Posted by: aoifelove | January 13, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

I hope you all will enjoy your day off school, in honor of Martin Luther King, Junior.  He was a remarkable man, who did much for Civil Rights and  Liberties, in this great country.

CONGRATULATIONS to Amara Kirkpatrick and Lana Walters on being our Sixth Grade “Students of the Month.”  Well done!  I am so proud of you! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Sixth Graders read and analyzed two poems “The Daffodils,” and “Upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth.  They also reviewed for the Final Examination (three times).  They worked on writing their Stage Plays, too.  They watched the next three chapters of Miss Potter, on DVD.  In addition to this, they scored high on the  Literary Terms Test, on Wednesday.  Well done, Sixth Graders!  I am so proud of you! 🙂

This week in literature, my Sixth Graders will finish reading Greek Gods and Heroes.  Then, they will explore short stories, and I will read aloud children’s short stories written by Oscar Wilde.   Their next book for reading is Tunes For Bears To Dance To by Robert Cormier, which we will commence reading this week.  They will resume work on their Stage Plays.  My Sixth Graders will continue to review for the Final Examination.  In addition to this, they will  watch more chapters of Miss Potter, which they are enjoying immensely!

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 7, in Wordly Wise, for Wednesday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 7, of Wordly Wise, for Wednesday.
  • Work on your Stage Plays, which are due on Wednesday, January 31.

Reminders:

  • Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 15.  No school!
  • Final Examinations will be given from January 24 to January 26.
  • The Spelling Bee will be given during Finals Week.
  • Field Trip to San Diego Zoo, on Friday, January 26.
  • E.C.D.S. will host an Open House on Sunday, January 28, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.  We hope that you will attend.

The time is always right to do what is right. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Best Regards,

Miss Susan 🙂

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Posted by: aoifelove | January 13, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

I hope you all will enjoy your day off school, in honor of Martin Luther King, Junior.  He was a remarkable man, who did much for Civil Rights and Liberties, in this great country.

CONGRATULATIONS to Anna Stephens on being our Seventh Grade “Student of the Month.”  Well done, Anna!  Keep up the great work! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Seventh Graders started to read the play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  They read in haughty, aristocratic British accents, so we had a lot of fun. In addition to this, they reviewed for their Final, and they worked on their grammar workbooks.  They also watched the next installment of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which they are enjoying immensely.

This week in literature, my Seventh Graders will continue to read The Importance of Being Earnest.  They will start writing and designing magazines.  They will return to their study of poetry and read “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  In addition to this, they will watch the final chapter of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Then, they will review for their Final Examinations.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Work on your Magazines.  No Wordly Wise homework, this week!
  • Study for your Final Examinations.

Reminders:

  • Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 15.  No school!
  • Finals will be given from January 24 to January 26.
  • The Spelling Bee will be given during Finals Week.
  • Field Trip to San Diego Zoo, on Friday, January 26.
  • E.C.D.S. will host an Open House on Sunday, January 28, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.  We hope that you will attend.

The time is always right to do what is right. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | January 13, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

I hope that you all will enjoy your day off  school, in honor of Martin Luther King, Junior.   He was a remarkable man, who did much for Civil Rights and Liberties, in this great country.

CONGRATULATIONS to Leela Walker on being the Eighth Grade Student of the Month.  Well done, Leela!  Keep up the great work! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Eighth Graders continued to read Elie Wiesel’s book, Night.  I thought that we might finish it, but we also had to prepare for a quiz regarding Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.   They also worked on finishing their Résumés for their Career Projects.  In addition to this, they watched the next installment of Romeo and Juliet.

This week in literature, my Eighth Graders will finish reading and will analyze Night by Elie Wiesel.  I will distribute notes for Night with respect to theme, symbolism, motifs etc. Then, they will engage in discussions regarding the Holocaust.  Following that, they will complete a college application for the Career Project.  In addition to this, they will prepare for the Final Examinations.  They will watch the next installment of Romeo and Juliet.  Wordly Wise homework, will be due on Friday, January 19.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Career 1 of the Career Project is due on Tuesday, January 16.
  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 8, in Wordly Wise, for Friday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 8 of Wordly Wise, for Friday.
  • Some students still need to turn in their Résumés.

