September 17, 2018

Monday, 17 September 2018, 12:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               September 17, 2018

 

It was very nice to meet many of you at open house.  Thank you to all the families that provided snack!

Note for the week:

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Monday and Thursday
  • The year’s first PTO meeting is scheduled for September 25th beginning at 5 pm.
  • School begins promptly at 8:45 am and ends at 3:45 pm. If you anticipate being late, please call the school.

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 room 306.

  • Please return all forms that have been sent home: emergency contact, student information and lunch form.
  • If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom please email me. I am looking for volunteers that can commit to a regular schedule.  Please also consider volunteering in the lunchroom and during lunch recess. If you intend on volunteering, you need to fill out a volunteer packet prior to volunteering. I also need volunteers to sharpen pencils and a volunteer to wash classroom tables after school.  If you cannot commit to a weekly volunteer time, you can also reach out about reading books to the class.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee

WORD STUDY

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 /i/.

Vocabulary=       enemy, recipe, squint, mumble

Sight Words=        is, you, that, it, he

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will continue to read a collection of books about friendship and being unique. We will read the books “How to Lose All Your Friends”, “Recess Queen”, and “Enemy Pie”.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue to write narratives in Writing Workshop. We will work on telling the stories of our lives using illustrations and focusing on small moment rather than an entire day.

MATH

In Math, we will learn all about tally marks, collecting data and writing number stories.  We will also learn more about appropriate use of math tools.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science, we will begin our unit on space systems, focusing on the sun, moon and stars.  We will continue out unit on families.  A huge thank you to all the families that completed the Friday letter.  The students loved seeing what their families wrote to them.  The family letter is a great way to connect home and school.  The students especially loved that their family had Friday homework and they did not!

Have a great week!

September 10, 2018

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               September 10, 2018

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.

Notes for the week:

  • This Thursday is Open House from 4:30-5:30pm.
  • Please return the green homework 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.
  • Please return your email information sheet.  I will send home a hard copy of the newsletter the first few weeks and then I will only be sending an electronic copy.
  • We have Gym on Monday and Thursday. Please have your child wear/bring gym shoes on those days.  We are on a five week rotating schedule so we only have gym and Spanish for the next five weeks.
  • 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. I provided a snack schedule last week.  This month all students with last names beginning with A-K should provide snack to share. Please send enough snack for 26 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 timeto 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 room 306.
  • 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.
  • This Friday every child will go home with a Friday Letter notebook.  The directions for the notebook are glued to the inside.  Please make sure to respond to your child on the back of their letter.

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.

 

 

WORD STUDY

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/.

Sight Words=        the, and, in, to, of

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read a collection of books about friendship and being unique. We will read the books “Big Al”, “A Bargain for Frances”, and “A Bad Case of the Stripes”.

Vocabulary=       fret, ointment, sob, contagious

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

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

MATH

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.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will discuss what a scientist does and how they look, recognizing that we are all scientists.  We will also being our unit on families.

Summer Fun!!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 10:00 | Category : Uncategorized
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-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. Horgan-Morgan!

Supply List 2018-2019

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 9:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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3 Dozen # 2 Pencils (sharpened)
4 Marble Composition Books
8 Glue Sticks (no liquid glue)
1 Box of 24 Crayons
4  PLASTIC, 3 whole folders (1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue)
2 ream of copy paper
1 ream card-stock
2 Paper Towels
2 Kleenex
1 box Colored pencils
1 Klorox and 1 baby Sanitizing Wipes
1 box of baggies large storage — not sandwich
1 pack Post it notes
1 Box water color markers
1 Scotch tape
1 Masking tape
4 Dry erase markers

May 29, 2018

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 13:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Thank you for assisting your child with their family timelines. They look beautiful. The children are really starting to understand how to arrange events chronologically.
  • We had a great time on our field trip to see Last Stop on Market Street. Thank you to the parents that attended.
  • We are out of snack. Please submit snacks ASAP.
  • We are almost out of dry erase markers. Please consider donating as we use them throughout the day.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read variations of Jack and the Beanstalk. We will read Waynetta and the Cornstalk and Kate and the Beanstalk. After reading each version, we will focus on questions the kids have for Jack or the Giant. This quarter first graders will hear weekly books that come author or genre studies. We will explore the writing of other authors including Janell Cannon and Tomie dePaola. We will also explore variations of some traditional fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the BeanstalkThe Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will practice spelling words with –ture at the end.

