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 8, 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 12:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Please sign up for a slot at report card pickup using the following link http://signup.com/go/gdKHgBb. Report card pick up is scheduled Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 12pm-6pm. If you cannot make any of the times listed, please contact me and we can schedule an alternative time.
  • 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. This month is students with last names ending in A-K.
  • As a reminder, we celebrate birthdays with healthy snacks or treat bags students can take home. We celebrate birthdays on the last Friday of the month.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. 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: of, was, or, are, for, from, that, one, have, this

Vocubulary: fumble, glee, proudly, foolish

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 continue to work on number stories. Students will use the number line to practice adding and subtracting and skip counting. We will play Roll and Total, Domino Top-It and High Roller.

SCIENCE

We will wrap up our unit on Patterns in the Sky. We will read How Many Stars in the Sky?We will begin our next unit on Sound and Light.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will read our first edition of Time Magazine and learn about Veterans Day. We will start to discuss family traditions.

Report Cards

Monday, 6 November 2017, 13:40 | Category : Uncategorized
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October 30, 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017, 19:19 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Our trip to the farm is scheduled for tomorrow. Don’t forget to pack a bagged lunch for your child and dress warmly for the weather, hats and gloves are suggested, also shoes that can get dirty. There is no inside spot to warm up. If you are coming along to volunteer, please arrive no later than 9 am.
  • Information on our next field trip went home on Friday.  The field trip must be paid by Wednesday in order to reserve our seats.  Information can be found here -http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2017/11-21-2017-ft-native-american-pow-wow/
  • Please do not send your child to school in costume on Tuesday.
  • Consider keeping a spare set of clothes for your child in his/her book bag or at school on the closet hook. Accidents can happen on the playground…think mud and sometimes children can have accidents if they don’t make it to the washroom.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read several books with a farm/pumpkin theme in preparation for our trip to the Children’s Farm. We will read All Pigs are Beautiful, Big Chickens, Picking Apples and Pumpkins, Pumpkin Soup, and The Pumpkin Book. We will identify if the books are fiction or non-fiction and sight evidence from the text.

Sight Words: what, all, ,were, we, when, had, by, word, but, not

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. We will finish the unit this week moving on to all about writing.

MATH

This week, we will continue to work on number stories. Students will play domino top-it to practice using the part-part-total diagram. We will make up come of our own stories using the school carnival posters in the math journal. We will have exploration day where we focus on matching pairs, length and exploring counting a collection of pennies.

SCIENCE

We will begin to wrap up our unit on Patterns in the Sky. We will learn The Earth’s Hokey Pokey and read How Many Stars in the Sky?

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. We will read our first edition of Scholastic News and learn about Veterans Day.

school picture day

Monday, 23 October 2017, 21:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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Online orders can be completed at: www.ordervgil.com, school code 20013101.

October 23, 2017

Monday, 23 October 2017, 15:31 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes for the week:

  • School picture day is Tomorrow Tuesday, October 24th.  Please return the form to school or complete it online. 
  • Our first field trip is coming up on October 31st.  The fee is $15.  Let me know if you would like to chaperone. If your child has not paid I will assume they are not attending as all money was due last week.  Please let me know if this is not the case.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $30 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • We need donations of black dry erase markers.  We use them every day and our supply is running low.  Thank you to Henry, Khaola and Meral for the donations!

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Pumpkin Town 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.

Sight Words- of, was, are, for that  (optional homework in folders)

Vocabulary- no new vocabulary, we will learn about antonyms

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write narrative stories.  This week we will focus on transition words and using details to describe what our characters did or felt.  We will also add more detail to the setting.

MATH

This week, we will complete with unit 2, with the assessment on Wednesday.   We will begin unit 3, more number stories.

SCIENCE

We will continue to look closely at patterns in the sky.  Please complete the moon homework by Friday.  The goal of the project is for students to observe the moon phases.  I had hoped for it to happen 4 nights in a row but that has been difficult.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We continue our discussion about wants and needs.  We will also compare different animal families.  Information went home about an optional Dia de los Muertos project that Ms. Sheridan is putting together.

October 19, 2017

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 19:21 | Category : Uncategorized
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End of the week reminders:
1. The class filled in their 100’s chart for classroom behavior. They can wear pajamas to school tomorrow and bring a stuffed animal if they want.
2. The $15 field trip fee is due tomorrow. If your child is not attending please let me know.

