JU-C Weekly Note

Dear Families,

Even though it was a short week, we had plenty to do!  After a long break, it’s typical that we need to provide reminders for students about expectations, and so there were a number of short discussions about routines and behavior.  

We want to thank everyone who contributed to the TPSA gift fund -- we do appreciate the generosity of parents!

For the next few weeks, Word Study is going to focus on the United States (except for Jill’s group, which will continue to work on what they’ve been doing).  The goal is to spell and find the location of each state; for extra challenge, students can learn the two-letter abbreviation of the state.  We may not get to all of them right now, but by the end of the year, we’ll hit all 50.  (If any of Jill’s group wants to learn them as well, we’re happy to provide the same materials.)

We began a new read-aloud book this week, Science Fair by Dave Barry, which is funny.  Ask your child what the book is about so far.

In math, 4th graders are beginning a unit on multi-digit multiplication, as well as early division.  The 5th graders are exploring long division.

Tomorrow students will begin to think about how to present their China research in a project.  We hope you’ve asked your child a little bit about what they’ve learned about their topic so far.

We started discussing the scientific method with students today in preparation for our experiments with Fast Plants.  We’ll continue to discuss and plan next week.

Next week we’ll begin our visits with HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy.  Parents of 5th graders remember how meaningful this project was last year.  We are looking forward to partnering with them again!

Finally, Junior Unit B will begin fundraising to buy the products they need to care for a classroom hamster; they will be selling pretzels from Center City Soft Pretzel Company, an all-natural soft pretzel company. The facility is nut-free, dairy-free, and kosher certified. The pretzels are only made from three ingredients: flour, yeast, and water. Every other Monday, they will sell pretzels to raise enough money to buy the products they need to care for the hamster. The first sale will be on Monday, January 9, for 3rd-8th grade. The pretzels will be $1.00 each, and mustard will be 25¢. Look out for posters around the school that will contain the dates they are selling pretzels. 

This weekend will feel wintery -- stay warm and enjoy the change of season!


Laura and David