Posted by: aoifelove | January 4, 2015

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.  I hope that your children will return to school happy and rested.  On Monday, we will begin 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, 2015.

THANK YOU once again for all the great gifts that you showered upon me and my colleagues for Christmas.  We are indeed very lucky to have such thoughtful and generous parents.  In addition to this, THANK YOU for giving Christmas to our adopted family.  THANK YOU to Sandy Young for the delicious Shepherd’s Pie luncheon on December 18.  THANK YOU to Julian’s family for the pizza party on December 19.  A very special THANK YOU to my homeroom mom, Michelle Acosta, and her team of parents who organized the making of the gingerbread houses.

On Monday, the Eighth Graders will prepare for our field trip to The Getty Center, in Los Angeles.  They will be given an introduction to the history and appreciation of art and artists. Their study of the “History of Art” will continue with me, following our trip to The Getty Center.

This week in literature, the Eighth Graders will analyze Night by Elie Wiesel.  Then, we will watch an interview with Elie Wiesel and Oprah Winfrey, as he returns to Auschwitz concentration camp.  In addition to this, the Eighth Graders will continue to work on their Career Projects.  In class, they will focus on how to write a résumé, and finish their business letters, which they started before the Christmas vacation.  This coming week, they will research and write-up their “Career 1” for homework.

This week in history, the Eighth Graders will continue to read the Amendments to The Constitution.

This week in religion, the Eighth Graders will explore the Crusades, and how the Church struggled with corruption during the Middle Ages.  In addition to this, we will prepare for the Acre Tests.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Research and write “Career 1” for Friday, January 9.
  • Spelling/vocabulary of Lesson 11 in Wordly Wise for Friday, Jan. 16.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 11 of Wordly Wise for Friday, Jan. 16.

Reminders: 1. The Middle School students will have a field trip to The Getty Center, in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, January 6.  Please bring your permission slips and $5 fee on Monday, January 5,  if you haven’t done so already.  The $5 fee will cover the cost of parking ($15), at The Getty Center.  The Eighth Grade class is covered for drivers, however, the Sixth and Seventh Grade classes still need drivers for this field trip.  If you are available to drive on Tuesday, please contact your homeroom teacher on Monday.  Many, many thanks!   We will depart at 8:00a.m. and return to O.M.M.S. at 5:00p.m.  Each child will need to bring his/her lunch, water, and snacks.  Our “Mass” uniform is required for this field trip.

2.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the results of the ITBS Testing, please do not hesitate to contact me and my colleagues, Miss Lida and Ms. Jessica.

3.  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!

4.  The Progress Reports will be mailed from our school office on Friday, January 23.

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