Team Tortorello Newsletter

1st Grade Sherwood

Important Dates and Information

Tuesday, February 4: 100th Day of School Celebration

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

Hip, Hip, Hooray! It's the 100th Day!

The 100th Day of School is quickly approaching! We will celebrate on Tuesday, February 4th. To make it extra special, students are encouraged to dress like they are 100 years old. We tour the school and take a bunch of pictures. Students complete many 100 themed activities throughout the day. Wigs, makeup, props... we've seen it all! The kids have a BLAST. Please let me know if you have any questions!

iRead Week 2

We are rocking the iRead! We read over 4,000 minutes this week to keep the trophy!! Our class total for both weeks is over 7,000. Every minute counts!! Thank you for supporting your reader at home and helping them see how fun reading can be. On to week 3!

Valentine's Day Celebration

If your child would like to pass out Valentine's Day Cards to the class please send them in on Feb. 13th. They will have time to pass them out before our party/service project. On Monday, students will be given a class list. NO CANDY, please. If you have any questions, please let me know.


This week students worked with nonfiction to learn about penguins. We talked about slowing down when reading nonfiction text because there are so many facts and text elements on each page. We also discussed how asking questions as you read helps you stay focused on help you check your understanding. Next week, students will complete penguin research on their own. Students practiced identifying short e and long e sounds and we continue to review contractions. In writing, students worked on picking a topic, forming an opinion statement and thinking of 3 or 4 reasons to support their statement. Students are also increasing their stamina and working on their own writing pieces during writing workshop. Next Friday, we will have our first "Author's Chair" where students can share their writing with their peers.


This week, we wrapped up our number line unit. Students worked on skip counting forward and backwards by 10, showing their work on a number line and solving word problems using different strategies. Next week, we will take our pretest for our geometry unit and complete some fun penguin themed math.

Questions To Ask Your Child

  • Can you tell me some facts about penguins?
  • Can you add short e words to this list? test, belt, net...
  • Can you add long e words to this list? theme, eve... (we did discuss ee / ea vowel teams)
  • Can you skip count forward by 10s? Start at 0... Start at 4... Start at 6...
  • Who will win the traveling trophy next week?