Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Primary A Families,

As we enter the month of March, Primary A students are working hard on several projects!

In reading workshop we focused on an important story element: problem/solution.  We began our discussion with activating our prior knowledge about problems and how they are solved.  The students shared many problems, particularly with their pets.  Some of these problems were solved and some are still problems that need further thought.  Other problems were centered around friendships and fairness in play.  The Primary A students clearly understood that problems can be solved with some clear thinking or just some common sense.  After our discussion we read aloud Lilly’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes, who also wrote one of Primary A’s favorite books, Chrysanthemum. In this very funny book, the main character had a few problems that needed to be solved.  Ask your child what Lilly’s problems were and how they were solved.

We are wrapping up the research for our nonfiction teaching books.  We are now ready to publish our books by copying the text into our best handwriting, using correct spelling, and illustrating.  This has been a challenging project, and we can’t wait to show off our work!  We will have these ready to show those of you who come to our Primary A Open Houses, March 13-15, from 7:55 - 8:15 a.m.

We have continued to work enthusiastically on our theme study of neighborhoods.  We are finishing our individual books about our own neighborhoods that highlight features we love best.  We are beginning to create group brochures about our imaginary classroom neighborhoods, which boast of the special features we have assigned our areas.  We are working in groups to describe these features in glowing ways, as if we were convincing people to come live there.

This week, ask me:

… about Family Groups. What did we do?

… What’s happening in our amazing read aloud, Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren?  

… What am I reading? What strategies am I using during independent reading? What am I learning in my small reading group?

Things to Know:

The Primary Unit Chorus will 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. 

If you haven’t signed up for the spring parent/teacher conferences on March 23rd and 24th, please see the email that was sent home a few days ago with a Doodle sign-up  poll and pick a time for us to meet with you .

Junior Unit B is having their pretzel sale on Monday, March 6th. The pretzels will be $1.00 each, and mustard will be 25¢. The pretzels are from Center City Soft Pretzel Company, an all-natural company whose facility is nut-free, dairy-free, and kosher certified. The pretzels are only made from three ingredients: flour, yeast, and water.

Have a restful weekend,

Cinda and Bernadette