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7th Grade Summer Reading

Happy summer, rising 7th graders! Over the coming weeks, please take a moment to check the Summer Reading page of the school website for links to resources and information. In particular, make note of the required summer reading assignment that has been posted for students entering 7th grade this fall. Download the 7th grade summer reading assignment here, and the reading log here.
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Incoming 6th-8th Grade Book Order Form

As shared previously by our Lit/LA Middle School teachers, complete summer reading instructions and details will be shared next week for rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. In the meantime, the Book Fair chairs encourage all current 5th-7th grade students to purchase the required titles shared in yesterday’s blog using the attached order form which is pre-populated with titles and corresponding pricing. Que
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Athletics Registrations Due Wednesday

Dear 4th-7th Grade SFX Families, Athletic Registration for students entering 5th-8th grade during the 2018-2019 school year is due this week. Please return registration forms and fees to the school office no later than Wednesday, June 6th.  Both the Athletic Registration Form and the Athletic Permission Form must be on file before your child participates in sporting events at SFX. The Athletic Permission Form require
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Summer Reading Titles for Sale at the Book Fair

The SFX Spring Book Fair takes place this week at the SFX Library and at The Book Stall in Winnetka. Because 20% of all sales come back to SFX, we encourage parents of rising 6th-8th grade students to purchase this year’s required summer 6th-8th grade novels at the Book Fair! This summer’s required texts are: Incoming 6th Grade Students: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park Price: $7.99 Incoming 7th gra
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Regina Dominican Basketball Clinic

Regina Dominican High School invites all 4th-7th graders to join them for a free basketball clinic this Saturday, March 24th from 9:30-11am. Instruction will be provided by student athletes and the basketball coaching staff. For questions, or to RSVP, please email the athletic director at tmarcum@rdhs.org or call 847/256-7660 extension 254. Download a a flyer here.
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2018 Battle of the Books Update

Congratulations to our 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books team members. Our three SFX teams competed Monday against 9 teams from three other schools-Baker Progressive School, St. Joseph, and Chiaravalle School. One of our SFX teams, The First Timers came in 2nd 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 t
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program ends 2/5/18

Just a reminder Monday, February 5 is the last day for children to submit their reading logs for the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. This program is open to children in grades K-6. Any child who independently reads or is read to for 6 hours and completes the reading log will earn one free admission to Great America. Replacement reading logs are available if a child lost their original log. Logs can be turn
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program

This week your child should have brought home a reading log from the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. This program is open to children in grades K-6. Any child who independently reads or is read to for 6 hours and completes the reading log will earn one free admission to Great America. Completed forms should be returned to the school library no later than February 5, 2018. Replacement reading logs are avail
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Technology & Social Media Speaker Tonight

Parents of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are invited to a special presentation from Lauren Spehr, a Crisis Intervention Manager and Therapist from Haven Youth and Family Services. This event takes place tonight, November 28th, from 7-8pm in the Xavier Room. Ms. Spehr will speak on the topic, “Promoting Technology and Social Media Safety for Adolescents.” Parents will be invited to participate in a brief
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6th Grade Lit/LA Update

Hello 6th Grade Parents, I hope you have enjoyed this busy fall! I’m writing with an update on what we are working on in Literature/Language Arts. Literature We are approaching the end of the novella, Seedfolks. The children have been actively engaged in conversations about the importance of community, love of family, and how one individual has the ability to make a difference. The chapter we will read next, &#
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Technology & Social Media Safety

Parents of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are invited to a special presentation from Lauren Spehr, a Crisis Intervention Manager and Therapist from Haven Youth and Family Services. This event takes place November 28th and runs from 7-8pm in the Xavier Room. Ms. Spehr will speak on the topic, “Promoting Technology and Social Media Safety for Adolescents.” Parents will be invited to participate in a brief
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Regina Service Event Opportunity

Regina Dominican is hosting a Girls Night In, Night of Service on Friday, December 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Regina Dominican cafeteria. All sixth through eighth grade girls can join us in service activities such as: card making, letter writing and making paracord bracelets that will be used in care-packages sent through Operation Gratitude. Pizza will be served and all participants will receive service hours.
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2018 Battle of the Books for Grades 4-6

I am pleased to announce that once again we will partner with area schools to compete in the Battle of the Books, which is open to students in 4th-6th grade. This year’s competition will include Baker Progressive School, Chiaravalle, St. Joseph Wilmette and SFX. The library staff from all four schools came together to create this year’s list of books, which features both fiction and non-fiction books. In
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Battle of the Books, PoetryPalooza, and Global Read Aloud Fun

What an uplifting and busy week we had last week! Early in the week we celebrated our two middle school Battle of the Books teams and their success at the Illinois School Library Media Conference’s State Battle of the Books Competition. Much thanks to all the parents who drove their children to Springfield and cheered on our teams. Our 8th grade team took the State Championship title and our 6th/7th grade team
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Technology & Social Media Safety

Parents of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are invited to a special presentation from Lauren Spehr, a Crisis Intervention Manager and Therapist from Haven Youth and Family Services. This event takes place November 28th and runs from 7-8pm in the Xavier Room. Ms. Spehr will speak on the topic, “Promoting Technology and Social Media Safety for Adolescents.” Parents will be invited to participate in a brief
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Wrap Up from Caitlin Alifirenka author visit

This Tuesday we continued our RED campaign with a visit from author Caitlin Alifirenka, co-author of the book I Will Always Write Back.  Caitlin’s visit was so inspiring for our students. She started her time at SFX by having lunch with twelve middle school students who had written persuasive paragraphs to earn a spot at the lunch table. Our students did our school proud as they asked deeply profound questions
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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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