Reach for the Stars!

Noteworthy News for the Week of 1/27/20

District 112 Education Foundation iRead!

The District 112 iRead challenge is off to a wonderful start in 3K! Please be sure to remind your child to recording their reading minutes on a daily basis!

Since 30 minutes may be counted at school, and any reading at home should be noted on the log, we all decided to keep the reading logs in our binder pockets for safe keeping.

Each week, Mrs. Weiss sends home a colored recording sheet (entitled, Halftime Report) for students to provide weekly totals of how many minutes they have read. We will also use these totals to fill our class' goal thermometer! We can't wait to watch our thermometer rise as we read, read, read this month! These are always due back on Fridays. (Feel free to reference the informative note that she sent home at the start of the iRead!)

Since the Sherwood School school wide expectation is for all students to be reading for enjoyment at least 20 minutes a night (weeknights) we will ask that all students record their reading on their iRead logs. Be sure to check out the additional iRead information will also be included in Mrs. Filippi's Panda Prints! Thank you all for your support!

The Stars of 3K are excited to read, read, read!

Carnival Basket

Our room parents are busy preparing a wonderful "Let's Go to the Movies" theme basket! Each class in the school helps to prepare a basket that can be used for the annual raffle at the Sherwood Carnival. It's not too late to join in the fun! Please use this link to sign up for any items you would like to donate! Please send in any donations by Friday, January 31, 2020.

If you have not had a chance to already, please use this link to sign up!

On behalf of the Sherwood PTO, thank you so much for your support!

Valentine's Day!

We are looking forward to upcoming Valentine’s Day celebrations! Since students will not be at school on Friday, February 14th, we look forward to celebrating on Thursday, February 13th. Our room parents are planning a special celebration and we are sure to have a wonderful time in class that afternoon!

In order to keep all students safe, this year Sherwood Pandas are asked not to send in any edible Valentine items. If students do choose to bring Valentines for the class, please ensure that they bring one for every child in our class. (They are welcome to bring individual Valentines for any students in other classes.) Students are welcome to attach non-edible items such as stickers, stampers, pencils, etc to their Valentines.

Secret Cupids!

Next Friday, we will select our Secret Cupids! This community-building activity is a great way to show kindness and share compliments leading up to Valentine’s Day! An informative letter will also be sent home next Friday, along with a list of your child’s Secret Cupid’s favorite things! This information, along with the brainstorming sheet, may be helpful in preparing their Valentine mailbox! At school, students will be providing their Secret Cupids with compliments and clues leading up to Valentine’s Day! Students will be asked to decorate a mailbox for their Secret Cupid to use as a Valentine holder. Please be sure to bring in your mailboxes to school by Thursday, February 13th, in order for your Secret Cupid to have a special container for their Valentines! f your child will not be at school on Thursday, February 13th, please send the mailbox in early! Thanks so much for your support!


Through the use of our mentor text, Knots of a Counting Rope and Storm in the Night, students are learning to describe characters and explain how their actions transmit experiences. We’re delving deeper into using context clues to understand higher level vocabulary and recount stories including fables, folktales & myths, from diverse cultures. We are also focusing on making inferences and drawing conclusions. to The stars are certainly reading for meaning and utilizing parts of the text to support their ideas and opinions, through rich discussion and in their writing. They sure shine!


You may have heard all about our great debates in class! These, along with the beloved text, Duck Rabbit, will serve as our segue into our next form of opinion writing. Students will be working together and then independently writing opinion pieces linked to both fiction and nonfiction mentor text. They’ll continue to use the writing process to form pieces that include supportive reasoning to defend their claims. It’s been a true pleasure to watch students express their ideas and opinions freely! It appears we have some future lawyers and possible politicians in our classroom!


This week we will kick off our next math Unit #5, devoted toward Multiplication & Division. Be sure to check out the Bridges Unit #5 Family Overview that will be sent home with your child on Monday. It has helpful vocabulary & strategies, along with a frequently answered questions portion.

In preparation for an activity to help connect multiplication and division, this week we will brainstorm a list of things that come in fours. We will then come to a consensus and select one of the ideas. Students will each draw a visual to be used for the activity. After students share observations about the Fours Chart from the previous session, we will work together to label the chart with multiplication and division equations. The third grade mathematicians will build and discuss rectangular arrays to represent multiplication and division story problems. We're in for fun & learning in math this week!

Water & Climate (Science)

This week, the meteorologists are excited to kick off our unit on Water and Climate. They have already had a chance to generate background knowledge and explore key vocabulary that we will be working with in our unit. We will be conducting investigations to observe the properties of water, Earth’s most precious resource! For example, we'll compare how water drops interact with four materials: paper towel, waxed paper, aluminum foil, and writing paper to observe water absorbency. We'll use what we learned in math to help us measure mass, volume, and perhaps, in some cases, even both. Integrating what they’ve learned in our math sessions will add for opportunities to explore real world experiences!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Jett & Marlowe!

Visit from Officer Amy

We look forward to our 3rd grade visit from Officer Amy on Tuesday afternoon! She'll be sharing out ways in which we can stay safe when using electronic devices!

Panda Jar Celebration!

The Stars of 3K set their next goal....Free Choice Time! The class is working hard to continue to earn their pandas and fill our jar! I am so proud of the many positive choices students are making throughout the school day!

Save the Date for the Sherwood Carnival!

Save the date for the annual Sherwood Carnival! It is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020. Thank you for your support & hope to see you there!

Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks (extra learning opportunities) are a hit! Kudos to the kiddos that opted to take part in this optional opportunity! Please remember that these activities are completely OPTIONAL. Students can access these opportunities on our Reach for the Stars Google Site! If your child is looking for something fun to do this weekend, these just may be the answer your looking for!

Thank You!

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions and feedback. I really appreciate your support!