Friday Note

Dear Parents,

We have kicked off our poetry unit and we are already impressed with how creative, observant, and profound our group of poets are! Students are beginning to experiment with different kinds of poetry writing using a variety of poetry tools. The kids have been playful and purposeful with how the words are written on a page using the strategy called line breaks and white space. Soon, students will craft dream poems for the annual Dream Flag Project which is an international poetry and art project run by Miriam’s (in 3A) husband. Inspired by the dream poetry of Langston Hughes and the idea of Nepalese prayer flags, students’ dream poems are printed and decorated on fabric flags strung on a line and are shared with the community.

The following is an excerpt from "The New Colossus," a poem by Emma Lazarus. The students enjoyed exploring the meaning of this poem and how it relates to our play!

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Speaking of our play, we have finished writing it! Our student playwrights have worked tremendously hard to create a script that is both informative and creative. We will begin rehearsing next week!

We also want to give a big thank you to Charlotte’s grandfather, Peter Berman (a founder of TPS!), for being our classroom guest! Peter shared his immigration story, which began in Austria, which he left at the age of 8 to seek refuge in various European countries before finally settling in New York City.


This week, ask me…

  • To give you an example of a simile and metaphor 
  • What personification is 
  • To use onomatopoeia 
  • What one major thing that happened in my guided reading book 
  • How it feels to have accomplished writing the play 
  • Where 2 ¾ is found on a ruler and if 2 ¾ is greater than or less than 2 ⅞ (look at a ruler together)
  • To give you an equivalent fraction for ½ 
  • About the video What Kind of Asian Are You
  • What we did with our teaching artists, M.R. and Madeline, this week!


  • We encourage you to attend the 4rd Grade "Move-Up Meeting" on Tuesday, May 3 at 5pm in the Junior Unit classrooms (on the 2nd floor). This is a great opportunity for you to meet each of the teachers and learn more about the JU program.  
  • 3B’s play will be on Wednesday,  May 11 at 1:45PM and Thursday,  May12 at 9:15am.  
  • The Dream Flag Project celebration will take place on Saturday, May 14, between 10:00am and 12:30pm.  
  • Our field trip to the Museum of Industry in Baltimore, MD will be on May 31, leaving school at 8:15am.


Students should wear long cotton pants and long-sleeved, light colored shirts on Schuylkill Center days.

Have a super weekend!


Diane and Anna