Posted by: aoifelove | November 18, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the gift of your children.  They are very sweet, precious, funny, and entertaining!!!!  They bring happiness to my world every day. They are a credit to you and your parenting skills. Each one is unique, and I truly love every one of them! ❤

This past week in literature, my Sixth Graders continued to read Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves, which they continue to enjoy.  They also worked in their grammar workbooks, and they started to learn how to write a stage play.  We started with learning how to write a cover page, a cast of characters page, and the script format.  We will continue with this after Thanksgiving, as many students will be absent on Monday and Tuesday.

This week will be a very short week…only Monday and Tuesday.   My Sixth Graders will work in their grammar and punctuation workbooks.  On Tuesday, they will be busy setting up and serving the Thanksgiving Feast to the younger children at E.C.D.S.  Then, they will participate in the feast, too.

There will be no homework during the Thanksgiving Break!  My Sixth Graders have worked very hard during these past months, and they deserve a rest.  I am so proud of them!  Relax!  Enjoy spending time with your children and your wonderful families.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

~ President John F. Kennedy

I wish you all a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan ❤

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Posted by: aoifelove | November 18, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the gift of your children.  They are very sweet, precious, funny, and highly entertaining!!!  They bring happiness to my world every day. They are a credit to you and your parenting skills.  Each one is unique, and I truly love every one of them! ❤

This past week in literature, my Seventh Graders continued to read Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren, which they continue to enjoy.  They also worked in their grammar workbooks.  They also finished reading Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott.”  In addition to this, I started to read Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.

This week will be a very short week…only Monday and Tuesday. This week, my Seventh Graders will work in their grammar and punctuation workbooks.  On Tuesday, my Seventh Graders will be busy serving the Thanksgiving Feast to the younger children at E.C.D.S.  Then, they will participate in the feast, too.

There will be no homework during the Thanksgiving Break!  Relax!  Enjoy spending time with your children and your wonderful families. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

~ President John F. Kennedy

I wish you all a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | November 18, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the gift of your children.  They are very sweet, precious, funny, and highly entertaining!!!!  They bring joy to my world every day. They are a credit to you and your parenting skills.  Each one is unique, and I truly love every one of them! ❤

This past week in literature, my Eighth Graders started to read Night by Elie Wiesel, which is quite shocking, regarding the cruelty of the Nazis.  They also worked on their outlines of Animal Farm, and most students are now finished.  I read aloud an introduction to Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, but am only a third into the book. We will continue this after Thanksgiving, when I have a full class, as many students will be absent on Monday and Tuesday.

This week will be a very short week…only Monday and Tuesday.  My Eighth Graders will finish their poems based on Animal Farm.  Then, they will work in their grammar workbooks and punctuation workbooks.

On Tuesday, my Eighth Graders will be busy serving the Thanksgiving Feast to the younger children at E.C.D.S.  Then, they will participate in the feast, too.

There will be no homework during the Thanksgiving Break!  Relax!  Enjoy being with your children and your wonderful families. 🙂

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

~ President John F. Kennedy

I wish you all a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | November 11, 2017

Happy Veterans’ Day!

Dear Sixth grade Parents and Students,

I hope that you all enjoy your Veterans’ Day!  THANK YOU to our brave Veterans for your service to your/our country.  You are our heroes! >3

THANK YOU to all our parents who attended our Parent/Teacher Conferences, this past week.  It was lovely to meet up with you and discuss the progress of your most beloved children. >3

THANK YOU to all our parents who donated books to our classroom library.  Many thanks to: the Botvinick family, the Burke family, the Davidowski family, the Kerwin family, the Lakin family, the Luedde family, and the McLoughlin family.  My students and I were delighted with these new books. ❤

Another THANK YOU to all my parents and students for the many more condolences that I received from you this past week.  Your love and kindness has been a great support to me.  I will miss my mother forever, but I will hold her in my heart every day. ❤

This past week in Literature, my Sixth Graders continued to read Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.  They are truly enjoying Greek mythology.  In addition to this, they worked in their grammar and punctuation workbooks.  They started a “Compare and Contrast” between Skellig the book, and Skellig, the movie.  In addition to this, they watched the first installment of Jason and the Argonauts, for Literature on DVD.

This week in Literature, my Sixth Graders will continue to read Greek Gods and Heroes.  They will finish the “Compare and Contrast” exercise.  In addition to this, I will give them the guidelines for their next writing assignment “Write a Stage Play.”  They will collaborate with me in writing a short in-class Stage Play, in order to learn the correct format for writing a Stage Play.  This will take two weeks to complete.  It will be fun! 🙂

This week in Theater Production Class, we will block and rehearse “The Ghost of Christmas Future” section of the play.

