January 16, 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 14:42 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • 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.
  • 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 bring in empty paper towel rolls. We will need these for our next math unit.

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 mind set 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 concluded the unit on How-To writing. Next week we will start All About writing. We will focus on brainstorming topics we know a lot about and use word webs to record facts about our topics.

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.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will learn about animals in winter. We will read Scholastic News Go Team Go! and Time for Kids Animals in Winter. In science we will go on a sound walk. We will discuss high and low pitches.

January 8, 2018

Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 14:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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Happy New Year 2018! Welcome back.   We will have a student teacher, Lindsay Jefferson,  working with us from now until the end of February.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Sight Words: time, could, make, than, first

Students will be assessed on sight word knowledge this week. I will notify you with words missed if your child scores <90%.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are well into How-To writing. Students brainstormed things they knew how to do. This week we will put our writing into booklets. We will focus on adding details, writing good conclusions and using transition words.

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 Friday. 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.

December 18, 2017

Sunday, 17 December 2017, 14:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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•    Please send your gingerbread house donations in by Wednesday at the very latest. We will purchase items we are missing. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the activity, join us in the classroom on Thursday at 1:30 pm.
•    Beginning in January we will have a student teacher from DePaul.  In your child’s folder is a video permission form, many of her lessons are required to be videoed as part of her program.  Please return the form by the end of the week.
•    Our winter assembly has been changed to Friday at 9:15am. K-4th parents are welcome to attend.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read Gingerbread Pirates. 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 gingerbread themed books this week.
Sight Words: has, any, her, two, him

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are well into How-To writing. Students brainstormed things they knew how to do. This week we will work on writing what materials are needed and detailed step-by-step instructions. We will put our writing in booklets at the end of the week.

MATH
This week, we will focus on easy facts like +0 and +1 facts. We will learn about doubles facts and facts with a sum of 10. We will play fishing for 10 and domino top-it.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
We will continue to discuss family traditions. We will read a Time for Kids: It’s Party Time. 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

December 11, 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 14:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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I am glad that we are all back and healthy.  Last week was a rough one with lots for upset stomachs.  We didn’t get a lot of our goals accomplished on Thursday or Friday because of all the illness.

  • Please collect Box Tops for Education clippings. A sheet is being sent home in your child’s folder to collect the clippings on.
  • Would you like to come in and share your family’s holiday tradition? Please send me an email if you are interested in sharing artifacts or foods that are unique to your family during the winter season. I would like to schedule families to share at the end of the day (3pm?)
  • This week is Spirit Week…. Monday– Crazy Day, Crazy Colorful Clothes, Crazy Socks Crazy Hair 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

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do. 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: had, not, but, what, all

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We began How-To writing last week. Students brainstormed things they knew how to do. This week we will work on writing what materials are needed and detailed step-by-step instructions. We will put our writing in booklets at the end of the week. I am sending home a list of goals for the unit.

MATH

This week, we will complete an Open Response prompt that focuses on the right way to measure a marker. Students will have an exploration day that includes building with base 10 blocks, collecting data on a tally chart and displaying on a bar graph and drawing and naming 2-D geometric shapes.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will continue to discuss family traditions. We will read a Time for Kids: Money Matters. In science we will make use drop chambers to identify sounds and use tuning forks to watch sound in action. We will watch Magic School Bus Haunted House, which focuses on sound vibrations, high and low sounds and loud and soft sounds.

 

Spirit Week

Friday, 8 December 2017, 15:51 | Category : Uncategorized
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Winter Spirit Days

December 11-15, 2017

Monday – Crazy Day🌈

Crazy Colorful Clothes 👚👖

Crazy Socks

Crazy Hair🎩

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👬

December 4, 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:28 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Please send a healthy snackin for 25 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes. Please try to send gluten free and peanut free snacks to accommodate our students with allergies.  This month last names with K-Z should donate.  A special thanks to the families that donate every month to snack, even when it is not their month!!
  • Would you like to come in and share your family’s holiday tradition? Please send me an email if you are interested in sharing artifacts or foods that are unique to your family during the winter season. I would like to schedule families to share at the end of the day (3pm?)
  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 21st @ 2.  We will be making gingerbread houses.  We will need lots of volunteers for this activity.  A letter will go home next week asking for donations to the project.
  • The students will perform in a holiday assembly on Thursday, December 21st. We included it on the calendar but I am not sure this is open to families.  Last year it was just for the students but I will let you know as I learn more.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Ada Twist Scientist. 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 read the companion book Rosie Revere Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect later in the week.

Sight Words: how, out, them, then, many

Vocabulary Words: quivered, drifted, pungent, rattled gawk

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will start How-To writing this week. Students will assist in a shared writing activity to write about making trail mix. In the coming weeks students will write step by step directions for things they know how to do.

