Ms. Egan’s Newsletter 11/11

Greetings, Middle School Families
We’re just one short week away from Thanksgiving break! The trimester will end this coming Friday, November 16th.

5/6 Language Arts
We’re moving into the last few assignments for Language Arts! 5th graders have their Iqbal test on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and the 6th grade test is on Thursday, Nov. 15. In addition, students began their last writing assignment for the trimester: a newspaper front page. This is a creative expository writing project in which students get to create their own newspaper. The final published version of this is due on Friday. As soon as we return from break and the new trimester begins, we’ll jump into our next Character Based Literacy novel study unit for Robert Cormier’s I Am The Cheese. This week, we will have spelling and reading logs as normal, but no reading log over the break!

7/8 Language Arts
Students are just finishing up their last assignment for the trimester, their responsibility personal narrative. For 8th graders this was due on Friday, and for 7th graders it will be due on Wednesday. This coming week, students will be introduced to our next Character Based Literacy novel study To Kill a Mockingbird. In addition, students will be watching The Outsiders film to do an adaptation study comparing the novel to the film. Permission forms were emailed. We are requiring the form to be signed and returned in order to allow  permission for your student to watch the film. If I do not receive the form or if you do not authorize permission to watch it, your student will have an alternative activity in a different classroom.  This week, we will have spelling and reading logs as normal, but no reading log over the break!

Looking Ahead:
Wed. 11/14: Early dismissal
Fri. 11/16: Last day of the trimester
11/17 – 11/25: Thanksgiving Break!
Mon. 11/26: School resumes
Fri. 11/30: Report cards go home
Mon. 12/3 – Fri. 12/7: Scholastic Book Fair
Fri. 12/7: Early dismissal
Wed. 12/12: Our Lady of Guadelupe at 9am after Mass; early dismissal
Thurs. 12/20: Class parties at 10:30am
Fri. 12/21: Christmas pageant; early dismissal (you may check your student out to leave right after the pageant)
Sat. 12/22 – Mon. 1/7: Christmas break!!!
Tues. 1/8: School resumes