December 13-17, 2021

Happy Third Sunday of Advent!  In five short days, your students will revel in sleeping late, visiting friends and family, celebrating the Christmas holidays, and enjoy the peace and joy of the season!  
In general Rm. 9 classroom news, students are asked to bring in $5 toward materials for a gift they are making in class this week. Additionally, please return the participation form for the Nativity Program on Tuesday night!  We are SO happy to have this wonderful tradition return to the Cathedral, live and in person!  The forms were sent home last week and I have received only a few returned forms.  On Monday I will make a list and check it twice, and email if I have not received the participation form yet.  Thank you in advance for your support for this treasured "reason for the season" program.
In academic news, in 6th-grade Religion the students took their Chapter 8 quiz and learned about Joseph (he of the Old Testament). In 6th grade LA, we completed our Advent Windows on Our World descriptive adjective writing project and completed our grammar unit, Adjectives, with Indefinite Adjectives and Adjective Phrases. The students may complete their Adjective Review in class on Monday and turn in their Adjective Challenge for extra credit points. Their Unit 3 Adjectives Test will be on Wednesday, Dec. 15. In Reading, we have studied our Chapter 6 Vocabulary in Action words and will take the short quiz on Wednesday. Our class novel, The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Betty Bao Lord, is reaching its halfway point as our main character, Shirley Temple Wong, acclimates to life in Brooklyn. 
In 7th grade Reading, the students completed their first drafts and submitted them for feedback and edits. This process will be in three parts: the draft, feedback and revisions, and the final. Last week, we read O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" short story and followed plot, vocabulary, and wrote about the selflessness/sacrifice of gift-giving!
It's going to be a fun and fast week with a highly anticipated Scrabble Tournament. I truly have NO idea how this is going to go, but there is a LOT of enthusiasm, and no better time to harness that enthusiasm than this week!
Have a blessed Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year!
Mrs. Morgan