8th Grade News 1/23/20

Dear families,

Attached is the school newsletter from the Thursday packet.
1.  Catholic Schools Week – a great week to celebrate our school!
A.  This Sunday is our Open House!
– Thanks to all who have volunteered as SMS Ambassadors or singing in the choir at 11 am Mass.

– Please invite family and friends who may want to consider our school for their children’s education.
B.  Please see the flyer about special events happening this week.  Some days are special dress up days.  If a student chooses not to participate, they should be in uniform instead.
C.  Wednesday is Grandfriends’ Day.  Mass will start at 8:45 followed by a pancake breakfast.  Students are welcome to bring a grandparent or friend to Mass and breakfast.
D.  Book Fair – Our first Scholastic Book Fair is happening this week.  Students will have the chance to explore the sale and buy books.  It will also be open each day after school until 3:30 for parents to shop.
2. Valentine Day Lunches.  Forms are going home Monday explaining the lunch process.  Your child also needs a signature on his/her form indicating that the lunch requested is okay with you.  They will receive their assignments late next week.
3.  Reminder:  There is no school on Friday, Feb 14.   The following week is our annual mid Winter break.
4.  Please check your students’ uniforms.  Some are growing out of them again!   There are additional pants and skirts in the uniform exchange if your child has grown inches in the past few months.
5.  We are about 2/3 of the way through the second trimester.  Encourage your student to check PowerSchool for missing assignments or grades that can be improved.  Now is the time to do this instead of waiting until the last week of the trimester!
Have a great day!

8th Grade News 11/7/19

Dear families,

1.  Thank you to all who have already sent in teacher recommendation paperwork / emails for high school applications.  We will be working hard to gather transcripts, test scores and those recommendation letters about your wonderful children over the next few weeks.
2.  Celebrate St. Madeleine’s 2020:  April 25, 2020
   A.  We need a parent to be our auction art project volunteer.  8th grade has traditionally created a mirror surrounded by quotes that are important to our students.   You would help out as we research and decorate the mirror.  This is an easy volunteer effort!
   B.  See the flyer about the 50/50 challenge.  We are trying to collect gift cards and wine worth $25 or more by November 22.  You can drop them off at the school office or hand to a teacher in the pick up line.
3.  Thanksgiving boxes.  I sent out info yesterday.  We will be collecting all next week.  Let me know if there are any problems with your child’s assigned item.  If it causes a financial hardship, I am happy to pick up items myself.
Have a wonderful weekend!

8th Grade News 10/24/19

Dear families,

You should be very proud of the hard work your children did this week.  The results from the ITBS testing will be available at the Parent/Teacher/Student conferences in November.
I have enjoyed our high school conferences this month and want to express my thanks for your efforts to meet with me.
Notes for upcoming events:
1.  Halloween – Our party will be on Thursday, Oct 31 at 1:30 p.m.  Students will be able to change into appropriate costumes for the party.
You can sign up here to bring items or volunteer at the party:
2.  All Saints’ Day – The 8th graders did a great job visiting the St Theresa’s Guild as a dress rehearsal for next week.  All are invited to come and visit the Saints Museum after Mass next Friday, Nov 1.
3.  Taproot Theater – Nov 6 at 6:30 pm   This is a play, sponsored by the parish, that touches on themes of bullying.  Feel free to bring friends!

Newsletter 10/17/19

Dear families,
The rain has arrived!  It is a reminder that time is passing.  Our first trimester will be ending soon.  It would be a good time to have your student check into PowerSchool and make sure they are keeping up their grades and not behind on assignments.
Notes for the next couple weeks.
1.  ITBS – Next week, we are doing the standardized testing for the year.  By doing it early in the year, we can use the results to help guide instruction and make plans for the rest of the year.
Here is what you can do:  Make sure your child
   – Gets a good night sleep.
   – Eats a good breakfast.
   – Has a couple of #2 pencils.
   – Brings a calculator for Tuesday
   – Brings a book to read
Homework will be light this week since we want students to get a good night sleep.
2.  Halloween Party
   Thursday, Oct 31 at 1:30 pm.  Students  can change into their costume right before the party.  They cannot wear their costume the entire day.  Watch for a Sign Up Genius from the parent party planners.
3.  Thank you to all who have been coming to the high school conferences these last few weeks.  Hopefully these have helped with your high school planning.
4. Taproot Theater:  On Wednesday, Nov 6, Taproot Theater will be presenting a play.  See the attached flyer for more information.  All are welcome – bring your friends!
5.  Confirmation Meeting:  This Sunday, there will be an information meeting about Confirmation at 12:30 in the Social Hall (lunchroom).  If you have a student who would like to be confirmed, you may want to consider attending.

8th Grade News 10/10/19

Dear families,
Hopefully you received last Thursday’s packet but I am enclosing a scan of the newsletter and flyers.
I was out of school last Thursday and Friday (as were your kids!) for my annual Math conference.  It was a great time to learn about the latest research and network with other Math teachers.
I understand that Move a Thon was a great success.  There is still time to solicit donations for us to be able to meet our goal.
Also, on Thursday, our spring musical was announced.  We will be performing Frozen, Jr.  on May 13-14.  Mark your calendars!
Have a great week!

