Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Primary A Families,

Primary A students are excited to welcome you to our Open Houses next week. They will start Monday morning and run through Wednesday morning from 7:55 - 8:15 a.m. Remember this takes the place of our Learning Celebration.  This is a way for us to offer more times for you to come and see all the amazing projects we have been working on.  The students were sincerely invested in completing their neighborhood project tasks, along with their nonfiction research writing. They are looking forward to sharing their learning and exceptional work with you!

In between all the project work this week, we made time to do some group and independent reading.  We continued to focus on story elements, specifically looking at problems and solutions.  We shared a few of these tricky problems that characters try to solve in the variety of books we are reading in our guided reading groups and book clubs.  The students were engaged during the discussion and eager to share their thoughts.  As you read with your child at home, don’t forget to ask about the story elements (setting, characters, and problem/solution). Turning these story elements into questions are a wonderful way to start a discussion about the books they are reading at home. It also helps students to think beyond the text and begin to make connections by comparing their own experiences with problems and solutions. 

In writing workshop we finished our nonfiction teaching books and began to illustrate some important ideas. Some of us decided to add other elements of nonfiction writing, such as a table of contents, glossary, introduction, or index. They were so proud of their work.  This nonfiction work also helped guide us as we read and wrote some facts about community helpers.  Although all of the community helpers were people we were familiar with, we approached this learning using our prior knowledge to help us learn some new and interesting facts about them.  We focused on learning more about police officers, doctors, nurses, teachers, crossing guards, firefighters, chefs, and waiters/waitresses. We are impressed by the continued growth in and enthusiasm around writing in Primary A.  

This week, ask me:

… about my neighborhood project. Who was in my group?  What community worker did I learn some new information about?  Why are they important to our neighborhoods?

… about a problem and solution in a book I am reading.  What reading strategies am I using or learning to use? 

… what I did during Activity Time this week. 

Things to Know:

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. Our Open Houses are taking the place of those visiting times.

The sponsor from, Reach Out and Read will be coming to collect the money we raised on Monday, March 20.  If you still have money, please be sure to send it in by then.

Primary Unit teachers will be out in the yard on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00-8:15 a.m., so if you would like to say hi or need to check in with us about anything, you are welcomed to do so at this time.

If you haven’t yet signed up for the spring parent/teacher conferences on March 23 and 24, please check the Doodle poll and pick a time for us to meet with you.

In partnership,

Bernadette and Cinda