8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents, 

The Shakespeare Festival ends this evening, and what a festival it has been! The plays were terrific, in large part due to the students’ hard work and the combined forces of the classroom teachers, the art and music specialists, and Brooke Behmke, our intrepid acting coach. We are looking forward to our cast party on Monday; please remind your child about what element of that sundae extravaganza he or she has promised to bring.

We are happy that Wendy will be returning from maternity leave on Monday, February 27! Regular classes will resume with science focused on preparation for encountering the unique ecosystems of Cuba.

We are looking forward to New York City on Tuesday to visit the Cuba exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Please remember that students must arrive no later than 6:45 a.m. so we can depart promptly at 7:00 a.m. We will return at 5:00 p.m. and dismiss according to the permission slip you have provided us.

Students are counting the days until the Cuba trip! In preparation for this trip, students will be working in Spanish, science, and language arts to understand the history, culture, and natural environment they will encounter. Please ask for updates about what they are learning.

Look out for an 8th Grade Yearbook Ad form next Monday. Your child will bring one home, and you will also receive an email linked to one. The yearbook is distributed free to 8th graders, but they do need your support to finance its production. 

We look forward to meeting with parents at student-led conferences in April. (All other grades have their conferences in late March – you will soon receive links to their conference sign-ups.) Ashley’s advisees’ conferences will be on Monday, April 17; Ethan’s on Wednesday, April 19; and Emily’s on Thursday, April 20. Please choose a time to meet using the advisor’s Doodle poll; remember your child will be present at the conference, as well. 

For Ashley’s advisees:  http://doodle.com/poll/uguxmd5tn56ft6ad

For Ethan’s advisees:  http://doodle.com/poll/s57x56vxp6qku9d9

For Emily’s advisees: http://doodle.com/poll/ay5qc6h3aihc4rv7

Please continue to let us know about high school decisions. We are eager to track data about acceptances, wait lists, and denials so we can better help others through this process.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy