Primary C Weekly Note

Dear Primary C Families,

The smell of cornbread has been wafting through our halls as the Primary Unit prepared for next Tuesday’s feast. Students worked together to bake this treat for the entire student body. It was wonderful to watch children work together (one holding the bowl while the other one mixed) to take care of our TPS community.

Today we were treated to a presentation by a real-live pilot. Diron, who pilots for JetBlue, helped children understand how airplanes stay in the sky, adding greater understanding to our Air and Weather Unit. Please check your child’s bookbag for some treats that Diron shared.

This week in math, second graders began working with larger numbers, examining place value and practicing using terms such as greater than, less than, and equal to. Over the next few weeks we will practice finding the difference between two digit numbers by using an open number line. First graders explored fractions, developing their understanding that fractions are equal parts of a whole.

On our Schuylkill Center day, we observed how nature is preparing for winter. Children noticed the changing trees, plants, air, and sounds while noting the differences since our first trip there in September. The Schuylkill Center educators shared their knowledge of how local animals prepare for the winter, and children got to touch many different animal pelts and even wings. While this is our official last week in our country classroom, we hope (pending weather) to go to The Schuylkill Center on Wednesday, December 7. A surprise we have planned for the children is roasting marshmallows over a fire. Listed below are the ingredients of the marshmallows we will purchase. Please let us know if you have any concerns about your child consuming any of these ingredients.

Dandies Marshmallow

Ingredients ALL VEGAN

Tapioca Syrup, Cane Sugar, Filtered Water, Tapioca Starch, Carrageenan, Soy Protein, Natural Vanilla Flavor.

Contains: Soy. Gluten Free.

OR

Elyon Marshmallows Fat & Gluten Free Natural Vanilla

Free Of Fat and Gluten

Other Ingredients: Sugar, corn or tapioca syrup, water, kosher fish gelatin (from nile perch or tilapia), corn or tapioca starch, natural vanilla flavors.

Finally, an announcement from our music team about two upcoming winter concerts:

Primary Unit Chorus, Third Grade Chorus, and Junior String Ensemble
Tuesday, December 13, 9:00 a.m. in the Garage

Junior Unit Chorus, Mixed Choir, and the Sandra Dean String Ensemble
Wednesday, December 14, 9:00 a.m. in the Garage

Concert length is approximately one hour. Concert attire is solid red on top and solid black on the bottom. Red dresses are great. TPS T-shirts are okay. No sweatshirts or graphics, please. The concert features the work of all the students and their choirs.

Have a restful weekend,

Jennifer and Jane