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8th 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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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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Field Day & 8th Grade Yearbooks

SFX 8th graders are invited to drop by campus today! Students may join us anytime after 1pm to pick up 8th grade yearbooks and check out field day fun. Families who are unable to collect yearbooks tomorrow afternoon may email jackiepetrozzi@sfx-school.org to coordinate a pick up.
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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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8th Grade Dinner

The annual 8th grade dinner will be held at SFX next Thursday, June 1st in the gym. Our 7th grade family hosts are still missing a number of RSVPs. If you have not yet indicated whether or not you will be attending on June 1st, please respond to Mary Hoepfner at sangimig@yahoo.com by today, May 24th.
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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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Cubs Game RSVP Due Today

If you have not already done so, please take a moment today and RSVP here for the 8th grade class trip to see the Cubs take on the NY Yankees on Friday, May 5th following our May Crowning Mass. Questions may be directed to christine.gammons@gmail.com.
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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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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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8th Grade :: Art Puppet Creation

8th grade girls created hand puppets with felt, sewing thread/needle, hot glue, and other accessories so that they could put on a puppet show for the younger students! Mrs. Sawyer provided the wonderful idea for this project, asking if we could create a play to go along with “Guess Who, Haiku” by Deanna Caswell and Bob Shea. The girls were so creative in their art-making, and the puppets turned out beauti
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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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Media Release for Shakespeare Workshop

Last month, our 8th graders thoroughly enjoyed their experience with the Chicago Youth Shakespeare Company when they spent a day here on campus. We took several photos of our 8th graders participating in workshops and in the play they put on for parents at the conclusion of this Make an EPIC Difference day. SFX School will share a number of these photos with the CYSC so that they may use them as examples of their wor
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8th Grade Spring Fling at St. Joan of Arc

If your eighth grader is interested in attending this dance on March 10th, please print this invitation and have him/her bring it to the dance along with $10.
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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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