Posted by: aoifelove | July 3, 2017

Thank You!

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

I trust that you all are enjoying the magic of your summer vacation.  It has been a very busy two weeks, already. 🙂

A big THANK YOU for the lovely notes and the great “Gift Cards” that you gave to me and my colleagues, on the last day of the school year.  It was very sweet and thoughtful of you, and I truly appreciate your generosity.

Another big THANK YOU to the many families who gave individual gifts to me: The Budd family, the DiNenna family, the Glazer family, the Lyon family, the Pierpan-Tatro family, the Pond family, the Spiegel family, the Walker family, and the Ponce/Zamalloa family.  I truly appreciate your generous hearts.  I  am deeply grateful to all my parents and students for the very thoughtful gifts.  Many, many, many thanks! ❤ ❤ ❤

It has been a great first year at E.C.D.S.  I have enjoyed working with your children on a daily basis.  It has been a pleasure to know, educate, and love them.  You, our parent body, have been a great support to all who teach in our Middle School.  A special THANK YOU to our Homeroom Moms: Susan Bachand, Kelly Bruce, Janet Lombardi, and Maricela Zamalloa.  Your time, work, and energy was wonderful and much appreciated. ❤ ❤ ❤

I wish enormous success and happiness to our Graduates and our Sixth Graders who have left our school: Alex, Arman, Connor, John, Katya, Matthew, Ohm, and Smita…Claire, Connor, Faith, Gwen, Jake, Juna, Kyan, Laina, Lucas, and Mykelle.  You will be missed next year.  Please come back and visit.  ❤ ❤ ❤

I look forward to another challenging, creative, inspirational, and fun academic year with all our returning Middle School students and the new Sixth Graders, who will be joining us in September.

I wish you all a happy, restful, and safe summer!  Please remember! Reading is food for your brain, so don’t forget to feed it.  Read on! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Love, Hugs, and Gratitude,

Miss Susan ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | June 11, 2017

Graduation Week! Summer! Yahoo!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

Summer is fast approaching, as we move into our last week of school for this school year!  Graduation is finally here, and it is with a heavy heart that we must say “Goodbye,” to our Eighth Grade Graduates: Alex, Arman, Connor, John, Katya, Matthew, Ohm, and Smita.  We wish them all GREAT SUCCESS, as they move on to high school. ❤

This school year has gone by so fast, it is hard to believe that your Sixth Graders are only a week away from becoming Seventh Graders.  I am very proud of them, and I hope you are, too.  It has been a extremely happy, always inspiring, and very productive year with your children.  Their enthusiasm is a JOY!  They have worked hard, LAUGHED AND CHATTED A LOT, but nonetheless, learned much in all their Middle School classes.  THANK YOU for entrusting me and my colleagues with your children’s education.  It has been a pleasure and a blast to know, educate, and love them. ❤

I have finished correcting and grading my Sixth Graders’ “Children’s Books”  They took longer to correct than I had expected (two to two-and-a-half hours per student, and longer for the Seventh and Eighth Graders’ work).  They did a FANTASTIC JOB, and I am very proud of them!  It was lovely to work in conjunction with Mr. Joel, as he gave our students great insight into writing their Children’s Books from an author’s point of view. 🙂

THANK YOU to all our parents who drove on our field trip to the beach, on Thursday and Friday.  Our students had a GRAND time, and their behavior was SUPERB.  It was a great way to end the school year.  THANK YOU to Mrs. Coogan and Mr. Decking for organizing it. 🙂

A BIG THANK YOU to all our parents who drove on field trips throughout the year, and/or who helped with the many events and fundraisers at E.C.D.S.  Your participation, generosity, and time are very much appreciated. ❤

This last week of school will be a very busy week!  Our students will have “Final Tests” in all their classes from Monday through Wednesday.  They have received detailed guidelines from all their teachers, regarding these tests.  My Sixth Graders (Group 1) will have their final exam in English, on Monday morning, at 8:33a.m.-10:06a.m.  My Sixth Graders (Group 2) will have their final exam in English, on Tuesday afternoon from 12:27p.m. to 1:57p.m.

On Wednesday, the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders will have a music video showing in the library, at 11:30a.m.  This will be followed by their performance of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the amphitheater.  I hope that you will attend.

