• Thank you to all of the families that participated in the first PTO Affy Tapple fundraiser!
  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up.  Let me know if you would like to chaperone. Please return the payment and trip slip as soon as possible.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $20 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Stellaluna and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will compare and contrast bats to birds and add some bat art during our afternoon center time.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  This week we are working more with the ABC chart and word wall as tools for spelling. We will also begin to identify finished pieces, as well as pieces of writing we are still working on. I will introduce booklets to students and they will work on developing a beginning, middle and ending in each or their narrative stories.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will explore change to more and change to less diagrams and also work with mystery numbers (missing addends) in number stories. We will review unit 2 concepts on Thursday and take the assessment on Friday.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means. We will read a non-fiction book about stars and find out what students already know using a KWL chart.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will continue with our discussion of what families need and want. We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

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  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up.  Please return the payment and trip slip as soon as possible.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $20 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.

WORD STUDY
this, have, from, or, one

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Scarecrow and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  We will begin a brief “author’s chair share” as time allows in which students will read their writing to the group voluntarily. Students enjoy acting out the stories of their peers.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will use 10 frames and play two-fisted penny to identify facts with sums of 10. We will learn about change to more number stories and labeling counts using unit boxes.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means.

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week we will discuss family needs and wants and how this varies from family to family with some things in common.

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  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $30 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.
  • I will use the DOJO app only for class stories, positive comments and messaging. Please confirm the sign up process through the link I sent. If you did not receive an email, please email me at hahall@cps.edu\
  • This week we will have Kenwood students share books about Columbus. Thanks to Dominic’s dad for organizing.

WORD STUDY

I will group the students according to our first Words their Way spelling assessment. Students will begin to work on a targeted spelling skill.

Sight Words: with, his, they, at, be

Children will be assessed on sight words. Please have your child practice spelling these words if they can already read the words.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Harry the Dirty Dog and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

Students are working on increasing their stamina for reading. We have discussed good reading habits including take a sneak peek, check your sneak peek and do something at the end! Please ask your child about these habits.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: chute, furious, dash, scrub

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write narrative pieces focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation. We will work on listening to a partner share and also using the ABC chart and word wall for spelling.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will use 10 frames and play two-fisted penny to identify facts with sums of 10. We will have an exploration day on Tuesday and will play subtraction BINGO, rock, paper, scissors and tally items in the classroom. Please practice counting by 5s at home. Thanks to the families of Kendall R., Mohanad and Nia for collating home links.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. I will also assess what students already know about the phases of the moon

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up. We will share what we like to do with our families and where our families live.

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Thank you to all of the families that were able to attend Open House. Please This week we will continue to reinforce routines and procedures with daily practice. A few notes for the week:

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • School begins promptly at 8:45 am and ends at 3:45 pm. If you anticipate being late, please call the school.
  • Please return all forms that have been sent home: emergency contact, student information and lunch form.
  • The volunteer packet is available online and in the office. You must have a background check and fingerprinting, in order to volunteer.
  • Please send donations of healthy snacks for 25 students.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please donate to our DonorsChoose project…only $72 more to raise! https://www.donorschoose.org/ms.heatherhall
  • Please pay the $85 student fee

This week in reading we will read Enemy Pie and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. The students will review the sounds for short i, b and g. We will also review the sound of s at the end of words. We will continue to learn about good habits of readers. We have discussed taking a sneak peek, making predictions and doing something at the end of a book, like rereading a favorite part or retelling the book. The students will work on stretching words, drawing hard to make ideas and using both pictures and words in writing workshop. We will learn the poem Six Little Ducks. In math we will learn about thermometers, weather, number stories and use several math tools as part of an exploration day. In science we discuss what scientists do and share what we know about things in the sky. In social studies we will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up.

SIGHT WORDS: is, you, that, it, he

VOCABULARY WORDS: enemy, recipe, squint, mumble

I will begin to assess the students’ reading levels using leveled word lists and the citywide NWEA assessment.

Have a great week!

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I am so glad to be back at school. Thank you for your help in making the first week of school a smooth transition for the students and myself. I am very impressed with the progress I saw in just four days.
A few reminders for this week:

  • Please return the B.E.E. folder EVERY day with your 1st grader. Please initial the calendar inside the folder and assist your 1st grader in completing the nightly homework. The folders are very durable and should last the school year.
  • We have PE. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Music on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please have your child wear/bring gym shoes on PE days.
  • If you have not returned the school forms (sent home in the white CPS envelope) please do so as soon as possible. Please complete the lunch form even if your child does not eat school lunch. School lunch is free for all students this year.
  • We will make time for a daily snack in the afternoon. Please send enough snack for 25 students. Please send healthy, nut-free snacks.
  • Please remember to meet your child on our class number at dismissal time to avoid congestion around the dismissal doors. The children will be escorted out with the music or P.E. teacher.
  • We are not using supply boxes this year in the classroom. All of our supplies will be communal. This is helpful in reinforcing sharing and caring of the materials and also insures that everyone has what they need each day.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles at school. Feel free to send water with your child.
  • If you are interested in volunteering in the school and/or on field trips, you must fill out a volunteer packet from the main office. I will have a sign up sheet at Open House.
  • Open House is scheduled for this Thursday from 4:30-5:30pm. Feel free to drop into the classroom anytime during the hour and join your child in a classroom scavenger hunt.

This week we will continue to reinforce routines and procedures with daily practice. I will be using several word lists to begin to determine each student’s current reading level. The levels will assist in grouping the students for guided reading. This week I will also start to introduce the Reading Workshop by allowing students to practice reading to themselves and with partners. This week we will read a collection of books about friendship and being unique. We will read the books “How to Lose All Your Friends”, “The Recess Queen”, and “A Bad Case of the Stripes.” In Phonics we will work on recognizing rhymes, building words using the alphabet chart, hearing sounds in sequence and saying words slowly to predict letter sequence. We will focus on the short sound of /a/. We will start Writing Workshop. We will work on telling the stories of our lives using illustrations. I will assess students’ spelling using a spelling inventory. In math we will learn several new games that focus on number order and comparing numbers. We will learn about tally marks and use dice to investigate equally likely outcomes. We will continue to use the math tools, including slates, pattern templates, pennies and dice.

Have a great week!

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-Teach your child to tie their shoes. Find a fun trick! Watch a video! Give an incentive! Be persistent! Just make sure your child isn’t the one dragging their laces through the bathroom and cafeteria then asking the teacher to tie it.

-Keep bedtime in the routine. It may be a little later and there will be nights that bedtime doesn’t apply. But overall, if we keep our bodies in a routine with sleep, September won’t hit quite so hard.

-Choose a few family members and friends to write a letter to this summer. Ask your child to write in full sentences, ask questions and give details. Writing with a purpose makes it relevant and real for your child. Maybe someone will write them back! Include an envelope with return address and stamp to encourage that!

-Sit at the table and eat together. Really watch your child. Is he sitting on his knees, mouth wide open, food everywhere? This is how he looks in the cafeteria. Work on that.

-Encourage kindness. Find someone or several others that your child can do something simple to bring a smile. Deliver cookies, make a card, flowers, chores, a song…something simply for a smile.

-Don’t rush to the rescue. Hear me out. Our children need us. But they need us to let them learn to problem solve. If your child is in a situation that is frustrating, but not harmful (example: can’t put together a new toy, can’t open a lunchable, can’t decide which color shirt to wear) let them work it out! It saves time and our nerves to just do it! But in the long run, it’s crippling our children of the basic and necessary skill to problem solve and think through an issue…for themselves. Hang back…just a bit. They’ll be ok!

Read TO your child. I can’t encourage reading enough! Please visit the library and make books a part of your summer days. Most importantly, let your child see you read– to yourself and to them. Let them hear your silly voices. Let them tell you the best parts and predict how it will end. We tell them all the time they must read, but are we showing them WE read?

-Put down your phone. Spend an hour at the park together without any technology. Leave your phone at home, it will be there when you get back. We must look up from our screens and look at our children. They are growing so incredibly fast. We could spend this summer scrolling through strangers’ vacation pictures wishing we had their reality or we could be chasing our reality through the sprinkler in our own backyard.

Rest. Be ok with not constantly going somewhere. Society, media, Facebook all have us believing we must seize the day and do it all. Our children have worked hard and they need to rest. If we keep them in perpetual motion through the summer, it will feel like a continuation of the chaos with less homework. Squeeze in the fun, but allow the time to rest. Boredom gives way to creativity. Rest renews our bodies and our minds for all the next school year has in store.

-Give a hug – get a hug. Enjoy your family time. See you in the fall!!

Love from Ms. Hall!

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  • Thank you for the snack donations. If you are able to send in a snack for the last week of school, please do. Fresh fruit is great! The students really love grapes, cuties, bananas and apples.
  • Do you have any old magazines that we could cut up (kid appropriate)?
  • This week I will assess students on sight word knowledge and reading levels. Remember the best way to improve your child’s reading is by reading! Continue to read with your child at least 20 minutes a day.
  • I will be absent on Thursday so that I can attend my twins’ 8th grade graduation. Please remind your 1st grader of appropriate behavior with a substitute teacher.
  • This week we will not have regular math homework. Please continue to send your child with their green folder AND backpack. We will slowly be bringing home items from school.
  • Next Tuesday is the last day of school and our all school picnic. Please send snacks, a blanket and your child’s EMPTY backpack on this day. School dismisses at 3:45pm.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read First Grade Favorites! We will read books selected by the first graders, new and old. What is your first grader’s favorite book? For me, reading books aloud is a treasured moment in our day. During Daily 5, we will finish up some projects from the last few weeks including beetle art, summer journal collages and notebooks, and 1st grade memory books.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will revisit the different types of writing we’ve done this year. Students will write in their First Grade Memory Books and reflect on their year. We will spend some time making thank you cards today for classroom volunteers.

