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November 26, 2019

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Typically, the middle school does some type of

gift exchange for Christmas.

This year, the Student Council has decided to

do a Secret “Santa” gift exchange.

Each student filled out a questionnaire and

was randomly matched with another student.

Here’s how the gift exchange will work:

*Each student purchases a gift for just ONE other student.

*The total spent must not go over $10.

*A student can give notes, little treats,

  small gifts, or one large gift.

   Again, please keep the total at or under $10.

*The goal is to keep the secret a secret until

  the middle school Christmas party on December 20th. 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Have an absolutely delightful, blessed Thanksgiving.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Grant

 

November 5, 2019

Hello parents!

Please note these reminders about tomorrow’s field trip.

  1. Arrive at 7:30AM in uniform

  2. Bring snack/lunch

  3. Pocket money optional

  4. We will return to school between 3:30 and 4PM

Drivers are: Jill Grant, Kristen Sproul, Karin Croke, and Mary DelPriore. Additional chaperones are George Evensen, Pilar Mitchell, and Colleen Hartman.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Grant

P.S. Note for 7th and 8th graders’ Parents!

I wanted to fill you in on what I’ve noticed.

Today, we concluded a two-week unit on poetry writing with a tea party and poetry reading, and I have to say, your kids are some fantastic poets!

Please take a moment tonight to ask your student to share a poem or two. They might just blow your socks off! I’m so proud of all of them.

 

September 26, 2019

Hello families!

As promised, here is the email regarding the PTFA yard sale

Saturday, October 5th. Middle school typically has a bake

sale table at the yard sale, and 100% of the proceeds go

o the middle school trip to DC.

We need both baked goods and volunteers; parents can earn

service hours right alongside their kids.  In fact, we’ve had

yard sales where most of the kids showed up and

had a great time together.

Items that sell the best are mini loaves (banana bread,

pumpkin bread, etc) as opposed to single cookies.

Another good seller are donuts and coffee (don’t forget the cream and sugar!).

Please use this link to sign up (and to sign up your kid!):

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44ada82ea2fb6-middle

If you signed up to help at the fundraising meeting, please also sign up here.

 

Thank you!

Mrs. Grant

 

Hello families!

A not-so-brief update for you (there’s a lot going on!):

GRADES

  1. Midterm is THIS FRIDAY.  Expect a midterm progress report

    to head home next week. 

    In the meantime, you can always check RenWeb for grades.

  2. Please, continue to check planners! I do a planner check with

    the 5th and 6th grades every Monday, and I put a stamp in the

    planner to indicate I’ve checked it.

    All students should be writing their homework in their planners

    throughout the week! If they’re not, they are not following

    instructions. Your help on this is much appreciated.

FUNDRAISING

  1. Reminder that Yankee Candle order forms are due THIS FRIDAY.

  2. The PTFA yard sale is happening on October 5th.

    Bring items to donate after school (just bring them in to the gym)

    starting Monday. Middle school is having a bake sale;

    be on the lookout for a separate email on that.

  3. Craft fair is happening on November 2nd;

    also be on the lookout for a separate email on that, too.

    We need a lot of help on this one!!

OTHER NEWS

  1. Book club “Planet Middle School” will meet tomorrow night

    from 5-6:30! We are reviewing chapters 2&3.

    It’s OK if you missed the last meeting; we’d love to have you!

    Childcare is available if needed.

  2. Picture day was yesterday. You will receive a free proof in

    a couple of weeks; at that time you can decide to purchase

    (if you haven’t already done so) or to have your student

    retake their photo.   Retake date is TBD.

  3. The DeMar marathon is this Sunday!

    Information for students who qualified for the 1.2 mile

    fun run went home in a bright purple bag yesterday.

    Be on the lookout for a TCS representative at the marathon start.

  4. Remember that gym is on Tuesdays and Thursdays;

    students need a change of clothes.  An order form for

    t-shirts went home this week if you need a few spares. 

  5. Ice cream social is TONIGHT at 6:30PM! We’d love to see you!

  6. Order your yearbook by next Monday to get the discount.

Please let me know if you have any questions! 

Mrs. Grant

 

Hello Parents,

 

Monday I will be teaching the 7th and 8th grade about 9/11.

The purpose of this is twofold; first, it is to prepare them

for our trip to the 9/11 memorial while we are in NYC.

Second, it ties into both the book we are reading together,

I am Malala, as well as our unit on Islam.

 

I have assigned the students to ask you questions about

your memories of 9/11, and the ways you perceive how

9/11 changed America (and the world) as we know it.

As you are aware, they were born into a post-9/11 world,

and have no concept of the incredible significance and

impact of that day.  We will bring these conversations

into our lesson on Monday.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Mrs. Grant

 

Hello Parents!

Our play is coming up quickly!

I am a HUGE fan of fun, simple productions that

focus on the kids rather than elaborate costumes and props.

With that being said, I do need a few things.

The biggest thing I need is some way to hang a curtain or backdrop

on each corner of the stage. I was thinking something like a

PVC pipe or 2×4 frame that we can hang either curtains or

a paper backdrop from.

It would need to be about 6′ high (or more) and about 5′ wide.

