I am so grateful to each of my 7th and 8th grade students for this past school year. It has been a full but beautiful year and I have learned so much from each of them.
I am so excited to celebrate our first graduating class this Wednesday at the EOY Mass at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Paul. I will probably shed a tear or two!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank each of you for this year - it is such an honor to be able to walk and guide each of your children. They have grown so much in confidence, in their identities, and in their faith and I am amazed at that just as much as their growth in their academics. I pray that this was a blessed year for them, regardless of where they are journeying onto next. Know that I will miss each of your children next year and pray that their journey from WOS will be blessed and have a smooth transition.
Never hesitate to reach out to me for anything you may need this summer and into future years of high school and beyond.
Prayers and hugs,
Parents of the 8th grade graduates, I would like to invite you and your teen to the Lifeline Mass at the Net Center on Saturday, May 4th at 6 p.m.
This is an event geared towards middle schoolers and teens and involves a dynamic Mass and a talk by a CFR.
See the link for more details: www.netusa.org/lifeline/
You are welcome to bring your smaller children, however the event is geared towards middle schoolers and teens.
Let me know of any questions!
A1 Graduation 2019
Dear Parents of the Adolescent Community,
I am writing you to invite reflection on the upcoming graduation of your 8th grader from the Way of the Shepherd Catholic School. There are some components that I want to make you aware of as well as ask for your support on.
The adolescents are in a time where they are learning to identify who they are. A way to celebrate their identities as part of the adolescent community as well as remember their time at the Way of the Shepherd is for them to have graduation t-shirts. Order forms for these shirts are attached, they will be around $20 per shirt. Please let me know as soon as possible if you want a t-shirt as they are more affordable in bulk.
The adolescents will be featured as the graduating class in our yearbooks. Each one will have a page about themselves where they will create a way to show the rest of the school who they are as they leave the Way of the Shepherd. They will work on and finish these pages during the school day.
Gift to Classroom
In contemplating how they will leave a legacy behind and move towards fulfilling their cosmic task, the adolescents will work together during the school day to generate a gift to create to leave behind in the adolescent classroom. This will leave their fingerprints on the classroom and leave a legacy behind them for the future generations of adolescents. This will be an independent project which they themselves will run and complete.
At the graduation ceremony in May, each adolescent will present a speech they will work on in the classroom and at home. Each adolescent will choose one of our classroom values to focus on and share about how they grew and lived that virtue at WOS and how they will live it going forward into their high school years.
The Month of May:
Service: Time of Service, 2nd Week of May
Faith: LifeLine Mass, May 4th, 6 p.m. (parents/families welcome, more details to come)
Fun: Event Generated by 8th Graders, 3rd Week of May
Graduation Dinner: Dinner hosted by Mrs. Goodwin, May 11th, 6 p.m.
As always, let me know of any questions or concerns. More details to come.
In the Father’s Love,
My Classroom Economy: In the next few weeks, the adolescents will be embarking on a classroom economy adventure where all they do in the classroom gains them money and things they do in the classroom requires their rent and fines. They will learn all about what it is like to have a practical consequence of saving and spending money within the classroom setting! Not only does this set them up for their future, it also aids them in working towards establishing their own small businesses within the classroom which they are moving towards this spring!
Additionally, April 8-12 is our first Annual Vocations week in the classroom. Each day, a representative of each vocational call will come in and chat with the students about their vocation and the discernment process.
April 8th: Sister Marie (Schoenstatt Sister)
April 10th: Father Ben W.
April 11th: Lenten Retreat
April 12th: Adam and Alex Wienzetl
More to come soon!
Adolescent Classroom 2019
Spring Internship Week
May 6th-May 10th
As a way to set up the adolescent with the tools necessary to discern their cosmic task in the world, the adolescent curriculum at Way of the Shepherd will provide an Internship Week for them in May. During the next couple months leading up to May, the adolescent will research, communicate, and contact someone who is skilled in their trade in order to set up a time for the adolescent to shadow and become an apprentice to them. This not only harkens to Maria Montessori’s theory for the adolescent learning real-world skills like farming, woodcarving, and managing a business but provides an avenue for the adolescent to discover a meeting ground of where their gifts and interests lie and explore that place.
I ask for your support and participation during this week. Each adolescent’s experience will vary depending on their interest and communication with their mentor. I will be a guide to the students but their research, communication and planning will be entirely led by them. They will end up sharing in an oral presentation their experience with the class and with parents and reflect on the tools and skills they gained. Below are the details regarding the Internship Week.
7th Grade: Intern under a guide at Way of the Shepherd
8th Grade: Apprentice under a mentor in their desired career field
When: May 6th-May 10th, during the school hours
Presentation: Thursday, May 16th at 6 p.m.
While you are already so generous to WOS, I thought I would re-ask about some material needs in the A1 classroom:
Cloth Cube Bins (7)
Wooden cubicle for cloth bins
Card Tables for lunch
Classical CDs or other Relaxing Music
Old Ipods or Walkmans
Towels (for our bathrooms)
Old Cash box
Old 3 ring Binders
Any kitchen items you no longer use!
Wolf Ridge Packing List
◻ 2 Bandanas or other multipurpose cloths for napkin use, hand-drying/nose blowing/sweat-wiping
◻ 3 pairs of socks
◻ Underwear for 3 days
◻ 2 t-shirts
◻ 2 long sleeved shirt
Sweatpants (athletic clothes for rock climbing, ropes course, cross country skiing, etc.)
◻ 1 pair long pants
◻ 1 sweatshirt
◻ Sleeping bag, sheet, blanket, pillow
◻ Towel - small, and washcloth
◻ 1 pair athletic shoes
◻ 1 pair snow boots
◻ Hat, gloves, scarf, warm socks, winter coat
◻ Toiletries – no makeup
◻ Reusable water bottle
◻ Rosary and Bible + Journal
Do Not Pack
◻ Electronic equipment - phones
◻ Food and drink – including candy/gum
Just in case you haven't seen the photos lately:
Good morning, Just sending out a reminder email that Ash Wednesday Mass with be at North Campus, at Glen Cary at 8:00 a.m. Its so easy to get on autopilot!
Blessings on your Tuesday!
Sent home with your adolescent was a liability waiver from Wolf Ridge, a packing list, as well as information from the camp regarding bed bug prevention. Please be sure to read and sign the liability and let me know of any questions as we prepare for our Spring Trip!