3B Friday Note

Dear 3B Parents,

Our students have been busy researching and writing about a Lenape cultural aspect that they are most intrigued with. You may have heard how hard they are working on their topic sentences and supporting details -- quite impressive! Along with this, the students are diving into a new unit of study, multiplication. We will also start our water unit of study in science next week. Please look over the upcoming events and questions to discuss below.

Upcoming events:

On Friday, December 8, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m., we will have our Lenape theme celebration. Parents are invited! If you are unable to attend on Friday, you can also come the day before at the same time when we will be sharing with the Primary Unit.

On Tuesday, December 13, 9:00 a.m. in the Garage we will be having our Winter Concert featuring the Primary Unit Chorus, the Third Grade Chorus, and the Junior String Ensemble. The attire is solid red on top and solid black on the bottom. Red dresses are great. TPS T-shirts are okay. No sweatshirts or graphics, please.

We look forward to meeting with our book buddies right before break. We will be reading books together, while sipping apple cider. We just wanted everyone to know that apple cider will be served. There will be no other food, so no worries about food allergies.

This weekend, ask your child about:

  • the Penn Museum trip;
  • how they went about creating a topic sentence;
  • what project they will do for their Lenape Project (skit, song, model, illustrated book);
  • what they are doing in Spanish;
  • what they are creating in art.

The third grade team chose not to show the film  Screenagers to our students. We previewed the film yesterday, and while it is an interesting and useful film for adults and older children, we do not feel it is in any way appropriate for third graders. Our decision is based on both the content of the film and the way that content is delivered. At school we talk to students of all ages about what it means to be a good digital citizen in ways that meet the students where they are. We understand that parents of younger children have concerns about issues like screen time and technology use at home. Unfortunately this film is not the vehicle to use to discuss these things with eight and nine year olds. Here are some articles on parenting and technology you may find helpful:

Have a lovely weekend!

Best,

Diane and Anna