7th Grade Newsletter

May 3, 2019

Happy Friday, families!

We made it successfully through a full week following spring break!  The kids have been busy with MAP tests and our field trip. We still have two MAP tests to go – thanks for having the kids here to take them.

Today is mid-term with official reporting (updates) by teachers due next Friday.  It’s a good time to have your student check to make sure they are up-to-date with assignments, especially if they missed class before or after break.

Thanks to the many drivers that came along with us on Wednesday.  The trip was fantastic and the kids seemed to get a lot out of it and enjoyed it.  A special thanks to Tammy Eckart for taking and sharing a treasure trove of photos from the day!  See the links below for some great pictures of our day. Both links are the same set of pictures.  (**Contact homeroom teacher for links – not public.)

Dates To Note:

5/6  Monday Free Dress Food Drive (canned veggies)

5/7  Tuesday 8:30-10:05 Math MAP test

5/10 Friday 8:35-9:20 Science MAP test

Have a good weekend!

Tia & Mitch


April 19, 2019

Good Friday, families,

We made it to Spring Break! We hope you and your family enjoy the time off.

MAP Testing schedule

Please do all that you can to have your child at school for the scheduled testing days/times.  It is very difficult to make up tests in the spring so if a test is missed, it may not be made up.

Tues 4/30   1:20-3  Reading

Fri 5/3   11-12:30 Language

Tues 5/7 8:30-10:05 Math

Fri 5/10 8:35-9:20 Science

Summer Opportunities.

Attached are a number of helpful resources in preparing for the summer. One is a general flier and three relate to Ms. McCarthy’s study skills class, described below:

Study Skills at ASB (Incoming 6, 7, and 8 grade)

Teacher: Ms. Elee McCarthy

When: July 29 – August 1, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (incoming 6th grade students)

When: August 5 – 8, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (incoming 7th and 8th grade students)

Cost: $250

Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th  grade students are invited to get a jump-start on a successful 2019-2020 school year at a study skills camp.  Students will learn about: individual learning styles, time management, test taking skills, and note taking strategies, among other topics that will be catered to the group’s highest needs. The camp will develop students’ executive functioning skills, help identify strengths and aid in developing areas where they have room to grow.

For more information or to register, please contact Elee McCarthy.

Happy Easter,

Mitch and Tia


April 12, 2019

Hello families!

One more week to go until spring break – the anticipation is building!  Kids are doing a pretty good job staying focused – encourage one more week of that.  Great day at the Washington State History Museum!

The Sign-Up Genius went out this week to sign up for the Marine Science Afloat Protz foundation trip on Wednesday, May 1.  Mrs. Birmingham would love to have all the drivers filled before we go to spring break since the trip will just be a few days after we return.

There are still tickets available for Hello, Dolly! this week/weekend.  It will be a fun show! https://asbhellodolly.brownpapertickets.com/

Assisteen Book Drive – April 8-30

Many of our middle school students work with the Assisteen program as a part of their Missionary Discipleship work.  Help them help Seattle students in need by donating books to the Assisteen Book Drive. Books should be new (or at least look and feel new) and geared towards grades K-12.  Books can be dropped off at the school’s entrance April 8-30 (look for the drop off box). Assisteens of Seattle will distribute your donations to kids participating in the Seattle Assisteens League’s Operation School Bell program. OSB provides new clothes, shoes, and coats to over 2000 Seattle students in need annually.

MAP Testing schedule

Please do all that you can to have your child at school for the scheduled testing days/times.  It is very difficult to make up tests in the spring so if a test is missed, it may not be made up.

Tues 4/30   1:20-3  Reading

Fri 5/3   11-12:30 Language

Tues 5/7 8:30-10:05 Math

Fri 5/10 8:35-9:20 Science

Have a great weekend!

Tia & Mitch


April 5, 2019

Happy Friday, families!

It was a full and busy week.  On this Friday afternoon, we are still seeing smiles so it must have been a good week!

It looks like we are all set for drivers for the trip next Friday to the Washington State History Museum.  If you are a driver and should have a last minute change of plans, please make sure the sub you find is cleared on VIRTUS, background check, and driver insurance.  Let Mr. Hostetter know ASAP of the change so we can clear it with the office.

Kids will need a sack lunch for the day (preferably all things they can throw away at the end of lunch).  Wearing their uniform will still be required.

Please see the attached from Blanchet about Women in Athletics.

If you are heading out of town early for spring break, please let your homeroom teacher know and send in a filled out pre-planned absence form.  Students should check in with teachers a few days before their departure about what they may miss (and anything they might need to bring with them). Email is great way for students to communicate their plans and needs.

Walkathon Update:

We are striving for 100% participation – we’re at about 47% in the 7th grade. Every parent has received an email with a link to your student’s individual pledge page.  You do not need to create anything or login. Simply make a donation and share your student’s link with family and friends. If you did not receive the email, search and find your student’s online pledge page Here.  Checks and cash can also be accepted, please turn into the front office in an envelope labeled “Walkathon.”  

