Posted by: aoifelove | October 22, 2017

Fall Festival!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to Patty Davidowski, Regan Kerwin, Carol Yetter, and our Sixth Graders: Amara, Elara, Hunter, Justin, Kendall, Kyla, Lily, Maya, Rhea, and Taeya, who all helped to make our unicorn scarecrow, Arlo, for the Fall Festival.  Great job! 🙂

This past week in literature, my Sixth Graders finished reading Skellig.  They also read and analyzed the poem, “Remorse” by Truman Reitmeyer.  This poem touched the hearts of my sweet Sixth Graders.  “Remorse” is about a hunter who goes out to shoot for sport.  He shoots two geese who die at his feet.  Before they die, the male cries out to the female, who drags herself to his side to comfort him before their deaths.  The hunter realizes that he has destroyed a loving relationship, and vows never to hunt again.  The purpose of reading this sad poetry is to develop and evoke compassion, at this crucial age in your children.

In addition to this, my Sixth Graders worked on their formal outlines of Skellig.  Many have finished their outlines already.  Well done, Sixth Graders!  We also started preparation for their first Literary Terms Test.  They worked in their grammar workbooks.  On Friday, they also started watching Skellig, the Owl Man.  

This coming week in literature, my Sixth Graders will use the S.I.F.T. Method to analyze Skellig by David Almond.  They will also continue to watch the DVD of Skellig, the Owl Man, which brings the book to life, and captures their excitement about it.  Then, after a detailed plot and character analysis of Skellig, they will commence reading Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves, on Thursday, October 27.  This book will introduce my Sixth Graders to all the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, in Athens, Greece.  They will read about the power, bravery, mischief, greed, and trickery of the gods, goddesses, mortals, and monsters in Greek mythology.  In addition to this, they will work in their classroom workbooks for grammar and punctuation, and they will continue the study of “Literary Terms.” They will also continue to write  their “Spooky Stories.” I am giving extra time for the Spooky Stories, as some students need it, therefore, stories are due on Friday, instead of Wednesday.

During Drama class on Thursday afternoon, my Sixth Graders rehearsed two more scenes of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  They did a GREAT JOB!  They truly enjoy drama class.  They are hilarious!  Please remind them to study their cues and lines.  Thank you!

Reminder:  Our annual Fall Festival will take place on Friday afternoon, October 27, from 2:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  A great time is guaranteed for all!  THANK YOU Anne Morasco, Susan Bachand, and the AMAZING PAC team. 🙂

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 4 in Wordly Wise, on Wednesday.
  • Complete the exercises in Lesson 4 of Wordly Wise, for Wednesday.
  • Complete the CROSSWORD in Lesson 4 of Wordly Wise.
  • Spooky Stores are due on Friday, October 27.
  • Study your cues and lines of A Christmas Carol.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~ Mark Twain

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

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Posted by: aoifelove | October 22, 2017

Fall Festival!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

This past week in literature, my Seventh Graders continued reading Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  They worked on finishing their outlines of Beowulf.  Then, they worked on their heroic poems based on Beowulf.  In addition to this, they worked in their grammar and punctuation workbooks.  They finished watching Emma by Jane Austen.

This coming week, my Seventh Graders will  continue reading Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  They will complete the S.I.F.T. Method for Beowulf.  They will finish writing their heroic poems.  In addition to this, they will read Part II of “The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  They will also continue their study of Literary Terms, and work in their classroom workbooks.

Reminder:

Our annual “Fall Festival” will take place on Friday afternoon, October 27, from 2:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.  All are welcome to attend!  A great time is guaranteed!  THANK YOU to Anne Morasco,Susan Bachand, and the AMAZING PAC team.

The following is the homework for this coming week

  • Heroic Poem, based on Beowulf is due on Thursday, October 26.
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 6 in Wordly Wise, on Thursday, October 26
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 6 of Wordly Wise, for Thursday, October 26.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~ Mark Twain

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | October 22, 2017

Fall Festival!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

This past week in literature, my Eighth Graders continued reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.  They started writing their formal outline of Animal Farm.   In addition to this, they worked on their poems based on Animal Farm.  They also watched Episode VI of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and worked in their classroom workbooks. My Eighth Graders scored extremely high on their vocabulary tests (A’s, A+’s), and did a good job on their Wordly Wise homework (B’s, B+’s, A’s, A+’s). Well done, Eighth Graders! 🙂

This coming week, my Eighth Graders will  watch the last ten minutes of the last episode of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  They are very excited and anxious about the ending, and have truly enjoyed watching this Award winning series.  In addition to this, they will finish reading Animal Farm, and then, analyze it with respect to themes, plot structure, characterization, symbolism, imagery, figurative language, motifs, etc.  My students will continue to work on their formal outlines of Animal Farm, using their laptops.  They will finish writing their poems by Friday. They will also review the Six Traits of Writing.

