Posted by: aoifelove | March 4, 2018

Jog-a-Thon, Friday!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

I cannot believe that we are already into March!  Time flies when we’re having fun! 🙂

CONGRATULATIONS to Elena Lombardi, on being chosen for Student of the Month!  Well done, Elena!  I am so proud of you! 🙂

CONGRATULATIONS to Levi Glazer, on celebrating your Bar Mitzvah, on Saturday, March 3.  The ceremony was lovely, and you did an amazing job, Levi.  Brilliant!  I am in awe of the preparation that you had to do for this very  special day.  I am so proud of you!  A wonderful time was had by all who attended.  THANK YOU! ❤

Last week in literature, my Seventh Graders began the S.I.F.T. Method of analyzing The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  They completed “Symbolism.” They have learned about the importance of one’s name, and how it can affect one’s life.  They truly enjoyed this farcical and very humorous play.  They also finished analyzing “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman.  In addition to this, they received the guidelines for writing a “Screenplay,” which is their next writing assignment.  They also worked in their grammar and punctuation workbooks.  My Seventh Graders scored A+’s and A’s on their weekly spelling/vocabulary tests, but their scores on the Wordly Wise homework dropped to the B range.  This is the result of rushing their work.  Please encourage your child to take more care with his/her homework, as it affects their overall grade in my class.  Many thanks! 🙂

This coming week in literature, my Seventh Graders will start reading their new book, Tales of Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green.  They will also continue with the S.I.F.T. method of analysis of literature, and will examine imagery, figurative language, and themes in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  They will also work on their “Screenplays.”  This week in class, we will focus on the “Rising Action,” and how to write practical, believable, and intelligent events that will lead to an intense “Climax” for the main characters and the audience.  In addition to this, they will return to Literary Terms.  There will be no Wordly Wise homework this week, as my Seventh Graders are ahead in their Wordly Wise workbook, and we need to focus on writing their screenplays, reading their new book, and starting rehearsals for their play.

Last week in Drama Class, we watched half of a video of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to inspire my students with their parts.  Then, they gave me three choices of characters they would like to play.  This week, I will cast the play.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Work on writing your Screenplay.
  • Study for the next Literary Terms Test, on Thursday, March 15.

Reminders:

  • ECDS JOG-A-THON will take place on Friday, March 9.  This is a very worthwhile fundraiser.  For every $1,000 raised, a child will receive a lifesaving heart surgery.  All donations will be GREATLY APPRECIATED!  E.C.D.S. needs parent volunteers for this special event.  If you will be available, please sign up.  Many thanks!
  • Parent/Teacher conferences will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16 respectively, from 2:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.  I look forward to seeing you.

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.

~ Elbert Hubbard

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

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

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