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Sorrentino, Geralyn
Elementary REACH Teacher gsorrentino@elmhurst205.org

Winter Lunch Bunch Fun-2016!

Plastic Film Recycling =1077 pounds collected this year!

Our grand total this year is 1077 pounds of recycled plastic film that we kept out of landfills! We recycled the most plastic film (compared to schools in 12 states) and will be awarded a laminate bench! Go Team Hawthorne! Trex, the plastic-to-laminate recycling manufacturer, uses about 1000 bags, or 12 lbs. of plastic, to make a planter like the one we earned last year. Although the contest is over, please keep taking your own plastic film to Mariano’s and Jewel, who partner with Trex for recycling. Pictured above are some of the students and parents who transported plastic all year with this week's 53 pounds. Related links: How recycled bags can become composite lumber. and Visualize 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in US every five seconds. 

Geralyn Sorrentino



Monthly Teacher & Buddy Lunch!

Pi Day is Coming! Recital 3/14/18

Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th (3/14). Ask your teacher or Mrs. Sorrentino about signing up for Hawthorne's 7th Annual Pi Recital which is Wednesday, March 14th. Memorize 20 digits (or more) and you will be recognized by the International Pi Registry. Last year, 143 students in grades 1-5 stretched their brains and memorized digits of Pi (3.1415926535...), which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Hawthorne's 2017 top reciters memorized over 100 digits of Pi: Gio Santoro (413), Max Wickenkamp (229), Mark Stukel (221), Niko Stathopoulos (171), Caroline Fischer (161), Kailin Mendiola (160), Joey Rinchiuso (146),  Will Fischer (126), Anna Filosa (120), Saveen Shah (118), Matt Lizak (114), Clara Fitzer (104), Libby Donaldson (104), Kennedy Mirante (103), and Alexa Klein (101)!

In addition, top primary students were George Redfearn, Grade 3 (58), Jaiden Shah Gr 2 (50), and Michael Dorko Gr 1 (30).

Our brains are amazingly stretchable with such a great capacity so keep exercising them!

Click here to download the 2017 reciters list from Hawthorne.

A link to some 2017 Hawthorne reciting videos and Elmhurst Titan article

Use the links below to help you improve your memorization of the digits. If you can accurately recite at least 20 digits of pi, you will be recognized. 

Pi Trainer (you can use this to practice)

Pi Pi Mathematical Pi Song -You can sing the digits!

Another Pi Song

Pi Sugar Plum Fairy Song

Digits of Pi Song

List of Pi Digits (over 2000 digits in groups of 10!)

Circle Song-Learn about where we use Pi

The Pi Episode of Math Bites

Pi Explained with Pies-yum!

National Pi Registry of Memorizers

International Pi Ranking-Look for Hawthorne students!

Click here to download the 2016 reciters from Hawthorne.

Winter Lunch Bunch Fun-2017!

Current Assignments

Assigned: 11/15/17 Due: 2/22/18

Assigned: 11/15/17 Due: 2/22/18

Assigned: 2/21/18 Due: 2/22/18

Assigned: 2/20/18 Due: 2/21/18

Assigned: 2/20/18 Due: 2/21/18

Sharpen Your Skills!

REACH Supply List

At least 2 sharpened pencils

1 red pen

1 large pencil eraser (‘Pink Pearl’ or similar)

2 Expo markers

One folder for each REACH subject

Lined notebook paper or spiral notebook

Assignment notebooks (used in the classroom) should be brought to each REACH class


Homework and Assessment

+Homework is posted here and on board–students should copy HW in assignment notebooks and ask questions as needed.

+If you are struggling with HW, please have an adult initial it and you should ask ...more

Poetry Contest Winners!

In the spring, Gr 4 and 5 REACH ELA students entered two poetry contests, a national one sponsored by Creative Communications and our public library's poetry contest. A Big Shout Out to Ava Passarelli, Tyler Melind, and Sophia Brown, the library winners, and to our Creative Communications published poets: Libby Donaldson, Jamie Fulco, Maeve Gibbs, Alexa Klein, Zhihanna Liu, Rachel Manganaro, Meredith Baker, Sophia Brown, Julia Hessling, Sam Kapotas, Jack Kevin, Lilianna Leischner, Tyler Melind, Jane Marlott, Anna McGrail, Evan Hickman, Ava Passarelli, Nick Daleanes, Ames Puckett, Jonathon Szala, John SanFilippo, Gio Santoro, Niko Stathopoulos, Charlotte Damewood, Joey Rinchiuso, and Max Wickenkamp. 

The 4th grade poems were all written as Shakespearean sonnets while the 5th grade poems were based on our themes this year. All include some poetic elements we studied (simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, imagery...). You can read the poems here.



2017 Pi Reciters