Miss Foyle's Classroom Updates

Room 322 - December 12, 2014

Important Announcements & Opportunities

Barnes & Noble Book Fair = Sunday, December 14th from 10-6 p.m.

1441 W. Webster Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

Get your Christmas shopping done early while benefiting our school!

8th Grade Service Opportunity:
Help decorate the sacristy at St. Joseph's Church on December 16th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. At least one (Virtus-trained) parent volunteer is needed too. Please contact Mrs. Mary Beth May (marybethm@icsnorthpark.com) if you plan to go.

Additional 8th Grade Service Opportunities:

Lakeview Nursing Home (Address: 735 W Diversey Parkway)

*Special Event: Christmas Party on Sunday, December 21st from 2:30-4pm

Other opportunities: BINGO events, crafts events

Days/Times: Any day of the week/ 9am-4pm

--> If you are interested in participating in any of these events, please contact Ms. Marisol Perez (mperez@lakeviewnursing.com) to confirm an event/time.

You may go as an individual or a group. Please let her know you are one of the 8th graders from Immaculate Conception St. Joseph School.

Remember to celebrate the 3rd week of Advent with your family at Church this Sunday (Gaudete Sunday = JOY). This week's word is "PRAY."

Stay in the Loop...

6th Grade Reading & LA

Reading Workshop: Students in Beowulf & Sir Gawain and the Green Knight finished their respective books this week (and will flip flop books starting next week), and students reading Hobbit are about halfway through. All students took an assessment on Friday as a check-in to see how they're comprehending their books and how they're able to incorporate examples from the text in their responses.

Writing Workshop: Students reviewed and applied the components of narrative writing to craft paragraphs from different characters' points-of-view in their book club novels. These paragraphs can be viewed on our class blog: http://icsjheroes.blogspot.com/

Later in the week, students discussed, revised, and started posting informative paragraphs about their book club books on the blog too! (These paragraphs are due on Monday.) Next week, students will review argumentative writing and, you guessed it, post a persuasive paragraph about their novels. Enjoy!

Grammar: It's sometimes hard to tell the difference between it's and its, but students were up to the challenge [Its = possessive; it's = contraction (for it is OR it has)]. On Wednesday, students substituted words for said as well as corrected dialogue tags such as "he was like..." or "she went..."

Word Study: This week's prefixes were de-, em/en-, dis-, and ex-. Students completed a prefix evaluation sheet, crafting sentences using words with these prefixes. Next week, they will take a look at four suffixes. They voted to have their short quiz after they return from Christmas break.

Genius Hour: Students continue to shine with their Genius Hour presentations. It's fun to see them share things/hobbies/topics on which they are passionate. This week we learned about risk, Sherman war tanks, and more!

7th Grade Religion

Students shared their Jewish cultural projects on Monday and Thursday. These were done in order to help the students develop a better understanding of one or more of the components of Jesus' life/culture, including the roles of various people in the towns, the occupations, the layout of a Jewish home, and more.

On Tuesday, students attended a short retreat in the parish basement. Students celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They also spent time putting together an Advent prayer service that they will host for another class next week. Preparations will be finished next week.

Students did not have Religion class on Friday due to an in-school Math field trip.

8th Grade Religion

After their Church history test last Friday, students kept moving forward and into our present times by taking a look at changes in the modern Church, especially in Vatican II, on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. This was done through videos, selected readings from the textbook & articles, discussion, and notes.

On Tuesday, students attended a short retreat in the parish basement. They spent time putting together an Advent prayer service that they will share with the second graders next week at the NP campus. Students also celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation.