Room 112 Weekly Overview   

 

Dear Room 112 Families,                                                                                                       September 25, 2017

I hope every family had a wonderful weekend.

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • The first PTO meeting is this Tuesday, 9/26 at 6pm. Pizza and childcare provided. Please attend.
  • If you intend on volunteering, you need to fill out a volunteer packet prior to volunteering.
  • Children are encouraged to have a “sport lid” water bottle in the classroom.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.

WORD STUDY

 

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Rainbow Fish and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

 

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 1 assessment. The assessment will deal with thermometers, weather, number stories and tally marks.

 

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up. We will share the roles of the different members on the family

 

Monday, 9/25 Tuesday, 9/26 Wednesday, 9/27 Thursday, 9/28 Friday, 9/29
Math sheet

site word practice read for minimum 10 minutes

Math sheet

site word practice read for minimum 10 minutes

Math sheet

site word practice read for minimum 10 minutes

Math sheet

site word practice read for minimum 10 minutes

Friday Journals

Read minimum 10 minute (Saturday and Sunday as well)

 

 

 

Week 3 and we are off to a terrific start!

This week we will continue to reinforce routines and procedures with daily practice.

We will be reading Mathew and Tilly and Mean Pie.  Students will be discussing friendship and problem solving skills.

In Phonics we will work on recognizing rhymes, building words using the alphabet chart, hearing sounds in sequence and saying words slowly to predict letter sequence. We will focus on the short sound of /a/.

We will start Writing Workshop. We will work on telling the stories of our lives using illustrations. I will assess students’ spelling using a spelling inventory.

In math we will learn several new games that focus on number order and comparing numbers. We will learn about tally marks and use dice to investigate equally likely outcomes. We will continue to use the math tools, including slates, pattern templates, pennies and dice.

The homework assignments will now increase to include sight word practice and a reading contract.  Please help your child complete the math, sight word practice sheets and encourage them to read daily and track their reading on the contract.

Have a great week!

Sight words this week: a, are, go, I, like, is, see, the, to , we, with, help, and, you, play, be

 

Monday, 9/18 Tuesday, 9/19 Wednesday,9/20 Thursday, 9/21 Friday, 9/22
Math sheet
Sight word sheet
read 10 minutes
Math sheet
Sight word sheet
read 10 minutes
Math sheet
Sight word sheet
read 10 minutes

Warrior Wednesday! Wear Green!

Math sheet
Sight word sheet
read 10 minutes
Friday Letter Notebooks

( Please write back)

Read 10 minutes

I am so glad to be back at school. Thank you for your help in making the first week of school a smooth transition for the students and myself. I am very impressed with the progress I saw in just four days.
A few reminders for this week:

  • Please return the B.E.E. folder EVERY day with your 1st grader. Please initial the calendar inside the folder and assist your 1st grader in completing the nightly homework. The folders are very durable and should last the school year.
  • We have PE. on Wednesdays and Fridays and Spanish on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please have your child wear/bring gym shoes on PE days.
  • If you have not returned the school forms, such as lunch, emergency, etc., please do so as soon as possible. Please complete the lunch form even if your child does not eat school lunch. School lunch is free for all students this year.
  • We will make time for a daily snack in the afternoon. Please send enough snack for 25 students. Please send healthy, nut-free snacks.
  • Free breakfast is served in the lunchroom from 8:20-8:40 am. Please enter through the southern most glass doors off Kimbark.
  • Please remember to meet your child on our class number at dismissal time to avoid congestion around the school doors. Please remind your child to say good-bye before leaving ☺. I will walk the students out beginning at 3:40 pm. Any students who remain at 3:45 pm will be escorted to wall by the exit doors to wait with support staff.
  • We are not using supply boxes this year in the classroom. All of our supplies will be communal. This is helpful in reinforcing sharing and caring of the materials and also insures that everyone has what they need each day.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles at school. Feel free to send water with your child.
  • If you are interested in volunteering in the school and/or on field trips, you must fill out a volunteer packet from the main office. I will have a sign up sheet at Open House.
  • Open House is scheduled for this Thursday from 4-6pm. Feel free to drop into the classroom from 4-5pm and join Principal Thole in the auditorium from 5-6pm for the State of the School presentation.

