Greetings to one and all! First of all, to our US military veterans, thank you for your service and bravery. I am grateful to all who have served our country and I am so glad that we are honoring all of you this Monday. On a completely different note, I am looking forward to meeting with each of you this Thursday for Parent-Teacher Conferences. There are still a few afternoon slots that are open if you have not yet booked an appointment. Here are the updates for this short week of classes.

6th Social Studies

This week we are finishing up our study of Ancient Egypt by taking a look at the achievements of Egyptian culture, as well as the Kingdom of Kush, which was just south of Egypt in modern day Sudan. This week we will be doing our official check in with our mummified apples, which has been a cause of great excitement. The students predicted that the apples will weigh less, and that they will decide on Tuesday whether or not to keep them in the natron mixture, baking soda and salt, a little longer. The test on chapter 4 will be late next week, most likely Friday the 22nd.

6th Religion

Due to the class schedule this week, we only have class twice, so there will be no memory quiz. In class, we will be studying the events of Joseph’s life, which all began with the coat of many colors. The students will be acting out skits based on different points in his life.

7th Social Studies

This past week, we finished studying the settlement of the 13 original English Colonies, and on Tuesday, we will look at life in the Spanish settlements in what is now the Western United States. This will be the last lesson in chapter 3, and the test will be on Wednesday, November 20th. You may view the study guide here.

8th Social Studies

In eighth grade social studies, we are finally crossing into the 20th century, after spending months studying the 1800s. In this chapter we will be looking at the inventions that transformed life for Americans, and brought us into the modern age- automobiles, the telephone, electricity, and so on. We will also learn about the business magnates of the time- Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Ford- both the positives and the negatives, such as child labor and the poor working conditions that led to the labor movement.

8th Religion

As I wrote for sixth grade religion, due to our schedule this week, there is no memory quiz. However, in class we will be studying two very heavy topics- The construction of the Golden Calf, and then we switch gears completely and study the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle. An interesting juxtaposition for sure.

Have a blessed week!