Archive for January 2018

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_____