JU-D Weekly Note

Dear JU-D Families,

This half-week was really an excellent start to the year. JU-D students came back ready to dive into learning; thank you for your help in implementing morning routines that brought your children to us on time (by 8:20) and well-rested. In addition to our morning meeting routine, students became familiar with closing meeting, using their planners, Junior Unit norms around lunch and recess, and participating in Encuentro. Please take some time to look through the accordion folder your child received this week… This organizational tool will be an important way that your child will track materials, and we will add more organizational structure to it in the coming weeks.

We also launched each of our big content areas. Ask your children:

What is the all-school theme? 

What do your classmates already know about China? 

How often will you be writing in your journal? What have you already written? 

What story did you read in class? Why? 

What does the moon look like in the sky tonight?

Next week, we will be travelling for the first time to the Schuylkill Center on Thursday. Thursdays are our regular day to be at our country classroom. Students must come in wearing long pants, socks, and either hiking shoes or sneakers that can get dirty.

On Monday, September 19, JU-D will be venturing to Chinatown. Please do not schedule school-day appointments for your child on this day.  We hope to have all students present for this experience.

On September 28, we will host Back-to-School Night. We invite you to come in with questions and curiosity. We can’t wait to talk with you and share our plans for the year.

Other info:

Mighty Writers is an organization that facilitates writing workshops for free in multiple places throughout the city. One is designed for children in Junior Unit. We encourage our young writers to sign up and stretch themselves as thinkers and writers. Here is the description:

Entrepreneur Wednesdays
Mighty Inventors (ages 7-9)
Wed. 6:30-8:00pm
Oct. 19; Nov. 2, 9, 16 (four sessions)
This workshop requires registration and will take place at 1501 Christian Street

In this class, imaginations will run wild to invent gadgets and products that no kid's room is complete without. Children will write descriptions of our inventions and create "patent applications" explaining the inventions and what makes them original. Finally, we'll write a script for a commercial that introduces our invention to the world and perform our commercial on-camera. Note: No workshop on Oct. 26. Instructor: Rachel Kipp

We hope that the transition from summer to school year was a smooth one for your family. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.


Noelle & Nick