Monday 5th March 2018

by hahall
  • Thank you to all of the parents/families that wished me well and offered their time to assist with classroom tasks last week. I was ill on Wednesday and Thursday and am feeling so much better after a weekend of rest. The students were so sweet and loving on Friday J !
  • Save-the-Date: Ray School Walk-A-Thon
    Ray School’s Annual Walk-A-Thon will take place Friday, May 18th! Our fundraising goal is $30,000 and we can do it! If you’d like to help with the planning, please email
  • Parking in the staff lot is NOT permitted, for any period of time. Parents parking for prolonged periods or without a parking pass should find parking elsewhere. Any violations are subject to City of Chicago parking tickets.
  • Lost & Found: Every Friday after school, the Lost & Found bins by the cafeteria will be emptied in order to keep the school clean. If your child is missing an item, please direct him/her to check the bins weekly!
  • Parent Portal: If you are interested in having access to Parent Portal, please call the main office and they will provide you with your pin and login information.


This week we will read Tia Isa’s Wants a Car. This quarter first graders will hear many stories that feature diverse characters. 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 learn about words with the final sound /k/ spelled –ck, -ke and k. Students will also learn about l clusters (fl, cl and bl).

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

Vocabulary: spoiled, tips, savings


We are starting a new unit of non-fiction writing this week called Opinion writing. Our focus this week will be thinking of as many reasons as we can and writing strong introductions.


This week, we will continue with unit 6 in math. We will learn about equivalent numbers with a new routine called name collection boxes. Students will practice more exchanges with a new game called penny, dime, dollar exchange. We will play fishing for 10 and the difference game.


In science we will continue with the second part of the science unit on sound and light. Students will explore light and mirrors and discuss how light can be reflected to a new position. Students will learn about how light passes through different solids (translucent, transparent and opaque). We will read Time for Kids: What’s the Buzz?

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