Week 22: January 4-8

 In German II/Japanese II, Sign Language I, Sign Language II, Spanish I, Spanish II

Happy New Year Parents and Students!

I hope all of you had a wonderful winter break and are feeling refreshed and ready to jump into the new year. I would like to thank all of the parents and students for the wonderful gifts that you shared with me for Christmas! It was very thoughtful of you and I have been enjoying the treats throughout the New Year. How did you guys know that I love chocolate? LOL!

This year as we begin the new semester, I want to remind everyone how important it is to have good attendance in school, whether that is in-person or virtual. There is a positive correlation between good attendance and good grades. That being said, it is a great idea for parents to make sure that they are signed up for alerts in Infinite Campus that can let you know if your child has an absence, low grade, or missing work. Students are expected to have their cameras on and be working actively in class. Since students are given time in class to complete their assignments, they are expected to turn in their work on time. They should not have homework if they have been working actively in class. This semester students will not be allowed to make up work that they missed if they have an unexcused absence. Work for excused absences should be made up right away. Students will have the same amount of days to make up the work as they were excused for the absences.

In ASL 1 Class this week we worked on Lesson 14 which covers words that have to do with weather. Since this week had a few half days, students will be signing their stories on Monday.

In ASL 2 Class students are working at their own pace on the ASL 2 curriculum. I have two students that have already completed Lesson 22! Way to go Noah and Aggie!

In Spanish 1 classes this week we began working on vocabulary that will help us on the following objectives: describing others, giving other’s likes and dislikes and describing clothing. Grammar concepts over the next two weeks will include using definite and indefinite articles and using adjectives to describe gender. We will culminate this chapter with a project in about two to three weeks. More to come on that later.

In Spanish 2 classes this week we began working on vocabulary that will help us on the following objectives: commenting on food, talking about the past, expressing activity preferences, and discussing fine art. Grammar concepts over the next two weeks will include stem changing verbs e to i, and u to ue, as well as irregular preterite verbs. We will also learn about Latino art that is in Chicago as a cultural connection. We will culminate this chapter with a project in about two to three weeks. More to come on that later.

In the German 2 and Japanese 2 class the time requirement each day has been lowered to 30 minutes per day, as I am satisfied with the amount of work students completed in the first semester to make up for some of the lost time when schools went virtual after Spring Break in 2020. I am very proud of each student that has been diligent and relentless in the pursuit of their new language! Way to go students!