Primary D Weekly Note

Dear Primary D Families,

It was fun to see many of you at our Open Houses. We’re proud of the hard work your children have done this winter. Thanks for your flexibility as we navigated the snow day and daylight savings for those early morning learning celebrations!

In Writing Workshop this week students began how-to books. Ask your child what topic they are teaching about. Here are a few samples from your children’s writing this week:

How to make a train. You need, well you can pick how many boxes you want. But one of the boxes has be bigger than the others. Then tape all of them together and tape the tiny boxes to the big box. Wala!

How to do a cartwheel. Put your right leg in front of your left leg and bend your right leg just a little bit and then put your arms up and do a pattern -- hand hand foot foot. Then land the same way you started.

How to make banana bread. First you need to have this stuff. You need 3 eggs and a bowl and flour and butter and a rectangular pan. Then you need to smear the butter in the pan…

In math class this week first graders began work on solving penguin story problems. First grade math students are learning to recognize language in story problems so they know whether to add or subtract when solving the problem. You can practice at home by making up some story problems and taking note of the language you use. Second graders have been writing multi-digit story problems and creating visual representations to accompany them; next week they hope to solve each other's problems.

Topics for discussion:

  • What did you learn about J.K. Rowling this week?
  • Did you start/participate in any of the Activity Time clubs this week? (Sports conversation club, acting club, Harry Potter club… just to name a few!)
  • What special guest joined you during lunch and recess this week?
  • How did the Friday chorus rehearsal go?

Calendar items

On Monday, March 20, the representative from Reach Out and Read will be coming to collect the money we raised. If you still have outstanding donations, please be sure to send them in Monday.

The Primary Unit Chorus will be performing on Wednesday, 3/22, at 9:00 a.m. in the Garage. We will not be inviting families to visit our classrooms before or after the concert. Our Open Houses took the place of those usual visiting times.

Primary Unit teachers will be out in the yard on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00-8:15 a.m. going forward, so if you would like to say hi or need to check in with us about anything, you are welcome to do so at this time.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at conferences next Thursday and Friday. Wash those hands and get some rest. We want to have a healthy last week together before break!

Ben and Niké