8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

We certainly enjoyed participating in a variety of assemblies this morning, celebrating a variety of fall events including Halloween, harvest festivals, the Day of the Dead, and our all-school mystery theme. 

We look forward to seeing you at conferences on Monday and Tuesday, November 2 and 3. Specialists will be available to see as well (please sign up on their Doodle sites). Over the next few weeks we will be meeting with students to set goals for the next eight weeks of school, informed by our parent/teacher conversations and the students’ self-evaluations. We’re headed into a busy eight weeks, punctuated with SSATs, high school essays, project work across the disciplines, and preparing for the annual Thanksgiving feast.

Monday, November 23, 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, we will assemble the lasagnas and package them for pickup 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 your name to the objects you lend us.

For your scheduling pleasure, here are some upcoming field trips.

  • On Tuesday , November 17, we will spend the morning at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on a tour of American art led by TPS 8th grade docents.
  • On Tuesday, December 1, we will be off to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a lesson on how Americans defined themselves during the transition from English colonies to independent country.
  • At the PMA on Tuesday, December 8, we will focus on how American art of the 19th century reflected the interests and values of the period.
  • On Tuesday, December 15, we return to the PMA to look at contemporary American art and what it says about us today.
  • On Tuesday, January 5, we will spend the morning at the National Constitution Center for a workshop on the Bill of Rights. Please let us know if your child will be out of school on any of these dates so we don’t lose the entrance fees.

Please make sure we get all the paperwork for public and private schools as soon as possible so we can keep up with the various deadlines. Our goal is to send out the public forms in good time to meet the November 16 deadline. Private school forms will be sent December 16.

We are looking forward to our next Monthly Constitutional on Tuesday, November 10. Our speaker will be Sarah Besnoff, TPS alumna and lawyer who is clerking for a federal judge. She will be talking about the benefits and challenges of the legal system.

Have a restful weekend!

Emily, Ashley, Wendy, and Ethan