Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!
November 20, 2017
It seems like so long since I have written, and I have so much to say! I will be speed typing because I want to make it to the girls 8th grade basketball game....
Today in all of my science classes we had Thanksgiving science! I did 12 Thanksgiving demonstrations ending with pulling the table cloth off the table without the dishes coming along with! The students clapped, and I was happy it worked! That demonstrates Newtons First Law - anything at rest will remain at rest until a force is acted on upon it. There is too much to type to go through all of the experiments, but some highlights were - the students made butter and I made whip cream which they got to eat and they loved! We popped a corn cob in the microwave making popcorn for them to eat. They learned that cranberries float and why. I also demonstrated floating and sinking pop cans. Just saying..................................all sugar drinks sink and all diet float... That is because of the increased weight from the sugar. But even more powerful I scooped up how many teaspoons of sugar were in each can, many vowed they would be more careful on how much pop they drank. I do not think we can never have any a can of pop, but I am positive we should have small amounts only occasionally. Any way, it was a big Thanksgiving demonstration day!
In religion my one 8th grade class had more science because things moved slow and my other religion filled bags with candy for the poor. So far Kids Who Care has filled over 1,000 bags of candy with donations of extra trick or treat candy. That is amazing!!!
A few reminders................... Tomorrow the MSW students all wear their uniforms and no one wears gym clothes and 8th graders cannot wear gym shoes, to be honest I am not sure if 7th can or not. They should do whatever their homeroom teacher told them to do. Tomorrow is also the last day for any food donations. Please help out if you can. I know 8th grade needs to bring in deserts, but if you do not have a desert i.e. jello, pudding, cake mix, etc. please send anything... I do not know what 7th is supposed to bring. Your child probably does, but again anything works. When you are hungry food is food, and it is all good. Toys can still be brought in after Thanksgiving.
A note to 8th grade parents - I am not sure if it will happen again, but last year on the last day before Thanksgiving all of the Yankee Candle orders were shipped to MSW and students brought them home that day. That would be tomorrow if they are doing it the same way. Just a little heads up. When the boxes come to the school I sort them and line them up by my classroom by name in alphabetical order. At dismissal the students come down and get their boxes. If you ordered a lot that would mean a lot of boxes for your child to handle.
Also the shields and packets are due tomorrow for Religion. You should contact me if that is a problem. There has been a lot of whining about this project. I passed out the information the first week of Oct. and have been reminding the students. I know it is a lot of work for them, but they do not get much religion homework. Also, this really does pull in all of the key elements of Confirmation. Parents you can help you child with their shield. I see nothing wrong with you discussing Faith and working together on this project. I do hope that you do not sit down and do it for them..............but together is fine!
The students are all very excited for Thanksgiving I am not sure if that is because it is a break from school or because they have so much to be grateful for or they love getting together with their relatives. I know for me it is 100% being with family and giving thanks for all I have been blessed with. My blessings go beyond anything I can comprehend. To celebrate this wonderful holiday Ron stayed in Chicago this week, Allison will be heading home on Wednesday night and on Thursday morning we will head to Wisconsin to be with my husbands family. We come back on Thursday night because on Friday we fly with my extended family to New York. My sister, her family and some cousins live there. We usually go for the Macy's Day Parade, but we wanted to see Ron's family this holiday too. It will be great to be with Ron, Allison, Ron's family and my whole family during this weekend!
Just a heads up I will be out on the Monday after break. I do not fly home from New York until Monday afternoon. So I will be back with the kids on Tuesday!
I hope you all get a chance to enjoy some family time, create some new memories and thank God for all the blessings he has given you.
Take care and have a great night,
November 15. 2017
Today I finished the lecture on the cell theory and intro to cells with the 7th graders. I also went over a short lab that they will be doing tomorrow after they complete the open note quiz. I hope the 7th graders are reviewing their notes for tomorrow. I am looking forward to tomorrows activities.
The 8th graders did a lab that introduces the next chapter. It was designed to get them thinking about characteristics of different materials. They did not get homework tonight.
In 8th grade religion the students took a quiz from the homily today, which was on be thankful........... So perfect for this time of year. We then watched a video clip that encouraged the students to read the Bible to help them grow into the best version of themselves.