This week we will continue to reinforce routines and procedures with daily practice. I will be using several word lists to begin to determine each student’s current reading level. The levels will assist in grouping the students for guided reading. This week I will also start to introduce the Reading Workshop by allowing students to practice read to self and read to someone. This week we will read a collection of books about friendship and being unique. We will read the books “How to Lose All Your Friends”, “A Bargain for Frances”, and “A Bad Case of the Stripes”. In Phonics we will work on recognizing rhymes, building words using the alphabet chart, hearing sounds in sequence and saying words slowly to predict letter sequence. We will focus on the short sound of /a/. We will start Writing Workshop. We will work on telling the stories of our lives using illustrations. I will assess students’ spelling using a spelling inventory.
In math we will learn several new games that focus on number order and comparing numbers. We will learn about tally marks and use dice to investigate equally likely outcomes. We will continue to use the math tools, including slates, pattern templates, pennies and dice.

Have a great week!

 

Monday, 9/11 Tuesday, 9/12 Wednesday, 9/13 Thursday, 9/14 Friday, 9/15
PE

 

Math worksheet

Art

 

Math worksheet

Art

Warrior Wednesday! Wear Green!
Math worksheet

PE

 

Math worksheet

Art

Friday Letter Notebooks

( Please write back)

Open House is this week!  Please plan to attend from 54 to 6pm on Thursday the 14th.

The students have been working hard practicing writing numbers to 100.  They are working on sound spellings and writing with the spellings they can hear.

Students are getting to know one another by name and learning the school routines.

Please be sure to ask your child about what we are doing in class.

Have a great week!

Folks, I am so excited about the coming school year!  First grade is a wonderful adventure.

I work very closely with the other teachers in the first grade team and we have many wonderful experiences planned for you!

Look forward to meeting you all in a few days,

Ms. Sheridan

Dear Families,

As we approach the last day a few things you should note:

Tuesday June 20th is picnic day.  Please do not send in things that if lost or broken would be missed.  Please send a blanket or beach towel to sit on outside.  Send plenty to drink, snack etc. Parents are welcome to attend.  We will be half day outside and half day in watching a movie.

Math home assignments will continue through Thursday June 15th.

The following are summer suggestions.  If you would like a packet of work for your child for summer work please let Ms. Sheridan know, otherwise we will not be making those copies this year.  PLEASE NOTE:  if your child is not reading everyday this summer they lose important reading development time.  Research shows months can be lost.  Help us to close the “achievement gap” by insisting that your child read every day.

Please, please, please be sure your child has a water bottle to keep on their desk (sports lids only please)

Summer suggestions:
Read everyday.
Login to  Raz-kids and continue your online learning.
Visit the Chicago Public Library, and at least 2 museums.
Practice your math with STmath.com
Write every week.
If you need some ideas for get started, try these:
I feel happy when. . .
My favorite thing to do is. . .
On weekends I like to . . .
I was really embarrassed when . . .
My best friend and I . . .
When I get grouchy . . .
I wish my parents . . .
If I had three wishes…

Have a safe and fun summer!!!

 

Thanks to all of the parents for helping make our trip to the forest preserve a success!

Please send in a snack for the class

Field Day for second grade is scheduled for Thursday.  Students are encouraged to wear Ray swag during field days

PLEASE NOTE HOME ASSIGNMENT CHANGES FOR THIS WEEK

Home assignments:

Reading Submit the book report each Friday
Math sheet–Mon through Thurs
Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
eight, near, once, paper, seven, upon, wash, who, woman, yourt

Writing Application

Please take these last few weeks to complete any and ALL incomplete writing application choices from the year.  All past topics can all be found on the Ray School Website under second grade teacher’s blog.  Please do your best to emphasize the writing process (Plan, draft, revise, edit and submit) as you make these assignments up.  Submit them as they are completed.

This is an exciting week in second grade!
Thursday we will attend the 3rd grade play.  It is always exciting to have students see their older peers in an activity that they can anticipate with excitement for the coming year.

Additionally the kids are taking the NWEA MAP assessment for the first time this week.  Make up testing will be end of week and into next week.  Please make sure your child is on time to school each day, as the testing schedule depends on it.

Friday is our final field trip.  Students must bring a lunch and must be on time. Any and all parents are welcome to chaperone.  Please remember that chaperoning is a responsibility.  Please turn off your phones during the trip and be present with our students.  All chaperones must ride the bus.  Siblings are not invited.

Ray Olympics for second grade is scheduled for next week.  Students are encouraged to wear the Olympic gear they purchased or any Ray swag during Olympics.

