Primary D Weekly Note

Dear Primary D Families,

What festive spring weather to have for our first Wednesday back at The Schuylkill Center. We are studying frogs and toads this spring, and based on all the frogs we saw in the ponds at The Schuylkill Center, they’re enjoying this weather as much as we are. Your children know lots about frogs and toads already, and we asked them what questions they had this week as we began our study. Here are some of them:

How small can a frog get?
How many eggs can a frog lay?
Do frogs live all around the world?
What is the most poisonous kind of frog?
What is the biggest tree frog?

If you come across any frog and toad resources (amazing videos, etc.) or if any of you are avid herpetologists, be in touch. This study is often a favorite for students, since watching the frog life cycle up close each week is so tangible. Get ready to hear lots of frog and toad facts from your child at the dinner table in coming weeks!

We wanted to fill you in that we have begun using the "she" pronoun when referring to McLean in Primary D. McLean led the way in this class conversation this week and was excited to begin using the pronoun. We read aloud a story about a teddy bear that changed pronouns (Introducing Teddy), and we had a class conversation about the story and about how best to support McLean as we transition to using the pronoun "she." One student asked during our community meeting, "What happens if we forget to use 'she'?" McLean said, "Then I'll remind you, or another student that has made the transition to using 'she' will remind you.” We’re all proud of McLean for her bravery and poise in leading us through this transition. 

Topics for discussion:

  • How was your Family Circle gathering?
  • What did you learn about frogs and toads this week?
  • Which 3rd grade Primary D alumni did you host on Friday morning?
  • What did you learn from Isobel’s Friday presentation on gender?
  • What was your favorite thing you did at The Schuylkill Center this week?


For those avid herpetologist families, volunteer for Toad Detour at The Schuylkill Center! As noted on The Center's website:

We are looking for volunteers for evening shifts from March through June. You can volunteer for one shift or several, and all ages are welcome. If you’re interested, it's a good idea to attend our Volunteer Orientation to get started. You'll learn fun facts about toads and toad biology and see how easy it is to volunteer. The toads are moving! Contact Claire Morgan at [email protected], 215-482-7300, ext. 120 to get involved.

Primary Unit Spring Learning Celebration - Wednesday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m. at The Schuylkill Center. More details will come as we get closer to the date.

It was great to connect with you many of you at conferences. We’ll see you again soon.

Ben and Niké