JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JU-A Families,

Welcome back from break! It was great to be back together again with your children.

In the spirit of the New Year, we spent some time this week learning about mindsets and how a growth mindset can increase your potential. Students deepened their understanding of the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset after watching this video. Next, they reflected in writing about which mindset(s) they have. Your child is bringing this reflection home in their Friday folders; we hope you will have the chance to discuss it with them.

This week we introduced reading journal responses, which students will be completing while reading their independent books. It was a joy to conference with your child about their first reading response and to gain a deeper sense of who they are as a reader!

Now that students are finished with their personal narratives, our next writing project will involve research writing. This week we read an example of research writing with the students and spent time comparing and contrasting it with narrative writing. 

In the coming weeks, we will be digging deeper into Ancient Chinese history. On Thursday we spent some time learning about the math behind timelines and preparing to build a large timeline that we will display in class. 

In the first lesson of our Bodies Curriculum this week, students learned about what makes up a body system and played a matching game to identify the function of each system in our body. Laura and Julia taught the JUA and JUC girls; David and Tim taught the boys. To learn more, you can ask your child which body systems they learned about and found the most interesting.

Lastly, here is a message from JU-B students: 

Dear Families,

Junior Unit B will begin fundraising to buy the products we need to care for a classroom hamster; we will be selling pretzels from Center City Soft Pretzel Company.

Center City Soft Pretzel Company is an all-natural soft pretzel company. The facility is nut-free, dairy-free, and kosher certified. The pretzels are only made from three ingredients: flour, yeast, and water.

Every other Monday, we will sell pretzels to raise enough money to buy the products we need to care for our hamster. We have already researched what we need for our future furry friend, so all we need are the supplies. The first sale will be on Monday, January 9th for 3rd-8th grade.  The pretzels will be $1.00 each, and mustard will be 25¢. Look out for posters around the school that will contain the dates we are selling pretzels.

Enjoy the snowy weekend!

Julia and Tim