Happy Friday from JU-A!

Dear JUA Families,

And we’re back! Even with Monday’s school closing, the JU-A classroom was buzzing with a productive, purposeful hum this week. In service of building relationships with one another and forming our collective identity as “JU-A,” students (literally) puzzled over several meaty quotes related to the importance of diverse experiences and perspectives. Ask your child to tell you which of the following quotes resonated with him or her most, and why:

  • “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.”
  • “Everyone is different, everyone belongs.”
  • “We are, of course, a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak. They are the source of our strength.”
  • “It’s time for parents to teach young people that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
  • “We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.”
  • “I can see myself in all things and in all people around me.”

Thursday’s light drizzle didn’t prevent us from returning to the two locations of our fall science studies; Mr. Cheng, Dan, Noelle, and David took a new batch of students to Awbury Arboretum, and Emily, Hilary, Nick, and Laura accompanied the other group at The Schuylkill Center. At Awbury, students were introduced to a partner class from Wissahickon Charter School and collaborated on a scavenger hunt of invasive plants that have overrun the arboretum. We are excited that this partnership with Wissahickon Charter School will continue throughout the year! At the Schuylkill Center, students visited a new site (which they christened “Apocolypse Field”) and practiced recording careful observations of the flora and fauna they encountered. Students will alternate between Awbury and The Schuylkill Center each Thursday; please do check in with them each week to find out where they’re headed and what work they’ll be continuing!

We hope to see many of you next Tuesday, October 6th, at Back-to-School Night. During our presentation in JU-A, we’ll highlight the year’s curricular content, as well as important classroom and home routines. If you have burning questions that you hope we’ll address during the presentation, please share them in an email before Tuesday.

Stay dry this weekend!

In partnership,

Emily and Mr. Cheng