Primary D Weekly Note

Dear Primary D Families,

We started the week by thinking about how to continue the work of being a community that supports growth, learning, and having fun. Here are some of the thoughts the children shared:

  • “Be nice to everyone around you.”
  • “You should let everyone play. It’s more fun, and it’s not fair to leave people out.”
  • “Be an upstander. If someone is being mean to someone, don’t be a “down-stander.” Try and help the person and don’t just walk away.”
  • “When the chime rings, be quiet.”

In theme, the children participated in a small group activity where they were tasked with choosing what amenities they would want to have in their neighborhood. They were able to choose ten items from the list that was generated from our neighborhood walks. It was an interesting exercise for the children to engage in, and the diversity of what each group thought would be important to have a neighborhood was surprising and sparked energetic debates. 

In Writing Workshop we continue to work on creating nonfiction books, focusing on including all they know about their subjects. The children have been exchanging questions with a writing partner to help add details and tailor their work to include what a reader might want to know. Our reading lessons have aligned with the writing unit, and we have been examining the text features of various nonfiction books. 

This morning we were treated to a performance by master storyteller, Charlotte Blake Alston. To find out more, please visit charlotteblakealston.com

Dates & Reminders:

In an effort to be mindful of families' busy schedules, the Primary Unit is changing the date and format of our March learning celebration. Rather than having a one-day event, we will be holding "open houses" in our classrooms on Monday, March 13; Tuesday, March 14; and Wednesday, March 15, from 7:55 - 8:15 a.m. You do not need to sign up for a particular date or even let us know when you're coming -- just show up with your child, and he or she will take care of the rest! If you are unable to stop by during these dates and times, reach out to us and we will find a time that works.

The Primary Unit Chorus will still be performing on Friday, March 17, at 9:00 a.m., but we will not be inviting families to visit our classrooms before or after the concert. We realize this means we are asking you to join us for two events in one week, but we are hopeful that the timing, flexibility, and informality of the open houses will make it easier for more families to attend one or both.

Friday, February 3 is Crazy Hat, Hair, & Pajama Day. Students and teachers can wear crazy hairdos, weird hats, and comfy pjs. (No slippers, please.)

Monday, February 6: Soft pretzel sale in Primary Unit. Stay tuned for more details.

By now you should have received the information about Reach Out and Read and the sponsor sheet. If you have not, and your child would like to participate, please send us a quick email so that we can send another form home.

Topics for Discussion:

  • What was it like working in a group to decide what things were most important to have in your neighborhood?
  • What is your new nonfiction book about?
  • What personal goal did you work on this week?
  • Describe some of the features of a nonfiction text.
  • Which stories from this morning’s Encuentro did you find most interesting? 

Have a great weekend.

Niké and Ben