Reach for the Stars!

Noteworthy News for the Week of 2/3/20

District 112 Education Foundation iRead!

3K is certainly "in the game" and working as a "team" to help raise our class iRead thermometer by logging our iRead minutes! 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.

Each week, Mrs. Weiss sends home a colored recording sheet (entitled, Halftime Report) for students to provide weekly totals of how many minutes they have read. We will also 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 at the start of the iRead!)

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 determined to read, read, read!

5 Essentials Parent Survey

PLEASE participate in the parent portion of the 5Essentials survey. This survey will contribute to the District 112 Illinois Report Card data and will help us with our improvement efforts.

Click this Link to Start the Parent Survey (10 mins approx. completion time).

Carnival Basket

Thank you to all that donated toward our wonderful "Let's Go to the Movies" theme basket! A special thanks to Mrs. Schachter for putting our basket together!

Valentine's Day!

We are looking forward to upcoming Valentine’s Day celebrations! Since students will not be at school on Friday, February 14th, we look forward to celebrating on Thursday, February 13th. Our room parents are planning a special celebration and we are sure to have a wonderful time in class that afternoon!

In order to keep all students safe, this year Sherwood Pandas are asked not to send in any edible Valentine items. If students do choose to bring Valentines for the class, please ensure that they bring one for every child in our class. (They are welcome to bring individual Valentines for any students in other classes.) Students are welcome to attach non-edible items such as stickers, stampers, pencils, etc to their Valentines.

Secret Cupids!

Today (Friday) we will select our Secret Cupids! This community-building activity is a great way to show kindness and share compliments leading up to Valentine’s Day! An informative letter will also be sent home next today, along with a list of your child’s Secret Cupid’s favorite things! This information, along with the brainstorming sheet, may be helpful in preparing their Valentine mailbox! At school, students will be providing their Secret Cupids with compliments and clues leading up to Valentine’s Day! Students will be asked to decorate a mailbox for their Secret Cupid to use as a Valentine holder. Please be sure to bring in your mailboxes to school by Thursday, February 13th, in order for your Secret Cupid to have a special container for their Valentines! f your child will not be at school on Thursday, February 13th, please send the mailbox in early! Thanks so much for your support!


This week we will delve into our next mentor text, Storm in the Night! Students will see firsthand how author Mary Stolz is able to naturally embed figurative language to help “show” rather than “tell” her readers information. Students will learn to describe characters and explain how their actions transmit experiences. They’ll also closely look to see how using inferencing skills helps us to further understand characters’ traits and allow us to identify the mood and tone of the story. In the weeks to come, students will soon be asked to form an opinion piece determining which story they believe had a stronger central message. They will be asked to use text evidence to support their claims. It is so incredible to see the reading and writing connection hard at work in 3K!


You may have heard all about our great debates in class! These served as a fun & engaging segue into our opinion writing. The students are currently using a graphic organizer to complete their first opinion essay devoted toward favorite seasons. They continue to use the writing process to form pieces that include supportive reasoning to defend their claims. It’s been a true pleasure to watch students express their ideas and opinions freely!


This week the third grade mathematicians built and discussed arrays to represent both multiplication and division equations. We are investigating the relationship between these two operations and will continue to work with matching word problems to their correct equations. Next week students will organize their solutions for a story problem on a special problem-solving sheet, estimate a reasonable answer for the problem, write an equation to represent the situation, explain the task briefly, and then show their mathematical thinking. This will also allow us to review fact families to help them better understand the connection between multiplication and division.

Water & Climate (Science)

The scientists have learned all about our precious resource, water. Be sure to ask them all about the three forms of water! In addition, we've been discussing absorbency (based on our science experiment this week) and surface tension. We look forward to learning more about water flow the stages of water turning from a liquid to solid.

Panda Jar Celebration!

The Stars of 3K are already halfway to their next goal....Free Choice Time! The class is working hard to continue to earn their pandas and fill our jar! I am so proud of the many positive choices students are making throughout the school day!

Guest Teacher Present on Tuesday

All the third grade teachers will be attending a ReadyGEN training on Tuesday, February 4th. Therefore, a guest teacher will be present in class that day. Thank you!

Bernie's Book Bank Donations

Do you have any books that always seem to stay in the same place on your shelf? Please consider donating any slightly used books to the Sherwood PTO's Bernie’s Book Bank Drive! Feel free to check out the PTO Blast for more information about this great charitable opportunity!

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!