JUA Weekly Note

Dear JUA Families:

Students have been working hard this week. In our ancient Greek studies, we learned about two more famous characters of Greek mythology: Ares, god of war, and Athena, goddess of wisdom. Our studies of Greek concepts of war and peace intersected with our discussions of U.S. veterans on Veterans Day. During one morning meeting, students reflected on a quote from Mahatma Gandhi  – "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” – and were asked to express their responses in a journal prompt. Students also continued work on their monthly hero paragraph about a hero from Philadelphia. Ask your child to share his or her yellow planning calendar with you and to fill you in on the progress he or she made this week.

We visited Awbury Arboretum twice this week, on Monday and Thursday. Even Thursday's rainy weather didn’t slow our passion of studying natural science! Students were digging up roots of invasive plans and studying the different types of root systems, and they gathered qualitative data of their Mythbusters research question. Remember that next week we’ll continue to go to Awbury Arboretum on Monday and Thursday.

Thanksgiving is coming up! The Junior Unit will be making brownies as their contribution to the school feast. We request that each student bring in a mixing bowl and mixing spoon before November 20th to help with our culinary pusuits. Please label them clearly with your child's name so that we can return these items to you promptly. Thanks for your support of this fun and tasty annual tradition! Have a fun autumn weekend,

Jenson and Emily