Team Tortorello Newsletter

1st Grade Sherwood

Important Dates and Information

Saturday, February 8: PTO Carnival 11-2 PM

Friday, February 14: No School - Institute Day

Monday, February 17: No School - Presidents' Day

Friday, February 28: Early Release at 1:36 PM


Please come and have some fun at our Carinval! Students can play different games and win different prizes! Our gift card basket looks amazing!! Hope to see you there!

Brainetics Math Assembly - Please join us!

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to be able to share with you Mike Byster and his amazing and unique Brainetics learning program to our students on February 19, 2020 at 8:45 - 9:25 AM.

Mike’s presentations are formed to cultivate the parent/teacher/student learning triad. We are encouraging you to attend because Mike Byster is in fact a genius, but he wasn’t born a genius. He struggled in school, just just like many kids do. He had amazing parents who encouraged him to find fun ways to learn that worked for him. Kids get their information from school, the internet and many outside places, but they learn HOW to learn at home.

It is because his parents were so involved in his education that he KNOWS the value of parents being at his presentations. This presentation will excite your child, teach them new things and give them confidence. We want you to be there to share in their excitement and to be able to support, understand and nourish that excitement back home.

Mike has created a system for solving complex math problems by using a series of patterns and short-cuts that demystify how numbers work. He also teaches how parents and children can work together to greatly improve the child's memory and focus. You can learn more about Mike and the Brainetics program at and

Mike and his Brainetics program were put to the test on ABC’s 20/20 news program. He also won the title of “Superhuman” this summer on Fox’s TV show, “Superhuman”!

Mike receives thousands of letters from parents every year stating that the hour they spent at the show has positively impacted the way they work with their children! This is an educational presentation. Please let the teacher know you will be joining us by signing and returning your RSVP. Mike looks forward to an AMAZING presentation with you and your child!

Valentine's Day Reminder

We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday! If your child is bringing in Valentine's, please make sure he/she has one for each child in our class. Looking forward to a fun party!

Sight Word Books

Sight words have been a focus for the first half of the year. These are tricky words that are difficult to sound out or are the most common words in text. I will be assessing each child on their sight words this week.

Book Bags

Calling all book bags!! Please send your child's book bag back next week. We will be book shopping and rotating some new books through. Thank you for supporting your reader at home!


This week we started our next story in Ready Gen, How To Plant A Seed. Students planted their own seed to observe as we read the text collections in this unit. Students are working on identifying the main idea with supporting details. They are also using the information from the story to write an informative writing piece. Today we discussed temporal words (first, next, then...) and how they help the reader understand the order of events. In phonics, students are working on their own differentiated sort. As a class, we have discussed the long e sound and the patterns CVCe (i.e. theme), CVVC (i.e. week, the double e's), and a single e (i.e. we, be, me).


We have started our Geometry unit. Students are learning about congruent shapes and the characteristics of each shape. In number corner, we've started to decompose numbers ("break it down") into two smaller numbers. We've also learned how to add three addends by combining to make a 10 (a friendly number we can use in our head).

Dr. Seuss Week / Read Across America Week

Monday 2/24: Cat in the Hat: Crazy Hat & Hair Day

Tuesday 2/25: I Am Not Getting Up Today: Pajama Day

Wednesday 2/26: Wacky Wednesday: Backwards/Mismatch Day

Thursday 2/27: My Many Colored Days: Favorite Color Day AND

Guest Reader Day at Sherwood

Friday 2/28: The Foot Book: Silly Sock & Slipper Day

iRead - SUCCESS!!

I cannot believe how successful our class has been for iRead this year!! I hope that your children continue reading and enjoying books, even though we won't be recording minutes until next year! Thank you for all of your support and encouragement!