JU-D Weekly Note

Dear Families,

It was a wonderful week back from break in JU-D. From book groups, to community meeting, to a new unit in science, we used the week to shake off the cobwebs and to hit the ground running. 

It all started Monday with the launch of our JU-B/JU-D book groups. Before break we explored four different books, and JU-Ders rated their interest in each. This week we began working in these mixed groups. The books we selected are Dragonwings, The Kiterider, Red Scarf Girl, and In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. Although we are only three sessions into the experience, students have been arriving with great enthusiasm and excitement about their reading. 

Outside of books groups we continued to push through our identity study. This week we took a glimpse at changing relationships and began a discussion about attraction and sexual identity. Students were introduced to the wide spectrum and varied nature of attraction and changing friendships. 

Finally, we began a study of the environmental effects of industrialization, globalization, and consumerism. Using "The Story of Stuff" as a lens to explore these systems, JU members began with a thought experiment where they imagined the journey a Chinese manufactured object has taken (from raw materials on) to get into their possession. We introduced the idea of a system for production and consumption detailed in "The Story of Stuff." Over the next few weeks, students will work to discover the effects of this system in Philadelphia. 

Here are a few useful pieces of JU-D information:

  • We will be visiting the PMA next Wednesday to view artifacts from the Silk Road.
  • We will resume our trips to The Schuylkill Center each Thursday. Please send your students to school with a water bottle and long-sleeved clothing.
  • Here is a link to "The Story of Stuff." Check it out and discuss it with your kids! https://youtu.be/9GorqroigqM

Have a great weekend


Noelle and Nick