Posted by: aoifelove | January 11, 2014

Happy New Year!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

Happy New Year!  I hope that this new year will bring you all much love, happiness, smiles, laughter, success, good health, and surprises on a daily basis.  I trust that you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families.  Your children returned to school happy and rested.  They definitely enjoyed their Christmas break, as per “Share Time,” last Monday.  We have just begun a new year in the education of your children. We have a lot of new and exciting work to study, learn, research, ponder, explore, and discuss before June, 2014.

THANK YOU once again for all the great gifts that you showered upon me and my co-workers for Christmas.  We are indeed blessed to have such thoughtful and generous parents.  THANK YOU for giving Christmas to our adopted family.  THANK YOU for the delicious donations for our Eighth Grade Christmas party.  They had a great time.  A very special THANK YOU to my homeroom Mom, Cheri Bell, and to Mary Rudick and her team of parents who helped with the gingerbread houses.

This past week in literature, the Eighth Graders continued their reading of Night by Elie Wiesel.  This week, we will finish reading the book.  Then, we will watch an interview with Elie Wiesel and Oprah Winfry, as he returns to Auschwitz concentration camp.  In addition to this, the Eighth Graders will continue to work on their Career Projects.  This past week, they focused on how to write resumes and business letters.  They accomplished a lot of work with the help of their laptops.  This coming week, they will research and write-up their “Career 1.”  For “Literature on DVD,” we will finish watching the play, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

This past week in history, the Eighth Graders read the first seven amendments to The Constitution.  In addition to this, we watched a very detailed documentary of Paris (the City of Light) and its beautiful architecture, which served as a background to its tempestuous history.  On Friday afternoon, we watched the documentary I AM, which encompasses history, religion, and science. It is a very interesting piece of work which focused on the human condition and the interconnectedness of all living things on the planet, Earth.  It was full of great lessons and important messages.  This week, we will read the next thirteen amendments, which will take us up to the Twentieth Amendment.

This past week in religion, the Eighth Graders explored Medieval Church architecture, the Crusades, and how the Church struggled with corruption during the Middle Ages. This coming week, they will read about heresy and the Inquisition, friars in the High Middle Ages, and how the Church was shaken by the Black Death.  In addition to this, we will prepare for the Acre Tests.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Three business letters are due on Monday, January 13.
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 14 in Wordly Wise for Friday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 14 of Wordly Wise for Friday.
  • Research and write Career 1 for Friday.
  • Rewrites of the Animal Farm papers are due on Friday.
  • Write ten messages or lessons that you learned (complete sentences), from watching the documentary I Am.

Reminders: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the results of the ITBS Testing, please do not hesitate to contact me and my co-workers, Ms. Lida and Ms. Lisa.

On Wednesday, I will send home large envelopes of all the work to date, from the Eighth Graders’ files.  Please sign the envelope, to assure me that you have received the work, and return the empty envelope on Thursday.  MANY THANKS!

The Progress Reports will be mailed from our school office on Friday, January 24.

Our Middle-School Dance will be held in St. Francis Hall (formerly the McKeon Center), on Friday, January 24, at 6:30p.m.  I will need chaperons to assist with the safety of our children.  If you are available to help for three hours, please contact me.  MANY THANKS!

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


Miss Susan