From the Desk of Miss Foyle
Room 322 - Week of May 2, 2016
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2. "Music Man, Jr." is coming to ICSJ on Friday and Saturday. See the parent blast for details concerning ticket sales. It's sure to be a fun-filled night!
3. Our next Family Mass will be on Sunday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's church. Hope to see you there!
4. A special thanks goes out to all who supported "Jerseys for Wishes" on Thursday - students from the SO WHAT club will be adding up the donations after school on Friday, so we'll have a total to announce next week. It was fun to see so many different teams (from personal to college to pro) being represented around the school!
5. Be sure to review and sign your child's red folder this weekend. Here are the assessments coming home from my classes:
*6LA: figurative language quiz, figurative language booklet, key speaker summary for religion projects
*6 Rel: Monotheism project rubric
*8 Rel: None
This week in Room 322...
In grammar students had to differentiate between past perfect and present perfect tenses. The key will be to apply the knowledge to their own writing. Students also worked on properly formatting dialogue in their writing.
This week's root word was STRICT, which means "to bind." Next week's root word will be SOLUT.
In preparing for our last book club groups of the year, students built their background knowledge about their respective books: Shooting Kabul and The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Students completed a webquest, read and discussed articles, and completed preview activities before starting their first reading assignment. (The reading schedule and groups can be found HERE.)
On Friday the students completed their next respective Bible studies through dramatizations, questions, and other activities.
Later in the week, the students watched most of the documentary "Paper Clips" that takes a look at one school's efforts to increase student awareness about diversity and tolerance by studying the Holocaust. What started out as a small project soon became much bigger and impactful than anyone expected.
It is my hope that what we have been learning about this week will give the 8th graders another approach to the events of the Holocaust so that they may more fully and deeply appreciate their field trip to the Holocaust Museum on May 18th.