• 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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Couple of Notes

29 Jan 2018

 

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  • Have you bought your tickets for “Raise a Glass for Ray” at The Promontory on February 1st? Please visit the Ray School website to learn more. This is a super fun event with childcare provided at HPNC for a low price! Please join us.
  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • There is no school for students this Friday, February 2, 2017. It is a Professional Development day for staff. If you are interested in helping with some simple classroom projects on Friday (cleaning, replacing nametags, etc.) let me know by email.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read several books that focus on growth mindset in including Firebird, Brave Girl, She Persisted, Life in the Ocean, Lizard from the Park, Cinnemon. 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 discuss synonyms and homophones. We will work on the short o word family. We will also differentiate between long and short sounds for a.

Sight Words: review

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.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 5 in math. We will practice finding the length of a crooked path using non-standard measurement tools. We will have an exploration day on Tuesday. Students will practice making exchanges with base 10 blocks, comparing heights of objects in the classroom and finding the distance of several paths that lead to a treasure. Students will practice using the comparison symbols <, > and =. Students will play the digit game and create comparison number stories.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will use a kalimba to observe pitch. We will read Strings in Motion. We will read Time for Kids: Hot Spots and Scholastic News: Only in America.

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  • Consider sending in fresh fruits or veggies for class snacks: carrots, grapes, apples, cuties, bananas, etc.
  • Progress Reports were sent home on Friday 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.
  • Have you bought your tickets for “Raise a Glass for Ray” at The Promontory on February 1st? Please visit the Ray School website to learn more. This is a super fun event with childcare provided! Please join us.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. 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 and antonyms. We will work on the short e word family. We will also review syllables.

Vocabulary: mighty, assistant, pounce, admire, nudge

Sight Words: made, over, did, down, only

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Last week we started our unit on All About Writing. We brainstormed a list of ideas of topics we know a lot about and began planning using a planning web. We will discuss the difference between opinions and facts.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 5 in math. We will use pennies and dimes to represent numbers and discuss place value. We will learn about the symbols for greater than, less than and equal to and use them to compare numbers. We will start number scrolls and talk more about patterns in place value.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will read “Listen to This” and “Animal Ears and Hearing.” We will discuss volume and pitch. We will read Time for Kids :Wheelchair Racer.

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  • Consider sending in fresh fruits or veggies for class snacks: carrots, grapes, apples, cuties, bananas, etc.
  • Progress Reports were sent home on Friday 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.
  • Have you bought your tickets for “Raise a Glass for Ray” at The Promontory on February 1st? Please visit the Ray School website to learn more. This is a super fun event with childcare provided! Please join us.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Brave Irene by William Steig. 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 William Steig books this week including Dr. DeSoto and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. We will review ABC order and antonyms.

Vocabulary: Advise, aristocrat, ceased, cherish, meddle, radiant, pounce

Sight Words: Been, who, now, people

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Last week we concluded the unit on How-To writing. This week we will start All About writing. We will focus on brainstorming topics we know a lot about and use word webs to record facts about our topics.

MATH

This week, we will start unit 5 in math. We will begin learning more about place value using base ten blocks and by playing the digit game. We will also use pennies and dimes to represent numbers and discuss place value.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will learn about animals in winter. We will read Scholastic News Go Team Go! and Time for Kids Animals in Winter. In science we will use a tuning fork to see sound vibrations in action. We will discuss high and low pitches.

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  • Happy New Year 2018! 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 J!
  • Progress Reports were sent home on Friday 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.
  • This week I will send home a piece of writing with an attached rubric. Please review and help your child improve and finish if needed! Return the piece of writing and rubric in the green folder!
  • There is no school next Monday 1/15 in observance of MLK Jr.’s birthday.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

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

Students will be assessed on sight word knowledge this week. I will notify you with words missed if your child scores <90%.

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 finish up unit 4. We will practice adding 3 numbers and making a 10 to make adding easier. Students will practice writing their own number stories and finding 10 friends (10 more or 10 less) using the number grid. Students will take the unit assessment on Thursday. Please assist you child in completing the unit review and go over any topics that are challenging.

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 your gingerbread house donations in by Wednesday at the very latest. We will purchase items we are missing. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the activity, join us in the classroom on Thursday at 1:30 pm.
  • 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 (3pm?)
  • This week is we are encouraging students to do and record random acts of kindness. Please use the paper in your child’s folder to record acts of kindness through out the week.
  • Our winter assembly has been changed to Friday at 9:15am. K-4th parents are welcome to attend.

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 enjoy additional gingerbread themed books this week.

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 focus on easy facts like +0 and +1 facts. We will learn about doubles facts and facts with a sum of 10. We will play fishing for 10 and domino top-it.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will continue to discuss family traditions. We will read a Time for Kids: It’s Party Time. 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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