JU-B Weekly Note

Dear JU-B Parents,

On Wednesday after the election, our students were able to share their feelings and concerns and to ask questions. We didn't have all the answers, but our class proved to be incredibly resilient and was able to get back to the business of learningWe spent part of our day learning about the role that the electoral college plays in our elections. We will continue to listen carefully to our children and give them opportunities to further process their feelings.

We had a lovely autumn day at The Schuylkill Center. It was a wonderful respite from the craziness of this year’s elections. As we continued to practice our active listening, students were dropped off at individual “Quiet Spots.” Ask your child what elements of the energy cycle he or she was able to discover while remaining silent for 30 minutes. Expectedly, the silence didn’t last beyond those 30 minutes -– when the students got back together, they excitedly began to compare notes about what they had heard and found.

We continued reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. The plot weaves stories from the past with the conflict that the protagonist faces in the present, providing the students with many opportunities to unravel the mystery of Fruitless Mountain. We also began our mini book groups. The students were asked to select their top choices among six books. Over the course of the year, each small group will be meeting during the SSR period to discuss their shared book with a teacher. The first book is Rules by Cynthia Lord.

Thanksgiving is arriving soon, and as is the tradition, the Junior Unit will be making brownies in advance of the feast, which will be held on Tuesday, November 22. We need students to bring in a mixing bowl and a spatula/wooden spoon for the baking process, which will take place on Monday, November 21. We would be most appreciative If you could start sending these items in next week. Please make sure that the bowls and utensils are clearly labeled with your name. Thank you for your help in this process.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dan and Chantal