JU-C Weekly Note

Dear Families,

It is a busy time in JU-C! We’ll try to summarize the most pressing information first.

HMS: There are three HMS performances (though one is technically a dress rehearsal). The performances are on March 3 and March 10 at 10:30 a.m., and on March 16 at 6 p.m. You may attend any performance that is convenient for you. For the daytime performances, students will ride the bus to and from HMS as we usually do on Thursdays. They will need their costumes, which they can leave at school if they wish to avoid having to carry them back and forth for three weeks. If you are having difficulty with some aspect of your costume, please let Lynn know — it’s likely that someone in the JU-C community has what you’re looking for.

For the evening performance on March 16, today’s Friday Folder contains a permission slip. We will provide students with a place to hang out after school and a snack (pending discussion with Sara, our school nurse, snack will probably be something like pretzels or crackers, though of course a student may bring something else to eat instead). We will then take a bus to HMS to arrive by 5:30 p.m. The permission slip also asks you to indicate how your child will get home after the performance, which lasts about an hour. There is not a bus back to TPS, so please make sure you indicate how your child is leaving HMS around 7 p.m.

Conferences: A few families have not signed up for student-led conferences. Please let David or Laura know (depending on whom you met with for fall conferences) if there is an issue that needs to be worked out to sign up for a conference time. In addition, the art teachers have asked us to include information about signing up to meet with them if you wish. (Art may be included as an aspect students present in their conference, depending on what student challenges and growth areas are.) Here are the links for the art teachers:

Catherine: http://doodle.com/poll/7r42s3ppzyv7a77i

Rick: http://doodle.com/poll/kqwpvbwingb5wzcz

Kaitlyn: http://doodle.com/poll/7vua2c5ub3ihmzrf

Other classroom highlights: This morning JU-C led Encuentro for grades 1-3. We performed a song from the HMS musical, and a few students shared what the experience had been like. The speakers, the soloists, and the whole group performance were fabulous! On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, we saw the 8th grade perform The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night.  Be sure to ask your child what they enjoyed or what stood out in the performances. We continue to read Maniac Magee, a wonderful “hero” story, as well as starting our preparations for student-led conferences. We also began our identity meetings this week, which we referred to in last week’s Friday Note. Everyone is working with fractions in different ways in math right now. As always, we are busy and enjoying the many things we’re learning!

Attached below is a communication from the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

Laura and David