Upcoming

M & T 4/8 & 9  Health presentations

T 4/9 Class pictures (mass uniform, no free dress)

Th 4/11 to Sunday 4/14 Musical

W 4/17 Morning Mass 9 am

F 4/19 Good Friday, noon dismissal

4/22-4/26 Spring Break – no school

4/29  School Resumes

Have a good weekend!

Tia & Mitch


March 29, 2019

Hello families!

It was a good, productive week in 7th grade! Spring is here, and it has been nice to be out in the sunshine.

We are just 3 drivers away from being able to go to the Washington State History Museum. If you have been considering but have not signed up, please do so at the link here. Please consider driving if you can make it possible!

Please see the following opportunity for for boys this summer:

O’Dea High School is offering its first Student Leadership Summit for Middle School Boys! The Summit partners with the current O’Dea student leadership team to deliver an engaging learning experience centered on the development of leadership skills. It is open to current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and takes place on Saturday, May 11th from 9 am to 2 pm at O’Dea High School. Registration is free! If you could please pass the information on to your middle school families, it would be much appreciated! It should be a great day of team-building, games and camaraderie, led by current O’Dea students! Please visit our website for more information and to register.

Please continue to keep in mind the upcoming Walkathon. Donations can be made here.

Curriculum updates:

Executive Function:  We continue to work on how being an innovator is different from being a creator and what skills are needed to take ideas and turn them into innovations.

Science: The kids have had their first test in Weather and Water this past week and it was returned yesterday. We are now studying Air Pressure and weather systems.

Religion: Students are hard at work creating their Stations of the Cross presentations for Good Friday.

ELA: Students will be finishing their Crusoe unit on Friday and then we will focus on a unit of the next major literary movement, the Romantic Period, before jumping into Fahrenheit 451.

Social Studies: Students will finish the unit on prehistory, exploration, and the fur trade eras of Washington State History. The next unit will focus on missionaries and pioneers.

Spanish: The class finished reading Esperanza and have a test over the book on Monday 4/1.

Math: Students work through the ratios and proportional relationships unit, including percents. Students practice everyday applications including sales tax, tipping, and commission. Students will work towards simple interest problems.

Dates to Note:

Monday 4/1 – Free Dress Food Drive (canned peas &/or beans)

Friday 4/5 – ASB School Movie Night (gym 6-8:30)

Tuesday 4/9 – Class Pictures (full uniform, no free dress)

Thursday 4/11-Sunday 4/14 Hello Dolly!  Buy tickets to see many of our middle schoolers in this great musical!

Have a great weekend!

Tia & Mitch


March 22, 2019

Hello families,

What a pleasant week with the sunny weather. It is beginning to look a lot like spring!

Report cards were sent home electronically today.

The Northwest Sarcoma Foundation is seeking student volunteers to help with our upcoming walk.  The Northwest Sarcoma Foundation provides financial assistance grants to 200 low income adults and children who have been recently diagnosed with sarcoma (cancer) each year.  They hold a walk around Green Lake in partnership with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Swedish Medical Center each year as our big fundraiser to fund the patient grants and this year it will be Saturday, April 13th.  They need volunteers from 8 AM to 12 pm on April 13th and there are numerous volunteer opportunities from 1 hour to 4 hours. The website for the walk is https://www.dragonslayerwalk.com and interested students can go to VOLUNTEER  at the top of the page to sign up for a slot. A flier is attached.

We need four more driver for our field trip on April 12 to the Washington State History Museum. We need your help to get there. Please consider volunteering to drive and chaperone. We know it is hard to go on a full day field trip, and we are very grateful for all the volunteers. Sign up here.

Similarly, we will go on a field trip on May 1 with Marine Science Afloat thanks to the Protz foundation.  It will be an all day trip and Mrs. Birmingham will be looking for 12-14 drivers to drive and go on the boat with us.  If this sounds interesting, check your schedules and pencil it in. We’ll get a Sign Up out in a few weeks.

Best,

Tia and Mitch

Upcoming Dates

3/27 Middle School Mass, Mass uniform required

3/27,28 State of the School, times vary

3/29 Assumption Fish Fry, 5:30

4/11-14 Spring Musical

4/12 Washington State History Museum Field Trip


March 14, 2019

Hello families!

Happy Pi Day! It was great to see so many of you at conferences!  If you were not able to attend, be sure to have a conversation with your child about what is going well and where they can focus in order  to best finish the year strong.

Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day. Monday students have St. Patrick’s Day free dress, and are encouraged to wear green.

We are close to having enough drivers for our field trip on April 12 to the Washington State History Museum. We need your help to get there. Please consider volunteering to drive and chaperone. We know it is hard to go on a full day field trip, and we are very grateful for all the volunteers. Sign up here.

Looking ahead, we will go on a field trip on May 1 with Marine Science Afloat, thanks to the Protz foundation.  It will be an all day trip and Mrs. Birmingham will be looking for 12-14 drivers to drive and go on the boat with us.  If this sounds interesting, check your schedules and pencil it in. We’ll get a Sign Up out in a few weeks.

Have a great weekend!

Mitch and Tia


March 8, 2019

Hello families,

It’s beginning to look like Spring out there, at least when it is not snowing.

