March 13-17, 2023

Dear Families,
An almost-normal week!  We have a few calendar notes and reminders:
-Please send in 2 plastic jars or squeezy bottles of jam or jelly for our class collection for the St. Lucy Food Drive. This is our last food drive for the year, in conjunction with the Cathedral Knights of Columbus. The St. Lucy truck will be at STM on March 20, so we only have about a week to get our donations in!
-6th grade will go to Confessions on Wednesday morning at 9am, after Library class. 
-Friday is Green and White Dress Down Day!  Friday we have Mass at 10am and Stations of the Cross at 2pm. (I will be out of town in far western North Carolina for a funeral, but the students will be in great care of Mrs. Olive! ) Mrs. Meehan will have the report cards for the Rm. 9 students, which will also have the Winter 2023 test data enclosed. 
-Next week, the Design for Excellence (DFE) Visiting Team will be at STM from the 22-24th. It is incredibly exciting that all of the preparation will be finished!
Academic News: 
in LA 6, we have finished the Big Toast Company advertising campaign, and I hope that the students have all learned more about persuasive techniques in advertising. We have started our next grammar unit, Adverbs. It's a short unit and the test will be March 24th. 
In Reading, the Bluebird group is finishing Grace Lin's Where The Mountain Meets the Moon and the Kestrels group is beginning Jacqueline Woodson's Harbor Me. Both are such wonderful books. The Library/Reading/Language Arts Author Study research has been completed and the initial writing is underway!
In Religion, the students will take the quiz for Chapter 17, The Period of Judges. For your information, here is a link from Christ Our Life: with more information!
In Reading 7, we are finished with our Nikki Grimes-style biographies and are back into Ben Mikelson's Touching Spirit Bear. The students really appear to be connecting with the story. We will be finished with this novel by the Easter holiday. 
Have a wonderful weekend!
Jodie Morgan