MJS Class of 2016

A Newsletter for All Things 8th Grade

Week of May 9, 2016

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A Trip to City Hall

The 8th grade traveled to downtown LA on Tuesday to visit City Hall, attend a city council meeting and make a presentation on options for homeless youth to a special panel. Inspired by a dream for equality and fairness, students spoke passionately about giving all young people the chance to be safe and move forward. See the presentation below. Thank you to Councilman and Mrs. Huizar for organizing such a meaningful experience!

MJS Class of 2016 introduced at the LA City Council Meeting
The Class of 2016 at City Hall

Magical Mystery Tour!

Thank you, Mr. Gill for this amazing trip! We will never forget it!

Wednesday, Day 1

After a smooth bus ride up to Sacramento, we got to enjoy some time at the Capital Park, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, and The Old Spaghetti Factory.

Thursday, Day 2

We got an early start and headed over to the Capital building. We were introduced into the minutes of the Senate hearing and then toured the Governor Jerry Brown's office. Next, we explored Old Sacramento.
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8th Annual Recycle & Read This Week!

This Friday, May 13 through Thursday, May 19, Hodgins Library will sponsor the 8th Annual Recyle & Read Event, and everyone is invited to participate. What is it, you might ask? Simply put, our MJS community has been dropping off their gently used books during the school year. Our Library Committee sorts through all titles - infant through adult - displaying them on tables in the library during Recycle and Read. Parents, students, faculty and staff can stop by and pick up books to take home, free of charge.

The library is still taking gently used books for Recycle and Read. So, if you have a shelf of books you would like to part with and pass along to other eager readers, bring them to the library this week. For your convenience, MJS Girl Scouts will have a book curbside collection on Euclid Avenue on Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11, 7:40-8:00 am.

Parent Education Event

Mayfield Parent and Board Member Pamela Ebstyne King, Ph.D.

"Kids & God: Nurturing your Child's Spirituality and Ability to Thrive"

What do faith, God, and religion have to do with thriving in 2016? As a developmental psychologist and Presbyterian minister, Pam will discuss three core aspects of vital faith for children and youth, and how spirituality is essential to thriving young people who have are rooted in joy, have a purpose-based identity, and find meaningful ways to contribute to the greater good.

Date: Thursday, May 12
Time: 8:15 - 9:45 am
Location: Hayden Performing Arts Center

Link to register: https://www.mayfieldjs.org/podium/default.aspx?t=36644&rid=16800

From Mrs. Kelley-Lossada...

Morning Prayer is the most important part of our day. Please show up on time and proceed immediately to the prayer area as soon as you hear the bell.

But what should I do if I am dropped off after 8am?

Great Question!

All students: If you arrive after the 8:00am bell, please proceed DIRECTLY to Morning Prayer without stopping first at advisories/homerooms. Take your items with you to the prayer area.

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End of Year Events

  • May 25: Reach Out Assembly 1pm GYM – Don’t miss the best Assembly in the 9 years you’ve attended MJS. Watch as before your eyes your kindergartener transforms into a well-spoken, humble, smart, caring, philanthropic, young man/woman prepared and ready to launch into the next phase of their lives. (Tissues are recommended)

  • May 26: Sports Awards 12pm GYM

  • June 1: Baccalaureate Mass- 5pm in the GYM - Recommended day to spend with family and friends celebrating your soon to be graduate. Attire - Girls - a dress/skirt and Boys nice pants and a button-down shirt or collared shirt (sweater/sports coat optional).

  • June 3: NO SCHOOL - Graduation -4pm GYM - (kids to arrive by 3pm) Party Following at Annandale Golf Club - Try to keep extended family and friends to a minimum as this event was designed for the kids and parents to celebrate together. FYI for first time parents - the girls tend have a change of clothes for the graduation party - remind them they will be on the lawn so shoes without a pointy heal are recommended. Boys wear their concert dress attire that they wore to Graduation. You should be receiving your invitation in the mail soon which includes all the details for the tickets to the Graduation party.
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The Wiz on Tour!

We look forward to performing for schools and community organizations that we have a relationship with, but were unable to make it to the show. Please let Mrs. Byrne know if you are able to drive to one of our performance locations.

Tuesday, May 17

  • St. Francis Center (6:45am-9am)- just a few volunteers will do a concert version of the show for our friends who come to the Center for breakfast.
  • Dolores Mission School (11am-2pm)- each cast will perform a concert version of the show for two separate audiences. We will wear Wiz shirts (no costumes or make-up).

Thursday, May 19

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe School (10:30am-12pm)- both casts will do a concert version of the show together. We will wear Wiz shirts (no costumes or make-up).

Thank you to Ms. Martinez de la Torre for all the beautiful production photos! Click here to see the slideshow. A video of both the White and Blue casts will be distributed to all 8th graders at the Graduation party.

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8th Grade Reach Out: St. Francis Center

No St. Francis Center this week.

Thank you to Mrs. Dilbeck for your supervision of this Reach Out and to all of our parent drivers!

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Last Week of Games! Go Mustangs!

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Things to Look Forward to...

  • May 16-19: Arts Week: The Wiz on Tour
  • May 25: Reach Out Assembly 1pm GYM
  • May 26: Sports Awards 12pm GYM
  • May 27: Pancake Breakfast/Blue & White Day
  • May 30: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
  • June 1: Baccalaureate Mass- 5pm in the GYM
  • June 2: Half Day - Last Day of School
  • June 3: NO SCHOOL - Graduation 4pm GYM, Graduates arrive at 3pm

Morning Prayer Channel

Have you visited our Morning Prayer channel on Vimeo lately? Your child may have been featured this week!

Morning Prayer @MJS

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8th Grade Advisory Team

Pamela Danni, Team Leader and Director of Student Activities (pdanni@mayfieldjs.org)

Lisa Byrne, Advisor, Play Director, and Co-Team Leader (lbyrne@mayfieldjs.org)

Chris Goethals, Advisor and Secondary School Liaison (cgoethals@mayfieldjs.org)

Juan Garcia, Advisor and Student Council Leader (jgarcia@mayfieldjs.org)

Ruth Villarreal, Advisor and Athletics Director (rvillarreal@mayfieldjs.org)

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