Posted by: aoifelove | October 29, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

A BIG THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS on the WONDERFUL SUCCESS of this year’s FALL FESTIVAL to Anne Morasco, Susan Bachand, and the PAC Team!!!  The creativity of the Haunted House was AMAZING!  The costumes, pumpkins, scarecrows, and booths were all SUPERB! What an INCREDIBLE JOB!  THANK YOU also to Mr. Lehmunn for volunteering for the DUNK TANK!  You’re a GREAT SPORT! 🙂

THANK YOU to my Eighth Graders, for all your help at the Fall Festival on Friday.  You were FABULOUS! 🙂

Last week in Literature, my Eighth Graders finished reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.  In addition to this, they worked on their outlines of Animal Farm, and they worked in their paragraph-editing workbooks.  They also finished watching Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and all were pleased with the happy ending. Later, towards the end of this  month, there will be a Review Quiz about Pride and Prejudice.

The next writing assignment will be a reaction paper to reading Animal Farm.  It is titled “What I Learned by Reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.” I will distribute the guidelines for this work on Tuesday, November 1.  My Eighth Graders will have to list ten things they learned about Josef Stalin; five things they learned about Leon Trotsky; they will write about their favorite and least-favorite characters; list important definitions pertaining to the politics of Animal Farm; and research and explain why Communism doesn’t work.  Therefore, there will be no Wordly Wise homework next week, as my students will need time to work on their reaction papers.  I will also give them class time for this assignment.

This week, my Eighth Graders will commence reading Night by Elie Wiesel, who won a Nobel Prize for Literature, when he published this book. Night is a very important book, that will leave a lasting impression on my Eighth Graders, about man’s strong instinct for survival.  For Literature on DVD, my students will watch Animal Farm, which will bring the book to life for them, and complete our study of it.

In my Drama class, readings and auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare will commence after the monthly Assembly, on Friday, November 4.

Reminders:

  1. The Halloween Parade will take place on Monday at 11:00a.m.
  2. Please take great care of my precious Eighth Graders, if they go Trick-Or-Treating, on Monday night, as there are a lot of strange people in the world who come out on Halloween night.
  3. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 17 and 18.

 The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Rewrites of Episode V of Pride and Prejudice are due on Friday.
  • The summary of Episode VI of Pride and Prejudice is due on Friday.
  • Start your Animal Farm reaction paper.

No one can be free, unless he or she is independent. ~ Maria Montessori

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

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

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