Posted by: aoifelove | December 6, 2015

A Christmas Carol!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

The time for the performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is finally here, Monday evening.  I am so excited for my Sixth Graders.  There will be a dress rehearsal on Monday morning (tomorrow).  Last week, our rehearsals went very well, so, I know that my Sixth Graders will give an OUTSTANDING performance on Monday evening.  I am so proud of them!  They are PRECIOUS! THANK YOU to Ms. Cyndi for making our programs.  THANK YOU to my Eighth Graders who helped me to clear backstage and move some very heavy items out of the way.  Today, I set up the scenery and the props, and cleaned the stage again, so, we are ready for the dress rehearsal tomorrow.  I hope the following information is helpful to you:

  • The play will begin at 6:30p.m., in the St. Francis Hall.
  • Please bring your child to the hall at 6:15p.m.
  • Your child should arrive in full makeup and in his/her basic costume.
  • All costume jackets and accessories will be on the stage and ready for your child, 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.  My girls may curl their hair, if they wish.
  • No students or siblings are allowed on the stage until I arrive, and I am on the stage.
  • No child may touch a microphone(s), or try to play with it (them) before the performance.
  • Hot chocolate will be served to the actors and actresses AFTER the play, as I do not want them to spill anything on their costumes.
  • Please do not allow your child to run around the hall before the play begins, as his/her makeup will melt and run.


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Last week, my Sixth Graders rehearsed our play every day, as some students didn’t know their cues and lines.  This week in literature, my Sixth Graders will continue to read about “Melampus and Phylacus,” “Europa and Cadmus,” “Daedalus,” and “Bellerophon,” from their book Greek Gods and Heroes.  In addition to this, on Tuesday, they will return to their daily routines in their various language arts workbooks.

Five students still need to turn in their “Plot Analysis/Outline of Skellig.”   I will expect it no later than Friday, December 11.  Today, I posted the grades for this assignment on Sycamore.  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/use their scripts from A Christmas Carol as one of their guidelines for the format.  They will have a month to complete this project.

This week in history, my Sixth Graders 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 7.
  • The “Plot Analysis/Outline of Skellig” is past due and will be due no later than, Friday, December 11.
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 9 in Wordly Wise will be given on Thursday, December 10.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 9 of Wordly Wise for Thursday, December 10.

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


Miss Susan♥♥♥