JU-A Friday Note

Dear JU-A Families,

This was a busy week in JU-A week! We missed going to The Schuylkill Center on Thursday, but we took advantage of a full day in school by beginning to construct a 3-D topographical map of China. We will return to this map throughout the year as part of our China study.

We celebrated books and reading by attending the Book Fair and hosting an author visit from C. Alexander London. Students continue to read closely in book groups with their peers from JU-C.

We launched our study of Chinese history by examining some artifacts from the Stone Age. Students became archaeologists for an afternoon and asked themselves what they can learn about a people and a culture by examining the artifacts they leave behind. This weekend, you might want to ask your children to think about what stories the objects in their own lives would tell archaeologists in the future. You can check their purple Friday folders for some of the work we've done this week.

Here are a few other topics you may wish to discuss this weekend:

  • What is one technique you have used to revise your personal narrative? 
  • What is one interesting book you saw at the Book Fair? 
  • What did you enjoy about the author visit from C. Alexander London?

In school-wide news, the winter concerts are approaching! The Junior String Ensemble concert will take place Tuesday, December 13, at 9:00 a.m. in the Garage. JU Chorus, Mixed Choir, and the Sandra Dean String Ensemble concert will take place Wednesday, December 14, at 9:00 a.m. in the Garage. Each concert will be approximately one hour long. Attire is solid red on top and solid black on the bottom. TPS T-shirts are okay. No sweatshirts or graphics, please.

Finally, here’s a note from Jess about TPS service: In the interest of providing each of our students with the most meaningful service experience possible, we are making some mid-year changes to the TPS Service requirements. If your child completed a Fall service job, he/she does not need to complete another term of service. Students who did not complete a Fall job must sign up for only one of the remaining terms. Students who completed a Fall job and want to sign up for another term may do so, but students who have not yet completed their service requirement will be given priority. We also encourage families who already participate in service outside of school -- for neighborhood parks, with faith organizations, etc. -- to use that service toward completion of the TPS service requirement.  

Have a great weekend!

Tim & Julia