8th Grade Final 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. Each family group and circle honored eighth graders with a tribute that will be hung in Artists Alley until graduation. In turn the graduating class shared their legacy project with their family circles. Make sure to ask your child about that project.

We spent our last day in the out-of-doors at The Schuylkill Center on Tuesday. It was an opportunity for students to revisit favorite spots and relive escapades of questionable appropriateness! Those who needed time and materials to finish their native plant books had the opportunity to do so. The day ended with a campfire and the roasting of marshmallows.

Final activities this week included essay writing in language arts, a chemistry test, an algebra overview, and memorial project presentations in cultural studies. We were happy to receive final SSR journals, learning all about summer reading for rising ninth graders, and the last personal journals. Students will receive a final, 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 receiving and 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 9, 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. Emily’s advisees are bringing in bagels and spreads; Ethan’s advisees are bringing in donuts and muffins; Wendy’s advisees are bringing in juices, paper products, and utensils; and Ashley’s advisees are bringing fruit. A reminder not to include pineapple or melon in a fruit mixture and that several gluten-free options would be welcome.

We hope to see everyone on Thursday evening at 6:30pm at Part I of graduation (the program begins at 6:45pm). For details, see “All Things Graduation 2016” regarding dress, times, and protocols. Friday’s Part 2 begins promptly at 9 am (students are to be here no later than 8:30am).

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