8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

We enjoyed meeting in our Family Circles this morning. You would be proud to see your children mentor their young charges! We are continuing to work on games, songs, and activities tied to our all-school theme of surviving and thriving in the city, country, and classroom.

Please remember that as a school we are not observing Halloween on Monday. Remind your child not to come to school in costume. We’re sure that there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate over the weekend. Thanks.

We look forward to seeing you at conferences on Thursday and Friday, November 3 and 4. Specialists will be available to be seen, as well (please sign up on their Doodle polls). Over the next few weeks, we will be meeting with students to set goals for the next eight weeks of school, informed by our parent/teacher conversations and the students’ self-evaluations. We’re headed into a busy eight weeks, punctuated with SSATs, high school essays, project work across the disciplines, and preparing for the annual Thanksgiving Feast. We will need help on Monday, November 21, with lasagna making and baking, so please look at your schedules to see if you can help us cook or take lasagnas home to bake. The annual feast will be on Tuesday, November 22; please let us know if your child will be absent so we can make alternative plans for his/her Family Group.

For your scheduling pleasure, here are some upcoming field trips:

  • On Tuesday, November 15, we will spend the morning at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) for a lesson on how Americans defined themselves during the transition from English colonies to independent country.
  • At the PMA on Tuesday, December 6, we will focus on how American art of the 19th century reflected the interests and values of the period.
  • On Tuesday, December 13, we will return to the PMA to look at contemporary American art and what it says about us today.
  • On Tuesday, January 3, we will spend the morning at the National Constitution Center for a workshop on the Bill of Rights.

We would appreciate it if you would let us know if your child will be out of school on any of these dates so we don’t lose the entrance fees.

Please make sure we get all the paperwork for public and private schools as soon as possible so we can keep up with the various deadlines. Our goal is to send out the public school forms in good time to meet the November 14 deadline. Private school forms will be sent the week of December 12.

We are looking forward to our next Monthly Constitutional on Tuesday, November 15. Our speaker will be Adam Bonin, attorney and TPS parent, who specializes in campaign finance and election law on the federal, statewide, and local levels. He will help us make sense of the recent elections (if that is possible).

Remember to vote on November 8th!

Emily, Ashley, Wendy, and Ethan