JU-C Weekly Note

Dear Families,

It was a week of strong emotions here in JU-C.  The students had followed the election closely all fall, with much discussion during our (usually) weekly current events conversations. It was no surprise that the results of the election caused strong responses.  We have discussed some things at school (including how the electoral college and the popular vote can have different results), and we also encouraged the students to have conversations at home with you.  We will continue to discuss current events regularly; your children have remarkable insights and thoughts.

Next week we will being book groups with JU-A.  Each teacher has selected a book to lead with a small group (11-14)  of students.  This week students heard a passage from each book and indicated their preferences.  Teachers use that information, as well as what we know about each child's reading ability, to place students in a group.  We’ll meet twice a week until winter break.

Our day at The Schuylkill Center yesterday was beautiful.  Students continued to study either orienteering (using a compass) or the energy cycle.  We have one more week at The Schuylkill Center, and then we’ll be staying at school on Thursdays until April (when we return from spring break).

This morning we heard the musical group Auricolae, which we look forward to every year.  We sat in Family Circles; ask your child what he or she enjoyed about the performance.

On Monday, November 21, students in 3rd grade and Junior Unit will be making nut-free brownies for our annual Thanksgiving feast (which is on Tuesday).  Students need to bring in a bowl (plastic or metal) and a spatula or spoon to stir and scrape the bowl.  Please write your name on each, either with permanent marker or using a piece of tape attached to it.  The bowl and spatula need to be at school by the 21st, and all equipment will be rinsed off before returning home that afternoon or the next day.  The brownies are delicious and the kids love making them -- thank you, in advance, for your help with this!

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your family.

Sincerely,

Laura and David