Panda Prints

January 15, 2021

Returning to Hybrid Learning

As you have likely heard, the district is planning to return to a hybrid learning model on Monday, February 1. This time frame allows our families and staff to arrange for childcare if necessary, and time for anyone out of town to make travel plans and self-quarantine if needed. While this is not a requirement at this time in Lake County or District 112, we will change our practices if health officials give us different guidance.

Over the summer we worked hard to create protocols and procedures at Sherwood that would ensure we could exceed the expectations regarding social distancing and safety procedures during these times. Little will change in this regard when we return in February, but we will include reminders about our procedures and expectations in the Panda Prints over the next two weeks. We will also share lists of materials that were sent home that will need to be returned when the students do soon.

We are excited to welcome our students and full staff back into the building next month!

Wash your hands.

Wear a mask.

Watch your distance.

Stay safe everyone!

Panda Pride,

Rachel & Kevin

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • In recognition of Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the Highland Park Community Foundation is creating a Tribute video to celebrate, honor, and thank the essential workers who have made heroic efforts to keep our community safe, healthy, and operational during the pandemic. Participating is quick and easy!! From start to finish, this will take only 1-2 minutes of your time.

  • Click here to create and upload a short video sharing words of thanks, encouragement, and support.

  • Videos can be submitted any time between now and Sunday, January 24th!

District Breakfast/Lunch Resources

Any family with children 18 or younger is eligible for free meals during this time. You can pick up meals at Oak Terrace between 10:30-1:30 Monday-Friday, or you can sign up to have the meals delivered directly to your home while everyone is remote! There is no registration needed to pick up meals at Oak Terrace. This program is for all our families and is funded regardless of number of students. Your participation does not 'take away' from others being able to participate.

If you'd like to have the meals delivered to you, see the information below:

Please complete this form to join the program.

Deliveries of breakfast and lunch will be twice a week, Mondays (2 days worth) and Wednesdays (3 days worth).

  • As new families apply for delivery, they will be added to the route for the following week.
  • When we are back in person, remote families will still be eligible for food deliveries, and hybrid families can still pick up meals at Oak Terrace.

iREAD (Virtual) - Let's Do This Sherwood!

We are starting week 2 of iREAD!

Make sure to keep reading for iREAD and don’t forget to keep track of your minutes read.

Don’t have an iREAD form? You can get it HERE. Print it out or make a copy of the form to edit it digitally.

We will have our second “Wake Up & Read Day” for students to read and count the minutes read before school begins on Friday from 8:00-8:30 AM. Use this Zoom link (Passcode is PANDA) to join virtually on Fridays during iREAD. Students are invited to read in fun & cozy ways including: in their pajamas, with a pet, with a sibling, with a flashlight, with blankets & pillows, wearing mittens and hats, by a fireplace, etc.

Storybook STEAM Club

Our next Storybook STEM session will be for 2nd & 3rd Graders on Wednesday, January 20th at 3:15 PM.

Here is the ZOOM link to join the club:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 875 9435 6565

Passcode: STEM

We'll start our club with a story to go with our monthly theme. Our first theme will be a STAR/SPACE theme to coincide with our iREAD theme.

Mrs. Weiss will have STEM kits ready for you to pick up on Tuesday or Wednesday (1/19, 1/20). They will be in a bin in the vestibule of the office lobby. Please stop by between 8:00-3:00 to pick one up. The STEM kit will include the supplies needed to make an alien parachute.

PLEASE FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM by Monday 1/18 to reserve a STEM kit.

Please email Mrs. Weiss with any questions:

Highland Park Poetry Challenge!

Highland Park Poetry is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Poetry Challenge.

Poets of all ages are invited to write poems responding to this year's challenges:

1) Fruits & Vegetables

2) Common Threads

3) The Sweetelle, a poetic form invented by Allison Joseph.

Check out the submission guidelines and entry form.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 29, 2021.

Sherwood PTO

PTO Memberships

Memberships are still for sale - Membership is $30/family. This includes access to the Paperless PTO App for 2 devices. IF you need access on additional devices, additional "keys" can be purchased for $4/each. (Membership funds are used to help support our events, programs, teachers and school.) Membership does NOT include classroom gifts.

Birthday Books

You can purchase birthday books through the PTO Website.

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Upcoming Dates


MAP Reports mailed home


No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Sherwood Reopens for Hybrid Learning


Valentine's Day


No School - Presidents Day

3/18/21 - 3/19/21

Parent Teacher Conferences

3/22/21 - 3/26/21

Spring Break


No School - Good Friday

Sherwood Elementary School

Supervision Begins @8:20

AM Session 8:36am - 10:51am

(There will be asynchronous learning between sessions)

Supervision Begins @12:36

PM Session 12:51pm - 3:06pm

Attendance Line: 224-765-3805