6th Grade Weekly Note

Hello, 6th grade parents,

The end of the year brings a whirlwind of activity. Please read all the way to the bottom for upcoming activities.

As part of our play study, your child has been getting the perspectives of TPS preschoolers. In addition to attending multiple play sessions, each 6th grader has formulated questions about play that only a preschooler can answer. The answers to these questions will help round out our understanding of the meaning and value of play.

On the other end of the age spectrum, students have learned about oral histories and next week will be conducting interviews of residents of The Sartain, a community for seniors, about their memories of Smith Playground.

ERB testing this week has not put a stop to other important work. Your child's short story is coming together, with the addition of thoughtfully added character dialogue.

We also began discussions about all students developing a positive racial identity. These conversations will continue in class. In the meantime, please talk with your 6th grader about this issue. What was her experience? How did he feel? What made sense? What is confusing?


  • Backpacking: We will be leaving for the Delaware Water Gap on Thursday, May 19. Permission slips are due. Please get them in. Students are to bring everything they need to pack on Tuesday, May 17.
  • Spring Fling: Please note that the menu for this evening consists of pizza from Gusto and water ice from John's. Please arrange for a prompt dismissal at 8:30pm. (The event begins at 6:30pm in the Garage.) If your child has not handed in a permission slip for the Spring Fling, he/she will not be able to attend the event. Attendees should bring $1.00 to support Philabundance in lieu of an admission fee.
  • Right of Passage Night: Please make room in your schedule for this celebration of your child's intellectual, artistic, and emotional growth. Thursday, June 2, 5:30 - 8:00.
  • Play Symposium: On June 7, mid-morning (time TBA), the 6th grade class will host a play symposium at Smith Playground. Student groups will present their philosophies on the importance of play exhibit style, take questions, and give tours of playscapes they uncovered in the woods adjacent to Smith.

Have a good weekend,

The 6th Grade Team