7th Grade April Update from Greg Anysz
Dear Seventh Grade Parents,
As we head into spring break I hope you and your child will talk about the feedback provided by their teachers and advisor to set a plan for the last part of the second semester. Only seven weeks left in seventh grade for the students to stretch their brains! Congratulations to Owen McGinnis for competing in the state level of the National Geography Bee in Charlotte last week. Owen made it into the final round and place 5th in the state! Great job representing Ravenscroft Middle School. Our first week back is the Global Village trip meeting on Wednesday April 19th at 7pm in the Parents Association room. The following day is an X-Day for Special Olympics.
World Geography Food Day
Every year in world geography we take a day to learn about the culture that makes up the seventh grade student body. Food is an entry point that leads to discussions on other aspects of culture. The students will be a food critic for a day while they sample and write about various foods prepared by you. This experience is a natural way for students to use the Citizen Leader Framework. They are able to try something new and be able to effectively communicate their thoughts while maintaining a sense of cultural inclusivity and empathy. This is also a great way for parents to share with the students. The event this year will be on Thursday, April 20th from 1:00 pm until 3:15. Thank you to those who have signed up already. If you would like to help please contact Nicole McClure & Heather Mikles. Also – please note that we are aware of food allergies based on the magnus health system.
Earth Day Celebration
Did you know: The average person generates 4.4 pounds of trash each day. To celebrate Earth Day, the Ravenscroft Middle School will be holding a Lunch Trash Challenge on Friday, April, 21st. Students should plan on bringing a packed lunch that day and will be eating lunch in their advisories. Each student’s goal is to bring a lunch that contains the least amount of trash as possible–we’re encouraging everyone to make their best effort at using reusable bottles, packaging, and containers! Prizes will be awarded for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade advisory that generates the least amount of lunch trash. In addition to our Lunch Trash Challenge, we’ll be working on activities with our advisories to learn more about environmental conservation and everyone will play a part in planting a butterfly garden right next to the middle school! We’re all looking forward to a great Earth Day celebration! Thank you for your help and support.
Our students have worked to share their academic growth on their digital portfolios. They also like feedback on their work. If you have not logged in and commented on your child’s work, please do so. Parent access to your child’s Seesaw account was shared with you during the first two conferences of the year. If you need assistance logging in to see your child’s work, please contact Kathleen Christopher.
We continue to work on the Lead From Here competency “Empathetic” -willing to listen to others, try to understand their feelings, and help them be supported. Advisors will facilitate an activity on empathy titled “Reading Emotions.” The whole advisory will create a working list of emotions. Next, they take turns expressing the emotions listed as a whole group and then with a partner. The debrief addresses the need to look and understand emotions before you act.
- April 10 to April 14: Spring Break
- April 19: Global Village Parent Meeting (7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., PA Room)
- April 20: X Day, World Geography Food Day
- April 21: Spring Fan Day
- April 23: Band Concert (6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Jones Theatre)
- April 24: Strings Concert (6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Jones Theatre)
- April 26: Choir Concert (6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Jones Theatre)
- April 28: Middle School Dance (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Cox Court)
- May 17 to 19: Global Village Trip
Updates from 7th Grade Parent Representatives:
We will be having a pizza lunch for our 7th graders on Tuesday, May 16th to show our appreciation this year. Transitioning to the 8th grade is a big step for our grade and is also an exciting time. Heather and I have enjoyed being a part of their lives this year and wanted to help with their transition to 8th grade by celebrating them and all of their successes.
We will be having a Parent Luncheon on Wednesday, May 17th at 12:00pm. Please look for the Sign Up Genius coming this week. We will have Quail Ridge Books as our guest speaker to discuss the summer reading list for our children and to also give our parents some fun options to read for the summer! Heather and I have enjoyed being your GLRs for this year. We hope that you can attend our luncheon. More details to come.
In addition, the PA secured 200 KIND bars for the 7th grade field trip in May. They will fulfill the gluten free/ nut free snack, but students will need to be made aware that the bars were “processed in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame seeds”.