8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

This has been quite a week with school closed on Monday and Tuesday. We were happy to hear that most of our scholars continued to work on their projects: research report note taking, Latin, journals, science, and math. We missed the Shakespeare rehearsal time, but we had planned for several interruptions when we drafted the original schedule.

February has snuck up on us once again! This is always an event-packed month, filled with high school announcements from private schools, sports and academic tournaments, play rehearsals, research presentations, and science projects! To help you sort through myriad details, we offer this overview of the month:

  • Saturday, January 30 Girls basketball tournament at TPS
  • Monday, Feb. 1 Work begins on the detailed outline for the research report.
  • Tuesday., Feb. 2 Puerto Rico Meeting for parents (7pm to 8pm); all forms due
  • Saturday, Feb. 6 Boys basketball tournament at TPS; MathCounts Competition (8am to 2pm at Temple University)
  • Sunday, Feb. 7 Shrew rehearsal in Garage from 9:00 to noon; Twelfth from noon to 3:00 pm Monday, Feb.8 Work begins on the first draft of the research report
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 Student Council sponsored Talent Show
  • Tuesday, Feb.16 First draft of research report due; Operation Red Panda Art Show from 3:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Friday, Feb. 19 Research presentation proposal due Mon. and Tues. Feb. 22 Shakespeare Festival Tech rehearsals; no absences, please.
  • Wed. though Fri. Feb. 24-25 Shakespeare Festival; no absences, please.
  • Tuesday, March 1 Second draft of research paper due; handed to an adult reviewer Friday, March 11 Final project due (binder, paper with cover, all notes) March 7 through 11 Research report presentations

Join us for the Operation Red Panda Art Show, an 8th grader-led event at the Schwartz Siegel Early Childhood Education Center February 16th, from 3:30-6:00pm, featuring local and student artists, live music, and great food.

A reminder that all students playing male roles in our plays need to have dark pants and a white dress shirt as the basis of the costume. Boots or dark shoes (not sneakers) are also needed. In a pinch, putting dark socks over shoes to give the look of a boot can also work.

Please let Ashley and Emily know about news from high schools and about any decisions you make. If you are certain about your choice, please let the other schools know of that decision as soon as possible so that they can release that space to another student. It is always a good idea for students to write a thank you letter to the schools they decline. It leaves such a positive impression and should you at a later date decide that you want to make a different choice for a sophomore, junior, or senior year, admission committees often review these earlier portfolios.

During the month of February students will be writing to parents in their SSR journals, so be expecting letters by Friday of each week in February and answers are due back at school on Monday mornings. Feel free to read previous letters to catch up on all the interesting reading projects undertaken since last you wrote to your child in October.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy