Welcome back! We are in the home stretch! Lots of wonderful things happening in Ray this month and next. Our book fair is in full swing. The sale dates are 4/17 – 21 and the fair will be held in the Family Engagement Room. It will be open during Report Card pick – up from 11:30am – 6:00pm. If your child brings money to spend on the book fair, we will let them visit the fair during school hours.

 

Reminders:

  • NO SCHOOL, this Wednesday, 4/19.
  • Report Card Pick – Up Parent Teacher Conference, Wednesday 4/19
  • We need snack!!
  • Don’t forget to send your book donation for Ms. Salome on Thursday, signed by your child with a special note or message inside.

 

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on NEXT Friday.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. We will be coming back to this text each day as we read and learn something new from it during the week. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text. It also goes nicely with our Writer’s Workshop unit on poetry and our Science unit on plants.

 

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: half, gather, sighed, stump

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

April is Poetry month in First Grade. We are exploring the elements of poetry. It’s a great unit to explore unconventional writing. The kids love it!

MATH

This week, we began Unit 8 on geometry. We will discuss defining and non-defining attributes and also identify polygons and non-polygons. We ill investigate fractions and learn about halves and fourths.

 

SCIENCE

Our unit this quarter will be plants and animals. We assessed the children with a pre-assessment identifying the parts of a plant and the jobs they do. We will begin growing brassica plants this week. Just in time for Spring!

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

We begin our unit of families around the world.

 

Monday, 4/17 Tuesday, 4/18 Wednesday, 4/19 Thursday, 4/20 Friday, 4/21
PE

Home Link 8.1

Spanish

Home Link 8.2

 

NO SCHOOL!

Report Card Pick-Up Parent Teacher Conferences

Spanish

Home Link 8.3

Spanish

Friday Journals

Home Link 8.4

 

 

If you read until the end, remind your child to whisper in my ear “newsletter” for an additional 10 class dojo points!!!

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Report Card Pick-Up 4/19/17

11:50-12:00 Cori

12:00 – 12:10 Esme

12:10 – 12:20 Cyan

12:20 – 12:30 Miles

12:30 – 12:40

12:40 – 12:50 Gavin

 

1:00 – 1:10 Freddie

1:10 – 1:20 Nour

1:20 – 1:30 Derrick

1:30 – 1:40 Charlie

1:40 – 1:50 Sean

 

2:00 – 2:10 Garren

2:10 – 2:20 J’Ayanna

2:20 – 2:30 Owen

2:30 – 2:40 Alaysia

2:40 – 2:50 Fox

 

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4:00 – 4:10

4:10 – 4:20 Kawthar

4:20 – 4:30

4:30 – 4:40 Langston

 

4:50 – 5:00   Heaven

5:00 – 5:10 Milan

5:10 – 5:20 Alliona

5:20 – 5:30 Kylie

5:30 – 5:40 Cris

5:40 – 5:50 Hannah

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  • No School, Friday 4/7
  • Spring Break Monday 4/10-Friday 4/14
  • School is back in session on Monday, April 17th
  • Report Card Pick-Up Parent / Teacher Conference on Wednesday, 4/19

 

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY

Students are reviewing long vowel pairs such as ai/ay, ee/ea, oa/o_e, r controlled words –ir,-er,-ur. There are no spelling words this week.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Hey Little Ant. Students will learn more about perspective and voice. We will read this text multiple times, providing opportunities to learn new vocabulary, dig deeper into comprehension and write responses to the text.

 

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: squish, crook, crumb, speck, mates

SIGHT WORDS OF THE WEEK:  because, play, saw, before, through

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are working on a favorite places book to conclude our unit on Opinion writing. Thank you for helping your child complete the opinion writing web over the weekend.

MATH

We will take the unit 7 assessment on Wednesday and Thursday and play some favorite games including Salute, Time Match, Attribute Train Game and Stop and Go. We will begin Unit 8 after break! Unit 8 is all about geometry and shapes. Sounds simple, but with vocabulary like faces, vertices, edges, whole, it can be a wonderful challenge! Our STEM project this Wednesday will focus on creating 2 and 3 dimensional shapes, as well.

 

SCIENCE

We are in STEM week. Our week will culminate with a building challenge this Wednesday, April 5th.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students are learning about the past and how people’s friendly acts and acts of courage have contributed / impacted families today. Also, they are learning about their family’s past and how it is different from today.

 

 

Monday, 4/3 Tuesday, 4/4 Wednesday, 4/5 Thursday, 4/6 Friday, 4/7
PE

 

Library PE

Warrior Wednesday! Wear Green!

 

Library

 

NO SCHOOL

Forced Furlough Day for StaffL

 

 

If you read until the end, remind your child to whisper in my ear “newsletter” for an additional

10 class dojo points!!!

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Please indicate three possible time slots (first, second, and third) to pick up your child’s report card on Wednesday, April 19th. Email me with your preferences.

 

12:00 – 12:10 Esme

12:10 – 12:20 Cyan

12:20 – 12:30 Miles

12:30 – 12:40 Cori

12:40 – 12:50 Gavin

 

1:00 – 1:10 Freddie

1:10 – 1:20 Nour

1:20 – 1:30 Fox

1:30 – 1:40 Charlie

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5:20 – 5:30 Kylie

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5:40 – 5:50 Hannah

 

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I hope you had a restful and relaxing weekend. It is with a heavy heart that I say good-bye to Alex and Ava this week. Both students are moving on to new cities and new schools and this week will be their last week at Ray School. We will miss having them in our class and hope to keep in touch through email. The children are working on letters as part of a memory book we will present.

 

  • Please send a note or email if your child’s afterschool plans Teachers AND children become confused without a clear directive.
  • Please send a note if your child is absent.
  • Please send an extra set of clothes for your child to keep at school J
  • We have begun using class DOJO as an incentive for good behavior. I have 21 parents who are active. Email me at hahall.cps.edu if you would like an invitation to join.

 

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week to learn new spelling patterns. The words we will use are new this week. Please complete the word study homework and return it on Friday.

 

SIGHT WORDS: part, may, made, come, get, did

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read The Day the Crayons Quit. We will be coming back to this text each day as we read and learn something new from it during the week. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text. We will identify author’s purpose and problem and solution. Students will be writing their own letters from a chosen crayon. We will learn about voice and point of view.

 

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: overworked, stubby, career, brilliant, whiner, embarrassed

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We finished our All About Writing on Friday and are sending it home today for a final opportunity to “fix it up” before our celebration tomorrow. Please return the writing tomorrow.

We will be starting a new unit of Opinion Writing! Students will learn about the contents of opinion writing, read other children’s opinion writing from the book The Best Part of Me, begin brainstorming for their own opinion books, and begin writing.

MATH

We will continue Unit 7 this week! Students will learn and engage with fact families, learn about special addition/subtraction facts, and learn various fact strategies.

 

SCIENCE

In Science, we will be exploring reflections and light. We will work specifically with mirrors

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students are learning about their family’s past and how it is different from today. Please submit the interview questions sent home last week. They are due tomorrow. This homework assignment will count as a grade.

 

Monday, 3/20 Tuesday, 3/14 Wednesday, 3/15 Thursday3/16 Friday, 3/17
P.E.

Home Link 7.3

Interview Questions

Library

Home Link 7.4

P.E.

Home Link 7.5

Wear Green!

Library

Home Link 7.6

Library

Friday Letter Journal

 

If you read until the end, remind your child to whisper in my ear “newsletter” for an additional

10 class dojo points!!!

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Looks like winter is back! Please make sure your child wears snow pants, bots, hat, gloves, etc. We WILL go outside and enjoy the snow.

  • Please send a note or email if your child’s afterschool plans Teachers AND children become confused without a clear directive.
  • We have library starting this week- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Please send an extra set of clothes for your child to keep at school J
  • We have begun using class DOJO as an incentive for good behavior. I have 21 parents who are active. Email me at hahall.cps.edu if you would like an invitation to join.

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their word study notebooks to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. The words we will use are the same as last week. Continue to practice the spelling rule using the words cards you caught out last week.

SIGHT WORDS: before, after, use, old, new

 READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Giraffes Can’t Dance. We will be coming back to this text each day as we read and learn something new from it during the week. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text. We will identify author’s purpose and problem and solution.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: unique, crooked, buckled, elegant, entranced

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will finish our All About writing this week. Students will be pre-writing, putting their facts into a booklet, making a table of contents and adding pictures that teach. We will celebrate our writing at the end of the week.

Next week, we will be starting a new unit of Opinion Writing! Students will learn about the contents of opinion writing, read other children’s opinion writing from the book The Best Part of Me, begin brainstorming for their own opinion books, and begin writing.

MATH

We will begin Unit 7 this week! Students will learn and engage with fact families, learn about special addition/subtraction facts, and learn various fact strategies.

SCIENCE

In Science, we will be exploring reflections and light.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students are learning about the past and how people’s friendly acts and acts of courage have contributed / impacted families today. Also, they are learning about their family’s past and how it is different from today.

 

Monday, 3/13 Tuesday, 3/14 Wednesday, 3/15 Thursday3/16 Friday, 3/17
P.E.

 

Library P.E.

Warrior Wednesday! Wear Green!

Library Library

Friday Letter Journal

 

If you read until the end, remind your child to whisper in my ear “newsletter” for an additional

10 class dojo points!!!

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Welcome March, it sure came in like a lion! Please note, I typically allow the children to choose their outwear if the temperatures are above 50 degrees. Let me know if you want your child to wear ALL of the layers they came to school in. There are quite a few reminders for this week:

  • Continue to work on high frequency words weekly. Please make sure your child can read all of these words. Students are also encouraged to correctly spell each of these words. Students have their own personal word wall and the class word wall where these words can be found. If students can read these words they will be able to find them on word walls and spell them correctly. I will assess the students this week on the words we have learned so far.
  • Progress Reports will be sent home this week. Email me if you have questions or would like to meet.
  • Thank you to all of the families that have donated snack. The following children should donate a snack for March: EVEN NUMBERS- your child should know their classroom number.
  • Words their Way spelling assessment is next Friday. I have sent home a new spelling practice sheet that is due on Friday. The words cards are to be cut out and kept at home for practice. Your child will be tested on the spelling strategy only, not the entire word. 10 words will be selected from the word cards.
  • We have begun to use DOJO to track behavior. Students will use weekly points to buy coupons at the end of each week.

This week we will read Mr. Peopbody’s Apples. We will talk about the power of our words and learn about how characters can develop through a text. Students will identify positive and negative character traits. In writing we will begin to wrap up our All About writing. Students have been working on drawing diagrams and writing strong introductions. Writing will be collected on Wednesday for an assessment grade. We will add strong conclusions today and tomorrow. In math we are working on problem solving and making sense of a problem. Today we worked on identifying what is being asked and how to use various strategies to solve unknowns. We will take the unit 6 assessment on Friday. In science this week we will look at our shadows outdoors and learn about different solids that are transparent, translucent and opaque. In social studies we will compare everyday objects from then and now.

Have a great week.

Sight Words: thing, our, just, name, good

Vocabulary: dedicated, admire, confused, rumor, judge

 

  MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
READING Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more
MATH Home Link 6.8 Science/Math Extension Home Link 6.10 Home Link 6.11 Unit 6 Review
OTHER     Light and Shadows   Friday Letter Journal

 

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Dear Room 115 Families,

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. If your child is choosing to hand out cards please make sure they have enough for all 24 students.
  • Friday is the 100th day of school. Directions went home last week for the 100th day project. Thanks to all of the families that contributed to the 100 Day Trail Mix Project. We will also be making Snow Cones and watching a fun movie at the end of the day in honor of filling Our Awesome Class chart. If you are interested in helping make snow cones at 2:30pm, please let me know.
  • This Thursday is our Black History Celebration.   The event is from 5 to 8 at night. Additional information was sent home last week.
  • Thanks to all the families that contributed snack for February!

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words LAST WEEK and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Sort and Write, Word Hunt and Speed Sort.

Sight Words: Now, find, long, down, did

Vocabulary:     anticipate, optimist, pessimist, vivid, descend

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Come On, Rain.  We will be reading books that celebrate uniqueness and perseverance.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we continue our All About writing. I have attached the goals and rubric for this unit. The final project for this unit will be a black history report. More information about this will go home next week.

MATH
In Math, we will begin unit 6. We will practice telling time and continue to work on place value.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we will begin the light portion of our unit. Last week we finished up some activities I had hoped to complete the week before.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we began our unit on Then and Now. Students will be questioning family members throughout the unit. We will start the unit with a conversation about what students thought life was like when their parents were in first grade.

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Dear Parents and Families,

Thank you to all of the families that came to the Promontory on Thursday for Raise a Glass for Ray. We raised $6,000- almost double of what we raised last year. A special shout out to Owen’s dad, who is a real rock star and entertained us all!

  • Continue to work on high frequency words weekly. Please make sure your child can read all of these words. Students are also encouraged to correctly spell each of these words. Students have their own personal word wall and the class word wall where these words can be found. If students can read these words they will be able to find them on word walls and spell them correctly.
  • Report Cards will be sent home this week. The Report Card should be signed and returned to verify that you have reviewed your child’s progress. Please contact me if you would like to schedule a conference.
  • Thank you to all of the families that have donated snack. Please donate a healthy snack for the month of February.
  • We assessed the students using the initial Words their Way assessment and have regrouped the students accordingly. Your child received a new word list today in their green folder.
  • This week we will have music! We will continue to have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child wears/brings gym shoes on those days.

This week we will read Amazing Grace. We will do several comprehension activities as a group and independently to deepen our comprehension. Students will discuss problem and solution and imagine the story told from various characters’ perspectives. In math we will start learning about double-digit addition. Please refrain from teaching your child “to carry the one.” It is important to establish an understanding of place value using modeling before children are taught this procedure. In science we will investigate sound further by making a spoon gong. We will conclude our How-To writing unit with a combined celebration with Ms. Woodbury’s 1st graders. We will continue with informational writing this week by starting an “All About” non-fiction unit. In social studies we will begin our next unit on Families Then and Now.

Have a great week.

Sight Words: saw, who, think, write, read

Vocabulary: Battle, wicked, fortune, audition, companion

 

  MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
READING Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more
MATH Home Link 5.11 Home Link 5.12 Unit 5 Review Home Link 5.13  
OTHER         Friday Letters

 

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I can’t believe it is the end of January and we are almost half way done with the school year. There are quite a few reminders for this week:

  • Continue to work on high frequency words weekly. Please make sure your child can read all of these words. Students are also encouraged to correctly spell each of these words. Students have their own personal word wall and the class word wall where these words can be found. If students can read these words they will be able to find them on word walls and spell them correctly.
  • Report Cards will be sent home next week. The Report Card should be signed and returned to verify that you have reviewed your child’s progress. Please contact me if you would like to schedule a conference.
  • Thank you to all of the families that have donated snack. Please donate a healthy snack for the month of February.
  • We assessed the students using the initial Words their Way assessment and have regrouped the students accordingly. Please watch for your child’s new list on Monday of next week.
  • There is no school for students on Friday, it is a furlough day for teachers.
  • Next week we will have music! We will continue to have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child wears/brings gym shoes on those days.
  • Raise a Glass for Ray is this Thursday from 6-8pm. Tickets are $35. Please find information on the Ray School website.
  • Please return the family timeline pictures. We will use them on Wednesday to put the project together.

This week we will read Ada Twist Scientist. We will do several comprehension activities as a group and independently to deepen our comprehension. Students will discuss problem and solution and imagine the story told from various characters’ perspectives. In math we will continue working with relation symbols including greater than, less than and equal to. We will also start learning about double-digit addition. Please refrain from teaching your child “to carry the one.” It is important to establish an understanding of place value using modeling before children are taught this procedure. In science we will investigate sound further, discussing mediums for sound travel, pitch, volume and amplification. We will conclude our How-To writing unit with a combined celebration with Ms. Woodbury’s 1st graders.

Have a great week.

Sight Words: way, could, people, my, than

Vocabulary: frazzled, spree, havoc, dazed, curious

 

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
READING Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more
MATH Home Link 5.7 Home Link 5.9 Home Link 5.10 Home Link 5.11
OTHER Friday Letters
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  • Please have your child bring an extra set of clothes and shoes if you have them.
  • Thank you for your snack donations. Please keep them coming.
  • Please, please, please join us for Raise a Glass for Ray at the Promontory on February 2nd at 6pm. This was an awesome event last year and all proceeds go to Ray School. It’s a great opportunity to meet other families and have a night out. More information is found on the Ray School website.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students will work continue working on the list of words from last week and will complete sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Ron’s Big Mission.  Students will dig deeper into the text through each reading. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text. Most importantly, we will discuss character actions and how they affect the story’s outcome. This week’s book is a great follow up to MLK Jr’s birthday. We will discuss how the main character Ron persevered to make a change.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will continue Unit 3:  Writing How-To books with a focus on listing materials, adding more details, putting it in a book and using transition words. We will also work on introductions and conclusions. We will edit and revise this week and conclude How-To writing with a celebration next week.

MATH
In Math, we will continue working on unit 5-place value. Last week we learned about the greater and less than symbols. This week will will play Addition Top-It to practice using the symbols and determine in sentences are true or false. Many children have difficulty understanding that an = symbol means simply the same as. Today we discussed how 3+1=2+2…

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we will discuss pitch. We will make a kalimba.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will read Some Birthday and make a family timeline.

Sight Words: was, your, can, number, way, there

Vocabulary Words: budge, serious, important, nervous, tucked

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