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Mrs. Maura Grochocinski, Junior High Religion

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  I am looking forward to a unique and successful school year with your child.

A little about myself: due to the difficulty in pronouncing my last name, I am known to the SJF students and to many parents as “Mrs. G.”  I live in Most Holy Redeemer parish and my husband and I have been blessed with three wonderful daughters, a son-in-law, and a new grandson, Martin McGrath Guinane.

This year will be my 21st year teaching at Saint John Fisher. I have taught different grades and various subjects throughout the years. I have enjoyed teaching religion in the Jr. High for the past eleven years, watching my students grow both academically and spiritually.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Feb 24th

Posted on Feb 24, 2020

Thank you to all who supported the "Behind the Vest" fundraiser held here at SJF this past Sunday.  It was so nice to see our SJF students work so hard to prepare for and assist with this very important event supporting the safety of our Chicago police officers. 

This Friday, February 28th, will mark the end of our second trimester.  Report cards will be issued to the students the following week.

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of our Lenten season. Our students will be attending mass at 1:00 and will be receiving their ashes at mass.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the Lenten season and the ways we can fast from words and actions that prevent us from being our best selves, as well as those words and actions we can feast upon that will bring us closer to God.  We will also be continuing on with our world religions unit and will begin discussing the origin, beliefs and practices of Hinduism. 

***Service logs for this second trimester are due on Thursday of this week.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the Lenten season and the ways we can fast from words and actions that prevent us from being our best selves, as well as those words and actions we can feast upon that will bring us closer to God.  We will also be returning to our Morality books and will be covering Chapter 7 which discusses the importance of prayer in our lives. This chapter also discusses the importance of setting Sundays to the side as a day in which we attend mass and spend time with family and friends, stepping away from the many distractions in our lives such as TV's, cell phones, ect.

***Service logs for this second trimester are due on Thursday of this week.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Feb. 17th

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

As we near the final weeks of this second trimester, it is so very important that the Jr. High students continue to put all of their efforts into both their assignments and preparation for tests in all subjects.  All students should continue to write all homework assignments and dates for tests/quizzes in their assignment notebooks. Let's have a strong finish to this second trimester!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be reviewing for our test on Buddhism which is scheduled for Thursday, February 20th.  In order to prepare for this test, students should review and study their notes, corrected questions, viewers guide and vocabulary flashcards.

*All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, the students will continue presenting their Confirmation saint slide projects to their classmates. Upon finishing this, we will be returning to our Morality book.  

*All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Feb. 10th

Posted on Feb 09, 2020

Confirmation was Beautiful!  The students did a wonderful job with their preparation in class as well as their participation in our Confirmation liturgy.  A big thank you to the seventh grade parents and students who hosted the Confirmation celebration afterwards in Kane Hall.  The hall was decorated beautifully and the treats were delicious and enjoyed by many!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be continuing on with our unit on Buddhism. We will be discussing the Three Jewels of Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths and the Buddhists' spiritual journey of the Eightfold Path.  

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week the students will be writing a reflective narrative of their Confirmation day and will be writing thank you notes to their sponsors which will include the revised copy of their sponsor essay.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Feb. 3rd

Posted on Feb 01, 2020

We have a busy and exciting week ahead of us as our eighth graders prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday, February 9th, at 12:00 Mass. Please keep all of our Confirmandi in your prayers as they prepare for this very special sacrament.

***Graduation pictures are scheduled for this Wednesday, February 5th.

***7th Grade Religion***

In order to share in the excitement of our eighth graders, our seventh graders will be discussing the Sacrament of Confirmation.  We will also be continuing on with our study of Buddhism. 

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service hours for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, the students will be have their Confirmation interviews with Father Ken and will be practicing for their Confirmation liturgy.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service hours for this second trimester.

This Wednesday evening, at 7:30 PM, there will be a practice for the Confirmation liturgy for all students, parents, and sponsors in the church.

Students should arrive no later than 11:30 for the Confirmation Liturgy, Sunday, February 9th.

 
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