Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

This week we finalized our Specialists groups. The children met in their groups to brainstorm and vote on mystery-related names. Ask your child about his/her new group name and highlights of what he/she is learning about in their Specials classes.

We also began visiting different Primary classrooms during Activity Time. We introduced this by having students visit each of the other classes on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Beginning next week, the children will be able to visit any class, or classes, of his or her choosing during Activity Time.

On Tuesday we finished our first mystery read aloud, Sly, P.I. We learned relevant mystery vocabulary words and kept track of clues and important characters throughout the story. Check in with your child about who the "victim" was, who the "suspects" were, and what the suspects "motives" were.  And, of course, ask your child, "Whodunnit?" 

At The Schuylkill Center we took a look "inside" rocks by cracking them apart (with lots of supervision and safety goggles!) with rock hammers. Ask your child how many hits it took to break his or her rock open and how the rock's characteristics changed.

Our Wednesday, 10/21, trip to Crystal Cave is fast approaching! Please make sure your child comes to school prepared as he or she would be for a typical Wednesday trip to The Schuylkill Center (a trashless lunch, water bottle, and appropriate clothing and footwear). Students should not bring any money as we will not be visiting the gift shop. 

Important Dates and Reminders:

  • Picture Day for Primary B will be held this coming Tuesday, October 20. You will receive more information regarding ordering photos from TPSA.
  • Conferences will take place on November 2 and 3. We are looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your child's progress. If you have not yet selected a conference slot, please look in your inbox for an email from TPS, subject line "Scheduling Fall Conferences" for the Doodle link.

And finally, a note from our music teachers: 

The Primary Unit studies famous musicians each semester, and in keeping with the Philadelphia/neighborhood theme, we are studying the great vocalist, Marian Anderson, who grew up in this neighborhood. The two books we are sharing with the students are Marian Anderson by Jane Sutcliffe (a chapter book for young readers) and When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan (a picture book with CD). A YouTube video we watched is called "Marian Anderson, a Portrait in Music," which features footage of her singing "Deep River." The Marian Anderson museum is in the same house where she grew up and is located on Martin St. between 18th and 19th off of Fitzwater Street (Just a short walk from school.) Marian Anderson sang at the Union Baptist Church at 19th and Fitzwater, and there is an historical plaque on the sidewalk to inform visitors of her history there. For more information on Marian Anderson, here is the link to the Marian Anderson Historical Society.

See you Monday,

Becca and Jordan