Sunday 13th May 2018

by hahall
  • Walk-a-Thon:  

The Ray School Walk-A-Thon is this Friday, May 18th! Thanks to the following students and their families: Ivy, Nico, Gabi, Jonathan, Michelle, Leif, Khloe, Favour, Nicolai, David, Ivy, Kristell, Aila, Ian and Michael! These students have already registered and raised $1,340 collectively! Way to go!

Register your student(s) for the Walk-a-Thon today at Please join us on Friday on the BIG KIDS playground, we will be walking starting at 10:15am.

  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Please submit the field trip form (again), the first copy did not include the date and we need a signed copy with all relevant information.
  • We are having a roller skating party to raise funds to offset costs for this year’s 8th grade graduation activities! Please join us on May 20th from 12:30–3:30 pm at The Rink located at 1122 E 87th Street, Chicago, IL 60619.


This week we will books by Janell Cannon. We will read Verdi, Pinduli and Crickwing. We will compare and contrast the various texts and look at common themes in multiple texts. This quarter first graders will hear weekly books that come author or genre studies. We will explore the writing of other authors including Janell Cannon and Tomie dePaola. We will also explore variations of some traditional fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will practice spelling words with long vowel pairs and endings –tion and -ture.

Sight Words: has, ask, live, how, round, then (Spelling Test on Friday)

Vocabulary: molt, droopy, marveled, antics, scattered


This week we will finish our persuasive letter writing unit. We will begin our final writing unit on poetry. Students will hear two poems this week that focus on reinventing a regular object- a pencil sharpener and overhead lights.


This week, we will begin unit 9 in math. This unit is a year-end review of the topics we have covered. I will use this as an opportunity to reteach some concepts that have challenged the students, including telling time to the half hour and defining attributes of 2-d and 3-d shapes.


In science we will record observations of the rye and alfalfa seeds and wheat seeds we planted. Students will “mow” the grass and observe what happens during regrowth. We will record different plants we observe in Amanda’s Garden and begin to investigate how to make new plants with clippings. Students will read Scholastic Kids: Lend a Hand to Lemurs. We will begin our family timeline project and do make some 1st grade timelines in class.

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