Primer October Newsletter

Sept. 26, 2015

Notes from the classroom

Primer students are continuing to grow each day. This week we started our Primer responsibilities. Each day children select a tree chip with a responsibility on it. After introducing the responsibilities, students were eager to get started. Instead of correcting problems, I want students to learn through experiences and reflections that follow. Take for instance, the job of feeding the fish, the child went up to feed the fish and took a pinch of flakes and then the child let go slightly early. This caused some of the flakes to not go into the tank. A student nearby said, "Why don't you use the cap of the fish flakes?" The student whose responsibility it was to feed the fish will recall the experience of flakes getting out of the tank and will now understand how to use the resources around them to better help with their responsibility.


Math: Finishing up first unit of number sense & starting 2D shapes

Reading: Rituals and routines, schema and connections ( text to self and text to text)

Writing: Small moment narratives

Science: The space plants need and food groups

Social Studies: Global Read Aloud

Collaboration: Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge with our third grade project pals week of Oct. 13

Pre-Conference Form

Our work with International Literacy Day is highlighted.

Global Read Aloud: One Book to Connect the World

Jess Lahey- visiting author on October 1

Author Jess Lahey will visit ESD on October 1. Lahey is an educator and author who writes about parenting and education for The New York Times and The Atlantic. Her latest book is called The Gift of Failure. She is also a keynote speaker for the "Changing the Odds" conference through the Momentous Institute. Her presentation for parents will be at 7PM at the Upper Campus. Listed below is a preview of her presentation and of her recent work.
gcLi Leadership Edge Jessica Lehey

Mark your calendar

  • Monday, September 28 Julie Lythcott-Haims visiting author at Main Campus 7 P.M.
  • Wednesday, September 30 Big Orange Pumpkin Farm Field Trip
  • Book Fair Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in the LS Library
  • Thursday, October 1 - Author of the "The Gift of Failure" Jessica Lahey visits ESD Upper School at 7 P.M. & ESD Spirit Dress Day
  • Friday, October 2 Parent Teacher Conference Day- No School for students
  • October 6 Rain Catcher's Garden Field Trip
  • Thursday, October 8 Family Game Day 10:30 A.M.
  • Thursday, October 8 Early Dismissal 11:45
  • October 9-12 Fall Break- No School
  • Wednesday, October 14 Bright Start focus on literacy assessments with Mrs. Wabrek from 8:00 A.M.-9:00 A.M. in the LS Theater All are welcome! Please tap here to RSVP.
  • Wednesday, October 21 Field Trip to The Heard Museum
  • Friday, October 23 Spooktacular