From the Desk of Miss Foyle
The Final Countdown...to Thanksgiving Break
Announcements & Reminders
*Join the ICSJ community this Sunday at Barnes and Noble (Webster Place) from 12-5pm. A percentage of your purchases will benefit our school. (If you cannot attend, consider visiting bn.com/bookfairs to support ICSJ online from 11/15/15 to 11/21/15 - enter Bookfair ID 11715828 at checkout.)
*Report cards were backpacked with your child on Thursday, November 12. Please sign and return the acknowledgment form by Monday, 11/16, to your child's homeroom teacher.
*Thank you to all 8th graders who helped out by serving in a role at last Sunday's Confirmation enrollment Mass - Great job! (And a big thank you to our newly trained altar servers!)
*See what the Specials classes are up to by visiting their blogs:
*Check out Miss Foyle's Religion Resources document for links to articles, websites, podcasts, apps and more to help you and your family grow in faith.
Meanwhile in the classroom...
Reading Workshop: We are moving right along in The Hobbit - Bilbo found a magical ring and outsmarted Gollum to get out of the cave. Additionally, there was a LOT of excitement surrounding the group's rescue by the eagles from the wolves! Students are continuing to work on vocabulary entries and comprehension question responses in their journals.
Writing Workshop: This week's writing focus was on informational paragraphs. The students began with an outline on their chosen Hobbit topic, and they used their outlines to then form an 8-sentence paragraph. Thursday provided an opportunity for students to type their paragraphs into Google Drive.
Grammar: Students took a GUM quiz on Tuesday, and they reviewed parts of speech on Wednesday in small groups. There will be additional practice on these concepts early next week before a retake opportunity.
Upcoming Assessment: quiz (11/17) & project (11/19) --> Unit 3 concepts
On Friday a representative from the Archdiocesan's CCHD office came to speak to the 8th graders about poverty, which was a great tie-in/wrap-up to our Catholic Social Teaching unit. She also invited them to compete in an art contest incorporating the theme of “Caring for God’s Creation.” (The art contest will take place after the Christmas break.)