My Dad, called tonight and invited me to a special event downtown with the Chicago Crime Commission. He was president of the commission for the last 10 years, and at 88 years old retired last Dec. He now only works on special projects for the commission. I will be leaving early tomorrow and will not be able to write tomorrow night.
Take care and have a great night,
November 14. 2017
Today the 7th graders continued learning about the cell theory. We still have not completed the content, but will tomorrow. They will have an open note quiz on the material on Thursday. I was hoping to do that on Wednesday, but they have been asking some great questions. That does slow things down, but I am getting excited because they are starting to think like scientists! No homework tonight for 7th grade.
The 8th graders took a test today, on the periodic table. We have been working on this material in class and I reviewed it with them. They were allowed to use notes today on the test. I hope the scores are high! This is the foundation of our next two months of science. The 8th graders did not get homework tonight.
Fr. Gunderson lectured to the students during religion. He introduced the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I hope your child has started working on their shield. I passed out that information the first week of October and explained that it was due the last day of school before Thanksgiving break. That means they must turn in the shield and the packet next Tuesday. I do not give homework very often in religion, to allow them to put serious effort and quality time into this very important project. It pulls all of the important concepts of Confirmation together. I am excited to see their final projects.
Good luck to the basketball teams tonight. I am sorry I will not be heading to any games. I have a lot of papers to correct. Hopefully I can make the Thursday night games.
School news..................It was announced today that students who came early for the TV broadcast on Halloween can come out of uniform next Monday.
Also, if your child brings a new toy to school for our toy drive on Friday of this week they will get an out of uniform pass and a treat at the Drama Club Play. Parents, I hope you understand the value in teaching your child to be a giver. Please make them work or sacrifice in some way to pay for that new toy. This is an opportunity to help them get the good feeling you feel when you give to others. If you just buy the toy and they carry it to school, the lesson is being missed. The students at MSW are so very blessed in so many ways. I think the most important blessing they have been given is you and the love and time you put into parenting trying to prepare them for life. Take advantage of this opportunity please. Your child will learn a valuable lesson, and your child will be making someone else's Christmas special. Help your child learn, that it is in giving that we receive.
Take care and have a great night,
November 13, 2017
The clock is moving faster then I can keep up with! I just looked a the clock thinking it was 6:30 and it is almost 8:30!
Today was a good day. The 8th graders had a chance to catch up on their religion text book work during class today.
In 8th grade science we reviewed the chapter and they will have a quiz tomorrow. I hope they do well. They seem to understand the material. They should be studying tonight!
In 7th grade science we talked about the cell theory. I passed back many graded papers today and went over the bread mold lab. I am usually very pleased when I correct their work, noting the time, effort, understanding of concepts and thought put into the work. Some did an excellent job on the lab. Others misread questions, answered in one or two words without explanation or completely did not use the skills we have been working so hard on this year. I do not give homework every night, but when I do, I expect that the students put time into that work. They had this assignment for two weeks. There were 10 questions to answer and a chart to write notes on everyday. I went over the questions on the first page with all of them in class before we did the lab. I explained the answer to each question. Check power school. If your child has below an 87 you should ask them honestly if that was their "best" work, or were they rushing to just get it done? Let's all put our best effort into everything we do. The 7th graders did not get homework.
Take care and have a great night,
November 9, 2017
Today was a great day! The 7th graders did a lab where they compared the skin of a kidney bean and a edamame pea using a microscope. I was very impressed with their ability to listen, help each other, follow directions, use a microscope, and complete the work in a set amount of time. Good job 7th grade you have come a long way! The 7th graders did not have homework tonight. I have a pile of papers to pass out and go over with the students I will do that tomorrow and Monday. Sad to say I will not see my first morning science class tomorrow. We are having an assembly to honor the Vets. I love this assembly and greatly respect those who so bravely put their life in danger every day to keep me safe. Because of the assembly remember that tomorrow is come out of uniform in red, white or blue. My outfit is already planned!
The 8th graders learned more about atoms, molecules, solvents, solutes, the periodic table. protons, electrons, neutrons, chemical formulas, atomic mass, atomic numbers, compounds, solutions, mixtures, homogeneous and heterogeneous their heads must be spinning. The foundation to chemistry is very important and a lot of material, but they are catching on. The 8th graders did not get homework tonight. I have a pile of papers that I need to get back to them also. I will take care of that tomorrow!
