Dear 8th Grade Families,

It’s been such an exciting spirit week. I’ve loved seeing the kids in all their themed attire! It’s also my pleasure to announce that Mrs. Cummings’ advisory won the spirit poster contest for the whole middle school, and Mr. Phillips’ advisory won for the 8th grade! I’m hopeful that many of you will be able to continue the celebrations at Homecoming this evening.

Last week, we had the opportunity to have our Lead From Here Community Day retreat. The kids seemed to have a wonderful time bonding with their advisories, and they were challenged to use all of the “Changing Your World” competencies through activities like “Turnstiles” and “Moonball”. We will look forward to continuing these types of shared experiences as we look to next month and our trip to Washington, DC!

If you were unable to come to our trip meeting this week, here are links to the documents:

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns leading up to the trip. Your child’s advisor is also available to answer any questions that you may have!

We are in the midst of a Jean Drive supporting Note in the Pocket. Please drop off any lightly worn girls and boys jeans this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 16 through 18. Drop off boxes are labeled and located in the both MS hallways. The jeans will be delivered to Note in the Pocket on Wednesday afternoon as part of our service learning afternoon.

Students will find out on Monday during community time where they’ve been placed for service this month. Advisors tried as best we could to place them with a service that relates to their RIA topics. On Tuesday, we will meet by service learning groups to review expectations for the different experiences. Most of us will be off campus on Wednesday from 12:30-3:00.

Upper school shadow visits will begin on Thursday, October 19. Students will be receiving a note in their lockers with confirmation of their assigned date and buddy. If your child still would like to sign up, please have them come see me or Mrs. Salzano as soon as possible! They only need to provide the names of two ninth graders who they would be willing to shadow.



A special congratulations to three of our eighth graders, Mary Broderick, Ethan Browne, and Samantha Schantz, who recently won the KidWind Engineering Challenge. Please take time to explore their team project on the REcharge Labs website.

The next 8th grade pizza lunch and dress down day will take place on Thursday, November 2. We need parent volunteers to bring fruit, veggies and dessert and also to help serve. Please see the SignUpGenius for volunteer options. We order the following types of pizza: cheese, pepperoni, gluten free and non-dairy. If your child has an allergy or dietary restriction that requires a different accommodation, please notify Michelle O’Donnell or Julie McGinnis.

Other Reminders & Calendar Updates from our Grade Level Representatives:

  • October 17:  Middle School Q&A Session from 4:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall
  • October 18: Winter Sports sign-ups
  • October 20: Teacher Workday; no school for students
  • October 25: “Approaching Math with a Growth Mindset” Parent Meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Technology Center
  • October 28: First Mid-Semester Report Cards are available on the Parent Portal
  • October 31: Halloween; students may wear costumes as long as they are able to function throughout the day. Masks, weapons, blood, etc. are not permitted.
  • November 1: Middle School Ensembles Concert from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Jones Theatre
  • November 3: Parent Conferences; sign-up for your conference on the Parent Portal
  • November 10: Middle School Dance from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Please drop off and pick-up students in the Fine Arts Circle. Students should enter the Dining Hall through the doors facing the Upper School.

Finally, linked is an updated 2017.18 Middle School Calendar of Events. Please note changes/additions in red.

I hope you all have a restful weekend. Please let me know if there are any questions!


Sarah Baker


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