Sorry for the delay. A couple of items to be discussed. As mentioned through the note home on Tuesday, yes, we are planning a small pot luck lunch for students in the mid afternoon. Students do not need to bring a lot - just enough for say 5-8 people - small scale. There is a pizza lunch during morning recess, so I think the luncheon will be enough for everyone through the afternoon. Thanks for helping out with this activity. Friday is also red and green day( not sure why you need to know this- dress your child in green and red before you send them to school?)
In January, we will be starting our speech writing for our annual speech competition. Each student will draft, revise and edit a persuasive essay that they will present to the class. If students would like to particpate in the gym competition, they simply need to let me know and they will be judged against others who also wish to particpate in the gym competition. Please speak to your child about a topic over the winter break. Keep in mind that in grade eight we look for interesting and original topics that are thought provoking and, sometimes (but not necessarilly) controversial. A couple of ideas from last year were: 911, Hoax or Reality?Mummies, demigods and Kings of Ancient Egypt, Socks, The Avro Arrow, Depression Hockey etc. As you can see, some of the really interesting topics are at the beginning of this list and some of the more generic topics are at the end. I would like students to think long and hard about a topic that is different. Hope that helps- it wouldn't hurt students to begin gathering research on their topic over the break. In fact, we just had a presentation from the Grand Valley Library on how to do research. They can find many 1000's of periodicals online- all through the GV library!
Okay. That's it for now.
Please email me if you have any concerns leading up to our winter break