• Walk-a-Thon:  

The Ray School Walk-A-Thon is May 18th! Any student that is registered by Friday, May 4th will receive a special treat. Nicolai, David and Michael have already registered and raised $175 collectively! Way to go!

Register your student(s) for the Walk-a-Thon today at http://rayschool.dojiggy.com

  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • This Wednesday is International Night at Ray. Please attend if you can.
  • We need snacks! Please consider sending in 25 healthy snacks (gluten free, peanut-free snacks are appreciated!) Thanks so much to Michael, Michelle, Madison and Leif for their recent donations!
  • Our class will join the other 1st graders and 6th graders to begin a composting/recycling program in the lunchroom. Thanks to Jonathan’s mom for helping with this project.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read versions of Cinderella. 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 Jannell 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 the sound /er/ spelled er, ir and ur.

Sight Words: him, old, open, take, then, walk (Spelling Test on Friday)

Vocabulary: glared, astonishment, charms, declared, refreshments

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week will start our unit on persuasive writing. Students will learn about what persuasive writing is, how to plan for persuasive writing, brainstorming ideas and drafting a letter. We will read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Hey Little Ant.

MATH

This week, we will continue unit 8 in math. Students will learn a new game called Make My Design. Students will build with three-dimensional shapes and make new shapes with 5 squares. Students will make a fraction book and practice telling time to the half hour. We will have a data day on Wednesday. Students will create a survey question, collect data and record their findings on a bar graph.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will record observations of the rye and alfalfa seeds we planted last week and plant wheat. Students will read Scholastic Kids: Sunflower Snack and Lend a Hand to Lemurs.

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  • Walk-a-Thon incentive:  win a $500 mattress

Any student or Ray staff member who is registered at http://rayschool.dojiggy.com and has begun fundraising by midnight on Friday April 27th will be entered in a raffle to win a Simmons queen mattress set worth $500.  The winning student or staff member can come to our mattress sale on May 6th to try out the mattress set and have it delivered for free to their home! While exercise is important for health, a good night’s sleep is also important – make sure you’re getting quality sleep with a new mattress thanks to Just Get Sleep, our mattress sale fundraising partner!  Register your student(s) for the Walk-a-Thon today.

  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • We need snacks! Please consider sending in 25 healthy snacks (gluten free, peanut-free snacks are appreciated!)
  • Our class will join the other 1st graders and 6th graders to begin a composting/recycling program in the lunchroom. Thanks to Jonathan’s mom for helping with this project.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read versions of The Three Little Pigs. 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 Jannell 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.

Sight Words: again, fly, give, her, let, put (Spelling Test on Friday)

Vocabulary: spoil, fault, huffed, shame, framed

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are completing our unit on Opinion writing this week. Students will write a book recommendation for a favorite book and focus on using evidence from their books to support their reasons.

MATH

This week, we will continue unit 8 in math. This unit focuses more on shapes, including 3-D shapes and also exposes students to equal parts (halves and fourths) and the whole. This week we will begin to look at the importance of determining the size of the whole when comparing fractions. We will also discuss names for equal parts. Students will use circles and triangles to make new shapes. Students will also begin to identify attributes of 3-D shapes.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will start a new unit on living things. Students will begin to identify what all living things need and ways living things can differ, specifically plants and animals. We will read several books about Earth Day, recycling and reducing waste.

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  • Parent teacher conferences are this Wednesday (4/18/18, 12-6 pm). Here is the sign-up link: http://signup.com/go/WossoWQ If you are not able to attend, please contact me to schedule an alternative conference date.
  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • We need snacks! Please consider sending in 25 healthy snacks (gluten free, peanut-free snacks are appreciated!)
  • The Book Fair is this week. Visit the book fair with your child on Wednesday, when you come for report card pick up or send in money with your child to visit during school hours.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg. This quarter first graders will hear weekly books that come author or genre studies. We will explore the writing of other authors including Jannell 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.

Sight Words: review

Vocabulary: litter, future, dump, waste, destruction, pollution

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are completing our unit on Opinion writing this week. Students will write a book recommendation for a favorite book and focus on using evidence from their books to support their reasons.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 8 in math. This unit focuses more on shapes, including 3-D shapes and also exposes students to equal parts (halves and fourths) and the whole. This week we will begin to look at the importance of determining the size of the whole when comparing fractions. We will also discuss names for equal parts.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will start a new unit on living things. Students will begin to identify what all living things need and ways living things can differ, specifically plants and animals. We will read several books about Earth Day, recycling and reducing waste.

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  • There is no school for students this Friday, April 13th, 2018.
  • Parent teacher conferences are around the corner (4/18/18, 12-6 pm). Here is the sign-up link: http://signup.com/go/WossoWQ
  • 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 money ($17) and form if you have not. We are working on securing a date for sometime in May. I will let you know when we have a specific date reserved.
  • The Rock-A-Thon is this Wednesday at 9:15 am. Please attend if you are able.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read One Green Apple. 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 review ABC order, antonyms and words with the ng sound/spelling.