MATH

Students will spend some time playing favorite math games, working on their number scrolls and finishing up their math journals.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will observe the small creatures we’ve added to mini terrariums. We will observe dubia roaches and silkworms. We will read about dolphins, praying mantises and honeybees and discuss characteristics of animals.

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  • Thank you for the snack donations. If you are able to send in a snack for the last couple of weeks of school, please do. Fresh fruit is great! The students really love grapes, cuties, bananas and apples.
  • Do you have any old magazines that we could cut up (kid appropriate)?
  • Students will complete NWEA testing in math and reading this week. I will also assess students on sight word knowledge and reading levels. Remember the best way to improve your child’s reading is by reading! Continue to read with your child at least 20 minutes a day.
  • 1st Grade Field Day is this Wednesday from 2:45-3:45pm. Please send extra water and snacks and have your child wear sunscreen and comfortable clothes.
  • Does your child have a talent they would like to share at the Ray School Talent Show on June 18th. Please email me ASAP if your child would like to perform.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read many books by Tomie DePaola. We will read Strega Nona, Big Anthony and the Magic Ring, The Art Lesson and Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka. Students will write about what they would do if they had a magic object. 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 review antonyms and synonyms.

Sight Words: many, best, cold, tell, their, which

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will continue with our unit on poetry. Students will be making summer journals using magazine clippings to collage.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 9 in math. We will review 3-D shapes and practice more with adding two digit numbers using base 10 blocks and the number grid. Students will wok on completing unfinished pages in their math journals and working on their number scrolls.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will make mini terrariums for small creatures we find in the garden (isopods and earthworms.) We will observe dubia roaches and silkworms. We will read about dolphins, praying mantises and honeybees and discuss characteristics of animals.

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  • Thank you for assisting your child with their family timelines. They look beautiful. The children are really starting to understand how to arrange events chronologically.
  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • We had a great time on our field trip to see Last Stop on Market Street. Thank you to the parents that attended.
  • We are out of snack. Please submit snacks ASAP.
  • Thanks to Jonathan’s mom for inviting our class to plant sunflower seeds last week. The kids had a great time watering the plants in the flower beds.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read variations of Jack and the Beanstalk. We will read Waynetta and the Cornstalk and Kate and the Beanstalk. After reading each version, we will focus on questions the kids have for Jack or the Giant. 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 –ture at the end.

Sight Words: Off, those, read, pull, don’t, your

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week 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. Students will begin to play with their own ideas for poems and sign a poetry promise that gives them freedom to break the rules of writing.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 9 in math. This unit is a year-end review of the topics we have covered. This week we will spend more time using number grids for counting 10 more and 10 less. We will also solve 2 digit addition problems. Encourage your child to share how they are solving problems involving 2 digits. Please so not teach “carrying the 1 and regrouping”, it may hinder your child’s conceptual understanding of this mathematical topic.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will record observations of the rye and alfalfa seeds after the mowing. We will learn about more families around the world and how objects have changed over time (then and now). We will begin to work on creating summer journals using magazine clipping to make collage covers.

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  • 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 http://rayschool.dojiggy.com 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.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

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

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

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.

MATH

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.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

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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Walk-a-Thon:  

The Ray School Walk-A-Thon is May 18th! Any student that is registered by Friday, May 11th and collected at least $5 will receive a special treat. Nicolai, David, Ivy, Kristell, Aila, Ian and Michael have already registered and raised $335 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.
  • 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.
  • Thanks for supporting your child through my absences on Friday of last week and yesterday. My son was ill, but is doing much better.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read versions of Little Red Riding Hood. 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: any, going, from, some, thank (Spelling Test on Friday)

Vocabulary: cunning, lurking, sly, naïve

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week will continue 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 The Perfect Pet and I Wanna Iguana.

MATH

This week, we will finish unit 8 in math. Students will learn a new game called Make My Design. Students will make a fraction book and complete and create some number grid puzzles. Students will take a timed test on basic addition facts up to 10. Has your child been practicing facts with the fact triangles? J

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

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. Students will read Scholastic Kids: Lend a Hand to Lemurs.

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  • 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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