Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

'Tis the season of colds, stomach bugs, and the flu! We are sending well wishes to all of our Primary B students who were not feeling their best this week, and we are grateful to families for adhering to our health and safety policies.

We devoted a large portion of the week to our theme study. Students worked with their model service organization groups to develop "action plans." The anti-smoking group, who have named themselves Stopping Smoking by Performing, started writing an anti-smoking skit geared towards teenagers. They also sketched designs for t-shirts and stickers with anti-smoking messages. The anti-pollution group, Happy Air, Healthy Earth, began creating three-dimensional signs with anti-pollution facts on them. They also came up with strategic locations where they would place the signs. Trash to Art, the anti-littering group, planned the logistics for litter pick-up events and trash-sculpture building contests. They then visited TPS staff members' offices to collect trash that could be used to build a litter-sculpture (don't worry, they were wearing rubber gloves!).

On Wednesday we welcomed Jack Ar.'s dad, Brad, into our classroom to discuss his work with Spark the Wave, an organization that trains teenagers to create service projects in their communities. Check out their website for more information and possible service opportunities: http://www.sparkthewave.org/.

We closed our week by having a representative from Reach Out and Read return to TPS so we could present her with a check for the money earned by the entire Primary Unit. Our total so far amounted to $3,305.10! We are beyond proud of all of the Primary Unit students for the grueling hours of reading they put in to this service project.

We are sad to share that our class parakeet, Lemon, passed on Thursday after school hours. She lived a long, healthy life, and it was simply her time to go. The children were upset, but prepared. Please feel free to share this information with your child if he or she was not at school today.

On a final, happy note, the Primary Unit chorus concert and learning celebration will be on Friday, March 18. The concert will begin in the Garage at 1:15pm. We will head back to our classroom immediately following the concert for the learning celebration. We can't wait to share our work with you, and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

We hope everyone gets lots of rest and drinks plenty of fluids this weekend!

Becca and Jordan