A highlight of the 8th grade year is planning and presenting the Christmas Prayer Service/Pep Assembly. This event began years ago when an eighth grader asked, "Ms. Chermak - we have pep assemblies for our sports teams; we are so excited for the coming of Christmas - could we have a pep assembly for Jesus."
And so we have, ever since, as the last gathering before dismissal for Christmas break.
The prayer service/pep assembly includes traditional carols, prayers, the Christmas Eve reading from Isaiah, and the Christmas gospel. The 8th graders plan additional readings and songs based on school themes, and end with a favorite song: Children Go Where I Send Thee.
This year since our theme was Angels Among Us, the eighth graders wrote and presented skits based on the angel in "It's a Wonderful Life" and the angels in Home Alone 1 and 2. They sang "Sleigh Ride" followed by Father Ken playing that song on his electric guitar.
We concluded and reported our Advent Kindness Activity.
Thank you to the 8th graders for your creativity, willingness to participate so enthusiastically, and your expert presenting skills. Thank you 2nd graders for the Christmas gospel.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year, 2020!