8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Families,

We had another eventful week! This morning, we enjoyed hearing a recital of various after-school ensembles during Encuentro. It was another "last moment" as we congratulated our eighth grade musicians who, we hope, will continue to pursue their musical studies in high school.

On Tuesday, we heard from Deborah Gordon Klehr, attorney and TPS parent, about the challenges that minors face in the judicial system. Our students were understandably invested in this topic and had a number of thoughtful questions.

On Thursday afternoon, our Shakespeareans enthusiastically supported the third graders at their end-of-year play. Those 8th graders who had taken part in the third-grade play at TPS still remember their parts, their songs, and in some cases, their lines!

We spent some time working on our graduation speeches, the first draft of which is due on Monday, May 15. We can't wait to share them with you in a few short weeks.

In keeping with the all-school theme, next week our 8th graders will all be trained in hands-only CPR.  According to the American Heart Association, hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest (outside of hospitals); it can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.  

Our students will be trained in this valuable skill by the Youth Heart Watch Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/youth-heart-watch).  Their trainers will work with students for an hour to train them in identifying and responding to cardiac events.  In addition, our students will hear from the family member of TPS students whose life was saved thanks to bystander CPR.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ashley, Ethan, Wendy, and Judith