JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JU-A Families,

Wednesday morning, following the election, there were many strong emotions in JU-A. We reflected upon the following quote with the children: “Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist: keep loving, keep fighting.” We discussed what it means to fight with your heart (rather than your fist) and brainstormed ways we can support each other. We were struck by the overall optimism in the class. We see your children as future leaders, and we see it as our aim to teach them to read and write critically, learn to see from multiple perspectives, and resolve conflicts in healthy ways. To that end, today we asked the children to do some writing about how they can affect positive change in our world. That writing will be coming home in the purple Friday Folder this afternoon if you’d like to use it to start a conversation at home.

Our day at The Schuylkill Center yesterday was beautiful. Students continued to study either orienteering (using a compass) or the energy cycle. We have one more week at The Schuylkill Center, and then we’ll be staying at school on Thursdays until April (when we return from spring break).

We have just a few administrative notes before we wish you a good weekend:

We have enjoyed seeing the children make such good use of our new Junior Unit Library for the past two months. We are now working hard to make sure we have all of our books inventoried and cataloged, and we will need all of the books in the library to do that! If you notice your children reading any books from the TPS Junior Unit Library, please encourage them to return the books before our Thanksgiving break.

On Monday, November 21, students in 3rd grade and Junior Unit will be making nut-free brownies for our annual Thanksgiving feast (which is on Tuesday, November 22). Students need to bring in a bowl (plastic or metal) and a spatula or spoon to stir and scrape the bowl. Please write your name on each, either with permanent marker or using a piece of tape attached to it. The bowl and spatula need to be at school by the 21st, and all equipment will be rinsed off before returning home that afternoon or the next day. The brownies are delicious and the kids love making them -- thank you in advance for your help with this!

Have a great weekend!

Julia & Tim