Week of February 15, 2021

Happy Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday / Carnival / Pancake Tuesday / end of midwinter break to you all! Whether you frolicked in the snow, enjoyed it from a cozy distance, or avoided it altogether by getting out of town, we hope you were able to find time for rest and relaxation over the long weekend.
As we return to the classroom, it’s important to make decisions for the common good. Thank you to the families who informed us of your travel and subsequent quarantine plans! If your child is in the hybrid learning modality (two days on campus, three days online), please review, and abide by, the traveling and quarantine expectations set out by the school administration.

If you travel outside the state, you must quarantine. Though the CDC has issued new guidance on the number of days to quarantine following travel, the school will continue to use the standard set by our Governor and Public Health – Seattle & King County:  a 14-day quarantine after out-of-state travel.  Under special circumstances, a 10-day quarantine or a 7- day quarantine with a negative test may be considered.

If you were part of large gatherings over the long weekend, or in close contact with people outside of your usual bubble, please take extra precautions before returning to school – check for symptoms of illness, monitor communication for signs of illness from others at the gathering(s), and keep your children home if anyone in your household is sick.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out!

News, Events, and Expectations:

  • Wednesday, February 17th – Ash Wednesday

    • Prayer service available via the parish Facebook page


 Tips, Tricks, and Tools:

  • Confused? Review information and ask questions.
    • While this tip might seem obvious (and a throwback to an earlier update😎), it is still an important one to review…and use.
    • Given the amount of information we receive on a daily basis, it is easy to miss something. Despite the fact that it happens to all of us, many people, students and grown-ups alike, still feel ashamed, embarrassed, or angry when they find themself in this situation. And, as you may have experienced for yourself, staying stuck in those emotions rarely leads to meaningful learning or enlightenment and often ends up making a bad situation worse.
    • So, what can you do?
      • First, realize that you are human and to be so is to live a life of mistakes and, hopefully, learning from them. You can use your energy to be upset at the mistake, or to rejoice in the chance to learn – the choice is always  yours (which is pretty awesome, when you think about it).
      • Second, take some time to review information you’ve been given (NewsViews, updates, assignment descriptions on Teams, etc.) and see if that helps you resolve your confusion/frustration. Sometimes, in the midst of massive information downloads, we miss details big and small. Rereading is a simple and effective strategy to improve comprehension and pick up on something you missed in the first pass.
      • Third, if the documents don’t clear up your confusion (or, worst case scenario, make it worse😳), reach out to the source of the information (teacher, administrator, child, family member, business organization, etc.) and directly ask for help/clarification. Second and third-hand information can be interesting (Who doesn’t love the game “Telephone”?), but it causes more problems than it solves. The closer you are to the original source, the more likely your information is accurate, which is what you’re really after, right?


Curriculum Preview:

  • Science
    • In science, 7th graders will begin to learn about stars, including the sun. Also, please don’t forget that your Mars Mission slide show is due on Wednesday at 3:00 PM! Due to the short week, there will be no checkpoint quiz this week.
  • Social Studies
    • Sadly, we have no Social Studies classes due to the shortened schedule this week. Rest assured, we’ll be back in action next week!
  • Language Arts
    • In preparation for our novel study (Tangerine by Edward Bloor), students are completing short research projects on topics that play an important role in story. 7th graders were assigned one of the following topics last week: legal blindness, homeowners associations, sink holes, lightning, muck fires, citrus fruit freezes. Each student will conduct research, take notes, identify key vocabulary, and write a short informative article about their given topic. Students are expected to use the stoplight format for their paragraphs (introduced to them in 6th grade) and we will take some time this week and next to review the requirements and benefits of this structure.
    • Several students will present their T2 book talks this Thursday, February 18th. Please encourage your child to carefully review all of the requirements and expectations on Teams, and reach out if they have any questions or concerns!
    • Students have a quiz on their Latin root (nomen – name) tomorrow, Wednesday, February 17th. They should review their vocabulary 5-10 minutes a day.
  • Math
    • Regular –
      7th graders finished their Road Trip Project last week. Please check with your child that they have turned it in. We are now working on how to set up percents in a proportion form.
    • Zero Period –

      This week we will look at the percent of change and apply this to mark ups and discounts in the real world. 

  • Community / Religion
    • In community the 7th graders will be completing their reflection projects. It is really fun watching these come together- we have music compilations, art projects, digital media collages, poetry, and even some lists of shows to binge if you ever find yourself in a major pandemic again. The projects are creative and reflective, your students are processing a lot about what the past 11 months have been like for them.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions and have a shorter week working for the common good.