Reed School's January Newsletter

Welcome Back!

Calendar Reminders:

Friday, January 18th: 11:55 Dismissal

Monday, January 21st: Holiday/No School

Reed School's December Students of the Month

Reed students who demonstrated responsible citizenship throughout December were celebrated in a very special way. Three students from each classroom were recognized for their outstanding efforts. Students nominated for this prestigious honor demonstrated the 3 B's in our pledge 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!

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Reed Ends 2018 with the Perfect Trifecta!

On Friday, December 21st, students kicked off the day with a holiday sing-a-long and tree lighting ceremony. The fun continued with afternoon class parties. Thanks to our many volunteers who made our students' class parties so fun and memorable!

Family Math Problem of the Month

Taken from Teaching Children Mathematics

This month's topic: Problem Solving with the Sneetches

Read the classic Dr. Seuss book with your child to engage with these associated mathematical problems.

Altogether, exactly 20 Sneetch children live on the beaches. How many might be Star-Belly Children, and how many might be Plain-Belly Children? What if there were 10 Star-Belly children; how many Plain-Belly children would there be?

Mr. McBean's Fortune: The Sneetches spent all their money going through Mr. McBean's star-on and star-off machines. It costs $3 to go through the Star-on machine and $10 to go through the star-off machine. How much did it cost a Sneetch to go through both the star-on machine and the Star-off machine once each?

Turn in your work for display on our Math Problem of the Month bulletin board.

Girls on the Run Program News

Reed continues with the Girls on the Run program! Girls on the Run is a program that envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd grade have the opportunity to participate in an after-school program that is designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength. The Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.

The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Girls on the Run starts with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5K event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5K gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

The site coordinator for Reed Elementary School will be our social worker, Carlie Yacobi. If your daughter is interested in signing up for this amazing program, please contact her with any questions you may have (708)301-0692 ext 2020.

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Second Step: Problem Solving

Our goal over the next few weeks is to familiarize staff and students with the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps, language, and reinforcement strategies.

Messages that will be shared during Monday Morning Meetings and Second Step lessons include the following:

-Everyone has problem-solving skills so we're capable of handling interpersonal conflicts effectively;

-Calming down fast helps you think so you can solve problems;

-Saying the problem without blame helps keep the conflict from getting worse; and

-Solving problems safely and respectfully helps us get along better with others.

Finally, STEP will be introduced so students can work through their ideas to come up with the best solution for solving their problems:

1. S- Say the problem

2. T- Think of solutions

3. E- Explore consequences

4. P- Pick the best solutions

By following these simple "steps", we're moving students in the right direction!

Next Steps with Social-Emotional Learning: Mind Yeti

This year we're bringing Mind Yeti to Reed School! Ms. Yacobi has been covering mindfulness with students during our Monday Morning Meetings. We're now adding Mind Yeti on Friday mornings to expand the students' "toolkit of strategies" to assist them when they're feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious. Go to the link below to check out a brief video clip of Mind Yeti.

Interested in Purchasing a Yearbook? The Deadline is Approaching!

Reminder: Yearbook orders will only be taken online this year at The ordering code for Reed School is 12828519. When entering the code, the screen will indicate Ludwig School on the page. That is correct for ordering a yearbook for Walsh, Reed, and Ludwig. The deadline to purchase your child's yearbook is March 11, 2019.

Order information flyers were handed out at Parent/Teacher Conferences. Call the office if you did not receive one.

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News From Physical Education

As the weather remains cold and the ground is still really soft, we are not able to get mileage club in. We have been working on earning shoe tokens during PE. The students have learned how to use pedometers during their PE time. 2,000 steps = 1 mile and if they reach 2,000 steps during their PE time they get their shoe token at the end of class and miles added to their class total.

Our next big unit will be Volleyball. We use tennis nets so the students don’t get discouraged. We will work on bumping, setting, and serving. We will learn all the rules and how to rotate in a volleyball game. Please don’t forget your child’s PE schedule is on our website and follow us on Twitter @Reed_PE_92. Keep on moving!

Ms. Little and Mrs. Dietz

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Why Read To and With Your Child Every Day?

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It's Snowing Symmetry in the LMC!

Stem Challenge: To reinforce skills and concepts learned in the classroom, students use Keva blocks and tiles to create snowflakes with multiple lines of symmetry. Love it when students think outside the box and create!

News From the Art Room

Happy New Year! The 2nd grade students will be learning about artist Peter Max. We'll be creating a colorful painting, inspired by Max's use of bold line and color. The 3rd grade classes will be learning about artist Wayne Thiebaud, who is known for his whimsical paintings of food and desserts. We'll be designing and creating fancy cakes using oil pastels.

News From the Music Room

Happy New Year to all of the wonderful Reed families! I look forward to another year of making music with our students. Our Composer of the Month for January is Lin-Manuel Miranda. This month, the third graders will be introduced to sixteenth note rhythms! The second graders will enjoy some songs and dances including one of my favorites, The Noble Duke of York. We will also have fun with some winter musical activities.