Report Card Pick-Up

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

 

11:40-11:50 Steven

11:50-12:00________________________________________

12:00-12:10 Kendall R.

12:10-12:20 Journey

12:20-12:30 Aaqilah

12:30-12:40 Brock

12:40-12:50 Zoey

 

1:00-1:10 Cameron

1:10-1:20 Nia

1:20-1:30__________________________________________

1:30-1:40 _________________________________________

1:40-1:50__________________________________________

 

2:00-2:10 Bobby

2:10-2:20__________________________________________

2:20-2:30 Aleshia

2:30-2:40__________________________________________

2:40-2:50__________________________________________

 

3:00-3:10__________________________________________

3:10-3:20 Jackson

3:20-3:30__________________________________________

3:30-3:40 Melrose

3:40-3:50__________________________________________

 

4:00-4:10 Mohanad

4:10-4:20 Kendall D.

4:20-4:30 Naharia

4:30-4:40 Dominic

4:40-4:50 John

5:00-5:10 __________________________________________

 

5:00-5:10 Serenity

 

Thursday, 11/15/18, 3:30-3:40 Tony

Phone Conference Sofia

 

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  • Please check your time slot for report card pickup on the classroom blog and weekly email 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.
  • We will begin out next special class this week- art.

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 practice the 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.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss family traditions.

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  • Please sign up for a slot at report card pickup by designating your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice on the sign-up sheet found in your child’s BEE folder. Report card pick up is scheduled Wednesday, November 14, 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.
  • 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

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 multiple choice and extended response question at the end of the week. This quarter our books of the week will focus on the growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: some, these, would, other, into

Students are responsible for reading and spelling these words.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will begin working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. We will plan 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 and number grid to practice adding and subtracting and skip counting. We will play Roll and Total, Domino Top-It, Subtraction BINGO, Penny Plate 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 Scholastic News and learn about Veterans Day. We will start to discuss family traditions.

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  • Please send in a reproduction of a photo of a family member or pet that has passed away for our Day of the Dead altar.
  • Our trip to the Children’s Theater is scheduled for Wednesday. 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.
  • There is not school on Friday, November 2, 2018.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read several Leo Lionni books in preparation for our trip to the Children’s Theater. We will read Frederick, Fish is Fish, The Extraordinary Egg, Inch by Inch, and A Color of His Own. We will identify common themes and lessons.   Sight Words: review of first quarter words

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will start working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. We will plan our writing this week we will add details to the beginning, middle and end.

MATH

This week, we will continue to work on number stories. Students will complete an Open Response prompt called “Birds in a Tree.” We will revisit the prompt over two days. The students will practice supporting their answer and sharing strategies.

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.

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  • Please send in a reproduction of a photo of a family member or pet that has passed away for our Day of the Dead altar. We will begin displaying photos this week.
  • Our trip to the Chicago Children’s Theater is scheduled next Wednesday. Don’t forget to pack a bagged lunch for your child. Thanks in advance to Dominic’s dad and John’s mom for coming along with us.
  • 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

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. We will make predictions while reading and encourage students to infer what might happen beyond the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will celebrate our writing on Friday at our first Writing Celebration. We will start our second unit of writing that continues in the theme of narrative texts, but asks students to dig deeper into the small moments of their stories by adding details and feelings.

SIGHT WORDS: what, all, were, we, when

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 2 assessment. We will start unit 3 and work on more number stories. I will introduce the parts and totals diagram. We will play Domino Top-It, High Roller and Rolling to 50.

SCIENCE

We will review the phases of the moon using oreo cookies! We will discuss the four seasons and read two non-fiction books about the seasons and the sun.

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

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  • Thank you to all of the families that participated in the first PTO Affy Tapple fundraiser!
  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up.  Let me know if you would like to chaperone. Please return the payment and trip slip as soon as possible.
  • 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

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 our afternoon center time.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  This week we are working more with the ABC chart and word wall as tools for spelling. We will also begin to identify finished pieces, as well as pieces of writing we are still working on. I will introduce booklets to students and they will work on developing a beginning, middle and ending in each or their narrative stories.

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. We will review unit 2 concepts on Thursday and take the assessment on Friday.

SCIENCE

We will 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.

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

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  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up.  Please return the payment and trip slip as soon as possible.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • 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
this, have, from, or, one

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Scarecrow 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.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  We will begin a brief “author’s chair share” as time allows in which students will read their writing to the group voluntarily. Students enjoy acting out the stories of their peers.

