8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

Our day began with a meeting of Family Circles. We continued to work on learning each other’s names, and we took part in a mystery activity. The next time we meet will be at the Thanksgiving Feast later this month.

We appreciate your time in coming to conferences this 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 about 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.

We will be mailing public school materials next week. All the data transcripts have been created; we are awaiting a few student essays for Central, Palumbo, and Carver. 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 14. 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.

Lingua Latina vivit! Latin began on Wednesday, so you should be seeing the iconic red workbooks in use often. Our scholars should be working on their vocabulary index card, and, we're sure, would be delighted to keep you up to date with Latin words.

On Tuesday, November 10, we will welcome Sarah Besnoff, TPS alumna and lawyer, to our Monthly Constitutional at 8:30. Sarah is currently clerking for federal judge C. Darnell Jones. She will focus on the benefits and challenges of our judicial system.

The week of November 16 will be our first round of mini-courses. Students will get their schedules on Friday, November 13. This should be a welcome break from the usual routines!

Monday, November 23, will be the day we prepare lasagnas for the Thanksgiving feast. We’ll begin with prep work in the morning, including preparing the ricotta filling and chopping mounds of onions and garlic, fresh herbs (basil, oregano, and parsley) for the crushed tomato sauce. After snack at 10:35 am, we will assemble the lasagnas and package them for pick-up by our 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 pm on Monday afternoon and drop off would be at 11:30 am 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. If you have any of the above, we’d be happy to have it. Remember to tape you name to the objects you lend us.

Have a restful weekend!

Emily, Wendy, Ashley, and Ethan