Please remember to scan the conference email sent out last week and reply with a time you plan on attending. Looking forward to seeing you next week.

Each year, 7th graders lead the school in the Good Friday service (4/19).  This is a special, prayerful leadership opportunity for the 7th graders and a part of the graded curriculum.  If your child will not be here to present that day, please email Mr. Briardy ASAP so that he can plan accordingly.  pbriardy@asbschool.org  

Our Washington State History Museum is coming up on April 12th. We will need drivers for the day. We will participate in the Jog-a-thon right before leaving.  A Sign Up Genius can be found here.

Upcoming Dates

Sunday March 10 – Spring Ahead!  Move the clocks up an hour.

Tuesday-Thursday, March 12-14–Half Days for Conferences

Thursday, March 14–Late start-9:30

Friday, March 15–No School (Teacher In-service)

Have a good weekend!

Mitch & Tia


March 1, 2019

Hello families,

Finally, a normal week! I hope your children are transitioning back into the normal schedule at home as we’ve seen them do at school. 

Each year, 7th graders lead the school in the Good Friday service (4/19).  This is a special, prayerful leadership opportunity for the 7th graders and a part of the graded curriculum.  If your child will not be here to present that day, please email Mr. Briardy ASAP so that he can plan accordingly.  pbriardy@asbschool.org  

As part of an ongoing effort to prevent child sexual abuse, we will again present students with one safety lesson from the Teaching Safety – Empowering God’s Children program during the month of March. This lesson will happen in the context of our religion instruction. Please review the following attachments, which includes our parent opt-out letter, a program overview, and a guide for talking with your child about boundaries and safety. All students will be automatically included in the lesson unless an opt-out is returned by Friday, March 8th.

A note from Mrs. Conklin:

Thank you for taking the time to sign up for a March conference with your child(ren)’s teacher.  Conferences are an important time to discuss progress and set goals for the final trimester of the year. Our teachers put a great deal of work in to be best prepared for conferences and provide you information that will help your child’s growth and success, and we include this time in our schedule deliberately and purposefully.  Please be respectful of their time by attending school and attending the scheduled conference times. If you are choosing to use this time for an unexcused family vacation between our recent mid-winter and upcoming spring breaks, please know that teachers are not expected to make up this conference time outside of the already scheduled conference slots.

On another note, she also suggests these articles:

How to Help Teens Weather Emotional Storms

Why Boys Lie to You

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, March 4–Free Dress Food Drive (canned ham, canned salmon)

Wednesday, March 6-Ash Wednesday Mass at 9 AM – Mass Uniform

Tuesday-Thursday, March 12-14–Half Days for Conferences

Thursday, March 14–Late start-9:30

Friday, March 15–No School

Have a good weekend!

Mitch & Tia


February 22, 2019

Happy Friday, Families!

While it was a short week, we got a lot accomplished in that time.  The extra treat of a free dress day, donuts, and chocolate milk yesterday helps boost spirits as well!  Hard to believe that it is time to start thinking about March already.

We don’t have much to share with you at the moment but wanted to put some upcoming dates on your radar.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, February 27  9 am mass, mass uniform please

Monday, March 4–Free Dress Food Drive (requested items TDB)

Wednesday, March 6-Ash Wednesday Mass at 9 AM – Mass Uniform

Tuesday-Thursday, March 12-14–Half Days for Conferences

Thursday, March 14–Late start-9:30

Friday, March 15–No School

Have a great weekend!  Stay warm!

Tia & Mitch


February 14, 2019

Hello families,

Happy Valentines Day! The kids had a good short week, and given their assigned work over the days out, we were still allowed to be very productive in the short time together. We hope you enjoyed the snow.

We will have our first Principal for a Day, Grace Acarregui, next Thursday, February 21st.  Grace has declared comfy free dress, chocolate milk, and Top Pot donuts for all!

Midterm reporting is tomorrow. Alma gradebooks will be updated through 2/8.

We will be traveling to the Washington State History Museum on April 12th and we will need 10 chaperone drivers. Consider visiting with us. Mr. Hostetter will send a request to respond to as the date nears.

See everyone on the 20th!

Tia and Mitch

Upcoming Dates:

2/15 Staff Retreat/In Service – No school

2/18,19 Presidents Day Holiday


February 1, 2019

Hello families,

What an exciting week with spirit days, assemblies, and other community building activities. Catholic schools week is always an opportunity to reflect on the awesome power of our parents, students, priests, and colleagues. Thank you for partnering with us to bring the best experience and learning that we can to your kids.

Our sexual health unit is upcoming and will be led by a returning specialist. If you do not want your child to participate, an opt out letter is attached which also gives topics by session. Lesson summaries will be sent home when completed. Lessons are scheduled for the 11th and 12th.

Please remember that preplanned absence forms are requested to be turned into the office prior to a half or full day absence that is not a sick day (preferably two weeks in advance). You can download and print out the form from the ASB website. It is also helpful to email teachers and encourage your child to find out about work they may be missing ahead of time.

Please see the attached notice about lice.

