Thursday, April 9th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Hi 7th graders,

Spring break is days away and the Paschal Triduum (the three most holy days in the Catholic calendar) begins this evening – hooray! You have worked incredibly hard over these past four weeks and you deserve a rest.

Tomorrow at 11am, I encourage you and your family to watch and pray the Stations of the Cross created for us by the 8th grade. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

You have one main item for your Literature / ELA To Do list:

      • Religion Reflection / Daily Reading / Daily Journal (20 – 35 minutes)

This should look pretty familiar by now, but review the directions if you need any extra guidance.

  1. Religion Reflection / Daily Reading / Daily Journal (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Today’s reflection focuses on the act of washing the apostles’ feet – what it meant then and what it means for us today. I look forward to reading your thoughts!
      • Use your reading time to review Mrs. Mansfield’s daily reflection on Teams, think about it, and respond.
      • Copy and paste your response for today in to your reading log entry for 4/9
    • Contact me with questions!

You can still work on posters for first responders. You can also make encouraging posters for your windows, for the people passing by. You never know who might see it, and everybody can use a little extra kindness and support. Thank you for contributing to the common good by remaining socially distant and finding safe and appropriate ways to support those in need!

Have a thoughtful and reflective Holy Thursday. I look forward to praying the Stations of the Cross with you tomorrow at 11am!

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 – 8th grade work

Hi 8th graders,

Spring break fast approaches and the Paschal Triduum (three most holy days in the Catholic calendar) begins tonight – hooray! You have done amazingly well over the past four weeks and I’m excited that we all get to have a well deserved rest soon.

For today, you have two items for your Literature To Do list:

        • Religion Reflection / Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
        • Monologue Preparation / Practice / Recording (10 – 15 minutes)
  1. Religion Reflection / Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Today’s reflection focuses on the act of washing the apostles’ feet – what it meant then and what it means for us today. I look forward to reading your thoughts!
      • Use your reading time to review Mrs. Mansfield’s daily reflection on Teams, think about it, and respond.
      • Copy and paste your response for today in to your reading log entry for 4/9
    • Contact me with questions!
  2. Monologue Preparation / Practice / Recording (10 – 15 minutes)
    • If you feel confident in your performance (60-75% confidence counts 😁), check in with a classmate, perform your monologues for each other, and provide feedback.
    • Today and tomorrow are the last two days you can get feedback from me on your performance (because I want you to chill out over Spring break😎)
    • The assignment will go live on Teams tomorrow, but you do NOT need to turn anything in until Tuesday, April 21st, 2020.
    • Please contact me with questions!

You can still work on posters for first responders. You can also make encouraging posters for your windows, for the people passing by. You never know who might see it, and everybody can use a little extra kindness and support. Thank you for contributing to the common good by remaining socially distant and finding safe and appropriate ways to support those in need!

Have a thoughtful and reflective Holy Thursday. I’m looking forward to taking part in the Stations of the Cross you created tomorrow at 11am. Thank you for creating this opportunity for our school to come together and pray!

 

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Hello 7th graders,

It’s Roots Day – hooray! It’s also Wednesday of Holy Week and you have another opportunity to reflect and more deeply engage. You have two items for Literature / ELA To Do list and one (can’t-encourage-it-highly-enough) optional item for your Contributing to the Common Good list:

        • Religion Reflection / Daily Reading / Daily Journal (20 – 35 minutes)
        •  🌊 Hydros💧Quiz (5 – 10 minutes)
        • Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)

And, so we begin!

  1. Religion Reflection / Daily Reading / Daily Journal (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Today’s reflection takes a closer look at Judas and offers you the chance to look at his actions from a new perspective. I look forward to reading your thoughts!
      • Use your reading time to review Mrs. Mansfield’s daily reflection on Teams, think about it, and respond.
      • Copy and paste your response for today in to your reading log entry for 4/8
    • Contact me with questions!
  2.  🌊 Hydros💧Quiz (5 – 10 minutes)
    • Take your quiz on Teams.
    • No new root this week – I want you to rest over Spring break!
  3. Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)
    • Please review my post from yesterday for more details and consider making a poster (or two or three or…)
    • Remember that posters can be dropped off, laminated or not, at the flagpole outside of school today – Wednesday, 4/8 – from 12:30 – 1pm.
    • Contact me if you have questions – or if you need construction paper! Seriously, I’m happy to drop it off on your doorstep if it will help us support first responders 😁.

That is everything – have a great day and contact me with questions!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 – 8th grade work

Hello 8th graders,

It’s Wednesday of Holy Week and you’re just a few days away from your well deserved rest during Spring break.

You have two items for your Literature To Do list and one (can’t-encourage-it-highly-enough) optional item for your Contributing to the Common Good list:

      • Religion Reflection / Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
      • Monologue Preparation/Practice/Recording (10 – 15 minutes)
      • Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)

And, away we go!

