7th Grade Weekly Note

Good Afternoon, 7th Grade Parents!

Welcome back from pope-ocalypse, and to the month of October! It’s an exciting one in the seventh grade. Here’s what we have coming up:

Next Tuesday, October 6, is Back-to-School Night! We are looking forward to seeing you all there to talk about our course of study in seventh grade, as well as a few logistical details. If you can’t make it for any reason, please let your child’s advisor know so that we can forward you any information that you will need or want to know. The event will begin in the South Street Garage space with opening remarks by Justine and Matt at 6:15pm. Middle School families will then proceed to the Lombard building, where they will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s music, PE, art, and Spanish teachers, as well as their core academic teachers/advisors.

Our Tuesdays this month are dedicated to geology trips (thank you for getting all those permission slips back to us!). Our first trip, next Tuesday, will take us to the Wissahickon (not Shelly Ridge, as originally planned). In order to start building a rock collection, your child will need to bring a rock box to school by Tuesday 19 October. Guidelines about what sort of box they will need and about the collection in general will be sent home and posted on Edmodo. Be sure to ask your child what Virginia’s idea was, what her idea wasn’t, and what that had to do with geology!

Speaking of Edmodo, your child should walk you through signing up for a parent account this weekend. There is also a video walkthrough posted on our 7th Grade Community Edmodo page. With this account, you can see your child’s upcoming Edmodo assignments and his/her progress, as well as communicate with teachers. We hope this will be a valuable resource for you, and we are happy to answer your questions about it at Back-to-School Night on Tuesday.

In language arts, we have been preparing to begin Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. This American classic will help us address our fall theme questions regarding sense of place, as well as serve as an introduction to the topics of race and racial identity, justice, and how those shape individual experience -- threads which will run throughout our curriculum in various ways. We hope that you had some interesting and candid discussions this week with your children about your own thoughts and experiences with racial/discriminatory language. It is important for them to know, as they prepare to encounter such language in the text, that racialized language and experiences are powerful aspects of American culture which each of us must navigate and make sense of. That is not an easy task, however, and we appreciate your support at home.

In closing, a reminder from Akemi about Winter and Spring sports:

Please check in with your child to see what winter (girls and boys basketball) and/or spring sports (track & field, tennis)  he/she wants to play. We will ask you to fill out a form at Back-to-School Night. Thank you!

Thanks for reading! See you on Tuesday,

Steve, Virginia, and David