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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

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_____