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 ❤
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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 ❤

Posted by: aoifelove | December 2, 2017

Christmas Is Coming!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

Christmas is coming!  I cannot believe how fast our school year is flying.  Your Sixth Graders have accomplished much this semester, but still have much to study and learn before the end of our school year.  They are doing a great job, and I am very proud of them. Keep up the great work, Sixth Graders! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Sixth Graders continued their reading of Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.  They read about Bellerophon, Theseus, Sisyphus, and started to read the Twelve Labors of Heracles.  They also continued to learn the format of a Stage Play, and worked in their grammar and punctuation workbooks.  In addition to this, they continued to watch Jason and the Argonauts, on DVD.

On Monday, my Sixth Graders will rehearse for their performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  This week in literature, my Sixth Graders will continue to read  Greek Gods and Heroes, which they are enjoying.  They will also read and watch a video of William Wordsworth’s poem “The Daffodils.” They will continue to learn the format of a Stage Play.

I have moved the date for Wordly Wise homework from Friday, December 8, to Monday, December 11.  I feel that the excitement of the play on Tuesday and Wednesday will interfere with my Sixth Graders’ concentration for the Wordly Wise test, and I want to avoid stress.  This change will give us more time for in-class work.

Last week in Drama, my Sixth Graders rehearsed for their performance of A Christmas Carol.  They were great, although, some students still need to learn their lines!  This week, they will have their last rehearsals on Monday. Please remind your child to study his/her cues and lines for the play.  Many thanks!   They are very excited and are looking forward to it.  See “Reminders” for more details.

Reminders:

  • The Encinitas Holiday Parade will take place today.  All are welcome to attend!  A big THANK YOU to Susan Bachand and Mr. Perdoni for designing and decorating the E.C.D.S. float, titled “The Wizard of Oz!”  THANK YOU also to Regan Kerwin for choreographing and rehearsing the dance with our students. 🙂 
  • We will also have a float for Polestar.  We are hoping that our E.C.D.S. students who are not participating in the “Wizard of Oz” float, will walk with our Polestar float, titled “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” 🙂
  • My two Sixth Grade classes will perform two separate plays of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. One will be performed on Tuesday, December 5, at 2:00p.m., and the other will be performed on Wednesday, December 6, at 2:00p.m., in the Amphitheater.  If you are not certain of which day you should attend, “Scrooge Gavin” will perform on Tuesday, and “Scrooge Jack B.” will perform on Wednesday.  Once again, please remind your child to study his/her cues and lines, otherwise, he/she will be nervous, and won’t enjoy the experience. I look forward to seeing you. 🙂

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Please study your cues and lines for A Christmas Carol.
  • Study your spelling/vocabulary words in Lesson 6 of Wordly Wise, for Monday, December 11.
  • Complete the exercises in Lesson 6 of Wordly Wise, for Monday, December 11.
  • Some students need to turn in the rewrites of their Narrative Poems and/or the colored illustrations.

Always in our presentation, we must give something which does not exceed the child’s power, and yet, at the same time, calls forth effort.

~ Maria Montessori

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | December 2, 2017

Christmas Is Coming!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

Christmas is coming!  I cannot believe how fast our school year is flying.  Your Seventh Graders have accomplished much this semester, but still have much to study and learn before the end of our school year.  They are doing a great job, and I am very proud of them. Keep up the good work, Seventh Graders! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Seventh Graders continued their reading of Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.   I continued to read aloud Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  In addition to this, my students worked in their grammar workbooks and their punctuation workbooks.  They also started the viewing of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Judging by their laughter, they were tickled by the three children in this movie.

This week in literature, my Seventh Graders will continue to read  Inside the Walls of Troy, which they are enjoying.  I will finish reading Hamlet.  In addition to this, my students will watch a video of the poem The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  Having read the poem, this video will bring the poem to life for them.

My Seventh Graders will work on their Magazine Project, and they will start to learn the format of how to write a screenplay, which will be due the end of January.

Reminder:

The Encinitas Holiday Parade will take place today.  All are welcome to attend!  A big THANK YOU to Susan Bachand and Mr. Perdoni for designing and decorating the E.C.D.S. float! THANK YOU also to Regan Kerwin for rehearsing and choreographing the dance with our students! 🙂

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Spelling Test of Lesson 9 in Wordly Wise, on Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 9 of Wordly Wise for Thursday.
  • The research paper about The Trojan War, is due on Friday, December 10.  I have given you an extra day to complete this work.

Always in our presentation, we must give something which does not exceed the child’s power, and yet, at the same time, calls forth effort.

~ Maria Montessori

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | December 2, 2017

Christmas Is Coming!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

Christmas is coming!  I cannot believe how fast our school year is flying.  Your teenagers have accomplished much this semester, but still have much to study and learn before the end of our school year.  They are doing a great job, and I am very proud of them. Keep up the good work, Eighth Graders! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Eighth Graders continued their reading of Night by Elie Wiesel.  I continued to read aloud an introduction to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  In addition to this, they returned to their study of Literary Terms and finished their poetry, based on Animal Farm by George Orwell.  They also finished watching the DVD of Animal Farm, which truly brought the book to life for them.  They have a research paper about what they learned from by reading the book, which is due next Friday, December 10.

This past week, I discussed the guidelines for the next writing assignment, “Career Project,” which involves in-depth research.  I explained this project in my blog on November 11, titled “Happy Veterans’ Day!”

This week in literature, my Eighth Graders will continue to read Night by Elie Wiesel. They will finish reading it by the Christmas break. Then, they will watch a documentary about Elie Wiesel, as he returns to Auschwitz concentration camp, in his old age.  My Eighth Graders will work on their “Career Projects,”  both in class and at home.  Career 1 will be due on Friday, January 5.  There will be a Literary Terms Test on Friday, December 10, therefore, Wordly Wise is not due this week.

Reminder:

The Encinitas Holiday Parade will take place today, at 5:45p.m.  Your child has received written details and a map of the event.  All are welcome to attend!  A big THANK YOU to Susan Bachand and Mr. Perdoni for designing and decorating the E.C.D.S. float! THANK YOU also to Regan Kerwin for rehearsing and choreographing the dance with our students! 🙂

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Please study for the Literary Terms Test, on Friday, December 10.
  • Research paper for Animal Farm is due on Friday, December 10.

Always in our presentation, we must give something which does not exceed the child’s power, and yet, at the same time, calls forth effort. 

~ Maria Montessori

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

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | November 27, 2017

A Christmas Carol Performance!

Dear Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Parents,

I trust that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.  Times flies when you’re having fun, and Christmas is looming on the horizon.  Our two Sixth Grade classes will each perform A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for you and for the our students from Grade 1 to Grade 8.

The performances will take place next Tuesday, December 5, and next Wednesday, December 6.  The plays will be held in the amphitheater at 2:00p.m.  They will run for approximately one hour.  There are two Scrooges, one for each class: Gavin McLoughlin’s Scrooge will perform on Tuesday, December 5, and Jack Burnett’s Scrooge will perform on Wednesday, December 6.  If you are unsure about which day you should attend, just ask your child which Scrooge is heading his/her play.  Costumes will be provided, so, no worries.  Please remind your child to study his/her cues and lines.

I hope you will attend and support your child in these performances.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you. 🙂

I look forward to seeing you then.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan ❤

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 ❤

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 ❤

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