On Friday morning, there will be a pancake breakfast in Rooms 221 and 222.  Then, we will all go down to the field at 10:30a.m., to celebrate Fathers’ Day. ❤

I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a GRAND week ahead.

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~ Celia Thaxter

Fondly,

Miss Susan

Posted by: aoifelove | June 11, 2017

Graduation Week! Summer! Yahoo!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

Summer is fast approaching, as we move into our last week of school for this school year!  Graduation is finally here, and it is with a heavy heart that we must say “Goodbye,” to our Eighth Grade Graduates: Alex, Arman, Connor, John, Katya, Matthew, Ohm, and Smita. ❤

This school year has gone by so fast, it is hard to believe that your Seventh Graders are only a week away from becoming Eighth Graders.  I am very proud of them, and I hope you are, too.  It has been a very happy, inspiring, and productive year with your children.  They have worked hard and learned much in all their classes.  I know that they will be excellent role models for all the students at E.C.D.S., in the fall and next year.  THANK YOU for entrusting me and my colleagues with your children’s education.  It has been a pleasure to know, educate, and love them. ❤

I have almost finished correcting and grading my Seventh Graders’ “Children’s Chapter Books”  They took longer to correct than I had expected (three to three and a half hours per student).  They did a FABULOUS JOB, and I am very proud of them.  It was lovely to work in conjunction with Mr. Joel, as he gave our students great insight into writing their novellas, from an author’s point of view. 🙂

THANK YOU to all our parents who drove on our field trip to the beach, on Thursday and Friday.  Our students had a GRAND time, and their behavior was SUPERB.  It was a great way to end the school year.  THANK YOU to Mrs. Coogan and Mr. Decking for organizing it. 🙂

A BIG THANK YOU to all our parents who drove on field trips throughout the year, and/or who helped with the many events and fundraisers at E.C.D.S.  Your participation, generosity, and time are very much appreciated. ❤

This last week of school will be a very busy week!  Our students will have “Final Tests” in all their classes from Monday through Wednesday.  They have received detailed guidelines from all their teachers, regarding these tests.  My Seventh Graders will have their final exam in English, on Tuesday morning, at 8:33a.m.-10:06a.m.

On Wednesday, the Seventh and Eighth Graders will have a music video showing in the library, at 11:30a.m.  This will be followed by their performance of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the amphitheater.  I hope that you will attend.

On Friday morning, there will be a pancake breakfast in Rooms 221 and 222.  Then, we will all go down to the field at 10:30a.m., to celebrate Fathers’ Day. ❤

I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a GRAND week ahead.

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~ Celia Thaxter

Fondly,

Miss Susan

Posted by: aoifelove | June 11, 2017

Graduation Week! Summer! Yahoo!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

Summer is fast approaching, as we move into our last week of school for this school year!  Graduation is finally here, and it is with a heavy heart that we must say “Goodbye,” to our Eighth Grade Graduates: Alex, Arman, Connor, John, Katya, Matthew, Ohm, and Smita. ❤  This school year has gone by so fast, it is hard to believe that our Eighth Graders will be graduating on Thursday, June 15.  They have been hard-working and talkative students, with an extremely funny, and sometimes bizarre, sense of humor.  It has been a very productive, humorous, and lively year with them. 🙂  Never a dull moment!   I know that they are ready for high school, as they have covered a lot of high school curriculum already, and they did it with ease.  I am very proud of them, and I hope you are, too.  THANK YOU for entrusting me and my colleagues with your teenagers’ education.  It has been a pleasure to know, educate, and love them. ❤

I have finished correcting and grading my Eighth Graders’ “Novellas.”  They did a GREAT JOB, and I am very proud of them.  It was lovely to work in conjunction with Mr. Joel, as he gave our students great insight into writing their novellas, from an author’s point of view. 🙂

THANK YOU to all our parents who drove on our field trip to the beach, on Thursday and Friday.  Our students had a GRAND time, and they behaved superbly.  It was a great way to end the school year. THANK YOU to Mrs. Coogan and Mr. Decking for organizing it. 🙂

A BIG THANK YOU to all our parents who drove on field trips throughout the year, or who helped with the many events and fundraisers at E.C.D.S.  Your participation, generosity, and time are very much appreciated.  ❤

This last week of school will be a very busy week!  Our students will have “Final Tests” in all their classes from Monday through Wednesday.  They have received detailed guidelines from all their teachers, regarding these tests.  My Eighth Graders will have their final exam in English, on Monday afternoon, at 12:27p.m.-1:57p.m.

