September 25, 2017

Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                                                      September 25, 2017

I hope every family had a wonderful weekend.  I was absent on Friday which is why our green folders did not come home.  I also made no mention of the Friday Letter journal in my sub plans, which is why they were not complete.  I see that they students brought them home anyway.  ’m actually very proud that they remembered our routine even with me not there.

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Tuesday and Fridays.
  • The first PTO meeting is this Tuesday, 9/26 at 6pm. Pizza and childcare provided. Please attend.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles 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

I will group the students according to our first Words their Way spelling assessment. Students will begin to work on a targeted spelling skill next week.

Sight Words: was, for, on, are, as

 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.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: glide, admire, wise, shimmer, shocked

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write narrative pieces focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation.

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 1 assessment. The assessment will deal with counting, number stories, tally marks and reading graphs.

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

September 18, 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017, 13:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               September 18, 2016

 

It was very nice to meet many of you at open house.  Thank you to all the families that provided snack!  Also a big THANKS to Ann, Meral and Henry’s families for donating to the Donors Choose project.  The materials are on their way.

Note for the week:

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Return library books on Thursdays.
  • The years first PTO meeting is scheduled for September 26th  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
  • We will make time for a daily snack in the afternoon. I will provide a snack schedule in the brochure that goes home today. Please send enough snack for 26 students. Please send healthy, nut-free snack

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!

Donors Choose!!!

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 18:48 | Category : Uncategorized
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Hi all,

So many of you were able to come to Open House this evening. Thank you! While you were there some of the students shared our fun rocking chairs.  These are just the beginning of my goal towards flexilble seating.  I’ve created a classroom project request on DonorsChoose.org to give you a glimpse into what we’re tackling right now:

Flexible Seating for Differentiated Learning

The first seven days are key to my project’s success. If you choose to give (any amount helps!), you’ll receive updates and photos of this project in action and the students’ sincere gratitude. An added bonus is that is that all donations are currently being match from an anonymous donor!!!!

Thanks for your support!
Stacy

P.S. If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting public schools, please feel pass this message along.

September 11, 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017, 13:26 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               September 11, 2017

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 4-6pm.  The first hour will be time to visit the classroom.
  • 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.
  • We have Gym on Tuesdays and Fridays. 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 music 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 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.
  • 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/ and the sounds for /m/, /d/, /p/ and /f/.

Vocabulary=       fret, ointment, sob, contagious

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”.

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.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Music P.E. Music

Ray Spirit Day

Music

Open House

4-6pm

P.E

 

Donors Choose

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 22:27 | Category : Uncategorized
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Support our classrooms new Donors Choose.  I am working to get flexible seating in the classroom!!

https://secure.donorschoose.org/project/flexible-seating-for-differentiated-lear/2746647/?rf=page-siteshare-2017-09-ifproject-teacher_1403106&challengeid=20553104

Scholastic Book Club

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 21:40 | Category : Uncategorized
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Parents use this code to submit their Scholastic Reading Club Orders to you online.

https://orders.scholastic.com/LTNCK

Physical Education

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 21:37 | Category : Uncategorized
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During the 2017-2018 school year our PE day will be Tuesday and Friday.  Please make sure your child has appropriate shoes for class.

Welcome!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 21:42 | Category : Uncategorized
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Families of Room 114,
Welcome! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. My name is Stacy Horgan and I will be your 1st grader’s teacher.  I am a 16th year Chicago Public School teacher.  I have taught all primary grades Kindergarten through Third. In addition I spent three years as a Literacy Coach where I worked with struggling readers in grades K through Eighth. I am happy to be back and am ready for a great year. I would like to welcome those students who are returning and those who are starting this year. I am looking forward to working with your child and helping them to achieve at their full potential. The parent-teacher relationship is vital to your child’s success in school. By working together, I can help your child have a very fulfilling learning experience.
Our classes will line up on the north playground at 8:40; school begins promptly at this time. Students will exit onto the same play lot at 3:45. After school care may be arranged through the office in the After School Fun Camp with a tuition fee.
Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through emails, progress reports, the classroom blog and report cards. I will also be available for parent-teacher conferences, as they are needed.
Best Wishes,
Stacy Horgan
slhorgan@cps.edu