Upcoming Dates

2/8 Midterm

2/15 Staff Retreat —  No school or extended care

2/18-19 Presidents Day Break —  No school or extended care

Have a great weekend –

Mitch & Tia


January 18, 2019

Hello families!

We’ve had a good, solid week of work and the school Geobee was a fun event this morning.  Congrats to Kris (7B) for being our school champ yet again. Now for a three day weekend – yahoo!

Next Thursday afternoon, the middle school will view the documentary “Screenagers”.  In our newsletter last week, there was a synopsis of the film. Attached to this email is a parents guide to the film, including family discussion questions that you might want to use to continue the ideas from the film at home.  Remember that you can attend the screening that same evening for free – you just need to RSVP (details in the Wednesday school newsletter). All students will attend unless you send in the attached opt out form.  If you choose to have your student opt out, a space will be provided for them to have a study hall.  

A somewhat related article that may interest you:

https://growingleaders.com/blog/five-dangerous-apps-parents-dont-know-teens-use/

Catholic Schools Week is coming up at the end of the month and will incorporate Spirit Week into the same time.  See dates of events below:

Sun. 1/27:  ASB-led Parish Mass; 9:30am at St. Bridget & 10:30am at Assumption

                  and

               4th Annual Bulldog Bash, 3:45pm-6:00pm at Assumption Gym

                  (7th gr. boys V at 3:45, with Bulldog Cheer Squad at half-time, and 8th boys JV at 5:00pm)

Mon. 1/28:  Comfy Day (PJ’s or sweats – shoes must be suitable for PE & recess

                   Decorating backpacks for the winter shelter during Families

Tues. 1/29: Timeline Tuesday (dress from your favorite decade)

                   National Catholic Schools “Day of Giving” (9am-9am PST)

Wed. 1/30:  Disney Day (dress as your favorite Disney character or in Disney wear)

                   Thanks-a-Latte Parent Appreciation, during morning drop off

                   National “Day of Giving” ends (9am)

Th. 1/31:     ASB Spirit Day & Open House (mass uniforms, please)

                   Open House: Tours 9-10am, Welcome Session 10-10:30am

                   All-School Mass, 1:30pm at Assumption Gym

Fri. 2/1:       Sports Day (wear your favorite team’s logo-wear)

                   Staff Lunch at Mary House (details to follow)

See everyone on Tuesday!

Tia & Mitch


January 11, 2019

Hello families!

Welcome to 2019!  The kids have done a great job this week transitioning back to the routine of school.  There is a lot of excitement for ski bus today – looks like the weather will be good!

Please be sure that uniform is still appropriate on ski bus days.  Under Armour/long-johns may be worn under the uniform. Ski bus sweatshirts may only be worn on ski bus Fridays.  If a student chooses free dress for that day, sweats are still unacceptable and leggings must have a shirt that goes to the mid-thigh.

A unique opportunity for students and parents alike is coming up. Are you watching your kids scroll through their lives, with their rapid-fire thumbs and six-second attention spans? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. In Screenagers, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

ASB has the unique opportunity to welcome Dr. Delaney Ruston on campus to present the film and lead a Q&A session. This is a FREE event but ASB does need everyone to RSVP. All parents, friends, guests, and students are welcome to a screening at the Assumption Parish Fellowship Hall on January 24 at 7pm.

Upcoming Events:

Friday 1/18   GeoBee in the gym

Monday 1/21  MLK, Jr Day – no school

Wednesday 1/23 9 am Monthly Mass – mass uniform

Thursday 1/24 Screenagers, 7pm

Have a great weekend!

Tia & Mitch


December 21, 2018

Hello all,

Merry Christmas, and a happy new year!  We enjoyed our holiday party with the kids and they seemed to have a good time as well. Thanks to our volunteers for for the food sent in – we are grateful.

January 7th is Free Dress Food Drive. 7th grade is responsible for bringing in Bisquick and syrup. All donations are appreciated.

As promised, here are our curriculum blurbs.

In English Language Arts, students are focussing on intermediate poetry concepts, including forms like the major sonnets as well as the use of devices like meter and rhyme scheme. Students present their understanding of these concepts in culminating explication for a pre-1900 poem they selected. Next, we will review some parts of speech and begin reviewing sentence problems before starting Robinson Crusoe, with which we discuss the privilege of the narrators’ and their ties to cultural privilege.

In Social Studies, we continue studying the medieval civilizations of Asia, ending with Japan and India. We will finally study medieval Europe before transitioning to Washington State history. Students continue to exercise extensive primary source analysis in this class.

In Math, we continue to investigate how to build and evaluate expressions. Upon returning from break, we will expand our algebraic understanding to include building and solving equations.

In Spanish, we continue reading Esperanza, or “Hope,” a story that helps build our understanding of central American migrant culture and Spanish literacy.

In Art, students are currently working on advent candles. Upon returning from break, student will work on investigating three dimensional drawing with “Ribbon Mania,” a celebration of the new year.

In Religion, we are working in teams studying four saints: Teresa of Avila, Blessed Julian of Norwich, Saint Jerome, and Saint Paul and presenting their research in an interactive talk show format.

