Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Primary A Families,

It was a brief but productive week in Primary A.  We worked on finishing up lots of work that helped us be thoughtful about what we learned throughout the school year! This time of year is filled with wonderful reflections and memories that we will continue to share as we quickly approach the last week of school.  

During our Morning Meetings, we have stressed the importance of summer reading.  We talked about how much progress we have made this year.  We thought specifically about our growth in stamina, and also those needed strategies that help us think deeply about the books we read. We want to avoid the “summer slide” by reading all summer.

Remember that it is important to read with your child and have those delightful conversations about the books to stretch their thinking.  Students are able to practice all of the comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary strategies they learned this school year.  Students will be bringing home a summer reading list next week, with “good-fit” book suggestions. Along with the reading list will be a summer math packet that will give your child important practice in math skills and keep them sharp for next year! Please note that replacements will not be available over the summer; instead, you can find a more general reading list and math activities on the Student Page of the school website.  Look for opportunities to find math in everyday activities, and have fun with numbers, using measuring, shapes, patterns, telling time, and money!

We are wrapping up writing projects! We expressed our gratitude to Damien, our Schuylkill Center educator, by writing a class ode to him. We culminated our poetry writing unit with our "I Am From" poem. We are nearly finished writing our good copies, and these, along with an impressive stack of writing from the year, will be coming home to you early next week. We have stressed to students that writing can happen by choice at any time and can take many forms. Our class has taken to writing with enthusiasm!

Your child may enjoy writing on their own this summer. They might keep a journal about activities, create more poetry in various forms, write letters to friends and loved ones, do a little research, and write a nonfiction teaching book or a how-to book about something they know well. There are many grand choices they can make, and we hope they carry their excitement about writing through the summer and into the next school year!

Things to Know:

Wednesday, June 7, will be our final visit to The Schuylkill Center, so please be sure to dress your children appropriately and pack water bottles.

Please remember that students should have on appropriate footwear that allows them to run and play safely! They may not wear sandals or flip-flops to school.

Friday, June 9, is the last day of school. Dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m. in the yard. There is no ASEP that day. Please make sure to pick up your child on time; the building closes at 11:30 a.m.

Primary Unit students will only be part of the graduation ceremony for a few moments on Friday, singing a song to the graduates. Students need not dress up in special clothing for this, although they may if they’d like to.

In partnership,

Bernadette and Cinda