The next book for reading is Night by Elie Wiesel. It is the story of a father and son’s journey through Hitler’s concentration camps.  We will commence reading it on Monday, October 30.  We will also continue our study of Literary Terms, in addition to our classroom grammar and punctuation workbooks.

Reminder:

Our annual “Fall Festival” will take place on Friday afternoon, October 27, from 2:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.  All are welcome to attend!  A great time is guaranteed!  THANK YOU to Anne Morasco, Susan Bachand, and the AMAZING PAC team.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Summaries of Episode IV of Pride and Prejudice are due on Monday, October 23.
  • Summaries of Episode V of Pride and Prejudice are due on Friday, October 27.
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 6 in Wordly Wise, on Friday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 6 of Wordly Wise, for Friday.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.                       ~ Mark Twain

Enjoy the rest of  your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | October 14, 2017

Field Trip, on Tuesday!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

Last week in literature, my Sixth Graders continued their reading of Skellig by David AlmondIn addition to this, they worked on their formal outlines of Skellig, and in their classroom workbooks for grammar and punctuation.  They started their study of Literary Terms. They also played the Grammar Game to reinforce “Nouns” and “Verbs,” which they loved.

This week, we hope to finish reading Skellig.  The next book for reading, on my Sixth Graders’ agenda, is Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.  It is full of stories about gods, goddesses, and all kinds of monsters, and it is great reading for the young mind and the imagination!  In the meantime, we will continue our Narrative Poetry unit.  This week, we will read “Remorse” by Truman Reitmeyer (as we ran out of time last week). In addition to this, they will continue their study of Literary Terms.  They will also finish watching Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

The next writing assignment is “Write a Spooky Story” and it will be due on Wednesday, October 25.  I distributed the guidelines for it last Tuesday.  We will start this assignment in class, using the laptops, and my students will finish it at home.  They are excited about it!  I will read spooky stories in class, so it should be fun!  In addition to this, my Sixth Graders will continue to learn how to write a formal outline.

Our play, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, is in full swing with rehearsals! All students will appear in two scenes, apart from Scrooge, who is in every scene.  Some students will have two different parts to even up the score on the lines. Our first rehearsal was GREAT!  We blocked the first two scenes of the play.  My Sixth Graders were AMAZING!  Well done, Sixth Graders!  Please encourage your child to learn his/her cues and lines, as they are now part of the weekly homework.  Thank you!

Reminder:  A field trip is scheduled for Vertical Hold, on Tuesday, October 17.  We will depart at 11:15a.m. (approximately), and return at 2:30p.m.  Thank You…to all our drivers!

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • A colored drawing of Skellig is due on Friday.
  • Work on your Spooky Story, which is due on Wednesday, October 25.
  • Work on Wordly Wise, Lesson 4 for Wednesday, October 25.
  • Study your cues and lines in your script, A Christmas Carol.

Children have more needs of models than of critics.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | October 14, 2017

Field Trip, on Tuesday!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

I am happy to report that the majority of my Seventh Graders scored high on  their Literary Terms Test, last Thursday.  Well done, Seventh Graders! 🙂 However, a few students forgot to study for the test, so I will allow a retake on Wednesday.  Please encourage your child to study for this test.  There will be no more retakes after this one.

Last week, my Seventh Graders started reading Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  They also worked on writing their poetry based on Beowulf, and they worked on their formal outlines of Beowulf.  In addition to this, they worked in their punctuation/editing workbooks, and they watched an installment of Emma by Jane Austen.

This coming week, my Seventh Graders will continue to read Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  They will finish writing their poems, and hopefully, finish writing their outlines of Beowulf.  Then, we will use the S.I.F.T. method to analyze Beowulf.  They will also return to reading Tennyson’s poem, “The Lady of Shalott.”  On Friday, they will watch another installment of Emma by Jane Austen.

Reminder:

A field trip is scheduled for Vertical Hold, in San Marcos, on Tuesday, October 17.  We will depart at 11:15a.m. (approximately), and return  at 2:30p.m.  Thank you so much to our drivers!