In Science, connections between igneous rocks and Earth events such as volcanoes and earthquakes are now our focus and will be upon our return as well.  We are nearing the end of our studies of Earth History and should wrap that up by the end of January. We will then move onto a study of Weather & Water, especially how those events shape and impact the Earth.

Upcoming Dates:

1/7 School resumes, Free Dress Food Drive (Bisquick and syrup)

1/11 Ski Bus begins

1/21 MLK Day, No school, no extended care

Enjoy the break!

Mitch and Tia


December 14, 2018

Hello families,

Only one week left to go until the holidays!

Today report cards were sent home electronically via Alma.

If you are leaving early for the holiday break, please fill out a preplanned absence form and turn it into the office as well as let your homeroom teacher know.  We do have regular classes right up through 3rd period on that last day of school (12/21) so if your child will be gone, they need to plan accordingly.

Today, we explained to our students the guidelines for our class gift exchange. We will be doing an optional gift exchange. Students are expected to bring a cool knick-knack or neat item in the range of $5-10 dollars, and we will exchange by drawing numbers.

Next week, we will include a curriculum summary to give you a heads up about what we will be covering as we return from break.

A note from Mrs. Conklin:

As we head into the last week before break, please continue to be mindful of our drop-off/pick-up procedures, parking, and traffic.  I’ve had multiple pictures sent in the last week of parent cars parked illegally and blocking neighbor’s driveways, reports of speeding, and picking up/dropping off in unapproved areas.  This is a safety issue and an issue of respect to the neighborhood.  Please be mindful and remember how it affects others when these procedures are not followed correctly.  Thank you for your attention to this.

See this link for information about an upcoming Children’s Film Festival.

Upcoming dates:

12/14 Report Cards Available via email

12/21 Christmas Break begins following noon dismissal

1/7 School Resumes

Best,

Mitch and Tia


December 7, 2018

Hello Families,

What an excellent wrap up to the week–two quizzes behind students as they walk into the weekend. Woohoo!

Today is the end of the trimester. Report cards will be available on Friday and shared electronically.

If you are leaving early for the holiday break, please fill out a preplanned absence form and turn it into the office as well as let your homeroom teacher know.  We do have regular classes right up through 3rd period on that last day of school (12/21) so if your child will be gone, they need to plan accordingly.

Upcoming Dates:

12/13 Christmas Concert 7 pm at St. Bridget

12/14 Report Cards Available via email

12/21 Christmas Break begins following noon dismissal

1/7 School Resumes

Tomorrow is the auction. Hope to see many of you there!

Mitch and Tia


November 30, 2018

Hello families,

What a week! It was great to see all these students after the break. We continue to be impressed with how diligent they are in transitioning back into school. We hope you had a great break.

Free dress food drive is Monday.  Please remind your child that sweats are not allowed on free dress days.  Some wild socks have been coming to school recently as well. Socks are to be red, white, or navy with minimal markings or the school Bulldog socks.  Please help enforce uniform standards at home so we can focus on instruction. See the Uniform Code on our website for more information.

Midterm is net Friday, December 7. Please encourage your child to check in on ALMA to make up any missing assignments. Report cards will be available electronically on the 14th.

We will not be doing a secret Santa at school – we will do a minor gift exchange at our class party on Dec. 21 (details to come).  In the spirit of inclusion, we are asking the kids not to start a secret Santa at school on their own.

7th grade Christmas giving will be to the Tri-Parish Food Bank in Burlington.  Details are in the Sign-Up Genius email you should have received Wednesday from Amy Corcoran earlier this week.  (Thank you for organizing, Amy!) Contact her if you did not get this email and would like to take part.

The auction is upcoming on December 8th. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Upcoming Dates

12/2 Start of Advent

12/3 Free Dress Food Drive – Instant Potato and Rice side dishes

12/7 End of Trimester I

12/8 ASB Auction

12/13 Christmas Concert 7 pm at St. Bridget

12/14 Report Cards Available via email

Enjoy the weekend,

Mitch and Tia


November 9, 2018

Happy Friday, 7th Grade Families!

The cold the last few days makes it feel like we are leaping from fall into winter!  The class has been busy and productive this week – a good follow up to conferences.

November is always such a fast month – remind the kids to be on top of academics so they finish the term strong.  Our homework page is almost always pretty accurate but if there is an absence this month, remember that there is a lot of learning in classes that also needs to be made up.  Students should email or meet with teachers about missed work and follow up when they return to school.

Please see the attached preview of the girl/boy class black and white pictures that are on sale for the auction.  You can purchase them through the link below.

https://asbschool.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/AWorldofPureImagination/CLASSPROJECTSBLACKWHITECLASSPHOTOS/tabid/1001034/Default.aspx

Remember that the 7th grade wine glass project is also on sale – orders are due Nov. 13. Those are an order item through the Google form sent you by email from Amy Corcoran.  Contact her if you did not get it.

Consider supporting our middle school actors and get into the holiday spirit by attending the play!  The show runs from Th 11/15 to Sunday 11/18. Tickets can be purchased at:

https://asbchristmascarol.brownpapertickets.com/

Remember that Monday is a No School day in observance of Veterans Day.

