Third Grade Reach for the Stars

Mrs. Roberts

Mark your Calendars!

  • November 18- Fire Drill @9 am
  • November 20- ALICE Drill @11 am
  • November 21- Report Cards Sent home in backpacks
  • November 22- Griffin Tales Stories Due
  • November 25-26- Conferences 12- 7:30 PM

Upcoming Events

MAP Testing- Students in District 112 will soon be taking the Winter MAP assessments. Third grade is scheduled to take the assessments in the afternoon on the following dates:

Tuesday December 10th-ELA

Friday, December 13th-Math

Third Grade Sing- Save the date for the 3rd grade sing! Our stars will truly shine during their music show, scheduled for Thursday, December 12th at 2:00 pm.

This year we also look forward to sharing our music with the Auberge Memory Care Community! We will be heading over to this retirement home to present some of our upcoming songs. We look forward to helping spread smiles in our community!

ALICE Practice Drill Lessons

This week all Sherwood students will be taking part in ALICE discussions. Using the mentor text, I'm Not Scared, I'm Prepared, our class will be exploring, evacuation, one of the methods of reacting to an active intruder. Our class discussion will help in preparing for our first Active Intruder Drill scheduled for Wednesday, November 20th at 11:00 AM. ALICE, an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, is the new model in which North Shore School District 112 has adopted as an options based approach to ensure school safety. The counter method will not be instructed or practiced at the elementary level.The lessons themselves are age-appropriate and allow for safe conversations in the classroom. Please feel free to locate more information about the ALICE model in Mrs. Filippi's Panda Prints and on our NSSD112 school website.

Moraine Township Gift Drive

The third grade classes are sponsoring three children as part of the Moraine Township Santullano Gift Drive. This drive helps local families who cannot afford to buy gifts for their children. We have selected three eight-year old children so students can easily connect and relate to these children in need.

If you are able and interested in contributing money (no amount is too small) to help purchase gifts, please send in any cash donations. Please place any donations in an envelope with the word, Holiday, on it. In order to ensure time for shopping, the deadline is Friday, December 6th.

We are also hoping for a volunteer/volunteers to purchase and wrap the gifts by Monday, December 9th. We would like to share with the students what their contributions helped to purchase by sharing any photos with them. If you are interested in purchasing and/or wrapping the gifts, please let us know. We appreciate your support in this special, festive, service learning project!

English Language Arts


This week we will read an Alaskan story entitled, The Frog Princess: A Tlingit Legend from Alaska. We will then be comparing and contrasting three Alaskan mentor texts. We’ve been enthralled by these stories and feel as though we, too, have had an Arctic adventure! After we return from Thanksgiving Break, students will show their understanding of the historic fiction genre by creating their own sequels to The Year of Miss Agnes. These performance based assessments are a way for students to show what they have learned as both readers and authors! We then look forward to a nonfiction focus in which we’ll learn about various cultures and customs.


We are looking forward to review place value through the thousands place in preparation for rounding, adding and subtracting 3- and 4-digit numbers for the upcoming week. This week we will incorporate functional text into math by reading a table to determine the distances between six U.S. cities. We will practice rounding the distances to the nearest ten and hundred and take part in calculations using the actual distances. It's amazing how our social studies and math units coincide so perfectly! Integrated learning at its best!

Scholastic Book Orders

Here is the link to online order books using our classroom code!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Mrs. Filippi has shared our Sherwood Parent Teacher Conferences sign up as noted in her Panda Prints! Fall Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 25th & Tuesday, November 26th. Please sign up for the 20-minute time slot that works best for you and your child. In order to ensure that students are also a part of the reflection and goal setting process, the third grade students will be joining us for the first potion of our conference time. We believe that a partnership and open dialogue between students, parents and teachers is what truly allows our students to reach for the stars!