Caryl Witt

(630) 834-5562 x4539 

Winter Break is over and I hope you and your family had a relaxing and enjoyable time together!  Thank you to all the parents who helped prepare and organize our class holiday party!  The children had a wonderful time celebrating together!


READING WORKSHOP includes both fiction and nonfiction texts.  Students need to identify specific text features for both types of texts.  Our focus will be on these Common Core Standards:

R.L.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

R.F.1.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

R.L.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message/main topic or lesson.            

R.F.1.3 Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

R.I.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

R.I. 2 Identify the main topic and key details in an informational text.

In addition to these standards, high frequency words will be introduced each week. Students are expected to read the words quickly and write them accurately in their daily writing. Words include:

1/6    been, our, but, your
1/13    from, them, man, what
1/20  here, saw, play, who
1/27  after, with, there, they


EUREKA MATH, a progressive sequenced program connects math to the real world. Students are expected to persevere to solve problems and explain their thinking to build deeper understanding of the  mathematical  process. Each day we will work together on a focused skill.


The students will be engaged in a very interactive unit on magnets.  Using the scientific method of asking questions, constructing hypothesis, conducting experiments, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions; the students will investigate the properties of magnetic attraction. 


During this time of year, we focus on important historical figures.  This month, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his appeal for equality will be our subject.

Geography lessons will include identifying the U.S., Illinois, states, symbols, a map key, and boundaries on a map. 

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.                                                                    -- Malcom X



SUPPLIES NEEDED                                 Looking forward into February, start saving LARGE empty cereal boxes.  The students need to cereal boxes for a Valentine's Day project.  Please try to have a box sent to school by the end of this month. Thanks for your support!



The weather has changed and many of the children have been commenting on the cooler weather.  The children will continue to have recess outside unless the weather is below zero.  Be sure your child is dressed appropriately.  With snow, it is recommended that children wear snow pants, as well as, hats and gloves.  It would also be helpful if your child has a change of clothing, especially socks, kept in his/her locker in case of need.  Please label each item with your child's name.



Specials Schedule

Monday - Music, PE

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - Music, PE

Thursday - Library



District 205 supports "snack breaks" as an important part of a student's day.  A nutritional snack provides essential nutrients for the brain and also additional energy to stay attentive in class.  I am asking for your support by providing your child with a daily nutritious snack. Snacks should be small, non messy, and ready to eat.  Items such as fresh fruit, pretzels, crackers, and vegetables are appropriate choices. Please do not send cookies, candy, "fruit snacks", or chips as they will not be permitted.  We are a nut free classroom!

Water bottles may be kept in the classroom as well.  Please ensure they only contain water.




Your child's birthday is a special event in your child's life.  While birthday treats are not expected, District 205 has instituted a non-edible treat policy for birthdays.  If you wish to send  a treat, some suggestions might include: a pencil, stickers, or erasers.