JU-A Weekly Note

Dear Families,

It was a busy, busy week as we pushed toward the end of the calendar year and the approaching winter vacation. Students put finishing touches on their Greek coins, shaping and smoothing them and “aging” them with a wash of black paint. Today we began thinking about how we might display these coins in our classroom. The coins will be among the many student works on display at our learning celebration on February 17!

Other projects and studies continued to bump along at a brisk pace. Here are some questions you might ask your child this weekend to find out more:

  • What progress did you make on your Mythbusters report this week? Which sketches and photographs have you chosen to include in your report? Is evaluating and organizing your data bringing you closer to an answer to your original focus question?
  • What is “found poetry?” How did you use the reading skill of determining importance to create a found poem from the story of Europa or Tantalus? What was your word limit you had to stick to?
  • How did you choose to relate the story of Narcissus and Echo to your own life? From this week’s journal prompt: Narcissus fell in love with his own image when he saw it reflected in a pool. Who do you see when you look in the mirror? Who do you want to see? Echo stood by Narcissus, even though he gave her no attention, until she finally wasted away. What do you think of her choice? Can you imagine a situation where you'd stand by someone or something (a belief, maybe), even if you received no reward for your devotion?

Last but not least, on Friday we were delighted to welcome our new colleague Julia Carleton to JU-A! We invite you to join us for a meet-and-greet to get to know Julia next Wednesday, December 16, from 8:30 to 8:55am. Afterwards, walk with us over to the Garage for the Winter Concert (beginning at 9:00).

Wishing a happy weekend filled with seasonal traditions and delights,

Emily, Jenson, and Julia