Reminders:

  • Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15.  No school!
  • Finals will be given from Wednesday, January 24 to Friday, January 26.
  • The Spelling Bee will be given during Finals Week.
  • Field Trip to San Diego Zoo, on Friday, January 26.
  • ECDS will host an Open House on Sunday, January 28, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.  We hope that you will attend.

The time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | January 6, 2018

Happy New Year!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School!  I hope that this New Year will bring you all much love, happiness, smiles, success, laughter, good health, and surprises on a daily basis.  I hope that you all have had a wonderful Holiday Season with your families and friends.  Your children have returned to school happy and rested. 🙂

This past week, we began a new year in the education of your children.  They have a lot of new and exciting work to study, learn, research, ponder, explore, and discuss before June, 2018.

THANK YOU, to our great and very helpful Homeroom Mom, Patty Davidowski, for all that you did for us, during our First Semester of school, at E.C.D.S.  You are a gem! 🙂

This past week in literature, my Sixth Graders finished reading about “Jason and the Golden Fleece,” in Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.  Then, we had a “Compare and Contrast” discussion about the similarities and differences between the book version and the movie, Jason and the Argonauts.  We also read about Alcestis. I hope to finish reading this mythology book during this coming week.  My Sixth Graders also started work on their Stage Plays.  In addition to this, they returned to their grammar and punctuation workbooks.  We reviewed different types of nouns, and I read a book to them about Collective Nouns.  We also reviewed for the Literary Terms Test, which they will take next Wednesday.  For Literature on DVD, my Sixth Graders started to watch the movie Miss Potter, which is a biography about the life of Beatrix Potter, and how she was inspired to write her children’s books.  This is preparation for the next assignment (in February), “Write and Illustrate a Children’s Book.”

This coming week in literature, my Sixth Graders will finish reading Greek Gods and Heroes.  They will continue to work on writing their Stage Plays.  They will also work in their grammar and punctuation workbooks, and play a Collective Nouns Game.  In addition to this, they will continue to watch Miss Potter on DVD.  They will also begin a review for “Finals,” which will be given from January 24 to January 26.  I will distribute a guideline for the Finals, to reduce stress.

This week in Theater Production Class, I permitted my Sixth Graders to work on their Stage Plays, as they have finished with their performance part of this class.  They were thankful for this opportunity to get ahead with this assignment.

  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, on Wednesday, January 10.
  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 7 in Wordly Wise, on Wednesday, January 17.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 7 of Wordly Wise, for Wednesday, January 17.
  • Work on your Stage Plays.
  • Stage Plays are due on Wednesday, January 31.

Reminders:

  • The First Friday Assembly is scheduled for Friday, January 12.
  • Monday, January 15, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day.  Therefore, no school.
  • Finals will be given from January 24 to January 26.
  • A “Field Trip” is scheduled for the San Diego Zoo, following Finals, on Friday, January 26.  Departure from E.C.D.S. will be 10:30a.m. approx.
  • E.C.D.S. will host an Open House on Sunday, January 28, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.  All are welcome to attend!

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  ~ Albert Einstein

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Fondly,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | January 6, 2018

Happy New Year!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School!  I hope that this New Year will bring you all much love, happiness, good health, success, laughter, smiles, and surprises on a daily basis.  I hope that you all have had a wonderful Holiday Season with your families and friends.  Your children have returned to school happy and rested. 🙂

This past week, we began a new year in the education of your children.  They have a lot of new and exciting work to study, learn, research, ponder, explore, and discuss before June, 2018.

Bravo!/Congratulations!   A great performance was given by our Seventh Graders, during our annual Holiday Program.  Well done, Seventh Graders!  Great talent!  THANK YOU, Ms. Regan, Ms. Deb’bora, Mrs. Crawford, Mr. Piazza, and Mr. Jesse! 🙂

This past week in literature, my Seventh Graders finished reading of Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  I also finished reading Hamlet to them.  Then, they worked on their punctuation workbooks.  In addition to this, they prepared for the Literary Terms Test, which they took on Friday.  I am happy to report that the majority of them scored high on the test (See Jupiter Grades).  Well done, Seventh Graders!  Keep up the great work!

