JU-A Weekly note

Dear JUA families,

This week we finished our read-aloud novel Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. However, we’ll continue to reflect on the novel as we transition to our last read-aloud book, The Odyssey by Homer (retold by Geraldine McCaughrean). Shout-out to JU-B teacher Dan, who came into our class Wednesday to give a brief history of the Trojan War so that students know what Odysseus and his crew endured prior to their adventures at sea!

On Wednesday we furthered our understanding of Greek city-states by comparing and contrasting two of the main city-states, Athens and Sparta. The students were able to take a deeper look at the major players in Ancient Greece, while identifying their similarities and differences. The students then used their knowledge on their own city-state and compared it to another that they were not as familiar with.

On Thursday we wrapped up our environmental stewardship work at Awbury with WCS students. We finished up our group projects: trash collection, pulling invasives, protecting native species, and devising ways to educate the public about these environmental issues. Along with WCS students, we closed the day with a call-and-response song led by JU-C's David.

In our city-states meetings this week, we forged ahead with planning our Olympics events, constructing our flags that represent our city-states, and writing chants that we will recite the week of the Olympics. Students finished writing their persuasive essays that articulate why their city-state’s event reflects JU’s values. Within our city-states, we will be holding oratory competition to determine who will be the final reader of these paragraphs at our Opening Ceremony. Remember to mark your calendars: our Olympics Opening Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 1, at 10:35 am. Parents are invited; we hope to see you there!

This week enjoyed the musicians who shined at the JU and 3rd Grade recital, as well as those who performed at Encuentro. Special shout-out to our very own Simone, who sang “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” with great poise, and to Sebastian, who gave us a private performance of Moszkowski's Etude No. 6 on Friday.

ERBs will take place next week from Monday, May 23, to Wednesday, May 25. Please do not schedule doctor’s appointments or other activities during this time that will take them out of school, as it’s very tricky to arrange times for make-up sessions. The information you need about the ERBs was sent out in this letter http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4633688f8e4a0735c7c9bf016&id=03df01a72d&e=99676184f9. Let us know if you have additional questions.

Lastly, we know that many of you brought your child’s student-led conference folder home with you after their conference this past March. We’d like to ask that all students return these folders to school by Monday.

It looks like it will be a rainy weekend – ideal for curling up with a good book!

In partnership,

Julia, Heather, and Jenson

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