JU-A Weekly Note

Dear Parents of JU-A,

This has been a short but busy week. The 4th-8th grade social contract has been finalized and posted in the classroom, and students have been reflecting on its purpose and application during morning meetings and "huddles." We are also continuing to cultivate our classroom climate by discussing the uniqueness of each class member as well as the things that unify us as JUA, and we will work together to create a classroom flag based on this discussion.

In support of our Theme study, 4th and 5th graders partnered to work on creating a timeline of Greek innovations and technologies. As part of our exploration of heroes, we enjoyed a presentation from Catherine Carr, former executive director of Community Legal Services and mother of 8th grade teacher Ethan Tannen, who spoke about her efforts to fight legal and social injustice against disadvantaged people.

In our science studies, half of JU-A continued to partner with students from Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) at the Awbury Arboretum to study invasive plants. Each TPS student was paired with a WCS student and participated in several activities. Ask your child about his or her new partner and what they learned together about the effect of invasive plants on a pond. At The Schuylkill Center, the other half of our group headed back to "Apocalypse Field" (their name for our field site) to begin gathering questions about the plants, animals, and man-made items they observed there. After sharing their thoughts with one another, each student identified his or her top three burning questions; one of these will become the focus of an autumn science investigation. Ask your child to tell you more about the questions he or she is most excited to research.

Have a restful weekend!

In partnership,

Jenson and Emily