The 8th graders did not have religion today because of life skills. They did an exercise that ends with an interesting twist. They worked in groups to come up with things that they would take on an island. In the first pass they came up with answers like water, food, a generator. All very good answers. Then I explained in round two that all needs would be taken care of on the island, and they could only bring one thing. They brainstormed in groups and came up with new thoughts. My favorite was one groups said they would bring their Mom. Another group hit the nail on the head................their faith. And that is all we need. If we have faith in God, no matter what happens in our lives good or bad, planned or unplanned you are able to get through it. I hope that somehow during this very important formative religious year your child begins to really understand the value in a life long relationship with God. You planted the seed so long ago, but they need to nurture that throughout their lives.
Just a reminder tomorrow is out of uniform wear red, white and blue!
Take care and have a great weekend,
November 8, 2017
Today flew by.
The 7th graders and 8th graders worked on a guided reading packet that goes along with the next chapter for both of them. They may have to finish it for homework. I think a few students completed it in class today.
In Religion we moved into the next chapter also.............yipee! We need to move through this book quickly. Ask your child to tell you the story about the boy who wanted a Porsche for his 18th birthday. During the video in both classes there was total silence........................ It is a great story with a great lesson.
I just got home it is 8 pm. I was with a group of 8th graders at the Fenwick science competition. It is the oldest and largest competition in the state. We have placed in the past, but this was not our year. I know the students tried their best and I am proud of their effort and appreciate their participation. Also a huge thank you to the parents who took the time and battled the traffic both ways to enable their child to have this experience and represent MSW.
I have a lot to get done, and it is late already, so I will close here.
Take care and have a great night,
November 7, 2017
I went to an amazing STEAM presentation that the science dept. at St. Pat's put on last night. If you have not made a final decision about what high school your son should attend I would seriously put St. Pat's in the mix. In so many ways it is a wonderful school, but they have completely revamped their science dept., facility and program. I not only would like to teach there I would like to be a student there! Check out their next open house.
I was late for the Confirmation meeting, but thought it did a nice job of explaining what the sponsor should be doing to help prepare the candidate for Confirmation. This will be upon us quickly. We have Thanksgiving and Christmas in the middle and then all of a sudden it is Confirmation. Please stay on top of everything that needs to get done.
Sadly, I was not in school today. I don't think I have ever called in sick in all of my years at MSW. I have missed due to meetings and conferences, but luckily I am pretty healthy. I am fine................. I have a little tear in my cornea, got medicine and am doing much better. I will be back tomorrow. I hate to miss, but I am sure the students had a great day with Mrs. O'Grady.
You will have to get the news from your child, they know more about what went on then I do....................
Tomorrow is the Fenwick competition. I look forward to sharing that experience with so many of our 8th grade students. I wish them all the best of luck!
Take care and have a great night,
November 6, 2017
I am rushing because I have a meeting at St. Pat's tonight at 6:30 and a meeting at MSW at 7. The St. Pat's meeting all 7th graders are invited to you should have gotten an email blast about it. They will be show casing their new science lab and offering students the experience to participate in three STEAM labs. I am excited to see what upgrades they have. I have worked closely with the science dept. at St. Pat's. The second meeting is the Confirmation meeting. All 8th graders need to attend with an adult, hopefully their sponsor. If their sponsor is out of town or busy tonight any adult is ok. I will be late for that, but I will be there!
On Friday night I got to see the 8th grade boys play basketball and the 8th grade cheerleaders. It was an action packed close game! Of course in the end MSW came out on top. This 8th grade class has a lot of talent..................and ENERGY! I will eventually get to at least one game for each of the basketball teams. Hopefully more. I do enjoy it!
I met with the 8th grade students that are heading to Fenwick on Wednesday of this week to compete in the science competition. I passed out three pages on information how this works. I hope if your child plans on competing they give it to you. If you have questions or concerns after reading the information please email me.
Today in 7th grade science the students took the Unit Review Test in the book. These scores are very helpful and valuable. It shows me how well they are reading on the 7th grade level with comprehension. We work on helping the students learn how to read content material at grade level. This helps increase the Aspire Test scores. We also do some test practice work/prep work for standardized test taking in both 7th and 8th grade. It is not all about "the test", but those tests are one way to evaluate where our students are at. They did not get homework. The students should be working at home on the bread lab. Many students have told me they have not seen any mold growth yet. That is normal, it is coming!!!! We continue to work on this experiment until Christmas. The students need to turn in their BREAD, their LAB and the BOX all on Wednesday. If their is no mold growth they should fill out all of the lab questions and on conclusion............they should write TOO SOON TO TELL. They can add their conclusion in a few weeks.
