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Week of Dec. 11-15, 2017
Merry Christmas!
A few reminders this week:
  • Class Party on Friday at 10:00  Thank you to Karlynn for coming up with a craft project and Maari and Sam for providing cookies and decorations.  Our substitute teacher is Bridget Lawler and she will appreciate all the help.
  • Students should bring their secret Santa gift and their snacks for the party on Friday morning
I’m so very thankful for this class; the students and parents.  It has been a great first part of the year and I look forward to continuing to be with these amazing young adults!  Many blessings over the Christmas break!  May your time be filled with family, love, joy and the peace of Jesus.
Mrs. Meyer
Hello everyone,
Just a few reminders/updates this week Dec. 4-8
 
Literacy Project:
  • The student received a project based around the novel The Pearl that we read.  They are creating the front page of a newspaper with a total of 4 different articles based around specifics of our story.  They have a handout explaining in details of the assignments.  This will be worked on in class, but there could be some homework too.  There will be a final test on the book next week.
 
PIP Hour Opportunity
  • PTH is planning to serve beverages before/after the Sounds of Winter Concert on December 13. They are looking for volunteers to bring a light refreshment to share.  Please email pth@hopeseattle.org to sign up.
Giving Tree
  • If you haven’t already please go to signup genius and sign up if you are able to contribute.  Please have everything in by this Friday as we will spend time wrapping the gifts during our class meeting time.  Looks like we could still use a girls XL sweatshirt and long sleeve shirts any color but pink.  If you would like to contribute gift cards that too is an option.

THANK YOU for showing so much generosity!

Class Party
  • I will be working with the kids on Friday to talk about food and ask them to sign up for items to bring in, I’m sure they will share this with you.
  • We will start our party at 10:00, school dismisses at 12:00 this day and just a reminder there will be a substitute as I will be in Arizona at my daughters college graduation!
Have a great week everyone!
Blessings,
Lisa

Week of November 13-17, 2017

Yeah it is a full week of school!  When I greeted the kids with that statement yesterday, they didn’t all feel the same enthusiasm, but I’m super excited!
This week in 7th grade literacy we will start a new novel with the hope of being able to finish it by Christmas break.  We are reading The Pearl, a Mexican folk tale based on a family living in poverty, diversity, tradition and hope.  The students will have vocabulary and a packet that they will be working on throughout this unit.
Final schedule is:
Monday, 11/20 Math-this will take up 2 periods
Tuesday, 11/21 History (they have a project due) Science and Literacy
Other news:
  •  Canned food drive is under way.  7th grade has an empty bin- can you help fill it?  Class contests are going on and the winning class gets a free dress, plus it helps fill Hope’s food pantry!
  • 7th grade Christmas party– I need your help!  I will be in Arizona on this day, Friday, Dec. 15 for my daughters college graduation.  The kids will have a sub, but I would love it if I could get some parents volunteers to help with the Christmas party.  If you are willing please email me.
  • WDC fundraiser is Thursday night at the American Diner in the junction from 5-10.  A great way to get out of cooking dinner and support the students going to WDC.
  • Also coming home today is Trimester2 Elective forms. Please complete these and return by this Friday, Nov. 17th
Have a great week!
Blessings,
Lisa

Week of November 6-10, 2017

I really appreciate all the time and effort everyone took to come and meet with us teachers during parent teacher conferences last week.  It is such a valuable time to connect and partner with you when it comes to your kind, loving and fun children.  I do have to say it is also great to be back with the kids!

