Catch-up Day for 7th and 8th grade – Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Good morning 7th and 8th graders,

Today is Joyful Friday of our spirit week! Share your spirit by participating in the Hope Grows Here project and “grow” your window garden or create chalk art on your sidewalk and leave messages of hope and joy. You can also attend Mass of the Ascension at 3pm, which will be live-stream on the Parish Facebook Page. 

You have no new assignments today, but I have two reminders:

  1. Consider writing or recording a supportive message for Mr. Tice and emailing it to me.
    • Written messages will be put together in a big collage/card and recorded messages will be put together in a short video.
    • No message is too big or too small!
    • I have received three messages, so feel free to add yours.
    • Please contact me if you have any questions.
  2. Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day – there is no school. Enjoy your long weekend!

That’s all for today!

Thursday, May 21st, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday – a day to spread those random acts of kindness! To kick it off, we have a video made by Lylah and Sophia, helping us understand the value of giving for Unbound. I know the care and kindness you are capable of on a regular day, so I can’t wait to see all of the thoughtful things you will do on this spirited Thursday!

In all seriousness, I didn’t know if I could be any more proud of you as a grade, but seeing the different elements of your service projects (food drive and Unbound) over the past weeks did it. Thank you for being yourselves and sharing your joy and love with the world! Also, thank you, parents and guardians, for raising such awesome human beings!

Okay, enough gushing (for now) – on to your work! You have four items for your Literature / LA To Do list:

  • Chapter 5 questions for The Outsiders (12 minutes)
  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
  • Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
  • Sunglasses Check-in (2 minutes)

Here we go!

  1. Chapter 5 questions for The Outsiders (12 minutes)
    • Complete the assignment “Chapter 5 Questions for The Outsiders” on Teams
      • Choose THREE of the nine questions (this is one more question than yesterday, but six less than doing all of them – so, still a pretty good deal 😁)
      • Answer them thoughtfully using complete sentences and text evidence (quotes).
      • Include the original question in your response
    • Make sure to attach your work before hitting the submit button on Teams
    • Remember to hit the submit button!
    • Contact me if you have any questions!
  2. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 10,000 hours and then stand on your head while composing a song about what you read
    • If you just read that, send me an email answering the questions below and you can earn your reading log entry for the day
      • How long should I read today? What should I do after I read?
  3. Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
    • Write on your own prompt or use the one below:
    • Prompt: As we begin to wrap up this school year, we naturally look forward to the next. What are some of your goals for your time in 8th grade? What do you hope to achieve (academically, mentally, emotionally, socially) by the time you leave St. John School?
  4. Sunglasses Check-in (2 minutes)
    • For those of you who checked in yesterday – thank you! You have earned your point in PowerSchool.
    • For those of you who have not checked in – you can still earn your point today!
    • Your glasses need to be finished by next week
      • We will have a sunglasses drop off on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

That’s all your work for today! Have fun and reach out if you need help.

As you know, Mr. Tice’s father passed away. Please keep Mr. Tice, his father, and his family in your prayers. If you would like to share an additional message of support, we have two options open right now:

  • email me your message and I will print it out as part of a giant card/supportive collage
  • record a short video of yourself and send it to me so we can create a short video to let Mr. Tice know we are thinking of him and his family

Let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

Welcome to Wacky Wednesday – the day where you let your flair flag fly high! We have definitely entered my wheelhouse. Hats! Glasses! Hair! Accessories! Methods of walking! Even your lunch can be wacky! Have fun with it and remember to share your spirit with Mrs. Skokan.

Today you have four to five items for your Literature / LA To Do List:

  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
  • Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 6 of The Outsiders (10 – 20 minutes)
  • Sunglasses check in (3 – 5 minutes)
  • Message for Mr. Tice (up to you!)

Let’s get started!

