JU-B Weekly Note

Dear Families,

Thank you so much for coming to our Open House! Our students worked incredibly hard on their independent and group projects and were really happy to present them to their family members. They also worked hard organizing the room and prepping their presentations. As far as their teachers are concerned, their hard work really paid off!

Open House prep took over our week, so there’s not much news to report! Next week we’ll be launching three topics that we’ll be working on with just our class in the time leading up to spring break. These will be our study of “The Odyssey,” our study of Archimedes, and prepping for student-led conferences.

Starting next week, we will also begin three projects that will take place in special configurations. Emily Weiss will be pushing in to do a series of three lessons around regulating emotions and understanding other’s emotions. Matt Murray will be coming to start an arc of lessons around technology use and managing ourselves online.

We are also excited to launch a series of lessons on identity development with the JU students this winter and spring. Through a series of activities and conversations, we’ll examine various important facets of our individual identities and discuss and challenge the ways that we, others, and society at large create static, pre-determined “boxes.”

We’ll begin next week with gender identity. Because the “boxes” that define gender are associated with human anatomy, one of our first classes will include a discussion of male and female reproductive anatomy. The terms we will discuss are vagina, vulva, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, breasts, penis, scrotum, and testes. We will not discuss sexuality or sexual health. Students will divide themselves into groups by self-identified gender, and will be taught this class by a teacher of their same gender. We hope that this class will provide important background knowledge and equip all students with common language to use as we examine gender identity as something more than “the sum of our parts.”

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out directly to Matt Eskin (meskin@tpschool.org).

Please sign-up for conferences through the doodle poll sent out today by the school as soon as possible. Remember to choose a time that your child is also available as they are running the conference this time around!

Also, please read the following message from Catherine Bogart-Rome regarding signing up to see her during conferences: Parents, I would like to invite you to sign up for a conference so we can talk about what's been happening in art. If none of these times work for you, please contact me to set up an alternative time.

In partnership,

Dan and Hilary