Primary D Weekly Note

Dear Primary D Parents,

Congrats to our brave Talent Show performers. Tuesday was a Valentine’s Day to remember!

We met our Fitler Square neighbor, Bhavisha Patel, this week. She is a painter like Ed Bronstein, and she welcomed us into her home art studio and answered our questions about being an artist and about being a Fitler Square resident. Among others, your children had these questions:

  • How long have you lived in Fitler Square?
  • What do you like most about your neighborhood?
  • Where do you like to paint?
  • Do you like to paint real or imaginary things?
  • How much paint does it take to do a painting?
  • What is your favorite color?

Also as part of our Theme study, students worked in small groups to debate what essential services they would need for their own made-up neighborhoods. Next week they will be working on 3-dimensional models of these neighborhoods.

In Writing Workshop students began nonfiction pieces about their own neighborhoods. Every student started their book with a section called “Things You Can Do.” Here are several samples:

  • Here are some things to do in my neighborhood. Go to the park, go to Jezabel's, go to Honey’s, go to the library, go to the river, go to Igloo.
  • I like to scooter in my neighborhood. I also like to play with my baby neighbor. I like to take walks with my family when it snows. I like to play on my street with my sister. I also like to play outside with my friends.
  • I love to go to the playground. I have two playgrounds in my neighborhood. If you walk down to the Schuylkill River you see the Please Touch Museum. I also live close to the prison.

In math class, students in 1st grade practiced counting on a number line. Students solved addition and subtraction facts on a number line by hopping up or down the line, and students also practiced figuring out where numbers would go on a life-sized number line. Second graders worked on using strategies to add multi-digit numbers. Ask your 2nd grader to show you!

Things to know:

February 17 & 20: No School

February 21:  Reach Out and Read will be coming to an end, so please be sure to get your money and forms in before the due date.

Rather than having a one-day event, we will be holding "open houses" in our classrooms on Monday, 3/13, Tuesday, 3/14, and Wednesday, 3/15, 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!

The Primary Unit Chorus will be performing on Friday, 3/17, at 9:00 a.m., but we will not be inviting families to visit our classrooms before or after the concert. 

We hope you enjoy the long weekend, and we’ll see you on Tuesday.

Ben and Niké