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Science Expo

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We started the week by celebrating our Varsity Girls Basketball team.  Specifically, we honored the 8th grade girls before they played their last home game in which they won against St. Mary Magdalene.   Go Dragons!






We also celebrated Parent Visitation today and displayed the Science Expo projects.  This year, the projects for the 8th grade were a little different than those in the traditional science fair.  Eighth grade students were invited to research topics that they were passionate about.  The possibilities in this research were endless and we were very proud of the outcome!  Great work, eighth grade!

Reminders:
1. We are selling Gertrude Hawk chocolate as a fundraiser.  Booklets went home with your students today.  Orders are due Thursday, March 5th.

2. Pajama Day is Thursday, February 13th.  To dress down in pajamas, students must donate either new pajamas or $2.00.

3. We are switching days next week to accommodate a special event.  Please note the following changes:

-Thursday …

Service

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This week, 8th grade students made sandwiches for Circle of Hope, a mission in Kensington.  The students enjoyed this service and we hope to continue doing it bi-weekly.
Coming Up: 1. Family Fun Night - Saturday, January 25th 2. HCA Night at Iron Hill Brewery in Ardmore  - all day! 3. Delaware County Women Against Rape Presentation - all next week

8th Grade Lounge!

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8th grade students are enjoying their lounge!  The newest addition to the lounge is the couch, donated
by Mrs. Barrera - Thank you!

Parents, as high school acceptances and scholarships come in, please keep us informed!  8th grade students are now welcome to wear sweatshirts representing their future high school.

Reminders for Next Week:
1. Monday is a holiday - MLK, Jr. Day - No School!
2. Student Council is running a bake sale at lunch next week.
3. Family Fun night is January 25th.
4. MS Grandparents Day is February 6th.
5. Parent Visitation is February 7th.


Tradition

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This week, the eighth grade helped the fifth grade facilitate Las Posadas, which is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem.  They prayed to make room in their hearts for the coming of Jesus, enjoyed churros, sang a traditional song, presented paper candles to our Nativity, and broke open piñatas full of candy!  This will be a tradition we continue to celebrate at HCA.
We will celebrate other traditions next week like our traditional milk and cookies and special full school pizza lunch. 
Reminders:Please send in your pizza money.  Friday the 20th will be free dress for the students.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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The 8th grade students are getting into the holiday spirit with the gingerbread houses they made in a recent geometry lesson.







Important Dates:
Sunday 12/8 - Family Christmas Liturgy
Monday 12/9 - Christmas Concert at 6pm.  Call time is 5:30pm.
Wednesday 12/11 - 8th grade students will be traveling to Center Square Philadelphia for a handbell performance.  Please remember to bring permission slips in.

8th grade news

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Eighth grade students are working hard as this quarter comes to a close...












Some notes and reminders:

There is an on-going Green/White competition in middle school this month.  Teams are asked to fill the containers below with tabs.  The first team to fill their container wins 500 points for their team.  The tabs will be donated by first grade to the Ronald McDonald House.  As we hear at dismissal every day, bring in your tabs!



There is a tag day on Veterans Day, Monday November 11.  For $1.00, students can wear red, white and blue.  The money collected from the tag day will be donated towards the Pets for Vets program.

Conferences will be held next week on Thursday evening and Friday morning.  Friday November 18 is a holiday for students.

HCA is collecting items for the Thanksgiving baskets.  Eighth grade has been asked to bring in 2 boxes of pancake mix and 2 bottles of syrup.  Items are due on November 22 and delivery of baskets will be Sunday November 24.  Eighth grade students wi…

Balancing it all!

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The eighth grade students are balancing a lot this time of year - shadow days and high school applications, current classes, extracurriculars, mission party preparation, etc.  It is important to take the time to enjoy "free" time like recess, especially with this beautiful weather!









This year, the eighth grade students will take a main role in the preparation of the yearbook.  They will be responsible for taking pictures and creating page layouts, ensuring that we have captured all of the students here at HCA.  Don't be surprised if you see them walking around school with a camera!

Next Wednesday, 10/30, we will be taking a full school aerial photo via drone.  Students should wear their fall/spring uniforms.  This is not a gym day for 8th grade so this is not a change.

Next week is also the Mission Party - 10/31.  We have been busy preparing games and activities for the younger students.  Please make sure to come check out their work in the gym.  It is a half-day of schoo…