Primary D Weekly Note

Dear Primary D Families,

This morning students met in Family Circles. Each Family Circle is planning a final project or presentation for the spring. Ask your child about what their Family Circle is working on. This afternoon a handful of third graders visited our classroom to share the nonfiction books they have been working on. We hope this was an inspiring visit for our students as we work on our own non-fiction chapter books.

In our Theme study this week we interviewed three more Fitler Square neighbors. We interviewed Jezabel, the owner of Jezabel’s Cafe, and we interviewed two neighbors, Fred and Marnie, who live across the street from our school. We heard some of their personal stories, and we learned why they moved to Fitler Square and what they like most about the neighborhood. Students also continued to work in teams creating models of their ideal neighborhood. This week students made houses, apartment buildings, skyscrapers, stores, and more out of cardboard, and many students made people and animals out of Model Magic. 

In Writing Workshop this week we worked on using comparisons to write descriptions in a fresh way. Here are some examples: 

  • Justice is like a Royal Bedroom.
  • The park is like a jungle of trees. 
  • In my neighborhood there is a school. It looks like a castle. 
  • All the restaurants are as full as a circus.

In math class first graders worked on counting by 1s, 5s, 10s, and other numbers on a number line backwards and forwards. Second graders began work on solving and creating their own story problems in a unit called “Presents and Parcels.”

Announcements

Junior Unit is having a pretzel sale on Monday, March 6. Please feel free to send in $1 or $1.25 (includes mustard) with your child on Monday if they are interested in supporting the Junior Unit in its hamster maintenance.

Our read-a-thon has officially ended, but we will continue accepting contributions. Checks should be made payable to Reach Out and Read. 

Rather than having a one-day Learning Celebration 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. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 23rd, and Friday, March 24th. We’re looking forward to meeting with you. Sign-up links were emailed to families earlier this week.

Have a good weekend.

Ben and Niké