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8th Grade Language Arts Newsletter

Hello Parents!

We've definitely hit the ground running this year, and there's no doubt that the leisurely days of summer are long gone! The beginning of the year is always a transition for students, for parents, and for teachers too. It won't be long, however, before the hectic rush of the first weeks of school will slow down a bit, and we'll all settle into a nice routine. (We can hope, right?!)

I have really enjoyed getting to know these students so far this year and am anticipating a wonderful year ahead. I thank you in advance for partnering with me to help your child be a successful student in English Language Arts! Please don't hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Ms. B.


WWJH Meet the Teacher Night

Monday, Sep. 15th, 6:30-8pm

7630 Arapaho Rd

Dallas, TX

This will be an opportunity for you to go through your child's daily schedule and meet all of your child's teachers.

Ms. B.'s Tutoring Schedule

Tuesdays After School 3:40-4:40

Thursdays Before School 7:50-8:25

Other days before or after school can be arranged by appointment if needed.

Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday, September 16: Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Wednesday, September 24: The Pearl Outside Reading Essay Due (PAP ONLY)
  • Thursday, September 25: Unit 1 CBA (Curriculum Based Assessment- aka Benchmark)

Let's Talk About Planners...

Students should be bringing a planner to class everyday. I require students to copy our daily agenda and homework assignments in the Language Arts section of the planner every day at the very beginning of class. This not only helps them stay organized with assignments, but it also serves as a communication tool for you. If you are interested in what we've been doing in class, you can check out your child's planner to get the scoop.

Read, Read, and Read Some More...

Your student should be reading for AT LEAST 20-30 minutes every week night. Students are required to have a library or reading book with them in class every day. We will use them for lessons in class, reading conferences, literature circles, and more. The absolute best thing you can do to help your child succeed in both Language Arts and all other classes is to encourage them to read, and read often. Have them read to you, or ask them to tell you about what they are currently reading. I can't stress enough how important this is. Just like any skill, in order to improve, frequent practice is needed. Thank you so much for your help!