PLEASE NOTE HOME ASSIGNMENT CHANGES FOR THIS WEEK

Home assignments:

Reading Submit the book report each Friday
Math sheet–Mon through Thurs
Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
above, enough, falling, happened, lived, loved, should, sorry, want, while

Writing Application

Please take these last few weeks to complete any and ALL incomplete writing application choices from the year.  All past topics can all be found on the Ray School Website under second grade teacher’s blog.  Please do your best to emphasize the writing process (Plan, draft, revise, edit and submit) as you make these assignments up.  Submit them as they are completed.
http://rayschool.weebly.com/teacher-websites.html

Parents you are invited to a “Parent &Teacher Driving Testing Policy” planning meeting this evening at 6:30
the Teacher’s Union Headquarters at 1901 W Carroll (intersection of Damen and Carroll)

Fidget spinners are not permitted at school. Please leave these at home.  They are causing much disruption and fights.

Our next and final field trip is June 2nd

This week we continue the A-B-C Countdown!
5/22 – F – Fruit Day
5/23 – G – Game Day
5/24 – H – Hat and Hula-Hoop Day
5/25 – I – Identical Day
5/26 – J – Joke Day

The final standardized testing window is now open, which means we must all be as quiet as possible in the halls and on the stairs so as to not distract the students testing.

AS we come to a close please help your child by often discussing the routines that are ahead.  Often the uncertainty of the summer weeks can make people anxious.  This anxiety can lead to disruptive behaviors.

Please provide your child with a water bottle to keep on their desk.

Please contribute snacks for the group if you have not already.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading Submit the book report each Friday WITH THE WRITING APPLICATION

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
buy, called, even, father, maybe, outside, tomorrow, town, water, where

A “Writing Application

Choice 1:A Story
Write a one page story beginning with this sentence: “When Pat planted her garden everything went wrong.”

Choice 2: Creative Writing
Write a story beginning with this sentence:  “Something unusual happened when Chris went to the theater.”

 

Just for fun the administration has devised a fun way to end the year with a 26 day count down.  Look for the list of activities in the take home folder.  Today was A = Alma mater swag, tomorrow is B= Bandana Day

Our next, and final field trip will be June 2nd.  We are visiting the forest preserve in Hinsdale.  We welcome all parents to help chaperone.  Look for that trip slip in the folders coming soon.  Please return it promptly.

Please let a teacher know if you are interested in presenting for our Passport program.

The walk a thon is coming!  The school is raising money for this really cool water fountain that fills water bottles easily. A really great cause for the students, the staff and the Mother Earth!

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading Submit the book report each Friday WITH THE WRITING APPLICATION

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
again, ago, alone, don’t, every, follow, goes, head, now, won’t

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: A Personal Narrative
Write about a musical experience you especially enjoyed.  Were you at a concert?  Were you listening to the radio, a CD, or a tape?  What was outstanding about the music?

Choice 2: A Counting Book
Make a counting book for young children.  Be creative; draw your own pictures or cut an paste pictures for each number.  Write a phrase for each numeral.

This is new, though it is very similar to last week’s news!

We have just 6 weeks left in second grade.  We have started to look over the writing kids did for home work through the year.  If you are behind in those assignments you have very little time to make that up.  There are several students who have not turned in writing for several weeks which leaves zeros in the gradebook for those assignments. Writing due each Friday.

Please let a teacher know if you are interested in presenting for our Passport program.  (see last week’s notice)

The walk a thon is coming!  The school is raising money for this really cool water fountain that fills water bottles easily. A really great cause for the students, the staff and the Mother Earth!

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
ball, done, hear, learn, leaves, only, our, through, were, young

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: A Book Entry
Imagine that you have been asked to write an entry for the Book of World Records about a person who spent four months living on a glacier.

Choice 2: The Icemen Cometh
Write a short story about the fictional adventures of two characters who are investigating the glaciers of Greenland.  Who are these characters?  Are they people or animals?  Why are they doing this?  Are they facing any dangers?  What are they finding?

Please let a teacher know if you are interested in presenting for our Passport program.  (see last week’s notice)

The walk a thon is coming!  The school is raising money for this really cool water fountain that fills water bottles easily. A really great cause for the students, the staff and the Mother Earth!

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
coming, idea, knew, down, four, give, great, large, though, write

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: A Speech
Imagine you are running for class president. Why should your classmates vote for you? Write a short campaign speech.

Choice 2: An Explanation
What career would you choose if you had to make a choice today?  Write  a paragraph explaining why this career appeals to you.  What education or training would you need to pursue this career?