Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

It's feeling like spring! We took advantage of the sunshine to picnic and play at Markward Park on Wednesday and Friday. Many children shared that our picnics were their "rose" of the week.

Attention families of first graders: Today we are sending home speech and language screening permission slips. If you would like your child to be screened by a speech therapist, please fill out the slip and return it in your child's backpack next week.

We began preparing for our Friday, March 18th Learning Celebration. The Celebration will begin with a Primary Unit chorus and music concert in the Garage. We expect to be back in our classroom to share our work with you around 1:45, and families are welcome to stay through 3:00 dismissal. As an early spring treat, we will be serving Rita's water ice!

During Writing Workshop, we started revising our persuasive letters. On Tuesday we taught a lesson on peer-editing. The children then read their letters to a partner and received and offered feedback. We also used editing checklists to fix up our work.

We spent several parts of the week putting the finishing touches on our Theme projects and planning how we will present our work during the Learning Celebration. We will devote lots of time next week to rehearsing our presentations so we are ready to share them with you!

Sara, our school nurse, visited our classroom on Thursday to share tips on how to stay healthy and safe. See if your child is able to tell you the five steps of proper hand washing and some of the other strategies we learned about maintaining good health.

On Friday the children completed written self-reflections about how the school year is going so far. We are looking forward to sharing these with you at our family-teacher conferences on March 24 and 25. Remember, we also want to hear from YOU about how the year is going. Please be prepared to share at least one thought, question, or story. On a logistical note, if you need child care (for a TPS-enrolled student) during your conference time on the 24 or 25, it will be available in the Lombard Street building from 7:30am to 5:30pm. A receptionist will direct you to the room where supervision will be available. Children may not wait in the office.

We closed our week by revealing that we will be doing a service project with Schuylkill Banks on Wednesday, March 15. We planted clues around the classroom and the children used their detective skills to piece together the clues' meaning. The trip will include taking a short walk to the Walnut Street Bridge, listening to a presentation from the Schuylkill Banks Outreach Coordinator, and cleaning up an area of the trail. We can't wait to put all that we have learned about service work into action!

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend,

Becca and Jordan