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Please keep those snacks coming.  We go through the snacks as fast as you send them.  Thank you so much for keeping us fed!!

This week is Black History Celebrations.  Kids will attend an assembly Wednesday and in the evening the school will be open for presentations and a gallery walk.  Please see the PTO enews for more information.  If you have not signed up to receive email and or robo calls please consider doing that right away.

Today the school had an emergency drill “lock down.” In room 112 we discussed how safety sometimes includes practicing so that in the event something happens we will not panic.  Students shared what they had heard about the events in Florida.  We acknowledged how sad and tragic and horrible it is that this happened.  We also talked about the fact that Ray is in a safe community.  If you have questions or concerns about our conversation do not hesitate to call me at the school to discuss it.

FEBRUARY
M 12 Valentine’s Poem Sale
M-F 12-23 Ray Student Council’s Canned Food Drive
Sa 17 9 AM
11 AM
6th Gr. Boys Basketball
8th Gr. Boys Basketball
King HS
8:00 AM 8th Gr. Girls Basketball Dunbar
M 19 NO SCHOOL
Tu 20 Graduation Picture Day
W 21 Black History Month Program

In reading we will investigate diversity through a series of stories about people from different backgrounds.

In math we will continue unit 6 (Adding/subtracting, doubles facts, 10 more/10 less, base ten and number stories)

In science we will continue investigating sounds and light.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: Called, just, where, more, know

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_____

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Wow, We put out a call for snacks and we received a bounty.  Please keep them coming.  We go through the snacks as fast as you send them.  Thank you so much for keeping us fed!!

Progress reports went home last Thursday.  You may not have been aware due to all the weather craziness.  Please check your child’s folder daily.

Wednesday the 14th we will invite students to bring a valentine (preferably home made) for each student in the class. Please do NOT send in any candy.  Candy sent to school will be returned to you.  If you need a new class list just let me know.

I got the calendar below from the PTO enews.  If you are not receiving that you should consider signing up on the site.

FEBRUARY
M 12 Valentine’s Poem Sale
M-F 12-23 Ray Student Council’s Canned Food Drive
Sa 17 9 AM
11 AM
6th Gr. Boys Basketball
8th Gr. Boys Basketball
King HS
8:00 AM 8th Gr. Girls Basketball Dunbar
M 19 NO SCHOOL
Tu 20 Graduation Picture Day
W 21 Black History Month Program

In reading we will investigate diversity through a series of stories about people from different backgrounds.

In math we will Begin unit 6 (Adding/subtracting, doubles facts, 10 more/10 less, base ten and number stories)

In science we will continue investigating sounds and light.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: long, very, little words, after

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_____

Thanks to all the parents who attended the Raise Your Glass Fund Raiser last week!

Room 112 is in desperate need of snack and magic marker donations.  Any and all will be welcome.

Just a reminder the school would prefer if we celebrate birthdays at the end of the month, however room 112 has already made so many exceptions to this rule I think it best to invite families when a birthday comes up.  Please try your best to make birthday treats somewhat healthy (strawberries and a sweet biscuit for example)  The frosting on store bought cupcakes is a strong source of sugar/lard.

Friday you can look for progress reports in the take home folders.  If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at gsheridan@cps.edu.

Wednesday the 14th we will invite students to bring a valentine (preferably home made) for each student in the class. Please do NOT send in any candy.  Candy sent to school will be returned to you.  If you need a new class list just let me know.

In reading we will investigate diversity through a series of stories about people from different backgrounds.

In math we will finish up unit 5.  Please look for a unit review just ahead of the test.

In science we will continue investigating sounds.

In math we continue working in unit 5 with base ten concepts and place value.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: way, find, use, may, water

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_____

 

 

Friday the students will stay home and teachers will have professional development

Please consider sending in fresh fruits or veggies for class snacks: carrots, grapes, apples, cuties, bananas, etc.

This week is our fund raiser!! Hope to see you all on Thursday! Have you bought your tickets for “Raise a Glass for Ray” at The Promontory on February 1st? Please visit the Ray School website to learn more. This is a super fun event with childcare provided! Please join us.