This coming week, my Seventh Graders will commence reading The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  This is his most famous comedy, and my Seventh Graders will have to speak in a haughty British accent, while reading it aloud.  It promises to be a lot of fun!  They will start work on their next assignment Design a Magazine.  In addition to this, they will return to their study of Wordly Wise, and grammar.  I will distribute a guideline and we will begin to review for “Finals,” which will be given from Wednesday, January 24 to Friday, January 26.  They will also continue to watch To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which they are enjoying immensely.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Rewrites and illustrations for Poetry, are due on Thursday, January 11.
  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 10, in Wordly Wise, on Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 10 of Wordly Wise, for Thursday.
  • Magazines will be due on Thursday, February 1.

Reminders:

  • The First Friday Assembly is scheduled for Friday, January 12.
  • Monday, January 15, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day.  Therefore, no school.
  • Finals will be given from January 24 to January 26.
  • A “Field Trip” is scheduled for the San Diego Zoo, following the Finals, on Friday, January 26.  Departure from E.C.D.S. will be at 10:30a.m. approx.
  • E.C.D.S. will host an Open House on Sunday, January 28, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  ~ Albert Einstein

Enjoy the rest of your evening and have a grand week ahead.

Fondly,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | January 6, 2018

Happy New Year!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School!  I hope that this New Year will bring you all much love, happiness, good health, success, laughter, smiles, and surprises on a daily basis.  I hope that you all have had a wonderful Holiday Season with your families and friends. Your children have returned to school happy and rested. 🙂

This past week, we began a new year in the education of your teenagers.  They have a lot of new and exciting work to study, learn, research, ponder, explore, and discuss before June, 2018.

Bravo!/Congratulations!   A great performance was given by our Eighth Graders, during our annual Holiday Program in December.  Well done, Eighth Graders!  Great talent!  THANK YOU, Ms. Regan, Ms. Deb’bora, Mrs. Crawford, Mr. Piazza, and Mr. Jesse! 🙂

THANK YOU, to our wonderful and very helpful Homeroom Mom, Kelly Bruce, for all that you did for us, during our First Semester of school, at E.C.D.S.  You are a treasure! 🙂

This past week in literature, my Eighth Graders continued reading Night by Elie Wiesel.   They also continued to work on their Career Projects. They have finished writing three business letters.  They also worked on their Résumés.  In addition to this, they returned to their study of literary terms and grammar.  For Literature on DVD, my Eighth Graders started to watch Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

This coming week, my Eighth Graders will finish reading Night by Elie Wiesel.  Then, they will watch an interview with Elie Wiesel and Oprah Winfrey, when he returned with her, in his seventies, to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland. They will continue to work on and finish writing their Résumés.  Then, they will write three questionnaires for interviews of three professionals in the three careers they have chosen to research. In addition to this, they will continue to watch Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

My Eighth Graders will a begin a review for “Finals,” which will be given from Wednesday, January 24, to Friday, January 26.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Some students need to turn in their three business letters on Monday, which are now past the due date.
  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, for Friday, December 12.
  • Three résumés are due on Friday.
  • Research and write up Career 1, which is due on Tuesday, January 16.
  • Study for Finals.

Reminders:

  • The First Friday Assembly is scheduled for Friday, January 12.
  • Monday, January 15, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day.  Therefore, no school.
  • Finals will be given from January 24 to January 26.  First semester ends on Friday, Friday, January 26.
  • A “Field Trip” is scheduled for the San Diego Zoo, following Finals, on Friday, January 26.  Departure from E.C.D.S. will be at 10:30a.m. approx.
  • ECDS will host an Open House on Sunday, January 28, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.  All are welcome to attend!

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  ~ Albert Einstein

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Fondly,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | December 18, 2017

A HEARTFELT “THANK YOU!”

