JU-D Weekly Note

Dear JU-D Families,

This week in JU-D we mixed things up a bit. We kicked things off with more identity work as we began to craft our JU-D flag, a piece of art that will embody both the collective and individual identities. After finally moving our Smart Board and projector (part of our classroom design experiment), we utilized workshop periods to allow students to pace out their own work and to get experience breaking up work into manageable pieces. We also began to dip our toes into the world of Greek mythology by looking at the origin of the gods, as well as the objects that represent them. This idea helped us to look at our own heroic “talisman,” the pencil. We gave our writing utensils names and even created their origin story.

In spelling, we analyzed the tricks of ie and ei words and synthesized spelling rules from text. Additionally, our trip to the agora with JU-C grounded students in an understanding of Greek city-states and set the stage for conversations around citizenship both in Greece and in our own lives. This eventful week culminated in an all school mystery-based event. We heard about pirates from the Independence Seaport Museum, which fit perfectly into an all-school scavenger hunt and the singing of a sea shanty. The day was a perfect balance of education and cross class bonding.

A few useful pieces of JU-D information:

Parent teacher conferences start on November 2, so make sure you sign up using our Doodle poll. Here is a link: http://doodle.com/poll/93ymd68k3pykcqcu.

Please check your child’s Friday folder, and remember that work should be taken out and not returned to school. We are aware that the returned work is fairly slim. We are excited to show and discuss long term work at conferences. In the meantime, you might discuss any of these specific learning experiences: 

  • hero paragraphs, which can be found on your child’s google drive
  • our experimental writing and writing lessons, which can be found in the green writing folder
  • Greek mythology, including the god your child learned about while reading D’Aulaires this week, as well as any thoughts this has raised about the characters on the PMA pediment

Have a fantastic, fall weekend!


Noelle and Nick