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Hello, parents and guardians!

As we start March, 7th graders are finishing the first of two food units. They are able to express their food and beverage preferences for lunch and breakfast and they can also describe with what frequency they eat or drink a food or beverage. In addition, seventh grade students are able to describe what others choose to eat and drink for those meals.
While this unit is wrapping up shortly with performance assessments, the next unit continues the idea of food and adds in healthy habits. Students will continue to discuss what they eat and drink, expanding their vocabulary to include more lunch and dinner foods. They will discuss activities that are good or bad for their health and they will give each other advice on staying healthy. They will express agreement or disagreement with others’ statements. Cultural topics in these two chapters include markets, the Spanish treat churros, the origins of chocolate, an exploration of mate, the national drink of Argentina, and class discussions on similarities and differences in meals and mealtimes.

Eighth graders spent the first part of the month of February finishing the “Una fiesta de cumpleaños” chapter with an exploration of the quinceañera celebration common to many parts of Latin America. As you know, 8th graders took the placement exam in mid-February and are currently getting placement recommendations for 9th grade classes.
This week students are beginning their next unit, “Vamos a un restaurante” (“We’re going to a restaurant”). In it they learn how to order and conduct themselves in a restaurant and they describe the people who accompany them to the restaurant. Students will deepen their understanding of verbs in this chapter, using more irregular and stem-changing verbs. This unit includes at least one “restaurant skit”. Students continue to explore perspectives on family celebrations; we’re also noting differences in customs in dining out.

Up-coming dates: New York Field Study Trip
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 (2:35-3:15 pm, Oak Auditorium) MANDATORY meeting for 8th grade
students attending the trips. Parents are invited, but students are required to attend. Students must arrange for transportation after the meeting.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019: New York Trip #1:  8 White, 8 Red, and some 8 Blue (students have been notified)
Thursday, May 16, 2019: New York Trip #2, 8 Gold, 8Green, and some 8 Blue (students have been notified)

Special Notes:

  • Students should be dropped off/picked up at the gym entrance.  
  • Please bring water, nut-free breakfast & snacks
  • Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the theater & museum.

As always, we thank you for your support of language learning and we appreciate it when you encourage your child to practice and to use the language whenever possible. 

Sra. Anderson
Sra. Pierce
Sra. Sullivan-Jacques
Sra. Tomlinson