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 learn about change to more number stories and labeling counts using unit boxes.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means.

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week we will discuss family needs and wants and how this varies from family to family with some things in common.

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  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • 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.
  • I will use the DOJO app only for class stories, positive comments and messaging. Please confirm the sign up process through the link I sent. If you did not receive an email, please email me at hahall@cps.edu\
  • This week we will have Kenwood students share books about Columbus. Thanks to Dominic’s dad for organizing.

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 on sight words. 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.

Students are working on increasing their stamina for reading. We have discussed good reading habits including take a sneak peek, check your sneak peek and do something at the end! Please ask your child about these habits.

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 Tuesday and will play subtraction BINGO, rock, paper, scissors and tally items in the classroom. Please practice counting by 5s at home. Thanks to the families of Kendall R., Mohanad and Nia for collating home links.

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.

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Thank you to all of the families that were able to attend Open House. Please This week we will continue to reinforce routines and procedures with daily practice. A few notes for the week:

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • School begins promptly at 8:45 am and ends at 3:45 pm. If you anticipate being late, please call the school.
  • Please return all forms that have been sent home: emergency contact, student information and lunch form.
  • The volunteer packet is available online and in the office. You must have a background check and fingerprinting, in order to volunteer.
  • Please send donations of healthy snacks for 25 students.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please donate to our DonorsChoose project…only $72 more to raise! https://www.donorschoose.org/ms.heatherhall
  • Please pay the $85 student fee

This week in reading we will read Enemy Pie and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. The students will review the sounds for short i, b and g. We will also review the sound of s at the end of words. We will continue to learn about good habits of readers. We have discussed taking a sneak peek, making predictions and doing something at the end of a book, like rereading a favorite part or retelling the book. The students will work on stretching words, drawing hard to make ideas and using both pictures and words in writing workshop. We will learn the poem Six Little Ducks. In math we will learn about thermometers, weather, number stories and use several math tools as part of an exploration day. In science we discuss what scientists do and share what we know about things in the sky. In social studies we will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up.

SIGHT WORDS: is, you, that, it, he

VOCABULARY WORDS: enemy, recipe, squint, mumble

I will begin to assess the students’ reading levels using leveled word lists and the citywide NWEA assessment.

Have a great week!

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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.
A few reminders for this week:

  • Please return the B.E.E. folder 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.
  • We have PE. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Music on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please have your child wear/bring gym shoes on PE days.
  • If you have not returned the school forms (sent home in the white CPS envelope) 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. Please send enough snack for 25 students. Please send healthy, nut-free snacks.
  • Please remember to meet your child on our class number at dismissal time to avoid congestion around the dismissal doors. The children will be escorted out with the music or P.E. teacher.
  • We are not using supply boxes this year in the classroom. All of our supplies will be communal. This is helpful in reinforcing sharing and caring of the materials and also insures that everyone has what they need each day.
  • 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. I will have a sign up sheet at Open House.
  • Open House is scheduled for this Thursday from 4:30-5:30pm. Feel free to drop into the classroom anytime during the hour and join your child in a classroom scavenger hunt.

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 reading to themselves and with partners. This week we will read a collection of books about friendship and being unique. We will read the books “How to Lose All Your Friends”, “The Recess Queen”, and “A Bad Case of the Stripes.” 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/. 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. 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.

Have a great week!

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Welcome!

03 Sep 2018

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to an exciting year at Ray. I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun-filled summer. My name is Heather Hall and I will be your 1st grader’s teacher at Ray this year. This will be my 18th year to teach  and my 13th year to teach 1st grade at Ray. I am looking forward to the upcoming school year and can’t wait to get to know all of my new students and families!

I am eager to begin working with each student and their family to create an awesome learning environment that attends to the needs of the 1st grade student. Students will be encouraged to participate fully in class activities, field trips and cooperative groupings/discussions. Students will participate daily in team-building activities. We will work collectively to persevere, help one another and have fun, while developing a love for school and learning! In addition, this milestone year will provide opportunities for each student to become a more responsible, organized and independent individual.

Parents–starting on the first day of school please help your child get organized. Each day, set aside a time to encourage your child to unpack his/her backpack and take-home folder. Please check for important notices and updates from the school and myself. Beginning the first week of school, you will receive a weekly overview describing areas of study and upcoming events. You can also visit our classroom blog for weekly updates and helpful resources. Communication is essential. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or phone. I welcome your thoughts and questions and am looking forward to making first grade a successful year for your child.

Please feel free to contact me with questions and concern

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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. Hall!

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