  1. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • You know the expectations:
      • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
      • Complete your reading log entry
      • Vary your type of evidence
      • Contact me with questions!
  2. Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
    • Write on your own prompt or use the one below:
      • Prompt: Tell me a story, real or fantastical, that includes at least one of the following elements: a jigsaw puzzle, a baking competition, “I wonder what would happen if I just…”
  3. Read Chapter 6 of The Outsiders (10 – 20 minutes)
    • Chapter 6 is due on Friday, 5/22
    • You will have Chapter 5 questions to work on tomorrow (today I’m giving you time for other things)
  4. Sunglasses check in (3 – 5 minutes)
    • Send me a picture or call me on Teams to show me the current state of your sunglasses
    • Whether you have started, finished, or not even touched your sunglasses – YOU MUST CHECK IN WITH ME TODAY (WEDNESDAY, 5/20/2020)!
      • I was internet shouting, so you know I’m serious.
  5. Message for Mr. Tice (up to you!)
    • Check your email for a message from the school
    • If you want to make a card, video, digital message of support for Mr. Tice, contact me and we can come up with some ideas.
    • I will have a Teams chat open today during class time, in case you want to drop in with any questions, concerns, or suggestions!

Have a wacky day and reach out if you need help or want to share!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

I am so proud of you and the service projects you have created to support members of our communities – here and abroad. Today, Tuesday of Spirit Week, kicks off the Feed Your Spirit Food Drive! Have fun and give what you can (no pun intended).

After you’ve shown your spirit and helped with the Food Drive, you have three (possibly four) items for your Literature / LA To Do List:

  • Answer questions for Chapter 4 of The Outsiders (8 – 10 minutes)
  • Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
  • Finish Chapter 5 of The Outsiders (0 – 30 minutes, depending on how much you have already done)

Let’s jump right in!

  1. Answer questions for Chapter 4 of The Outsiders (8 – 10 minutes)
    • Complete the assignment “Chapter 4 Questions for The Outsiders” on Teams
      • Choose TWO of the seven questions
      • Answer them thoughtfully using complete sentences and text evidence (quotes).
      • Include the original question in your response
    • Make sure to attach your work before hitting the submit button on Teams
    • Remember to hit the submit button!
    • Contact me if you have any questions!
  2. Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
    • Write on your own prompt or use the one below:
    • Prompt: What new skills have you gained during this time of distance learning and quarantine? Which skills will be most useful in the future? Why?
  3. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
    • Complete your reading log entry with particular attention to the Evidence column
  4. Finish Chapter 5 of The Outsiders (0 – 30 minutes, depending on how much you have already done)
    • Chapter 5 is due tomorrow, 5/20
    • Contact me with any questions

And that is everything for today! Have fun, share your spirit, and reach out if you need help or want to check in!

Monday, May 18th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of fun and new knowledge. I, myself, learned an important lesson about paying attention to detail while working in the garden. Late Saturday afternoon, I went out to plant what I thought were nine dahlia bulbs, only to realize there were multiple bulbs in many of the bags. Several hours and 21 bulbs later, all of the dahlias were in the ground. Who knows what will happen, but I definitely learned that reading the contents of a bag is as important as looking at the pretty picture.

Anyway, let’s move on to more exciting things. Today is the first day of our second spirit week – Monday Mask-a-thon! Check out more information on the school page and make sure to share your spirit (and pictures) with Mrs. Skokan!

Aside from celebrating Spirit Week – Part 2, you have three tasks for your Literature / LA To Do List today:

  • Favorite Journal Entry of Week 8 (3 – 5 minutes)
  • Quotes and Explanations from Chapters 1 – 3 of The Outsiders (5 minutes)
  • Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)

Let’s get started!

  1. Favorite Journal Entry of Week 8 (3 – 5 minutes)
    • Choose your favorite entry from Week 8 (May 11th – 17th), explain why it’s your favorite, and share both items on Teams.
    • Make sure you take time to explain your choice.
    • If you need help submitting on Teams, please contact me before emailing your entry!
  2. Quotes and Explanations from Chapters 1 – 3 of The Outsiders (5 minutes)
    • As explained on your reading bookmark, every time you finish a chapter, you need to record a quote you think is important and then explain why.
    • Today you are submitting your quotes and explanations from last week (Chapters 1 – 3) on one Teams assignment.
    • Please read the instructions carefully and contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
  3. Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
    • Complete your reading log entry, paying special attention to the Evidence column
    • Contact me with any questions!

That’s everything for today. Have a great day and remember to reach out with questions or concerns!