This week there are a few things going on:
  • First of all, I apologize for the late notice, but 7th graders will be leading chapel tomorrow.  We will be sharing about temptation. The devil and even Jesus himself will be  joining us- come join us too if you can.
  • It is already that time of year- FINALS!  Finals are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 20 & 21.  The students will be finishing a grammar unit as well as get their study guide in literacy at the beginning of next week.  It is so hard to believe that the first trimester is over- this year is flying by!
  • Please be sure to check the yellow communication envelope for information about; Donuts with Dad, Open House, Dine out for D.C. and Hopecoming 18- there are a lot of fun events coming up.
  • Also being sent home are school pictures!
  • Lastly- Student Council is holding a canned food drive-please help fill our bin!
Have a great week everyone!
Be kind, gracious and know that you are loved!
Mrs. Meyer

Week of October 23, 2017

Did you know that when the student come in the classroom in the morning they start taking down the chairs preparing for the day without being asked?  I sometimes just sit and watch this in pure thankfulness for their kind, servant hearts.  I know as parents we can often get frustrated because we can ask and ask, (nag and nag). It’s good to know that all the hard work you have done as parents has paid off with their actions in the classroom!  This class continues to shine bright!

In Literacy we will start a Narrative Writing Unit entitled; “Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes.  This is our first formal writing that we have done this year.  We will be working on organization in telling a story with a beginning, middle and end.

A few things this week:

  • This Saturday is our Fall Frolic from 4:30-7:30 at SLHS gym.  If any 7th graders is able to volunteer there is a need.  You can go to Hope’s website to sign up.  PIP hours apply!
  • The Book Fair is  next week, our class will be helping set this up.  It’s an opportunity to have a bookstore right outside our classroom door.
  • ITBS testing is the next two weeks.  I have already let the kids know.  This is a time to be sure to get plenty of rest and bring in extra healthy snacks.
  • Next week is Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please make sure to send in your 3 options of times/days to conference.  I will be putting the schedule together on Thursday morning and then sending home a slip with your conference time/day. I look forward to meeting with everyone.
That’s all for now, as always if you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Blessings,
Lisa

Week of October 16, 2017

I have to take a moment to brag about these 7th graders!

Yesterday the 7th grade group as a whole was not excited about the Orange Ruler Fun Run.  This lack of enthusiasm was quickly spreading among the class the closer we got to the event.  I gave them a pep talk and encouraged/challenged them to go out and take this opportunity to be leaders,  run with enthusiasm, help out a younger student and change their attitudes!  Boy did they take this on- they had AWESOME attitudes, lead by example and ended the event showing leadership.  I was so proud of how they took this opportunity and made it so positive.  A great example of the type of class they are!
I also thought I would update you in what is going on in our literature class.  We have finished the book, Bud Not Buddy and they have been working on their final project of creating a suitcase that shows the settings of the story, the lessons learned and the values of the main character Bud.  They will finish this up tomorrow.  Next week we will be working on our DRA assessments and then move into a Narrative writing unit.   They are an enthusiastic class and I so enjoy teaching them.
Be sure to fill out the parent teacher conference form that is coming home in today’s communication envelope. I look forward to meeting with everyone!
Ask your child about our class pet- it’s quiet an idea!!
Have a great week and time off of school.  Looking forward to a good teachers conference and being back at it next week.
Blessings,
Mrs. Meyer

Week of October 2, 2017

7th Grade parents, 

Just a quick note today about a few things:
  • Coming home in the communication envelope this week is picture order forms.  Picture day/time for seventh grade is Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 11:45.  Students can wear their uniforms or “church” attire outfits.
  • Remember it is not too late to sign up for the Orange Ruler fundraiser, sign up at http://orangeruler.com/
  • This Thursday from 6-8 pm, at Seattle Lutheran High School is the showing of the movie Angst a documentary that is breaking the stigma around Anxiety. It is free and open to the community.  Recommended for parents and students ages 12 and up.
  • A reminder to be sure to be checking Chalkable with your child.  For my literacy class I did hand out a missing work form for anyone who was receiving a grade lower than 70%.  They should be talking directly to their teachers about any questions on assignments or tests.  Get those weekly reading logs turned in!!
Have a great week!
Mrs. Meyer

Week of September 25, 2017

“Jumping to Conclusions”, “Intent verses Impact” and “What did you hear me say.”  These were the topics of our class meeting this past week.  The students had chances to experience these concepts and we will continue to talk and roll play these type of situations.

