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Oak Latin Class Newsletter


7th and 8th Grade Latin Newsletters -­ March 2018

Ut ver dat florem, studium sic reddit honorem
“As spring brings flowers, so study brings honors.”


Grade 8

Salvéte, parentés!

Eheu, fugacēs annī! Time has flown! 

We’ve haerēbamus in fossā (ask your kids) for several weeks with no sign of escape. While stranded there, student have mastered the imperfect tense and are now refining their knowledge of noun endings and the concept of adjective agreement. Soon, students will be learning the ancient concept of xenia, and how this concept of hospitality was a cornerstone of the Greco-Roman culture that pervaded the Mediterranean. This will be our major cultural topic throughout the third trimester.

Placements: 

Your students hopefully have brought home news of placements. I was very pleased with the overall performance of students and have let Heather Thompson, the high school teacher, know that a very impressive group of Latin scholars is coming her way. Please encourage your students to continue working hard to maintain their current placement or to strive towards a higher level. 

Latin trip to the MFA Boston: 

Arrangements are being finalized for our trip to the MFA, scheduled for Friday, May 18th. Students will leave school shortly after the day begins and return shortly after the normal end of the day. Parent pick-up will be necessary upon our return, as we will not make it in time for buses. The anticipated cost is $40.00, though we are still finalizing plans and costs. If you have not already done so, please follow this link HERE to confirm that your student will attend the trip. Click the Sports, Activities, Permission slips in the left navigation bar, cna check the box next to Grade 8 Latin Field Trip.

Valète, Parentès!
Mr Bellemer


Grade 7

Salvéte, parentés!

Eheu, fugacēs annī! Time has flown! 

Students are on the brink of making their way through all of the case endings and will be striving to memorize them all with the help of a useful song. Soon we will add the 3rd declension and thus complete their knowledge of nouns for the year. 

Study Habits:

As I have noted previously, the most important at-home work a Latin student can complete is to study the vocabulary flashcards. As we finalize our knowledge of noun endings, it will also become crucial for students to study their noun endings as well, especially if they feel like they have mastered the vocabulary. Please encourage your student to study some aspect of Latin for at least 15 minutes a night!

Domī Romanae: 

Students recently worked very hard to create some excellent projects on Roman houses. They created modern homes full of Roman influences in an effort to sell their design to the high school Latin teacher. I was and remain inspired and amazed by the effort and creativity they showed while working on this project. Ask your student to see their finished product, I think you’ll be impressed as well! 
 

Valète, Parentès!
Mr Bellemer

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me via email or via Schoology.