7th Grade Friday Note

Good Afternoon, Parents,

We are done with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, done with our Seeds of Change webquests, and on to new and interesting challenges -- namely, our Seeds of Change research paper, during which the students will identify topics they are interested in and conduct largely self-guided research. In order to conduct that research, however, it is imperative for each student to have a Philadelphia Free Library Card. We are traveling to the library this coming Tuesday, February 9. If your child does not have a library card, please do your best to take them to your local branch this weekend to obtain one.

Over the weekend, students are solidifying their ideas for potential research topics and using the Free Library online catalog to locate at least three potential research materials to check out on Tuesday.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we know that some students will want to include treats, candy, etc. along with any Valentine’s Day cards they might distribute. However, please remember that for the safety of all students, school policy prohibits these kinds of treats. We will not be distributing any sort of snack, treat as a celebration either.

Questions to ask your child this weekend:

  • What topic are you focusing on for your research project? What interests you about it? 
  • What questions do you have about your research topic? Have you found some good-looking sources for research? 
  • How were your classmates’ comics? Were there any you particularly liked?
  • What did you learn from the Seeds of Change Symposium?

Until next week,

Steve, David, and Virginia