JU-D Weekly Note

Dear JU-D Families,

We are entering the final stretch of the year! It seems like only moments ago that fresh faced fourth graders were meeting their seasoned fifth grade peers. Now our younger students are stepping up into new roles as mature class leaders as our fifth graders look ahead to next year. Amidst all of the nostalgia, JU-D hopped back into a rigorous week of writing, research, science, and special events.

This week we worked to bridge the gap between our two classroom epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey. We focused the gap between the stories as students planned out and began an extended short story project that will track a character’s journey from the destruction of Troy to the departure of the Greek fleet from the shores of Ilium. Students have learned to experiment with creating rich characters based off a real story and also practiced developing detailed vivid settings for their epic struggles.

Additionally, JU-D began to work to cover the few bare parts our classroom space with Greek flair. This week began a study of great Greeks. Each student selected an influential Grecian from history and will work to research and create a poster to be placed on our ceiling tiles. They will also use Archimedes’ research on balance to create extra flair thematic mobiles to hang from their posters.

Archimedes entered our classroom again as we set out on our spring science curriculum, a study of buoyancy. JU-D members tested buoyancy with an assortment of objects and worked towards an understanding of density. Moving forward, we will practice calculating density and apply this knowledge to a nautical challenge.

Finally, the week culminated with a schoolwide trip to the Philadelphia museum of art. Mixed groups of students explored the collection along with a guide and received a unique glimpse of our city’s treasures.

A few useful pieces of JU-D information:

TPS City Country Camp registration is open. Regular registration ends on May 1st. Junior Unit teachers Nick Dekker, Hilary Hamilton, Jenson Cheng, and David Stills are offering camp programming this summer. TPS camps are enrichment programs, allowing children to delve deeply into topics of interest under caring supervision and with the guidance of passionate, talented leadership. Take a look at the TPS City Country Camps Website for a complete list of camp offerings: http://www.tpschool.org/camps.

Have a lovely weekend!


Noelle and Nick