Reed School's January Newsletter

School resumes on Monday, January 8, 2018.

January at a Glance

Golden Napkin Award Recipients for December

Congratulations to Mrs. Reynolds', Mrs. Sinram's, and Mrs. Hicks' classes for earning the Golden Napkin Awards at their respective grade levels. This month we had two 2nd grade classes tie for the coveted award. Students had the opportunity to play Quiz Bowl on Friday afternoon with Mrs. Slee and Ms. Little. Next up: Snowman Building in January.
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One Book, One School

This year our One Book, One School selection is Only One You. The book was introduced to the students during a Monday Morning Meeting earlier in the month. Each classroom then did an activity that focused on each student's unique strengths and individuality. Students will be bringing a copy of the book home over the next few weeks. Each family is asked to create a one-of-a-kind fish that represents them. Completed artwork will be displayed on the bulletin board at the entrance to our building. We will be continuing with a rock project this spring; more to come on this!
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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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Winter 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/December 2016/January 2017 Issue


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.

Composer of the Month for December: Tchaikovsky

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Girls on the Run Program News!

Reed Elementary School has been officially accepted as a new site for 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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1:1 iPad Pilot Program Begins in January

We're excited to announce that one classroom at each grade level will begin a 1:1 iPad Pilot Program beginning in January. Mrs. Reynolds, one of our second grade teachers, and Mrs. Larson, one of our third grade teachers, have graciously volunteered to pilot the integration of this level of technology into their classrooms. Our goal is to support innovative practices and personalized experiences in learning through engaging, digital resources. The opportunities are endless, and we're thrilled to be a part of the experience.
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Our D92 3rd Grade Teams Bring Home the Trophies from the Chaney Monge Tournament!

Congratulations! We're so proud of you!

Upcoming Testing Dates

With school resuming on Monday, January 8th, Winter MAP Testing will occur January 9th-16th. Makeup testing will occur the remainder of that week.


3rd Grade PARCC Testing will occur March 12th through the 16th. Additional information will be forthcoming.

News From the Art Room

The second grade students will be studying the art of Pop artist Peter Max. Max is known for his use of bright colors in his work and his paintings of iconic symbols such as the Statue of Liberty. Inspired by some of Max's colorful heart paintings, we'll be creating our own Pop art style heart paintings that emphasize simple shapes, lines, and bright colors.

The third grade students recently watched a short video on the "delicious" art of American artist Wayne Thiebaud, who is known for his whimsical paintings of desserts and food. We'll be learning how to draw a "3D" cake shape and then we'll design and color our own fancy cakes later in the month.

Keeping Current Through Professional Development Opportunities

In order to keep current with best practices, Reed teachers recently had the opportunity to attend the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Regional Conference in Chicago in November and a local STEM/NGSS Science Conference this past week. When teachers keep current in their practices, they can they go back and share ideas and strategies with colleagues for implementation in the classrooms.