Poetry Memorization: The 7th graders are working to memorize the Christmas poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Thursday. It would be easy to say some of the stanzas out of order (if your 7th graders are struggling with this, know that it’s fine if I need to cue them on the beginning of some of the first lines), and it might help if you would be willing to cue them as they learn it too. Please ask them about their work on this. (They have a hard copy of the poem in their binder.) We may perform the poem at our Christmas assembly Friday.
Secret Gift Exchange: This will be the final week of our secret gift exchange. Each student should bring one more little homemade or home-baked gift for their secret recipient sometime Monday through Thursday this week and one wrapped gift less that costs less than $5 on Friday. The gift cannot be candy.
Christmas Tea Party: As we round the corner from the Reformation to the English Renaissance this week, I thought it would be fun to have a little English tea party so we can drink some warm tea and perhaps have a little treat during our gift exchange. Please send your 7th grader with a travel mug on Friday so they can enjoy a warm beverage.
Enjoy a glimpse of this past week through the eyes of this weeks’ reporter, Reese:
Reese’s Class Report
On Monday we started the beginning of the Reformation with the story of Martin Luther. In main lesson we started a handwork project. The project is a quilt that is made by 6th and 7th graders. We felted little half circles with our own patterns on them. This piece will be viewed at the winter fair this Saturday. On Wednesday we got to go on a field trip to go shopping if you are learning German and go to a museum if Spanish. On Thursday in main lesson we learned about King Henry the 8th; he was a king who married a girl who couldn’t bear him any boys, only girls, so he decided that he would ask the church if he could divorce her, and they disagreed. So he split from the Catholic church, formed the Church of England, and divorced his wife. He married about 5 other woman and beheaded two of them if he didn’t like them. In music today we learned a Christmas song on our recorder. The song is “We wish you a merry Christmas.” We have different types of recorders. There is the alto, the tenor, the sopranino, and bass. On Friday we started our puppets for our play we are doing. In math we are building a replica of a dome we are having in June; it is a greenhouse. It will be shown at Winter Faire.