MATH

This week, we will start unit 4 and take the unit 3 assessment. Students will begin to learn about measurement and how objects compare in length. Students will learn about using a common object for measurement, starting at the end of an object to measure and making estimations about measuring.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will discuss family traditions. We will read Some Birthday and discuss birthday traditions . In science we will make a table fiddle and book fiddle and learn more about how vibrations create sound. We will make a drop chamber and practice identifying sounds of various objects.

Chicago Men’s A Cappella

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 13:23 | Category : Uncategorized
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This is Chicago Men’s A Cappella’s (CMAC) eleventh annual Christmas concert featuring festive Christmas music, awe-inspiring international pieces in a variety of languages and jovial songs. We will also include a couple of short skits into the performances to add even more variety to the program. This year we will be holding 2 concerts on December 2nd. The first will be for the Ray School in Hyde Park where the proceeds will be going to the school. And the second will be CMAC’s standard concert. The first concert will be at 6:00pm and the second will be at 8:30pm. During the break between these concerts (approximately 8pm to 8:30pm) we will be serving Christmas themed snacks. So come along for the snacks, skits and singing.

Also here is the link for the online tickets.

Communication Update!!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 10:46 | Category : Uncategorized
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Communication / Robocalls: Unfortunately, we have no access to make Robocalls until all parents have signed the letter shared at Report Card Pick-Up and Sonia has a chance to enter each one – one by one. Also (and most importantly), let parents know that we cannot use Robocalls as a form of communication until we receive letters.

Please let me know if you need a form. They were passed out at report card pick up.

November 27, 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 10:34 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Please submit the $14.50 payment and field trip form for our trip to the CSO, scheduled on December 1st. Thanks so much to the families who have contributed extra $ for students in need.  Students will  need to bring a lunch from home.
  • Please send a healthy snack in for 25 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes. Please try to send gluten free and peanut free snacks to accommodate our students with allergies.
  • Would you like to come in and share your family’s holiday tradition? Please send me an email if you are interested in sharing artifacts or foods that are unique to your family during the winter season.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read The Dot. 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: which, if, their, each, about

Vocabulary Words: swirly, studied, glued, ruler, blank

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. We are still working on small moment writing, focusing on one moment during an event.   Students will finish up their narrative stories with attention on adding feelings and making sure the reader can answer who, what, where, why and when. At the end of the week, students will publish and submit a piece of writing to turn in as an assessment.

MATH

This week, we will learn the frames and arrows routine. We will start our math message mini-books. These books will provide a warm-up and entry point into the daily lesson. Students will also practice adding using the number grid. Students will also practice skip counting and adding on using the calculators.  We will take the unit 3 assessment on Friday.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will discuss family traditions. We will read a Time for Kids: Animal Helpers. We will also focus on birthday traditions.  In science we will make a table fiddle and book fiddle and learn more about how vibrations create sound. We will make a drop chamber and practice identifying sounds of various objects.

November 20, 2017

Monday, 20 November 2017, 10:37 | Category : Uncategorized
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Hi,

This week we are reviewing materials from past lessons and reading different books about Thanksgiving.  Please make sure your child has a lunch for tomorrow’s field trip.  Students do not have homework this week.  In your child’s green folder you will find literacy focus cards.  They can be used at home.  I shared these cards with many families during conferences and wanted to get them out.
Have a great week!

Project I Am

Monday, 13 November 2017, 14:19 | Category : Uncategorized
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Jahkil Jackson/Project I Am and Ray Student Council will collect items during National Homelessness week: 11/13 – 11/18.  The school toiletry item drive will be to create toiletry kits (or what Jahkil calls Blessing Bags) to be donated to shelters throughout the city.

Suggested items include:

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

pair of sock

face towel

soap

granola bars

first aid kit OR band-aids

Comb

lotion

Travel size hand sanitizer

Travel size conditioner

Travel size shampoo

Travel size lotion

Wipes

Mints

Gloves / Hats

Pocket tissue

November 13, 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017, 10:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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Please provide a healthy snack for 25 students if you have not done so…or it’s been a while. Thank you to all of the families that have contributed.  As a reminder, we celebrate birthdays with healthy snacks or treat bags students can take home. If you are interested in having your child celebrate their birthday at school, please contact me in advance.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Giraffes Can’t Dance. 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 be assessed on their understanding of these concepts using a 3 prompt open response assessment at the end of the week. This quarter our books of the week will focus on the growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: how, out, them, then, many

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. Last week we planned our writing and this week we will add details to the beginning, middle and end. Students will use this process to write at least three stories before the unit’s end.

MATH

This week, we will do more counting on the number line to add and subtract. We will revisit using the number grid to skip count and add and subtract. Your child should be comfortable with counting by 5s and 10s to 100. We will learn a new routine called frames and arrows. This routine asks children to find the “rule” or pattern in a set of numbers.

SCIENCE

We will begin our next unit on Sound and Light.  We will look at sound cards and practice making those sounds.  We will also watch a video on sound.  We will discuss what makes sound and what causes sound.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss family traditions. We will read a Time for Kids: Celebrating American Indian Life.  We will also learn about the history of fall festivals from long ago.