Primary C Weekly Note

Dear Primary C Families,

We are pleased to tell you that we will be using a website called IXL in our classroom this year. IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited math practice problems in thousands of skills. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home, so you have a chance to see your child's progress!

To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to https://www.ixl.com/signin/philadelphia

  2. Enter your child's username (first name, last name initial, e.g., janew, and password pr).

  3. Click on the name of the subject you’d like to work on at the top of the page and navigate to your child's grade level.

  4. Select a specific skill to practice from the list of skills. You can place your mouse over any skill to see a sample question and click on the link to begin.

In addition to making practice exciting, IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your child's demonstrated understanding of the material. All of your child's results will be saved, so you can monitor his or her progress anytime by clicking on the Analytics tab at the top of the page. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your child’s username and password.

We hope you'll encourage your son or daughter to use IXL regularly. Here's to a year of working together to make learning fun for your child!

Upcoming Events:

We will take one more trip to The Schuylkill Center on Wednesday, Dec. 7. A surprise we have planned for the children is roasting marshmallows over a fire. Please be in touch if you have any concerns about the ingredients in marshmallows. (Details were in the Friday note before Thanksgiving.)

The Primary Unit Chorus, Third Grade Chorus, and Junior String Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, December 13, 9:00 a.m. in the Garage. There will be a Learning Celebration immediately following back in the classrooms. Concert length will be approximately one hour. Concert attire is solid red on top and solid black on the bottom. Red dresses are great. TPS T-shirts are fine. No sweatshirts or graphics, please.

This week, ask me:

  • about my air and weather science project. What questions are bubbling up as I investigate my topic?
  • about the author we visited with this morning. Her name is Anna Forrester, and she is also a TPS mom. Ask me about her book and about some bat facts we learned during her visit.
  • how doubles facts, doubles plus one facts, and doubles minus one facts can help me with addition. (1st grade)
  • to come up with a “Who am I?” riddle. Ex: I have two tens and 5 ones. Who and I? (2nd grade)

Have a great weekend,

Jane and Jennifer