Homeroom News – October 12, 2015

Dear families,

The year is going by so quickly!  Someone mentioned that we are already 10% done with the school year!

Notes for the next couple weeks:

  1. Move A Thon:

Last Friday was a great event!  Even with sprinkles, there was a lot of excitement and a lot of moving!  Last I checked, 8th grade is still leading the school and only about $600 away from our class goal.  A few families haven’t participated yet and I would love to see 100% participation!  I can smell the pizza for our class party when we meet our goal!  You have until Oct 30 to get in pledges.

  1. High School:

A few dates coming up

Nov 20:  Teacher Recommendation Forms are due to SMS so that we have time to thoughtfully fill these out.  It takes time to fill these out and get all the other paperwork together to send into the high schools.

Regional Nights:  There are 2 more this week if you didn’t make the one at St. Louise last week.  http://www.seattlecatholichighschools.com/regional-nights.html

Open Houses:  Several of these are happening in the next 2-3 weeks.  Please check here for dates for each school:


Entrance Exams:  Try for Nov or Dec exams so that results are back quickly.   Register early if you need testing accommodations.

ISEE (Murphy, Blanchet, Eastside Catholic, Forest Ridge, Seattle Prep):

Register by Oct 24 for Nov 14 exam

Register by Nov 14 for Dec 5 exam

Register by Dec 19 for Jan 9 exam

Holy Names – private exam

Register by Dec 6 for Dec 13-14 exam

HSPT (Kennedy)

Register before day of exam for Nov 14-15

TerraNova (O’Dea)

Register by ??  For Dec 5 or Dec 12 exam

In a couple weeks, I will be sending a form home for you to fill out with your plans for the application process.  Please return it even if your child is attending public school so we can have it for our records.

  1. Halloween:

We will be having a Halloween party on Oct 30 during the last period of the day.  That means no electives on that day.  For band students, the band teacher will be here but you have the option to skip band that day for the party if you and your parents wish.

Our room parent, Susan, will be sending out a Sign Up Genius email for contributions to the party.  Parents are welcome to come but you must sign in at the office and get a visitor badge.

Students will be able to change into costumes at the beginning of the party.

Here is information from Mr. Sherman about costumes to keep in mind:

You have received specific information about our observance of Halloween from your child’s teacher.  In it, you’ll find that our first priority is always safety and simplicity, balanced with schoolwork and a good measure of fun.  This is considered a free dress day with the Handbook free dress policy in effect.

If part of the day in your child’s particular classroom includes costumes, remember that choices should be reflective of our mission and philosophy.  That’s not to say that the traditional ghosts and devils and witches are out, but the more gruesome and negative things (as well as accessories that might cause injury or are easily broken) should be left at home.  Please do not send all sorts of masks, weapons and accessories, as inevitably they will be lost.  I’m not anticipating this to be a problem, but if you have any questions at all, please make sure to give us a call.  PK students are able to wear their SIMPLE costumes to school.  All other rooms will be putting them on at school.  The decision is up to the teacher.  Remember, for grades K-8, free dress does NOT mean wearing a costume to school.

  1. Finally, we are so happy that Malia will be back at school this week!

In case you didn’t know, Malia broke her leg and had surgery last week.

Your children have been so supportive of her and are excited to welcome her back.  They will have the opportunity to live out the SLE of Serve as they assist her.

Have a great week!

8th Grade Class News – Week 2

The first week of school is always so busy but we all made it!

Notes for the week:
1.  Field Trip:  Thursday is our first field trip of the year to the High Ropes course at the South Bellevue Community Center.  This is always a great team building experience for our students.  Each student needs to bring a sack lunch and extra water.  In addition, make sure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather.  We will be outside all day.  They also need to have closed-toe shoes.  Thank you to Paul’s, Emily’s and Bastien’s families for being drivers!
2.  Elective Forms:   Wednesday is the due date for elective choice forms.
3.  Tech Agreement Forms:  Wednesday is also the deadline for these forms.
4.  World Language:  As soon as all tech agreements are turned in, we will be ready to start the world language program.  Returning students, please send in your headphones from last year ASAP so we know how many extras we need to have on hand for all students.  Let me know soon if your student’s headphones are missing or broken and need to be replaced.
5.  High School:  Here is the website we discussed at Back to School Night.  Start booking the visit days at high school soon.  The spots do fill up.  In addition, in the next month, we will need to start the discussion about which placement tests your student will need to take if applying to private high schools.
Have a great week!