JU-C Weekly Note

Dear Families,

On Monday, two teachers (including TPS parent Rachel Federman-Morales) from HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy came to talk with JU-C about their students. Our students were pleased to find out more about the students they’ll be working with this winter.

On Wednesday, we visited HMS and worked with the students we’ll be partnered with during the musical. The idea of our visits this week and next is that students can get to know their partners without the focus on the musical. We were impressed with how quickly our students got used to a new environment and at their kindness and patience as they started working with their partners. It was a delight to see. Be sure to ask your child about how this went.

Wednesday afternoon brought our trip to the Book Fair, which students always enjoy. The Book Fair will be open on Saturday from 11am to 2pm if you have not had a chance to stop by. There are excellent books there!

Our Agora Time this week was a look at someone who was able to have a huge impact working through the system of American democracy. We focused on the topic of gay rights, and the person we focused on was Harvey Milk, who won election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on his fourth try at running for the position. He felt he was able to accomplish much more as an elected official than by being an activist alone. We watched part of a documentary about Milk, and the students were interested and engaged.

Thursday morning began with a writing workshop by author Nancy Viau, who talked about ways to make writing more interesting (with some exercises for the students to work on) and about the importance (and annoyance!) of editing/revising/rewriting. Afterwards, all of the Junior Unit went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (in two shifts) for a look at mythology in art. Our students are always engaged in the wonderful education programs there, plus it was a beautiful day for a walk to the museum!

Finally, our Friday began with Family Circles; continued with spelling, math, and the final edit of the November hero paragraphs; and will end with a reflection on a rewarding and busy week.

Next week will include another visit to HMS (on Thursday, as our future visits after break will be). Ask your child about his/her Mythbusters research, which he/she is starting to put together as a research paper, and about other writings, which have been worked on throughout the week.

Enjoy the weekend!

Laura and David