JU-D Weekly Note

Dear JU-D Families,

This week we launched our first building project.  Students will be constructing a family shrine to honor their own families, helping them see the way that elders and ancestors are valued in their own lives.  This helps them relate personally to their work around filial piety. In class we generated a shared definition of this cultural practice: Filial piety is a vow to nurture and make sacrifices for the elders of your family.  The goal of this project is to explore the following questions:

  • What does it mean to show respect to elders in your family?
  • What values are shown through the stories you tell about your ancestors?
  • What traditions and practices tie your family together?

We hope that some of these topics were discussed in the Ancestor Interview your child conducted this week.

At The Schuylkill Center, we closed our unit on the compass.  This unit, as you saw last week in the Friday Folder, included earth science, Chinese history of navigation and invention, and the practical skill of using the compass as a tool.  You’ll hear about your child’s progress on this unit of study at fall conferences.  

Please continue to meet with your child each weekend to discuss the Friday Folder work.  It would be incredibly helpful if you identified a place at home for this work to be kept.  Students may need help remembering to pull those papers out.  Our routines are getting smoother and smoother with your help.  Thanks so much.

Enjoy the weekend!


Noelle &  Nick