Reminder: There will be no homework for Thanksgiving Week! 

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Rewrites of your “Spooky Stories” are due on Wednesday and Friday, depending on when you received your corrections.
  • The “Narrative Poems” are due on Wednesday.  If you need extra time, please talk to me.
  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 5 of Wordly Wise.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 5 of Wordly Wise.

One important key to success is self-confidence.  An important key to self-confidence is preparation. ~ Arthur Ashe

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | November 11, 2017

Happy Veterans’ Day!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

Today, I hope that you all enjoy your Veterans’ Day!  THANK YOU to our brave Veterans for your service to your/our country.  You are our heroes! ❤

THANK YOU to all our parents who attended our Parent/Teacher Conferences, this past week.  It was lovely to meet up with you and discuss the progress of your most beloved children. ❤

THANK YOU to all the parents who donated books to our classroom library.  Many thanks goes to: the Botvinick family, the Burke family, the Davidowski family, the Kerwin family, the lakin family, the Luedde family, and the McLoughlin family.  My students and I were delighted with these new books! ❤

Another THANK YOU to all my Parents and Students for the many more condolences that I received from you this past week.  Your love and kindness has been a great support to me.  I will miss my mother forever, but I will hold her close in my heart every day. ❤

This past week in literature, my Seventh Graders continued reading Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  They worked on finishing their heroic poems.  They also worked in their grammar and punctuation workbooks.  In addition to this they watched the second installment of Silas Marner by George Eliot.

This week, my Seventh Graders will continue to read Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  They will start the work on their Reaction Paper to The Trojan War.  They will also start their next project “Design a Magazine.”  In addition to this, they will return to their Literary Terms and work in their classroom workbooks.  They will watch the third installment of Silas Marner, which they are enjoying.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 8 in Wordly Wise, for Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 8 of Wordly Wise.
  • Complete the CROSSWORD at the back of Lesson 8, in Wordly Wise.
  • Work on your Reaction Paper to The Trojan War.

One important key to success is self-confidence.  An important key to self-confidence is preparation. ~ Arthur Ashe

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | November 11, 2017

Happy Veterans’ Day!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

Today, I hope that you all will enjoy your Veterans’ Day!  THANK YOU to our brave Veterans for your service to your/our country.  You are our heroes! ❤

THANK YOU to all our parents who attended our Parent/Teacher Conferences, this past week.  It was lovely to meet up with you and discuss the progress of your most beloved children. 🙂

THANK YOU to all the parents who donated books to our classroom library.  Many thanks goes to: the Botvinick family, the Burke family, the Davidowski family, the Kerwin family, the Lakin family, the Luedde family, and the McLoughlin family.  My students and I were delighted! ❤

Another THANK YOU to all my Parents and Students for the many more condolences that I received from you this past week.  Your love and kindness has been a great support to me.  I will miss my mother forever, but I will hold her close in my heart every day.  ❤

This past week in literature, my Eighth Graders finally finished reading Animal Farm. In addition to this, they watched two installments of the video of Animal Farm, which they clearly enjoyed, as it brings the book to life for them. They also worked in their punctuation workbooks, and worked on finishing their outlines of Animal Farm.  I deferred Friday’s Wordly Wise spelling test and homework to Monday, as I wouldn’t have had time to correct them, due to our Parent/Teacher Conferences, which started at 12:30p.m.

This coming week, my Eighth Graders will start to read Night by Elie Wiesel.    On Tuesday, my Eighth Graders will commence a Career Project.  This project will take six weeks to complete.  They will learn how to write a formal résumé, a business letter, and a questionnaire for an interview.  They will also complete a college application and a job application, this work will be done in class with me.  For homework, they research three careers that appeals to them, and they will write a two-page summary of each career.  They will research the three best colleges in the United States for each particular career of choice.  In addition to this, they will research: the GPA requirement for admission to these colleges, the tuition, scholarships, the cost of room and board, three companies or corporations that might hire them when they graduate from college, and the minimum and maximum potential salaries they may earn. Finally, they will interview a person(s) in their three chosen careers.  This is a very important project, as it is never too early for my Eighth Graders to start thinking about their futures.  They are living in a very competitive world!  This week, they will commence their Career Project by learning how to write a résumé and a business letter in class.  We will also finish watching the DVD of Animal Farm.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study for the Wordly Wise spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 7, for Monday, November 13.
  • Complete Lesson 7 in Wordly Wise, for Monday.
  • Summary of Episode VI of Pride and Prejudice is due on Monday.
  • Rewrites of Pride and Prejudice, Episodes IV and V,  will be due on Friday, November 17.
  • Reaction Paper to Animal Farm is due on Friday, December 1.