  1. Religion Reflection / Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Today’s reflection takes a closer look at Judas and offers you the chance to look at his actions from a new perspective. I look forward to reading your thoughts!
      • Use your reading time to review Mrs. Mansfield’s daily reflection on Teams, think about it, and respond.
      • Copy and paste your response for today in to your reading log entry for 4/8
    • Contact me with questions!
  2. Monologue Preparation / Practice / Recording (10 – 15 minutes)
    • If you have not yet done it, you need to record yourself performing your monologue.
      • Do it today – the longer you wait, the harder it becomes.
      • Because it is incredibly difficult to give yourself balanced feedback (we are either too nice or, more often, far too negative), imagine that you are watching a friend and giving them feedback. You need to give a mix of what works and what needs to improve.
          • Focus on tone and gesture – and how connected those two elements feel to the monologue.
          • Give concrete feedback using specific examples from your performance.
          • Start with three positive aspects – what did you do well or what have you improved on? Remember to use specific details to convince yourself! If you can’t find anything, talk to me immediately (email, Teams video call, send a raven – but get in contact!), so I can help you find the good!
          • Give yourself one area of improvement to focus on during your next practice session.
    • Contact me if you would like extra practice or feedback
    • Please hug your parents / guardians for being so supportive of this assignment (and keeping you alive/sane/healthy during this time…and always) and tell them I say “Beloved Parents and Guardians, I am eternally grateful for all that you do and appreciate your tolerance of this at-home Drama unit! It’s almost over, I promise!”
  3. Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)
    • Please review my post from yesterday for more details and consider making a poster (or two or three or…)
    • Remember that posters can be dropped off, laminated or not, at the flagpole outside of school today – Wednesday, 4/8 – from 12:30 – 1pm.
    • Contact me if you have questions – or if you need construction paper! Seriously, I’m happy to drop it off on your doorstep if it will help us support first responders 😁.

That is everything – have a great day and contact me with questions!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Greetings and salutations 7th graders,

I know that the past weeks have been difficult for many of us, and I want to take a moment to say how grateful I am to be your teacher. Every day, when I see examples of your kindness, compassion, persistence, strength, and resilience, I am reminded of why I love my job. In many different ways, every one of you has shown me how powerful the human spirit is – and that motivates me to keep doing whatever I can to support all of you.

From finding, organizing, and executing your daily work, to reaching out to see if a friend/classmate/teacher is doing okay, you show your adaptability and compassion. You have self-advocated by asking questions and for help. You have been patient with my replies. Each day, you continue to try your best, to do what you can, even when it’s really hard.

Perhaps most impressive is the resilience you have demonstrated. All of us have failed somehow – with communication, technology, organization, follow through, kindness, persistence, patience, and more. But, each time we failed, we took a moment to regroup, and then tried again. Instead of giving up, you have all chosen to keep trying. That is amazing! It is also exhausting – trust me, I know. So, remember, although you are working distantly, you are not alone. Whenever you have trouble regrouping, reach out for some support – we are here for you! Okay, that’s the end of my Tuesday pep talk.

We continue to use Literature and Language Arts time to focus on Holy Week. So, your work is very similar to yesterday – two items for Literature / ELA To Do list and one, highly encouraged, optional item for your Being a Good Person list:

        • Religion Reflection / Daily Reading / Daily Journal (20 – 35 minutes)
        • Study for 🌊 Hydros💧(3 – 5 minutes)
        • Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)
  1. Religion Reflection / Daily Reading / Daily Journal (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Use your reading and daily journal time to review Mrs. Mansfield’s daily reflection on Teams, think about it, and respond.
    • Copy and paste your response for today in to your reading log entry for 4/7
    • Contact me with questions!
  2. Study for 🌊 Hydros💧(3 – 5 minutes)
    • Use your favorite study method
    • I have posted the Hydros presentation in the Files section of the 7th Grade LIT/ELA Team, if you need it
  3. Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)
    • Please review my post from yesterday for more details and consider making a poster (or two or three or…)
    • Remember that posters can be dropped off, laminated or not, at the flagpole outside of school today, 4/7, and Wednesday, 4/8, from 12:30 – 1pm.
    • Contact me if you have questions – or if you need construction paper! Seriously, I’m happy to drop it off on your doorstep if it will help us support first responders 😁.

And, that’s everything for today – unless you like Hamilton, or just want a boost of good news.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 – 8th grade work

Good morning 8th grade,

I know that the past weeks have been difficult for many of us, and I want to take a moment to say how grateful I am to be your teacher. Every day, when I see examples of your kindness, compassion, persistence, strength, and resilience, I am reminded of why I love my job. In many different ways, every one of you has shown me how powerful the human spirit is – and that motivates me, and all of the teachers, to keep doing whatever I/we can to support all of you.

