I pray you enjoyed a restful and celebratory Thanksgiving this past weekend. As we dive into the holiday season, a few dates to keep in mind during these first three weeks of December:
 
- Middle School spelling bee is Fri., Dec. 13 at 8:45 in the sanctuary. Students are undergoing preliminary rounds this week during their Language Arts classes, so the bee on Dec. 13 is for the finalists from grades 5-8. You are welcome to come to the bee. 
- Choir's Christmas field trip is also Fri., Dec. 13th. Permission slips went home yesterday.
- Semester exams will be Mon., Dec. 16-Thurs., Dec. 19: Social Studies is on Monday, Science is on Tuesday, Lang. Arts is on Wed., and Math is on Thurs.
- Our Christmas concert is at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16th. 
- Night in Bethlehem is enjoying a reprise this year and will be held in the gym from 5:30-7:30
- Thursday, Dec. 19 is the final date to turn in late/missing assignments and assessments for Quarter 2 for my classes (other teachers may choose an earlier date if they choose).
- Thurs., Dec. 19 will be our class Christmas party - stay tuned for details. 
- Fri., Dec. 20 we are planning to go on a roller-skating field trip - again, stay tuned as we firm up details. 
- Fri., Dec. 20 early dismissal is at noon (approximately, as we'll be returning from skating). 
- Enjoy Christmas break from the afternoon of Dec. 20-Jan. 3. School resumes Jan. 6. 

8th Grade Home

 Grace Lutheran Jax 8th grade class                                Grace Lutheran Jax 8th grade

Welcome to Mrs. Jaeger's Webpage!

Our theme verse this year is about going Forward in Faith, trusting God for directions along life's path: "...for we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).

This is an extension of last year's emphasis on being Connected to Christ and Connected to Community. Our middle school students connect to Christ as they study and memorize the Scriptures in Religion class and Middle School Bible Study, and as they praise Him during Chapel and Middle School devotions. 

Students connect to the Grace community through our Chapel Buddies program, where older students are paired with four-year-old students for chapel and other buddy-bonding activities. Students build relationships through after-school clubs such as Russian Club and Cooking Club. They learn teamwork through playing on our golf, volleyball, soccer, cross-country, basketball, cheer, and track teams. They build relationships on class trips.

Grace parents connect to our community through cheering on our sports teams together, chaperoning field trips, worshipping at chapel, and more! 

Grace graduates connect to area high schools, arriving 100 percent prepared for the transition to high school. While at Grace, students develop study skills, note-taking skills, writing skills, and a well-rounded academic foundation that will allow them to succeed at the next level at the school of their choosing.

I am cheering for my students and their families along this journey! I am ready and willing to guide students as they learn and grow, clearing roadblocks and soothing sore spirits. I love teaching middle schoolers because they bring energy to the classroom.

As I seek to teach children, I am always mindful that I am praying for the Lord to teach me, too. “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).

May God bless us as we encourage each other to stay Connected while moving Forward in Faith this school year!

                                   8th grade field trip Grace Lutheran Jax

Parent Resources: Below are links to documents that have links to numerous articles on these topics.

Academics

Connecting With Your Teen

Emotional and Social Health

Faith

Media Tips

Physical Development

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Important Information

Below are folders for shared documents for each of my classes.

Language Arts (link to folder)

Social Studies (link to folder)

Religion (link to folder)