Ray School Walk-A-Thon

Monday, 8 April 2019, 13:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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Fun and Fitness:  During the Walk-a-Thon, our students reach for their personal best distance during their walk-skip-run around our school playground, while family and volunteers cheer them on.  Creative GREEN costumes are encouraged!

Fundraising:  The Walk-a-Thon is also a fundraiser.  Whether it’s $5, $25 or $100, we hope that each family will financially participate in the Walk-a-Thon to the best of their ability.

Our Fundraising Goal: Ray School is committed to keeping students moving, especially in our beautiful outdoor campus, with recess and gardening activities.  Active bodies contribute to active minds.  Research shows that the more our students can move during the day, the more they can stay on task during class.  Funds from this Walk-a-Thon will create more opportunities for movement for our students: new recess equipment and wonderful indoor/outdoor recess staff.  Additionally, this year we want to install a secondnew water fountain for filling water bottles, encouraging our students to drink water instead of sugary juices and soda.  Let’s help our children’s bodies and brains stay fit and sharp!

Parent-Teacher Conference Day- April 10th

Monday, 8 April 2019, 13:28 | Category : Uncategorized
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Just a reminder that we’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/nxmdwug
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

March 25, 2019

Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 10:00 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • This Friday our town hall meetings resume in the auditorium, Students will come to the classroom at 9:15am.
  • The students are bringing home completed/graded work this week. Please look over the work and let me know if you have questions. I am holding the students more accountable for finishing work within the allotted time, as this will be an expectation in 2nd grade.
  • A field trip permission slip went home today.  This is a free field trip and takes place next week.   Please return the form no later than Wednesday.

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read Under the Same Sun by Sharon Robinson. This is a great story about a family that returns to Tanzania to visit relatives. We will be exploring cultural differences, as well as discussing why people sometimes leave their home countries. This book is one of the texts with diverse characters that we are focusing on this quarter. We will learn about the sounds of hard and soft g and inflectional endings –s, -ed and –ing.

Sight Words: brother, sister, says, always, think- students are assessed weekly on the spelling of these words. They have access to the words on the word wall, but should study the words weekly and be able to read the words without sounding them out.

Vocabulary Words: terminal, greet, bustle, safari, ruins- these words come from the weekly read aloud text, please discuss these words at home

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will start opinion writing this week. We will read the book The Best Part of Me.  Students will share their favorite thing about themselves.  

MATH: This week we will continue unit 7 in math. This unit will focus on the relationships between facts. We will use fact triangles and dominoes to look closely at fact families. The students are avidly working on their number scrolls. It is a great activity that highlights the patterns in numbers and allows children to look closely at place value to check for accuracy. Please use the fact triangles from the home links to practice addition and subtraction facts

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science we will continue our unit on light and conduct experiments about refraction and reflection. We will learn about materials that reflect light (such as mirrors) and why certain objects look bent in water. We will continue to learn about women who have made a difference in history. We will read and discuss books about Katherine Johnson, Beatrix Potter and Brave Girl.

March 18, 2019

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 11:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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March 20, 2019

  • Please consider donating to our yoga, mindful based Donor’s Choose project.    https://donorschoo.se/e/xEUhGSAl5U
  • I have added photos from our field trip and some pilot light activities to our class album.  If you are not receiving these photos, please let me know.

READING

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 beginning our unit on Persuasive 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 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 continue our light; we will be focusing on reflectionsIn social science, we will learn about Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo and Beatrix Potter.

March 11, 2019

Monday, 11 March 2019, 11:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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March 11, 2019

  • We have our field trip tomorrow.  The students will be outside for a good portion of the day.  Please dress accordingly.
  • If any parent has time to volunteer this week please let me know. I have some classroom organization I need assistance with; you would not be working with students.

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 mindset 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 words with the long a sound. We will review ABC order.
Sight Words: went, mother, goes, around, through
Vocabulary: useless, disability, insult, astounding, boarded, fetch

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are finish our units on All About Me writing and will have a writing celebration on Friday.

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. Unfortunately, our flashlights have gone missing.  Please let us borrow a flashlight for the week if you have any at home.  They will be labeled and returned by Thursday.

March 5, 2019

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 11:19 | Category : Uncategorized
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March 4, 2019

-We have a field trip next Tuesday, March 12th.  If you have not yet paid the fee, please so by Friday.  I will send home a field trip permission slip to all students missing the fee.