Dear Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

A heartfelt THANK YOU for the extremely generous Gift Card, that you gave to me, last Friday.   This gift is very much appreciated, as it will allow me to purchase a new iPhone, to replace the one that fell into the loo, during Friday’s field trip.  I have learned a very valuable lesson from that experience. ❤ 🙂

THANK YOU to all the parents for the delicious Holiday Breakfast that you lavished on the teachers, last Thursday, and on the Middle School Students, on Friday.  Everything was GREAT!  The decorations, as usual, were FIRST CLASS, thanks to our very talented, Susan Bachand. It was a wonderful way to start both days! ❤ ❤

Another heartfelt THANK YOU to all my Middle School Parents and Students, who gave me very thoughtful and lovely individual Christmas gifts. I am truly grateful for your most kind and generous hearts. ❤ ❤

Your children/teenagers are a joy to work with on a daily basis.  They give meaning to my life! We, at E.C.D.S. have INCREDIBLE STUDENTS!  I love them all, they are each so unique!  Please keep them safe during the vacation.  MANY, MANY THANKS! ❤ ❤ ❤

May the magic of the Holiday Season shine brightly in your homes throughout this Holiday Season, and the coming New Year.  May your lives be filled with lasting love, good health, good friends, great success, much laughter, unexpected surprises, and may all your dreams come true!

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.

~ William Shakespeare

Love and Big Hugs,

Miss Susan ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | December 9, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,
‘Tis the season to be jolly!  Fa! La! La! La! La!…La! La! La! La!
Bravo! Bravo! To all my Sixth Graders who gave a STELLAR PERFORMANCE in A Christmas Carol this past Tuesday and Wednesday.  I am so proud of you!  You were FABULOUS! ❤ ❤
Last week, Monday and half of Tuesday was devoted to preparing for their performance in A Christmas Carol.   In Literature, my Sixth Graders continued to read Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves. They finished reading The Twelve Labors of Heracles, and then read The Rebellious Giants. They also played the Review Game, and worked on their punctuation workbooks. They also continued to watch Jason and the Argonauts on DVD.
Last week, during Drama Class, my Sixth Graders made up skits.  Then, we played a game, whereby, they each had to quote a sentence from A Christmas Carol, which made up a very funny story.  Then, they had to quote only a word from the play.  There was a lot of laughter, as they had fun with the sentences and words.
There is much excitement in the air with the approaching Holiday Season and vacation. Therefore, this week will be somewhat different from our usual class routine. There will be a Wordly Wise spelling/vocabulary and homework for Lesson 6 is due on Monday.  During the rest of the week, my Sixth Graders will finish learning how to write a Stage Play.  They will also work in their grammar and punctuation workbooks.  Then, they will return to Literary Terms, in preparation for a test in January, 2018.
The Middle School students have asked for a Secret Santa gift exchange.  This is not mandatory!  However, our Sixth Graders have all declared that they want to participate.  I have advised them to buy the gifts with their own money ( if they have it), rather than ask their parents to purchase them.  Then, they are truly giving! 🙂
On Friday,  my homeroom Sixth Graders will start the day with their Secret Santa gift exchange.  Then, all the Middle School students will join together for a Christmas/Hanukkah celebration, encompassing Mrs. Coogan’s and my classrooms, (Room 221 and Room 222).  Then, at 10:00a.m., we will all go to UTC, in La Jolla, for ice-skating.  The field trip will end around 2:00p.m. approximately. It promises to be a fun-filled day! 🙂
Reminders:
  • The Holiday Program for the Middle School is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, at 2:00p.m., in the Amphitheater.  I look forward to seeing you there. 🙂
  • Each student is asked to bring a gift for their Secret Santa gift exchange, on Friday ($10 – $15 in value).
  • Field Trip…on Friday, to UTC, in La Jolla.
  • There will be no homework for the break.
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Dear Parents,
     I wish all my Sixth Grade families A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!  You deserve a wonderful holiday. Relax!  Enjoy! Have lots of fun with your children!  I have enjoyed working with them, this past semester.  Please keep my students safe during the holidays, as they are VERY PRECIOUS to me! My love to all of you this  Holiday Season. ❤
Cheers,
Miss Susan ❤
Posted by: aoifelove | December 9, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

‘Tis the season to be jolly!  Fa! La! La! La! La!…La! La! La! La!

