Primary D Weekly Note

Dear Primary D Families,

A highlight of our week was a performance by a visiting Icelandic youth orchestra. The event was organized by Aaron Picht, a member of the music team, who coordinates collaborations between the students he works with 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 had an awesome day at the Schuylkill Center on Wednesday. We started our day off at Weil House, making weather observations and enjoying some free play.  We met with an educator who taught a lesson on clouds and the water cycle. We played an active game that taught us about the different phases of the cycle and we learned a song (with motions) to help us remember evaporation,condensation, precipitation and collection. We also learned about an instrument used to measure wind speed called an anemometer. We tried out our classroom anemometer and used a wind scale to determine how strong the wind was blowing. 

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 this week the children learned about revising their work. We introduced revision strips as a tool for adding more details to their small moment stories. They also practiced using a caret to add words or short phrases that may have been left out. It was great to see the children nudging each other to add more written details and illustrations to enhance their writing.

Thank you for signing up for conferences. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, November 3 or Friday, November 4. We will send out individual reminders via email next week.

Questions you may want to ask your child:

  • What is the water cycle song?
  • How did you revise your small moment story?
  • What was your favorite activity in math this week?
  • Why do we use anemometers?
  • What are important things to remember about using iPads?


Have a lovely weekend,

Niké and Ben