February 21-25, 2022

Greetings on another four-day school week!  This will be a great week for the students and I think everyone agrees that two three-day weekends in a row provides a nice rest!
Homeroom: Green sheets were collected on Thursday afternoon (prior to the 11:30 am dismissal on Friday) and any missing assignments were marked.  We also had a very, very successful Thursday first-period class playing board and card games for about 40 minutes: Apples to Apples, Uno, TacoCat, Exploding Kittens, and others, including chess, Battleship, and Connect Four.  If you are still willing to donate a new, boxed game, the class would enjoy The Game of Life.  The chess/checkers set was in big demand, as was the Uno set.  Thank you!  We have Middle School House meetings next Thursday, so we hope to enjoy another games class at another time! To round out a great week, I received a gorgeous arrangement of colorful blooms for my half-birthday from this kind and thoughtful group - your gift is much appreciated!!
Academic Updates:
Religion 6: The students took the Chapter 11 quiz and are now beginning Chapter 12, We Live the Commandments.  We should be able to have another quiz before the end of the trimester ends!  We also participated in a Diocesan lesson about friendship and the value of having friends who lead you toward good choices, and being a friend who helps others make good choices.
Language Arts 6: The students have ALL turned in their first interview drafts - thank you! 
Next, we completed study reviews for Verbs, Lessons 4.6-4.10 (Part 2) and Verbs, Lessons 4.11 - 4.16 (Part 3).  Extra credit for Verbs is offered for correct responses to the Verb Challenge, located in the textbook at the end of the Verb unit.  I will also post the Verb Challenge on Google Classroom.
Moving into Persuasive Writing, students were given a pamphlet to analyze four types of media: a radio ad, a TV commercial, a magazine or newspaper ad, and finally an internet/pop up ad.  The pamphlets will be collected on Thursday, Feb. 24th.  Please include the print media advertisements.  The pamphlets and ads will then be discussed in class and used for lessons before we move to the next grammar unit.
Reading 6: On Mondays and Tuesdays we study our community read, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord;  Wednesdays and Fridays we work on Vocabulary, and Thursdays we read a choice book.  That choice book can be a library book, a book from home, or a book from the classroom.  Students will complete a Reading Check 1 on the first half of our "community read" on Thursday.  A study guide was provided and the students seem confident and well-prepared.  Student copies of the book have finally arrived and will go home for weekend reading.  In Vocabulary in Action, the next quiz (List 9) is on Friday, Feb. 25. 
Reading 7: We are at the end of our journey with Manjiro, and every year I am a little sad to see him go.  The students have two concluding writing pieces which we will work on in class over the next week.  Please remind your student to return their school copy of Heart of a Samurai.  Our next community read is Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills, followed by The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare.  Students will be provided school copies of the books.  If you see a copy of Towers Falling around the house, please send it to school. I am missing about 10 copies of that book. Replacement fees for school-provided books will be charged to FACTS at the end of the year.
Have a great week!
Mrs. Morgan