Primary A Weekly Note

Please Note: There was an error with PrA’s Doodle Poll, and the problem has now been corrected. A few appointments were deleted, so please go back and check to make sure your scheduled time to meet with us for a Parent/Teacher Conference is listed on the Doodle. If you have not signed up, please take a moment to do so.

Dear Primary A Families,

Our students were busy as bees this week! We had a wonderful windy day at The Schuylkill Center on Wednesday, perfect for learning about air. We used a big school parachute to explore the ways that air and movement affected the parachute, and then we made our own parachutes out of paper napkins, string, and a paperclip (which functioned as a tiny “passenger!). We had so much fun dropping our parachutes and pulling them through the air. We made lots of close observations, which we later drew and wrote about in our Science journals. Primary A students were truly scientists!

We also used our observation skills to look closely at our own reflections as we drew self-portraits in color. We began by reading aloud All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka, a beautiful picture book with many diverse representations of beauty. Our self-portraits will be displayed in the classroom for you to see during Back-to-School Night.

We began "small moments" writing by reading aloud Shortcut by Donald Crews and Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements. These were great examples of small stories that can be told about just one event. We each found an idea from our lives, and we began to develop it. We are starting with a first draft, trying our best to sound out words we don’t yet know how to spell, and adding details to initial thoughts. We have had a good start to this unit!

We look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday for our Back-to-School Night! Please come prepared to participate in a few sample activities that match what we do with your children. We’ll have Morning Meeting, a mini-lesson about choosing a good-fit book, and play a math game together. We will also present information about each curricular subject, and there will be time for your questions. You’ll have an opportunity to see our Hopes and Dreams for the year up on our wall, along with our self-portraits and Community Agreements, which shape the behavioral expectations that help us create a hard-working, kind, and inclusive learning community. This time together is meant as a way to orient you to our first and second grade curriculum. It is not meant as a time to discuss specific students; we look forward to our quickly approaching conference time for those opportunities!

This week, ask me...

  • about Family Groups and what we did on Friday morning.
  • about guest readers and the books they read aloud.
  • how to check for understanding when I am reading. What should I do when I did not understand what I read? How can I cross-check when I am reading?

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

In partnership,

Bernadette and Cinda