Team Tortorello Newsletter

1st Grade Sherwood

Important Dates and Information

Spirit Week

  • Monday 12/16: School Spirit

  • Tuesday 12/17: PJ day

  • Wednesday 12/18: Sportswear Day

  • Thursday 12/19: Color Day

    • 1- Orange

  • Friday 12/20: Winter Sweaters

Friday, December 20: Early Release @ 1:36

December 23 - January 3: Winter Break

Makerspace Project / Math Scrolls

Next week, students will be given a STEM challenge to create a gingerbread house. The 1st grade teachers are preparing the boxes, but we are asking for any makerspace materials you may want to donate. Suggestions: cardboard, empty containers, paper towel tubes, duct tape, etc.

After break, we will begin creating our own math scrolls. Each child will need one paper towel tube. Thank you!!

Winter Break Challenge

Next week, I will send home the "Winter Break Challenge". This is not meant to be daunting, serious, or involve a lot of rules. Rather, the goal is to keep students reading and writing in FUN ways. From reading in your PJs to sending an email to me, I have included many opportunities for your family to "sneak" in some literacy moments. This will be inside your child's book bag NEXT week.


Students started a new unit this week. We introduced number lines and had fun playing some games to become comfortable jumping forward and backward on a number line. Students completed an Exemplar activity and posted on Seesaw. Today, I introduced students to a new puzzle. Many students wanted to try a few at home. These are posted on Seesaw with directions.


In phonics, students worked on the soft c and soft g sounds. They were also introduced to their new differentiated word sort. In writing, we are working on a personal narrative on a time where we saved and spent money.

Book Bags

The students are super excited to bring their book bags home each Friday! Please send them back on Monday. Thank you for reading with your child at home. It's amazing how only 20 minutes helps!