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August 27, 2021: Almost GO Time!

Summer service work in Honokowai Valley. Mr. Santos with Auntie Puanani from Maui Cultural Lands.

I hope your summer was blessed with family, friends, and good experiences! What a wonderful time to rejuvenate and let our minds absorb the year past. I went back home to Hawai`i for a large portion of my summer, catching up with friends and just decompressing. I opted for the ocean over the screen, and my mind and soul feel refreshed.

As much as I’d love to keep diving, swimming, and surfing (new skill!!!), I’m ready to get back to another passion of mine: teaching right here at OLG. Back to School Night was an invigorating experience for me. Seeing your faces again made me eager to catch up and continue learning with you this year. Be ready to imagine, create, share and learn!

Hopefully you received my email titled “Back to School: What to bring…” Here’s a list of items to have on hand for the first day. Also, please refer to the school newsletter and website for COVID protocol and logistics. See my post below for all summer work reminders.

See you on Wednesday!

8/29 – Loop the Lupe

9/1 – First Day of School
9/16 – Middle School Curriculum Night (Grades K-5 is on 9/9)
9/21 – Picture Day (bring your toothy smiles)
9/24 – Jog-a-thon (first three to ask me, I’ll pledge!)

July 6, 2021: Summer Practice Reminder

Don’t forget to check my SUMMER Google Classroom! You all were invited at the end of the school year and signed up. If you are a new family, please email me (jcsantos@guadalupe-school.org) and I’ll get you set up on the classroom. All summer work requirements for my classes are posted in those Google Classrooms. Here’s the nutshell version:

Incoming 6th graders: Get a copy of Harbor Me  by Jacqueline Woodson. Read it and be ready for a test on September 2, 2021.

Incoming 7th graders: Get a copy of Revolution is Not a Dinner Party  by Ying Chang Compestine. Read it and be ready for a test on September 2, 2021.

Incoming 6th AND 7th graders: Read one additional book of your choice (at your reading level). There are TONS of middle school reading lists online if you simply Google “summer reading middle school.” Be ready to share about a free choice book you read this summer when you return. Seventh graders should complete a simple extension project, just like they did during these last two weeks of school.

Incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders: Complete three writing prompts posted in Google Classroom. Each will be no longer than a paragraph, and should take only 15-30 minutes. I’ll post them throughout the summer.

Additionally, if I can get my act together, I’ll be posting a grammar VLOG (fun), so check it out if you’re bored. =)

July 6, 2021: Teacher Update

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer! The sun has been in full force, no doubt. On the first day of the heatwave, I went to Ocean Shores with my family; apparently a lot of people had the same idea because the beach looked more like a parking lot! There, I proceeded to get the worst sunburn I’ve had in a long time! Wear sunscreen, kids… I did manage to plop into the cold waters of the Northwest Pacific.

I also visited a friend in Portland and we ate our way through the city. The fried chicken at Yonder was juicy, light and crunchable! The soft serve at Beau Berry was fresh and fun to watch as they blended fresh fruit—highly recommend the blueberry—into vanilla soft serve. Lastly, if you have a chance, check out NOLA donuts and get a La’ssant! It’s a more elegantly termed “cronut,” which is a donutized croissant. I devoured the sticky oat la’ssant, and my friend enjoyed the cocoa nib, cinnamon and sugar with chocolate ganache variety.

After Portland, we hit up the Oregon Coast! Newport to be exact. If your family is headed that way, be sure to check out Thor’s Well. If you’re doing the sand dunes in Florence, know that you’ll get sand in your eyes, ears, mouth and nose, as well as shoes (don’t wear shoes in the sand!), pockets, hair, and even your skin! Final plug for the coast—for all you book nerds out there, check out the Sylvia Beach Hotel. It’s a quirky place where every room is themed with a particular author. The hotel attracts literary buffs and established and aspiring authors. It’s where I wrote a good portion of my novel.

That’s it for now! I’m going back to my “other” home, Maui later this month. Stay cool, and do some of my assignments in the summer Google Classroom!



Important dates coming up (updated 7/6/21)

August 29, 2021 – Loop the Lupe!
September 1, 2021 – First day of school… Welcome back, rested, taller, and ready to see your friends and rad teachers!