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6th Grade Middle School News

RED Campaign Kickoff and Author Visit

On Tuesday, October 17, SFX will be hosting Caitlin Alifrenka, co-author of I Will Always Write Back. She will be speaking with our 5th-8th grade students about her life-changing experience of becoming pen pals with a young man from Zimbabwe. Their letter exchange lead to an enduring friendship that continues to this day and permanently changed the way they view their lives, as well as the lives of others who live ar
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Single Gender HS Presentation

SFX parents are invited to a presentation at Saints Faith, Hope & Charity School in Winnetka exploring the benefits of a single sex high school education. This talk takes place on October 12th at 7pm and is open to the public. Staff from both Regina Dominican and Notre Dame College Prep High Schools will be in attendance. Learn more here.
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6th and 7th Grade Science Fair Research

Over the next couple weeks, 6th and 7th grade students will begin working on research for their science projects. I will be working with students either during their designated library time or in science class to highlight various online resources that can be used for the research portion of the project. The school has the Scholastic Go! suite of databases that is available to all students and contains some resources
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Special 6th-8th Grade Opportunity with Author Lisa McMann

New York Times best-selling author Lisa McMann will be visiting SFX on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 10:00 a.m.  She will be speaking with our 4th and 5th grade classes but would also like to connect with our 6th-8th grade students while she is here as we know that she is quite popular with many of those students. If a 6th-8th grade student would like to attend Ms. McMann’s presentation they may choose to skip study hall
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Welcome Back from the Library!

How wonderful it was to welcome back our students this past week! I was able to see many of the classes this past week and look forward to seeing more this week. It is exciting to have the children tell me about the great reading adventures they had this summer and have them excitedly tell me about their new favorite book. With our 3rd-8th grade students I have been busy talking about how as they progress in school,
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Artwork Coming Home!

Hello Parents!   I just wanted to let you know that artwork should be coming home!! Thank you for all of your support during the year and especially at the art show—it was an amazing showing of all of our amazingly talented students! I still have artwork from this year’s 8th graders that was not picked up, as well as a scattering of works from 6th and 7th grades. If you want to pick anything up, I am avail
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MS Service Opportunity

Middle School students looking for service hours are invited to contact Christine Pao at 773/878-5507 to learn more about volunteering at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30-7pm.
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Kirby Larson’s One Author One Community visit

What a wonderful day we had on Friday with our visiting author, Kirby Larson. When Mrs. Larson arrived at SFX, she was greeted by our official student greeter, a 2nd grade student, who had read almost all of Mrs. Larson’s books as he was so excited that she was coming to the school. How wonderful to see so many students excited to finally meet Mrs. Larson and have her at our school. Mrs. Larson gave three prese
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2017 Art Show!

Hello all! This year’s Art Show will take place on Thursday, May 25th from 6-8:00pm. Please join us for an evening of 1st through 8th grade art in the Xavier Room. If you already have plans, no worries—the show will be left up from Thursday evening-Sunday, so parents can stop by after mass or throughout the day on Friday! We have been working hard all year, and would love for you to come by and celebrate the ar
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End of the year for the Library

It’s hard to believe we are just a few weeks away from the end of the school year. In an effort to get all school library materials back and inventoried before we leave for the summer, all library books checked out to students need to be back to the school library no later than Tuesday, May 30. Students may continue to checkout library books until Friday, May 26. In an effort to help children remember to return
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Event This Thursday

Dear 6th Grade Parents, Just a reminder that this Thursday there will be a ‘Coffee and Conversation’ for moms of 6th grade girls. Joan Madsen, a Licensed Professional Counselor from Haven Youth and Family Services, will discuss strategies for how to best support your daughter through the trials and tribulations of adolescence. The event will predominately follow a discussion format so we would love to hav
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Middle School Service Project

Walk MS 2017 to fight Multiple Sclerosis takes place on Sunday, April 30th. The Malloy Family has participated in this walk for over 20 years on behalf of their Aunt Colleen, who has endured this terrible disease for so many years. We invite all Middle School students to participate in our third annual service project at SFX again this year. In-school opportunities such as making morning announcements, selling paper
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Mike Lupica Visit

