Reach for the Stars!
Noteworthy News for the Week of 2/3/20
District 112 Education Foundation iRead!
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).
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.
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!
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.