One important key to success is self-confidence.  An important key to self-confidence is preparation. ~ Arthur Ashe

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | November 3, 2017

Thank You, to Our Veterans!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to all my E.C.D.S. Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff, who expressed their condolences to me, regarding my Mother’s death, on Tuesday, October 31.  It has been a very hard and hectic week, but your kind words and warm hugs helped me through it.  Many thanks! ❤

CONGRATULATIONS to our Middle School “Students of the Month!” Avella DeGenerro (8th Grade); Alisa Sumwalt (7th Grade); and Kendall Bristol and Gavin McLoughlin (6th Grade).  Well done!  You are all excellent students, and I am very proud of you! Keep up the GREAT WORK! 🙂

THANK YOU to all our heroic Veterans, who have done so much for our country!  Their service, dedication, and bravery are greatly appreciated.  I wish all our E.C.D.S. families a Happy Veterans’ Day, on Saturday, November 11.

This past week in Literature, my Sixth Graders continued reading Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.   They finished reading about the six gods and six goddesses who lived on Mount Olympus.  They also read about Pan, Persephone, Demeter, and Hades.  They are enjoying this book immensely.  My Sixth Graders also finished their formal “Outlines of Skellig.”  I am so proud of them!  Well done, Sixth Graders! In addition to this, they watched the second installment of Skellig, the Owl Man, which they are enjoying.

This coming week, my Sixth Graders will continue reading Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.  They will also read the narrative poem “Little Boy Blue” by Eugene Field, in preparation for their next writing assignment “Write a Narrative Poem.” I will give them class time for this assignment.  In addition to this, they will begin to learn how to write a Stage Play.  I will instruct them on the format of writing a Stage Play.  They will also learn about staging, lighting, music, props, costumes, and casting.  They will have several weeks to complete this project.  They will also work in their grammar workbooks, and review their Literary Terms.

This week in Drama Class, I finished blocking two more scenes of our play A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  I am having a blast with my Sixth Graders in Drama Class.  They are all great little actors and actresses. :

Reminder: Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this coming week.  There will be half-days on Thursday and Friday, in order to accommodate the conferences.  Please sign-up for them.  I look forward to meeting with you. 🙂

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Study for the Literary terms Test, on Wednesday, November 8.
  • Some students need to turn in their Outlines of Skellig, they are now past due.
  • Drawings for your Outlines of Skellig are now past due.
  • Work on your Narrative Poem, which will be due on Wednesday, November 15.

The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. 

~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | November 3, 2017

Thank You, to Our Veterans!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to all my E.C.D.S. Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff, who expressed their condolences to me, regarding my Mother’s death, on Tuesday, October 31.  It has been a very hard and hectic week, but your kind words and warm hugs helped me through it.  Many thanks! ❤

CONGRATULATIONS to our Middle School “Students of the Month!” Avella DeGennero (8th Grade); Alisa Sumwalt (7th Grade); and Kendall Bristol and Gavin McLoughlin (6th Grade). Well done! You are all excellent students, and I am very proud of you! Keep up the GREAT WORK! 🙂

THANK YOU to all our heroic Veterans, who have done so much for our country!  Their service, dedication, and bravery are greatly appreciated.  I wish all our E.C.D.S. families a Happy Veterans’ Day, on Saturday, November 11.

This past week in Literature, my Seventh Graders commenced reading  Part 2 of Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  We have moved into the part of the story that is told from the perspective of a Trojan princess.  I am happy to report that my students are enjoying this book very much.  They also read Part II of Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott.”  They worked on finishing their poetry based on a character from Beowulf.  In addition to this, they worked in their grammar workbooks.  They took a Literary Terms Test on Friday, but I was absent, therefore, I will enter their grades on Jupiter, on Monday.

My Seventh Graders commenced the first installment of Silas Marner by George Eliot, on DVD.

This coming week, my Seventh Graders will continue reading Inside the Walls of Troy.  They will start their research paper about The Trojan War.  They will also read Parts III and IV of Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott.”  In addition to this, they will work in their grammar and paragraph-editing workbooks.  They will finish the S.I.F.T. Method regarding Beowulf, and continue their study of Literary Terms.  They will watch the second installment of Silas Marner by George Eliot, for Literature on DVD.

Reminder: Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this coming week. There will be half-days on both Thursday and Friday, in order to accommodate the conferences.  Please sign-up for them.  I look forward to meeting with you. 🙂

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 7 in Wordly Wise.
  • Complete all the exercises of Lesson 7 in Wordly Wise
  • Beowulf poetry is now past due.  Please submit your late work on Monday.
  • Work on your research paper regarding The Trojan War, which is due on Thursday, November 16.

The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. 

