JU-C Weekly Note

November 11, 2016

Dear Families,

It was a week of strong emotions here in JU-C. The students have been following the election closely all fall, with much discussion during our (usually) weekly current events conversations. So 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 (11-14) group of students. This week, students heard a passage from each book and indicated their preference. Teachers use that information as well as what we know about reading levels 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 group Auricolae, which we look forward to every year. We sat in Family Circle groups; ask your child what they enjoyed about it.

On Monday, November 21st, 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 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 for your help with this!

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


Laura and David

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