JU-A Friday Note

Dear JU-A Families,

This week students have shown their excitement for fall and many of their favorite fall traditions, including some holiday celebrations.

We have reminded our students that there will be no Halloween celebration on Monday, and that students should not come to school in costume. Please remind your child at home this weekend. Thanks.

JU-A students returned to their “heart maps” to mine memories for an experience they will use as a basis for a personal narrative. As we read narratives by Sandra Cisneros and Tommy Greenwald, students thought about traits of effective writing and how they can incorporate those traits into their own prose. We will continue to use mentor texts like these throughout the year in our writing workshops.

As we continued to read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and some short expository passages about the physical geography of China, students tried to separate important facts from merely interesting ones. We also discussed ways to annotate a reading, and we hope you’ll see children reading actively--pencils in hand--in their independent reading books.

Here are some ideas for discussions about the week at school:

  • Why do authors use figurative language? How can similes and metaphors enhance your own writing? 
  • What interesting new words have you encountered in your reading? What clues did you use to determine their meanings? 
  • How was your experience in your new Schuylkill Center group? Are you looking forward to the new unit? 
  • What do you hope Tim and Julia will discuss at parent conferences?

Next week will be a short one, with conferences scheduled for Thursday, November 3, and Friday, November 4. We look forward to seeing you at TPS! If you haven’t already signed up, you can access the form here: http://doodle.com/poll/gtv4xw5iam6yygup. And if you have any questions or specific topics you’d like to discuss, please email us in advance.

Have a great weekend!

Tim & Julia