On Wednesday, the Eighth Graders will have a music video showing in the library, at 11:30a.m.  This will be followed by their performance of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the amphitheater.  I hope that you will attend.

On Thursday, Graduation will take place in the amphitheater, at 4:00p.m.  Our graduates are required to be at E.C.D.S. at 3:30p.m., please.

On Friday morning, there will be a pancake breakfast in Rooms 221 and 222.  Then, we will all go down to the field at 10:30a.m., to celebrate Fathers’ Day. ❤

I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday and Thursday.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a GRAND week ahead.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart! ~ Confucius ❤

Fondly,

Miss Susan

Posted by: aoifelove | June 3, 2017

Beach Field Trip!

Dear Sixth Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to Susan Bachand and all the Middle School Mothers, who served a most DELICIOUS BREAKFAST to us, on Friday.  It was a real treat and a great way to start the day.  MANY, MANY THANKS! ❤

CONGRATULATIONS to all my Sixth Graders who participated in the games, at our Field Day, on Friday.  You almost won the “Champions’ Trophy,” because of your great skills. Well done, Sixth Graders!  It was lovely to see you all working as an amazing team and having a lot of fun, too.  I am so proud of you! 🙂

There is great excitement in the air, as we approach the end of the  year “Beach Field Trip.”  This field trip promises to be a fun and happy way to end this school year.  We are all looking forward to it! 🙂

The “Final Tests” will be given on Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, June 14.  Your child will be given a comprehensive guideline on Tuesday, June 6, to study for these tests.

This coming week in literature, I will continue to read aloud The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.  Last week, we started “The Knight’s Tale.”  They will also work in their grammar and editing workbooks, and practice cursive.  They will continue to watch Black Beauty  by Anna Sewell, which they are enjoying immensely, for Literature on DVD.

Reminders:

  • Please study the guidelines for the “Finals.”

Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul, but especially, the child’s soul.  ~ Maria Montessori

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | June 3, 2017

Beach Field Trip!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to Susan Bachand and all the Middle School Mothers, who served a most DELICIOUS BREAKFAST to us, on Friday.  It was a real treat and a great way to start the day.  MANY, MANY THANKS! ❤

CONGRATULATIONS to all my Seventh Graders who participated in the games at our Field Day, on Friday.  Well done, Seventh Graders!  It was great to see you all working as a super team and having a lot of fun, too.  I am so proud of you! 🙂

There is great excitement in the air, as we approach the end of the year “Beach Field Trip.”  This field trip promises to be a fun and happy way to end this school year.  We are all looking forward to it! 🙂

The “Final Tests” will be given on Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, June 14.  Your child/teenager will be given a comprehensive guideline on Tuesday, June 6, to study for these tests.

This coming week in literature, my Seventh Graders will continue to read Greek Gods and Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green. They will continue to watch Silas Mariner by George Eliot, for Literature on DVD.

This week in Drama Class, my Seventh Graders will have rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Please encourage your child to study his/her cues and lines.  We hope to have a dress rehearsal on Tuesday.  The performance is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14. I will keep you posted on the time, once it is confirmed.

Reminders:

  • Please study your cues and lines for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Please study the guidelines for the “Finals.”

Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul, but especially, the child’s soul.  ~ Maria Montessori

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | June 3, 2017

Beach Field Trip!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to Susan Bachand and to all the Middle School Mothers, who served a most DELICIOUS BREAKFAST to us, on Friday.  It was a real treat and a great way to start the day.  MANY, MANY THANKS! ❤

CONGRATULATIONS to all my Eighth Graders who participated and won the coveted ” Champions’ Trophy,” at our Field Day, on Friday.  Well done, Eighth Graders!  It was great to see you all working as a powerful team and having a lot of fun, too.  I am so proud of you! 🙂

There is great excitement in the air, as we approach the end of the year “Beach Field Trip.”  This field trip promises to be a fun and happy way to end this school year.  We are all looking forward to it! 🙂

The “Final Tests” will be given on Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, June 14.  Your teenager will be given a comprehensive guideline on Tuesday, June 6, to study for these tests.

