JU-D Weekly Note

Dear JU-D Families,

As we approach Thanksgiving break, JU-D has packed in the opportunities for learning. This week we spent Monday as a full class continuing our scientific exploration of the natural world at Awbury Arboretum. This Thursday, we split JU-D in two. One half of the class acted as ambassadors to our partner school, Wissahickon Charter. Students had the opportunity to venture out to a different school to experience a different educational culture. Today, the second half of the class enjoyed a day of science at Awbury. This marked our last visit to our country classrooms until we return again in the spring.

In our city classroom, we began the week by investigating primary resources around worship in ancient Greece. Students began the process by developing an understanding of worship and belief in their own lives. They then used connections between their own experience in order to strengthen their understanding of a series of rich primary texts. JU-D also jumped into the complex world of Internet research. We taught research strategies and allowed students to dive into the process and research the who, what, when, where, and why of their local Philadelphia heroes. We also took a break from the ancient world in order to unpack questions students had about the recent tragedies in Paris. Students were encouraged to formulate and ask brave questions about an extremely sensitive and difficult topic. Students left the class with an understanding of awareness both at TPS and beyond.

A few useful reminders:

  • Next week is a short one-- the last day is Tuesday.
  • Please send your student in on Monday with a mixing spoon and bowl so that we can make brownies for our Thanksgiving feast.
  • Friday folders came home with your students today. Please remember to empty them and to return them on Monday with any questions or comments you may have.

Have a good weekend and Happy Thanksgiving

Nick and Noelle