Some students in 7th grade were unable to finish their science test on Thursday during class and did not stay after school to finish. I held their tests and they completed them today. I did not want to pass out the tests until I had them all. They will be going home this week.
The 8th graders have shifted gears and will now be working on some chemistry chapters. We began with an intro to the periodic table. This is like learning a new language, but eventually everyone catches on. They did not get homework tonight.
In religion we completed chapter three in their book. We need to pick up that pace because Confirmation is early this year. The students should be working on their shield project. That was passed out Oct. 1 and is due the last day before Thanksgiving break. Please do not save it until the last minute.
I better run.
Hope to see the 7th graders at St. Pat's and the 8th graders at the Confirmation meeting,
Take care, Mrs. Z
November 1, 2017
Just an incentive for 7th grade parents if you read this and you child writes the word Allison on the front page of the test they will get two bonus points!
Today was short and quick!
The classes were short because it is Wednesday and we had Mass together. It was All Saints Day and the students in third grade dressed up like saints. I love the way we celebrate our Faith at MSW.
I am always willing to help students prepare for tests/quizzes or just go over material they are having trouble with. I was very pleased that a 7th grader took me up on the offer. I see students before school, after school or at lunch as needed. I do not seek students out, they need to ask for the help. Assuming responsibility for your success is a big part of growing up.
In 7th grade science I reviewed with the students. They seem to understand the material. In my first class students asked many questions and I helped them a lot. In my second class the students did not have many questions. I am hoping they really understood the material when it was taught. We will see how it goes.....tomorrow!
In my 8th grade science class they did the chapter review and in religion they made cards for Mr. Heidkamp a life long member of the parish who is not doing well. I did not move into the next section because there were so many 8th grade students out today. I hope they are all feeling better.
Tomorrow is Pizza Lunch if you want to order you still have time.
Take care and have a great night,
Oct. 31, 2017
Happy Halloween........................what a day! I got to MSW at 5:45........................that is just way too early! It was fun and exciting have the new visit. You can watch the video on the computer. I just did and it was really cute! They made it a point to highlight many students which I thought was really nice. There is a pretty big segment of 7th grade if you are interested.
I loved having the 8th grade back! I am glad they had fun and came home safe!
This was a great year for costumes! I was amazed at the variety.
In all of my science classes we did experiments with dry ice. I hope the students enjoyed the break from the text book and learned a little about dry ice/carbon dioxide.
Fr. Gunderson taught religion today................What a brave man! He did a great job and I think the students were very interested in learning the Church's teaching on the occult.
I have some work to do and the door bell keeps ringing so I will end here.
Tomorrow we have Mass so the students should not wear gym clothes. They need to bring them in a bag.
I passed out two service opportunities to the 8th graders and I will talk to them about those tomorrow.................believe me no one was listening today.
Taffy Apples sales will continue through this week.
You all should be getting excited no school for you on Friday!
Take care and HAPPY HALLOWEEN,
Oct. 30, 2017
For a science teacher Halloween is just about the greatest teaching moment, so this will be short so I can brush up on my magic for tomorrow. I know the 8th graders may be tired...............but this is worth getting out of bed for!
Welcome back to the 8th graders!! I loved the pictures all weekend, but cannot wait to see them. It sounds like a great trip for all.
Tomorrow I will be (hopefully) going to school for the TV photo shoot! How exciting, I hope many students are able to take advantage of this. I know it is a huge sacrifice, it is for me too, but I love the idea of letting the world know what a great school I am part of.
Tomorrow I will be passing out the information on two really great service projects for 8th grade. They both have a limit on the students, so please help your child get that back to me FAST! They will get service hours for both of the events and they are really fun.
Today the 7th graders had me two times, because I took Mr. Wolf's classes while he was in DC. I loved seeing them twice, hope they liked seeing me twice! Tomorrow we are back to once a day. I helped them work on their essay for the big test on Thursday. I hope they are studying. The need to write an essay and I gave them the topic today. Just to help you out a little it is on the history of the microscope. The information is in their book if I remember correctly it starts at about page 30. I am looking for about 5 good sentences with some key facts.
