News From the Nest

November 16-20, 2015


The excitement of the day was the unexpected fire drill this morning! While maintenance was working on some equipment, they tripped the fire alarm. A fire truck appeared, giving us one more opportunity to show off our ability to line up and exit the classroom quickly and quietly!

It was great to see so many third graders and their families at the Family Reading Night last night. Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves as much as the teachers did!!

Next week is American Education Week. We will kick off the week with students wearing their favorite Team Jersey. I apologize for not informing the students of this today! Hopefully students are writing letters to the troops at home with a parent. I will be collecting these during the week to send out to troops overseas.


This week, we worked on finishing up our Storyboard That! online comic strip of the fairy tale adaptation we read last week. Next week we will be publishing this to the web! We also worked on creating the rest of our changes that we will be making in our fairy tale adaptations next week.

In reading, we read folktales from different cultures, such as the African tale of Anansi the Spider and the Russian tale of Baba Yaga. Students looked for literary and cultural language as they read other folktales on their own.


With a day off in the middle of the week for Veteran's Day and a sub on Monday, we did not accomplish as much in math as I had hoped. We will be making our multiplication booklets and cutting multiplication flash card triangles next week. We will also be focusing on the properties of multiplication, including communicative, associative, and distributive. These properties will help students build a stronger understanding of multiplication that should help with memorizing.

Memorizing multiplication facts is crucial at this age. All mathematical concepts from now on will most likely rely on knowing these facts automatically, as well as being able to determine patterns on the multiplication chart. While we will focus on these skills daily, any additional assistance at home in helping your child practice these facts will be extremely beneficial.

Parent / Teacher Conferences

I have received almost all of the conference time confirmation forms. I will try to send a reminder of the time and date of your conference in next week's Friday Folders.

Report Cards will be sent home on Monday.

I look forward to meeting all of you at conference time to discuss your child's progress and plans for moving forward.

A Few Reminders...

  • Signed Friday Folders due Monday
  • Reading Log due Monday
  • Stuff The Turkey Food Drive ends November 20th
  • Parent Teacher Conferences Monday, Nov. 23 and Tues. Nov 24

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.