JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JU-A Families,

It was a short but full week in JU-A!  Most notably, we began two new units of study:  we are now reading The Magical Monkey King as a class, and we started a science study of fast plants.  We also continued our work toward developing a definition of research writing and began reading a nonfiction book called Life in Ancient China.  We will use this book to learn more about ancient China and to model effective research writing.  

In community meeting, we (boys and girls, in separate classrooms) studied the female reproductive system.  In addition to answering questions at the time, all classes have set up a way for ongoing questions and answers.  (Next week we move on to the male reproductive system.)  A question you might ask your child:  You learned a lot this week about female biology -- was there anything new to you?  Anything you still want to know more about?  

Here are some other curricular questions you may want to ask your children over the weekend:

  • What does a plant need to grow?
  • How did you demonstrate a growth mindset in school this week?
  • What does it mean to paraphrase a text?  
  • What steps do you take to paraphrase a text?

On Friday, January 27, our class will participate in a Poetry Day event presented by the 6th grade. The sixth graders will recite poems they have written. As a part of this special event they will serve hot chocolate, which will be offered to our class. The hot chocolate is peanut/tree nut free and is the approved brand by the school nurse Sara. 

From TPSA: Please join us for the Junior Unit 4th & 5th Grade Potluck (adults only) on Wednesday, January 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Garage.  RSVP HERE:  https://tpschoolblog.squarespace.com/potluck-rsvp (or go to the Events page of the Parent Portal).

We hope you enjoy your long weekend!

All best,

Tim & Julia