Reed School's February Newsletter

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Reed School's January and February Students of the Month

Reed students who demonstrated responsible citizenship throughout the months of January and February were celebrated in a very special way. Students selected from each classroom were recognized for their outstanding efforts. Students nominated for this prestigious honor demonstrated the 3 B's (Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Peaceful) consistently throughout the month.

All students nominated for the monthly award were recognized and celebrated at the school. The District 92 Foundation for Educational Excellence generously funded the lawn signs for this school-wide project. Look for Student of the Month signs soon in your neighborhood!

(Top photo: January Students of the Month; Bottom photo: February Students of the Month)

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Yearbook Order Deadline March 11

Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for ordering your '18-'19 school yearbook is fast approaching. March 11th is the last day to go online and order a yearbook for your student.

There are no order forms going home, it is all ONLINE!

Click the link below to place your order. Use the yearbook ID Code: 12828519 to order. The yearbook code will display Ludwig school which is the order information for Ludwig, Reed, and Walsh.

So hurry and order....don't miss out on your copy!

Pennies for Patients: Thank You for Your Generosity!

Words cannot begin to express our gratitude for your generous support of our Pennies for Patients Fundraiser benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We're please to announce that $6,277.07 was raised and donated to this great cause! This is truly another act of kindness in our community!
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Second Step's February Focus: Friendship Skills

With just a few short weeks away, February is a great month to focus on Friendship Skills. Over the course of the next several weeks, students will be learning how to invite friends to play, play fairly, make amends, and handle peer issues that might arise throughout the day.

Week One's Focus: "At our school, it's important to notice and have empathy when other kids are being left out. Inviting other students to play is a caring thing to do. When we invite others to play, we will get to know them. At recess this week, notice if anyone is being left out and be sure to ask that person to join in and play!"

Author of A Girl with a Cape Inspires Reed Students with Important Message

Local author Amy Logan visited Reed School on Thursday, February 7th with an important, inspiring message for the students: choose kindness every time...every day. Upon the author's arrival, two student ambassadors greeted the author at the door with a warm Reed School welcome. For the next 45 minutes, Logan read her children's book and shared how every act of kindness, no matter how big or small, has a rippling effect on others.

To prepare for the author's visit, students took part in a Snow Day Kindness Challenge. Additional kindness activities will be taking place during the month of April as part of the school's focus on Character Education and Social-Emotional Learning.

Kindness Challenge Accepted

Thank you to the many students who participated in our Snow Day Kindness Challenge! We are so proud of you! Here are some of the amazing things are students did to show random acts of kindness:

-helped shovel show

-helped a sibling read a book

-made cookies to share

-cleaned his room

-fed the birds

-donated toys

-shared candy with mom

Keep up the great deeds, Reed friends!

Photo: Students were randomly selected to win a book from our Author Visit.

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Note from the Nurse

Hi Reed Families!

Due to the increased amount of clothing mishaps (spills, mud, etc) we are asking that each student bring a set of clothes to keep in their lockers for emergency purposes. Also, we are accepting donations of leggings for girls and sweatpants for boys. Thank you!!

Strong Finish in Richland Tournament

Congratulations to our 3rd grade D92 Athletic Association teams for taking 1st and 2nd place in the Richland School Tournament! We're so proud of you!
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News From the Music Room

The Reed School Third Grade Choir will be singing at the Chicago Wolves game on Sunday, April 14! Choir students, who are able to attend with at least one adult, must turn in a permission form and $17.50/ticket to Mrs. Riopell by March 8.

Our D92 Choral Festival is coming up on April 25. More information will be coming on this fun event!

Second Grade Parents, mark your calendars for our Second Grade Musical, Pajama Party! This will be on May 17.

Physical Education News

We have been back from break for a few weeks now and our volleyball unit is coming to an end. You have been given your study guide for the test. The next unit we will be working on is cup stacking. Now you may think to yourself, cup stacking in PE? There are many benefits to cup stacking. Here are some just to start with:
1. Cup Stacking is a fitness based sport that kids from all backgrounds and abilities can do.
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stacking levels the playing field for all kids. Non-Athletic kids can now compete head to head with their more athletic counterparts. This significantly raises student self-esteem, motivating them to work harder in PE and be excited to participate.

3. Cup Stacking stacking not only promotes physical fitness, but also academic learning. Students that sport stack on a regular basis have shown increases in test scores and levels of concentration. This is achieved by students using both their right and left sides of their brain. When students sport stack they are crossing the "midline" of their bodies and developing new connections in their brains. These new connections help to spur brain growth which in turn promotes greater academic achievement.
4. As parents we always want the best for our kids academically and physically? You want your kids to be active after school, watching less TV or playing fewer video games but funds are tight. How can you bring PE home to your kids? Buying a basketball hoop would be good, but those are expensive and what do your kids do on cold days? Maybe your child doesn't like traditional sports! We understand! Kids of all ages, abilities and personalities love sport stacking because it is fun and challenging. Teachers love sport stacking because it motivates kids to be more active and fit. Parents love sport stacking because it is affordable and you can buy your child something that benefits their body, brain and spirit!

We love cup stacking or sport stacking here at Reed. Once you know how to properly cup stack it is a lot of fun!

Don't forget to be wearing proper gym shoes and attire for PE everytime. Your schedule is on the PE website. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to email us. It is the fastest way to get ahold of us.

Please don't forget to follow us on Twitter! Reed_PE_92
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The Momo Challenge

An email went home earlier today from Dr. Fleming explaining the new online challenge called The Momo Challenge, which targets children and young adults. Should your child be concerned about this while at school, please reassure them that they are safe. Please remember that we're here to support our students in any way possible.

Trex Plastic Bag Recycling

Trex Plastic Bag Recycling will be ending April 22nd. Please continue to collect plastic bags during the summer. Keep in mind, items accepted for recycling are plastic grocery type bags, produce bags, wrapping from water bottles, toilet paper, paper towels. No plastic bottles or containers are accepted. Thank you for your continued support.