November 29-December 3, 2021

Welcome back to school!  It was wonderful to have the full week to enjoy travel and extended time with family; I monitored email periodically and didn't field too many questions about the asynchronous work so I hope this worked out well for everyone!
This week begins the new trimester and a new green sheet!  Dress down day on Wednesday for December birthdays; Winter Wonderland middle school social on Friday afternoon, sponsored by the 7th grade. There will be events related to We Care Week, and two December dates for your calendar: December 14 is the Nativity Play in the Cathedral at 7pm, and Country Christmas on December 11th. Lessons and Carols is on December 5th. 
6th grade presented the Virtue of Service in November. Here is a link to view 6th grade's play, Martin the Shoemaker.
We are also collecting coats, scarves, gloves and mittens, snow boots and snow pants, hats, etc. in good condition for our Virtue of Service.  Thank you in advance for your donations!
Additionally, STM is partnered with Operation Turbo to bring "Boxes of Home" to our troops overseas. The 6th grade item is individually packaged Advil pain reliever. Remember that every $10 you spend in donations counts toward an hour of volunteer requirements!
Now, onto the academic news!  Report cards will go home on Friday afternoon. Think about what went well this past trimester for your student and areas for further improvement, such as utilizing online study aids for vocabulary and grammar, and chapter read-alouds that are posted on Google Classroom.
With the three weeks (THREE WEEKS!?!?!?) before Christmas (yikes!) the 6th grade will be studying adjectives, working on a descriptive writing piece, and reading the book The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Betty Bao Lord. 
The 7th grade Reading class will outline and complete a five-paragraph essay from Jewell Parker Rhodes's Towers Falling, study the literary device of irony in The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry and complete some enjoyable activities to make this 100+ year old famous Christmas short story relevant to their own lives.
See everyone on Monday morning!  I hope it was a wonderful holiday!
Mrs. Morgan