich. If we make the most of this text, despite initial learning and technology challenges, the kids will really benefit in their understanding of U.S. history.

Our learning of history will serve us well as we prepare for our Washington, D.C. trip this May. I hope you had a chance to read the email sent by our room parents yesterday outlining some service opportunities that will benefit our trip. We are offered a $1000 scholarship by World Strides if we have a parent meeting before September 15th. Since the topic of this meeting was to be the same as our spring meeting, I decided to change it to touching base and brainstorming any other ideas for fundraising. Don’t worry – I checked and this does count to give us the extra $1000 – as long as we can get at least ten parents to attend. We will meet at 5:30 on Curriculum Night in my classroom, since you need to be at the gym by 6 anyway. Please bring any ideas you might have – I know we are well on our way to having a nice amount to defray costs to each student.

We devoted religion time to studying the Catholic social justice themes. We then learned about our service-learning project this year at the WeGrow Garden. The kids were divided into groups and studied a variety of topics that they will present on Wednesday when they walk to the garden. I will bring tri-fold boards on Monday so that they can put their information together before the trip. You should have seen a gold permission slip come home yesterday allowing your child to go to the garden with us. If I don’t receive the permission slip or you don’t want your child to attend, I will find another classroom for that child while we are gone. I am especially in need of at least two parents to walk with us and stay for the event. We will leave school at 10:30 and return at 2:10 this Wednesday only. The two subsequent Wednesdays we leave at 1:15 and return at 2:50. Please let me know if you can help by marking the permission slip. Your child needs to bring a water bottle and sack lunch, as we will take breaks during the open house to eat lunch. Please also be sure your child wears the school uniform.

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, September 14th – Walk to WeGrow Garden 10:30-2:10
  • Wednesday, September 14th – World Strides meeting in 8th grade classroom 5:30PM
  • Wednesday, September 14th – Curriculum Night starts in gym 6PM, then to classrooms 6:30-8:40

Have a great weekend!

Chris

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