Dear 8th Grade Families,
The 2018-19 school year is well underway, so I want to begin with a shout out to our student leaders:
Alex Richmond, Maddi Maurio, Carter Anderson, and Jackson Gring. They have already gone above and beyond with leading meetings and planning events, and I am excited to see their growth as leaders over the course of this year. Because of their creativity and organization in particular, we were able to enjoy an advisory kickball game after the pizza lunch last Friday. Thank you to all of the volunteers who came and served pizza and/or sent in treats; we could not do these special events without each of you. Our next “First Friday” event will be on Friday, October 5 at 10:05am. It will be a breakfast/snack treat for the students, so be on the lookout for details from our grade level representatives (Elisa Barbone and Kile Law).

I also want to acknowledge the students who won our t-shirt design contest a couple of weeks ago: Madison Anysz’s design will be featured on the front of our t-shirt, and Chloe Lassiter’s design (in collaboration with Lilja Gudmundsson, Sophie Thomas, Amber Stiefel, and Maddi Maurio) will be on the back. All of the entries were thoughtful and beautiful, so choosing two was an exceptionally challenging decision for our student leaders to make. The shirts are scheduled to arrive before our trip to Washington, DC, so we will look forward to wearing them then!

The GoPlaySave fundraiser is happening right now! If you haven’t received a fundraiser envelope yet, please check with your child; it’s probably in his or her locker or backpack. Please return all orders to your child’s advisor by Tuesday, September 18. You can use this link (and share it with family and friends) for easy online ordering.  Remember that all students who sell at least 3 books can participate in the GoPlaySave Dress Down Day on September 28.

I’m hopeful that your child has shared with you about the advisory activities he/she has been engaged in related to exploring identity. Just this week they thought a bit more deeply about how their names are a reflection of their identities through the creation and sharing of “name stories”. Some students knew quite a bit about their names, and some had some questions for you! Most seemed very intrigued to learn more about why their names were chosen for them. I hope this will give you an opportunity to engage in conversation with them!

Finally, since we will not have school the end of this week, we have had to reschedule our Lead From Here Community Day. It will now happen on Friday, October 5 after the Pep Rally. Students should plan to bring a bag lunch and wear their sneakers.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 18: Return GoPlaySave books or forms
  • Thursday, September 20: Global Opportunities Parent Meeting, 6:30p in Jones Theatre
  • Tuesday, September 25: Washington, DC Parent Information Meeting, 6:30p in Dining Hall
  • October 1-5: Spirit Week
  • Friday, October 5: “First Friday” Breakfast/Snack Treat and Dress Down Day
  • Friday, October 5: Lead From Here Community Day (afternoon only)
  • October 10-12: 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, DC

Stay safe and dry this weekend, and let me know if you have any questions.

Sarah Baker

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