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Those who need to, study for the “retake” of the Literary Terms Test, for Wednesday, October 18.
  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 5 in Wordly Wise, on Thursday, October 19.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 5 of Wordly Wise, for Thursday.
  • The “Heroic Poems” are due on Friday, October 20.

Children have more need of models than of critics.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | October 14, 2017

Field Trip, on Tuesday!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

I am happy to report the majority of my Eighth Graders scored very high on their Literary Terms Test, last Friday.  Well done, Eighth Graders!  I am so proud of you! 🙂

This past week, my Eighth Graders continued to read Animal Farm by George Orwell.   They also worked on writing their poems based on the characters in Animal Farm.  In addition to this, they worked in their classroom workbooks for punctuation and editing, and watched the fifth episode of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

This coming week, my Eighth Graders will finish reading Animal Farm.  Then, we will discuss and analyze the plot, characters, themes, symbolism, etc., in preparation for an upcoming writing assignment, “What I Learned By Reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.”  In addition to this, my Eighth Graders will also continue the study of Literary Terms.  They will finish writing their poems, and they will start writing a formal outline of Animal Farm, to reinforce the format.   Sadly, they will watch the final episode of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  They have truly enjoyed this series.

Reminder:

A field trip is scheduled for Vertical Hold, in San Marcos, on Tuesday, October 17.  We depart at 11:15a.m. (approximately), and return at 2:30p.m.  Thank you to all our drivers!

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Summary of Episode IV of Pride and Prejudice is due on Friday.
  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 5 in Wordly Wise.
  • Complete all the exercises and in Lesson 5 of Wordly Wise.
  • Rewrite of Episode II of Pride and Prejudice is due on Friday.

Children have more need of models than of critics.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | October 7, 2017

A Powerful Assembly!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

CONGRATULATIONS to all our Eighth Graders for the superb performance that they delivered at Friday’s monthly Assembly.  Their theme was “Gratitude,” and they covered the subject in a thorough and professional manner.  Well done, Eighth Graders!  You are great role models for E.C.D.S.  Congratulations and Thanks also goes out to Ms. Deb’bora and Ms. Regan. 🙂

This past week, the Sixth Graders continued their reading of Skellig by David Almond.   They watched a visual of the narrative poem, “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes, which brought the poem to life for them.   They also wrote in their journals and worked in their punctuation/editing workbooks.  Their next writing assignment is “Write a Spooky Story.”  I have distributed the guidelines, and I will discuss them in detail this coming week.  In addition to this, they learned the format for a formal outline, and commenced working on an outline of Skellig.  On Friday, they watched another installment of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

This week, my Sixth Graders will continue to read Skellig by David Almond.  They will also read the poem “Remorse” by Truman Reitmeyer.  It is a poem about a hunter who vows never to hunt again.  In addition to this, they will continue to work on their outlines.  They have finished the “Exposition,” so this week, they will work on the”Rising Action” and “Climax.”  They will also work in their grammar and punctuation editing workbooks.  M.L.A. editing style will continue to be reinforced.  They will commence their study of Literary Terms, as we ran out of time last week.  Finally, they will view the last installment of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

I will read examples of spooky stories, in preparation for the next writing assignment.  Wordly Wise homework, Lesson 3 is due on Wednesday.  Please remind your child to study for the test.  Thank you!

Last week, I finished casting for our play, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Every Sixth Grader has one or two parts, and will be in at least two scenes.  This week, I will begin the process of “blocking” and rehearsing each scene.  It should be a lot of fun, as my Sixth Graders are very excited about it.

During “Film Class,” I distributed notes about the arc (plot line) for a film.  I also gave them notes about the elements that are included in Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production of a film.

Creative Writing Class was a buzz with writing and chat about the individual projects. Fun time!

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 3, in Wordly Wise, on Wednesday, October 11.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 3 of Wordly Wise, for Wednesday.
  • Rewrites of the fables and a colored  illustration are still due from some students.
  • Work on your “Spooky Story,” which will be due on Wednesday, October 18.

Education happens when hope exceeds expectation.  ~ Andy Hargreaves

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | October 7, 2017

A Powerful Assembly!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

CONGRATULATIONS to all our Eighth Graders for the superb performance that they delivered at Friday’s monthly Assembly.  Their theme was “Gratitude,” and they covered the subject in a thorough and professional manner.  Well done, Eighth Graders!  You are great role models for E.C.D.S.  Congratulations and Thanks also goes to Ms. Deb’bora and Ms. Regan! 🙂

This past week in literature, my Seventh Graders worked on their formal outlines of Beowulf.  They continued writing poems based on the main characters in Beowulf.  In addition to this, they commenced their study of the epic poem “The Lady of Shalott.”  They returned to their study of Literary Terms, in preparation for the test Thursday.  They also worked in their paragraph/editing workbooks.  They did not watch Emma by Jane Austen for Literature on DVD, as we ran out of time.

