Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Families,

Happy early Valentine’s Day! The students distributed their Valentine’s Day cards today. Each student will be coming home with their decorated heart pouch, stuffed with all their cards and treats. Please take a moment to look through and read the cards with your child.

This week we continued to focus on growing as a community of learners. We took time to think about our Community Agreements and how they are an important part of our daily routines. Please ask your child about how they show their “best selves” to everyone each day of the week.

In reading, we learned about, analyzed, and determined Author’s Purpose. There are three reasons authors write: to persuade, to inform, and to entertain. This comprehension strategy falls under the comprehension section in our CAFE Menu. As we discussed Author’s Purpose, it was clear that the students brought their prior knowledge to the lesson, when we took a close look at the elements of persuasion. We worked in groups of three to read small passages to decide why the author wrote each one. You can support your child at home during reading by asking questions that help them determine the Author’s Purpose. These questions include...do you know anything about the author? Is the selection going to teach you something, make you laugh, or try to get you to do something? What clues can you find in the text to support what you think? These questions help to stretch students’ thinking about what they are reading and help them to make those needed connections.

Remember that students can access more reading materials on Raz-Kids, linked from TPS Student Central. If your child brings home a book bag, please be sure to check-in with them and listen to them read daily.

Something to know:

The Cupcake Party Contests

CONTEST #1: GET RID OF JUNKMAIL The classroom that can get the most families to sign up on our website to stop receiving junk mail, which we call delisting http://www.redpandatps.org/de-list.html, wins a delivery of special red-panda cupcakes. (Nurse approved, and specially matched with the health needs of the class). Families should go to www.redpandatps.org to delist, and then to the Cupcake Contest event pages to let us know which class they are supporting.

This week, ask me…

...about our special guest, who talked about American Homebuilders of Guinea. What are some interesting things I learned about shelters in Guinea?

…to continue to notice “glued sounds” such as -ang, -ing, -ong, -ung, -ank, -ink, -onk, and -unk in books I’m reading at home. (gr.1)

...about different types of words, compound words, homophones, and contractions. What did I learn about how to split one syllable words or multi-syllable words? What mental images did I visualize during the Hopscotch story? How did my prior knowledge help with my visual images? (gr. 2)

...the pattern(s) I am noticing on the February calendar. What does the word equivalent mean? How can I show equivalent numbers and or equivalent number models? (gr.1)

...what pattern(s) I am noticing on the February calendar. (gr.2)

...about my persuasive letter. How did the graphic organizer help me expand my reasons by adding details?

Our read-a-thon comes to an end on Sunday. We hope your child has enjoyed reading up a storm and making it possible for other children to have access to great books. Please begin collecting pledges from your family and friends and sending them into school with your child. Checks should be made payable to Reach Out and Read. We expect to continue collecting contributions over the next few weeks. Thank you for helping your child support this meaningful initiative.

In partnership,

Jane and Bernadette