Team Tortorello Newsletter

1st Grade Sherwood

Important Dates and Information

Monday, March 2: No School, Casimir Pulaski Day

Wednesday, March 4: Author Visit, Barb Rosenstock @ 11AM

Thursday, March 5: 2nd Grade Sing @ 10 AM

Friday, March 13: Red Oak Jungle Book Performance @ SW 9AM

Thursday, March 19: Early Release @ 1:36PM , Conferences 3:30 - 8 PM

Friday, March 20: No School, Conferences 8AM - 12PM

March 23 - March 27: Spring Break

Looking for Morning Bin Supplies

We love our Friday Morning Bins! Each week we take 10-15 minutes to build, create, share, discuss and work as a team. It's a great team building experience for our tables. If you happen to have any morning bin supplies that you are no longer using, we would love to take them off your hands. Our past/current bins have included Legos, gears, unifix cubes, pattern blocks, Lincoln logs, cups, Kinex, etc. Thank you!!

Spring Conferences

Hard to believe spring conferences are in a month! You should have received an email from PCTFast to sign up. They are 15 minutes long and it is just parent / teacher. If you have not signed up, please click the link in the email and pick the time that works best for you. I know many might be traveling. If so, we can schedule a phone conference during our conference window. A pre conference sheet will be sent home a week ahead of conferences. If you have questions, please let me know!

Leprechaun Traps

We will be designing and building leprechaun traps with our 4th grade buddies for St. Patrick's Day. We are in need of makerspace materials. Any of the following would be helpful for our builders:

- boxes

- tape

- paper towel tubes

- wrapping paper

- anything that would attract a leprechaun


Reading: This week we read about our solar system. Students learned how to use the dictation function on Seesaw to record their wonderings as they learn about the planets and stars. We discussed how good readers ask questions as they read and how to identify key ideas by locating details. We are enjoying reading nonfiction and will continue next week when we research a planet.

Phonics: Students worked on the syllable pattern CV (hi, go, we, me...) and how it usually makes a long vowel sound at the end. We brainstormed words with the consonant patterns -ng and -nk. Students also worked with their differentiated word sort.

Writing: We used our journals quite a bit this week. Students used the planet text to connect to a personal experience and write about when they saw the stars in the night sky. We also learned that we can write about a topic and include our observations from the text, illustrations, text features and our own life. Students created their own diagram of our solar system and today students wrote their own review of a Dr. Seuss book.

Handwriting: We have officially finished our Handwriting Without Tears book! These will be sent home at conferences.


We spent the week working with fractions. Students ended the week with fraction bingo. To help make the connection from math to the real world, I've asked students to look for fractions when they are outside of school. We are working on a vocabulary sheet showing our understanding the fractions 1/2, 1/3, 1.4, 3/4, 2/4. Next week, we will review and test on shapes and fractions.

We will start a new number corner focus next week!

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • Can you brainstorm words that end in -ng?
  • Can you brainstorm words that end in -nk?
  • Tell me about fractions. What fractions have you learned about in class?
  • When you think of this week, tell me something you are proud of.
  • When you think of this week, tell me about a challenge you overcame.
  • What is something kind you did this week?