MS Update: March 26-29

WELCOME BACK!

We hope that you had a wonderful March Break. The students have come back refreshed and rested, now all we need is for the sun to come out!

There are a few things that we want to update/inform you about so please read through the entire post. Thanks!

Parent Shopping Volunteers

Thank you so much to those of you that have volunteered to help with the grocery shopping. Dianne has kindly offered to create a Sign-Up Genius link that will automatically send you reminders of the dates you volunteered for. If you need to make changes, you can do so directly through Sign-Up Genius. Once it is set up, I will share the link. For now, here are the dates. Thank you!

Tuesday, April 3 – Rebecca

Monday, April 9 – Heather

Monday, April 16 – Carolyn

Monday, April 23 – Christal

Monday, April 30 – Wei-Wei

Monday, May 7 – Wei-Wei

Monday, May 14 – Wei-Wei

Tuesday, May 22 – Carolyn

Monday, May 28 – Christal

Monday, June 4 – Lisa

Monday, June 11 – Christal

Monday, June 18 – Christal

Novel Study

We have chosen three novels as a part of our Novel Study this term. They all have a common theme of “Acknowledging and Celebrating Differences”. The reading requirements by grade are below:

Grade 8s (Two Required Books, Option to Read the Third Book)
Book One: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by: Mark Haddon
Book Two: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by: Sherman Alexie
 
Grade 7s (One Required Book, Choice Between Two Other Books)
Book One (Required): The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by: Mark Haddon
Book Two (Option 1): The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by: Sherman Alexie
Book Three (Option 2): Wonder by: R.J. Palacio
If you ordered the book through me, they will arrive on Monday and I will have them in class on Tuesday. I will let you know what you owe the school as soon as I get an invoice.
Students have reading homework for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” this weekend but they can use the audiobook link that I posted in Google Classroom to complete this work if they don’t yet have access to the book. 

Expert Day

Expert Day is a school wide event that will take place on Monday, April 30th. It is a new take on students demonstrating their interests and their work and it will take the place of International Day/Culture Day/Science Day. We have presented this idea to the Middle School students. They have a hard copy of the package that Carrie assembled for them and they also have access to it on Google Classroom as well. This is a larger project that will require students to work on each week between now and April 30th. Students can use work period time in class but it should also become a part of their homework plan.

Scientists in Schools

We had a visitor today from Scientists in Schools. The students really enjoyed the hands on experiments. Here are some photos!

HAPPY EASTER!

A.J. & Carrie

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