I also gave a big lecture on dry ice which is really carbon dioxide in a solid state. That should be a big hint to you on what tomorrow will be all about.................. They took notes, then in the afternoon when I saw them again we had a short open note quiz just on dry ice. We also worked on a few dichotomous keys. I think they enjoyed that part. I am trying to keep Wednesday free so I can help them review and answer questions. They should be studying each night and looking at their bread mold lab and writing observations. I do not think anyone has mold yet.
Taffy apple sales continue throughout this week.
I cannot wait to see the 8th graders tomorrow, and I am very excited to see the entire junior high in their Halloween costumes.
Take care and have a great night,
October 26, 2017
What an odd day! I taught Math to the fifth graders. That is what happens when everyone starts going on field trips!
I will be lost for the next few days without the 8th graders, each one is so very special to me. I hope they have a great time making memories to last forever!
Thank you to all the 8th graders who cut back on their packing time to help load the truck. With so many kids it went fast!
I did not teach the 7th graders today because they were on their field trip. I hope they had a great time and I am excited to hear all about it tomorrow. I am sure they will be very tired. Good thing the weekend is coming.
Just a reminder tomorrow is wear red for Red Ribbon week and the students can come out of uniform. Taffy Apples will be sold again at lunch and at the end of the day.
Take care and have a great weekend!
October. 25, 2017
My day started with a 7:30 meeting and has been a race since then. I just got home it is 5:30 and I have to be back at MSW at 6 to Load the Truck for the Julia Center and then a meeting. So I thought I would write now, because I may get in late.
In 8th grade religion the students wrote why they should be chosen to represent MSW at Arlington Cemetery during the wreath ceremony. Four 8th graders will be chosen for this very special honor. The names will be announced tomorrow. The students who are chosen need to bring their MSW uniform to DC. Also remember all students should bring their 8th grade sweat shirt.
In science today I talked to the students about the trip and tried to explain eating procedures etc. They are all very excited about the trip and had many questions. I hope my information helped them. I am sorry that I am not going, but I am sure they will all have a good time. Please stress that they need to get sleep it is a very active trip. They are on the go all day and on into the night!
In 7th grade the students got the information for the bread lab. This is something they do at home each day. Class was short because they had a meeting to get information on Springfield. I will go back over the bread lab with them when they return. I will miss them tomorrow, but hope they have a great time.
There was no homework given in any of my classes today.
8th grade is out of uniform tomorrow because they all remembered their donation to Kathy Sanders last week.
I hope to see some 7th and 8th graders at MSW in ten minutes for Load the Truck!
Sorry this is short,
Take care and have a great night,
October 24, 2017
Today I showed all the 7th graders how to get to my website to read daily info. They should be showing you how to get to this. You may find it helpful. I write at some point every day. Sometimes at 4 and sometimes at 10. It just depends on my schedule, but I write almost every day. I think last year I missed twice throughout the entire year. I told your children as an incentive that if they showed you how to get there I would give them 10 bonus points tomorrow if you sign their homework. I hope that was good motivation. I do not ever write on Friday!
In 7th grade science I got almost all my conference power school forms back! Excellent job, I hope to get the last few tomorrow. The 7th graders did have homework tonight. They needed to do the chapter review. All the 7th graders are finally able to get to their book online. I am so happy. That was a job!!! So now they do not have to carry the book home every night. Today they learned how to read a cladogram. I am excited to correct their work and see if they understood what I was saying.
In 8th grade science the students took their first big Physics tests. I am sure they are as excited as I am to hear how they did. I am going to try to get them corrected tonight, but they are very long so I am not making any promises. The 8th graders did not have homework tonight.
In religion the 8th graders carved pumpkins with their second-grade faith partner. I am very proud of them. The 8th graders only have 45 minutes to set up, clean out, carve and clean up their area. That is not easy…………….but no problem for this class.
Tomorrow is a Catholic Identity Assembly, so it is out of uniform with their CI t-shirts. Taffy Apples will be sold at lunch and after school they cost 1.50. Sales went well today! Also, please think about bringing your child back to Load the Truck for the Julia Center. It usually is a lot of fun. It only takes about an hour and we need some strong kids to help! Students meet me at Barry Gym at 6:15 we walk over to the rectory at 6:30 and load the truck. We are usually done in 45 min or less. Students who attend will get service hours. I know it is the night before DC, but I am still hoping some 8th graders will attend.
