5/29 MESSAGE FROM OUR GRADUATION ACTIVITY CHAIR - PLEASE READ
Thanks to those who were able to make the meeting on Tuesday. For those who were unable to be there, we still need lots of help.
I’ve attached a list of information for the graduation events. The list includes times, food information, supplies needed, estimated costs, and some guest information.
A few notes:
1) The brunch set-up will be on Tuesday, June 5th. I listed set-up time as 6:00 pm, but the hall is open to us all day so we can start earlier. We would like to take advantage of some good 7th grade labor to help get the room set up, so I’m thinking it might be better to start immediately after school. Who would be available to help with this?
2) We are responsible for providing the food, but there is a small (unknown) amount of money available from the school. We are asking for a contribution of $15.00 per family to help defray the cost of the food. The cost shown is estimated based on Costco and Cash & Carry pricing, and does not include a few items such as balloons, punch, and napkins. Sakorn is going to do some comparison shopping and use some contacts to see if she can get some better pricing as well.
3) For those who are unable to help with labor, could we kindly ask that you contribute a little bit more to further reduce the cost to the school?
4) To simplify things, Sakorn and I will purchase all of the food and supplies listed except for the cakes, balloons, and banner (Thanks April!), napkins (thanks Stephanie!), and punch (need a volunteer). For those who are purchasing items, please provide me with the receipt and I will reimburse you.
5) As noted above, we need a volunteer to procure and make the punch. Please let me know if you can help with this.
6) We need volunteers to make centerpieces for the brunch tables. I found some items upstairs in the school office that can be used, but need a person or two to work this. A photo of an example centerpiece is attached. Sorry—I couldn’t find a photo without my face in it.
7) We need a volunteer to help with decorations in the gym for graduation night. This is pretty simple and a few items are upstairs and just need to be brought down and set up. To give you an idea of what was done before, I’m attaching a few photos from graduation a couple of years ago. Stephanie and Mrs. Poteet are creating the silhouettes shown on the wall in the background of one of the photos. They just need to be hung up. April Morris will provide the balloons and a banner for a photo booth.
Please send any questions or thoughts to me. I will provide additional information to the group shortly. In the meantime, please let me know the areas in which you can help. Remember, next year we get to relax!!
5/21 Thank you to David and Sakorn Marley for chairing our graduation festivities. We are having a parent meeting tomorrow Tuesday 5/22 right after school to discuss what is needed for the graduation brunch and reception.
The meeting will take place in the computer lab.
5/14 I am still looking for a parent(s) to chair the graduation brunch and reception. If you are interested, please contact me soon. I also need a parent volunteer to make silhouettes and the graduation picture board. These are both things that can be done at home and brought into graduation, but they are important traditions that the graduates look forward to.
Please think of how you will be able to contribute to the brunch and reception. We will need food, decorations, and setup/tear down as well.
A letter will be going home in the blue folder again tomorrow.
5/1 Thank you for your support in helping your students get caught up on our class novel. We had a very successful class discussion today. They only have Ch 14 to read for next Tuesday.
I apologize to all families - I forgot to hand out the blue folders this afternoon. I have them here and will give them in the morning.
Progress Reports went out 2 weeks ago. Please send back your report card envelopes and the signed bottom portion of the progress report. I currently only have the envelopes/signed portions from the following students...
Nathan, Kayla, Sydney, Betty, Brianna, Rahul, Patele, Fernando, and Gabby.
Some envelopes did not come back at all from the report cards - if you still have your envelope at home, please make sure that it comes back.
Congrats to those who participated in the speech contest: Brianna Tran, Kayla Apostol, and Sydney Janik. Each student did a wonderful job.
I would like to especially congratulate Brianna Tran who received 1st place in the expository speech portion of today's event.
We are continuing to read And Then There Were None this week. Students will have a short quiz this week.
We will do an "egg pet" project in class next week. Students will need to bring a creative home for their pet next Monday. An informational page will go home in the blue folder tomorrow with more details.
We are presenting our expository speeches this week. In addition, students have a Social Studies project due on Wednesday morning.
We are working on our speeches for the speech contest. The 7th Grade are writing an expository (informational) speech on a topic of high interest to them. They will need to be doing research and writing at home as well as using their time wisely at school. I sent an email to parents earlier this week as well including due dates. Please make sure that your child is moving forward on their speech so that they can meet the final deadline. I am happy to assist students after school if they need access to the computer lab, but they must make an appointment with me ahead of time.
We are also working on our "testimonies" for the annual Holy Thursday play.
We just started a new class novel - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. It is a murder mystery by a classic author that will enable us to discuss themes such as justice. I chose this book because not only is it a classic novel, it is one that I read with my class as a middle school student and because I think the students will enjoy the suspense and ghoulish atmosphere as well as trying to figure out the mystery. I caution parents that, although this book is appropriate to the grade level - it is very dark at times. We will be reading it in small chunks - one or two chapters at a time. I recommend that students keep to small chunks so we can discuss in class to lighten the atmosphere. However, if you or your student is genuinely uncomfortable with this novel, please email me and I will happily provide an alternative mystery. Thanks!
We will have a SMALL class party for Valentine's Day on Thursday. If your student would like to bring something to share during Mentor Period, they are welcome.
Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Please DO NOT bring treats in on Wednesday.
