JU-C Weekly Note

Dear Families,

We’ve come to the end of another full week in JUC!

On Monday, the students searched their Writer’s Notebooks for pieces to polish.  Although we have due dates for many of our written assignments, we also regularly encourage the children to revisit pieces they’ve “finished.”   The writing process is ongoing, and this exercise gave everyone a chance to focus on samples they hadn’t seen in weeks.

After choosing a piece, students performed simple spelling, punctuation, and grammatical revisions.  Then, on Thursday, they gave the sample another look, ensuring that they’d organized their paragraphs correctly and checking to see if the piece flowed. Finally, they showed their work to a peer, who read the piece and offered edits and suggestions.  

On Tuesday, the children returned to their work on the Tao Te Ching. Once they successfully divided their passages into phrases and interpreted (and recorded) the meaning of each phrase, they wrote a paragraph or two that explained how they relate to the passage on a personal level. After this, each child began creating a physical image or a set of images that depict the meaning.  The children had a great time with this!

We also watched the film Screenagers on Tuesday.  This film dealt with many important subjects, such as what it’s like to be a teenager and a parent in this digital age.  We encourage you to chat with your child about the movie!

Matt Murray visited JU-C yesterday and helped us participate in the global Hour of Code movement.  This was certainly not the first programming session in JU-C,  but it was an opportunity for Matt to introduce us to some new coding activities.

This morning we all enjoyed the a TPS Winter Sing-along with hundreds of our fellow scholars during Encuentro.  It is always a treat to watch as the children smile, sing, move to the music, and delight in sounds that signal fast-approaching winter traditions.

There is only one more week left until winter break!  The temperature is steadily dropping, your children are steadily becoming more excited, and JU-C is betting that the first full snowfall will happen before next weekend. What do you think?

Have a wonderful weekend! 

David and Laura