7th grade Catch Up Day – Friday, May 15th, 2020

Hi 7th graders,

You did it! You made it to the end of the week – huzzah!

Today is Catch Up day, so you have no new assignments. You have a couple of assignments on Monday I want to remind you of:

  • Favorite Journal Entry of Week 8
  • Chapter quotes from Chapters 1 – 3 of The Outsiders

You have been doing daily work on these assignments, so there’s nothing extra – I just wanted to give you a friendly reminder so your Monday morning is smooth and easy 😎.

Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or anything you’d like to share. Otherwise, have a splendiferous day!

Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

It’s Thursday – you’re in the back half of the week and just inches from the weekend. Let’s finish out strong! Today you have four items for your Literature / LA To Do List:

  • Answer questions for Chapter 2 of The Outsiders (12 minutes)
  • Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 3 of The Outsiders (20 – 30 minutes)

Thumbs up, let’s do this!

  1. Answer questions for Chapter 2 of The Outsiders (12 minutes)
    • Complete the assignment “Chapter 2 Questions for The Outsiders” on Teams
      • Choose THREE of the ten questions (this is one more question than yesterday, but seven less than doing all of them – so, still a pretty good deal 😁)
      • Answer them thoughtfully using complete sentences and text evidence (quotes).
      • Include the original question in your response
    • Make sure to attach your work before hitting the submit button on Teams
    • Remember to hit the submit button!
    • Contact me if you have any questions!
  2. Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
    • Write on your own prompt or use the one below:
    • Prompt: If you could go back in time to the beginning of Distance Learning (March 16th), what piece of advice would you give yourself? Why?
  3. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
    • Record your reflection in your reading log
    • Some of you are having trouble remembering to complete your log – here are a few suggestions to help you stay on track:
      • Set an alarm for your reading log –  label it “Reading Log” or “Evidence Time” or “📖🌲”…because there is no ‘log’ emoji. You can set it for the same time every day, or you for 15 to 30 minutes after you start reading.
      • Make an appointment with a friend to read and complete your reading log over video chat – it might sound strange, but if you make it fun, you’re more likely to complete your log.
      • Make a bookmark that reminds you about your reading log – maybe it’s funny, maybe it’s direct, but it is definitely going to help you finish your work.
  4. Read Chapter 3 of The Outsiders (20 – 30 minutes)
    • Follow the reading schedule on your bookmark
    • Chapter 3 is due tomorrow, 5/15
    • Contact me with any questions – about the story, vocabulary, assignments, or anything else!

That concludes this Literature/LA broadcast – have a thoughtful Thursday!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

It was uplifting to see so many of you yesterday, even if it was only for a few seconds at a time! It’s clear that whenever we are back in the classroom, and we will be back in the classroom at some point, we’re going to have an excellent time. For now, I hope you had some fun and that you’re documenting your amazing DIY Washington State trip adventures!

You have four items for your Literature / LA To Do List today:

  • Answer questions for Chapter 1 of The Outsiders (10 minutes)
  • Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 2 of The Outsiders (20 – 30 minutes)

Here we go!

  1. Answer questions for Chapter 1 of The Outsiders (10 minutes)
    • Complete the assignment “Chapter 1 Questions for The Outsiders” on Teams
      • Choose TWO of the six questions
      • Answer them thoughtfully using complete sentences and text evidence (quotes).
      • Include the original question in your response
    • Make sure to attach your work before hitting the submit button on Teams
    • Remember to hit the submit button!
  2. Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
    • Write on your own prompt or use the one below:
    • Prompt: What did you do on your Washington State Checklist? Why did you choose that? How was it? Paint me a word picture.
  3. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 – 30 minutes
    • Complete your daily entry in the reading log
    • Put thought and effort into your Evidence column
    • Contact me with questions!
  4. Read Chapter 2 of The Outsiders (20 – 30 minutes)
    • Follow the reading schedule on your bookmark
    • Chapter 2 is due tomorrow, 5/14
    • Contact me with any questions!