Sight Words: made, over, did, down, only- SPELLING TEST ON THURSDAY

Vocabulary: shepherd, graze, cider

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing on with our unit on Opinion writing. This week we are finishing our book on favorite places in the neighborhood. Students will work on writing a complete paragraph and combing sentences using conjunctions. Students will continue working on ongoing pieces with partners to edit and revise.

MATH

This week, we will finish with unit 7 in math. Students will continue to practice the routine called “What’s My Rule”. Students will apply strategies for finding unknowns in this routine. Students will identify the rule and unknown input numbers. Students will learn about the minute hand and digital representations of time. Students will play the games Tric-Trac, Salute and Penny, Dime, Exchange.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will conduct an experiment that focuses on how our eyes adapt in darkness. We will read Scholastic News: Sunflower Snack and Drip, Drop.

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  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Next week is spring break. There will be no school 3/26-3/30. Please work on sight words and math facts (using triangles) over the break.
  • LSC Forum/PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th at 5:30pm.
  • Please submit the field trip money ($17) and form if you have not. We are working on securing a date for sometime in May. I will let you know when we have a specific date reserved.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Big Red Lollipop. 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 review ABC order, antonyms and soft c and hard c sounds.

Sight Words: while, place, under, always, father- SPELLING TEST ON FRIDAY

Vocabulary: invited, fair, plead, scurries, aside

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing on with our unit on Opinion writing. This week we are starting a new book that will feature our favorite places in the neighborhood. Students will work on writing a complete paragraph and combing sentences using conjunctions. On Thursday, we will combine students’ writing to make a classroom book.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 7 in math. Students will start to identify addition facts that can be used to solve subtraction facts. We will learn a new game called Salute. Students will work on counting up and back to solve subtraction facts. Students will use attribute blocks this week and identify various attributes of the blocks including color, thickness, size and shape. On Thursday we will have an exploration day. Students will play the attribute train game, salute and practice dividing shapes into equal parts.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will use flashlights and mirrors to change the direction of light. We will read Me on the Map and Time for Kids: What’s the Buzz and You are What you Eat.

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  • 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 annerenna@mac.com.
  • 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.
  • Thanks to all of the families that paid the field trip fee for the Children’s Theater Performance. We are working on securing a date, but needed to collect funds in order to reserve seats. Money/slip due by Friday!

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Emmanuel’s Dream. 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. This week students will compare themselves to the main character in the story and focus on things they CAN do. We will learn about words r controlled vowels such as ar, ir and ur. We will review ABC order.

Sight Words: went, mother, goes, around, through Students will be tested on the spelling of these words on Friday.

Vocabulary: useless, disability, insult, astounding, boarded, fetch

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing opinion writing this week. Our focus this week will be using transition words, learning about common and proper nouns and writing a complete paragraph.

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 6 assessment. We will start unit 7 which focuses on fact families (relationships between addition and subtraction facts). We will use fact triangles and dominoes to identify fact families. We will practice more with base 10 blocks and place value.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

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. We will read Scholastic News: Let’s Fly a Kite and This is Dr. Seuss.

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  • 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 annerenna@mac.com.
  • 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.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

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

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

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.

MATH

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.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

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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  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Please send in a snack for 25 students. We have a few snacks remaining, but are getting low. Please consider sending in fruits and veggies.
  • Please send an extra set of clothes for your child to keep at school.
  • Thanks to all who were able to attend Black History Family Night.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Last Stop on Market Street. 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 spelling pattern ou and ow and words with the ar. We will also review antonyms.

Sight Words: right, back, came, away, our

Vocabulary: stray, tuning, surround, swirling

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are starting a new unit of non-fiction writing this week called Opinion writing. We will read The Best Part of Me and students will write about their favorite body part and give supporting reasons for their opinions. Our focus this week will be thinking of as many reasons as we can and writing strong introductions.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 6 in math. Students will learn about making a 10 strategy. Using a double 10 frame students will practice making a group of ten and adding on the remaining ones. Students will be introduced to the Student Reference Book and will go on a scavenger hunt to learn about the book’s content. Students will complete a 2-day extended response on Wednesday and Thursday. These responses help students to formulate answers t

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will continue with the second part of the science unit on sound and light. Students will observe their shadows outside with attention on where the sun is relative to their bodies and shadows. Students will also 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: Bravery on the Bus and Going for the Gold. We will watch a Reading Rainbow episode that features African Stories including Mafuro’s Beautiful Daughters.

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  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Today we had a lockdown/safety drill. We discussed the importance of practicing safety in the same way that we were a helmet for biking and look both ways before crossing the street. We use the acronym PAL (pause, adult, listen) to remember what to do when there is an emergency drill.
  • Please send in a snack for 25 students. We have a few snacks remaining, but are getting low. Please consider sending in fruits and veggies.
  • Tomorrow evening is the Black History Night Celebration from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Our class learned a little about Alice Walker and wrote and illustrated verses inspired by her book There is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling me.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read The Sandwich Swap. 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 review words in the short u word families and the long I sound spelled (y).

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

Vocabulary: swap, heavenly, revolting, pesky, ashamed

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing on with our unit on All About Writing. Students will work on organizing facts and writing strong introductions and conclusions. We will publish a piece of writing and share our All About Books with our peers.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 6 in math. Please note, your child brought home their Everyday Math journal volume 1. Please review taught concepts by completing unfinished pages. We will discuss doubles and near doubles this week, as well as reviewing telling time to the hour. Students will add more animal weights and practice comparing double digit numbers.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will use begin the second part of the science unit on sound and light. Students will use flashlights to make shadows and will explore what happens when we move the light source closer to the object. We will read Why War is Never Good by Alice Walker.

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  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Report cards and NWEA test results went home last week. Please contact me if you have questions about either report. I am happy to meet on Mondays or Fridays at 8:45am.
  • We will exchange Valentine’s Day cards on February 14th at the end of the day. Please use card making as an opportunity to practice writing. We love homemade cards. It is not necessary for your child to bring cards, but if they do, please ensure that every classmate receives a card. Candy/treats are not permitted.
  • The 100th day of school is coming up on the 16th. Please begin to think about a collection of 100 small items. Students will complete a set of clues describing their object and will present to the class. Information regarding this project went home today in a ziplock bag.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read A Different Pond. 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 review words in the short i and o word families, brainstorm words with s blends (sn, sw, sc) and learn about long o words with the silent e and vowel pair oa.

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

Vocabulary: tackle, bait, callous, lure, trespass

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing on with our unit on All About Writing. Students have now began to write their facts in booklets and are adding details, as well as important vocabulary that pertain to their topic. Students will add diagrams, table of contents and other non-fiction text features this week. Students will work on organizing facts and writing strong introductions and conclusions

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 5 assessment and do a follow-up lesson for the open response prompt from last week. Students will refine their responses by explaining how and why they added certain numbers. We will begin unit 6 in math. The unit focuses on time using the hour hand only, more double digit number stories, doubles facts and near doubles.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will use begin the second part of the science unit on sound and light. Students will use flashlights to make shadows and will explore what happens when we move the light source closer to the object. We will learn about Alice Walker this week.

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  • Thanks to the families that attended Raise a Glass for Ray! I believe I saw 6 families from our class! WOW!
  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Report cards and NWEA test results will go home this week. Please contact me if you have questions about either report. I am happy to meet on Mondays or Fridays at 8:45am.
  • We will exchange Valentine’s Day cards on February 14th at the end of the day. Please use card making as an opportunity to practice writing. We love homemade cards. It is not necessary for your child to bring cards, but if they do, please ensure that every classmate receives a card. Candy/treats are not permitted.
  • The 100th day of school is coming up on the 16th. Please begin to think about a collection of 100 small items. Students will complete a set of clues describing their object and will present to the class. More to come on this project in the coming days.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Chik Chak Shabbat. 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 review words in the short u family, brainstorm words with s blends (sp, sm, sk) and learn about long I words with the silent e.

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

Vocabulary: Cholent, waff, hurl, tantalizing, shabbat

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing on with our unit on All About Writing. Students have now began to write their facts in booklets and are adding details, as well as important vocabulary that pertain to their topic. Students will add diagrams, table of contents and other non-fiction text features this week. Students will work on organizing facts and writing strong introductions.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 5 in math. Students will practice creating comparison number stories. We will play the difference game. We will work more with the animal cards to compare weights and heights and add double digit numbers using the number grid and base 10 blocks. Students will also find the difference in animal weights. Students will take the unit 5 assessment at the end of the week.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will use begin the second part of the science unit on sound and light. Students will use flashlights to make shadows and will explore what happens when we move the light source closer to the object. We will learn about Alice Walker this week.

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  • Welcome back! I hope you had a great break.
  • There is no school for students next Friday, April 13th, 2018.
  • Parent teacher conferences are around the corner (4/18/18, 12-6 pm). I will send home a sign-up link in the coming days.
  • 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 money ($17) and form if you have not. We are working on securing a date for sometime in May. I will let you know when we have a specific date reserved.
  • Our class will perform in the Rockfest next Wednesday at 9:15 am. Please attend if you can!

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Under the Same Sun. 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 review ABC order, antonyms and soft g and hard g sounds.

Sight Words: brother, sister, says, also, think- SPELLING TEST ON FRIDAY

Vocabulary: terminal, greet, bustle, frequent, ruins

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing on with our unit on Opinion writing. This week we are finishing our book on favorite places in the neighborhood. Students will work on writing a complete paragraph and combing sentences using conjunctions.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 7 in math. Students will practice solving number stories and learn about defining and non-defining attributes of shapes. Students will practice the routine called “What’s My Rule”. Students will apply strategies for finding unknowns in this routine. On Wednesday we will complete an Open Response that asks students to calculate the number of chars needed for a specific table configuration. Students will reengage in the activity the following day in an effort to improve their responses.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will conduct an experiment that focuses on how our eyes adapt in darkness. We will read Time for Kids: What’s the Buzz and Scholastic News: Tortoise’s Big Day.

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