Primary D Weekly Note

Dear Primary D Families,

It’s been a wonderful week in Primary D! We started our day with quite a special Encuentro. TPS’s very own Giovana Robinson performed with her band, Latin Grooves, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. It was truly a fiesta: we were all excited to start our Friday with singing, dancing and beautiful, lively music.

Our science study is in full swing. This week at the Schuylkill Center we had the opportunity to work with Leigh Ashbrook, a geologist and educator, who inspired us to think more deeply about rocks, minerals, and soil. Primary students went on a rock hunt and collected several different rocks to investigate. You may want to ask your child about some of the questions we pondered on Wednesday:

  • What makes a rock, a rock? 
  • Why are all of the rocks here (Founder’s Grove) pointy? 
  • Why are none of the rocks perfectly round? 
  • Why are some of the rocks so small?

The children were excited to think about these questions and shared some great responses. We are looking forward to thinking about these questions and many others as we delve more deeply into our study. Next Wednesday, October 21, we will not go to the Schuylkill Center, as we are heading out to Crystal Cave in Kutztown, PA.

From our music teachers: The Primary Unit studies famous musicians each semester, and in keeping with the Philadelphia/neighborhood theme, we are studying the great vocalist, Marian Anderson, who grew up in this neighborhood. The two books we are sharing with the students are Marian Anderson by Jane Sutcliffe (a chapter book for young readers) and When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan (a picture book with CD). A YouTube video we watched is called "Marian Anderson, a Portrait in Music," which features footage of her singing "Deep River." The Marian Anderson museum is in the same house where she grew up and is located on Martin St. between 18th and 19th off of Fitzwater Street (Just a short walk from school.) Marian Anderson sang at the Union Baptist Church at 19th and Fitzwater, and there is an historical plaque on the sidewalk to inform visitors of her history there. For more information on Marian Anderson, here is the link to the Marian Anderson Historical Society.


  • On Tuesday, October 20 at 8:45, Primary D will have individual and class pictures taken.
  • Parent conferences will be held on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3. Thank you for taking the time to sign signing up. If you have not had a chance to do so yet, please visit the following link: We are looking forward to meeting with you soon.

Have a lovely weekend,

Niké and Ben