Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

We must begin our note with a reminder about morning arrival. Our day begins at 8:20 a.m. We have been losing valuable instruction time due to chronic lateness. While we fully understand the challenges of hustling young children out the door in the early hours, we cannot stress enough the importance of getting to school on time. Please plan your morning commutes to school accordingly. 

This morning we were visited by the incredible storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. Check out her website for more information ( 

In math the second graders are adding multi-digit numbers. The days of "carrying the 1" are over! Instead, students are learning the meaning of this algorithm by adding the digits in the ones place and regrouping their ones as a group of ten when necessary, and then adding all of the tens. 

The first graders are learning the strategy "doubles and neighbors" to help develop fact fluency. Since many children have memorized their "doubles" facts (e.g. 2+2 and 5+5), they are learning to recognize and quickly solve "neighbor" facts, as well (e.g. 2+3 and 5+6).

In an effort to be mindful of families' busy schedules, the Primary Unit is changing the date and format of our March learning celebration. Rather than having a one-day event, we will be holding "open houses" in our classrooms on Monday, 3/13; Tuesday, 3/14; and Wednesday, 3/15, from 7:55 - 8:15 a.m. You do not need to sign up for a particular date or even let us know when you're coming -- just show up with your child, and he or she will take care of the rest! If you are unable to stop by during these dates and times, reach out to us and we will find a time that works.

The Primary Unit Chorus will still be performing on Friday, 3/17, at 9:00 a.m., but we will not be inviting families to visit our classrooms before or after the concert. We realize this means we are asking you to join us at school twice in one week, but we are hopeful that the timing, flexibility, and informality of the open houses will make it easier for more families to attend one or both events.

Be sure to ask your child...

  • What was your favorite part of Charlotte Blake Alston's performance?
  • Were you able to find your picture during our theme mapping activity? What was challenging about it?
  • What sections have you started or do you plan to write for your informational text about your neighborhood?
  • What nonfiction book did you read aloud to practice your "teaching" reading voice?

Have a great weekend,

Becca and Marisa