Ray School Hours

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 13:39 | Category : Uncategorized
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Ray’s Summer Office Hours

July 18-20th, 10am-1pm

July 25-27th, 10am-1pm

August 8-10th, 10am-1pm

August 15-17th, 10 am-1pm

August 22-24th, 10am-1pm

August 28-Sept. 1st, 8:45-3:45 pm

SY17-18 Information

Orientation & Class Assignment Dates

August 29th: 7th & 8th @ 2:45

August 30th: 5th & 6th @ 2:45

August 31st: K-4th @ 2:45

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 5thr

2017-2018 supply list

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 13:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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1st Grade Supplies

4 Dozen # 2 Pencils (sharpened)
4 Marble Composition Books WIDE RULED
8 Glue Sticks (no liquid glue)
1 Box of 24 Crayons
1 Box of Colored Pencils
1 small Fiskar Scissors (pointed)
4 3-prong pocket plastic folder (1 green, 1 red,1 yellow, 1 blue)
1 box of markers
2 reams of copy paper (1 white, one colorful–card-stock also appreciated)
1 roll of paper towels
1 box of tissue

1 package black dry erase markers

1 package of baby wipes

1 container of Clorox wipes

Wish list
Cotton balls
Tooth picks
Popsicle sticks
Glitter
White construction paper
Masking tape
Scotch tape
googly eyes
feathers
pompoms
embroidery floss
index cards (various sizes)

5/22/17

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 22:01 | Category : May 2017
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May 22, 2017

Whoa! Way to go Room 114! Thanks to your family and friends, our class alone reached and exceeded our goal of raising over $1,000, actually raising almost $2,000! We celebrated with a pizza and movie party last Friday. Great work everyone! The walk-a-thon happened while rainy and windy outside so teachers did not get to take many pictures. If any of our parents who attended were able to take pics, please share with me via email.

Reminders:

  • We hope your Flat Stanley is on his adventure! He can be returned to school by mail or in person after Memorial Day weekend.
  • Field Trip on Thursday, 5/25 (bring a bagged lunch)
  • Wear a red shirt and jean pants/shorts/skirt this Thursday, 5/25 for Identical Day!
  • Wear a crazy hat to school this Wednesday, 5/24!
  • Olympics are moved to next week- more info to come!

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their Daily 5 folders, as well as practicing sight word spellings we have learned this year. We are leaning about –ge and –dge making the ‘j’ sound.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: gooey, pesky, insults, ashamed, rowdy

 READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. We will be coming back to this text each day as we read and learn something new from it during the week. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words; identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are publishing our animal poems and creating animal handprint art for display.

MATH

We are in Unit 9. It is our last math unit. This unit focuses on two-digit addition and subtraction and a review.

SCIENCE

We are recording our observations on our wheat and we are exploring stems in depth. We will begin to look for animals for our classroom terrarium.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We continue to learn about families around the world.

5/15/17

Monday, 15 May 2017, 22:01 | Category : May 2017
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May 15, 2017

Dear Room 114 Families,

Our second recess fundraiser, the Ray School Walk-A-Thon, is this Friday, May 19th from 10:15 – 10:45.
Our goal is to raise $25,000 to allow us to have full staff for recess this school year. Without full recess staff, we would have even less (and less consistent) recess coverage.  Please come prepared to be outside and active (hat, sunscreen, water bottle, loose/cool clothing)

Reminders:

  • Send out your Flat Stanley this week, if you haven’t already!
  • Walk-A-Thon, Friday 5/19
  • Field Trip on Thursday, 5/25

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY
Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their Daily 5 folders. We are focusing on words with –or.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Maya was Grumpy. We will be coming back to this text each day as we read and learn something new from it during the week. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words; identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are moving into persuasive writing this week.  Be prepared for your child to be more vocal, provide reasons, and try to persuade you in different ways;) We are also finishing up our poetry unit with poems about favorite animals.
MATH
We are in Unit 9. It is our last math unit.  This unit focuses on two-digit addition and subtraction and a review.

SCIENCE
We are recording our observations on our wheat and we are exploring what happens we mow our grass and alfalfa. Will it grow back? We will collect various stems from the schoolyard and sort them.

SOCIAL STUDIES
We continue to learn about families around the world. This week we will learn about how a family in India lives.