Have a great three-day weekend!

Tia & Mitch


November 2, 2018

Hello families,

We enjoyed seeing so many of you during conferences. We highly value your commitment to educating the whole child.

Next Monday is Free Dress Food Drive. 7th grade is responsible for bringing ramen and Cup O’ Noodle. All donations, of course, are appreciated.

Please keep in mind that November is the last full month of the trimester – end of trimester is December 7.  Help support your children finish strong by returning to recommendations from conferences and your child’s goal sheet..

See below for an event opportunity regarding athleticism:

“Bishop Blanchet teacher and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Brett Hecko partnered with our new Feminism Club to recruit women who have been successful in all areas of athletics to come and speak to our students. As a father of a current Blanchet female athlete, Mr. Hecko has watched the opportunities and limitations his daughter has experienced. His daughter’s experience had differed greatly from his, a male collegiate basketball athlete. Mr. Hecko sought to change the narrative and speak to not only young women, but young men as well. We welcome all students and families to join us in our newest facilities, The Norcliffe Student Commons in our inaugural series. All are welcome! See below for more details!

The BBHS Athletic Department and the Feminism Club invite you to the Norcliffe Student Commons at 4:30 on Monday, November 5 to hear the first speaker in our “Women in Athletics” series. Our guest is Michelle Augustavo-Fisher, BBHS class of 2004 and current Assistant Basketball Coach at UW. Admission is free.”

Upcoming dates:

Monday 11/5 ` Free Dress Food drive (7th Graders bring ramen and Cup O’Noodle)

Monday 11/12 Veterans Day – No School

Thursday 11/15 – 17 Fall Play: A Christmas Carol

Wednesday 11/21 Grandparents Day

Thursday 11/22-23 Thanksgiving Break

Have a great weekend – enjoy the extra hour!

Best,

Mitch and Tia


October 26, 2018

Hello families,

With Halloween right around the corner, students are excited for next week. Given the cold and foggy weather this week, it’s clear autumn is officially here.

Alma gradebooks have been updated this week and are currently up to date. Please review the gradebook with your child before conferences.

Conferences are next week. Conferences are student led, so they should accompany their parents. Parents are encouraged to contact their homeroom teacher with whom they plan to meet and when they plan to attend. That way, teachers can give parents a heads up if a time slot is very busy.    Specialists are available for conferences and will be set up in the old 5B classroom.

Conferences occur in the following windows:

WEDNESDAY, October 31
12:30-3:30

THURSDAY, November 1
12:30-3:00
Break
3:30-5:30

FRIDAY, November 2
12:30-3:30

Halloween is also next week. Students may dress up for the occasion, but some rules must be followed.

  • Students cannot have covered faces.

  • Student costume must be appropriate to the Catholic school environment. No weapons, face paint, drug/alcohol content, or too revealing clothes are allowed.

  • Students must have shoes that can be worn on the playground, be able to use the bathroom in their costumes, and be warm enough outside.

Messages from administration:

Remember to bring a few dollars in cash to the Halloween Carnival on Sunday, for the chance to win the giant teddy bears and to enter the raffle. These are the only activities at the event that require cash! So tell your parents, and see you Sunday at 4pm at St. Bridget’s.

Also, the winners of the door decorating contest will be announced at the Halloween spirit assembly on Monday. Great work, everyone!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Tuesday 10/30 All Saints’ Day, Mass Uniform

Wednesday 10/31 Noon dismiss/conferences

Thursday 11/1   MASS UNIFORM for All Saints Day; noon dismiss/conferences

Friday 11/2   9:30 start; noon dismiss/conferences

Monday 11/5 ` Free Dress Food drive (7th Graders bring ramen and Cup o’Noodle)

Monday 11/12 Veteran’s Day

Looking forward to the weekend!

Mitch & Tia


October 19, 2018

Hello families,

Retreat was an enjoyable opportunity for teachers and students alike. Students were excellent in investing themselves in the activities. We are back at it now, and students have transitioned well.  We hope that some of the personal skills we worked on out at retreat continue to carry over to our day to day lives back here at school.

MAP test scores will be coming home today with your child.  Please ask to see them if they do not offer them. Questions can be addressed at conferences.

Conferences, as described in the email sent Wednesday, are upcoming. Conferences are student led, so they should accompany their parents. Parents are encouraged to contact their homeroom teacher with whom they plan to meet and when they plan to attend. That way, teachers can give parents a heads up if a time slot is very busy.

Conferences occur in the following windows:

WEDNESDAY, October 31
12:30-3:30

THURSDAY, November 1
12:30-3:00
Break
3:30-5:30

FRIDAY, November 2
12:30-3:30

As we near midterm, we’ve included here brief curriculum descriptions for current units in each subject area.

In ELA, we are reading and responding to The Outsiders with both narrative and argumentative writing. Students engage the text with artistic projects and group discussions. Students read the text to understand the importance of own voice stories from marginalized communities as well as recognize how stories are valuable ways we engage empathy.