This week, my Seventh Graders will commence reading Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  This is the story of Helen of Troy, told from two different perspectives, i.e. Helen of Sparta and Cassandra, Princess of Troy.  They will continue  to read the epic poem, “The Lady of Shalott ” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  This poem ties in very nicely with our study of medieval times in Beowulf.  In addition to this, they will work on writing their Heroic poems and their Outlines of Beowulf.  They will also work in the grammar and punctuation/editing workbooks.  They will watch the next installment of Emma by Jane Austen.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, on Thursday, October 12.
  • Rewrites of “Legends/Myths” are due on Thursday, October 12.
  • The Outlines of Beowulf are due on Thursday, October 19.

Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | October 7, 2017

A Powerful Assembly!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents  and Students,

CONGRATULATIONS to all our Eighth Graders for the superb performance that they delivered at Friday’s monthly Assembly.  It was POWERFUL!  The theme was “Gratitude,” and they covered the subject in a thorough and professional manner.  Well done, Eighth Graders!  You are great role models for E.C.D.S.  Congratulations and Thanks also goes to Ms. Deb’bora and Ms. Regan! 🙂

This past week, my Eighth Graders continued their reading of Animal Farm by George Orwell.  In addition to this, they worked on their poetry regarding Animal Farm.  They also worked in their punctuation books, and returned to Literary Terms, in preparation for their next test.  They also heard Part I and II of the poem, “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes, which is a great example of narrative poetry.  They viewed most of Episode IV of Pride and Prejudice, as we ran out of time.  We will finish viewing Episode IV, on Monday.

This week in literature, my Eighth Graders will continue reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.  We will continue to analyze and discuss the characters, themes, symbols, etc.  In addition to this, they will continue to work on their poetry regarding Animal Farm.  They will prepare for the Literary Terms Test, which is scheduled for Friday.  Therefore, Wordly Wise homework is cancelled for this coming week, as I want my students to focus on studying the literary terms.  They will watch Episode V of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, which will be given on Friday, October 13 .
  • A rewrite of Episode II of Pride and Prejudice is due on Friday, October 13.
  • A summary of Episode IV of Pride and Prejudice is due on Monday, October 16 .

Education is when you read the fine print.  Experience is what you get, if you don’t.  ~ Pete Seeger

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | September 30, 2017

Our New Student Council!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

CONGRATULATIONS to all our E.C.D.S. students who were elected to sit on the Student Council (2017-2018).  Well done! Our new Student Council is as follows: Wesley Adickes (President); Rose Bychowski (Vice President);  Taeya Lapinsky (Secretary); Bryce Hertz (Treasurer); Chloe Ardantz and Kendall Bristol (6th Grade Reps.); Sarah Severinghaus and Alisa Sumwalt (7th Grade Reps.); and Avella DeGennaro and Leela Walker (8th Grade Reps.).  I look forward to your great success this year.  I am so proud of you!

Last week, my Sixth Graders continued to read Skellig by David Almond.  They also commenced their Poetry Unit with the narrative poem, “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes, which is a classic poem.  They also worked in their grammar and punctuation workbooks,  and were given comprehensive notes on the M.L.A. editing style.  They did a great job in writing their “Fables.”  I am so proud of them! Great job, Sixth Graders!

This coming week, my Sixth Graders will continue their reading of Skellig by David Almond.  They will watch a visual of The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.  They will also work in their classroom grammar and punctuation workbooks, and continue learning M.L.A. editing style. In addition to this, they will learn how to write a formal outline, using Skellig as an example.  This will take about two weeks to complete.  They will finish viewing Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, which they are enjoying immensely.

Auditions for A Christmas Carol will resume on Thursday.  This week, I hope to have the play fully cast for both Sixth Grade classes.  Then, we will begin our rehearsals.

In “Film Class,” I explained the definition of a Storyboard; who uses them and why.  Then, I showed them six examples of Storyboards.

During “Creative Writing Class,” all the students worked on their individual assignments.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Rewrites of the “Fables” are due on Wednesday, October 4, with a fully-colored illustration.  Some students will have extra time for their rewrites, as their fables were returned to them on a later date.

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, and the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.       ~ Aldous Huxley

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

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

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