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Hello, parents and guardians!

In grade 7, students have reached the end of the classroom description unit and have taken the chapter test. Students have begun their next unit of study and are learning how to discuss what they eat and drink for breakfast and lunch. In this unit, students learn how to use new types of verbs (-er, -ir), how to express their own and others’ likes and dislikes (foods and beverages), and how to express the frequency with which they or others eat or drink a breakfast/lunch item. This unit is rich in culture with many small class discussions on similarities and differences in meals and mealtimes.
In grade 8, students are in the middle of the family and family celebrations unit; they are perfecting their use of the verb tener and practicing expressing relationship and possession. Students will be describing family members and discussing their own and others’ roles in family parties.
Important dates for 8th graders

  • Placement exams are February 7th and 12th, 2019
  • New York City Field Study forms with the 2nd payment are due Friday, January 25, 2019.
  • Mandatory student meeting for the NYC trip is Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Parents are welcome to attend; students are required to attend.

In regard to the placement exam: A study guide and resource links are posted in Schoology for students who would like extra practice. Students who need extra help should contact their teachers as soon as possible.
In regard to the NYC trips: The New York trips are April 9th and May 16rd. Please contact the school nurse with medical information changes. More news about which students will be going on which date is coming soon; please contact your child’s Spanish teacher if your child has a specific, long-standing conflict on one of those dates (dance recital, etc).

We appreciate your continued support in encouraging your child to practice, to complete assignments on time, and to use the language whenever possible.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year,

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