Primary C Weekly Note

Dear Primary C Families,

Throughout our bird study, we will be introducing our budding ornithologists to different tools and resources they can use to learn more about birds. This week, children had a chance to explore The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “All About Birds” website to research facts about one bird species. Many children are eager to share this fantastic resource with their families. Check it out: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/!

During our field trip to Bartram’s Garden on Wednesday, children had an opportunity to dissect owl pellets (sterilized pieces of undigested food that an owl has regurgitated). Ask your child what s/he found inside his/her pellet! Our guides very generously let us take some materials for students to finish their investigations. We are sending these home with children today. Tools such as Q-tips, plastic stirrers, toothpicks, or unwound paperclips might be helpful in removing any remaining bones. For more information, check out this website: http://www.carolina.com/teacher-resources/Interactive/basic-information-on-owl-pellets/tr11103.tr

A reminder about birthdays: If your child has a summer birthday or has not yet had a birthday celebration at school this year, please email us as soon as possible to schedule a time to celebrate. The school year is quickly winding down, and we want to make sure each child has a chance to feel recognized by our classroom community!

An announcement for parents of second grade students: We encourage you to attend the 3rd Grade "Move-Up Meeting" next Thursday, April 28 at 5 p.m. in the 3rd grade classrooms (on the 2nd floor). This is a great opportunity for you to meet each of the teachers and learn more about the 3rd grade program.  

Here are some questions to ask your child about our week together:

  • What was your favorite part about our trip to Bartram’s Garden on Wednesday? What bird adaptations did you learn about?

  • What bird species did you research on the “All About Birds” website? What facts did you learn about this species?

  • How are you getting your characters “out of trouble” in your realistic fiction stories?

  • Jennifer’s Fundations group (1st grade): What new “glued sounds” did you learn this week? How do you tap these sounds?

  • Kaitlin’s Fundations group (2nd grade): What are adjectives and adverbs? What suffixes can sometimes be added to other parts of speech to change them to adjectives and adverbs?

Cheerfully,

Kaitlin and Jennifer