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.

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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We’re using SignUp.com for parent teacher conferences.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/fHXBGTf
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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.

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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.