JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JU-A Families,

Happy Friday! Our work with the 3-D map of China continued this week. Students were excited to get their hands messy in this project that combines art, geography, and math. They used elevation data from a topographical map to convert China’s actual elevations in kilometers to scaled-down elevations in centimeters.

The students have moved from revising to editing their personal narratives. We discussed why editing is important and how it can make the message of your narrative even clearer. Shout-out to Peter Dobrin, a JU-A parent, who paid us a visit Thursday to share about his writing process as a music critic!

Our study of archaeology took a personal turn this week: each student chose a cultural artifact to bring in from home and then shared with their peers why it is important to them and why it represents their culture. The objects ranged from a religious figurine to an adoption certificate to a black-and-white cookie.

Here are some questions you can ask your child this weekend:

  • How did you calculate what elevations to make in your group’s section of the China map?
  • How did it feel to share your cultural artifact and hear other people share theirs?
  • What kind of changes do you make to your writing in the editing versus the revision stage?
  • What did you work on during the Hour of Code on Thursday? Would you like to do more coding in the future?

We also wanted to remind you that winter concerts are next week. The Junior String Ensemble concert will take place Tuesday, December 13, at 9:00 a.m. in the Garage.  The JU Chorus, Mixed Choir, and Sandra Dean String Ensemble concerts will take place Wednesday, December 14, at 9:00 a.m. in the Garage.  Each concert will be approximately one hour long.  Attire is solid red on top and solid black on the bottom. Red dresses are great. TPS T-shirts are okay. No sweatshirts or graphics, please.

Enjoy the weekend!

Julia & Tim