In Social Studies, we are learning about Medieval societies in Africa including the Bantu people, Mali Empire, and the trading center of Aksum. Students will right a brief research paper on a skilled worker to recognize how skills can operate as commodities. Students are also practicing sourcing, close reading, and corroborating primary sources.

In Science, we’ve just begun our new unit on deposition after a test this past Tuesday on weathering & erosion.  This unit should take us about two weeks with a test over it on 10/30 (if we stay on track). While the kids are doing a great job, a bit more time studying vocabulary regularly will help build knowledge for long term recall and use.  They have the definitions in their glossary and I create Quizlets for each unit. 5 minutes several times a week will beat out cramming everytime and we use the vocabulary as we move forward so really taking the time to know and understand the vocabulary will build success.  

In Religion, the students are working on an in-class group project called the “Fountain of Truth” where students are looking at the influence of scripture and tradition (church teachings, documents, prayers, and practices) on understanding the truth.

In Math, students are applying their familiarity of the number system to include fractions. Students are using concepts about positive and negative numbers in the context of fractions. Students continue to build familiarity with the order of operations.

In Spanish, students took quizzes on conjugating verbs the last 2 weeks.  They are all progressing towards mastery; if they have not yet shown proficiency and are confused about this topic, I expect them to set up a time to meet with me.  We will continue to assess on this topic throughout the year to assure it is committed to long term memory as it is a major grammar concept. We are starting How to Tell Time next week, and starting to read our novel, Esperanza, after conferences.  Esperanza is set in Guatemala, so if anyone has any experiences from Guatemala that you’d like to share with your children or the class, I’d love for them to hear multiple personal experiences!

In Music, students are using MixCraft to combine rhythms and tones to create applicable soundtracks to media they encounter in our lives, like movies and video games.

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday 10/24   Unity Day/Bullying Prevention  Wear orange!

Thursday 10/25   ASB Open House **7th grade tour guides wear full uniform please (they
know who they are)

Friday 10/26   Midterm reporting – Please sign onto ALMA and look at both standards &
traditional gradebooks for all classes

Wednesday 10/31 Noon dismiss/conferences

Thursday 11/1   MASS UNIFORM for All Saints Day; noon dismiss/conferences

Friday 11/2   9:30 start; noon dismiss/conferences

It looks like the nice weather will continue to go into the weekend.  Hope you all get a chance to enjoy it!

Mitch & Tia


October 4, 2018

Dear Seventh Grade Families –

What a full, busy, and productive week it has been!  We are truly into 7th grade work and the kids are working hard.  Excitement for the first dance is mounting as is anticipation for retreat next week.  Be sure to see the attachment to this email with details about retreat. The kids were give a hard copy of this on Wednesday.

Speaking of retreat, we missed getting the CYO behavior contract out earlier this week so the turn around on that will be very short.  The kids were given the sheet today – please take some time to read it and have both you and your child sign it this weekend. We’d like these back on Monday.  

Medications for retreat must come in with explicit written instructions and your signature.  Please try to hand these off adult to adult here at school. On Tuesday with the boys, that will be with Mr. Hostetter; for the girls on Wednesday, that will be Mr. Steve Dougherty.

Reminder that both Mrs. Birmingham and Mr. Hostetter will be at retreat all three days so if you have messages for the girls or the boys on their day having classes, those will need to go through the office to our sub.

Finally, a message from the principal:

An update on the retreat incident from Kathleen Conklin:  Officer Larry Cole from the Snohomish County Special Investigation Unit has been assigned to the case.  I spoke with Officer Cole this morning. He told me the following:

  • The individual in the incident was released on his own recognizance.  This basically means he was released while further investigation occurs and there are stipulations in place regarding where he can be and what he can do.  He is not allowed on CYO campuses or our school campus.
  • The charges have not been dropped, the prosecutor wants more information before going back to court.  The prosecutor is planning on contacting families of the girls involved.
  • Families are welcome to contact Officer Cole at his desk number, 425-388-6388

Upcoming Dates to Note:

10/9-10/10   7th Grade Boys Retreat

10/10-10/11 7th Grade Girls Retreat

10/12 Archdiocesan In-Service: No School/No Extended Care

10/16   Picture Day – Individual Photos (Free Dress)

10/19   Midterm

Have a great weekend!

Tia & Mitch


September 28, 2018

Hello families,

At this point in the year, we transition from welcoming back to pressing onward. We are in for the long haul, now, and we are so impressed with how your children are taking ownership of their responsibilities of seventh grade. Well done!

Retreat is right around the corner! We need all parents to complete their part in contributing palancas. These are essential to making the retreat successful. They are due on October 4th, the Thursday before retreat but we would love them earlier!  We need to sort and pack them away. Please mail them or drop them off at the office. If you must send them in with a student, send them in a very discreet envelope with their homeroom teacher’s name written on it.

We still need drivers who are willing to drive to Camp Don Bosco and prepare by being compliant with an a) updated driver insurance form, b) background check, and c) VIRTUS training. We can’t do it without you! The SignUp Genius is here. Boys are driven on October 9th and 10th, while girls are driven on the 10th and 11th.

Next week we have our free dress food drive. 7th grade is responsible for rice and or potato side dishes. Of course, all donations will be accepted.

