Happy Summer!

What a joy this year was. Thank you for the blessing of teaching your children. I hope you have a lovely summer and I look forward to hopefully seeing you all tomorrow (Wed, June 22) at Report Card pick-up from 10am-noon. God bless you!

Margaret Falls Upper Trail Hike

Week of May 30 – Grade 7

Countdown is on… 10 more school days. I am in shock at how quickly this year has gone. I have thoroughly enjoyed this class so much and am so happy we still have 10 days together!

Tuesday

  • Socials Test (study guide sent home on May 19 and you can also see info on previous blog post)
  • Thrilling Thun event (after school – 3:30-5pm): Your child would have had to have purchased tickets for this after school “fun day” put on by the Senior Peer Mentor class

Wednesday –

  • Band class…only 2 more to go!

Thursday – Field Trip to Camp Green Lake! (ie. my home… 😉 ) Come prepared for the weather as we will go rain or shine…at the moment it’s looking cloudy with rain showers…

Friday –

  • Last BMV

Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

  • Holes Vocabulary Quiz – Study Guide home on Monday – see below for the list and a printable PDF (though each student will come home with a paper copy Monday)

On the go in Grade 7 – Week of May 23

Ancient Rome test – Tuesday, May 31…study guide was sent home last week, but see below for terms and topics to study (articles and paragraphs to read were also sent home within the study guide).

Permission slips will be coming home this week for a field trip to Camp Green Lake (my property near Gardom Lake) to have fun together based on activities from our novel study, Holes.

Holes – Our novel study has been lots of fun and it seems the students are enjoying the book. We are learning lots of new vocabulary words and a list to study will come home once we have finished reading the book for a vocabulary quiz (date TBD).

BMV – DUE May 27

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Health – check your emails with info about our next health topic… puberty!

Fun Day – will be this Friday, May 27th for the whole school (which is different than the peer mentoring “Thrilling Thun” event that will be held after school on the 31st)

ANCIENT ROME TERMS and TOPICS:

Romulus and Remus: twin brothers who supposedly founded Rome 

Julius Caesar: skilled and powerful general who was murdered by members of the Senate (after fearing that he would gain too much power at their expense) 

Augustus: the first emperor of the Roman Empire who made many improvements to society 

Constantine: reigned over a major transition in the Roman Empire and was the first Emperor to convert to Christianity, making it legal to be a Christian. 

Republic: a state of the classical Roman civilization, run through public representation of the Roman people 

Dictator: a ruler with total power over a country, typically got control by force. 

Pax Romana: 200-year period of peace and stability within the Roman Empire 

Plebeians: common people 

Patricians: powerful and wealthy nobles 

Gladiator: a trained fighter who fought to the death in arenas like the Colosseum 

Forum: public meeting place in Rome 

Legion: organized groups of soldiers 

Province: a territory in Italy or wherever a Roman official had authority in the name of Rome. 

Christianity: a religion and belief based on the person and teachings of Jesus, based on the Bible as sacred scripture  

Aqueduct: channel that carried water into cities from the mountains 

Colosseum: building used for entertainment like gladiator fights 

12 Tables: The body of laws in Rome 

  • Technologies – roads, aqueducts, Colosseum – examples like these that we use today 
  • Government – how is the Canadian system similar to that of Ancient Rome? 
  • Christianity in Ancient Rome – how / why did Christianity spread during the time of the Roman Empire? 
  • Geography and location – benefits of location; what was the core of the Roman economy? 

Week of May 15 in Grade 7

Hello!

Where does the time go??? How is it mid-May?

I’m sorry it’s been a couple of weeks since I have updated the blog. We enjoyed our Poetry Café and I am still reading through their Poetry Booklets. They will be sent home as soon as I am done.

There will be no more weekly spelling tests as we will be focusing more on grammar concepts that students find challenging with daily review lessons and practice assignments. We have begun our final novel study, Holes.

Congrats to our 5 seventh grade cross-country runners. They all pushed hard and did very well in both races.

Tuesday – Math Test – see Miss Guetter’s blog for more info (www.kcsgrade8.com)

BMV – DUE May 27

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

  • Reminder! We have a 4-day long weekend coming up, with NO SCHOOL on Friday, May 20th (pro-d day) and no school on Monday, May 23rd (Victoria Day). Enjoy! ****

Important Dates to Note

I am postponing our Poetry Café. Instead of having it on Monday, the new date will be: Thursday, May 5th. Students should be practicing memorizing their poem at home. I have extra copies of the poems they chose, if they need another one.

Figurative Language Quiz – Wednesday, May 4th. Students must know definitions and be able to share an example. They should have brought this study guide home – but a copy is shared below.

BMV – Friday, May 6th –

 1 John 4 : 19-21

“We love because He first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

Week of April 25 in Grade 7…

We will be wrapping our poetry unit this week, with students putting together their own poetry booklet. Students should be working on memorizing the poem they chose (written by a published poet) and reciting it with fluency and expression – most were prepared, but I still do not have a plan from some students. Copies of poems were photocopied for students who requested them and copies can be made for other students on Monday. Our Poetry Cafe will be on Monday, May 2. They will also share two poems they have written.

A study guide will be sent home on Tuesday about figurative language. Students must know definitions and be able to share a unique example (a copy is also posted below). There will be a quiz on May 4th.

Students are doing activities as we learn about Ancient Rome.

We will be continuing our Bible study in the book of Acts after pausing to focus on last week’s memory verse and having discussions about “love”…what that looks like in and out of the classroom. Please continue to pray for our class as these 12 and 13 year olds continue to learn how to relate to one another in a kind, respectful and loving way. We are also continuing to learn lessons from “Virtue in Media” about a healthy use of screens.

BMV – 1 John 4 : 19-21 (due May 6)

“We love because He first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

Week of April 18 – Grade 7

I hope you all had a blessed Easter – rejoicing in the hope we have in Jesus and giving thanks for His ultimate sacrifice for us.

Monday – No school…be practicing your BMV – it’s a long one! (https://kcsgrade7.com/2022/04/08/bmv-due-april-22/)

Tuesday – Welcome back! Continuing our poetry unit today. Students will need to pick a poem by Thursday that they want to memorize, with a minimum of 8 lines. We will be having a poetry cafe on Monday, May 2nd where students will share their memorized poem as well as two that they have written.

Wednesday – Band today, no spelling test.

Matthew – share devo

Thursday – Have a poem picked that you want to memorize (8 lines minimum). You must give a copy to Mrs. Chapman today.

Friday –
– BMV due
– TUSC presentations today! (https://kcsgrade7.com/2022/04/08/t-u-s-c-roles-for-april-22/)
– Victoria: share devo

On the go in Grade 7 this week…

Monday:
– Cross-Country running forms due

Wednesday:
– Spelling / Grammar test (see: https://kcsgrade7.com/2022/04/06/spelling-grammar-possessives-for-wed-april-13/)
– BAND
– cross-country practice after school (3:15-4pm)

Thursday:
– School-Wide Easter Assembly – families are welcome to join (yay!) – 2-3pm

Friday:
Good Friday – no school

Heads-up for Week of April 18 – see previous blog posts 🙂
– TUSC
– long BMV – start memorizing!

If anyone is interested in ordering books through the Scholastic Book Club, I have a class code where a percentage of purchases will then be used to buy books for our class library. My code is: RC815302 and you can access the digital catalogues here: https://classroomessentials.scholastic.ca/s/cec-ca/en/digital-catalogues

BMV – due April 22

1 John 4:7-12

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: Not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”