Posted by: aoifelove | April 30, 2017

Happy May Day!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

A HEARTFELT THANK YOU to all our ECDS Parents, Students, the PAC Team, Ms. Anne Morasco, and the Administration for making Teachers’ Appreciation Week so special for us.  The Farmer’s Market was fantastic!  The classroom-door decorations were delightful!  The Mardi Gras teachers’ luncheon was magnificent!  The decor of the library, the delicious Cajun food, our students’ sweet notes, the generous gift cards, and the lovely gift baskets were all phenomenal!  The time, energy, love, generosity, and organization that went into making Teachers’ Appreciation Week so unique and incredible, are truly treasured memories that will not be forgotten.  THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH! 🙂

This coming week in literature, my Eighth Graders will read about  Odysseus’ first encounter with his wife, Penelope, upon his return to Ithaca.  They will continue to practice the analysis of literature and how to apply C. (Claim), R. (Reference), and C. (Commentary), with respect to The Odyssey.  They will apply the S.I.F.T. Method of analysis to The Odyssey: S. (Symbolism), I. (Imagery), F. (Figurative Language), and T. (Themes and Tone).  They will engage in peer reading and positive critiquing of each other’s Novellas.  They will also work on their punctuation/editing workbooks, and review the parts of speech.  They will also commence watching The Odyssey, for Literature on DVD.

This week in Drama Class, my Eighth Graders will continue with rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, without using their scripts.  The performance is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, at 2:00p.m.


  • The Monthly Assembly will take place on Friday, May 5.
  • Order your tickets for The Wizard of Oz.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Please study your cues and lines for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Study the spelling/vocabulary of Lesson 15 in Wordly Wise, for Friday, May 5.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 15 of Wordly Wise, for Friday, May 5.
  • Work on the rewrites of your novellas.

The first duty of educators is to stir up interest in their students, and leave it free to develop. ~ Maria Montessori

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead.  Happy May Day!


Miss Susan 🙂