There will be a high school information night on Tuesday, October 2 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.A general session in gym will be followed by individual school presentations. Blanchet, O’Dea, Holy Names, Seattle Prep, Archbishop Murphy, Eastside, Kennedy and Forest Ridge will be present.

As part of an ongoing effort to prevent child sexual abuse, ASB will be teaching the Seattle Archdiocesan curriculum Touching Safety during the month of October. Each student, grades K-8, will receive one age-appropriate lesson regarding personal safety within the context of their religion instruction. If you would like more information, you can review the attached Protecting God’s Children Guide. All ASB students will be automatically included in this lesson. If you do not want to take advantage of this opportunity for your child, please return the attached Opt-Out Letter to me by Friday, October 5th and we will arrange for your child to be out of the classroom during the lesson. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates

10/1 Free Dress Food Drive

10/2 Science MAP test

10/9 -10/10 Boy’s retreat

10/10 – 10/11 Girl’s retreat

10/12 No School (staff in-service)

10/16 Picture day (free dress)

To close, I, Mr. Hostetter, wanted to express my gratitude for your students dedication early on.  We completed a unit project mimicking a Constantinople market, and the seventh graders this year outperformed others. They were dedicated to learning and engaging fun, which made the project worthwhile to its fullest potential. Encourage them to keep it up!

Best,

Mitch and Tia


September 14, 2018

Hello families,

We had a good second week. It is clear that students are getting back into the swing of things–academically and socially. We’ve already covered so much.

Retreat is coming up. A sign up (likely through SignUp Genius) will be circulating soon asking for volunteer drivers. Consider driving boys on October 9th or 10th and girls on October 10th or 11th. It would be greatly appreciated. Remember that each year, you must turn in new driver insurance paperwork for the office and VIRTUS and background checks must be up-to-date.

Fall play auditions, callbacks, and practices continue. If your child is involved, please support them by encouraging them to manage assignments and plan ahead. A helpful link for you to bookmark:

https://www.asbschool.org/academics/grade-7/homework/

MAP testing begins next week. Please try to schedule appointments outside testing hours. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday

Sept 18

Reading

8:35-10:05

Thursday

Sept 20

Language

8:35-10:05

Tuesday

Sept 25

Math

1:20-2:50

Tuesday

Oct 2

Science

11:45-12:30

Help support your child by helping them get to sleep on time and eat breakfast.

We’ve got a private 7th grade Instagram account to share pics of our learning.  Follow it at @SeventhGradeASB if you desire. We will not follow you back (or your kids), your kids can follow if they do that kind of thing (not required), and no important information will be shared there that we won’t with you by email.

Upcoming Dates:

9.18 – 10.2 MAP Testing

9.19 Curriculum night, 7pm

9.23 7th leads parish Masses

10.9 – 10.11 Retreat (Boys 10/9-10/10, Girls 10/10-10/11)  Details to come…

10.12 No school, scheduled in-service

Have a great weekend. Go Bulldogs!

 

Mitch and Tia


September 7, 2018

Hello families,

It was a great first week! It is clear that the students are ready and prepared to begin seventh grade, a big step regarding organization, self direction, and academic rigor. We are excited for the great year that’s reflected so early on.

Please remember that students should not be dropped off prior to 8:20am. At 8:20, doors are open and students can come in, unpack, and get ready. However beforehand, the students are unsupervised, lending a significant safety risk. Thanks for your consideration!

Student Leadership Team is ready for an awesome year! We have an awesome core team made up of eight 7th & 8th graders, and we need to find our classroom reps! By September 17, each classroom (grades 4-8) will elect one representative to join the SLT for the 2018-19 school year.

Classroom Rep duties include:

  • Raise the flag every morning (2-4 times/month)

  • Organize the Free Dress Food Drive donations (1 time/month)

  • Participate in occasional SLT meetings (during lunch recess 2-4 times/year)

  • Bring ideas and suggestions to SLT

  • Communicate SLT activities/events back to their respective classrooms

Please consider joining the SLT and gaining valuable leadership skills! Our class elections will be held Friday, 9/14.

For Free Dress/Food Drive days:  The Pantry can always use Kleenex, Paper towels, Toothpaste, Deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies! None of these items can be purchased with food stamps. 7th graders are in charge this week for bringing cereal and oatmeal.

Dances!  7th graders get to attend neighboring school dances this year if they are interested in that.  Please refer to dance permission slips when they come home for guidelines and rules. The dates this year are:

September 28 – St. Catherine

October 5 – Blanchet

November 16 – St. John

January 11 – St. Matthew

March 1 – ASB

May 3 – Our Lady of the Lake

These are subject to change due to other schools’ schedules and there are no dances during Lent.

Upcoming dates:

Monday 9/10 Free Dress Food Drive (7th grade Boxed Cereal or Oatmeal)

Wednesday 9/19 Curriculum night 7pm (Bring parent summer homework with you!  Don’t know what this is? Email homeroom teacher)

Enjoy the weekend. Hope to catch some Bulldog games this Saturday.

Best,

Mitch and Tia