Reed School's December Newsletter

Cold Weather Reminders

Mark Your Calendars...

As you know, Friday, December 21st is an early dismissal day; students will be dismissed at 2:00 P.M.

Winter Break: Monday, December 24th through Friday, January 4th.

School resumes on Monday, January 7, 2019.

On behalf of the Reed School family, we wish you and yours a safe and joyous winter break.

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Winter Class Parties

To kick-off the holiday season, students will celebrate winter class parties with their classmates on Friday, December 21st.

Just a friendly reminder: If you would like to send in a "treat" for the party, please remember that only non-edible items are allowed. We also ask that glowsticks not be sent in for safety reasons.

As the Temperatures Begin to Plummet: Recess Reminders

As the temperatures begin to plummet, please remember to send your child to school with appropriate outerwear. Students do go outside for recess on most days. Hats/hoods, gloves, and boots are a must!

Thanks for your help!

2019 Monarch Books

This is the Learning Media Center’s annual promotion of the Monarch Book Award at Reed School. Since 2005, the Monarch Award is given annually to an author and/or illustrator for a book which is voted the best participating book by Illinois students. Our students are learning that their vote counts by participating in this Kid’s Choice book award.

A few of this year’s titles include: Coyote Moon, Jabari Jumps, Claymates, John Deere, That's Who, The Marigold Mess, The Night Gardener, and The Water Princess.

After listening to the books, students will vote for their favorite book in February. The final Monarch winner of Illinois will be announced in March of 2019.

Family Math Problems of the Month

Taken from Teaching Children Mathematics/NCTM Magazine

Finding Math in Reading and Science

Please submit your completed family math problems to the office. Work will be displayed on our Math Problem of the Month bulletin board. Students who turn in completed problems will be awarded a small token for their efforts.

Problem #1

Marcia and Gwen have been earning tokens in class for each time they turn in a homework assignment. Gwen is excited to have 34 tokens until she learns that Marcia has 4 times as many tokens as she does. How many more tokens does Gwen need to earn to catch up to Marcia?

Problem # 2

Pablo and Dylan were doing research for a science presentation. They worked for 45 minutes and then took a 20 minute break. Then they worked for another hour. If they finished at 7:00, what time did they start their research? Use objects or drawings to show how you determined your solutions.

Problem # 3

Mr. Green counts how many students turn in their homework each day. Yesterday, 5 more girls than boys turned in their homework. If 6 boys turned in their homework, how many girls turned in their homework? How many children turned in homework yesterday?

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.

Reed Celebrates November Students of the Month

Reed students who demonstrated responsible citizenship throughout November 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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Family Literacy Week

Reed School kicked off Family Literacy Week on Tuesday, November 13th. The fun continued each day with reading-themed spirit days, including Hats Off to a Good Book, Snuggle Up With a Good Book, Books are Enchanting, and Reed Students Love to Read Day. Throughout the week students had an opportunity to visit the Book Fair as did parents during Family Literacy Night. On Thursday, November 15th, staff hosted their annual Family Literacy Night. With a variety of stations to choose from, students, their parents, and siblings spent the night taking photos in the photo corner, creating crafts, playing Book Bingo, searching the building for Scavenger Hunt clues, and taking part in a Book Walk to name a few. With just about 100 families having attended the event, Reed School's Family Literacy Night Committee is eager to begin planning for next year. We're appreciative of the D92 Foundation for Educational Excellence for their continued support of our events. Together we make great things happen at Reed School!

Reed School Celebrates and Honors Veterans and Active Service Members Through Song

On Friday, November 9th, Reed School's 3rd grade students celebrated and honored Veterans and active service men and women. As part of their annual music program under the direction of music teacher Janelle Riopell, students performed two shows, which included a variety of songs by 3rd grade classes and the 3rd grade choir. During the singing of the Armed Forces Medley, students distributed red carnations and spirit sticks to the Veterans and active service members in attendance as they stood to to be recognized by their corresponding branch of service. Such a touching tribute to those who gave and to those who continue to give to our country!
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STEM Fair Field Trip

Once again, our 3rd grade students had the opportunity to attend a free STEM Fair Field Trip presented by the Will County Regional Office of Education. The event was held at the Weitendorf Agricultural Center in Joliet. Students participated in presentations, hands-on activities, and student STEM Club demonstrations. Students also were able to see Mr. Freeze from Fermilab. This is the second year our students have attended this event; staff and students can't say enough positive things about this event when they return to school. Looking forward to next year!
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Reed Designated "Commendable School"; New School Report Card

Recently the Illinois State Board of Education released its new school report card that designates schools as Exemplary, Commendable, Underperforming, or Lowest-Performing. The designation is based on the school's overall data for all of the accountability indicators, as well as the data for individual student groups.

Reed School received the second highest designation as a “Commendable School". The three major components contributing to a school’s rating are results on state assessments, 5-Essentials climate survey, and student attendance.

Your feedback is important to us. Please take a minute to complete the 5Essentials Parent Survey, which can be accessed directly on the D92 website.

December's Social-Emotional Learning and Second Step Lessons

This Month's Focus: Empathy and Compassion Every Day

Over the month of December, Reed staff members will be covering a variety of topics during their SEL time, including feelings in my body, naming those feelings, calm down strategies, and managing learning challenges. During one of our Monday Morning Meetings, students will practice their calm down strategies via two activities: a "Calm It Down" Dance and Belly Breathing.

Goals this month:

-Help every child identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone is feeling;

-Teach students how to have empathy and show compassion; and

-Model and encourage use of empathy outside the Second Step lesson time.

Illinois Author Barb Rosenstock Visits Reed School

Barb Rosenstock spent the day at Reed School, working with small groups of students to talk about how she mixes fascinating research and playful language into picture books that bring the people of history to life. Barb even met with small groups of students during the lunch hour to further share her love of reading and writing. Interested students submitted letters to the principal requesting that they be considered to attend the lunch group. It was truly an inspiring and educational day for our students!

News From the Art Room

Both the 2nd and 3rd grade classes will continue working on the projects they began in November. The 2nd graders are busy working on their Chicago cityscapes. Most classes are outlining buildings and adding lights and reflections, and will be painting over the next 2 weeks. The 3rd grade classes are working on the arctic animal silhouette portion of their northern lights landscapes. We hope to finish this and move on to creating the colorful lights in the sky soon.

News From Physical Education

Welcome back from Turkey Break! We are starting basketball now. This is our first sports unit this year. We will be working on drills such as: passing, dribbling and shooting. I like to teach basketball with fun games and drills. Not everyone can be Michael Jordan, but we all try our best. Please know that everyone coaches basketball differently and it might look different than what your practice looks like. Every little bit of practice helps. You have to learn how to walk before you can run. You will be hearing the word B.E.E.F. a lot these next couple of weeks. Even if you think you are not an athlete, you will still have a good time in PE.

Don't forget to wear proper gym shoes and attire for PE every time. 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.

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News From the Music Room

December will be a festive month in the music room. Among many other things, the children will be moving and listening to music from Peter Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. We will also be listening to the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven, our December Composer of the Month.

The choirs from Oak Prairie will be traveling over to Reed to perform for us, and to help our Third Grade Choir lead everyone in singing some Christmas Carols on December 21, the last day before our Winter Break!

Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful Reed School Families!

Student Headphones

As you know, students are required to have headphones in school as a tool to assist with their learning. We have purchased additional headphones that will be available for sale in our office. Please send in cash or a check for $10.00 to school with your child if you wish to purchase headphones through us.

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