JU-A Weekly Notes

Dear JU-A Families,

It was a pleasure to have a full five days with your children this week!

In writing workshop, students drew creative “heart maps” that they will keep in their writing file and refer to throughout the year when they need inspiration around what to write. You can ask your child about what s/he included in the heart map.

Students continued their study of geography in “expert groups” that were each assigned a region of China to study. In reading about their region’s terrain and landscape, they practiced the skill of determining importance as they distinguished interesting facts from crucial facts.

This week Matt Murray, TPS’s technology integration specialist, led our second lesson on keyboarding using the program Keyboarding Without Tears. He recommends that students practice typing each week at home. Your child can access the program website from a home computer using a password they have written in their planners.

We had lovely fall weather yesterday for our day at The Schuylkill Center. Half of the students culminated their study of the energy cycle through role-plays. The other half of the class finished up their work with orienteering and navigation through a fun game called “Orient.” Beginning next week, students will switch groups.

Following up from last week’s reading lesson around context clues, students studied prefixes today. Aiming to provide students with the tools to be active readers, we also introduced some annotating practices that they should use while reading independently.

We are sending your child home with a reflection in their Friday folders about something meaningful they learned this week. As they will be returning those folders to school on Monday, feel welcome to write any reactions or responses to us on their reflections.

If you have not already done so, please remember to sign up for a November parent-teacher conference time using this doodle poll: http://doodle.com/poll/gtv4xw5iam6yygup. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss how your child is doing in school. We aim for these conferences to be conversations about your child rather than mere presentations about their learning. We hope that you will come to the conference with questions and concerns you'd like to discuss. If you would like to share those questions or concerns with us in advance, feel welcome to email us by November 1.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Tim & Julia