From delivering a fantastic, one-sided movie talk (unable to hear any teacher directions) to reaching out to see if a friend/classmate/teacher is doing okay, you show your adaptability and compassion. You have self-advocated by asking questions and for help. You have been patient with my replies and new and strange technological difficulties. Each day, you continue to try your best, to do what you can, even when it’s really hard.

Perhaps most impressive is the resilience you have demonstrated. All of us have failed somehow – with communication, technology, organization, follow through, kindness, persistence, patience, and more. But, each time we failed, we took a moment to regroup, and then tried again. Instead of giving up, you have all chosen to keep trying. That is amazing! It is also exhausting – trust me, I know. So, remember, although you are working distantly, you are not alone. Whenever you have trouble regrouping, reach out for some support – we are here for you! Okay, that’s the end of my Tuesday pep talk.

We are continuing to use Literature time to deeply engage with Holy Week. So, your work is very similar (some might say identical) to yesterday – two items for your Literature To Do list and one, highly encouraged, optional item for your Being a Good Person list:

      • Religion Reflection / Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
      • Monologue Preparation/practice (10 – 15 minutes)
      • Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)

Here we go!

  1. Religion Reflection / Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Use your reading time to review Mrs. Mansfield’s daily reflection on Teams, think about it, and respond.
    • Copy and paste your response for today in to your reading log entry for 4/7
    • Contact me with questions!
  2. Monologue Preparation/practice (10 – 15 minutes)
    • Continue to practice your monologue (perhaps outside to give your family a break 🙄)
    • Contact me if you would like extra practice or feedback
    • Remember that your performance will be graded on your tone, gestures, and delivery – and how well they fit with your chosen monologue.
  3. Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)
    • Please review my post from yesterday for more details and consider making a poster (or two or three or…)
    • Remember that posters can be dropped off, laminated or not, at the flagpole outside of school today, 4/7, and Wednesday, 4/8, from 12:30 – 1pm.
    • Contact me if you have questions – or if you need construction paper! Seriously, I’m happy to drop it off on your doorstep if it will help us support first responders 😁.

And, that’s everything for today – unless you like Hamilton, or just want a boost of good news.

Monday, April 6th, 2020 – 8th grade work

Hi 8th graders,

Welcome to Holy Week  – the most sacred time in the liturgical calendar! And, it’s you’re just one week away from Spring break! This week you will have many opportunities to reflect, contribute, and grow.

You have two items for your Literature To Do list and one, highly encouraged, item for possible extra credit/make-up work on your Being a Good Person list:

        • Religion Reflection / Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
        • Monologue Preparation/practice (10 – 15 minutes)
        • Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)

Let’s get started!

  1. Religion Reflection / Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • We are using reading time this week to more deeply engage with Holy Week, specifically through the reflections Mrs. Mansfield is posting.
    • To complete this assignment:
      • Thoughtfully complete the reflections Mrs. Mansfield has posted each day.
      • When you are done, copy and paste your response (the one you submit to Mrs. Mansfield) into the “Evidence” column of your reading log
        • You are NOT writing two different reflections – just ONE thoughtful, complete reflection shared with two teachers.
      • Because you do not need to complete personal reading this week, all other columns (“Title (Author)”, “Time read”, and “Pages read”) will be blank.
      • Again, the time you would normally spend reading and reflecting will be used for religion reflections this week.
      • Contact me with questions!
  2. Monologue Preparation/practice (10 – 15 minutes)
    • Keep practicing your monologue
    • Record yourself and pay particular attention to your tone and gestures – do they seem natural or forced? Do they make sense with what you are saying?
  3. Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)
    • Hopefully, you have seen the posts from Mr. Tice and Mrs. Mansfield about this, but, if not, here is a (near verbatim) recap:
        • Doctors, nurses, and support staff in hospitals all over the US, including here in Washington, are working very hard to save people’s lives.
        • These people are heroes, but they’re also people.
        • They are very stressed, they are afraid for themselves and their loved ones, and sometimes they are discouraged.
        • We’re asking you to make posters of support for these very brave people working on the front lines of the pandemic.
        • Posters will be collected by Ms. O’Leary at the flagpole on Wednesday, 4/8, between 12:30 – 1pm
        • If you can laminate the posters at home – great! If not, we can laminate them at school.
        • If you can’t make it at the scheduled time, contact us.
    • This assignment is NOT required – it is purely by choice. If you choose to do this, please be thoughtful and put your best effort into supporting the people who are saving lives.
    • EXTRA CREDIT NOTE:
      • Thoughtful, heartfelt posters can be used to earn credit for the first two weeks of reading logs.
      • Every thoughtfully completed, heartfelt poster (you notice I keep using those words), will count as one day in the reading log.
      • 5 fabulous posters = 5 days worth of entries in the reading log OR (for all you fans of algebra out there) X fabulous posters = X days worth of entries in the reading log
      • Insert a picture of your poster in the evidence column of your reading log on one of the empty days from the first two weeks (March 16th – 20th and 23rd – 27th).
      • Contact me with questions! Or if you need construction paper!

