Primary C Weekly Note

Dear Families,

This week has been chock-full! We began the week with a presentation from Itzy’s Aunt Meech, who lives in Tanzania. She told us a bit about life there, including a description of the air and weather in various parts of the country. On Thursday afternoon we enjoyed a performance by an Icelandic youth string orchestra. The event was organized by Aaron Picht, a member of the music team, who coordinates collaborations among the students he works through the Temple Music Preparatory Program and the Icelandic ensemble. We were a captivated audience as we listened to these talented high school musicians share beautiful music with us.

We continued our Air and Weather study this week at The Schuylkill Center with a lesson taught by a Center educator. Our scientists learned a song about clouds and the water cycle, which included a kinesthetic component. Ask your child to sing and show evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection.

Matt Murray, a member of our tech team, launched iPads with the class this week. The children are very excited to jump into the Listen to Reading component of our reading workshop.

In writing workshop, our writers learned about taking a “seed” -- or small moment -- from a “watermelon” -- or big topic. This visualization gave a greater understanding of what it means to zoom into a small moment and allow space for adding details. Our group is really turning into a writing factory. We can’t wait to share these gems when we see you next. Speaking of that...

Each family in our class is scheduled for a parent/teacher conference in the upcoming weeks. Conferences are a time for us to share what is happening in our classrooms and the work that your child is doing academically and socially. We will spend a few days leading up to conferences working on self-reflections and personal interviews. Each student's reflection and personal interview will help guide his/her conference. We hope families leave feeling informed about their child's achievements so far and his/her work and goals for the year. Conferences are also a time for you to freely share information with us and to ask questions you may have. If you have any questions or thoughts you'd like to share with us prior to conferences, please send us an email. We would love to hear from you. We look forward to meeting with you in November!

Weekend talking points:

  • Notice the clouds and try to name the three different types we talked about.
  • Talk about what our class presented at this week’s Encuentro.
  • Notice some "small moments" of your own that you could zoom into and talk about in detail.
  • Ask your second-grade math student what it means to skip count and/or to find the difference.
  • Ask your first-grade math student to talk about the special math project s/he worked on using iPads.

Coming up:

  • We will make rain gauges in the next week or two. Please send in plastic water bottles (up to 1 liter).
  • We will make applesauce and apple butter in the next few weeks. Ingredients include apples, a little sugar (or maybe none if the apples are sweet), cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Enjoy your weekend,

Jane and Jennifer