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This month is often tricky for kids, as we break with routine often.  There are several days of nonattendance making it difficult to remember items in home assignments and daily routines such as the take home folder.  Please help your child keep up with the extra demands on organization this month.

2 personal notes:  Anyone able/interested in helping to build a tiered seating area in my classroom please reach out to me. Or if you know a cheap handyman type person let me know.

Also, I have a dear friend who is moving in with aging parents and needs to rehome 2 sister cats (house trained and lovey) If you can take in these two beauties please let me know asap.

Home assignments:
Read daily and track on the reading contract (due each Monday following the weekend’s reading)
Math worksheet Monday through Thursday
Writing assigned Monday- Due Friday. Please do not turn these in until Friday, as I am trying to have students understand that writing is be improved over time with some effort.
Sight words: Look for some sight word practice ideas in the take home folder this week!

Parents, There is no school this Friday because it is a school improvement day.

This Wednesday is our first field trip of the year.  We will attend the Chicago Children’s Theater’s production of Leo Lioni’s Fredrick.

Students in room 112 are working hard on writing and the work is really paying off!  Please ask your child what they have discovered recently when they are writing.

We have begun unit 3 in our math work.  Please look for the unit 2 assessments in the take home folders.  I have told the kids these are a ticket to get more help.  Please go over their responses with them as a part of your homework routine.

2 personal notes:  Anyone able/interested in helping to build a tiered seating area in my classroom please reach out to me. Or if you know a cheap handyman type person let me know.

Also, I have a dear friend who is moving in with aging parents and needs to rehome 2 sister cats (house trained and lovey) If you can take in these two beauties please let me know asap.

Home assignments:
Read daily and track on the reading contract (due each Monday following the weekend’s reading)
Math worksheet Monday through Thursday
Writing assigned Monday- Due Friday. Please do not turn these in until Friday, as I am trying to have students understand that writing is be improved over time with some effort.
Sight words: I am doing my best to differentiate word lists. This is a lot of extra work for me, so please be patient. Sight words are words that cannot be sounded out and are used often in the English language. Students need to memorize these words in order for reading fluency to come. I will include activity ideas for how to make studying these words fun for kids. Please spend time with your child each day going over their individualized list. Add more words as you see fit. Understand that I have 23 kids to keep up with and your child may master words faster or slower than their peers.

 

 

Dear Parents,
Last week it came to my attention that several of our first graders are watching movies and possibly video games that are not intended for children at age 6. Please be aware that children this age are very concrete thinkers. Quickly discerning imagined characters from reality is a skill that comes with life experience. If you are including your young child in viewing materials intended for adults, please take extra time to talk with your child about what they have seen and how they are interpreting the material. I am sad to tell you that many complaints about behaviors and “bullying” type conversations include things kids are hearing in the stuff they are viewing.

Folks, we have plenty of snack for the next few weeks. I will let you know when we need more contributions. Thanks for your support in this!!

Home assignments:
Read daily and track on the reading contract (due each Monday following the weekend’s reading)
Math worksheet Monday through Thursday
Writing assigned Monday- Due Friday. Please do not turn these in until Friday, as I am trying to have students understand that writing is be improved over time with some effort.
Sight words: I am doing my best to differentiate word lists. This is a lot of extra work for me, so please be patient. Sight words are words that cannot be sounded out and are used often in the English language. Students need to memorize these words in order for reading fluency to come. I will include activity ideas for how to make studying these words fun for kids. Please spend time with your child each day going over their individualized list. Add more words as you see fit. Understand that I have 23 kids to keep up with and your child may master words faster or slower than their peers.

This week we will continue to explore the moon and sun in science.
Students will be reading to themselves, with a buddy, in small group and whole group each day.
In math we continue to learn adding strategies that include counting on from one number and use of a number grid.

Please continue to send in snacks for the group.
Please make sure your child dresses with layers for the changing weather.
For parents who have already completed the volunteer check, please be patient with me as I figure out best ways to include you in our routines.
Home assignments:
Read daily
Math worksheet Monday through Thursday
Writing prompt Due Friday
Sight words:
A, the, and, of, has, his, about, because, on, no, up, upon, what

October 8 to 12
Last week we had a visit from a Kenwood High School class. The students from Kenwood shared books they’d written about why Columbus Day is under scrutiny and why some are asking it be changed to Indigenous People’s day. The activity was a great success. Be sure to ask your first grader about what they learned.
This week we will continue to work on sound spellings. Students are reading a story as a group titled Gus Takes the Train. I will be reading Harry the Dirty Dog, In the Middle of Fall, Sun, Moon and Planets. and Waiting for winter. We will also continue to read Charlotte’s Web.
In Math we will practice turn around facts, tally marks, some basic shapes, properties of 10, and number grid use and number stories with addition and subtraction.
In science we will explore ice melting on black versus white paper. We will watch a video about the sun.
In Social Science we will discuss family in greater detail.
Thanks to all of you who have contributed snacks. We have enough for this week, but keep them coming! We eat them every day!
Please note that today was picture day. Orders can be placed on line or through the office. 2 Of our kids from 112 were missing today and will have a chance to take pictures on retake day. Everyone present was photographed today.
Home assignments:
Writing: This week’s writing assignment is to tell about a family member. Due Friday. Paper will be in folder today so that kids can begin to write.
Sight words: his, of, and, the, has, had, from
Read daily
Math worksheet Tues through Thurs

This week the students experienced a “Lock Down Drill.” Please ask your child to explain what we had to do and why.

