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_____

Welcome back from the long weekend.

Regular procedures will  be reviewed and we will resume home assignments (read daily, math practice, word study)

This week’s word list our, today, she, now, her, would

This Friday we are taking another trip.  This time to the Chicago Symphony center.  Seating is limited.  If you did not chaperone on the last trip you will have first crack at this one.  Please note I am only aloud 2 adults for this trip as we purchased seats for each participant, so I may need to turn some of you away.

I lent a book to one family during the parent conferences and still have not had it returned (the very reason I tend never to lend my books)  If you have it please return it asap.

Students will embark on a science exploration about sound.

Students will continue to add detail to their writing and attempt to use punctuation.

In math we are finishing up unit 3 and will take a unit test this Thursday.

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_____

 

Happy Holidays to everyone.

We will not be assigning homework or sending the folders home again until after the long weekend.  Please ask your child to continue reading every day.

Tuesday we are going to see a genuine Powwow at the Old Town School of Folk Music in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

Mrs. Neely has been gracious enough to allow the large lost and found stay up in the main hall through Tuesday.  After Tuesday those items will be disposed of.  Please check for lost items before then.

Thanks to all of you for coming out to parent conferences.  I truly am blessed this year with some wonderful supportive families.

This is a funny week because the kids have no classes on Wednesday the 15th for parent conferences.  Please see last week’s letter to find the link to sign up for a ten minute spot.  If your family will need more than 10 minutes you will need to schedule a separate meeting time for that.

Next week we will be attending the Powwow at Old Town School of Folk Music.  I already have enough chaperones scheduled for this trip and limited seating.  If you had planned to attend and had not yet confirmed with me please understand and try for the next trip.  If you had written me a note I am expecting you already and thank you.

This week we will step up the home assignments a bit.  Students are asked to keep track of the minutes they read each day, the sight words will have a longer worksheet and clear and specific words to memorize, and there will be a daily language arts sheet to practice mechanics.  All assignments are due the following day, reading logs and sight word practice sheets are due FRIDAYS (they are for daily use and must be turned the week they were assigned.)

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read several stories that support “Growth Mindset” concepts 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. We will make predictions while reading and encourage students to infer what might happen beyond the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Students will continue writing journal entries and will use a class poster to check for quality work.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 3. In this unit we will practice with tools such as number lines and number grids.  We will practice skip counting and adding and subtracting using a variety of diagrams to help us.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be honoring Native American Heritage Month with stories and activities.  We will attend a Native American Powwow celebration on the 21st.  If you have not returned your trip slip[ and money please do so as soon as possible,