Last week in Literature, my Seventh Graders continued to read Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  I also continued to read aloud Hamlet by William Shakespeare.  In addition to this, they finished the next section of Literary Terms, and worked in their grammar  and punctuation workbooks.

There is much excitement in the air with the approaching Holiday Season and vacation.  Therefore, this week will be somewhat different from our usual class routine. There will be no Wordly Wise homework until after the holidays, as I want my Seventh Graders to use our class time (Monday through Thursday), to work on writing and designing their magazines.  In addition to this, they will continue to watch To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. They will also continue to read and perhaps finish, Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.

On Friday, the Seventh Graders will meet in Mr. Ford’s classroom for their Secret Santa exchange.  Then, all the Middle School students will join together for a Christmas/ Hanukkah celebration, encompassing Mrs. Coogan’s and my classrooms (Rooms 221 and 222).  Then, at 10:00a.m., we will all go to UTC, in La Jolla, for ice-skating.  The field trip will end around 2:00p.m. approximately.  It promises to be a fun-filled day! 🙂

Reminders:

  • The Holiday Program for the Middle School is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, at 2:00p.m., in the Amphitheater.  I look forward to seeing you there.
  • Each student is asked to bring a gift for their Secret Santa gift exchange, on Friday ($10 – $15 in value).
  • Field Trip…on Friday, to UTC, in La Jolla.
  • There will be no homework during our vacation.  Your children/teenagers deserve a break from homework.

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Dear Parents,

I wish all my Seventh Grade families A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!  You deserve a wonderful holiday. Relax!  Enjoy!  Have lots of fun with your children!  I have enjoyed working with your children, this past semester.  Please keep my students safe, as they are VERY PRECIOUS to me! My love to all of you this Holiday Season. ❤

Cheers,

Miss Susan ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | December 9, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

‘Tis the season to be jolly!  Fa! La! La! La! La!…La! La! La! La!

Last week in Literature, my Eighth Graders continued to read Night by Elie Wiesel. I also continued to read aloud Romeo and Juliet.  They also learned how to write a formal business letter to accompany a résumé, for their Career Projects.  In addition to this, they worked in their grammar books and punctuation workbooks.   They took another Literary Terms Test last Friday, so, their grades will be posted on Jupiter on Monday.

There is much excitement in the air with the approaching vacation and holiday season.  Therefore, this week will be somewhat different from our usual class routine. There will be no Wordly Wise homework until after the holidays, as I want my Eighth Graders to use our class time (Monday through Thursday), to work on their Career Projects.  This week, they will learn how to write a résumé.  In addition to this, we will finish reading Night by Elie Wiesel.  Then, I will finish reading Romeo and Juliet to the class.

On Friday, December 15, all the Middle School students will join together for a Christmas/ Hanukkah celebration, encompassing  Mrs. Coogan’s and my classroom (Rooms 221 and 222).  Then, at 10:00a.m., we will all go to UTC, in La Jolla, for ice-skating.  The field trip will end around 2:00p.m. approximately.  It promises to be a fun-filled day! 🙂

Reminders:

  • The Holiday Program for the Middle School is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, at 2:00p.m., in the Amphitheater.  I look forward to seeing you there.
  • Each student is asked to bring a gift for their Secret Santa gift exchange, on Friday ($10 – $15 in value).
  • Field Trip…on Friday, to UTC, in La Jolla.
  • There will be no homework during our vacation.  Your teenagers have worked hard, and deserve a break. 🙂

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Dear Parents,

I wish all my Eighth Grade families A MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, and A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!  You deserve a wonderful holiday. Relax!  Enjoy!  Have lots of fun with your teenagers!  I have enjoyed working with them all, this past semester.  Please keep them safe, as they are VERY PRECIOUS to me! My love to all of you this Holiday Season. ❤

Cheers,

Miss Susan ❤

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