JU-D Weekly Note

Dear JU-D Families:

There aren’t too many weeks left in the year now, and although the finish is in sight, JU-D hasn’t lost its momentum. The week began with the final push on our Greek ceiling tile project. Students are balancing, painting, and beginning to record an explanation of their complex hero and the symbolism they have developed in their mobiles. Additionally, kids began to identify themes between their heroes and planned the way posters will be organized on our ceiling.

Outside of JU-D, students met to conclude their work in affinity groups. We delved deeply into thoughts that came up after taking the implicit bias test and related some of these ideas with our continued partnership with Wissahickon Charter School. We put these conversations into use as we journeyed to Awbury Arboretum and went to work to solve problems currently facing the space. Students engaged joyfully, and bolstered partner relationships through hard work and good old fashioned fun in the mud. 

The week ended as JU-D welcomed teachers from Lower Merion high school who observed a productive conversation about our work around diversity and our complex relationship with students from a different community. Students demonstrated a deep understanding of ideas around brave spaces and showed how productive these types of spaces are in our community. 

A few useful pieces of JU-D information:

Move-Up Meeting for parents of next year's 6th graders (that’s right… our 5th graders are becoming middle schoolers soon!) is scheduled for May 9 from 5 to 6pm.

ERB Testing is scheduled for May 22, 23, and 24.  It is incredibly important to the smooth proctoring of tests that students are present on these days.  Please, please work to schedule non-emergency appointments around these days.

Have a lovely weekend! 

Truly, 

Noelle & Nick