Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Families,

One focus of our Philadelphia study this year is on how the need for shelter is met for people in our city. This week, we introduced the topic of homelessness. The intent of these discussions is to create a social awareness regarding homelessness, being careful not to frighten or worry students. We hope to help students understand that in extreme cases people are unable to pay for shelter and may become homeless and to acquire a sensitivity for people who are homeless and a desire to practice citizenship as it relates to assisting others in need. See the “Ask me…” below for suggestions of how to continue this conversation in your home.

As we discuss the access and availability of shelter resources, we want to engage in service learning projects that will allow the kids to experience how people in a community help each other. We think hearing about the meaningful work that TPS community members are involved in will inspire project ideas for us. If you do work that sounds applicable to our city study, and you'd be willing to be interviewed, let us know!

We have planned some service learning projects for the 100th day of school celebration next week; for example, do 100 jumping jacks, get 100 pennies to donate to an organization. If you have pennies you can donate, please send them in.

This week, ask me…

...about our special guest, Kelly Davis, executive director of Lutheran Settlement House, which provides services to vulnerable children, adults, and families living in inner city Philadelphia. What are some interesting things I learned? What more do I want to know about homelessness? What did I learn from the read-aloud Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting and Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan.

…to tell you the characters, setting, and main events in books I’m reading at home. (gr.1) (J’s word work group)

…about suffixes able, less, ment, ness, en, ish, and ful. Can I add these suffixes to basewords to make new words? What’s the difference between homophones and homographs? (B’s word work group)

...what I am reading independently and in book club. What questions can I ask when I am thinking about cause and effect?

...about delivering my persuasive letter.

...what a book review is. What book or author did I decide to write a persuasive piece about?

… about the open number line. If shapes are congruent, what does this mean? (gr.1)

…how I know if something is half of something. What does ½ mean? (gr.2)

Have a great weekend!

Bernadette and Jane