~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | November 3, 2017

Thank You, to Our Veterans!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to all my E.C.D.S. Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff, who expressed their condolences to me, regarding my Mother’s death, on Tuesday, October 31. It has been a very hard and hectic week, but your kind words and warm hugs helped me through it.  Many thanks! ❤

CONGRATULATIONS to our Middle School “Students of the Month!” Avella DeGennero (8th Grade); Alisa Sumwalt (7th Grade); Kendall Bristol and Gavin McLoughlin (6th Grade).  Well done!  You are all excellent students, and I am very proud of you.  Keep up the GREAT WORK! 🙂

THANK YOU to all our heroic Veterans, who have done so much for our country!  Their service, dedication, and bravery are greatly appreciated.  I wish all our ECDS families a Happy Veterans’ Day, on Saturday, November 11.

This past week in Literature, my Eighth Graders almost finished reading Animal Farm.  They have one more chapter to read. Then, they will start Night by Elie Wiesel.  It is the memoir of the journey taken by Elie Wiesel and his father, as they were moved from Auschwitz concentration camp to Buchenwald concentration camp and more.  It is a story about the strong bond between a father and his son, and how their love sustained them, during a most brutal experience.

In addition to this, my students continued writing the formal outline of Animal Farm.  They also worked in their grammar workbooks.  They took a Literary Terms Test on Friday, but I was absent.  I will post their grades on Monday.

This coming week, my Eighth Graders will finish reading Animal Farm, and start to read Night by Elie Wiesel.  In addition to this, they will return to their study of Literary Terms, and they will finish the outlines of Animal Farm, eight students finished their outlines last week.  I will discuss their next writing assignment, “What I learned by Reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.”

On Thursday, my Eighth Graders will  watch the first installment of the movie of Animal Farm, which will bring the book to life.

Reminder: Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this coming week.  There will be half-days on both Thursday and Friday, in order to accommodate the conferences. Please sign-up for them. I look forward to meeting with you. 🙂

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 7 in Wordly Wise for Friday.
  • Complete all the exercises of Lesson 7 in Wordly Wise.
  • Finish your poetry based on Animal Farm for Friday.
  • Episode VI of Pride and Prejudice for Monday, November 13.
  • Work on your research paper “What I Learned by Reading Animal Farm by George Orwell,” will be due on Friday, December 1.

The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. 

~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | October 28, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

A BIG THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS on the BRILLIANT SUCCESS of this year’s FALL FESTIVAL to Anne Morasco, Susan Bachand, the INCREDIBLE PAC Team, and Alison Coogan!!!!  The creativity of the Haunted House was ASTOUNDING!  The costumes, pumpkins, scarecrows, and booths were all FANTASTIC!  What an AMAZING JOB!  THANK YOU, also, to Mr. Lehmunn for participating in the Haunted House!  You’re a GREAT SPORT! 🙂

THANK YOU to my Sixth Graders, for all your help inside and outside the Haunted House, on Friday.  You were both SCARY and FABULOUS!! 🙂

This past week in literature, my Sixth Graders started reading Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.  Then, they watched an installment of the movie Skellig, which they enjoyed immensely, as it brings the book to life. They started the S.I.F.T. Method to analyze Skellig, and took notes on symbolism and imagery.  The majority of them finished their Skellig outlines.  I am so proud of them!  Great Job, Sixth Graders!   In addition to this, they worked on their grammar and paragraph-editing workbooks, and had fun playing the Grammar Game.  They turned in their “Spooky Stories,” on Friday, I look forward to reading them.

This coming week, my Sixth Graders will continue reading Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.  I know that they will enjoy learning about the Greek gods and goddesses who lived on Mount Olympus.  In addition to this, they will return to poetry and will read “Little Boy Blue” by Eugene Field.  They will review and study more Literary Terms, and they will work in their grammar workbooks, and play the Grammar Game. They will also finish the S.I.F.T. Method on Skellig.  On Tuesday, they will watch another installment of the movie, Skellig, the Owl Man, as no one will be in the mood for academics, on Halloween.

Last week in Theater Production Class, we started blocking the Ghost of Christmas Present’s scenes.  My Sixth Graders were wonderful!  They appear to love acting, and are great little actors and actresses.  This week, we will finish blocking the Ghost of Christmas Present’s scenes, and hopefully, start the Ghost of Christmas Future’s scenes.

Reminders:

  1. The Halloween Parade will take place on Tuesday at 11:00a.m.
  2. Please take great care of my precious Sixth Graders, if they go Trick-Or-Treating, on Tuesday night, as there are a lot of strange people in the world who come out on Halloween night.

 The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • No tests, this week!
  • Study the Literary Terms, for the test on Wednesday, November 8.
  • Work on your narrative poems.
  • Study your cues and lines for A Christmas Carol.

No one can be free, unless he or she is independent. ~ Maria Montessori

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

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