Posted by: aoifelove | March 10, 2017

Jog-A-Thon/St. Patrick’s Day!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

I have been asked by my students to shorten my blog, so, in an attempt to accommodate their wishes, I will not repeat any information from a previous blog.

This past week in literature, my Seventh Graders finished reading The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, and they loved the ending.  This coming week in literature, they will watch the BBC version of it on DVD, which will bring it to life for them. It is extremely well done and it is hilarious.  In addition to this, they will work on their “Children’s Chapter Book.”  This week in class, we will focus on writing the “Rising Action” and  the “Climax,” of their novellas.  They will also revisit “Proverbs,” “Literary Terms,” and commence the study of Greek and Latin Roots in the English language.

The results of the Literary Terms Test were lower than usual this past week, only 73% scored in the A+/A/B+/B ranking.  Time management is essential in preparation for tests.  My students have admitted to spending many hours on Social Media or watching television, instead of studying for their tests.

There is no meeting with Joel today, due to our Teachers’ Professional Growth Day.  Tomorrow, Saturday, I will be attending a Teachers’ Writing Workshop, at U.C.S.D.  The subject for exploration and discussion is “Why Students Write.”  I am looking forward to it.

My Seventh Graders are beginning to shine as they play their parts in Shakespeare’s,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 🙂  Although we still have a lot of work to do, I am truly happy with their acting and attention during rehearsals.  Well done, Seventh Graders!  This week in Drama Class, we will rehearse Scenes 9, 10, and maybe, Scene 11, if time permits.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 13 in Wordly Wise, for Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 13 of Wordly Wise.
  • The rewrites of your “Screenplays” are due on Friday, March 17.
  • Work on the “Climax” of your “Children’s Chapter Book.”

Reminders:

  • On Sunday, March 12, set your clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings.
  • ECDS JOG-A-THON will take place on Friday, March 17.  This is a very worthwhile fundraiser.  For every $1,000 raised, a child will receive a lifesaving heart surgery in either Haiti or Kosovo.  All donations will be GREATLY APPRECIATED!  Sponsor sheets need to be completed and turned in by Wednesday, March 15.
  • CHANGE IN RUNNING TIME: The Seventh Graders will run/jog between 1:30p.m. and 2:00p.m.  ECDS needs parent volunteers for this special event.  If you will be available, please sign-up.  Many, many thanks! 🙂
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24.  I look forward to meeting with you.

May GREEN be the grass you walk on, may BLUE be the skies above you, may PURE be the joys that surround you, and may TRUE be the hearts that love you.  ~ An Old Irish Blessing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

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