Posted by Anne Carothers at 5/14/2012 10:35:00 AM
Dear Diamond Families,
I hope you have been enjoying this fantastic spring weekend! It is hard to believe that we are already halfway into May…
On Friday we hosted a 6th grade social, and a 7thgrade dance, one after the other. Students had a wonderful time dancing to the DJ, watching a movie,playing board games, or having snacks and conversation.
We have also enjoyed several performances of our two improvisation troupes. The JV Improv Troupe entertained students and faculty on Tuesday afternoon, after the first round of math MCAS. They gave an evening performance for friends and family on Friday, between the two dances. The Varsity Improv Troupe provided lots of laughs as well, on Thursday, again after math MCAS (the final round). Both troupes were amazing,displaying quick thinking and teamwork as they invented their way through different exercises and scenarios. It was a wonderful release for all, after hard work on the MCAS.
We recently hosted our Diamond Book Fair, sponsored by the PTA. There was a wonderful selection of books – we hope you were able to stop by! In addition to providing great books for purchase, the book sales mean 90 new books for our library. Thanks to all who stopped by, and especially to the PTA for supporting this event.
--Yearbooks are still on sale. Last week we were down to 100 copies left to sell, so if you would like one this year, we urge you to order now. (Check the website for a link.)
--8th graders will be taking the Science and Technology MCAS on Tuesday and Thursday of this week (May 15 and17).
--The annual French and Spanish Foreign Language Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30pm.
-- The 8th grade Drama Ensemble will perform at 4pm on Friday, May 18. At 7pm they will perform again, this time joined by the Varsity Improv Troupe and the Diamond Jazz Band.
--The D-Minors will be traveling to Pennsylvania for a trip of singing and fun from May 25 – May 27.
--Monday, May 28 will be a holiday.
--From May 30 through June 1, 8thgraders will be taking trips to a variety of locations: Quebec, Spanish Harlem in NYC, Chinatown, and other locations in Boston.
As it gets warmer, we would like to enlist your help. I have been speaking to students during Morning Announcements, reminding them that when we dress we need to think about the nature of the event for which we are dressing. Just as adults dress for work differently than for other events, I have asked them to think about school as their work environment, and to dress for work, rather than the beach. This means shorts that go at least some way down the thigh, and tops that reach those shorts. Tops should also not be too low in front, and should have straps that provide coverage (no spaghetti straps, and no bra straps showing). I know that in the current media and shopping environment, this is not easy work. Nonetheless, we feel it is important to keeping the focus on learning. Thank you in advance for your help!
All the best, Anne Carothers