JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JU-A Families,

This four-day week went by quickly. Students continued their work with The Magical Monkey King through their new literature circle roles. They began to explore research topics for their research papers about Dynastic China. Topics were diverse, ranging from the mythology of dragons to military architecture to Empress Dowager Cixi!

Matt Murray, our technology integration specialist, led a workshop this week with the kids about their digital lives, in particular how they can make wise choices online and think deeply about their digital footprint. 

Our science work this week focused on the plant life cycle. Students began to make a display of the seven stages of a plant life cycle, which will serve as a guide as they grow their own Fast Plants in the classroom!

We were happy to see students make connections between what they learned about plant reproduction and what they are learning about human reproduction in their Bodies curriculum lessons. Our past two Bodies curriculum lessons have focused on male and female reproductive anatomy, including the journey of egg and sperm through one's own body and the way a baby develops from both cells. Understandably, this has raised questions for many students around how sperm and egg meet. Because we are not covering sexual intercourse in this curriculum, we have told students that these are great questions which they can discuss more with their families. Your child may be coming home this week eager to discuss these questions with you.

Here are some other questions you can ask your child about the week:

  • What makes Fast Plants unique?
  • What topics did you explore for your research paper?
  • What would you like your digital footprint to be like?
  • What makes a strong goal?
  • How does Monkey King connect to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon?

Our Junior Unit Lunar New Year Open House is at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 2.  There will be a musical performance in the Garage followed by a chance to see some classroom work. We look forward to seeing you then!


Julia and Tim