Seventh Grade Friday Note

Happy December, Parents!

We hope you all had a restful and joyful Thanksgiving with family and friends. As always, these weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break are busy ones -- here’s a bit of what we’re up to.

In language arts, students have completed the first draft of their Lord of the Flies essay. They’ve received feedback from David, and be on the lookout in the coming week for a letter home asking you to provide some feedback of your own for the final draft.

In science, work continues on the research and construction of our biome houses. If you have any spare cardboard or boxes around the house, have your child bring it in to shore up the art department’s supply. We’ve got a lot of tiny houses to build!

Next, some important announcements about upcoming events. First, an important message regarding Community Service for the rest of the year and going forward:

In the interest of providing each of our students with the most meaningful service experience possible, we are making some mid-year changes to the TPS Service requirements. If your child completed a Fall service job, he/she does not need to complete another term of service. Students who did not complete a Fall job must sign up for only one of the remaining terms. Students who completed a Fall job and want to sign up for another term may do so, but students who have not yet completed their service requirement will be given priority. We also encourage families who already participate in service outside of school -- for neighborhood parks, with faith organizations, etc. -- to use that service toward completion of the TPS service requirement. There are also a number of events coming up that could be used to fulfill the service requirement, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Next, you are invited to attend a special installment of our ongoing Progressive Talks next Tuesday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lombard building gymnasium, which will feature a screening of the film Screenagers. Students will watch the film that day in school, and the shared experience should prompt lots of interesting discussions and questions for students, teachers, and parents around screen time, social media use, as well as the benefits and challenges of living a digital life. For more information about the film, see our TPS Blog post:

Finally, reports are on the way! We are working hard to communicate in them the growth and effort we’ve seen from your children over these first months of school, and we hope you’re looking forward to reading them. You should expect to receive them at the end of next week.

Have a great weekend,

David, Jake, Steve, and Melanie