JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JU-A Families,

It was so nice to see many of you for conferences before break and to welcome students back on Monday!  

This week we returned to much of the work we began earlier in the spring.  On Tuesday, students turned to the revision stage of their research writing about China.  Writers considered how to organize paragraphs around topics and subtopics using strong topic sentences.

At Community Meeting on Tuesday, we discussed crushes and relationships, starting with a story for each group to prompt discussion.  The boys’ group read a chapter from Benjamin Alire Saenz’s young adult book Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and the girls’ group read the short story “Secret Samantha” by Tim Federle from Flying Lessons and Other Stories.  Both groups then looked at the spectrum of attraction (from heterosexual or straight to lesbian/gay, with bisexual filling the entire space in between).  Be sure to ask your child about the story that was read and what was interesting to them about the meeting.

Unfortunately, rain kept us away from The Schuylkill Center this week.  We stayed at TPS and did a simulation to help students understand sustainable use of resources. We followed up by watching a video titled “The Story of Stuff,” which explained and raised questions about consumer culture.  

We ended the week with a trip to the PMA.  Students looked at art that showed the movement of Chinese ideas from China to the west via the Silk Route.  You may ask your children if they noticed any new, interesting artworks on this trip.

Have a great weekend!

Tim and Julia