JU-A Friday note

September 9, 2016,

Dear JU-A families,

Spending the past three days with your children has been a pleasure! It’s exciting to see the 5th graders taking a leadership role and witness the 4th graders bring in new, fresh ideas.

This week we have gotten to know each other through games and sharing, begun our math curriculum, practiced a variety of classroom routines, and made decisions about how we want the classroom space to be. Although some of the classroom is already set up, we had the students brainstorm what other nooks and spaces they want to construct in the classroom.

We began to explore the language and literature of China this week. Jenson, who taught in JU-A last year, taught an introductory lesson to the Mandarin language. We also started reading aloud Chinese folk tales. Next week, the kids will be staging a “reader’s theater” retelling of two of the stories.

Here are some questions you can ask your child about school this weekend:

What greeting did you learn in Mandarin class?

What was the moral or lesson of the folk tale you read?

What is it like to be in a smaller math class of 12-13 kids?

This week, we have given your students reminders to read for 30 minutes each night and to bring in their language arts summer homework: one “choice” book they read and the notecards they used to respond to their summer reading. They will be receiving planners next week so that they can track other assignments that we give them. Today they will be coming home with their purple Friday Folder, which contains an assignment that involves them holding a conversation with you this weekend.

Lastly, we have enjoyed meeting or re-connecting with many of you this week. If you haven’t yet signed up for a 10-minute, informal meeting with us, you are welcome to do so through this doodle poll http://doodle.com/poll/3ebphbuhw46k447s.

Enjoy the weekend and keep cool! Julia & Tim