Who decides how big a neighborhood should be? How do neighborhoods affect us? These were among the questions we discussed this week with Jonathan Tannen (brother of MS teacher Ethan), who studies neighborhoods and neighborhood boundaries. You might enjoy extending this conversation into the weekend by discussing with your “urban planner” the ways that neighborhoods affect us, what some fixed boundaries are in some neighborhoods, and why people of different races and different incomes tend to live in different neighborhoods.
You will see and hear more about our neighborhood study at our learning celebration Open Houses. Rather than having a one-day event, we will hold Open Houses in our classrooms on Monday, 3/13; Tuesday, 3/14; and Wednesday, 3/15, from 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.
...what I know about time and telling time. (Jane’s math group)
...how to find the important information in a story problem and then figure out what you need to do to solve it. (Jennifer’s math group)
...how my box building is shaping up. What types of houses did we include on our backdrop?
...how my neighborhood article is shaping up. Also, ask me if there is any information I need from you that will help me add to my article.
...what I noticed in the third graders' information articles, which they read to us today.
...about the heroes we have been learning about during read-alouds: Jackie Robinson, the Tuskegee Airmen wind flyers, Duke Ellington, Marvelous Cornelius, and Mr. Rosenwald.
...what my Family Circle did today.
Dates to note:
There is another soft pretzel sale on Monday, March 6. Please send in a dollar with your child if you’d like her/him to have a pretzel.
Primary’s last Learning Celebration of the year will be on Wednesday, May 17, 11:00-1:45 p.m., at The Schuylkill Center. The Rain date is Wednesday, May 31.
Conferences are coming up at the end of the month. You should have received an email with sign-up information a few days ago.
Have a great weekend.
Jennifer and Jane