This coming week in literature, my Eighth Graders will continue to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  They will focus on The Cornell Method of Note-Taking, and they will apply this method to the novels we have read in class, this past school year.  They will continue to watch The Odyssey, for Literature on DVD.

This week in Drama Class, my Eighth Graders will have rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Please encourage your child to study his/her cues and lines.  We hope to have our dress rehearsal on Tuesday.  The performance is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14. I will keep you posted on the time, once it is confirmed.

Reminders:

  • Please study your cues and lines for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Please study the guidelines for the “Finals.”

Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul, but especially, the child’s soul.  ~ Maria Montessori

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | May 27, 2017

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

The end of the school year is quickly approaching!  This week will be the last week for homework, apart from homework or tests that some students need to make up, due to absenteeism, illness, etc.  However, there will be “Final Tests” for three days, from Monday, June 12 to Wednesday, June 14.  Your child/teenager will be given a comprehensive guideline to study for the “Final Tests.”  So, no worries! 🙂

This coming week in literature, my Sixth Graders will analyze Tunes For Bears To Dance To, now that we have finished reading it.  I will read aloud the novel, Charley Skedaddle by Patrick Beatty, which is about a young boy who deserts the army during the American Civil War.  They will review Parts of Speech.  They will work in their grammar and editing workbooks.  They will continue to watch The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, for Literature on DVD.  They are enjoying this movie very much.

Reminder:

Field Day on Friday afternoon, June 2.  All parents and relatives are welcome to join us.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 16, on Wednesday, May 31.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 16 of Wordly Wise.
  • Please complete the CROSSWORD at the end of Lesson 16.
  • Rewrites of  your Children’s Books will be due on Thursday, June 1, at the latest.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | May 27, 2017

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

The end of the school year is quickly approaching!  This week will be the last week for homework, apart from homework or tests that some students need to make up, due to absenteeism, illness, etc.  However, there will be “Final Tests” for three days, from Monday, June 12 to Wednesday, June 14.  Your child/teenager will be given a comprehensive guideline to study for the “Final Tests.”  So, no worries! 🙂

This coming week in literature, my Seventh Graders will continue  reading Greek Gods and Heroes by Richard Lancelyn Green, which they are enjoying.  They will review Parts of Speech.  They will work in their grammar and editing workbooks.  They will finish watching Silas Marner by George Eliot, for Literature on DVD.

This week in Drama Class, my Seventh Graders will have rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, without scripts.  Please encourage your child to study his/her cues and lines.  The performance is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14.  The time may change, but I will keep you posted.

Reminder:

Field Day on Friday afternoon, June 2.  All parents and relatives are welcome to join us.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Please study your cues and lines for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 19, on Thursday, June 1.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 19 of Wordly Wise.
  • Rewrites of  your Children’s Chapter Books will be due on Thursday, June 1.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | May 27, 2017

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

The end of the school year is quickly approaching!  This week will be the last week for homework, apart from homework or tests that some students need to make up, due to absenteeism, illness, etc.  However, there will be “Final Tests” for three days, from Monday, June 12 to Wednesday, June 14.  Your child/teenager will be given a comprehensive guideline to study for the “Final Tests.”  So, no worries! 🙂

This coming week in literature, my Eighth Graders will continue  reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding, which they are enjoying.  They will review Parts of Speech again.  They will also learn The Cornell Method of Note-Taking, which they will need to know for High School.  They will continue to watch The Odyssey, for Literature on DVD.

This week in Drama Class, my Eighth Graders will have rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, without scripts.  Please encourage your child to study his/her cues and lines.  The performance is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14.  The time may change, but I will keep you posted.

Reminder:

Field Day on Friday, June 2.  All are welcome to join us.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Please study your cues and lines for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 18, on Friday, June 2.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 18 of Wordly Wise.
  • Rewrites of  your novellas will be due on Thursday.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan ❤

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