Reed School's March Newsletter

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PARCC Testing is the week of March 12th

Students in grades 3 through 8 will be participating in the computer-based PARCC Assessment.

Please click on the link below to view PARCC letter from Mark Fleming

Please Note: March 20th is an Election Day and a Teacher Institute Day- There are no classes for students

Family Math Night

Thanks to all the families who joined us for our annual Family Math Night, Dr. Seuss style! It was apparent from all the smiles that fun was had by all!

Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day Celebrated on March 2nd

On Friday, March 2nd, Reed School celebrated Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America Day! We participated in a variety of literacy activities throughout the day which focused on Dr. Seuss books while promoting a love for reading.

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St. Baldrick's Days at Reed School

St. Baldrick's Days at Reed School

March 26th Dollar Day Fundraiser

Our own Mr. Jim will be having his head shaved during our Monday Morning Meeting with the students.

Bring in a Dollar on Monday and Wear your pajamas to school on Tuesday!

All money raised goes to St Baldrick's Pediatric Cancer Research.

Spirit Days

Monday, March 26th - Wear St. Baldrick’s Spirit Day T-Shirts

Tuesday, March 27th - Pajama Day

Wednesday, March 28th - Wear Green Clothing Day

Thursday, March 29th - Reed Spirit Wear Day

St. Jude Mathathon: Reed Students Raise Money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Reed School just wrapped up its annual St. Jude Mathathon event. This fundraiser raises funds and awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and childhood cancers. Students were invited to complete a variety of math activities and seek sponsors to support their efforts. Donations raised were based on the activities that the students completed. This fundraiser ran from January 8th through February 9th. This year 22 students participated in the mathathon, raising a grand total of $3,584.00. Reed Elementary School has raised $96,187.92 for St. Jude since 1998. It's so empowering for students to see that their efforts can truly make a difference.
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Walk to Read...

Walk to Read continues to morph at Reed. As you know, it's a 30 minute time period that has been dedicated primarily to the area of reading using flexible groupings over the past several years. Recently we've added some math activities into the mix. We're always looking at ways to meet the needs of students.

Reed's February Students of the Month

Reed students who demonstrated responsible citizenship throughout February 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 (Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Peaceful) 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!

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Meet the Authors Via Skype

Some of our second grade friends were able to have lunch with Mrs. Wedewer and then enjoy a Meet the Author event via Skype. Students were able to listen to authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver came up with ideas for their books. They imparted a great message to the students: Each of us is unique. You need to find your talent. You can be anything! Students were also able to see students pose questions to the authors from across the world- from New York to England. What a great experience for our students!
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Mark Your Calendars: Spring Break is Quickly Approaching!

Spring Break will take place the first week of April this year, running Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 6th. School resumes on Monday, April 8th.

Please note: There is no school on Friday, March 30th as it is a Board Holiday.

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News from the Music Room

March is just around the corner, and we will celebrate Music In Our Schools Month! I would like to invite parents (or a special person like a grandparent, aunt/uncle, neighbor) to come to Music Class with their child! This will be a chance for you to get a little taste of what goes on in our music classes at Reed School, and you should be prepared to participate! Please see the schedule below, and look for your child’s homeroom teacher to see what time they have music. Third Graders will be on Thursday, March 22. Second Graders will be on Friday, March 23.

Thursday, March 22

9:05-9:35 Mrs. Billquist

9:50-10:20 Mrs. Kubilius

10:35-11:05 Mrs. Lustyk

1:05-1:35 Mrs. Sinram

2:05-2:35 Mrs. Shramuk

2:35-3:05 Mrs. Larson

Friday, March 23

9:05-9:35 Mrs. Krueger

10:05-10:35 Mrs. Reynolds

10:35-11:05 Mrs. Hicks

1:05-1:35 Mrs. Amsden

1:50-2:20 Mrs. Ternig

2:20-2:50 Mrs. Tacchia

Other important music dates to keep in mind:

Thursday, April 26 District 92 Elementary Choral Festival at Oak Prairie School

(details TBA, Third Grade Choir Only)

Wednesday, May 23 Second Grade Spring Musical 10:00 and 2:00

News from the Art Room

The 2nd grade students are finishing up their Peter Max inspired heart paintings. I am so proud of the hard work they’ve done and I can’t wait to hang them in the hallway! For our next project, we’ll be learning about French artist Henri Rousseau, who is known for his exotic jungle paintings. We’ll be reading the book The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, learning how to draw a tiger, and creating our own multi-media jungle collages!

The 3rd grade students are currently working on their Northern Lights projects that were postponed from the fall. We watched an interesting science video that explained what causes the Northern Lights. We’ve splatter-painted starry skies and are working on drawing arctic/antarctic animal silhouettes. The last step will be to create the beautiful Northern Lights themselves with pastel chalk.

News from P.E.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 1st for Family Fitness Night!

We just finished cup stacking and we know for a fact the students loved it! There are many benefits to cup stacking. It works on your fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, ambidexterity, and many other things too. There are not many activities that have both sides of your brain working at the same time. Cup stacking is one of them. You can get these cups for yourself on! You can work on the stacks we learned at home. It is very beneficial to all ages.

We are now working on team building. We have been playing Cross the River. It is an activity that really makes you communicate with others. You have to use the items given to make it across the "river". If you fall in you and your team have to start over. This is a student/staff favorite.

Please don't forget to be working on your Raging Waves sheet to earn your free ticket.

It is due April 9th.

Please don't forget to follow us on Twitter! @Reed_PE_92

2018-2019 Registration

Watch for 2018-2019 registration packets coming home on March 16th. Forms will need to be updated and returned by March 28th. There is also an early payment discount of $10 per student if received before May 18th.