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Oak Latin Class Newsletter


7th and 8th Grade Latin Newsletters -­ October 2018

Dimidium facti qui coepit habet: sapere aude, incipe!
         Those who begin are half done: dare to be wise and begin!

                                                              horace       -- Horace
 


Grade 8

Salvēte, parentēs!

The school year is well underway and we are picking up right where we left off in Latin! These are the same bright and enthusiastic 8th graders I remember having last year. Our pace has been fantastic and we are progressing into more advanced grammar topic and translations right on schedule. Your students come to class excited, which makes them a joy to teach. I hope we keep it up!

Review of All Grammar
For the past month and a half we have been making steady progress through Ecce Romani to review all of the important grammar from last year. Before we get into new material, I will be reaching out to some students with extra help opportunities and appeals for retakes. Please check in with your student regarding their grades and current status in Latin.  

Heroes and Heroines
For the month of October, students will be exploring the concept of hero worship in the ancient Mediterranean, specifically how the Greeks and Romans showed their adulation and for what reasons. Their research into a specific hero will lead to the creation of multiple homages and tributes to their hero and will culminate in a Halloween costume meet-and-greet between all of the heroes in class. I am looking forward to some truly excellent results. 

No Latin Homework?
If your student makes the claim at any point in time that they have “no Latin homework,” please know: yes they do! The single most important part of any foreign language study is knowledge of vocabulary and your son or daughter will always have a vocabulary list to study. These vocabulary flashcards, on the iPad or on notecards, should be reviewed and practiced at least 15 minutes every day. Students will always have ample days and multiple attempts to master these words, but that cannot happen without consistent practice at home!

Valète, Parentès!
Mr Bellemer


Grade 7

Salvéte, parentés!

The school year is well underway and we are off to a great start in Latin. With 57 students enrolled, this is a record setting 7th grade group. Thank you for sending your students to school each day full of enthusiasm and excitement, which makes them a joy to teach. I am looking forward to a great year as we proceed into Latin grammar and vocabulary. 

Days, Months, and Numbers
You may have seen your sons and daughters working on one of the first three Latin assignments over the month of September. I have received some excellent products, so if you haven’t yet seen some of that work, ask your son or daughter – it’s probably still on their iPad. Though they may not be aware of it entirely, your 7th graders have turned into great Latin readers, listeners and composers. As we continue through the year, we will expand and build upon their ability to express themselves in Latin with increasing clarity and detail.
   
No Latin Homework?
If your student makes the claim at any point in time that they have “no Latin homework,” please know: yes they do! The single most important part of any foreign language study is knowledge of vocabulary and your son or daughter will always have a vocabulary list to study. These vocabulary flashcards, on the iPad or on notecards, should be reviewed and practiced at least 15 minutes every day. Students will always have ample days and multiple attempts to master these words, but that cannot happen without consistent practice at home!

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.