Archive for September 2014

Parents please consider making donations to our Warrior Store. You can purchase prizes at Oriental Trading dot com and on eBay if you enter “Novelty Prizes bulk” We need more items for which the kids can trade their Warrior tickets.

Please join PTA and attend their meetings. That group helps the school run smoothly and offers many enriching opportunities for our families.

This weeks assignments:
Monday: Read, Math Link, Choose writing prompt

Tuesday: Read, Math Link, write a draft

Wednesday: Read, Math Link, Revise your writing

Thursday: Read, Math Link, Edit your writing

Friday: Read, Math Link, Submit your writing to the teacher

Writing Choices:
Choice 1: How can you make your home a safe place? Think about what you should do if there is a fire. What special rules should you follow in the kitchen? Write a list of home safety rules.

Choice 2:Pretend you saw the world’s biggest apple. Write a story telling about the apple and how it looked. Begin your story ” Jeanie had a giant apple in her yard!”

Ray School Parents and Staff,
Our Warrior Store is open for business!!
Our hard working PBIS team cleaned out the old storage room and designed a terrific space for students to trade their Warrior Tickets for cool merchandise. Students will visit the store one time per week with their class.
Store merchandise was all donated. We were fortunate to have donations from Adidas and World Vision Warehouse to get us started. We also had teachers donate great toys left over from past Ray School Festivals. In order to keep our store inventory we seek new donations.
Please consider donating from Oriental Trading Co. (www.orientaltrading.com) or from a local dollar store, even ebay has “bulk novelty toys”. Even $10.00 can buy many things! Donated materials should be in bulk (even if just a handful) and all items should be new. Please do not donate used items from home.
Thank you all in advance for your continued support.

If you have not heard the news… We have a new official Principal at Ray School…Ms. Megan Thole. Stop by and introduce yourself.

Not only is Ms. Thole a talented and inspiring educator, she has decided that the little children should have a snack each day in mid afternoon. Please consider donating a healthful snack for our class. Acceptable foods include: goldfish crackers, fruit, carrots or celery, cheese sticks, or crackers or pretzels. We will not serve chips or candy or cookies.

We have had a terrific few weeks. Thank you to all of those who came out to Open House. If you were not able to make it please take a moment to look through the flyer the kids brought home regarding our classroom.

Homework assignments for the week:

Monday: Read, Math Link, Choose writing prompt

Tuesday: Read, Math Link, write a draft

Wednesday: Read, Math Link, Revise your writing

Thursday: Read, Math Link, Edit your writing

Friday: Read, Math Link, Submit your writing to the teacher

Writing Choices:
Choice 1: Write a poem about an animal you have spent time with.

Choice 2:Write about something you like to do with a friend.

Dear Parents,
Open House is Wednesday the 17th

This week and for all of the weeks to come students are asked to complete the reading contract on the back of this assignment sheet. Students who complete 4 reading contracts per month will receive a “Book It” Pizza Coupon from Pizza Hut. I will keep track of the completed and returned contracts in the classroom. Students should turn in contracts each Monday.

Just a reminder, writing application assignments are due each Friday.

Tip: If you keep all ongoing work and the reading contract in the folder at all time it will automatically be turned in on Friday, but be sure to check the work with your child EACH day.

Monday: Read, Math Link, Choose writing prompt

Tuesday: Read, Math Link, write a draft

Wednesday: Read, Math Link, Revise your writing

Thursday: Read, Math Link, Edit your writing

Friday: Read, Math Link, Submit your writing to the teacher

 

Writing Application
Choice 1: An Ad
Pretend you have some pet frogs for sale. Write an ad for your school newspaper.
Choice 2:
Some poems have only two lines that rhyme. Write some of your own two line poems about pets.
“My rooster is red
it sits on my bed.”

Dear Parents,

This week students will begin their home assignments routine.  Below you will find a schedule of assignments.  Here is how it works;

  • Students are to read a minimum 15 minutes a day.
  • Students will complete one portion of the writing cycle each day Monday through Thursday and turn in a writing sample each Friday
  • Students will complete a math sheet each day Monday through Thursday
    Home assignments should take roughly 45 minutes to complete in total.
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY/Sat/Sun
Read Minimum 15 minutes Minimum 15 minutes Minimum 15 minutes Minimum 15 minutes Minimum 15 minutes
Math Homelink or worksheet
Practice +/- facts
Homelink or worksheet
Practice +/- facts
Homelink or worksheet
Practice +/- facts
Homelink or worksheet
Practice +/- facts
Writing Application Plan (think & Talk) Draft Revise

I am excited for this new school year!
I hope that you will find the information below helpful.

Communication
• Each student will be receiving a School folder. Since the folders have not arrived at Ray school yet, we will begin the year using the folder your child brought home today. All important papers will be sent home in this folder each night, until the new ones arrive. At the beginning of every week, I will put the Weekly Overview in the students’ folder. For your convenience I will also publish it on my blog which can be found on the Ray school website – www.ray.cps.k12.il.us
• The folders will be checked each day at school. I will be checking for completed homework assignments, a parent signature (or initials) on the monthly calendar and any notes that you may have written to me or someone else at Ray school.
• I can be contacted through e-mail at gsheridan@cps.edu or through the Ray school website at www.ray.cps.k12.il.us

Homework
Once we get into our routines, the students will receive homework every night Monday – Friday. There may be homework over the weekend, on rare occasions. The students will have math homework every night, usually a “Home Link”. The students will have sight word, vocabulary and writing homework as well as a required minimum 15 minutes of reading daily. You will be notified of all homework assignments through our weekly overview.
The monthly calendar (in your student’s Ray School folder) should be signed or initialed every night after your student has finished all of that night’s homework and reviewed it together – including reading for 20 minutes.

Lunch Money
• PLEASE complete the application for free or reduced lunch even if your child brings lunch from home. After completing the form, return it to me in your student’s Ray School folder as soon as possible.
• Please send all lunch money for the entire week on Monday. Lunch costs $2.45 per day ($12.25 per week) and reduced lunch is 40₵ per day ($2.00 per week). All money that is brought to school should be clearly labeled in an envelope. Even if your student only wants hot lunch on one day in the middle of the week, he/she should still bring in his/her money on Monday.

School Fees
This year the school fee for all students is $85.00. This fee does not include field trips. Please let me know if you are interested in paying in installments.

Attendance
It is important for the students to arrive at school every day on time. Any students who arrive after 8:45am must get a tardy slip from the security desk before coming to the classroom. Please remember that when your child returns to school from being absent, that you must send a note for the office, so that the absence may be excused. The office will not excuse any absences without a note signed by the parent.

Birthdays
Ray school has a new birthday policy this school year. All birthdays for the month will be celebrated on the last Friday of the month at the end of the day. Healthy snacks can be brought in by the honorees. We suggest fruit, popcorn or fruit pops. Please do NOT send sweets such as cupcakes or cookies.

Parent Volunteers
Please let me know if you would like to volunteer in the classroom. There will be many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year. I also will have some take home volunteer activities for families that are interested. If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom or school, please complete a volunteer packet which is available in the main office.

Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note or email with your comments, questions, or concerns!
Sincerely,
Ms. Sheridan