Reed School's March Newsletter

Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing

Our 3rd grade students will be participating in the IAR Testing April 9th, 10th, and 11th.

A letter regarding the testing will be sent from Dr. Mark Fleming, Interim Superintendent of Schools.

Family Math Night

On Thursday, March 7th, Reed School students and their families were invited to a night of hands-on fun, Dr. Seuss style. The evening was divided into three breakout sessions. All activities were math-based and sessions included Green Eggs and Ham tic-tac-toe, QR Code Hunt, Measurement Fun, Tech Corner, and make and take games. From the smiles on people's faces, it's apparent that everyone had an enjoyable time. As Dr. Seuss would say, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Thanks to everyone who joined us!

Reed's March Students of the Month

Reed students who demonstrated responsible citizenship throughout March 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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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 also no school on Friday, April 19th and Monday, April 22nd as they are Board Holidays.

Social Work Corner

As a social worker, I see students for a variety of reasons- many of which pertain to tragedy and loss. It can be very difficult for children to navigate their emotions, but it is important they get the support they need to help them get through such a difficult time. If your child has experienced tragedy or loss, please never hesitate to reach out.

Pennies for Patients Top Collectors

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Congratulations to our students with Perfect Attendance for the 2nd Trimester!

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Our 3rd Grade Math Team Rocks!

Our 3rd Grade Math Team placed 10th among the participating teams on their second contest for the Illinois Council of Teaching Mathematics. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication. Congratulations!

March Composer of the Month

Our Composer for the Month of March was Amy Beach. During lunch, students listened to some of her wonderful music, including the Gaelic Symphony and some of her chamber works.

3rd Grade Power Time Unit

Some 3rd grade students researched Ancient Egypt and created pyramids. Each group coded a Sphero to act as a guide to explain their creations.
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News from the Music Room

Happy Spring! This is always an exciting time for Music at Reed School! The Second Graders will be performing their Spring Musical, Pajama Party. It will take place on Friday, May 17. There will be two programs, one at 10:00 and one at 2:00. We ask that if your last name begins with A-M, please try to attend the 10:00 show if possible. If your last name begins with N-Z, please try to attend the 2:00 show if possible.

The Third Grade Choir students are busy rehearsing for our upcoming District 92 Elementary Choral Festival at Oak Prairie Junior High School. It will be on Thursday, April 25. Choir students who have turned in permission forms will be bussed to Oak Prairie at approximately 2:00. They will have a fun and musical afternoon rehearsing with the Ludwig choirs and eating pizza! They will perform a concert for family and friends at 6:30 in the Oak Prairie gym. The concert will be over by 7:15, so if you are unable to attend the concert, they will need to be picked up at that time from Oak Prairie.

The choir is also busy preparing to sing “America Rocks” at the Chicago Wolves game on Sunday, April 14. Our choir will perform from a designated area in the stands during one of the intermissions. Our choir name will appear on the LED boards around the Arena, and the students will be spotlighted and featured on the jumbo tron! The game starts at 4:00, and our performance will take place at about 5:00.

The choir will also be performing at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah! Our students will not physically be there, but they will be appearing on a video screen singing with other children from across the United States! The event is called Hope of America. It is the nation’s largest patriotic student showcase to honor America, our Military, and our First Responders. I will be sending in a recording of our students singing two songs, and this recording will be used at the event on May 7, 8 and 9 in the 22,000 seat Marriot Arena on the campus of BYU.

Mrs. Riopell

News from the Art Room

The 2nd grade students will be learning about French artist Henri Rousseau. Rousseau, a self-taught artist, is best known for his exotic jungle paintings. The students will be drawing a tiger in the jungle, using colored pencils and pastel chalk. We'l be painting paper in a variety of green hues to cut and create jungle plants and leaves.

The 3rd grade students are currently busy drawing "backyard" birds. Our Audubon inspired project should be completed later in the month. In addition, we'll be using our iPads to identify and research our chosen birds. I look forward to learning along with the students!

Mrs. Deckinga

News from Physical Education

Congratulations for completing all of your fitness tests! Remember you only get a spirit stick if you improved on all four tests from the fall. We will begin Zumba and Cup Stacking the month of April. As it starts to get warmer out we will be trying to get outside more which means we will start to cover soccer and review kickball. Please remember that the ground is still soft and we don't want to track mud in. Please try to have a 2nd pair of shoes that you keep in your locker. We will continue with the mile challenge after break, and thank you to all that attended the fitness night. Don't forget that you need to get 60 minutes of play everyday to stay healthy! Get outside and play and soak in the sun!

Ms. Little and Mrs. Dietz

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