Sherwood Elementary

January 2021

A Note From Our Principal

Welcome back to school! We look forward to a great 2021! Our teachers and staff continue their dedication to all students, working hard to ensure their growth. As a result, we are seeing students progressing as readers, writers, mathematicians and critical thinkers.

Be on the lookout for more information about our upcoming Parent Academy. We are looking forward to offering this program once a month beginning at the end of January.

Kristie Gornto

Important Dates

January 4 Teacher workday

January 7 Cohort B report cards distributed

January 11 Cohort A report cards distributed

January 18 MLK Holiday/No School

January 22 Class Picture Day

January 25-29 Great Kindness Challenge

Welcome New Staff Members

We are excited to welcome Elizabeth Waters, Kindergarten teacher, to Sherwood. She will be joined by Penny Mantecon as Teacher Assistant.

We are also excited to welcome Millie Richmond as our new 3rd-5th grade tutor.


We are pleased to recognize the following staff members.

Teacher of the Year

Kelly Sprinkles

New Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Ledford

Teacher Assistant of the Year

Christi Jolley

Check-In Testing

All 3rd-5th graders will participate in NC Check-In #2 the week of January 11-15. Make-up testing will be scheduled from January 19-25.

Parents, please assist us in the following ways:

  • Be sure your child gets a good night's sleep.

  • Be sure your child eats a healthy breakfast.

  • Encourage your child to try their best on the test.

  • Be sure your child is at school on time.

  • Please ensure your child brings his or her chromebook, fully charged, to school each day.

Thank you for your help in making this testing process a success for all of our students!

Reading With Your Child - What to Do?

Talk about the book before you read it. Show the cover and ask your child what the book is about. Talk about the author. Flip through the book, look at the pictures together, and talk about what’s on the jacket flaps.

While reading, stop and ask open-ended questions such as:

  • What do you think will happen next?

  • Why do you think the character did that?

  • What do you think is happening in the picture?

  • Has anything like this ever happened to you?

It’s OK (in fact, it’s great) if your child asks questions while you read. Stop and answer them.

Read with enthusiasm and enjoyment—don’t be afraid to use funny voices or to read louder or more quietly as is appropriate. Show your silly side.

Can your child read a little bit already? If so, take turns reading. You might also try letting them finish sentences that you start. This works especially well if the book has a repeating or rhyming pattern.

After you’ve finished, talk about the book and whether if reminds your child of other books you’ve read together. Ask your child for his or her opinion. Did he or she have a favorite page? If so, feel free to read it again. Better yet, ask your child to read it to you!

December Students of the Month for Kindness

Congratulations to December’s Students of the Month. The following students demonstrated KINDNESS at school: Kaylee Rose, Daisy Martinez, Alivia Hoke, Samantha Gonzalez, Jerry Aranda, Jacob Martell-Lopez, Adalia Shaikh, Skylar Ellis, Mikey Gervacio, Naomi Collins, Hudaifah Jamal, Noelle Haynes, Jeremiah Dew, Saniyah Withrow, Lillyana Black, Aaron Bolton, Taraji Mitchell

January’s character trait is Cooperation

Students are learning about and practicing cooperation by listening to others to understand what they are saying and working together as a team. Students are encouraged to do their best and to make sure everyone feels included. Here are some questions to discuss Cooperation with your child:

  • What do you think teamwork means and why is it important?

  • Tell me about a time you accomplished something with someone else's help. Would you have been successful alone?

  • What is a way that you can work together with students in your class? People at home? People in your community?

  • What are 3 things that you think make it hard to work as a team and 3 things that make it easier?

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