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In Lieu of the1st Grade Summer Packet- adapted from Betsy Eggart
Please Read! And have a GREAT Summer!

-Teach your child to tie their shoes. Find a fun trick! Watch a video! Give an incentive! Be persistent! Just make sure your child isn’t the one dragging their laces through the bathroom and cafeteria then asking the teacher to tie it.

-Keep bedtime in the routine. It may be a little later and there will be nights that bedtime doesn’t apply. But overall, if we keep our bodies in a routine with sleep, September won’t hit quite so hard.
-Choose a few family members and friends to write a letter to this summer. Ask your child to write in full sentences, ask questions and give details. Writing with a purpose makes it relevant and real for your child. Maybe someone will write them back! Include an envelope with return address and stamp to encourage that!

-Sit at the table and eat together. Really watch your child. Is he sitting on his knees, mouth wide open, food everywhere? This is how he looks in the cafeteria. Work on that.

-Encourage kindness. Find someone or several others that your child can do something simple to bring a smile. Deliver cookies, make a card, flowers, chores, a song…something simply for a smile.

-Don’t rush to the rescue. Hear me out. Our children need us. But they need us to let them learn to problem solve. If your child is in a situation that is frustrating, but not harmful (example: can’t put together a new toy, can’t open a lunchable, can’t decide which color shirt to wear) let them work it out! It saves time and our nerves to just do it! But in the long run, it’s crippling our children of the basic and necessary skill to problem solve and think through an issue…for themselves. Hang back…just a bit. They’ll be ok!

-Read TO your child. I can’t encourage reading enough! Please visit the library and make books a part of your summer days. Most importantly, let your child see you read- to yourself and to them. Let them hear your silly voices. Let them tell you the best parts and predict how it will end. We tell them all the time they must read, but are we showing them WE read?

-Put down your phone. Spend an hour at the park together without any technology. Leave your phone at home, it will be there when you get back. We must look up from our screens and look at our children. They are growing so incredibly fast. We could spend this summer scrolling through strangers’ vacation pictures wishing we had their reality or we could be chasing our reality through the sprinkler in our own backyard.

-Rest. Be ok with not constantly going somewhere. Society, media, Facebook all have us believing we must seize the day and do it all. Our children have worked hard and they need to rest. If we keep them in perpetual motion through the summer, it will feel like a continuation of the chaos with less homework. Squeeze in the fun, but allow the time to rest. Boredom gives way to creativity. Rest renews our bodies and our minds for all the next school year has in store.

-Give a hug – get a hug. Enjoy your family time. See you in the fall!!
Love from Ms. Hall, Ms. Horgan and Ms. Sheridan

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_____