8th Grade News 10/3/19

Dear families,

October is going to be a great month!
1.  Move a thon is next Thursday!   Thank you to all families who have helped to make this a success.  One note:  I will not be at school on that day but my sub Sue Peck has lots of experience with the middle school at SMS.  She and Terry Maguire will help it be a great day for your students.
2.  Our annual Iowa testing is coming up on Oct 21-25.  The best way to prepare is to make sure your student has plenty of sleep, good nutritious food and some #2 pencils!
3.  High School:
A.  Thank you to all who have signed up for a high school conference with me.  If you haven’t, there are still slots available.  Let me know if these times do not work for you and I can find another time.
B.  There are a few Information Nights for high schools next week!
C.  Open Houses start soon!
4. Confirmation – The age of confirmation is moving down and an information meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct 20.  If you want your child confirmed in the Catholic church, plan on attending to learn more about the process.  There is a flyer attached about this meeting.
5.  Watch for information from your room parent about the Halloween party on Oct 31.   Please help your child choose an appropriate costume for the party.
6.  Finally, the entire 8th grade met dress code for the month of September and will enjoy a non-Uniform day tomorrow!  Great work 8th grade!

8th Grade News 9/26/19

Good afternoon families!
September has flown by!
1.  Move a thon – Coming up soon on Oct 10.   See the newsletter attached for more information.
2.  Math Games – Seattle Prep hosts a friendly Math competition for 8th graders each year.   If we have at least 3 interested students, we can enter a team.  I have spoken to the students.  If your student wants to be part of this, please let me know as soon as possible.  I have to register by the end of next week.  It is set for Saturday, Oct 26 from 1-4 pm.
3.  High School
Thank you to everyone who has notified me of the shadow days for your students.  There is still time to sign up at individual high schools.

It is time to start scheduling high school planning conferences with me.   I have put aside a few dates and times and you can sign up for one using this link:

 If none of these dates or times work for you, just let me know and we can find another time.
Have a great week!

8th Grade News 9/19/19

Dear families,
Week 3 is almost over but first, we have a field trip tomorrow!

This is an outdoors all day event, so please be sure your student dresses accordingly in sturdy clothes appropriate for the weather. Yoga pants, sandals, drapey knits are not appropriate for the activities since they take place in the woods around South Bellevue Community Center. Jeans,  athletic shoes, and sturdy tops will work well.

And don’t forget to pack a sack lunch and snack, including a drink!  Your student also needs a full water bottle for the day.
Other news:   
1.   Move a thon will be here soon – Oct 10
2.   Watch for an email next week to sign up for special high school planning conferences with me.  
Have a great evening!


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8th Grade News 9/5/19

Good afternoon families!  I hope you had a good week.

We have had a great start to the school year.  The students seemed to be settling into the new routines and rooms.  Before you know it, graduation will be here!
Thursday packets from the office come home today.  I am enclosing a digital copy in case yours get lost on the way.
1.  Back to School Night is Thursday, Sept 12.  I look forward to see you all there.  There will be a chance to get the family handbook, meet the staff and receive other good information.
2.  On Tuesday, Sept 10, we have a speaker coming.  He has lots of good information and resources on social media and our kids.  See the flyer in the Thursday packet.
3.  Field Trip:  Ropes Course on Friday, Sept 20.  I am still missing some permission slips at this point.   We really need to get those collected as soon as possible.  We also need drivers for this field trip.  In order to drive, you need to have a driver form on file with the office.  You also need to have completed Safe Environment training with the archdiocese.  I can check on both those requirements if you want to drive.  So far, Sam, James and Rachel’s families have offered to drive.  We have enough seats for all the 8th graders but are short a few for 7th grade.
4.  Technology Agreement:  These are due on Friday, Sept 6.  I am still missing some of these.  I have sent an extra copy home if your child is missing it.  In order to start using technology at school, we need to have these on file.
5.  Move A Thon:  8th grade parents are the champions for this event.  You will receive an email from the Parents Club with the link to the volunteer sign up in a couple weeks..  Please sign up to help or to send in fruit.
In addition, we are looking for monatary donations from each family.  Information went out in the August mailing and in the newsletter.  We are really looking for 100% participation in this event.
6.  Uniform Guidelines:  Most students are doing a great job with our uniform.  I am attaching information on the Wellness and Development (PE) uniform.  8th grade will wear this on Thursday starting on Sept 19.  I am also attaching information on the Spirit Hoodie option for middle school students.  Please note:  Students cannot wear the hoodie to Mass.
Full uniform information is in the school handbook or on the website at
7.  High School: It might seem to be an overwhelming progress as we transition your children to high school but I am here to walk you through the process.  Each month, we will highlight the steps to take on this journey.
A.   Shadow days:   As soon as possible, go to the high school websites and sign your student up to shadow a student for a day.  They are given an excused absence from school here to attend these days.  These spots go fast so do it this week!!  We ask that you try to not schedule more than one per week.  If you have registered your student to do a high school visit, please let me know the dates.   Try to avoid Oct 21-25 as we will be taking the ITBS that week.
B.  There is a regional Catholic high school information night on the eastside is Tuessday, October 8 at 7 pm at Holy Family in Kirkland.   If you can’t make it either of those nights, there are other nights available around the region:
C. Open Houses:  Each of the high schools has open houses scheduled.  Go and visit the schools, talk to students and teachers and get a feel for the uniqueness of each place.  Open house dates are listed here:  https://www.seattlecatholichighschools.com/open-houses.html
You can find more information on their individual websites.  Links to all these are here:
D.  Paperwork:  I am sending home 2 papers tomorrow about these items.  The first is a flyer about the HS Information Nights.  The reverse has a great summary of testing, fees and deadlines for each school.  I also sent home a planning guide for families to keep track of their progress.
Have a great week!!