-Thank you to all the families that have provided snack. If you have not provided snack this year please make sure to share.  Students have snack every day.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read Tia Isa’s Wants a Car and A Chair for My Mother. 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 perseverance. We will learn about words with the -or sound.
Sight Words: saw, play, because, though, before
Vocabulary: spoiled, tips, savings, and block

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are continuing our All About Me books.

MATH
This week, we will continue with unit 6 in math and take the assessment on Friday. We will learn about equivalent numbers with a new routine called name collection boxes. Students will practice more exchanges with a new game called penny, dime, and dollar exchange. We will play fishing for 10 and the difference game.

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. In Social studies, we will learn more about Dr. Seuss. We will also learn about Malala Yousafzai and discuss how different families live around the world.

February 25, 2019

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 14:35 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes and Reminders:

  • Please remember to check your child’s Friday letter and write a response. If the work does not seem done, have your child tell you more.  As the weeks go on fewer families are responding to the letters.
  • Please send in a snack for 25 students. We have a few snacks remaining, but are getting low. Please consider sending in fruits and veggies.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read Last Stop On Market Street. This quarter first graders will hear many stories that feature diverse characters. We will spend another week reviewing words with the long e spelled (y) and the long I sound spelled (y).
Sight Words: right, back, came, away, our
Vocabulary: stray, surround, soup kitchen
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are continuing with our unit on All About Writing. We hope to have a writing celebration this Friday to end the unit and share our All About Me pieces.
MATH
This week, we will continue with unit 6 in math. We will continue to work on helper facts and finding the difference between two numbers.  Students will also learn about number equivalence.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In science we will learn more about light and shadows.  Students will work to make their own shadows and identify objects by just a shadow.  In social studies, we will read Time For Kids about Rosa Parks.

February 19, 2019

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 19:44 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes and Reminders:

• Please send in a snack for 25 students. We have a few snacks remaining, but are getting low. Please consider sending in fruits and veggies.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read The Sandwich Swap. 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 words with the long e spelled (y) and the long I sound spelled (y).
Sight Words: called, just, where, more, know
Vocabulary: swap, heavenly, revolting, pesky, ashamed
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are continuing on with our unit on All About Writing. Students will work on organizing facts and writing strong introductions and conclusions. We will publish a piece of writing and share our All About Books with our peers.
MATH
This week, we will continue with unit 6 in math. Please note, your child brought home their Everyday Math journal volume 1. Please review taught concepts by completing unfinished pages. We will discuss doubles and near doubles this week, as well as reviewing telling time to the hour. Students will add more animal weights and practice comparing double digit numbers.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In science we will use begin the second part of the science unit on sound and light. Students will use flashlights to make shadows and will explore what happens when we move the light source closer to the object. We will learn about George Washington and other Presidents. We will also learn about Nelson Mandela and Billie Holiday.

February 11, 2019

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 19:23 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friends and Families

• Please send an extra pair of pants to school if your child is not coming to school with snow pants. Also every child should keep an extra pair of socks in the backpack. Today we had lots of wet pants and feet. We also had lots of fun in the snow. I guess “snow swimming” is the reason behind all the wet bottoms!

• We will exchange Valentine’s Day cards on February 14th at the end of the day. It is not necessary for your child to bring cards, but if they do, please ensure that every classmate receives a card. Candy/treats are not permitted.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read A Different Pond. 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 learn about words with a Y at the end sounding like an E. Words went home in the homework folder.
Sight Words: long, very, little, words, after
Vocabulary: tackle, bait, callous, lure, trespass
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are continuing on with our unit on All About Writing. Students will begin working on an All About Me book with table of contents, introduction, conclusion and cover page.
MATH
This week, we will take the unit 5 assessment, originally planned for last Friday. We will begin unit 6 in math. The unit focuses on time using the hour hand only, more double digit number stories, doubles facts and near doubles.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In science we will complete an alternative STEM unit while we wait for our necessary supplies to arrive. We will learn about Abraham Lincoln, Maya Angelou and Jean-Michel Basquiat this week.

February 4, 2019

Tuesday, 5 February 2019, 13:33 | Category : Uncategorized
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I can’t believe the school year is half over!   I love seeing all the changes that occur throughout the year.  I hope everyone stayed warm last week.  Unfortunately I had to deal with burst pipes in my 120 year old home, not how I envisioned the cold days.

