8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

This is our last Friday note of the year, and it is with mixed emotions that we write these final thoughts about the year and this terrific class.

This morning’s Family Circle meetings were certainly a highlight of the week. We met with another Family Circle to share projects about the all-school theme, which included songs, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, and many other survival-themed activities. Rainbow Day ensued at the park, and we enjoyed a variety of relay races in our mixed-age groups. We ended the morning with Field Day in which the fourth through eighth grades competed in various tasks. It was a beautiful day to be out of doors!

We spent our last day at The Schuylkill Center on Tuesday. It was an opportunity to learn about the effects of water runoff in the city, to finish poetry anthologies, and to hike one last time to favorite spots.

Final activities this week included completing the poetry anthologies, a science test, an algebra overview, and memorial project presentations in cultural studies. Students will receive an “ultimate” checklist to be completed during the final week of school, giving them an opportunity to touch base with all their teachers to help the final clean up and say goodbye.

We look forward to sharing the poetry anthologies on Monday!

Cleaning classrooms and rehearsals for graduation will continue apace. Bags to transport artwork, classwork, and belongings are needed next week. On Thursday, June 8, students will have breakfast together here at school to celebrate the handing out of writing folders in their advisories. These are folders kept from kindergarten onward, collecting writing and artwork from the beginning and end of each year. Be expecting them to come home with students on Thursday. Ashley’s advisees are bringing in bagels, spreads, and juices; Ethan’s advisees are bringing in donuts and muffins; and Emily’s advisees are bringing fruit, paper plates, plastic cups, and utensils. Please remember not to include nuts, pineapple or melon in a fruit mixture and that several gluten-free options would be welcome.

We hope to see everyone on Thursday evening (students should be in their seats at 6:30 p.m.; the program begins at 6:45 p.m.) at Part I of graduation. See “All Things Graduation 2017” for details regarding dress, times, and protocols. Friday’s Part 2 begins promptly at 9 a.m. (students are to be here no later than 8:30 a.m.). The 8th graders are doing wonderful jobs with their graduation speeches and performances.

Thank you all for being such active, thoughtful, and supportive partners in this year’s journey. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Warmly,

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy