This is our final official weekly news letter.  If I have important information for you next week I will post it here and send another note.  Otherwise, have a great summer everyone!!

Please note that as we approach the summer break students often feel anxiety over the unknown of the days ahead.  I strongly recommend you establish a regular routine in which your 7 year old can feel as though they know what is expected of them and can have success each day.  Without this structure in the day you will find an increase in misbehaviors and complications in communicating.

There are no more home assignments.  Summer activity suggestions will be in the folder this week.  Please ask your child to read each day, write in their summer journals and practice incidental math skills such as counting the coins in your pocket or playing a board game.

Be safe and have fun!

I have truly enjoyed your kids this year!  What an amazing group of people we had in first grade!

The CEO of CPS has written a safety plan in which she states all staff will be required to complete periodic background checks.  If you are interested in reading the entire letter please let me know and I will print it for you.  There are also copies in the main office I believe.

Next week (6/13) students in room 112 will preform in “Rockfest” produced by Ms. Walker, the music teacher.  For more details please contact her directly.

If you are planning to leave Ray for next year please alert the main office of any transfer details.

Please contribute snack for the group ( We still need snacks until June 18)

Our class will complete the NWEA assessment this week.

Home assignments:
IMPORTANT REMINDER
If your child is not reading daily and practicing single digit addition and subtraction facts they will likely fall behind their peers who do practice daily.

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: ready, anything, upon, kind, places, also, flower, warm

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

This week we will attend the 3rd grade play.
This weekend is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  Please see the Ray Enews for information on volunteering for a shift at the Hyde Park Art Fair.

Please be on the lookout for summer suggestions from the teachers coming soon.

I hope everyone enjoyed the class book we published from Scholastic.  If you did not yet purchase a copy you can request an order form from me.  It is not to late to own your own copy!

Please send a water bottle with your child each day.  Please DO NOT freeze the bottles, they end up making a mess and getting the work we do wet.

We still need snack donations.

Home assignments:
IMPORTANT REMINDER
If your child is not reading daily and practicing single digit addition and subtraction facts they will likely fall behind their peers who do practice daily.

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: ready, anything, upon, kind, places, also, flower, warm

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

From Silvia Ellis (Parent):

Ray K and 1st grade teachers:

I took some pictures of the K and 1st graders at the Walk-A-Thon. I created a google album to facilitate sharing with parents. The link to the album is below. Parents should download the pictures they want to keep–I will delete the album in the summer.
Thanks,
Silvia
It was an amazing day!  Thank you Silvia!
May 22nd at 5:30 pm, families will get to experience Ray School’s Pilot Light food education program by preparing a meal together.
Our field trip is this week Thursday.  Please remember to pack a lunch and be on time to school that day!
We will finish our “Me on the Map” project this week and then begin our summer journal collage project.  We will fit these special projects into our regular routine as much as possible.

Home assignments:
IMPORTANT REMINDER
If your child is not reading daily and practicing single digit addition and subtraction facts they will likely fall behind their peers who do practice daily.

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: ready, anything, upon, kind, places, also, flower, warm

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

PTO Meeting – Family Cooking Night
We’re devoting our last meeting of the year to cooking! On May 22nd at 5:30 pm, families will get to experience Ray School’s Pilot Light food education program by preparing a meal together.

We will be working together to make ingredients that can be used for Banh Mi sandwiches, a rice dish or a green salad.

Seats are limited so please sign up soon!

Join us, please RSVP by clicking here or email friendsofraypto@gmail.com so we know what quantity of ingredients to buy.

BIG NEWS…COUNT DOWN TO SUMMER IS ATTACHED.  Each day we have fun in unusual ways.

Our field trip is around the corner.  Please return the signed (dated) trip slip ASAP.  Remember this is a trip for which you have already paid.  I just need permission to take your child out of the building on that date.  Questions please see me.  Thanks in advance to Caleb’s mom for chaperoning.

Look for unit 8 review for test this week in math.

Walk a thon is this week.  Our class is woefully underrepresented on the list.  Please consider signing up and helping with this important fund raiser.

We need snack donations.

Home assignments:
IMPORTANT REMINDER
If your child is not reading daily and practicing single digit addition and subtraction facts they will likely fall behind their peers who do practice daily.

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: learning, begins, years, young, until, eight, follow, baby

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

Please look for a trip slip in the folder.  This is the trip for which everyone has already paid.  I need this slip to have legal permission to take your child out of the school on the date shown.

Please look for a new trip slip toward the end of the week for a trip to the forest preserve coming in June.

Look for the 26 day countdown dress/activity list coming soon!

We need snack donations.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: told, night, pretty, window, thought, better, turned, saw

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

Walk-A-Thon is May 6 from 10am to 5pm  See the Ray enews for more information!

If you have not placed an order for our class book (published by Scholastic books) and would like to have one please place your order as soon as possible.

We are planning 2 more fields trips.  The May 24 from 845 to noon we will see a theatrical performance of the children’s book Last Stop on Market Street.  Then in June we plan to visit a forest preserve in the Western suburbs.

We need snacks.

Congratulations to those families who participated in the u of C study receiving a tablet for their efforts.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: red, read, tale, tail, road, rode, maid, made

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

Walk-A-Thon is May 6 from 10am to 5pm  See the Ray enews for more information!

This week we will celebrate any birthdays we have had.  You are invited to contribute healthy snacks for that as well as snacks for general use.

Any students who have not yet completed the interview project for our class book have an extension until this Wednesday to complete it.  We will begin writing and illustrating based on the interview data collected on Wednesday.  If projects are not turned in by Wednesday your child will not have a page in the class book, and I would hate to see that happen.

We are planning 2 more fields trips.  The May 24 from 845 to noon we will see a theatrical performance of the children’s book Last Stop on Market Street.  Then in June we plan to visit a forest preserve in the Western suburbs.

If you were not able to attend parent conferences the report cards are in the main office for pick up.  You are welcome to set up a time to meet with me.  Any day except Tuesdays at 1245.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: done, great, laugh, were, talk, soon, paper

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

Wednesday is report card pick up.  Please sign up on the link above.  There is no school for students on the 18th, but they are invited to attend their conference with you if you would like.

We are also having a blood drive on parent conference day.  You can sign up to donate blood on the ray school site.

Please consider donating a snack.

Remember students will be going outside whenever possible so please help them dress for the weather and possibly keep a change of clothes in the backpack.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: January, February, March,. April, May, June, July, August, September, November, December

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

We need snacks

Think snow and then slush when dressing for the school day.  This week we will go outdoors as much as possible, but it will be likely kids get wet.  Please consider packing extra clothes in the backpacks.

Special Request:
 In an attempt to expand our discussion about cities and specifically Chicago, I would like to invite you to assist your child in taking 2 pictures of your part of the neighborhood with your cell phone.  Our sister classroom on the Northside will be invited to do the same and we will share and compare.  You may print and send them in or send copies to my email.  (Preferably taken by your first grader– no more than 3)

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: made, over, did, down, only

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

Happy Spring All!!  With the changes in weather, please help your child dress in layers each day to allow for changing temps.

Now that we are back we need more snack donations!

Our class was fortunate to be swept up in the Donor’s Choose mass funding over the break!  We will be receiving a new teacher easel and many math games/manipulatives!  If you have not checked out Donor’s Choose web site you really should it is an amazing thing for teachers and students.

Special Request:
  In an attempt to expand our discussion about cities and specifically Chicago, I would like to invite you to assist your child in taking 2 pictures of your part of the neighborhood with your cell phone.  Our sister classroom on the Northside will be invited to do the same and we will share and compare.  You may print and send them in or send copies to my email.  (Preferably taken by your first grader– no more than 3)

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: brother, sister, says, also, think

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____