Primary C Weekly Note

Dear Families,

Primary C students are continuing to create lively, voice-filled, engaging informational articles. Their self-chosen topics are of great personal interest and range from yoga to card games to Laguna Beach. Students worked their way through an editing checklist, which provided a guide to the week’s work. They chose one article to “fix up and fancy up,” i.e., make ready for publication at the end of next week. We’re working on finding a great audience to whom we can read our articles.

This week, our theme work had us working cooperatively on some decision making. As we continue to think critically about neighborhoods, we worked together to decide what five things we wanted in our imaginary classroom neighborhood. We divided the  classroom into five “neighborhoods,” each with a salient feature such as a river, recycling center, hospital, or university. The students are grouped and assigned to one of these prospective areas of the classroom, where they will be creating a neighborhood. 

If your child would like to make or buy valentines for the class, we ask that s/he please bring 24 valentines on Valentine’s Day so there is one for each person. Also, a reminder that we are a candy-free school. Candy may not be brought into school. It should also not be inserted in valentines handed out by students.

Tuesday is also the highly anticipated TPS Talent Show. We are looking forward to seeing all of the great performances!  As always, the talent show happens during the school day and is a faculty, staff, and student-only event. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about our annual read-a-thon project to benefit Reach Out and Read of Greater Philadelphia. For those children who are participating, we encourage them to continue getting sponsors and adding books to their reading log. The project continues through February 21.

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, 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!

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. 

Ask me… show you the brochure on conflict minerals, which the 6th grade presented about in Encuentro this morning. Also, ask me about the yo-yo demonstration we saw. Pippi Longstocking ended.

...what type of house or building we live in.

In partnership,

Jennifer and Jane