Please consider donating some new colored markers (not dry erase–we have plenty of those) and or a ream of cardstock paper (any colors or white)

This week we will read about women who have persisted and made a difference in history.  The theme ‘Persistence will appear in our writing and reading this week.

In science we will continue investigating sounds.

In math we continue working in unit 5 with base ten concepts and place value.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: brown, very, own, never, off, know, been, out

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_____

 

 

OOOOO…Flu season is here!!!  I am hopeful I can get some parent volunteers to help sanitize the room before and after school in the coming days.  We should make it a goal to do on a regular basis until we are confident we have this under control.  So many students out last week AND the teacher!

Please consider sending in fresh fruits or veggies for class snacks: carrots, grapes, apples, cuties, bananas, etc.

Have you bought your tickets for “Raise a Glass for Ray” at The Promontory on February 1st? Please visit the Ray School website to learn more. This is a super fun event with childcare provided! Please join us.

In class: This week we will continue reading about city life in our social science study.  We will also be writing some about that subject.

In math this week, we will start unit 5 in math. We will begin learning more about place value using base ten blocks and by playing the digit game. We will also use pennies and dimes to represent numbers and discuss place value.

In science we are still making observations about how sound and light work.

Home assignments:  Look for a math message book.  Please look through it with your child and return by Friday.

Math worksheet Mon through Thurs
Read daily minimum 15 minutes
Sight word practice
Word/sentence work Non through Thurs

Sight Words: been, who, people, because, cousin, all

 

 

 

Dear Ray Families:

The purpose of this new plan to reduce heavy hallway traffic as students enter and exit the building. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Start Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Arrival

  • Pre-K students will enter through the glass annex door.
  • Kindergarten will line up outside the auditorium doors.
  • First, Second and Fifth Grades will continue to follow the same procedure.
  • Third & Fourth Grades will enter through the Main Entrance Door.

Dismissal

  • Pre-K students will exit through the glass annex door.
  • Kindergarten will be dismissed outside auditorium doors.
  • First, Second and Fifth Grades will continue to follow the same procedure.
  • Third Grade will exit through the main entrance door and walk to their numbers on the North playground.
  • Fourth Grade will be dismissed from the main entrance door.

Happy MLK Jr. Day!!  No school Monday

  • Last week children were quizzed on the sight words from the cumulative list to date.  If your child scored less than 85% you will receive a note that must be signed and returned.  Please work with your first grader on memorizing words that cannot be sounded out.  If you need activity ideas for memorizing practice please let me know.
  • Look for assessment and work samples on Tuesday in the take home folder
  • There is no school next Monday 1/15 in observance of MLK Jr.’s birthday.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Brave Irene. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: been, who, people, if, how

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Students are expected to construct complete sentences, use correct capitalization, and end punctuation.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 5 look for the parent letter that explains the content of the unit. Look for unit 4 assessment in the folder on Tuesday

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will learn about MLK Jr. We will read a Scholastic News: Dr. King’s Wise Words. Students in room 112 will also embark on a “Buddy across Chicago” project in which we will discuss some issues that face Chicago and how our buddies from 2 North side schools might approach the issues.  Some more information can be found here:
https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/student-tasks/do-something/buddy-share

In science we will use a tuning fork to see sound vibrations in action. We will discuss loud and soft sounds and go on a Listening Walk outside. (it was too cold last week so we will aim for this again this week)

  • Happy New Year 2018! Welcome back. I hope you had a very restful and relaxing holiday. I am so excited to see all my first graders and their families too!
  • Progress Reports were sent home on Friday before break. Please return the signed progress report to verify you have received it. As always, please email me if you have questions/concerns. I am happy to schedule a meeting as well.
  • This week I will send home a piece of writing with an attached rubric. Please review and help your child improve and finish if needed! Return the piece of writing and rubric in the take home folder!
  • There is no school next Monday 1/15 in observance of MLK Jr.’s birthday.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Whistle for Willie. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mind set and perseverance. We will enjoy additional Ezra Jack Keats’ books this week including The Snowy Day and Peter’s Chair.

