8th Grade Class News


8th Grade Newsletter

Emmaus Lutheran School

Homeroom Teacher: Mrs. Rebekah Marousek

RMarousek@EmmausAlhambra.org / EmmausAlhambra.org

November 5, 2018

Well, we’ve had a very successful fall sport season--I am so proud of all our athletes! I know football isn’t considered a “favorite” sport for some of our boys, and this is why I’m especially proud of these boys for playing, giving it their all, and representing Emmaus. It probably is the last time they’ll play football, so it’s good they had this experience. I strongly feel that sports teaches so many important things--health and fitness, coordination, team work, self-discipline, and even learning how to win and lose--which is vital for future endeavors. Sometimes we will succeed in life and we want to do it with grace and humility, and sometimes we will lose and we want to be able to get back up, work hard, and not have a defeated point of view. I hope many of our 8th graders consider joining our basketball teams! We’ll probably start practicing soon.

One of my favorite things about Emmaus is that our students can be well-rounded. Not only are they academically strong, they can also participate in several sports, student government, choirs, and now possibly DRAMA! Mrs. Hart will be holding auditions for our Christmas Musical next Wednesday, November 14th. If you are interested in a bigger part--come and try out! ALL the 8th graders will be singing and participating in this musical. It is a big part of our Religion grade since we spend a lot of time rehearsing for this musical. Please remember it is REQUIRED that all students be at both performances on Wednesday, December 19th at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm.

This Thursday is our First Dance!!! We need all the students to come because we’re such a small school it just isn’t fun dancing by yourself (trust me I’ve tried it) :) Cost is $10--we’ll have food, snacks, games, dancing, and bonding! It’s from 6-9pm so that students can still get rest for our ½ day on Friday. Teachers will try to be mindful to have less homework on Thursday night.

Upcoming Events:

  • Dance Thursday, November 8th 6-9pm
  • Friday is a half day--12:00 dismissal

Upcoming Tests / Projects:

  • Lessons 32 and 33 due on Thursday (in Religion book)
  • No Vocab test this week
  • Science Test on Thursday
  • Book Report--Read your book!
  • A.R. points will be 25 points this quarter. We will read Lord of the Flies which should give them 9 points, but they are responsible for reading other books throughout the quarter.

A Look at the Week:


We are making our way through the Old Testament as we learn about David this week. He was a man after God’s own heart, and yet he made mistakes. There is a lot we can learn from David about earthly consequences to our bad choices but always knowing that we have a loving and forgiving God.


We finished chapter 1 of “Lord of the Flies” today. Students have comprehension questions, reflections, and literary techniques worksheets for each chapter. I will also provide study guides for each chapter so that students can keep up with the deep content that is in this novel.


We started learning about our Persuasive Essays today. Please help your student pick a good topic for their essay. It should be something they care about.

Physical Science:

We are working on balancing chemical equations! It’s so much fun!!! Plus we’re learning about the different types of chemical reactions. Test will be on Thursday.

Math & History are taught by different teachers

Courteous Conduct by Max Lucado:

Those who don’t believe in Jesus take note of what believers do. They make decisions about Christ by watching us. When we’re kind, they assume Christ is kind. When we’re gracious, they assume Christ is gracious. But when we’re dishonest, what assumption will an observer make about our Master?

No wonder the apostle Paul says to “be wise in the way you act with people who are not believers, making the most of every opportunity. When you talk, you should always be kind and pleasant so you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should” (Colossians 4:5-6). Courteous conduct honors Christ. It also honors his children. When you make an effort to greet everyone in the room, especially the ones others may have overlooked, you honor God’s children with a love worth giving!