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8th Grade Summer Reading

Happy summer, rising 8th 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 8th grade this fall. Download the 8th grade summer reading assignment here, and the reading log here.
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Washington, DC Trip Update

World Strides has agreed to extend the early bird pricing opportunity for the Class of 2019 trip to Washington, DC that will take place in May of 2019. Previously, this deadline was today, June 6th. The new deadline is Friday, June 15th at 12pm. Mrs. Elliott encourages all 7th grade families to register by noon on the 15th to take advantage of preferred rates. We look forward to this opportunity for our rising 8th gr
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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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HS Information Night & DC Trip

Dear 7th Grade Parents, Thank you to the many who joined us for High School Information Night this week! It was a pleasure to chat with you all about the journey you begin this fall with your soon-to-be eighth grade students. I have attached a copy of our presentation here for those who wish to revisit any points that were covered. In particular, please make a note that the High School Placement Test is scheduled for
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HS Information Night is Tonight

Parents of current 7th grade students are invited to join us this evening, May 30th, in the Xavier Room at 7pm. Mrs. Elliott will provide an overview of the coming year with regard to high school discernment, application and preparation. Please note this is a parent-only presentation. No RSVP is required. We hope to see you there!
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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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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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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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Loyola Academy Open House

The Loyola Academy Open House is Thursday, November 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The evening will include guided personal tours of the campus with the opportunity to meet Loyola Academy administrators, faculty, staff, students, coaches and club moderators. Tours will be offered continuously throughout the evening and are approximately one hour long. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about
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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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7 Green Leads Next Week’s Liturgy

Our next all school mass takes place on Tuesday, September 5th at 10am in the church. Please join us as 7 Green leads next week’s liturgy. Little ones are welcome!
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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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