 

MATH
This week, we will finish up unit 4. We will practice adding 3 numbers and making a 10 to make adding easier. Students will practice writing their own number stories and finding 10 friends (10 more or 10 less) using the number grid. Students will take the unit assessment on Thursday. Please assist you child in completing the unit review and go over any topics that are challenging.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
We will learn about MLK Jr. We will read a Scholastic News: Dr. King’s Wise Words. In science we will use a tuning fork to see sound vibrations in action. We will discuss loud and soft sounds and go on a Listening Walk outside.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: Were. when, there, an, your

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_____

Starts Monday-Attendance Challenge
Please encourage students to attend school on time every day next week.
All students with perfect attendance for the week (MondayThursday) will be invited to a staff vs students basketball game.
Monday-Friday  –Schoolwide Project
RAH -Random Acts of Kindness at Ray
Monday – Student to Student in the same class
Tuesday – Student to Teacher and/or Support Staff
Wednesday – Student to Clinician, Resource Teacher, Office Staff, Safe Passage, Custodian, Lunchroom Staff or  Bus Driver
Thursday – Student to Family Member
Friday – Student to Student not in the same class or Free Choice
*Write a note, give compliment, be someone to a strange, help keep our school clean and the list goes on
Wednesday
Winter Caroling
8:55-9:10  First Floor (Pre-K, K & 1)
9:15-9:30  Second Floor (2, 3, 4 & DHH)
9:30-9:45  Third Floor (5, 6, 7 & 8)
Thursday
Staff vs Student Game TBA
Winter Assembly Rehearsal @2pm
Friday
Class Winter Celebrations
Winter Assembly@ 9:15 a.m.
This will be a K-4th grade assembly, 5th- 8th grade Auxiliary and Advisory students will be in attendance as well (Nobles, Albrecht, O’Connor, A. Walker, and  Collins). Only parents of K-4 will be invited to attend.
​Overwhelmingly, students & staff expressed their excitement with spirit days this week!
Thank you all for your participation and support!

As the year comes to an end students sometimes feel anxiety about the break in routine.  Please be extra patient with your child as we head toward the vacation.  Let me know if there are any issues at home that may impact their experience at school.

We need snack contributions!

Our days will be jazzed up with the following themes taking us up to the break:
Winter Spirit Days
Tuesday – Pajama & Stuff Animal and Movie (3-3:45) Day
Wednesday – Education T-Shirt Day Wear any school t-shirt or hoodie
Thursday – Ugly/Beautiful Winter Sweater Contest Day (Prizes awarded in class)
Friday – Twin or Jean Day

Stay tuned next week for more fun ideas.

This week students will continue a math unit that includes measurement.  We will also continue to work on addition and subtraction strategies.  Please help your child practice memorizing single digit addition facts in addition to their regular home assignments.

In science we will continue to explore how sound is made.

In reading we have begun to have reading buddies come from Ms. Lemberis’ 5th grade room.  They come every day to listen to first graders read aloud at their own fluency level.   In writing kids are progressing to check each other’s work.  It is an exciting time in first grade!

First grade will participate in the Winter Assembly.  The production is for students only.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: Were. when, there, an, your

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_____

Wow, as we get closer to the end of the year you should be looking for information about our Gingerbread house (graham cracker/milk carton) celebration.  We will need donations to make that a success.  Also, please continue to contribute snacks…yumm.

This week students will begin a math unit that includes measurement.  We will also continue to work on addition and subtraction strategies.  Please help your child practice memorizing single digit addition facts in addition to their regular home assignments.

In science we will continue to explore how sound is made.

In reading we have begun to have reading buddies come from Ms. Lemberis’ 5th grade room.  They come every day to listen to first graders read aloud at their own fluency level.   In writing kids are progressing to check each other’s work.  It is an exciting time in first grade!

First grade will participate in the Winter Assembly, but I am not sure if this is a production for parents or just for the student body.  I will find out and let you all know.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: had, not, but, what, all
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_____