Week 29

Happy Monday!

ELA: LT Ch. 5-7 RG due Friday and S/V Test Friday. They need to be keeping up on their annotations and golden lines for each chapter. Whatever pages/chapters we read the previous week is due the following Monday. They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter. Don’t forget to annotate any reference to Greek mythology/culture!

We also read seven of Aesop’s Fables today. We’ll be discussing their themes/morals and how they continue to be relevant in today’s world. Don’t be like the Grasshopper—work first, then play!

HISTORY: Tomorrow we have Quiz 3, then we’ll be starting the Acropolis Phase. In this phase, we will be focusing on Greek art and architecture. The Hellenes will also get a chance to create a replica of the Parthenon and their own Greek vases!

Last week’s stats:

Argos, Athens, Sparta, and Megara saw victory in the Debates Challenge! Arete for excellent argumentative style and grace under pressure went to Olympia of Sparta (Emma M), Hector of Megara (Ben) and Jason of Athens (Connor). Congrats to all who participated!

Another Fates Roll gave points to Argos and Sparta, as their patron gods Dionysus and Ares showed favor upon them for their talent and poise.

STRIVE FOR ARETE IN ALL THAT YOU DO!

RELIGION: Ch. 14 Test this Tuesday, and then we start the Miracle Maker!

ART: KEEP UP ON YOUR ANIMATIONS!!! Pencil tests should be done no later than 4/18, and claymation sets and sculptures done no later than 4/8.

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter: this week's newsletter

IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday, 4/4

8:00 a.m. Parent Council Meeting- ALL invited

March Madness Free Dress: for $1 wear a jersey or colors of your favorite team in the tournament; proceeds support 8th grade graduation

1:15 Stations of the Cross Workout- Join your child in their school family and participate!

Friday, 4/5

8:00 Mass- 8th Grade

Spirit Wear Orders Due (see details below)

Noon Dismissal/Student Council Nacho Sale

11:30-1:00 p.m. Recycled Uniform Sale

Sunday, 4/7  SJA lectors at 11:30 a.m. mass

Monday, 4/8 6:00 p.m. Rock the School ****new date****

Friday, 4/12 SJA Fish Feast

Fit to Lead Newsletter ~ Trust

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the One who will keep you on track."  Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust... It is foundational to any relationship.  Trust is a catalyst so powerful that when it's in place almost anything is possible.  Yet it is something so fragile that in an instant it can be broken, and take a very long time to rebuild.  

Last week students experienced different trust building activities.  During these experiences students were challenged to trust their teammates, especially when they couldn't see, and to be a trustworthy teammate.  We discussed not only the challenges of trusting one another and the power that comes when we do trust.  But also how the little choices we make - intentionally or accidentally - impact our trust with others.  

Trust is crucial not only in our relationships with one another, but also with God.  It can sometimes be difficult to trust God, especially when we can't see or don't understand the why behind things.  Romans 8:28 tells us "We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose."  God is love (1 John 4:8) and is constantly loving us.  He is worthy of our trust at all times - especially when we can't see and we don't understand.   

Check out pics of the action ~ https://stjamesphysicaleducation.shutterfly.com

Family Discussion Questions:

1.  What makes it difficult to trust someone else?

2. Share a time when you accidentally broken someone's trust and the consequences of that action. 

3. Discuss how can you intentionally make little choices to build trust with others, and the impact those choices make.

4.  Why is it sometimes difficult to trust God?

5.  Why is God worthy of our trust at all times?

6.  Share a time when you chose to trust God and you experienced His faithfulness - even if it wasn't the way in which you expected.

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips