• Please donate snacks.
  • Thanks to Sofia’s family for donating juice pouches for our farewell party for Ms. Jones.
  • School begins at 8:45am. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time. We begin each day with a short morning work activity. If you’re child arrives late, chances are that they have missed the instructions and some or all of the work time.
  • This Friday our townhall 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.

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 really finish our nonfiction unit this week. Students will be creating All About Me books that feature themselves. Students will publish their nonfiction booklets and share them with the rest of the class. We will start opinion writing mid-week. We will read the book The Best Part of Me

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 The Life of Helen Keller and Brave Girl.

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  • Please donate snacks.
  • Thanks to the parents who joined us on our field trip last week. It was a wonderful trip.
  • Our beloved Ms. Jones will complete her final week of student teaching this week. As a token of our appreciation, I would like to put together a bag of books for her to start her own classroom library. If your child would like to submit a book, please send it to school no later than Wednesday of this week. If you have questions- don’t hesitate to email me.

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read Big Red Lollipop by Ruhksana Kahn. This is a great story about a young girl who is forced, by her mother, to take her younger sister along to a birthday party. The book does a great job at showcasing cultural differences and similarities and looks closely at the dynamics between siblings. Consider viewing the reading of this text on YouTube with your child. We will watch a retelling by the author in class. This book is one of the texts with diverse characters that we are focusing on this quarter.

Sight Words: while, place, under, always, father

Vocabulary Words: Invited, fair, plead, scurries, aside

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will really finish our nonfiction unit this week. Students will be creating All About Me books that feature themselves. Students will publish their nonfiction booklets and share them with the rest of the class.

MATH: This week we will begin 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.

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 I Can Do That: Ester Morris Gets

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  • On Friday, March 8th, there will be a Ray Rocks concert, which the 1st graders will be singing in. It is in the auditorium from 9:15am-10:15am.
  • Students will take their Unit 6 math test on Thursday.
  • Next week is our field trip- please plan on dressing warmly and bringing a sack lunch.
  • I will be absent for a doctor’s appointment on Friday, March 8th, 2019. Ms. Jones will be here, as well as a substitute.

READER’S WORKSHOP: This week we will read A Chair For My Mother by Matt de la Peña. We will practice identifying the message and the theme of the story, as well as track the main character’s feelings throughout the course of the book. We will also design our own dream chairs, just like the one Rosa’s family dreamed of in the book. This book is one of the texts with diverse characters that we are focusing on this quarter.

Sight Words: saw, play, because, through, before

Vocabulary Words: spoiled, tips, saving, single, block

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We will begin our nonfiction books this week. Students have been brainstorming topics they are knowledgeable about, and this week they will learn more about the language used in nonfiction texts, and how to incorporate nonfiction features into their own booklets.

MATH: This week we will continue Unit 6 in math. We will talk more about place value and equivalence, and review for the Unit 6 test they will take at the end of the week.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science we will continue our unit on light. Specifically, we will learn about the direction light moves in, as well as how we communicate with light. We will also experiment with mirrors, and see how they reflect light and images.To begin celebrating Women’s History Month, we will learn about some important women in history in Social Studies. We will read I Can Do It, a story about a woman passionate about becoming involved in the government. We will also read She Persisted, which highlights different women from different countries who have persisted despite obstacles and challenges. Students will write about a time they persisted through something that was hard for them.

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  • Please email Ms. Bethanie if you can volunteer on February 22nd for the 2nd “My Very Own School Library.”
  • Please send in snack as soon as possible. Has your child donated snack recently? Thank you to all of the families that donate!

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read The Sandwich Swap, as we continue focusing on diverse texts this quarter. We will discuss story elements such as characters, setting, problems, and solution, as well as exploring the lesson of the book. We will connect this book about two girls sharing foods from their culture to our social studies lessons this week.

Sight Words: called, just, where, more, know

Vocabulary Words: swap, suggest, pesky, gooey, ashamed, nibbled

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will finish our How-To writing this week as students work on publishing their booklets and adding a title page. Students will have the chance to practice peer editing as they perfect their booklets, as well as have the opportunity to present their work to the class.

MATH: This week we will continue working on Unit 6. This week’s lessons will focus on doubles facts, near doubles facts, and making tens using ten frames. This is a great opportunity for students to practice their mental math. We will also keep working on telling time using the hour hand, which students will practice with the clock they created in math last week.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science, we will review light properties and the concepts of transparent, translucent, and opaque, as well as drawing our shadows and the shadows of other objects. In social studies, we will be talking about our differently cultures and the unique foods that come along with it. Students will take home a worksheet to assist them in an interview of a family member (parent, grandparent, aunt, sibling, etc.) asking about where the family comes from and what food is special to the family’s culture and traditions. If available, they are encouraged to bring in a recipe for this food, as we will be making a classroom recipe book. The interview and recipe should be brought in by Friday.

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Ray Parents,

At roughly 12 pm, the school office was notified by CPD that students should not leave the building as they looked for an armed robbery suspect in the neighborhood.  A few minutes later, officers came to secure the building.  With their support, we did a brief full-building lockdown as a safety precaution to ensure our building was safe.  We also kept all recess indoors during that time.  By 12:45, CPD let us know that the suspects were apprehended.

We want to assure you that all students were safe during the process and remain safe.  As always, our teachers and counselors were available for any students who may have been impacted during this event.

Thank you for your support,

-Megan & Gayle

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  • Please email Ms. Bethanie if you can volunteer on February 22nd for the 2nd “My Very Own School Library.”
  • Report Cards will go home today. Please email me if you would like to set up a meeting.
  • This Wednesday is the Black History Month Celebration. Please join us if you can. Room 115 will have versions of the Alice Walker poem There is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me displayed in the hallway.
  • On Valentine’s Day we will have time at 1pm to pass out cards. I encourage you to create homemade cards with your child and limit food/candy. Children will not have time to address or put together cards at school. This is a great opportunity to practice handwriting and reading.

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read A Different Pond. 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 exploring texts with diverse characters this quarter.

Sight Words: long, very, little, words, after

Vocabulary Words: tackle, bait, lure, tackle, callous, trespass

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 use our planning sheets to make How-To booklets. Ms. Jones will teach the students how to make a Valentine’s Day card bag. Students will practice adding details to their writing and using pictures to better explain directions.

MATH: This week we will start unit 6 in math. Students will make hour only clocks to works on practicing telling time on the analog clock. Students are encouraged to use the language “a little before, a little after and in between” to describe the time. Students will also receive new math journals this week (volume 2). Students will bring home volume 1 tomorrow.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: We will use flashlights to explore objects that are transparent, translucent and opaque. Students will use flashlights to make shadows and review how shadows are made.

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  • Welcome back after some very cold and snowy days.
  • Please send a healthy snack in for 25 children. We are out of snack again!
  • Please send in recyclable items and found items for our making day on Thursday, February 7th. Students will make their own “most magnificent things.”

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read Chik Chak Shabbat. 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 also use the book to explore various cultures and traditions. We will continue to practice spelling patterns that make the long a sound. Students will also learn about compound words.

Sight Words: way, find, use, may, water

Vocabulary Words: wafted, tempted, tantalizing, whiff, ladled

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 use our planning sheets to make How-To booklets.

MATH:

This week we will take the mid-year assessment in math. We will practice adding two digit numbers using various tools including the number grid, base ten blocks and pictures. Students will complete an open response that asks them to explain how they used certain tools to solve problems.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE:

We will share tooth traditions. We will read Throw your Tooth on the Roof. In science we will explore light and shadows using flashlights. We will also look at how light passes through objects.

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  • 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. Thanks to Bobby’s grandma, Nia’s mom and Kendall R.’s mom for expressing interest and helping out!
  • Please send in empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls.
  • 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 in recyclable items and found items for our making day on Thursday. Students will make their own “most magnificent things.”

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 ill start to explore light in science using mirrors and flashlights.

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  • 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. Thanks to Bobby’s grandma, Nia’s mom and Kendall R.’s mom for expressing interest and helping out!
  • Please send in empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls.
  • 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.

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read The Most Magnificent Thing. 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: made, over, did, down, only

Vocabulary Words: admire, gather, pounce, unwanted, toss

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.

MATH:

This week, we will continue to explore place value. Students will play base 10 exchange, comparing heights and lengths of objects, measuring various paths, play the digit game and use animal cards to compare the weights of animals. Students will also practice subtraction by playing the difference game.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE:

We will learn more about pitch and volume. Students will use a kalimba to explore pitch, sound vibration and volume. We will continue our study of maps.

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  • Happy New Year 2019! Welcome back. I hope you had a very restful and relaxing holiday. I am so excited to see all my first graders and their families too!
  • Progress Reports were sent home 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.
  • Next week we have our field trip to Lifeline Theater to see We Found a Hat. Please send a lunch on Tuesday. We will eat when we return from the performance.
  • Please send in snacks. We are completely out of snacks. I would appreciate donations of cheerios, raisins, crasins, chex, pretzels, chocolate chips or popcorn so that we can make a trail mix as part of our unit on How-To writing.
  • Welcome to Ms. Jones, our student teacher from DePaul. She will be with us for the next 12 weeks.

READER’S WORKSHOP: 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

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 start unit 5 in math. In this unit students are introduced to place value. We will use pennies and dimes, as well as base 10 blocks to demonstrate the value of digits in the tens and ones place.

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.

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  • Please send a healthy snack in for 24 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes.
  • 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 (2pm?)
  • Please return the photos for our family timeline project.
  • Please send in $2 for our Gingerbread House project. 1st grade teachers will use the $ to buy the supplies needed for the project.
  • Students will be performing in the Holiday Assembly on December 21st at 9:30am. Please have your child wear dark (black or dark denim) bottoms and a white or solid top.

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 be reading a variety of other Gingerbread stories, as we compare and contrast story elements.

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 finish up unit 4 in math. We will review finding 10 more and 10 less and adding 3 numbers to find the sum. Students will also review ways to make an accurate measurement.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will continue to discuss family traditions. 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.

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  • Please send a healthy snack in for 25 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes. We are almost out of snack. Has your child donated a snack yet?
  • 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 (2pm?)
  • Please submit field trip money and form by the end of the week for our January field trip, so that we can secure seats. So far, I have one parent volunteer. I can use one more. You musy fill out a volunteer application in order to come along.

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 later in the week.

Sight Words: were, when, there, an, your

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 explore data, shapes and base 10 blocks. Students will survey their classmates and create a bar graph to match their data. We will learn about doubles facts and review facts with a sum of 10, as well as +1 and +0 facts.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will discuss family 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.

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