JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JUA Families,

We’ve had a great start to the JU Olympics! We’re glad many of you were able to make it to our Olympics Opening Ceremony this week, in which students performed a dance and music piece in honor of a specific god, read persuasive speeches to explain the upcoming olympic events, sang songs, shared their flags, and performed their cheers.

This week has featured a number of exciting Olympic events. After the rousing Opening Ceremony, we began our first event--a relay race--in high spirits. Students have continued with handball competitions in P.E. Yesterday morning we played a within-city-state round of Jeopardy to determine which team would play against other city-states on Tuesday. The questions tested them on their knowledge of Olympians, city-states, Greek mythology, and math. Yesterday afternoon, we had our boat competition at the pool at Friends Select School. Each city-state constructed a boat from cardboard and duct tape. Amazingly, every single boat stayed afloat for more than 10 minutes! In addition, some boaters were able to complete laps back and forth in the pool for extra points. Today, after our last Family Circle gathering, we had our “JU’s Got Humor” event. Each city-state had 30 minutes to come up with funny skits. Teachers judged (but could not judge their own team). Our stomachs hurt with laughter by the time lunch rolled around!

Next week, we’ll continue our Olympics with a scavenger hunt, final rounds of Jeopardy, a water-balloon event, and Schuylkill Center field events! It will be a great way to keep ourselves motivated all the way to graduation. In JU-A, we’ve been having a number of reflections and conversations about what healthy competition looks like and what it means to be a good sport. So far we’ve been impressed by students’ efforts to be invested in games' competitive aspects and yet still be supportive of competing teams.

As we look ahead to next week’s events, please help your child in protecting themselves from the sun and heat! Sara, the school nurse, sent out an informative email to families this week about sun safety.

This is the last Friday Note of the year, as next Friday is a half-day with graduation in the morning. Dismissal will be at 11:30am. It has been a joy teaching your students this year; thank you for sharing them with us! We will miss the current fifth graders and are glad the fourth graders will be returning to us again next year.

Wishing you a fantastic summer!


Jenson, Julia, and Heather