Posted by: aoifelove | February 12, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

A BELATED THANK YOU to Helen and Valerie Lesnick, who gave a very interesting, informative, and fun class, on Friday, February 3, about the screenwriting, directing, and producing of their movie, A Family Affair.  Our Seventh Graders acted out one of the scenes from the movie.  Then, they watched the same scene in the movie, and Helen and Valerie explained the process.  Our students heard about the script, the setting, the characters, the casting, the costumes, and the technique and cost of movie-making.  A great time was had by all.  THANK YOU! 🙂

CONGRATULATIONS to Anna, Avella, Ella, Jonah, Leela, Rachel, and Tanisha on securing parts for our upcoming musical The Wizard of Oz.  Well done!  I look forward to working with you. 🙂

Last week in literature, my Seventh Graders continued to read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  In addition to this, they worked on the outlines for their “Chapter Books.” Last week’s focus for their children’s books was the setting and characterization.  We returned to “Literature on DVD” with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

I am happy to report that the weekly spelling/vocabulary scores are in the A+/A range.  Thank you, Seventh Graders!  However, more time needs to be given to the Wordly Wise homework, as many of my students are making careless mistakes, or are rushing their homework.

On Friday afternoon, we met with Joel York (author) on Skype, with respect to the next writing assignment. He addressed the following: the writer/reader contract:suspension of disbelief; sensory writing, dialogue, descriptive writing, similes, the three “What if’s,”and the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of writing a story.  It was a great session!  Next week, he will discuss point of view, tone, and mood in writing.

This coming week in literature, my Seventh Graders will resume the reading of The Importance of Being Earnest.  In addition to this, they will continue to put their thoughts on paper for their “Children’s Books.”  This week in class, we will focus on the following conventions of writing: point of view, tone, and mood, in preparation for our session with author, Joel York, on Friday.

This week in Drama Class, I will block Scene 11 and Scene 12 of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, on Friday, February 17.
  • Work on the plot for your children’s books.  Please remember that the setting, interesting and different characters, great descriptions, and conflict are essential ingredients, in order to grab the attention of your readers.


  • Valentine’s Day celebrations, on February 14, will be held from 2:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.
  • Field Trip to Oceanview Mine, in Pala, on Thursday, February 16.  THANK YOU to our drivers.  Our students will need a sack lunch.
  • Presidents’ Day, on Monday, February 20, therefore, no school.

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. ~ Thomas Carlyle

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!  THANK YOU to all our PAC members for all the time and work that you have put into this special day.  You are FABULOUS!

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


Miss Susan 🙂