Tuesday we were so fortunate to host author Mike Lupica. His visit was made possible through the generosity of The Book Stall in Winnetka. Mike came to SFX earlier than planned and joined our 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books team members at the ice cream party we had to celebrate their accomplishment. After ice cream Mike addressed our 4th-8th grade students and spoke of his love of sports and how he always knew tha
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Battle of the Books Update

Congratulations to our 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books team members. Our three SFX teams competed Monday against six other teams from two other schools-Baker Progressive School and Chiaravalle School.  Two of our SFX teams came in 2nd and 3rd place in the individual team competition and in the overall school competition SFX came in 2nd. I couldn’t be prouder of how well these students worked together and how
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Library Happenings in March

There has been much going on in the library this month. The first week in March we held our qualifying competitions for our annual Battle of the Books competition for 4th-6th grade students.  We had to narrow it down to a finite number of students so the 12 students with the highest scores in our Battle of the Book game show will be representing the school on Monday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m. when we compete in an inters
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Middle School Art :: Fine Arts Showcase

Calling all 6-8th grade artists! There will be a Fine Arts Showcase at Regina Dominican on March 31st from 6-8 P.M. The artworks on display will portray the major themes from Shakespeare (love, family, the “masks” we wear, etc.) and be displayed this evening at Regina. A reception will take place beginning at 6:45 and any participating artists and their families are welcome! I am currently working with 7t
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SFX Showcase Flags!

All of SFX has been working very hard on creating some beautiful artworks to auction off at Showcase! Check it out!! Students have discussed and learned about the paintings of American artist Jasper Johns. Johns was a member of the U.S. military, and his unique painting materials and iconic subjects help to make him very well-known in the art world! Both works below are painted by Johns with a material called “encaus
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Photos from Last Week’s Author Visit

What a great time our 5th-8th grade girls had with author Elizabeth Eulberg last week. She gave us a sneak peek of the cover of her forthcoming book due out later this year, gave our students an opportunity to purchase her brand new book, Just Another Girl, which isn’t out in bookstores until later in March. Elizabeth thoroughly engaged our students with her wit, humor, and candor. She told the girls that SFX i
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Author Elizabeth Eulberg for Girls in Grades 5-8

SFX has been given the opportunity to host popular middle school author Elizabeth Eulberg this Thursday, Feb. 16. Ms. Eulberg, who previously visited SFX and was deemed “fabulous” by our students, will be speaking to all the 5th-8th grade girls about the writing process and her two most recent books, The Great Shelby Holmes and Just Another Girl. For more information about the author, visit her website. C
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Science Fair Schedule

7th and 8th grade students will present Science Fair projects to our judges this Wednesday, January 18th. Presentations are scheduled from 3:15pm until 4:45pm that afternoon in three rotations: 3:15pm, 3:45pm and 4:15pm. All 7th and 8th grade students are assigned to one of these groups. Each rotation will last roughly a half hour, with our final rotation wrapping up at 4:45pm. Download a copy of this schedule, detai
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Red Cross Babysitting Training

The St. Francis Xavier School Early Childhood Program is a member of the Alliance for Early Childhood. As a partner school, SFX has received notice of a Red Cross Babysitting Training Program open to students who are at least 11 years old. The class meets on Monday, February 20th from 9am to 3:30pm and the cost to participants is $125 (lunch will be provided). Families interested in this program may learn more here o
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Important Science Fair Information

Dear Middle School Parents, We are all looking forward to the culmination of the Science Fair project. This year, we are implementing a few changes based upon what we believe is in the best interest of our students. These changes are specifically in response to the students’ busy extra curricular schedules and our desire for the entire school community to have a better awareness of the efforts and accomplishmen
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2016-17 Battle of the Books

SFX students in grades 4-6 will, for the second year in a row, have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. For added fun, this year we will play an interscholastic game with two other area schools, Baker and Chiaravalle (Evanston). When we return from winter break, more information will be made available to students on how teams will be formed but until that time, this is the li
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