JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JU-A Families,

Parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner!  If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please do so ASAP.  Here are the links again:

Doodle for parents of Emily’s advisees (Niamh, Charlotte, Bryce, Simone, Alex, Avery, Pablo, Sadie, MaKayla, Ethan, Mira, Stephen): http://doodle.com/poll/r2inmmebs9x8nsa4

Doodle for parents of Jenson’s 4th grade advisees (Laura, Devin, Peri, Gavi, Benji): http://doodle.com/poll/fbzecxp52cxbmmmd

Doodle for parents of Jenson’s 5th grade advisees (Brian, Sebastian, Mollie, Abigail, Lorenzo, and Leo): http://doodle.com/poll/qwbsfmff4v9ztcfw

Please email your child’s advisor to arrange an alternative time for a conference if none of the remaining options on the poll work for your schedule.  Thanks for helping us get these on the calendar!

In math classes this week, fifth graders continued to explore exponents and practiced multiplying numbers by positive and negative powers of ten.  Fifth grade parents, ask your child to show you what happens when you multiply a number by 10-6!  Fourth graders have almost completed their introductory unit on multiplication and, this week, used multiplicative comparisons to describe the relative sizes of different objects.  You can practice this around the house, fourth grade parents!  Try asking your child such questions as “About how many times taller is the ceiling than the desk?  The window is how many times wider than each window pane?”  

Students wrote first drafts of their October hero paragraphs this week after we reviewed the essential elements of a complete sentence (subject and predicate, plus capital letter at the beginning and editing punctuation) and basic paragraph structure (1 main idea supported by related details).  Each child used an revision/editing checklist to polish a draft.  Next week, students will publish their final drafts and will work together to create a “ceremony” of sorts to share their writing and acknowledge the heroes selected by the class this month. 

For next month’s hero paragraph, we will continue to support the students’ research and writing here at school; however, they will take on more responsibility for planning out the steps they need to take to complete each phase of the writing process and for managing their time during each in-class work period.  Long-term assignments like this one provide children with a perfect opportunity to hone essential executive skills, including organization of materials and ideas, task initiation, planning, and goal-directed persistence.

Have a lovely weekend, and we’ll see you soon at conferences!

In partnership,

Jenson and Emily