Reach for the Stars!

Noteworthy News for the Week of 2/18/20

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine's Day! Hope you all relax and enjoy the long weekend! I feel so lucky to have celebrated with my 20 favorite little Valentines!

Thank You, Room Parents!

Thank you to Mrs. Ratskoff, Mrs. Kanter & Mrs. Schachter for planning and hosting such a wonderful Valentine's Day Party in 3K! The love was felt by all!

Special Visit from Mike Byster!

We are pleased to be able to share with you Mike Byster and his amazing and unique Brainetics learning program to our students on Tuesday, February 18th from 9:00-9:40 am in our classroom. (*Please note the change in time!)

Mike’s presentations are formed to cultivate the parent/teacher/student learning triad. We are encouraging you to attend because Mike Byster is in fact a genius, but he wasn’t born a genius. He struggled in school, just just like many kids do. He had amazing parents who encouraged him to find fun ways to learn that worked for him. Kids get their information from school, the internet and many outside places, but they learn HOW to learn at home.

It is because his parents were so involved in his education that he KNOWS the value of parents being at his presentations. This presentation will excite your child, teach them new things and give them confidence. We want you to be there to share in their excitement and to be able to support, understand and nourish that excitement back home.

Mike has created a system for solving complex math problems by using a series of patterns and short-cuts that demystify how numbers work. He also teaches how parents and children can work together to greatly improve the child's memory and focus. You can learn more about Mike and the Brainetics program at and

Mike and his Brainetics program were put to the test on ABC’s 20/20 news program. He also won the title of “Superhuman” this summer on Fox’s TV show, “Superhuman”!

Mike receives thousands of letters from parents every year stating that the hour they spent at the show has positively impacted the way they work with their children! This is an educational presentation. If you are planning to join us, please return the letter that was sent home on Thursday. Mike looks forward to an AMAZING presentation with you and your child!


After delving into the tall tales of Paul Bunyan, we look forward to analyzing a collection of Aesop’s fables and reflecting on short stories with strong central messages. The students have been exposed to enriching texts that have made quite an impression on us, as both readers and authors! Our mentor texts allowed us to learn about these special literary genres! We loved identifying the many forms of figurative language that help to make these tales more descriptive! We were also able to really discuss and consider an author’s, reader’s and a character’s point of view. We look forward to digging deeper to integrate this new knowledge in our opinion writing!


This week we'll embark upon Aesop’s famous fables, The Sun and the Wind and The Fox and the Crow. We look forward to identifying the “morals” of the stories! We'll then stretch our opinion writing skills to determine which one has a stronger central message. Our authors are hard at work!


Students led one another in great discussions and mathematical conversations, rich with new vocabulary! Our Division Math Forum was a huge success!

We look forward to taking what we know about multiplication and division and connecting it to finding area in polygons and real life applicable word problems. We also can't wait to learn another hands-on learning workplace, Division Capture!

Water & Climate (Science)

This week we'll review information all about the water cycle! We'll also be learning about various types of natural disasters. This will help us build background knowledge for an upcoming ELA nonfiction study in early spring! The 3K stars see the value in integrated learning!

Panda Jar Celebration!

The Stars of 3K celebrated with their Choice Time celebration this week! They also set their next class extra class recess. I admire the way that the class works hard to earn their pandas and fill our jar! I am so proud of the many positive choices students are making throughout the school day! 3K shines!

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!