JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JU-A Families,

It was wonderful to see so many members of our community perform during the talent show!  If you haven’t already heard all about the show, ask your children what their favorite acts were.  Did they learn anything interesting about the TPS student body by watching their peers perform?

Students also shared their learning this week.  They processed their reading of The Magical Monkey by completing a project that asked them to think about plot, theme, and characterizations in the book.  They shared their learning in songs, new book jackets, speeches, newspaper articles, comic books, and sequels.  On Wednesday students had the opportunity to share their work in a gallery-style presentation.  

In science, students are beginning to think about designing their fast plant experiments.  This week students worked to become “experts” on one of the needs of a plant and began asking questions and thinking about variables that can affect plant growth.  You may ask your children what their expert group studied and what they learned about their variable.

Matt Murray returned this week to teach students useful tips for searching for information on Google and research databases. They will use this practical knowledge to continue researching topics about life in dynastic China. 

In our bodies curriculum, we shifted from thinking about bodily changes that happen during puberty to thinking about changes that happen in emotions and the brain during adolescence.  We constructed lists of positive ways to manage feelings.  Ask your children what positive ways they know to regulate their emotions.

We are all looking forward to next week’s Shakespeare Festival.  In the meantime, enjoy the long weekend.

Sincerely,

Tim & Julia