Posted by: aoifelove | December 7, 2013

A Christmas Carol!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

The time for the performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is almost here.  There will be a dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon, so please make sure that your child brings his/her costume to school, as some students took home their costumes on Friday.  Last week, our rehearsals went very well, so I know that my Sixth Graders will give an OUTSTANDING performance on Monday night.  I am so proud of them!  They are very excited!  THANK YOU to Mr. Osorio who has kindly agreed to videotape the play. THANK YOU to Ms. Cyndi and Ms. Janie for making the programs.  THANK YOU to my Eighth Graders who helped me to clear backstage and move some very heavy items out of the way.  I will set up the scenery on Sunday evening, so we will be ready for the dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon.  I hope the following information is helpful to you:

  • The play will begin at 6:30p.m., in the St. Francis Hall (formally The McKeon Center).
  • Please bring your child to the hall between 6:00p.m. and 6:15p.m.
  • Your child should arrive in full makeup and in his/her basic costume.
  • All costume accessories will be on the stage and ready for them upon arrival.
  • Please bring a change of clothes, as the costumes must be returned to me after the performance.
  • Makeup for girls: Dark foundation, eye shadow, mascara, and red lipstick.
  • Makeup for boys: Dark foundation and deep pink lipstick.  Makeup is not mandatory for the boys.
  • Girls with long hair: Hair should be pulled up at the sides and long in the back. No hair is to hang in front of the face or to cover the eyes, please.
  • Hot chocolate will be served to the actors and actresses after the play.
  • Please do not allow your child to run around the hall before the play begins, as his/her makeup will melt and run.

Last week in literature, the Sixth Graders read about “Orion,” “Asclepius,” and “King Midas’s Ears.”  This week, in Greek Gods and Heroes, they will read about “Melampus and Phylacus,” “Europa and Cadmus,” “Daedalus,” “Bellerophon,” and “Theseus.”  In addition to this, they will return to their daily routines in their various language arts workbooks.

The “Plot Analysis/Outline of Skellig” is due on Wednesday, December 11.  The next writing assignment will be, “Write a Stage Play.” First, the Sixth Graders will learn how to write a play in class.  Then, they will have their scripts from A Christmas Carol as one of their guidelines for the format.

Last week in history, the Sixth Graders only had time to read Section 3 of Chapter 4. This week, they will read about life and death in ancient Egypt, and Egyptian art, architecture, and learning.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study your cues and lines for A Christmas Carol on Monday, December 9.
  • The “Plot Analysis/Outline of Skellig” is due on Wednesday, December 11.
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 11 in Wordly Wise will be given on Thursday, December 12.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 11 of Wordly Wise for Thursday.

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

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday evening.  Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.


Miss Susan