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!!

8th Grade News 5/30/19

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I can’t believe it is almost June!  Graduation is coming up fast.

Just a quick reminder of the events coming up!

Friday, May 31 All School Field Day – 8th Grade students are important leaders during this annual event. This year, our class color is yellow.  We have decorated shirts in our homeroom.


Monday, June 3 All projects and assignments are due by the end of the day.  Late or missing assignments could jeopardize a student’s ability to participate in remaining graduation activities.


Tuesday, June 4 – Morning 8th Grade Retreat – This morning serves as an opportunity to debrief the year and share hopes, fears and dreams about the move onto high school.
Tuesday, June 4 – Afternoon 8th Grade Activity Day – Students will enjoy an off campus lunch and afternoon activity.  Permission slips went home on Wednesday, June 29, and should be returned by Mon, June 3.   You will pick up your students at 3 pm at Red Robin in Factoria.


Wednesday, June 5 Students will be recognized in a special way during their last school Mass.  Parents are invited to attend the Mass at 9 a.m. The remainder of the day is spent turning in all texts and technology, and cleaning and packing the room.


Thursday, June 6 Graduation Practice – Student will meet at school at 8:30 for graduation rehearsal.  8th grade students will be dismissed at noon for family preparations for graduation.

Graduation – Students should be back at SMS in their homeroom by 3 pm for pictures and last minute details.  The Mass and ceremony will start at 5 p.m. in the church

8th Grade News 5/23/19

Dear families,
Your students only have 8 days left at SMS school!
1.  Musical – Closing night today!  The students have worked very hard and are proud of their work.  It takes a lot of help to pull off this musical and we are so appreciative to all the families who have donated time and efforts.  There are still plenty of tickets for tonight.
2.  Field Day – We will be decorating our class shirts next Tuesday at homeroom at 2 p.m.
3.  Fun Day – I am awaiting the publication of the movie schedule for June 4 and anticipate knowing it next Wednesday.  We will send home permission slips on that day for June 4.  The morning will be spent at SMS in a short retreat.  We will then have a special lunch at Red Robin and go to the movies together.  Movie tickets and lunch are paid for by SMS.  If students want extra snacks at the movies, they can bring money for that.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

News 5/16/19

Wow!  After this week, your students only have 12 days left at SMS.

1.  Musical Week:   Next week is our spring musical Tarzan.   Information has gone out from Mrs. McCarthy as to the times for rehearsals and when to report for performances.  Tickets will be available at the show each night.
2. Upcoming dates:
Field Day:  Friday, May 31.  We will be decorating shirts in homeroom.
Monday, June 3 is the last day for 8th graders to turn in assignments.
Tuesday, June 4 is our 8th grade retreat and fun day.  Permission slips will be going home the week before once we know the movie schedule.
Wednesday, June 5 is the last school Mass for our 8th graders.  We will be honoring them at the end of Mass.   We invite all to attend.
Thursday, June 6 is graduation practice and graduation.  8th graders will come to school from 8:30 – noon for yearbooks and practice.  They will return at 3 for pictures followed by the 5 p.m. graduation ceremony.
Thursday, June 13 is Alumni Volunteer Day.   Students can sign up for a full or half day of service and get a jump start on high school service hours.
Have a great evening!

8th Grade News 5/9/19

Dear families,

These warm days remind us that the time for graduation is fast approaching.

There are quite a few great events happening before that.
1.  May 31:  Field Day.  The 8th graders will decorate shirts for the day.  These are already purchased and are included in the graduation fee so you don’t have to worry about them at all!
2.  Silverware:  Recently, it has been brought to our attention that our silverware that we have in our lunchroom being used for our hot lunch program, has slowly been vanishing from the kitchen area.  This may be due to the students accidentally throwing them in the garbage at the end of lunch, instead of the bin that the silverware should go in to be washed.  Since we do not use plastic silverware, they are washed each day for re-use the following day.

If there is anyone who has extra silverware at home that you would like to donate to our cause, so that we do not have to buy any, that would be greatly appreciated!  Just send them to the office for Jessica Patterson to receive, so she may replenish our SMS Hot Lunch Silverware!
3.  Musical:  Less than 2 weeks to opening night.  See the flyer for tickets or purchase at the theater on the nights of the musical.  There is also a signup genius for help needed:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d44aeaa22ab9-stmadeleine1
4.  Finally, many thanks for the special notes and treats this week.  I especially love the notes your children have left for me.
Have a good Mother’s Day weekend.

Newsletter 5/2/19

Dear families,
I can’t believe it is May already!  The year has flown by.
1.  Confirmation:  At SMS, confirmation classes will be held for freshmen and sophomores next fall.  Registration is going on now!  If you missed the meeting last Sunday, you can contact Ann LaBeck at ann@stmadsophie.org to see up a private meeting.  Classes fill up so it is important to take care of this now before the June 1 deadline.
2.  Important dates:
May 20-21: Final Musical Rehearsals
May 22-23:  Musical!
May 31: Field Day
June 3:  Last day to turn in assignments
June 4:  8th Grade Retreat and Fun Day
June 5:  Affirmations after 9 am Mass
June 6:  Graduation Rehearsal and Graduation!
June 13:  Optional Alumni Volunteer Day

8th Grade News 4/18/19

Holy Week is coming to a close and Easter is fast approaching.   Also, graduation will be here before we know it.   In today’s packet, there is a letter about end of the year events.  Please go over it with your student.

Enjoy the Spring Break.  I will be off to visit my parents in Texas and will come back recharged and ready to finish out this great school year.
Have a blessed Easter weekend!

Newsletter 4/11/19

Dear families,
Lent has flown by and next week is already Holy Week!   I invite all of you to join us at our special services.    On Wednesday, students will process into Mass with the 30 Pieces of Silver they have earned or collected for our sister school.   On Friday, the 8th graders will lead the parish in the Stations of the Cross at noon.   This service will be followed by our solemn simple meal of soup, bread and cheese.
Thank you to all who volunteered time and goods for our Gala last weekend.  It was great to see so many of you in attendance.  We were able to raise enough funds to support our building debt and enhance other aspects of our programs.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Newsletter 4/3/19

Dear families,

Attached is the newsletter and flyers from today’s Thursday packet.
1.  Saturday is our annual Gala. I hope to see many of you at the event.  This evening raises important funds for the parish and school that bridge the gap between tuition and what it costs to educate your children.  If you cannot attend, consider sending in a donation in support.
2.  During this Lenten season, your students have had many opportunities to grow.  They have kept Lenten Journals focusing on gratitude.  Each week, they pray the Stations of the Cross and on Good Friday, the 8th graders will be the leaders of the Stations for the parish at the noon service.  They have been working on earning their 30 pieces of silver that will be brought to Mass on April 17 and they have been learning about the important work that Catholic Relief Services do throughout the world and how they can support CRS through the Lenten Rice Bowl.
3.  You student may have told you that they have less than 50 days of school left in 8th grade.  However, the work is not done and you can encourage your students to stay focused as we complete the 8th grade curriculum.  As a reminder, during this trimester, students must turn in work no later than 3 days after the due date.  Later assignments will not be accepted unless the student is on a Student Support Plan and has arranged in advance for more time.
4.  The musical rehearsals are in full swing and the production crews are hard at work on posters, tickets and newsletters.  Tickets will go on sale soon.  Watch the Thursday packet next week for more information.
Have a great weekend.