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.

SMS Newsletter – Jan 24, 2019

Dear families,

Attached is the school newsletter from the Thursday packet.
1.  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.
2. Valentine Day Lunches.  Forms are going home today 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:  School will dismiss at noon on Thursday, Feb 14.  There is no school from Feb 14 – Feb 24 for the 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 – Jan 18, 2019

Good morning 8th Grade Families!
1.  The school newsletter is attached.   Please note that raffle tickets for the Gala went home with packets yesterday.  It is extremely important that you keep track of these and return the ticket stubs and any unsold tickets to the office.  We have to keep track of every ticket!
2.  Disinfecting Wipes (like Clorox wipes):  We have exhausted our class supply already.  I bought 7 containers to get us through a little while but would appreciate any donations to keep us going through the rest of the year.  We try and disinfect the classroom daily to keep germs at bay.  We don’t have to have brand name wipes – Target, Safeway and more are fine.  Just make sure they are not baby wipes.
3.  Julia Robinson Math Festival:   The Julia Robinson Math Festival is a fun afternoon of math activities hosted on the UW campus.  Students are given the opportunity to explore and try out a variety of great open-ended math problems with the help of math volunteers.   
I have volunteered with the festival and it is a great afternoon of learning.
4.  Important Dates:
Monday, Jan. 21 – NO SCHOOL – Dr. Martin Luther King commemoration
Thursday, Jan. 24 – ReRegistration for current families begins online and is open until February 4.  This only applies for you if you have younger students also.  During this time, current school families receive a discount on the Registration fee AND lock in this year’s tution rate. Current families are offered this priority registration opportunity, which helps SMS determine how many new students can be added beginning Feb. 5. Please read the details in the email sent to all current families earlier this week. (If for some reason, you did not receive it, please let us know as soon as possible!)
Sunday, Jan. 27 – OPEN HOUSE 9:30 – 12:30 Many of your 6th graders are excited to become Student Ambassadors, and we can use your help as well. Invite friends, family and neighbors to come for a visit! It happens that middle school is a time we have families interested in transferring their students into our middle school, with its smaller classes, more individualized attention and proven success record in preparing students for high school.
And this event also kicks off Catholic Schools Week, with additional special events during the week, including:
Wednesday, Jan. 30 – GrandFriends Day – Mass followed by Pancake Breakfast. You will have received an invitation form in your Family Bulletin this past week. There is no charge, but it helps ahead of time to know how many pancakes we will need!
February 12 – 14 Accreditation Visitation Days – Classroom observations and special meetings with school community stakeholders
Tuesday, Feb. 12 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm Meeting with Parent Stakeholders – your opportunity to provide input as parents directly to the Accreditation Team
Thursday, Feb. 14 – NEW!! HALF DAY (to accommodate finalization of Accreditation with staff)  – and ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL VALENTINE’S DAY LUNCH (More details on this special event later)
Friday Feb. 15 – NO SCHOOL, begin Winter Break until….
Monday, Feb. 25 – Return from Winter Break

Newsletter 1/10/19

Dear families,

I was so glad to welcome back your students after the break.  I missed them!

1.  There is quite a bit of important information in the Thursday packet today.  For those that have younger students, re-registration is starting soon!  Do you know a family that should consider SMS?  Invite them to come to the Open House on Jan 27.

2.  Change to school calendar – School will dismiss at noon on Thursday, Feb 14.
3.  Non – uniform day tomorrow for those middle school students who earned it with no uniform violations in December.   They know who they are.
4.  Catholic Schools Week is coming up Jan 27 – Feb 1.  There is a flyer in the Thursday packet explaining the day themes and activities.   2 highlights:
A.  Sunday, Jan 27 is Open House.  MS students can sign up to be ambassadors on that day.  I will be passing out forms tomorrow for that.
B.  Wednesday, Jan 30, we will celebrate Grandfriends’ Day.  Students can invite parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or other special people in their lives to join them at Mass at 8:45 followed by a pancake breakfast.
Have a great weekend!

Newsletter 12/20/18

Dear families,
I hope you all have a very blessed, happy and safe Christmas break.
Tomorrow is the last day of school before Christmas break.  We will dismiss at noon.  There is no lunch or after care.   Mrs. Romero has declared this to be a non-uniform day with Christmas cheer dress!
Tomorrow will also be the finals of the SMS Geography Bee.   Good luck to Spencer, Liam, Alexa and Stella who will represent 8th grade.   If you wish to watch, sign in at the office and come up to the lunch room at 10:35.   Videotaping is not permitted but still pictures are allowed.
All transcripts and teacher recommendation forms were mailed or emailed this week to the high schools.  Don’t forget to finish up your applications or financial aid applications before the deadlines!
Have a great evening!

Newsletter 12/13/18

Dear families,

The holidays are quickly approaching – only 1 more week of school before Christmas break.
1.  Next Friday, Dec 21st, is a noon dismissal.  There is no lunch that day.   We will have normal classes for 2 periods.  After snack, we will enjoy the finals of the SMS Geography Bee and the cast list for our spring musical, Tarzan, will be announced.  Please pick up your students promptly at noon.
2.  All high school transcripts and teacher recommendations will be mailed next week.  Make sure you complete your part of the high school applications and financial aid applications.
Have a wonderful day!

Newsletter 10/21/18

Good evening parents!
It has been a long week.  In case your students haven’t told you, I was out of school last week.  I had a death in the family and had to fly to Texas for the first part of the week.   Then, on Thursday and Friday, I was in Whistler for my annual Math conference where I could network with other Math teachers and learn about new and best practices in teaching Math.
Since I have not been at school, I haven’t seen the latest school newsletter.  I will scan it tomorrow and send it out in case it didn’t make it home.

Notes for the next couple weeks.
1.  ITBS – This is the 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
   Wednesday, Oct 31 at 1:15 pm.  Students  can change into their costume at the party.  They cannot wear their costume the entire day.  Watch for a Sign Up Genius from the parent party planners.
3.  It is time to get those transcript requests and teacher recommendation forms to us if you haven’t already.  They are due by Friday, November 16 at St. Madeleine.  You can drop off in the office or at my room.
Have a good evening!

Newsletter – October 4, 2018

Dear Families,

I hope October is finding you and your family well.  I am enjoying these last few days of beautiful sun.  I am sure the rain will catch up to us quickly.
1.  Tonight is one of the Catholic high school information nights at Sacred Heart in Bellevue.  The evening runs from 7 pm – 9 pm.
2.  Many of your students are enjoying their days visiting the high schools.  If you have not registered your student yet, please do so as soon as possible.  The dates fill up quickly.
3.  It is time to check and register for high school entrance exams.  Check the enclosed HS Admission grid to see which test is needed for the schools that your student is applying for.  Many of the school accept the same test.  You only need to take it once but have the scores sent to all the schools that require it.  If you have questions about which test to register for, let me know.
4.  We are sending 5 students to the Seattle Prep Math games at the end of this month.  On Oct 27th from 1-4 pm, I will be cheering on these students.   I will send more info out to those families as the day gets closer.
5.  No school on Friday, Oct 12!  Enjoy the long weekend.
Take care,