JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JU-A Families,

We had an exciting week in JU-A!  After a few weeks of learning about plant growth and thinking about the scientific method, we planted our fast plants and began our experiments.  Students are now eager to see how their plants grow in the next few weeks.  This weekend, ask about what variable your child decided to change and how that has affected growth so far.

Students continued researching a topic of choice for a project on Dynastic China.  We introduced the children to the idea of having a questioning stance when reading nonfiction.  To practice at home, try reading a newspaper or magazine article together this weekend.  As you read, ask your child, “What surprises you about this article?”  

During Community Meeting this week we looked at how the media can affect how we see ourselves.  Students saw how advertisers have created images of the stereotypical boy and girl to whom they sell their goods.  Ask your child about how segmented marketing can influence what toys you buy for your child.  

We also began a new read-aloud. The class is listening to Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. This week, in addition to enjoying the story, students discussed characteristics of memoir and free verse as we read.  

On Tuesday afternoon students enjoyed seeing their peers from JU and 3rd grade perform in a music recital.  Ask your child what their favorite act was.  

Links to sign up for student-led conferences are live.  To sign up for a conference with Julia, visit http://doodle.com/poll/8iieb7t77e889wqn.  To sign up for a conference with Tim, visit http://doodle.com/poll/65dpgkmtxkwugnk7.  Conferences will take place March 23 and 24.  If you need to have a conference on another day, please reach out to us to set up a time.

Have a great weekend,

Tim & Julia