Thanks for all, take care and have a great night,
October 23, 2017
Today in my 7th and 8th grade classes I passed out conference information to any student whose parents I did not have a conference with last week. I like to check up on how all students are doing a few times a year. So, I did not just plan for conferences with the list of parents attending, I planned for all the students. It helps me know which students I need to help in different areas during class. I hope your child gave you their folder and that you take the time to go over that information with them. Several students are doing great, and a few have areas that need attention. If all the news is good, take time to praise them and let them know you care and are glad that they are having such success. If there are areas that need attention encourage your child to see me for help, or encourage your child to make some changes. There is still time before report cards. As I told the 7th graders today, my happiest moment would be if they all got A’s. Please sign and return the PowerSchool printout.
Today was a big day for the 8th graders………………. Room assignment were passed out for DC. I did not do the room assignments this year, I have in the past. As you can imagine it is very difficult to make 50 students equally as happy. They only sleep for two nights in the hotel rooms, the rest of the time all the students travel together, and they can be with anyone they want. I hope this trip creates many learning experiences for them and many, many great memories.
Tomorrow the 8th grade is having a big Physics test. I passed out a study guide two weeks ago, and we took two class periods one last week and again today to go over the material. I hope all the 8th graders are studying tonight. They did not get religion homework.
It was an amazing experience at Holy Fire. I think the students had fun during the early sessions running up to the stage and joining in with the bands. I did notice they changed gears and were very respectful during Adoration and the closing Mass. We were surprised with a visit from Fr. Tim who was also at the event. I am glad the 8th students of MSW, such a small community, had the opportunity to be surrounded by thousands of others their age for worship.
I passed back the microscope test and lab to the 7th graders today. They did well, and I was pleased. We will be using the microscopes throughout the year. Today we worked on scientific classifications using binomial nomenclature. I hope if you ask your child they can tell you that is the two-name process that gives us genus and species. We will be working on that all week. There are two tools they use one is dichotomous key and cladograms. They are a little like puzzles and typically students enjoy this section. The 7th graders did not get homework tonight.
A few reminders………..all week during lunch and after school KWC will be selling Taffy Apples for charity. They cost $1.50. On Wednesday night KWC and any other student who wants to help can join us as we load the truck for the Julia Center. I know it is the night before DC, but it only takes an hour. We need lots of strong boys who are looking for service hours to help us. We meet at Barry Gym at 6:15 we head over to the rectory at 6:30 and it takes about 45 minutes to load the truck. Then the students are dismissed. 7th graders are welcome. If your child is willing to attend, please have them tell me tomorrow.
Tomorrow the 8th graders have a special treat. They will be carving pumpkins with their second grade Faith Partner during Religion. The 8th graders and 2nd grader can come out of uniform for the day.
Take care and have a great night,
October 19, 2017
What a great soccer game last night! It was a nail bitter for sure. I am glad MSW won and that everyone got the message about out of uniform. The students were very excited today. It was a terrific way for them to end the MSW soccer season.
Last night I heard that Mrs. Sanders died. That is such sad news for Mrs. Olson her sister, for me and for all the lives Mrs. Sanders touched. I wrote a prayer for the announcements this morning and all the pink hair money will be donated in her name. I did take time to talk to the students about this during their classes. The 8th graders made cards for Mrs. Olson and were asked to bring in money a dollar or two to purchase a class flower arrangement for her wake and funeral. I know that will mean a lot to Mrs. Sanders family and to Mrs. Olson who many of the students have this year. I am glad that Mrs. Sanders suffering is over, but I am sure these days are very hard for her family.
The 7th graders reviewed today for their quiz tomorrow. They all should have the notes to study. This is not open note. I hope they all do a fantastic job. Sadly, I will not be there for them. I will be attending Holy Fire with the 8th grade. Sometimes I do miss my 7th grade classes because of 8th grade events, but next year that means I will be at those special events with your child. So 7th grade does have homework it is to study!
The 8th graders worked very hard trying to learn how to interpret time distance graphs and time speed graphs. I think they are catching on which is great because their test is next Tuesday. They did not get homework but they could start to study or finish their card for Mrs. Olson. I do have many completed cards already, but some asked to take theirs home to finish.
