News From the Nest

Thursday, April 28th


Such a short week this week! Our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry was a huge success! The students all had a wonderful time and learned many new things about science. Hopefully this new knowledge will transfer to working on projects during Genius Hour! Thank you to all the parents that volunteered to help us out!


We started reading about forces and motion and discussing reading strategies to help with reading important nonfiction texts. Next week we will focus on gaining understanding by focusing on specialized vocabulary words and determining main idea when reading.

Students are encouraged to read nonfiction texts during this unit, as well as chapter books at their level. All students should be working towards reaching their AR goal during their independent reading time and while reading at home. Reading logs should be completed every night to help students monitor their own reading strategies.


This week we read various poems and determined some writing techniques poets use, including repetition, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and rhyming. Next week we will look closely at how poems can focus on what we see, hear, and feel and put this into creative words. We will also attempt our first writing of poetry next week.


This week we continued working with quadrilaterals and their attributes and partitioning shapes into equal parts. Next week, we should back to a regular schedule and able to work in our guided reading groups/stations. We will begin area/perimeter and students will have the opportunity to create a project using these measuring techniques.

Students can continue to practice multiplication and division facts on and/or


Students continued to work on their Genius Hour projects this week. I am so proud of how much each child is learning during this process and how much problem solving is happening in the room! Next Genius Hour session will be next Thursday.


Student Council is conducting a fundraiser to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation. Our student council reps explained this horrible disease to our class and showed us a short video of the life of a family living with this disease. The students will also be collecting used books on Monday and Tuesday to sell during Open House to help with this fundraiser. Please consider donating to support this cause between May 2nd and May 13th. There is a note in Friday folders and I am including some websites that give more information about this disease below.

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On May 5th, the Woodridge School District 68 Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) will be hosting their first ever Multi-Cultural Event. Anchored around 5 de mayo, this event will showcase primary students reciting songs they have learned in class. A special presentation of a traditional Mexican Folkloric dance will be presented by an invited guest. Students of other cultures will also have work on display highlighting their culture and traditions.

A Few Reminders...

  • Signed Friday Folders due Monday, May 2nd
  • Reading Logs due Monday, May 2nd
  • No School tomorrow
  • Open House Wednesday, May 4th

Woodridge 68 Mission Statement

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.