From the Desk of Miss Foyle

March 13, 2015

Reminders & Announcements

*6th Grade Greek Festival - All parents and guests are welcome to attend this annual event, which will be held Tuesday, March 17th, from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Hill Street campus. It will be a wonderful celebration of all of the students' hard work! Please let Mrs. Musick ( and me ( know if you are planning to attend.

*Parent/Teacher Conferences - Thank you to those of you who have scheduled a time to discuss your child's progress and performance. I look forward to seeing many of you over the next few days.

*8th Grade Confirmation - Congratulations to those students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Friday night. It was a beautiful Mass and a true celebration of what it means to be Catholic in our world today.

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Classroom Updates

6th Grade Language Arts

Greek Mythology: Students worked with Miss Lawrence in the computer lab to finish their VoiceThread projects. In class, they worked together to revise monologue scripts, and they spent time rehearsing too. They are just about ready to perform for you on Tuesday, so they should dedicate some final practice time this weekend at home.

Readers' Workshop: Students are continuing to enjoy their books of choice, and they are spending roughly 20-25 minutes reading in class each day. During that time, other students have a chance to meet with Miss Foyle about their reading, homework, grammar topics, etc.

(While picture books are encouraged, it is also important that each student has a chapter book to read at all times too.)

Grammar: Students finished studying Unit 4 concepts this week, and they took their quiz on Friday. This unit has focused on different types of pronouns and their antecedents.

Word Study: This word study unit kicked of with REG/REIG, the root you find in many related to kings, queens, and power: regal, regalia, reign... Students noticed that when we sing "Salve Regina" at Mass, we are singing to Mary as Queen of Heaven. What a wonderful connection!

7th Grade Religion

Students prayed the first seven stations of a nontraditional version of Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph's Church on Monday. This particular version reflects on social justice and human dignity.

On Tuesday, the seventh graders reflected on last Sunday's Gospel - Jesus driving out the money changers - by viewing a famous painting and then listening to commentary through Loyola Press's Arts and Faith series. On Thursday and Friday, students viewed the Catholicism series' episode on prayer. They reflected on questions based on the video, and then they discussed their understanding in small groups.

Next week, students will be given a two-part project, and part of it will need to be completed independently and thoughtfully at home, while the other part will be completed in class.

8th Grade Religion

Students prayed the Stations of the Cross on Monday at St. Joseph's Church. On Tuesday and Thursday, students examined the lives and roles of two early leaders of the Church: Peter and Paul. They first watched one of Fr. Robert Barron's Catholicism episodes. After, they responded to reflection and critical thinking questions individually. They will discuss the questions in small groups next week.

Students did not have Religion class on Friday due to the abbreviated (half-day) schedule.