8th Grade Friday Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

We’d like to thank those of you who participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project, creating meals for the homeless. This event has been a yearly endeavor that has included more and more of our school community in this important work.

In cultural studies, students continued their research by taking notes and organizing their preliminary outlines. Our next deadline is Friday, January 29 when the bulk of their notes taken on at least five sources of information, two of which must be books, are due. Students have been reminded that library books are due on either January 28 or 29; they can be renewed on line if needed for another three weeks. Books can be returned to any branch of the Free Library.

The Shakespeare Festival is in full production mode! Beginning next week, students will be working twice a week in production groupings. We’re adding music to our plays. The scenery and prop group is hard at work creating our stage sets; costumers are looking for items of clothing. Programs featuring original art are also in the works. Parents are invited Friday, February 26 to these polished productions (Twelfth Night at 9:15; The Taming of the Shrew at 1:05). Dress rehearsals for Primary and Junior Units are scheduled on Wednesday, February 24 and Thursday, February 25 if Friday does not work with your schedule (Wednesday 9:15 Twelfth and Shrew at 1:05; Thursday 9:15 Shrew and Twelfth at 1:05). There are evening performances as well on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 for Twelfth and Friday, February 26 at 7:00 for Shrew. Plays last about an hour and a half.

We have a few costume and prop requests. We need a wedding dress--maybe a size 6 or 8 or thereabouts? We’d also love two coconut shells to bang together should someone have them. A costume reminder— all people playing male roles should have a white dress shirt and black pants and shoes on hand because we'll be asking them to bring them in in the coming weeks.

Yearbook work continues as well under the direction of Lois West and Jeffrey Mordan. Students will be creating their personal pages soon, and we’d love to include photographs (perhaps two or three) of each student. Students have been asked to look for great shots (we’d appreciate digital copies but can work with high resolution prints). Families are also encouraged to use photographs in their congratulatory messages or ads, which help fund this enterprise. More details will be emailed soon.

Congratulations to all our students who continue to work actively on the Red Panda project. Having our message and website displayed on the PECO tower earlier this week was inspirational for us all.

On Tuesday morning attorney Catherine Carr, former director of Community Legal Services, met with students in our Monthly Constitutional series of discussions. Catherine spoke about the need for legal assistance in civil cases and helped us understand how such issues as medical bills, evictions, child custody, and tax delinquency problems are especially difficult for underserved populations in our city. We are so appreciative of the time and expertise all our speakers have shared with us!

As you begin to hear from high schools, please keep us informed. Should your child receive an acceptance from the school you all agree is the first choice, please let the other schools know of your decision. That way students who do want spots at those other schools can move out of the wait pools. Handwritten thank you notes from students to those other schools are always appreciated!

Students should have brought home research materials, play scripts, journals, and other assignments in case the predicted snow storm worsens this weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emily, Ethan, Ashley, and Wendy