Third Grade Reach for the Stars

Mrs. Roberts

Mark your Calendars!

  • February 8th- Sherwood Carnival!
  • February 12- Author Visit
  • February 13th- Valentine's Day Afternoon Celebration
  • February 14th- Teachers Institute- No Student Attendance
  • February 17th- Presidents Day- No School
  • February 18th- Mike Byster Visit

Upcoming Events

Sherwood Carnival- I look forward to seeing you all at the Carnival! I will be there the first hour volunteering at the prize table! Thank you so much for your ongoing support as we celebrate another amazing Sherwood Tradition.

Author Visit- Liesl Shutliff - Feb. 12th- We look forward to our upcoming author visit with Liesl Shurtliff! She will be joining our third and fourth grade classes this Wednesday, February 12th! A special thanks to Mrs. Weiss for planning this amazing opportunity!

Mike Byster Visit- Feb 18th @ 10:50-11:30 Today, students brought home an invitation for parents to come in for a presentation with Mike Byster. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP by returning the signed slip! We hope to see you there!

Read Across America- Staff and Students will celebrate together with a spirit week!

Monday 2/24: Cat in the Hat: Crazy Hat & Hair Day

Tuesday 2/25: I Am Not Getting Up Today: Pajama Day

Wednesday 2/26: Wacky Wednesday: Backwards/Mismatch Day

Thursday 2/27: My Many Colored Days: Favorite Color Day AND

Guest Reader Day at Sherwood

Friday 2/28: The Foot Book: Silly Sock & Slipper Day

Valentines Day Updates

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.

5 Essentials 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).

Secret Cupid

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!

English Language Arts


We look forward to delving into the tall tales of Paul Bunyan: Growing Up! This mentor text will not only allow us to learn about this special literary genre, but also further explore the characters’ actions and themes embedded within each tale. We’ll also take a close look at the many forms of figurative language that help to makes these tales more telling!


You may have heard all about our great debates in class! These will lead us into our next form of opinion writing. Students will be working together and then independently writing opinion pieces linked to both fiction and nonfiction mentor text. They’ll 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! It appears we have some future lawyers and possible politicians in our classroom!


Students led one another in great discussions and mathematical conversations, rich with new vocabulary! Our Division Math Forum was a huge success! This week we will continue to work with fact families and different strategies to help build a deeper understanding of the connection between multiplication and division!

We will also learn a new Work Place called Line ’Em Up, which reinforces the use of an array model for division, provides an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the operation, and produces interesting patterns that will engage all learners!

Science- Water & Climate

This week, the meteorologists are excited to kick off our unit on Water and Climate.

This week we will conduct investigations to observe the properties of water, Earth’s most precious resource! They’ll compare how water drops interact with four materials: paper towel, waxed paper, aluminum foil, and writing paper to observe how water absorbency. Later in the week the students will engage in a challenge to measure how much water a dry sponge can soak up. They’ll determine this by measuring mass, volume, or perhaps even both. Integrating what they’ve learned in our math sessions will add for opportunities to explore real world experiences!

Bernie's Book Bank

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!

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!

Students who complete THREE opportunity knocks activities by Friday, will have the chance to enter my class prize bin! If your child is looking for something fun to do this weekend, these just may be the answer you're looking for!

Scholastic Book Orders

Here is the link to online order books using our classroom code!