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8th Grade Activities 6/13-6/17

8th grade activities and celebrations 6/13-6/17 

It’s that time!!! Next week, we have a number of fun activities for our 8th graders. We are looking forward to celebrating this special group of kids and wish them well as they move on up to high school. I have included all-things 8th grade in this communication for your planning purposes. 

Here are the deets: 

1. Laptop/Charger Returns: Monday, 6/13 

· Please make sure your McClure student comes to school Monday with their laptop and charger. Fines will be issued from Seattle Public Schools’ DOTs department in the weeks to come for unreturned items. 

2. 8th grade Beach day: Tuesday, 6/14 

Thank you to 8th Grade Team Lead Mr. Burns and our fantastic PTSA for deploying volunteers to make this super fun day happen this year. (Our last Beach Day was June, 2019!) All students will meet in their advisory Tuesday morning and come to the Moving Up Assembly in the gym. We will say goodbye to our 8th graders who will meet their teacher chaperone in the courtyard for role, then board the busses. They will return from Beach Day by 3:30, return to 6th period and then we will release for end-of-day from there. (They also get their yearbooks!!) 

Students will be given explicit directions for expectations during Beach Day. Please emphasize the following with your 8th grader: 

· All school rules apply on field trips like Beach Day, including the “no cell phone” policy. We want kids to interact and enjoy the experience into which we have invested a lot of time, energy, and resources. 

· Students need to ride to and from Golden Gardens on their assigned bus with their assigned teacher. This is a HUGE safety requirement; we need to know where kids are, obviously. We also will not allow kids to come and go via parent transport. 

· Kids may not go into the water (wading included). 

· Please have your student wear shoes! In years past, students wearing flip-flops or going barefoot have been injured (not kidding) – emergency room visits are not fun…this has happened. 

· Students need to stay within the assigned boundaries that will be explained to them this and next week. 

· Students need to have fun! Be respectful…and grateful to the staff and parents who have volunteered to make this an amazing day!! 

3. 8th Grade Celebration/Parade Wednesday, 6/15 5:30 (8th graders arrive at 5:00) 

We are continuing our new tradition of having our 8th grade celebration right here at McClure Middle School! 

· On Wednesday, 6/15, all 8th graders will come down to the gym during their advisory class. We will go over the directions and behavioral expectations for the event. We will line the kids up on 2nd Ave (this is our staging area); they will stay with their Advisory Teacher for the entire parade route (which will take less than 10 minutes ) We will practice walking at a reasonable rate (stay behind your Advisory teacher!!) 

· On the evening of 6/15, students will arrive at 5:00 and find their Advisory teacher on 2nd Ave. They will line up just like we did in rehearsal. Advisory teachers will hand out some swag to our 8th graders and our parade will begin at 5:30. 

PARENTS/FAMILIES: 

o To make this a “functional’ parade, we really need you to spread out around the school/ parade route (which will start in the courtyard and circle around to the field (between Big Howe Field and Community Center) and come back around to the Courtyard. 

o We will post signs around the school so families can gather at a designated parade location based on last names (A-E, F-H, etc.) PLEASE GO TO YOUR DESIGNATED LOCATION so that kids feel like there are people all throughout the parade. 

o The good news is you will definitely be able to see your kid because we are staggering the start for each advisory. 

o Please DO feel free to bring bubbles, noise makers, and whatever else makes for an uber fun parade! (Staff will have bubbles…because we are fun ) 

4. Field Day (all school) Friday 6/17 

Just including this here as a reminder that we also have an all-school celebration on Friday afternoon…lots of activities including a bouncy-house slide, belly-bumpers, relay races, flag football, etc. So fun!!