Tomorrow is Holy Fire. The 8th graders come to school at the regular time. We will board the bus at 8:15. They can bring cell phones, but they need to be careful so they are not lost or stolen. We cannot be responsible for that. They should bring food, but there are venders selling snacks which they can buy. They also have vendor selling hats, t-shirts etc. It is a fun yet very spiritual day. I hope your child has a wonderful experience. It ends at 3:30 but there are many students there from many different schools so leaving is a little like leaving a Cubs game…….and it is Friday and there will be traffic. I promise to do my best to get MSW out of the Pavilion as quickly as I can. It has been a long week for me too. I am not sure what time we will get back to MSW, but your child will call you when we get on the bus and when we are getting close to MSW. A little background on what Holy Fire is. It starts like a rock concert with young singers on stage singing songs about God, the Spirit, Faith, but they are rockers/rappers and the kids typically get into that. Then the pace slows down a little and some people give testimony to how the Holy Spirit has filled their lives and helped them make changes. Then it settles down even more and moves into a period where the students can go to reconciliation. During that the students can go to Fr. Gunderson or to any other priest throughout the Pavilion. After that the students have Adoration which is very special and beautifully done, followed by a Mass. It is an amazing day because as you move through each experience the feeling and tone in the room changes. Last year as I sat through the Adoration I was taken aback by the fact that there were over 2000 students in the room and there was not a sound. The silence was so profound and beautiful. I am very grateful to be able to share this faith experience with your child.
Some upcoming news……
Next Wednesday night is Load the Truck for the Julia Center. It is a Kids Who Care Project, but anyone who wants to help can. On Monday permission slips will go home. I know it is the night before DC, but it only takes an hour. We need some strong students to help us. The students meet at Barry Gym at 6:15 we walk over to the rectory and take the items from the garage and put them on a truck. It takes about 45 minutes because typically so many students come to help. This will count for service hours.
Next week Taffy Apples will be sold during lunch and after school. They cost 1.50. Kids Who Care boys and girls will be selling them. The money will go to charity.
Just a heads up I never write on Friday!
Take care and have a great weekend,
Oct. 18, 2017
Grandparent’s Day was beautiful. Thank you all for your help in making this event be so successful. Thank you to Mrs. Purcell for getting and organizing the volunteers. Thank you to the Mom’s and Dad’s who fearless cooked from 6:45 on. Thank you to all the parents who got their 8th graders up and out of bed to be there early today. And mostly thank you to the hardworking 8th graders who did any job I gave them to the best of their ability. I could not have asked for any more from any of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Now, we move into our next events starting tomorrow with a pasta lunch and pink hair extensions. Just a reminder to you if you want to order a lunch for your child you can do that online. Pink hair extensions will be done in the science lab after school. The money goes to the Susan Koleman foundation “Fight for the Cure”. I have many friends who have been faced with this illness, some are still fighting, others sadly have lost the fight. I am very happy that Kids Who Care can show their support to this worthy cause. Many girls and boys will get pink hair extensions tomorrow, the cost is $10. Some students have asked if they could donate even if they do not get the pink hair. Of course, that is ok, and the donation will help. Let’s all try to make the differences, this has affected all of us in some way. Friday, we head off to Holy Fire and that will be covered in tomorrow’s newsletter.
I did not see my 7th graders today. We will review for the microscope quiz tomorrow. I missed teaching them today, but saw many in the hallways. I was not in charge of the 7th graders today, but I saw them at their posts doing their job. They did great!
The 8th graders are playing in the final soccer game tonight. I was at school at 6 this morning, but I am hoping to stay awake so I can go to their game. They had a great victory last night. I love these games! It is so fun to see the boys and girls working together for the win. Due to the game, I have moved their test until next Tuesday. I hope that gives you a little time to celebrate their victory tonight, and them time to adequately prepare for this test. If anyone needs extra help they should let me know. I can help them Monday after school, or possibly at lunch. The 8th graders were not given homework tonight.
I did not teach religion today, I let the 8th graders have an extra recess because they worked so hard this morning.
Again thanks for ALL!
Take care, and have a great night,
Oct. 17, 2017
Day 2 for the newsletter and I am so happy and excited to write, but I do have a soccer game to get to, so I will type fast. I finally made it to one of the 8th grade games last night and it was a BLAST!!!!! So, I am looking forward to a big victory tonight! Go Hawks!!!!
