Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Families,

This week in Primary A we have been learning about the costs associated with owning or renting a home. The students worked in small groups to read about the different aspects of home ownership or being a renter of your shelter. The other groups focused on the different types of utility bills and taxes that are part of owning or renting. A group of students represented each one of these aspects of shelters and are working on skits to teach us about them. It is exciting to watch the students bring their creativity to such an information packed subject. Please take a few minutes to allow your child to share his or her learning with you. We encourage you to have a conversation with your child about the choice you have made (to rent or buy) and why. We hope that you will be willing to have your child share the response during an upcoming class discussion.

Please remember that we are collecting donations of items to help support people experiencing homelessness. During our Learning Celebration on March 18, we will assemble care kits to take to the two homeless shelters we learned about in Philadelphia. If you purchase/donate any of the items (see the list in last week’s Friday note), please send them to school before March 18. We look forward to sharing our learning with you all.


  • The Primary Chorus and Learning Celebration is on March 18 from 1:15-3:00.

  • Spring Conferences are on March 24 and 25.

  • Conference child care: If you need child care (for a TPS-enrolled student) during your conference time on March 24 or 25, it will be available in the Lombard Street building from 7:30am to 5:30pm. A receptionist will direct you to the room where supervision will be available. Children may not wait in the office.

  • We are sending home speech and language screening consent forms for all first graders. Screenings are optional and will happen during the month of April after we've returned from spring break. Please sign the form and send it back to school by Friday, March 25th.

This week, ask me…

...about this week's soft pretzel sales. be on the lookout for vowel teams such as -ay, -ai, -ee, ea, and -ey in books I read at home. (JW’s Fundations group)

…about my vowel-consonant-e word charts. What is the main idea in a story? Why do I need details to support the main idea? What did I learn about Babe Ruth? (BM’s Fundations group)

...about my book club work. What am I reading independently? What strategies am I using when I read? Also, ask me about our read alouds: Cam Jansen (The Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball) by David A. Adler and The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

...if I journaled this week. If so, about what? Also, ask me about the final draft of my book review.

...what patterns I noticed in the March calendar. How did I use a number line to help with word problems? (gr.1)

…how tall I am in yards, feet, and inches. How tall would I be if I were twice as tall as I really am? (gr.2)

Have a great weekend!

Jane and Bernadette