This week we are having a special visit from Mr. Steiber, a Kenwood High School teacher, and his students.  They will come tell us what they have been studying about Columbus and the enslavement of native people.

We desperately need a steady stream of snack contributions.

Kids in room 112 have now been asked to write a page a day.  We spent 4 weeks learning to write the letters and practicing sound spellings, and now they are putting their studies to use.  First we wrote a “Weekend Story.” and that will be in the take home folders later in the week for you to read.  Be aware that the homework will begin reflecting our new skills as well.  Additionally a weekly reading log will be in the folder each Monday to be returned the following Monday.

Home assignments:
Math worksheet Mon through Thurs
Reading daily (keep track on reading log)
Site word practice: and, the, of, was
Writing assignment: Write three sentences about the lockdown drill (Due Friday)

 

Parents, After school programming has begun.  If you are interested in one of the programs please contact the office.  I do not have a list of all of the offerings but the office should.

This week we continue to explore the sun and shadows in science. In math we are continuing to explore number lines and number grids.  The unit 1 assessment will take place this week.  In reading/writing students will practice writing letters p, y, v, x, and o.  We will read a story called Curious George at school as a whole group.  In Social Studies we are continuing a discussion about family.

Please continue to send in the trip permission slip and fee.  We need to pay the theater as soon as possible to secure our reservation.

Picture orders and taffy apple orders are also being accepted at this time.  If your child misplaced any of these forms just send me a note and I will send along another.

Please contribute a snack for the group.

I would like to thank the folks who were able to attend the Open House last week.  I also need to clarify some of the things I mentioned.

  • Homework is REQUIRED.  We are assigning written tasks Mon through Thurs due the day after they come home (Mon’s is due Tues) We also ask each student to read a minimum 10 every day (7 days a week) including Fri through Sun
  • Each student will be given grades in reading, math, science, social science, writing, and specialty classes.  Those grades are for communicating student achievement and need with parents.  They are not for student feedback. Students are graded on assignments and according to rubrics for grade level expectations.
  • Each student should have a water bottle to keep at their seat with a sport lid
  • Students are encouraged to wear Ray School logo on Wednesdays for Spirit days (logo shirts can be purchased from PTO
  • Please consider joining PTO and LSC these committees have a ton of influence in how the building is managed.  If you have questions about the commitment please let me know.
  • Please return Friday Letter books each Monday
  • Please consider going through the volunteer process now if you plan to ever stop by to help out or observe in our room.

Thanks again for your continued support

Ms. Sheridan

Thursday September 13 we will hold our open house from 4:30 to 5:30.  Please come hear about your child’s program this year.  Following the open house will be our first Local School Council Meeting (LSC).  LSC meetings are held every month.  The group has much input into how we run the school.  Please make time to attend some LSC meetings this school year.

This week also begins our routine in home assignments for first graders.  Assignments are NOT intended to be done in isolation.  On the contrary, the time spent building study habits should be done alongside someone at home.  Activities are meant to support learning in the classroom and to establish routine at home.  They may be completed in the evening or morning hours before school.  The total time for assignment should not exceed one hour.  If you find the assignment are taking your child longer then this please notify me right away.

Assignments include daily reading, a math sheet, and some word work.

READING: Each night they are asked to read for a minimum of 10 minutes (This time requirement will increase through the year.) This can include you reading aloud to your child or shared reading or your child silent reading or reading to you or a family member.

MATH: Monday Through Thursday: Usually a “Homelink” form the math curriculum that follows an activity from class.  Other times a fact practice sheet or a “Read it- Draw it- Solve it” worksheet.  If you do not see a math sheet in the folder every day (except Fridays) please notify me.  Students should have this in their folders every day Mon through Thurs.

WORD WORK: Student should practice the correct letter formation of letters we have covered in class.  They should practice the weekly sight word list through the worksheets and with assistance at home with flash cards, games, and artistically “drawing” the words.  For a more complete list of how to practice sight words please attend the open house this week.

 

Being a member of room 112 is an honor for me.  This year will be an amazing experience for all of us.  Parents, please be easy on yourselves this week; it is not easy for parents to let go and say goodbye in the beginning.

Important notes and home assignments will be posted here (on the school web site- www.rayschoolweebly.com) and printed each week.  Look for these notes in your child’s “Take-Home-Folder”.  Please show that you have looked inside the folder each day by writing your initials on today’s date.  I will put a stamp over your initials when the folder is returned to indicate that I have looked for notes from you. (See “Take-Home-Folder” note)

An important note from Ms. Thole:

Back to School Packets: All students will receive packets on Tuesday. Please ensure the following documents are in your child’s folder today:
1. Handbook Signature Page (found attached to the Parent/Student Handbook on the website & Drive)
2. Emergency Contact Form (if not a new student)
3. Medical forms (as needed – all teachers received student non-compliance lists in their PD folder)
4. Income forms
5. School fees
6. Robo-call opt-in forms
Note: if anything is missing, please let me know right away so I can track it down for you.

Each family is asked to pay a school fee to cover the cost of consumable items used throughout the year such as workbooks and art/science supplies.  Please pay this fee directly to me or to the main office and be sure to get a receipt for it.  If you need to make payments toward it over time that can also be arranged.

Check back for an updated copy of our schedule!

Have a great school year!
Ms. Sheridan