The best news is I heard from the students some of you went to my site! In some of my classes I reviewed how to get there I will do it in more classes tomorrow. Today was a rushed day.
It was a wonderful day of a lot of learning, but to be very honest I missed all the students who were at ND shadowing I look forward to seeing them tomorrow.
The 7th graders did a very had lab using the microscopes. I think they enjoyed it and were amazed at how they work. They are learning a lot and trying very hard. They are seeing more and more every day the importance of listening. When they used the low power lens the letter e magically turned upside down. That is called inversion and I wanted them to see that. Here is the super cool part, when they used the scanning power it went back to a regular e! This is why I love teaching science it is always so amazing. They did not get homework, but they should be studying for the quiz on Friday. It is not open note.
The 8th graders did a lab on acceleration and enjoyed making race tracks out of wood and playing with toy cars. Sometimes I look out and wonder if I am teaching 8th grade or preschool. They made a chart and a graph. I hope this helped them understand acceleration better. Things accelerate more at the end of the hill then they do at the beginning. Also, did you know in physics acceleration is also when you are slowing down, but then it is negative! The 8th graders do not have homework, but they too should be studying, for their upcoming test. The students who were gone today will just be exempt from the lab. The
I took the whole 8th grade during lunch and recess to practice for our little presentation tomorrow at Grandparent’s Day. I love the day…………., but it is a lot of work and worry. I hope the students give from their heart tomorrow and do their best. I know they can, but will they??
A few reminders ALL STUDENTS MUST BE in full uniform. If it is gym day, they change for gym. All cooks need to report to their kitchens at 6:45. If your child is in Ms. T’s homeroom you go to Wisdom kitchen and if your child is in my homeroom you go to Barry kitchen. Students should come at 7 if they can and if they cannot it is ok. When they get to school they should go to Wisdom and help get that gym ready a group of students helped me during the last period of the day get Barry ready. They were amazing helpers it is a big job and my gym looks great. After Wisdom is ready, my homeroom kids should come and help me finish up in Barry. The event starts at 8:30, but you know grandma’s they run on their own time. Some will come right at drop off, and we need to be ready. We stop working at 9:30 to pick up the kindergarteners who we are responsible for during the Mass. After the Mass we go into a regular day and if there are any grandparents they can stop by to see their grandchild in the classrooms.
I hope to see you tomorrow. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all the parents who are coming early to cook!
Take care and have a great night,
October 16, 2017
Today was busy, fast, fun and very exciting.
The 7th graders used the microscopes for the first time. They did an excellent job. Tomorrow they will be doing a big lab using the microscopes. We went over all the information on that lab today! Just a heads up the 7th graders will be having a quiz on the microscope this Friday. They all have a study guide and have had it for at least a week. The front is a diagram of the microscope and they need to label the parts. They should have notes on how to use a microscope on the back of the sheet. The quiz is on both the front and back information. There will be a word bank for the diagram portion.
The 8th graders went over their lab for tomorrow which is on acceleration. I hope the hands-on activity helps them understand the concept of acceleration. The 8th graders will be having a test on Thursday. I have been preparing them in class, and they got a study guide last week. I will go over the material with them one more time on Wednesday, but they need to put time in at home too! I do not want to have a test next week if I can avoid it. Although, if the 8th grade wins their soccer game tomorrow night and they are playing again on Wednesday night, I will hold the test off. If they lose tomorrow the test remains.
I finally got to see the 8th grade soccer team in action and they were AMAZING! I am in awe of the talent of this 8th grade class. High energy, good sportsmanship and a win…………what more could I ask for? I could hear the 8th graders encouraging each other during the game, wonderful job 8th grade!
We are getting ready for Grandparent’s Day. The 8th grade hosts the breakfast. I want to thank all the parents who said they would come early to cook the pancakes. You will see this is not easy, but it is a lot of fun! I am asking all the cooking parents to be at MSW at 6:45. All the 8th grade students are asked to come to school at 7 that morning to help set up. If it is too hard for you to get your child there early for any reason, it is ok. Just have them there at the regular time. Usually most students make it there early.
Friday is Holy Fire, and students come to MSW at the regular time. More info on Holy Fire tomorrow!
Take care and have a great night,