November 13, 2018

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 10:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Please check your time slot for report card pickup.  Please be timely and I will do my best to keep to the schedule. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me prior to Wednesday. Also, your child’s grades are always available to check on parent portal. If you need to sign up, please contact the office for your child’s ID number.
  • Please provide a healthy snack for 24 students if you have not done so…or it’s been a while. Thank you to all of the families that have contributed.
  • Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.  Students go out for recess twice a day.
  • We will begin out next special class this week- library.
  • Please have your child practice tying their shoes.  This is an age appropriate skill that students are very capable of mastering.

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 continue to work 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 and begin our unit on maps and where we live in the world.

November 5, 2018

Monday, 5 November 2018, 12:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Report card pick up is scheduled Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 12pm-6pm. If you cannot make any of the times listed, please contact me and we can schedule an alternative time.
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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.
  • There is no school fo students Monday, November 12th and Wendesday, November 14th.  
  • Please help us create a Ray School 2018-2019 Directory so that students and parents can
    communicate more easily with each other. There are paper forms in the main office, or the online form
    via Ray’s website (https://tinyurl.com/y8985qbo).

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 begin our next unit on Sound and Light.  Students will begin by identifying sources of 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.

October 29, 2018

Monday, 29 October 2018, 16:35 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Our field trip is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st.  Don’t forget to pack a bagged lunch for your child.  
  • Please do not send your child to school in costume on Wednesday.
  • 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 written by Leo Lionni in preparation for our trip to the Children’s Theater. We will read Swimmy, Inch by Inch, Fredrick, A Color of HIs Own, The Alphabet Tree and Fish is Fish.  

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

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will have our writing celebration on Thursday.  We will be sharing our 3 page recess adventure stories.  

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 create 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.

October 23, 2018

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 13:34 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes for the week:

  • Our first field trip is coming up on October 31st.  The fee is $18.  Students will need to bring a lunch.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $20 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • Wednesday is spirit day.  If your child does not have Ray spirit gear t-shirts can be purchase for $20.  Visit the Ray School website for other options.  If you email me with what you would like and send in money I can deliver any instock items that day.
  • We need donations of black dry erase markers.  We use them every day and our supply is running low.

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- dull, delicate, sag, distant, marvel

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 Tuesday.   We will begin unit 3, more number stories.

SCIENCE

We will continue to look closely at patterns in the sky.  We had to postpone our moon experiment so we will complete it today.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We continue our discussion about wants and needs.  We will also compare different animal families.

October 15, 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018, 13:15 | 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.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $20 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!

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.

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, end, 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, change to less diagrams, and 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 nonfiction book about stars and find out what students already know using a KWL chart.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will continue with our discussion of what families need and want.

October 9, 2018

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 13:30 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               October 9, 2018

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.
  • International Night is next Wednesday, October 17th.
  • Please remember to pay the $18 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 progress reports. Student work was sent home on Friday.  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 1, 2018

Monday, 1 October 2018, 13:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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October 1, 2018

Thank you for all the parents volunteers that came to help with tamales and our visit to the farmers market.  The students’ reactions when eating tamales was very entertaining!

-Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
-Please pay the $85 student fee.

-School picture day in Tuesday, October 9, 2018
-Please join the PTO for $20 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.

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 Mr. Peabody’s Apples 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: usual, rumor, judge, reply

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 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 continue to look closely at patterns of the sun (if we can get some sunshine).  We will also begin to discuss moon phases and changes of season.

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.

September 24, 2018

Monday, 24 September 2018, 12:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                                                      September 24, 2018

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Monday and Thursday.
  • The first PTO meeting is this Tuesday, 9/25 at 5:30pm. Pizza and childcare provided. Please attend.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee
  • School picture forms went home last week.  Please bring in the form or complete the form online.
  • 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.  This week we will focus on the short a sound.

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 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