Catholic School Week -
In the Blue Folder today, you will see a sign up sheet for students in Grades 4-8. During the Sunday before Catholic Schools Week (Jan 28), students will be responsible for reading, acting as ushers and gift bearers, etc. We will need many student volunteers - please consider if your student can participate in one of the mass times.
Your student should not have assigned daily homework during Catholic Schools Week, but please keep in mind that they are still responisble for any work that they do not finish in class AS WELL AS long term projects.
**For my classes, they have a book report due 2/13 on a historical fiction book
**The CDA Essay is due on Wed. 1/31. It is expected to be typed and be the students best work.
Field trip forms will be going out this week for 7th and 8th Grade students to attend the March for Life rally on Jan 22, 2018. We will come to school early on that Monday and we will attend Mass together before leaving on the Catholic Daughters of America bus. The bus will leave at approximately 8:30. We will tour the state capital building and attend a meeting with Senator Mark Miloscia, a strong pro-life advocate, fprmer substutute teacher with the Archdiocese of Seattle and member of the St. Vincent de Paul parish. He will be speaking about what his job entails as a State Senator and answering student's questions. The rally will begin at 12:00 and should last about an hour. We will return by bus about 3:00. PLEASE NOTE: This is after the 2:00 Monday dismissal time. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to assist.
Welcome to a New Year! I am so glad to see all the students again. We will be beginning our annual essay for the Catholic Daughters of America essay contest this week. Please read the letter that I am sending home in the Tuesday folder this week for more details.
Friday is a noon dismissal and there will be no ESS. I hope the students all enjoy their Christmas Break. We will be having a small class party on Friday. I will be bringing in some cereal and fruit for breakfast. Students are also welcome to bring in something to share if they are so interested. Friday is also the day of our final Secret Santa gift - please make sure that your student has their main secret santa gift that day.
Reminder: Wednesday 11/22 is a half day. We will be having a small class party after Mass. Our party will be a small class breakfast after lunch - cereal, fruit, pastries, etc. I typically provide the food, but some students have expressed interest in bringing something for the class. If your student does want to bring something, please make sure that it is nut-free and not overly sugary. Thanks!
The 7th Grade is gathering cocoa mix and cereal for the St. Vincent de Paul food drive this year. Thank you for your donations.
We had Father come and teach our Religion class last Thursday. In Religion, our current Chapter is about the Holy Land in the time of Jesus so Father showed us some slides about his trip to the Holy Land. They saw pictures of the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, and the Church of the Annunciation.
It has been a joy meeting every student and their family for conferences. I feel blessed to teach your children. This will be a very successful year for them going forward. If there is anything you would like to discuss more in depth, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule another, longer conference. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss your child's progress at any point in the year.
Our field trip last week went wonderfully. Pictures will be uploaded to this site soon. The students learned some real-world skills about map-reading and they have a much better understanding of Washington state geography.
CURRENT LONG-TERM PROJECTS
Literature: Students will create a concrete poem this week during mentor period for the Annual Fund Dinner. They will have mentor period to work on this but if they don't use their time wisely they may need to work on this in class.
Mrs. Christene Poteet
7th Grade Religion/ Middle School Literature, Language Arts & Spelling/Vocabulary
Parent Letter 9/11/17
We will be having our first Religion quiz on Ch 1 this Friday. Make sure that your student studies Ch 1. There is also an online study game for the students available at:
I hope to see you all at Curriculum Night on Wednesday 9/20. I will be going over the curriculum focus for each class, the novels that we will be reading, field trips, and other important information.
It is a joy to teach your Seventh Grade student this year. We are off to a great start. Please make sure your child has a nourishing breakfast and lunch and gets lots of sleep. There will be no homework this week due to MAP testing, but we will be working on projects in class, including a collage for religion and a short writing assignment.
This year there will be 4 MAP tests: Literature, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. They will be given in that order.
Today, I will be sending home a permission slip for a field trip. The 7th Grade will be visiting Swan Farm's Washington State Corn Maze on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Please let me know if you can drive since we are using parent drivers. Attached to the field trip form is another form for interested drivers regarding information and insurance for drivers. Please fill out and return with your student's permission slip if you can drive. We will leave after Mass on Wednesday Oct. 18 and return by 2:00. Permission slips are due on 10/6.
Religion (Updated 5/30)
Tuesday: CH 20 - Vocab Due Thursday.
Thursday: Work on Chapter Review Questions in Class. If not finished becomes homework. Quiz will be next Thursday.
Friday: Go over review questions in class.
Math (Homework is due the day following assignment, unless otherwise noted.)
Monday (6/04/18): Study for Chp. 20 Quiz on Tuesday.
Tuesday (6/05/18): No hw.
Thursday (6/07/18): Read pgs.570 to 571.
Friday (6/08/18): No hw.
Social Studies - Week of 5/29
Monday: No School
Tuesday: Washington State Map work - Due Friday
Friday: Homework Due
Literature (Updated 5/30)
Thursday: Study Literary Terms. Reading Comprehension Article.
Friday: And Then There Were None RETAKE test Next Tuesday. Literary Terms Cards will be checked for credit.
Language Arts (Updated 5/30)
Wednesday: Field Day
Friday: Review Phrases and Clauses
Spelling/Vocab (Updated 5/30)
Tuesday: CH 25 PT Pg 117 1-20, 119 1-10 Due Friday.
Wednesday: Ch 17 Word Wednesday Given.
Friday: CH 25 Test