8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

On Tuesday we enjoyed our last day at The Schuylkill Center for the fall. Make sure to check out the pictures!

Our day began with a meeting of Family Circles to enjoy a performance by Auricolae, the musical trio directed by David Yang, TPS parent and musician extraordinaire. Auricolae performed “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Matzoh Ball Man” to much applause.

We appreciated your time in coming to conferences last week. It is always a pleasure to share insights about students and learn from each other about the sometimes challenging and always rewarding process of working with young adolescents. Students have been sharing their shadowing experiences at various area schools, and it is heartening to see that this group has remained relatively open about the choices available to them.

Public school materials have been sent. On the private school front, we have almost completed the recommendation letters we have in hand. The private school materials will be sent from TPS the week of December 12. Since we need time to also prepare the progress reports for that mailing, we would appreciate any last recommendation forms to come to us as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, November 15, we will welcome Adam Bonin, TPS parent and election law attorney, to our Monthly Constitutional at 8:30 a.m. He will focus on the Electoral College, so if you’ve always wondered about this topic (especially in light of Tuesday's election), come join us!

Staff from the Attic Youth Center, the only organization in Philadelphia exclusively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, will be at TPS on November 16 to work with students and teachers on issues facing LGBTQ youth. A key focus of the workshop is how we relate to each other -– When I say this word, how does it make my peers feel? If I’m upset at school, who should I talk to? –- as well as how we understand each other –- What does LGBTQ mean anyhow? Why does it matter to me? All trainings are adapted to optimally fit each classroom.

Monday, November 21, will be the day we prepare lasagnas for the Thanksgiving feast. We’ll begin with prep work in the morning, including chopping mounds of onions and garlic, fresh herbs (basil, oregano, and parsley) for the crushed tomato sauce, and preparing the ricotta filling. After snack at 10:35 a.m., we will assemble the lasagnas and package them for pick up by a team of volunteer bakers. It is a whirlwind of activity, and we are grateful to any of you who can volunteer to help with this process. We could also use bakers, so if you have free ovens please let Emily know (pick up would be between 2:30 and 6:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon and drop off would be at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday).

We do need some supplies to augment our resources here: large pots for sauce, large mixing bowls, can openers, soup ladles, one-cup measuring cups, rubber spatulas, dish towels, and aprons. Students will be signing up to bring in these items; please remind your child to bring in the object that Monday, November 21. If you have any of the above, we’d be happy to have it. Remember to tape your name to the objects you lend us.

Eighth graders have had opportunities to process their reactions to Tuesday's election with their teachers and advisors. We are here for them.

Have a restful weekend!

Emily, Wendy, Ashley, and Ethan