I’d like for it to be made in such a way that it can be

broken down and reused for future productions.

 

If you want to do this, please let me know ASAP,

and we can meet and talk about particulars.

Parent service hours will be given, of course!

 

I must have all of the props by Monday, April 8th.

Of course, you may bring them in at any time before then.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for your help!

Mrs. Grant

 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Hello Parents of our Beloved Students,

Tropical Day is on Friday, February 15th. 

Students may come dressed as they would for a day on a tropical

island somewhere, and yes, shorts are OK!

Regular dress code rules are to be followed (no spaghetti straps, bathing suits,

mini skirts/dresses, ripped clothing, etc).  Pineapple pizza is being offered that day,

so please let Mrs. Sproul know if your student would

like pineapple pizza in place of their regular pizza order.

Valentine’s Day is coming!   Here is the plan:

The whole middle school will be bringing their lunches to my classroom on

Thursday, February 14th where we will have a mini-party with a Valentine

exchange and cupcakes.  Normally, the 7th and 8th graders don’t typically

exchange Valentines except with a few close friends. 

However, in 5th and 6th grade things are a little different. 

5th graders (and some 6th graders) still very much enjoy the process

of exchanging Valentines, and I want to give them that opportunity.

If a student in 5th or 6th grade wishes to bring Valentines, they should bring

Valentines for all the students of their gender.  So, girls should bring Valentines

for all of the girls in their homeroom and not exclude anyone, likewise with boys.

If a girl wishes to give a Valentine to a boy, she should give Valentines to all

of the boys, not just one, and likewise with boys.

I’m aiming for as much of a drama free Valentine’s Day as possible.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Grant

January 14, 2019

Hello Middle School parents!

Today report cards for quarter two are coming home. 

Please note that there are two copies; one is for you to keep,

the other is for you to sign and return to us.  Inside the report

card envelope you’ll find your child’s 2nd Quarter Star Reader report.  

This report is an indicator of your child’s reading progress.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this report;

questions about grades should be directed to the appropriate teacher.

Please remember that we are collecting several forms:

    One is for the PTFA meeting on Wednesday; I need that form by tomorrow.

    Another is for the winter formal; that form is due on Friday.

    Lastly, we need to know what food, if any, you’re ordering for your child

    during Spirit Week (January 28-February 1).

We need that form by Friday, January 25th.

I’m so proud of all of our students!

They are knuckling down and diligently working.

Two quarters down, two to go!

Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Grant

January 14, 2019

Technology & Math Updates:

7th Grade. – we stayed on track even with the Snow Day, and we completed “Inequalities” last week.

We have started the chapter on Ratios, Proportion, Fractions, Decimals, and Percents.

The 7th Grade should (if no snow delays or snow days)

complete this chapter on Thursday January 31 with a test on Feb 1.

5th Grade – we fell behind with converting US customary units and with our Snow Day.

I wanted to make sure students REALLY understood how to convert the units, and metric as well.

We finish up Chapter 11 with our test tomorrow.

On Wednesday, we will start Chapter 7 (which we jumped over previously).

Chapter 7 is about fractions and decimals–how to find equivalent fractions or decimals,

how to reduce fractions down, what Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple.

We should end this chapter on January 30 and have our test on Jan 31 (barring any snow days).

The 5th Grade has just recieved their Vacation Project (see below).

We’ll do part of this project in class, and I will be

helping the students utilize google slides and sheets

to help track expenditures for their family vacation.

This project is due in April.  The information for you as well as my grading rubric is below.

The students will be presenting the short week before

April Vacation (3 students per day).

Technology – 7th graders continue coding, and we’ll work on creating their own gif.

5th grade will be doing some slides and sheets to understand

how to utilize these important tools

(which will help the 5th grade with their math project).

 

In Christ’s Service,

Kristen Sproul

Trinity Christian School

Psalm 46:1 ESV  “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.”

January 11, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

There is paperwork coming home with your child today

that needs to be filled out and returned to TCS.

Then, I will bring it to Keene High School. 

 

The purple sheet puts your child in their system,

so the guidance department can sign them up for

classes once the course selection sheet is turned

in to them.  There is a release form which enables

the staff of KHS to talk to the staff at TCS in regards

to the students.  I will forward the records this summer

once we have final grades in and test scores.  The

3rd paper is just signing that you will report address

and family changes. 

 

On Tuesday, January 15th, a guidance counselor

and another staff member will meet with the students

who are zoned for KHS for 2019-2020.  They will explain

the course selection process and the Program of Studies

along with the course selection sheet will be given to them

at that time. Many classes require teacher recommendations,

which Mrs. Grant, Miss Martin, Mr.Evensen, and Mrs. Sproul

will make. 

 

January 22nd at 5:30 there is tour for parents who would like

to tour KHS and then the meeting for all 8th grade parents

in all schools begins at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

If you would like a tour, sign up on the link: 

http://khs.keeneschoolsnh.org/apps/news/article/970009

We look forward to working with you although some of 

you have been down this road already. 

Tours will be given at the end of March for the students.

Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00 p.m. –

They have a parent/student meeting for all those interested in sports.

 

Feel free to ask any questions you would like or bring forth any concerns.

 

Thank you,

Valery Curtis