Have a wild Wednesday and remember to share your Washington State adventures with us!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

🌟REMINDERS🌟

  1. You have online class today for Literature/LA. Tice homeroom starts at 9:45am and Rzegocki homeroom starts at 10:30am. I will take attendance and look forward to seeing and hearing all of you!
  2. We have materials pick-up at the flagpole from 1 – 2pm today. 
    • If you can, please bring money for Nadia, our Unbound student
    • If you want to drop off your Tangerine book, I will have box at the ready. We will have a materials drop off later on.

Okay, and now for your Literature / LA To Do List, for which you have three items:

  • Attend online class (30 – 40 minutes)
  • Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
  • Daily Reading /  Reading your new novel (20 – 35 minutes)

Let’s get started!

  1. Attend online class (30-40 minutes)
    • Bring your notebook and something with which you can take notes
    • We will review the sunglasses project AND introduce our new novel
      • Tice class begins at 9:45am
      • Rzegocki class begins at 10:30am
  2. Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
    • Write on your own prompt or use the one below:
    • Prompt: “Wait a second – I thought you packed the spare rope! Does this also mean we’re out of strawberry milk?!” Tell me a story that includes this line of dialogue. You can set it anywhere with any characters and plot, it just needs to include that line. Have fun!
  3. Daily Reading /  Reading your new novel (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read from your free reading book OR the new novel you’re picking up this afternoon
    • Complete your reading log as usual and contact me with any questions or concerns!

Have fun and contact me with any questions. Hopefully, I’ll see you in person this afternoon!

Monday, May 11th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Hello 7th graders,

I hope you had a fabulous weekend full of sun, relaxation, and fun! I spent the weekend gardening, eating, lesson planning, and sleeping. For Mother’s Day, I helped my mom prepare a garden bed  for veggies and rhubarb. I moved bricks, pitchforked the earth, pulled weeds, and generally made a mess while she made big glasses of bubbly ice water with lemon and mint and cheered me on from the shade. It was hard work, but it made my mom happy and soon we’ll have fresh vegetables and, more importantly, rhubarb for all the pies and tarts I want! (What would your Monday morning be without a random story from Ms. Rzegocki?)

Today, you have four items for your Literature / LA To Do List and two big reminders/announcements:

  • Favorite Journal Entry of Week 7 (3 – 5 minutes)
  • Sunglasses materials request (0 – 5 minutes)
  • Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
  • ANNOUNCEMENT/REMINDER – Materials pick up tomorrow from 1-2pm
  • ANNOUNCEMENT/REMINDER – We have online class tomorrow!

Let’s jump right in!

  1. Favorite Journal Entry of Week 7 (3 – 5 minutes)
    • Pick your favorite journal entry from last week
    • Write a short explanation of why you want to share it / it’s your favorite
    • Submit both pieces on the Teams assignment
  2. Sunglasses materials request (0 – 5 minutes)
    • If it’s after 9am, you should have received an email with the names and details of the 8th grader(s)for whom you are making sunglasses
    • If it’s before 9am, please be patient!
    • You are picking up supplies (definitely tagboard, possibly more – template, tissue or construction paper – if you request it) tomorrow, May 12th
      • Rzegocki from 1- 1:30pm
      • Tice from 1:30 – 2pm
    • You are welcome to use a template for the shape of the glasses – here are some samples you might use
    • You will personalize the glasses for your 8th grader
    • If you want a printed template or additional supplies, please email me the file/picture you want to use and/or the supplies you are hoping for by 3pm today (Monday, May 11th)  – I need time to organize everything for the pick up 😎
  3. Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
    • Write on your own prompt or use the one below.
    • Prompt: In honor of Mother’s Day, write down five things you love about your mom/mother figure. Why do you love those things?
  4. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 – 30 minutes, then complete your reading log entry
    • Contact me if you need some help with the evidence section!

ANNOUNCEMENT/REMINDER

  1. Materials pick up tomorrow from 1-2pm (Rzegocki HR for the first 30 minutes and Tice HR for the last 30 minutes)
    • I will send an email to your parents with all the details and instructions
    • If you want a template for sunglasses or additional crafting materials, email me the information before 3pm today.
  2. We have online class tomorrow!
    • Rzegockis will have class starting at 10:30am
    • Tices will have class starting at 9:45am
    • See you tomorrow (online and, maybe, in person!)

That’s everything for today. Contact me with any questions, and have a great day!