Upcoming events:
  • Student council speeches and votes are tomorrow (9/27) right after chapel, we have John, McKenzie and James all running in our class-  Good Luck!
  • Fall Olympics is this Friday, students will meet with their teams tomorrow.  Come to school on Friday dressed in your team colors- it will be a fun day!
  • It’s not to early to be thinking about H.S.  A flyer is coming home today with upcoming open houses.
  • PTH meeting on Wednesday Oct. 4th at 6:00, this is a great opportunity to meet other families and get involved in activities.
  • Picture day is Oct. 9th- see flyer in communication envelope
PIP Hour Opportunities:
Lunch duty is a great way to get to know the students and get those PIP hours.  Help is still needed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Email Shari in the office to sign up, swallace@hopeseattle.org.
As always feel free to email me with any questions.
Blessings,
Lisa
Week of September 18, 2017

I hope to see everyone tonight (9/19) at 7:00 for our curriculum night, we will all meet in the church.

This week in the yellow envelopes please make sure to pay attention to the following:
  • Parent login information to our new grading/homework portal.
  • Pizza and Burrito lunch form that needs to be returned by Wednesday, Sept. 27.
  • Picture Day is coming up on Oct. 9-see form to order
  • Orange Ruler Info. 
  • AND last but not least, this will be the last week to sell those Chinook books, please plan on either returning your book or $  this Friday 9/22.
Our class had it’s first lesson with our new curriculum, Second Step. Our lesson was on making mistakes and the value of being able to learn from them.  They created a visual to show this!  This week our lesson is on goal setting, for both personal reasons or in our school work.  I look forward to helping the students use their strengths and weaknesses to do this.
It’s been such a great start to the school year!  This class is so hard working, loves to read, full of fun and kind personalities.  Thank you for sharing your kids with me!
Make it a great week!
Lisa
Week of September 12, 2017

As we ended our first week I asked the students what the best part of their week was, the majority answered, “seeing my friends”.  It’s been so great to see them catching up, hanging out and reconnecting.Week 2 is underway and believe it or not, we have already had students out because of sickness, boo hoo!  A cold has defiantly hit us so I got the hand sanitizer out, but please make sure that everyone is getting plenty of rest and covering coughs etc.  If your child does miss school, please make sure they are talking to their teachers to find out about missing work.  In my class, there is a tray that the students can find any handouts, notes etc. that they might have missed.  It is their responsibility to get these and talk to me if they need clarification on what they need to do.

Chalkable– this is the online system that we are using this year to post homework and grades.  The students will be receiving training on how to access their homework and grades this week.  I think they will find it user friendly, but please be sure to ask questions when they come up.

A few reminders:

  • I-Pad contracts are being sent home today, please read and sign.  I-Pad will be sent home once these contracts are signed and returned.
  • Chinook books should be sold or returned by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22.

Save the Date, Upcoming events:

  • October 4, PTH meeting 6:00 p.m.
  • October 5, Seattle Lutheran High School will be sharing the movie Angst.  This film looks at anxiety, its causes and effects and what we can do about it.This is open to the community and recommended for ages 10 and up.
  • It’s not to early to be thinking about High School, as open houses are shared with us, I will be sure to send them out to you.  There will be an Open House for Seattle Lutheran High School, Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Make it a SUPER week.

Blessings,
Lisa

 

Welcome to 7th grade.  I pray that your summer was full of rest and that you are all ready to ease back into the school year.

Tomorrow night (Tues. August 29th) is our back to school BBQ, starting at 5:00.  Come by the classroom to pick up your class schedule and then we will head down to the lowers for the BBQ at 5:30.  For a full schedule of upcoming events please go to our website, hls.hopeseattle.org.
Lockers will be assigned the first day of school, so please plan on bringing any school supplies then.
Looking forward to a great year with these amazing 7th graders!
Mrs. Meyer