Posted by: aoifelove | December 15, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

‘Tis the season to be jolly!  Fa! La! La! La! La!…La! La! La! La!

Bravo! Bravo! to my Sixth Graders who gave a STELLAR PERFORMANCE last Monday, in their interpretation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Everyone was SUPERB!  It was a joyous evening and a good time was had by all.  THANK YOU to Katie and Annie Nugent, who sang the Christmas carols like angels.  THANK YOU to Jorge Osorio for videotaping the play.  THANK YOU to Carmela Escobar who sold her beautiful scarves and raised $95, to be divided between the Sixth Grade Camp fundraiser and the Graduation expenses.  THANK YOU to my Eighth Grade students and parents who came to the play to support the Sixth Graders.  I truly appreciate your support.  All other THANK YOUS are on the Sixth Grade page.

There is much excitement in the air with the approaching Christmas vacation and holidays.  Therefore, this week will be a little different from our usual class routine. There will be no Wordly Wise homework, as I would like more class time to explain and discuss the next writing assignment, the Career Project.  This past week, the Eighth Graders received their extensive guidelines for this project.  In addition to this, I would like my students to finish reading Night by Elie Wiesel.

I am happy to report that the majority of my Eighth Graders scored A+’s on Part 1 of their History Test on Friday. Well done, Eighth Graders!  This week in history, they will prepare for Part 2 of the History Test, which will be given on Thursday, December 19. In addition to this, they will read about the Judicial System, as written in The Constitution.  In January, they will read the twenty-seven amendments to The Constitution.

This week in our religious studies, the Eighth Graders will read about how monasteries were established in the Christian world, and how the Church brought its good news to pagan tribes.  They will also read about how Charlemagne strengthened the Church.


  • Please donate candy for the Gingerbread Houses.  Mrs. Rudick needs it on Monday, in order to sort it.  A heartfelt THANK YOU to Mary Rudick and to all the parents who helped her to put the Gingerbread Houses together this year, and for the past eleven years.  You will be greatly missed next year, Mary.
  • Please send the food item and gift for our adopted family by Friday, December 20.  MANY THANKS for your generosity, as you will give much happiness to our adopted family this Christmas.
  • Each student is asked to bring one item for the party on Friday.
  • Each student is asked to bring a gift for their gift exchange on Friday ($10 – $15 in value).
  • There will be no homework for the Christmas break.

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!

~ Charles Dickens

I wish all my Eighth Grade families A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!  You deserve a wonderful holiday. Relax!  Enjoy!  Have lots of fun with your children!  Please keep my students safe this Christmas, as they are VERY PRECIOUS to me!  My love to all of you this Christmas.


Miss Susan