Sight Words: Off, those, read, pull, don’t, your

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will begin our final writing unit on poetry. Students will hear two poems this week that focus on reinventing a regular object- a pencil sharpener and overhead lights. Students will begin to play with their own ideas for poems and sign a poetry promise that gives them freedom to break the rules of writing.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 9 in math. This unit is a year-end review of the topics we have covered. This week we will spend more time using number grids for counting 10 more and 10 less. We will also solve 2 digit addition problems. Encourage your child to share how they are solving problems involving 2 digits. Please so not teach “carrying the 1 and regrouping”, it may hinder your child’s conceptual understanding of this mathematical topic.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will record observations of the rye and alfalfa seeds after the mowing.  We will also observe our outdoor garden.   We will learn about more families around the world and how objects have changed over time (then and now). We will begin to work on creating summer journals using magazine clipping to make collage covers.

May 7, 2018

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 22:48 | Category : Uncategorized
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Walk-a-Thon:
-The Ray School Walk-A-Thon is May 18th! Any student that is registered by Friday, May 11th and collected at least $5 will receive a special treat. This event is a very important fundraiser as it provides us with recess monitors. So far we have 11 of our 26 students fundraising and I would love to see 100% participation. Last years fundraiser also raised funds to install a water bottle filtration system outside the lunchroom. We have raised $755 collectively!
Register your student(s) for the Walk-a-Thon today at http://rayschool.dojiggy.com
-Please submit the field trip form (again), the first copy did not include the date and we need a signed copy with all relevant information.
-We are out of snacks. Please provide snack for 26 students. There are several families that have not yet provided snack this year. Please donate.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read versions of Cinderella . We will compare and contrast the various texts and look at common themes in multiple texts. This quarter first graders will hear weekly books that come author or genre studies. We will explore the writing of other authors including Jannell Cannon and Tomie dePaola. We will also explore variations of some traditional fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will practice spelling words with vowels pairs.
Sight Words: any, going, from, some, thank
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week will continue our unit on persuasive writing. Students will learn about what persuasive writing is, how to plan for persuasive writing, brainstorming ideas and drafting a letter. We will read The Perfect Pet and I Wanna Iguana.
MATH
This week, we will finish unit 8 in math. Students will learn a new game called Make My Design. Students will make a fraction book and complete and create some number grid puzzles. Students will take a timed test on basic addition facts up to 10. Has your child been practicing facts with the fact triangles?
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In science we will record observations of the rye and alfalfa seeds and wheat seeds we planted. We will also plant radishes, carrots and seeds in the school garden. Students will “mow” the grass and observe what happens during regrowth. Students will read Scholastic Kids: Lend a Hand to Lemurs.

April 30, 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018, 13:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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April 30, 2018

Notes and Reminders:

  • Walk-a-Thon Please register at http://rayschool.dojiggy.comand begin fundraising.  Students that have raised $5 by Thursday evening will have a special treat on Friday
  • The mattress sale in Saturday, May 5th in the school cafeteria.
  • We are running low on glue stick and black dry erase markers.  Any donation are greatly appreciated.
  • International Night is this Wednesday beginning at 5:30. Additional information is in homework folders.
  • We need snacks! Please consider sending in 26 healthy snacks (gluten free, peanut-free snacks are appreciated!)

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read versions of Little Red Riding Hood. We will compare and contrast the various texts and look at common themes in multiple texts. This quarter first graders will hear weekly books that come author or genre studies. We will explore the writing of other authors including Jannell Cannon and Tomie dePaola. We will also explore variations of some traditional fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the BeanstalkThe Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Sight Words: We will be reviewing ar, er, ir and or words

MATH

This week, we will continue unit 8 in math. This unit focuses more on shapes, including 3-D shapes and exposes students to equal parts (halves and fourths) and the whole. This week we will begin to look at the 3-D shapes, tell time to the half hour and collect data on a bar graph.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science, we will observe our grass seeds and plant wheat. In social science, we will review wants vs. needs.

 

April 23, 2018

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April 23, 2018

  • Walk-a-Thon incentive:  win a $500 mattress

Any student or Ray staff member who is registered at http://rayschool.dojiggy.com and has begun fundraising by midnight on Friday April 27th will be entered in a raffle to win a Simmons queen mattress set worth $500.  The winning student or staff member can come to our mattress sale on May 6th to try out the mattress set and have it delivered for free to their home! While exercise is important for health, a good night’s sleep is also important – make sure you are getting quality sleep with a new mattress thanks to Just Get Sleep, our mattress sale fundraising partner!  Register your student(s) for the Walk-a-Thon today.  A big thank you to Gabi, Ann and Sayu for already creating a page and fundraising.

  • We are running low on glue stick and black dry erase markers. Any donation are greatly appreciated.
  • We need snacks! Please consider sending in 26 healthy snacks (gluten free, peanut-free snacks are appreciated!)
  • Our school has begun a composting/recycling program in the lunchroom.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read versions of The Three Little Pigs. We will compare and contrast the various texts and look at common themes in multiple texts. This quarter first graders will hear weekly books that come author or genre studies. We will explore the writing of other authors including Jannell Cannon and Tomie dePaola. We will also explore variations of some traditional fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Sight Words: again, fly, give, her, let, put (Spelling Test on Friday)

Vocabulary: spoil, fault, huffed, shame, framed

MATH

This week, we will continue unit 8 in math. This unit focuses more on shapes, including 3-D shapes and exposes students to equal parts (halves and fourths) and the whole. This week we will begin to look at the importance of determining the size of the whole when comparing fractions. We will also discuss names for equal parts. Students will use circles and triangles to make new shapes. Students will also begin to identify attributes of 3-D shapes.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science, we will start a new unit on living things. Students will begin to identify what living things need and ways living things can differ, specifically plants and animals. We will continue to read several books about Earth Day, recycling and reducing waste.

April 16, 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 9:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,

Parent teacher conferences are this Wednesday (4/18/18, 12-6 pm). Here is the sign-up link:http://signup.com/go/zHVaRuO

If you are not able to attend, please contact me to schedule an alternative conference date.

  • We need snacks! Please consider sending in 26 healthy snacks (gluten free, peanut-free snacks are appreciated!)
  • The Book Fair is this week. Visit the book fair with your child on Wednesday, when you come for report card pick up or send in money with your child to visit during school hours.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg. This quarter first graders will hear weekly books that compare author or genre studies. We will explore the writing of other authors including Jannell Cannon and Tomie dePaola. We will also explore variations of some traditional fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the BeanstalkThe Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Sight Words: review

Vocabulary: litter, future, dump, waste, destruction, pollution

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are beginning our unit on Persuasive writing.  Students will learn what it means to persuade and come up with a list of ideas.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 8 in math. This unit focuses more on shapes, including 3-D shapes and also exposes students to equal parts (halves and fourths) and the whole. This week we will begin to look at the importance of determining the size of the whole when comparing fractions. We will also discuss names for equal parts.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will start a new unit on living things. Students will begin to identify what all living things need and ways living things can differ, specifically plants and animals. We will read several books about Earth Day, recycling and reducing waste.

April 9, 2018

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April 9, 2018

  • There is no school for students this Friday, April 13th, 2018.
  • Parent teacher conferences are around the corner (4/18/18, 12-6 pm). Here is the sign-up link: http://signup.com/go/zHVaRuO
  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Please submit the field trip money ($17) and form if you have not. We must give our final head count on Thursday. The trip is May 24th.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read One Green Apple. This quarter first graders will hear many stories that feature diverse characters. 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 review ABC order, antonyms and words with the ng sound/spelling.

Sight Words: made, over, did, down, only- SPELLING TEST ON THURSDAY

Vocabulary: shepherd, graze, cider

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing  on with our unit on Opinion writing. Students will work on writing a complete paragraph and combing sentences using conjunctions. Students will continue working on ongoing pieces with partners to edit and revise.

MATH

This week, we will finish with unit 7 in math. Students will continue to practice the routine called “What’s My Rule”. Students will apply strategies for finding unknowns in this routine. Students will identify the rule and unknown input numbers. Students will learn about the minute hand and digital representations of time. Students will play the games Tric-Trac, Salute and Penny, Dime, Exchange.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will conduct an experiment that focuses on how our eyes adapt in darkness. We will read Scholastic News: Sunflower Snack and Drip, Drop.

March 19, 2018

Monday, 19 March 2018, 13:17 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Permission slips went home last week for a field trip to Children’s Theater. The cost of the field trip is $17.  Please try and give exact change as there is often not change to be made in the office.

We will be seeing Last Stop on Market Street on May 24th.  We were waiting to get final confirmation for the date, which is why it was not included on the slip.

  • Next week is spring break. There will be no school 3/26-3/30. Please work on sight words and math facts (using READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Big Red Lollipop. This quarter first graders will hear many stories that feature diverse characters. 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 mindset and perseveranceWe will review ABC order, antonyms and soft c and hard c sounds.

Sight Words: while, place, under, always, father

Vocabulary: invited, fair, plead, scurries, aside

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing with our unit on Opinion writing. This week we are starting a new book that will feature our favorite places in the neighborhood. Students will work on writing a complete paragraph and combing sentences using conjunctions.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 7 in math. Students will start to identify addition facts that can be used to solve subtraction facts. We will learn a new game called Salute. Students will work on counting up and back to solve subtraction facts. Students will use attribute blocks this week and identify various attributes of the blocks including color, thickness, size and shape.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will finish our unit on Sound and LightIn social science we will learn about Georgia O’Keefe and read Time for Kids What’s the Buzz and Only In America.

March 12, 2018

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 20:27 | Category : Uncategorized
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• I would like to welcome Katy Liu and her family to our class. We now have 26 students in class. Please keep this in mind when sharing snacks.

  • Save-the-Date: 
Ray School’s Annual Walk-A-Thon will take place Friday, May 18th! Our fundraising goal is $30,000 and we can do it! If you’d like to help with the planning, please email annerenna@mac.com.
    • Lost & Found: Every Friday after school, the Lost & Found bins by the cafeteria will be emptied in order to keep the school clean. If your child is missing an item, please direct him/her to check the bins weekly!
    • Parent Portal: If you are interested in having access to Parent Portal, please call the main office and they will provide you with your pin and login information.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read Emmanuel’s Dream. This quarter first graders will hear many stories that feature diverse characters. 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. This week students will compare themselves to the main character in the story and focus on things they CAN do. We will learn about -ar controlled words. We will review ABC order.
Sight Words: went, mother, goes, around, through
Vocabulary: useless, disability, insult, astounding, boarded, fetch

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are continuing opinion writing this week. Our focus this week will be using transition words, learning about common and proper nouns and writing a complete paragraph.

MATH
This week, we will finish the unit 6 assessment. We will start unit 7 which focuses on fact families (relationships between addition and subtraction facts). We will use fact triangles and dominoes to identify fact families. We will practice more with base 10 blocks and place value.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In science we will continue with the second part of the science unit on sound and light. Students will explore light and mirrors and discuss how light can be reflected to a new position. We will learn about Misty Copeland, Malala Yousafzai and Helen Delaney Martini.