3.  School picture day is next Tuesday.

October 16, 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 8:39 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Thank you to all of the families that participated in the first PTO fundraiser!
  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up on October 31st.  The fee is $15.  Let me know if you would like to chaperone. Please return the payment and trip slip as soon as possible.  All money is due by Friday.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $30 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • We need donations of black dry erase markers.  We use them every day and our supply is running low.
  • School picture day is Tuesday, October 24th.  Please return the form to school or complete it online.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Stellaluna 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 compare and contrast bats to birds and add some bat art during Daily 5.

Sight Words- they, as, be, with, he.

I have sent home a new sight word homework sheet.  This is optional and can be returned at any time during the week.  I am offering this for families that wanted additional support with sight words.  Please make sure your child can read these words and work on spelling.  Once they are on the word wall they should be spelled correctly in their work.

Vocabulary- clutched, clambered, gracefully, clumsy

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  We select a piece of writing for publication this week. Students will make sure the story has three parts, beginning, middle and end and at least one sentence and corresponding picture on each page. We will celebrate our writing on Friday at our first Writing Celebration.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will explore change to more and change to less diagrams and also work with mystery numbers (missing addends) in number stories.

SCIENCE

We will continue to look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means. We will read a non fiction book about stars and find out what students already know using a KWL chart.  Students have science homework every night until Friday.  They should be observing the moon.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will continue with our discussion of what families need and want. We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.  Information went home about an optional Dia de los Muertos project that Ms. Sheridan is putting together.

Affy Tapple Sale

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 16:33 | Category : Uncategorized
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The Affy Tapple sale continues this week!
 
Many parents have told us they need additional order forms – you can download them from the Ray website here or pick up a hard copy in the main office.  Keep up the good work selling individual items or cases!  We will be distributing orders after school on the north playground from 3:45-4:15on 10/24, 10/25, 10/26 and 10/27.  If these dates and/or times are not convenient for you, please contact annerenna@mac.com or 312-730-5883and we can work out alternate arrangements for pick up.
 
Orders are due this Friday, October 13.  Please Please add your student’s name and homeroom number/teacher name to your order forms, attach a check, and turn them into your student’s teacher or the main office.
 
Thanks for supporting Ray School!

October 10, 2017

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 16:33 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               October 10, 2017

Notes for the week:

  • Please pay the $85 school fee. A huge thank you to the 7 families that have paid in Room 114.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please remember to pay the $15 field trip fee. If you are interested in being a chaperone please contact me.  The trip is on October 31st.
  • We being our next five week rotation. Students will have Art for the next five weeks.
  • Please return signed report cards. Student work was sent home today.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

WORD STUDY

Vocabulary=       mammoth, dawn, chat, borrow, lapel

Sight Words=        this, have, from, or, one

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Scarecrow.  We will discuss the author’s purpose for writing the story, the story lesson and character emotions.  We will continue to add counting poems to our poetry notebook.

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write 3-page narrative pieces focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation.  We will also form partnerships to edit our work.  Please remind your child to practice spacing, proper letter formation and punctuation at home.

 

MATH

In math we will continue to learn about addition and subtraction strategies.  We will play Roll and Total, also reviewing Turn Around Facts.  Students will continue to compare various ways to show a number and work with Ten Frames.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will learn about the moon in preparation for next week’s moon observations. In Social Science we will discuss the responsibilities of family members.

Have a great week!

October 2, 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017, 17:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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October 2, 2017
-Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Tuesdays and Fridays.
-Please email me if you are interested in volunteering in the classroom. Please consider volunteering in the lunchroom, if you can’t make a weekly commitment.
-Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
-Please pay the $85 student fee.
-Please join the PTO for $30 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
-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. If I am absent please write a letter together at home.

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.
Sight Words: with, his, they, at, be
Children will be assessed monthly on word recognition only. Please have your child practice spelling these words if they can already read the words.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Harry the Dirty Dog 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: chute, furious, dash, scrub

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
The students will continue to write narrative pieces focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation. We will work on listening to a partner share and also using the ABC chart and word wall for spelling.

MATH
This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will use 10 frames and play two-fisted penny to identify facts with sums of 10. We will have an exploration day on Wednesday and will play subtraction BINGO, rock, paper, scissors and tally items in the classroom.

SCIENCE
We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. I will also assess what students already know about the phases of the moon.

SOCIAL STUDIES
We will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up. We will share what we like to do with our families and where our families live.

Monday, 10/2

Tuesday, 10/4

Wednesday, 10/4

Thursday, 10/5

Friday, 10/6

Music

Mixed Review

PE

Home Link 2.1

Music

Warrior Wednesday

Wear Green!

Home Link 2.2

Music

Home Link 2.3

PE

Friday Journals

Home Link 2.4

 

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