Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Primary A Families,

In Primary A, we paused to revisit our Community Agreements.  We discussed the importance of carrying these agreements to every classroom we attend.  In order to be sure we were truly and consistently attentive, we came up with some important guidelines that will help us follow our agreements and get the most from our instructional times:

  1. Pick a “smart spot” at all times;
  2. Listen to directions;
  3. Follow those directions!

This week in reading workshop we worked together to discuss story elements.  We are beginning to examine story elements to help us build deeper understanding of the stories we read.  We read a book, Katie Woo Has the Flu by Fran Manushkin. This book was well received, since we can all connect to being sick.  As we read the book, we continued to use visualization to create pictures in our minds.  After reading, we made lots of text-to-self connections and moved into discussing the story elements, including characters, setting, problem/solution, beginning, middle, and end.  We also spent time reading independently and in small groups to continue our amazing growth in reading. It is wonderful to see Primary A students be actively engaged during reading workshop.

We had such fun discussing neighborhoods as we dove deeper into our theme study this week. We brainstormed the various ways we define neighborhoods. We decided neighborhoods were places where we could live in communities of families and friends, where we could get our needs met (shelter, water, food), a place where we could grow up, and a place where we could have fun. We then created a list of the types of things found in neighborhoods, such as parks, streets, different types of stores, and many other neighborhood features.  Please help your child continue to notice what makes your neighborhood a welcoming home for your family. The Neighborhood Information sheet homework that your child brought home this week was due today. If your child has not yet brought it in, please encourage them to bring it Monday! We will use this information in our study.

 This week, ask me:

  • what Pippi is up to in our amazing read-aloud, Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. 
  • about my Family Circle activity.
  • who is in my neighborhood project group and about our first task. 
  • about strategies for adding and subtracting.  What are some key questions that help me decide if I should add or subtract? What is the math game, Tower Race? (Gr. 1 math)
  • what an addend is.  How can we add equal addends efficiently? (Gr. 2 math)                   

Things to Know:

  • Junior Unit B is hosting an ongoing fundraiser to buy the products they need to care for their classroom hamster; they will be selling pretzels from Center City Soft Pretzel Company, an all-natural soft pretzel company. The facility is nut-free, dairy-free, and kosher certified. The pretzels are only made from three ingredients: flour, yeast, and water. Every other Monday, JU-B will sell pretzels to raise enough money to buy the products they need to care for their hamster. The pretzels will be $1.00 each, and mustard will be 25¢. Look for posters around the school and a note in the Progressive EDge that will contain the dates they are selling pretzels. This will begin for Primary Unit this coming week, so make sure your child brings in money if he/she would like a pretzel.
  • Rather than having a one-day learning celebration event, we will be holding "open houses" in our classrooms on Monday, 3/13, Tuesday, 3/14, and Wednesday, 3/15, from 7:55 - 8:15 a.m. You do not need to sign up for a particular date or even let us know when you're coming -- just show up with your child, and he or she will take care of the rest!
  • The Primary Unit Chorus will still be performing on Friday, 3/17, at 9:00 a.m., but we will not be inviting families to visit our classrooms before or after the concert. 
  • We are sending work home with your child -- please take a look!  These papers represent a portion of the good work your children have done so far this year.

Have a restful weekend,

Cinda and Bernadette