 

Monday, April 6th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

Welcome to Holy Week!

You have two items for your Literature / ELA To Do list and one, highly encouraged, optional item for your Being a Good Person list:

        • Religion Reflection / Daily Reading / Daily Journal (20 – 35 minutes)
        • Study for 🌊 Hydros💧(3 – 5 minutes)
        • Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)

Let’s get started!

  1. Religion Reflection / Daily Reading / Daily Journal (20 – 35 minutes)
    • First, upload your favorite journal entry from last week on the Teams assignment
    • Second, we are using reading/journal time this week to more deeply engage with Holy Week, specifically through the reflections Mrs. Mansfield is posting.
    • To complete this assignment:
      • Thoughtfully complete the reflections Mrs. Mansfield has posted each day.
      • When you are done, copy and paste your response (the one you submit to Mrs. Mansfield) into the “Evidence” column of your reading log
        • You are NOT writing two different reflections – just ONE thoughtful, complete reflection shared with two teachers.
      • Because you do not need to complete personal reading this week, all other columns (“Title (Author)”, “Time read”, and “Pages read”) will be blank.
      • Again, the time you would normally spend reading and reflecting will be used for religion reflections this week.
      • Contact me with questions!
  2. Study for 🌊 Hydros💧(3 – 5 minutes)
    • Use whatever study strategy works for you!
    • Contact me with questions.
  3. Encouraging Message Poster for first responders (optional / highly encouraged / can be used for past reading log credit)
    • Hopefully, you have seen the posts from Mr. Tice and Mrs. Mansfield about this, but, if not, here is a (near verbatim) recap:
        • Doctors, nurses, and support staff in hospitals all over the US, including here in Washington, are working very hard to save people’s lives.
        • These people are heroes, but they’re also people.
        • They are very stressed, they are afraid for themselves and their loved ones, and sometimes they are discouraged.
        • We’re asking you to make posters of support for these very brave people working on the front lines of the pandemic.
        • Posters will be collected by Ms. O’Leary at the flagpole on Wednesday, 4/8, between 12:30 – 1pm
        • If you can laminate the posters at home – great! If not, we can laminate them at school.
        • If you can’t make it at the scheduled time, contact us.
    • This assignment is NOT required – it is purely by choice. If you choose to do this, please be thoughtful and put your best effort into supporting the people who are saving lives.
    • EXTRA CREDIT NOTE:
      • Thoughtful, heartfelt posters can be used to earn credit for the first two weeks of reading logs.
      • Every thoughtfully completed, heartfelt poster (you notice I keep using those words), will count as one day in the reading log.
      • 5 fabulous posters = 5 days worth of entries in the reading log OR (for all you fans of algebra out there) X fabulous posters = X days worth of entries in the reading log
      • Insert a picture of your poster in the evidence column of your reading log on one of the empty days from the first two weeks (March 16th – 20th and 23rd – 27th).
      • Contact me with questions! Or if you need construction paper!

Okay, that’s everything today. Contact me with questions or if you need some construction paper!

 

Friday, April 3rd,2020 – 8th grade work

Good morning 8th graders,

Today is…

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So, wherever you’re feeling behind – reading, writing, singing, social studying, science-ing, math-ing, resting, relaxing, reflecting, speaking, sighing, thanking, drawing, crafting, practicing (anything) – today is your day to get back on track.

Have a great day and let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, April 3rd, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

Today is…

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So, wherever you’re feeling behind – reading, writing, singing, social studying, science-ing, math-ing, resting, relaxing, reflecting, speaking, sighing, thanking, drawing, crafting, practicing – today is your day to get back on track.

Your optional writing prompt is about music – what song best expresses how you are feeling at this exact moment? Why? (You can use the song title or the actual song to answer this question)

Optional weekend prompt: Continue the gratitude challenge from last weekend (write down five different things each day for which you are grateful – with out without reasons why). Find new things for which to be grateful, big or small, and see if you can share that gratitude with anyone else.

⚠️ Having trouble with Teams?⚠️

      • I’ve noticed some of you are emailing me your journal entries or Part 1 questions instead of submitting them on the Teams assignment page.
      • Are you having trouble with the application, or technology in general? Let me know and I’ll be happy to help 😎.

Have a great day and let me know if you have any questions!