Posted by: aoifelove | December 6, 2014

Christmas Is Coming!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

This week in literature, the Eighth Graders will continue to read Night by Elie Wiesel. They will finish it by the Christmas break.  Then, they will watch a documentary of Elie Wiesel, as he returns to Auschwitz, in his old age.  This past week, during our Literature on DVD, we started to watch The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, as we ran out of time to watch it last year.

The next writing assignment will be the “Career Project.”  Your child will have to choose three careers that he/she might like in the future.  He/she will have to research each career to find out what it entails and write about it.  The research will also include the best colleges for his/her chosen careers, the requirements for entry regarding one’s GPA, the tuition per year, etc. etc.  In addition to this, your child will learn how to write a resume, a business letter when applying for a position, and how to fill in a job application. He/she will learn how to write up questionnaires, which he/she will then use in carrying out three interviews with people working in the three chosen careers. This project will take six weeks to complete, but it is highly valuable for my Eighth Graders.  Many of my former Eighth Grade students have gone on to achieve one of the career choices that he/she made back in Eighth Grade, while completing this Career Project.

There will be a History Test of the important definitions in The Constitution, on Thursday.  Please remind your teenager to study for this test.  Thank you!  This week in history, the Eighth Graders will read the Twenty-Seven Amendments to The Constitution.  Then, they will write the Amendments in their own words, during class time.  After that assignment, they will join in pairs to write The Constitution in their own words.  This should guarantee that they will truly know and remember the information in this very important and well-written document.

This week in our religious studies, the Eighth Graders will read about how the Church converted pagan tribes and how Charlemagne strengthened the Church.  In addition to this, we will begin our preparation for the Acre Test which is scheduled for February 3 through February 5, 2015.

Reminders: Christmas is fast approaching and I must ask, once again, for help in providing food and Christmas gifts for our adopted family.  This past week, your child signed up for food and a gift for our designated family members.  I have asked my Eighth Graders to buy the gift from their own savings, if they truly want to give.  THANK YOU again for your gracious support!

On December 19, the last day of school before our Christmas break, we will have a Christmas party to celebrate.  Each student is asked to bring one item for the party. The Eighth Graders also want to have a Secret Santa gift exchange (a gift for $10 -$15). They were also asked to purchase the gift with their own savings.

There will be Mass in the chapel on Monday, December 8, in celebration of the Immaculate Conception.  Please remind your child to wear his/her Mass uniform. Thank you.

The Sixth Graders will give a performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, on Monday, December 15, in St. Francis Hall, at 6:30p.m.  All are welcome to attend and support our wonderful Sixth Graders.

FYI: We are still waiting for a few parents to sign-up for Edmodo.  As soon as everyone is on board and signed-up, we will start using Edmodo.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study your notes for Part 1 of the History Test on The Constitution, which will take place on Thursday, December 11.

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!


Miss Susan