• Report cards will go home this week. Please contact me if you have questions about either report. I am happy to meet most mornings..
• We will exchange Valentine’s Day cards on February 14th at the end of the day. It is not necessary for your child to bring cards, but if they do, please ensure that every classmate receives a card (25 students). Please do not address the cards, it is much easier to pass them out without a name. Candy/treats are not permitted.
• The 100th day of school is coming up on the 20th. Please begin to think about a collection of 100 small items. Students will complete a set of clues describing their object and will present to the class. More to come on this project in the coming days.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read Chik Chak Shabbat. 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 learn about long vowel words with an e at the end. I am going to begin sending home a copy of the words we work on in class. Students are tested on some of these words, as well as other words with a similar pattern.
Sight Words: way, find, use, may, water
Vocabulary: Cholent, waff, hurl, shabbat

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will complete How-To writing and begin All About Writing. Students have now began to write their facts in booklets and are adding details, as well as important vocabulary that pertain to their topic. Students will add diagrams, table of contents and other non-fiction text features this week. Students will work on organizing facts and writing strong introductions.

MATH
This week, we will continue with unit 5 in math. Students will practice creating comparison number stories. We will play the difference game. We will work more with the animal cards to compare weights and heights and add double digit numbers using the number grid and base 10 blocks. Students will also find the difference in animal weights. Students will take the unit 5 assessment at the end of the week.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In science we will use begin the second part of the science unit on sound and light. We will learn about Maya Angelou, Effa Manley and Jackie Robinson this week.

January 28, 2019

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 14:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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Thank you to all the families that sent in items for our most magnificent thing project.  I will probably be finding google eyes and glitter in the classroom for the next year.  It was a giant mess but they had a lot of fun.
-I have received several emails regarding school being canceled due to cold weather.  I have not yet heard any news but will let you know as soon as I do.
-Please send a healthy snack in for 24 children.
-Are you still interested in helping out in the classroom? Please send me an email if you have a weekly window of time and would like to come in to work with students or prep materials. You must fill out a volunteer application prior to volunteering.
-If you have not yet purchased a ticket for the event “Raise a Glass for Ray”, please do so. It is a wonderful event and all proceeds benefit Ray School.
-Please send your child to school prepared to play outside.  The students love playing in the snow but it’s challenging when they do not have snow pants or warm gloves.  This time of year we need as much outdoor play as possible.
READER’S WORKSHOP:
This week we will read I Am Enough and All Are Welcome. 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: review
WRITER’S WORKSHOP:
We will continue How-To writing this week. Students will independently and with partners write step-by-step directions for things they know how to do. We will explore various spellings of the long a sound including a_silent e, ai and ay. We will use our planning sheets to make How-To booklets.
MATH:
This week we will use pennies to compare numbers. Students will be introduces to the quantity, quantity difference diagrams. Students will continue to practice using the <, > and = symbols. We will practice adding two digit numbers using various tools including the number grid, base ten blocks and pictures.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE:
We will learn more about maps and look at maps of our state, country and earth. We will start to explore light in science using mirrors and flashlights.

January 14, 2019

Monday, 14 January 2019, 14:11 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • We have a field trip tomorrow, January 15th.  All students should bring a lunch from home. We will be eating when we return to school.

  • Have you bought your tickets for “Raise a Glass for Ray” at The Promontory on January 31st? Please visit the Ray School website to learn more. This is a great even supporting Ray School.  Please join us.

  • Please make sure your child is dressed for winter weather.  Many students are coming to school without boots or gloves.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Brave Irene by William Steig. 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 perseverance. We will enjoy additional William Steig books this week including Dr. DeSoto and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. We will review ABC order and antonyms.

Vocabulary: Advise, aristocrat, ceased, cherish, meddle, radiant, pounce

Sight Words: Been, who, now, people

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will continue How To writing.  Students will create trail mix and write how to make it.  They will also create other how to books on topics they are an “expert” on.

MATH

This week, we will continue working on  unit 5 in math. We will learn more about place value and discuss true and false.  We will continue to focus on what the equal sign means when comparing groups on numbers and equations.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will learn about map keys and create maps of our classroom and playground.  In science we will learn about pitch. We will also read books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.