News From the Nest

Holiday Break


Upon returning from winter break, we spent time this week getting reacquainted with classmates and teammates. We did several activities to help us share our experiences over break and to review the class rules and expectations. We even welcomed a new student to our class this week as well!


After taking the unit 2 fiction test, we were introduced to our nonfiction unit in reading. This week we reviewed the different text features found in nonfiction books and how we can use these features to help us better understand what we have read. Next week we will focus on the different ways nonfiction text is organized and how this helps us to be better, stronger readers. Each guided reading group will be reading and studying about a famous person over the next few weeks.

Our quarterly STAR testing and fluency assessment will be done next week.

In writing, we began our unit on opinion writing. Students have already written a few fast pieces on topics they feel strongly about and reasons things should be changed. Next week we will focus on people and places we feel passionate about as well.


We spent several days reviewing and practicing distributive property for division and when multiplying larger numbers. Students were even able to multiply 4 digits by 1 digit today in class! Next week we will use this information and strategy to help determine area of rectangles.

I will continue to test students on multiplication facts in both oral and written formats. Students now have a choice as to how they would like to be tested. All third graders should have mastered the 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 5's, 10's and 11's by the end of the quarter.

Quarterly STAR math test will be administered next week.

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.


The next session of our After School Program begins on January 19th. There is an informational letter in your child's Friday Folder explaining the options for third graders. If your child would like to be part of Science club, they should turn in their permission slip on Monday morning.

A Few Reminders...


  • Signed Friday Folders due Monday, January 11, 2016
  • Reading Logs due Monday, January 11, 2016
  • Last day of second quarter and last day for AR quizzes is Friday, January 22nd
  • ELL ACCESS Testing begins next week (notice coming home on Monday for all students involved
  • Any parent interested in Gifted nominations, please click here

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.