Dear Primary D Families,
Way to go with some festive hair, hats, and pajamas today! We had lots of fun, and resting during Quiet Time was an anticipated and joyful part of our day, with all of us lounging around the classroom in pajamas!
Oliver’s mom, Fran, visited us this week to show us historical maps of Fitler Square. We saw maps dating back to the early 19th century, and students were particularly interested to see maps of the bakery that used to be on the site of TPS and also the names of families who lived in Fitler Square in the past. We are hoping to conduct some interviews of Fitler Square neighbors in the coming weeks to learn more about the area. If you know of any brave Fitler Square neighbors who might be willing to host half of our class at a time during the school day, please let us know about them!
Students are finishing up, revising, and getting ready to publish their first informational books. Students completed revising checklists this week and will share next week after rewriting and “fancying up” their books. Here are a few samples from your children’s Informational books:
How to do Yoga
What do you need?
You need a yoga mat and some light clothes. You don’t need shoes.
There are lots of poses. Dog and cat and cobra and tree and plank and bridge.
What is yoga?
It is what you see around you. And yoga makes you stronger. Yoga comes from India.
And here is one about tornadoes and the EF (Enhanced Fujita) scale for measuring tornadoes.
An EF0 is the weakest tornado. They can reach to speeds of 85 mph. You should not worry about these twisters.
EF-2s are pretty rough. 111-136 mph. Storm chasers chase these tornadoes and worse. They can crush small houses
Only go storm chasing if you’re very interested, brave, and have the right stuff.
Dates & Reminders:
We are sending home a questionnaire in your child’s backpack today. Please fill this out with your child and return it next week. We hope you’ll have fun discussing and perhaps learning some new things about your neighborhood. We’re going to incorporate student’s knowledge of their neighborhoods into nonfiction writing in coming weeks.
The Talent Show
Friendly, inclusive auditions for the Talent Show will be next Monday during lunch. We’ve had conversations with students in Primary D who are interested in the Talent Show in order to answer any questions, but please be in touch if we can be of assistance or assuage any fears as your child prepares for the show. The sign-up sheet has been collected by the Student Council.
The March Learning Celebration
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.
Reach Out and Read
We hope your child is extra motivated to read at home by our Reach Out and Read fundraising readathon. We’ll stay in touch over the course of February until we wrap up our readathon.
See you soon.
Ben and Niké