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The Bulldog Beat, November 7, 2017

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November 7, 2017

Greetings Middle School Families,

Where did October go? The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity as students dug deep into their projects and tests of the first trimester and the faculty took full advantage of the professional learning opportunity in Los Angeles! Speaking of the first trimester, the end of it is coming up with the start of the Thanksgiving Break.

Hallway Happenings: Conferences & Drama Showcase
The end of this week brings our first round of student-led conferences. Here, the most important person involved in the educational process has the opportunity to lead a presentation and discussion about their journey. It is an exciting chance to see our students take an active role in their own education by taking ownership of it.

From 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, students from this trimester of Drama will be presenting the first Drama Showcase of the year. They have created every part of the evening’s experience. Please come out to join us in supporting our students and Jackie Katz, their fearless leader!

Community Notes
Barbie Brannon will be heading off on family leave soon, and we are pleased to announce that Julij Miller will be her long-term substitute for the second trimester of 5th Grade Humanities. Though she began her professional life in other fields here in San Francisco, she discovered that she could pursue her dream of being a teacher. She has spent the last six years abroad, teaching 7th and 8th Grade Language Arts at International Schools in Beijing, Myanmar, and Dubai. Please help welcome Julij to our community!

Good Neighbor Aspirations
Thank you to those families who circle the block when asked! Afternoon pickup continues to be a challenge, but your flexibility in going around the block when your child is not at the double doors is extremely helpful. Thank you!

Important Upcoming Dates
November 9-10                Family and Student-Led Conferences
November 16                   1st Trimester Drama Showcase
November 17                   MS Dance (Grades 6-8)
November 21                   Grandparents/Special Friends Day
                                        12:00 p.m. Dismissal
                                         End of 1st Trimester
                                         Begin Thanksgiving Break
November 27                   School Resumes
                                         Begin 2nd Trimester


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