Reach for the Stars!

Noteworthy News for the Week of 1/21/20

District 112 Education Foundation iRead!

The District 112 iRead challenge is off to a wonderful start in 3K! Please be sure to remind your child to recording their reading minutes on a daily basis!

Since 30 minutes may be counted at school, and any reading at home should be noted on the log, we all decided to keep the reading logs in our binder pockets for safe keeping.

Mrs. Weiss will be sending home a bright orange recording sheet each week for students to provide weekly totals of how many minutes they have read. We will use these totals to fill our class' goal thermometer! We can't wait to watch our thermometer rise as we read, read, read this month! These are always due back on Fridays. (Feel free to reference the informative note that she sent home last Wednesday.)

Since the Sherwood School school wide expectation is for all students to be reading for enjoyment at least 20 minutes a night (weeknights) we will ask that all students record their reading on their iRead logs. Be sure to check out the additional iRead information will also be included in Mrs. Filippi's Panda Prints! Thank you all for your support!

The Stars of 3K are excited to read, read, read!

Carnival Basket

Our room parents are busy preparing a wonderful "Let's Go to the Movies" theme basket! Each class in the school helps to prepare a basket that can be used for the annual raffle at the Sherwood Carnival. Please use this link to sign up for any items you would like to donate! Please send in any donations by Friday, January 31, 2020.

If you have not had a chance to already, please use this link to sign up!

On behalf of the Sherwood PTO, thank you so much for your support!


We look forward to kicking off our next literacy unit midweek! Through the use of our mentor text, Knots on a Counting Rope and Storm in the Night, students will learn how to describe characters and explain how their actions transmit experience. They’ll delve deeper into using context clues to understand higher level vocabulary and recount stories including fables, folktales & myths, from diverse cultures. The stars are certainly reading for meaning and utilizing parts of the text to support their ideas and opinions, through rich discussion and in their writing. They sure shine!

Spelling Update!

This week we will be kicking off a new spelling endeavor! An informative note, a list of this week's words and along a list of fun ways to help practice, will all be sent home on Tuesday. Students will be provided with a list of twelve spelling words on Mondays. (Or, the first day of the school week.) In class we will be focusing on the spelling pattern/rule in which the list of words follow, along with taking part in activities that allow students to use the words in context, identify parts of speech and apply the same pattern/rule to other words. While there will be no assigned spelling homework, students will be provided with a list of ways to help make spelling practice fun and engaging. On Fridays, students will take part in a spelling test of all twelve words. We look forward to this new spelling initiative!


This week will continue working with fractions. We will dig deeper fractions on a number line. We will continue our study of measurement in the form of fractions supporting comparing fractions with sketches. They will be showing this by drawing rectangles or circles and sectioning equal parts Students will also compare and order unit fractions from greatest to least, utilizing the fraction strips we made in class & referring to a number line.

On Friday, the students will take part in a Bridges Unit #4-Measurement & Fraction Post-Assessment. Over the course of the last month students have worked hard through in-class activities, small group opportunities, class forums, hands-on work places, team notes and forming anchor charts displaying visual strategies to help build their knowledge on the concepts covered in our fourth unit. Back by 3K popular demand is our Jeopardy review game! We can't wait to partake on Thursday! Our focus continues to be on helping students grow and learn, therefore we do not place a percent or “grade” on the assessments. We use these as a way to measure growth and an opportunity to reteach concepts & extend student learning. Students know that they are welcome to use resources such as their team notes (in their class notebooks) and any other previous in-class or homework assignments that they feel would be beneficial while taking the assessment. At the end of every unit, families will receive pre & post assessment scores, along with the Bridges mastery scale. Thank you so much for your support!

Water & Climate (Science)

This week, the meteorologists are excited to kick off our unit on Water and Climate. They have already had a chance to generate background knowledge and explore key vocabulary that we will be working with in our unit. We will be conducting investigations to observe the properties of water, Earth’s most precious resource! For example, we'll compare how water drops interact with four materials: paper towel, waxed paper, aluminum foil, and writing paper to observe water absorbency. We'll use what we learned in math to help us measure mass, volume, and perhaps, in some cases, even both. Integrating what they’ve learned in our math sessions will add for opportunities to explore real world experiences!

Scholastic Book Order

Just a friendly reminder that all book orders for this month are due by Wednesday, January 22nd! Thanks so much!

Panda Jar Celebration!

The Stars of 3K have reached the tippity top of our Panda Jar! Hooray! The Kilen Kudos selected a Writer's Circle Sharing Session as their goal! What a unique and inspirational idea!

On Friday, January 24th, all students are welcome to bring in a piece of writing that they would like to share with the class! This is optional, of course! Based on their incredible ability to work together collaboratively and follow our Class Contract, we've been rapidly earning the pandas and filling our jar! Authors, be sure to start spinning your stories! Kudos, kiddos!

We look forward to setting our next Panda Jar goal!

Save the Date for the Sherwood Carnival!

Save the date for the annual Sherwood Carnival! It is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020. Thank you for your support & hope to see you there!

Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks (extra learning opportunities) are a hit! Kudos to the kiddos that opted to take part in this optional opportunity! Please remember that these activities are completely OPTIONAL. Students can access these opportunities on our Reach for the Stars Google Site! If your child is looking for something fun to do this weekend, these just may be the answer your looking for!

Thank You!

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions and feedback. I really appreciate your support!