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.
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
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.
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 ybpay.lifetouch.com. 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!
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
STEM Fair Field Trip
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
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
News From the Art Room
News From Physical Education
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.
Please don't forget to follow us on Twitter! Reed_PE_92
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!