From the Desk of Miss Foyle

Week of May 9, 2016

Top 5 to Know...

1. Family Mass is THIS SUNDAY, 5/15, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's church. All are encouraged to attend and celebrate the end of the Easter season - it will be Pentecost Sunday! (You can read more about the feast of Pentecost by clicking HERE.)

2. Are you looking for ways to incorporate prayer and spirituality into your life and the life of your family this summer? Check out THESE RESOURCES.

3. Jerseys for Wishes raised nearly $1,000 through the support and generosity of the students, faculty, and parents at both campuses. The SO WHAT club is so grateful for your help in making this fundraiser a success!

4. REMINDER: 8th grade service hours (for Religion class and graduation) are due by May 25th, but the students should turn in their CST reflection forms as they complete their projects. Please ask your son/daughter if they have turned in their forms - it will help for them to hear it from you too. Thanks!

5. Please continue to check and sign your child's red folder, which will include the following assessments from me:

6 LA: make-up assessments (individual basis)

6 Religion: make-up assessments (individual basis)

8 Religion: tolerance memorial project & rubric


Immaculate Conception St. Joseph School invites you to attend a special film screening of Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age on Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 6PM in the Hill Street Gymnasium.

This event is recommended for all parents and students in grades 4-8.

In SCREENAGERS, Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts a child or adolescent's development and offers solutions on how adults can empower children and young adults to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Purchase tickets here:

For more information view the Screenagers Trailer or contact Jennifer Hanzel at

Attention: Although the film is rated appropriate for any children in grades 4 or older, please be aware that there are three topics/excerpts that touch on inappropriate texting (the story of a girl who texted a picture of herself in her bra and sent it to a boy who sent it to another girl who sent it to everyone in her social media circle), extreme violence in video games, and adolescent language in some of the text examples. The administrative team viewed the movie this week and can answer any questions that you may have regarding the topic. Many local elementary schools and high schools have hosted the screening of this movie in recent weeks. It is definitely worth your time to see it as a parent and discuss it with your child.

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In the Classroom...

6 LA

Book clubs (Shooting Kabul & Witch of Blackbird Pond) are in full swing, with all groups having met two times this week. Focus in the early chapters has centered on introduction and development of characters, the impact of setting on the plot, and use of the visualization strategy. You can find the reading schedule (with due dates and assignment requirements) HERE. The pace for the first assignments has been fast, but we are slowing down just a bit for the coming assignments. Please check in with your child to make sure he/she is on pace and to engage him/her about the reading.

Most students are finished with (or close to finishing) their drafts for their creative writing independent projects ("WIP") - their creativity continues to blow me away. We will be in the computer lab typing away next week.

6 Religion

This week we entered into a unit on Mary and the Rosary, as May is the month of Mary (and mothers). Students used the Bible to learn about the different Mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Glorious) of the Rosary, and on Thursday they each made their own decade Rosaries. Through learning stations on Friday, the students learned some of the prayers of the Rosary, wrote their own prayers to Mary, and reviewed the Mysteries through art and writing activities. Hopefully in the coming weeks we'll have the opportunity to pray the Rosary together a few times as a class.

If you are interested in praying the Rosary with your own family, this site ("Come Pray the Rosary") is an amazing resource - it gives options for language, individual vs worldwide prayer, and Mysteries for the day. It guides you through the prayers and even shows you progress on the beads for each decade. Additionally, it shows pictures of places related to each Mystery from the Holy Land.

8 Religion

The 8th graders just finished their unit on tolerance and ecumenism among different religions in the world by designing a memorial to honor a group of people (or a specific person) who suffered at the hands of intolerance, prejudice, and hatred. The students entered into the project with sincere hearts and thoughtfulness. You can check out some of their responses by clicking HERE for a sample. (You can read more about the Paper Clips project - which is the documentary we watched last week and finished on Monday - by clicking HERE.)

The video below is from the Apostleship of Prayer, which highlights the Pope's intentions for each month. January's intentions were for interreligious dialogue (which fits in with our unit of study) - please watch the short video below and join in praying for these intentions. Thank you.

For the second half of the week, the 8th graders entered into their final unit, which is designed with the idea of using these last few weeks as a chance to both look back (in review) and to look ahead, especially in terms of their faith. They affirmed each other through a bead activity on Thursday, and on Friday they did an activity that focused on Christians' universal call to holiness.

The Pope Video – Inter-religious Dialogue - January 2016

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