Primary C Weekly Note

Dear Primary C Families,

The room is buzzing with facts and questions about caves, crystals, and other geologic formations as we prepare for our field trip to Crystal Cave next week. Please make that your child comes prepared with a trashless and allergen-friendly lunch, full water bottle, and appropriate attire for a day outdoors (and in a somewhat chilly cave). As we’ve been preparing for a long bus ride, we’ve realized that we haven’t formally addressed the topics of “toys from home.” Students may not bring toys from home to use or share during the school day, including on trips. We will be providing children with a few choices of bus activities for our ride to and from Crystal Cave. Thank you in advance for helping us enforce this policy!

Two reminders about other upcoming events:

  • Picture Day for Primary C is next Tuesday, October 20.
  • Many of you have already signed up for a Parent Teacher conference using our Doodle poll: http://doodle.com/poll/t6wfhrdn5mfpufkr. If you have any difficulty with this scheduling tool or have any questions, please reach out to us via email.

Here is a great update from the music teachers on the current focus of music classes:

The Primary Unit studies famous musicians each semester, and in keeping with the Philadelphia/neighborhood theme, we are studying the great vocalist, Marian Anderson, who grew up in this neighborhood. The two books we are sharing with the students are Marian Anderson by Jane Sutcliffe (a chapter book for young readers) and When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan (a picture book with CD). A YouTube video we watched is called "Marian Anderson, a Portrait in Music," which features footage of her singing "Deep River." The Marian Anderson museum is in the same house where she grew up and is located on Martin St. between 18th and 19th off of Fitzwater Street (Just a short walk from school.) Marian Anderson sang at the Union Baptist Church at 19th and Fitzwater, and there is an historical plaque on the sidewalk to inform visitors of her history there. For more information on Marian Anderson, here is the link to the Marian Anderson Historical Society.

Finally, here are some questions to ask your child about our week together:

  • What kinds of “clues” were you looking for on the “Detective Hike” at the Schuylkill Center? What did you find? 
  • Did you visit any other Primary Unit classes for Activity Time this week? What did you do when you visited? Who did you see? 
  • How do you feel about your new specials group? What feels the same about it? What feels different? 
  • What new games or activities did you work on in math this week? Do you have a favorite? 
  • What does the new CAFE strategy, “Tune Into Interesting Words,” mean? Have you found any new or interesting words while reading?

See you next week!

Kaitlin and Jennifer