Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

We enjoyed having a full fun-filled week together! We were lucky enough to have two theme-related guest speakers this week. Brian Jordan spoke about his service work at a community garden called Hope Bridge. After learning about what Brian does with this group, the students had many suggestions on images to incorporate as they consider their logo design. Michelle Wilkes, Jordana's mom, also came in and spoke about her work with Nationalities Service Center. Our class learned a lot about the obstacles that refugees face when adjusting to life in the United States and how this group assists with that process. Big thanks to both Michelle and Brian for coming in to share with us!

In math, our 1st graders are exploring number lines. We have learned how to use these tools to skip count and to solve addition and subtraction problems. Be sure to ask your child about how we created a life-size number line across our classroom! The 2nd graders began working with different units of measurement this week. It was interesting to see students' strategies for estimating the lengths of a variety of items in inches, feet, and yards. Check in with your child about the inchworm ruler they created or how we created a "giant's foot".

Our week ended with two particularly fun events. On Thursday, we celebrated the 100th day of school! Our goal was, of course, to find many different ways to make the number 100, but we also hoped to create opportunities for service through these activities. Ask your child about the four projects they participated in. If they need a reminder, use these keywords: cards, pennies, knots, and bills. On Friday, our class saw the 8th graders' performance of The Taming of the Shrew. We were so impressed! See if your child can summarize the play, recap a favorite part, or describe a favorite character.

Last but not least, please be sure to sign up for conferences. Many families have already selected a time slot to meet with us, but we also encourage you to meet with at least one of your child's specialist teachers (or more if your schedule allows!) Our students see these teachers twice per week, so it is helpful to gain insight around their progress outside of the PrB setting. It's also fun to hear about all the going-ons in the specials classes! Please find their Doodle Polls below:

Music
Shannon  http://doodle.com/poll/c64wcatvnqb6s65t

Chris http://doodle.com/poll/by944vma4sk7d34i

Art
Catherine http://doodle.com/poll/7r42s3ppzyv7a77i
Rick http://doodle.com/poll/kqwpvbwingb5wzcz

Physical Education

Mike  http://doodle.com/poll/vunfqpi36m5xmcs5
Akemi http://doodle.com/poll/kkrn48za9izud59f

Spanish - Tiziana and Cecilia will be on the 8th grade Spanish trip, but email them directly (tacerbo@tpschool.org, cgenzlinger@tpschool.org) if you're interested in scheduling a time to meet with them.

Have a great weekend!

Jordan & Becca