I hope every family had a wonderful weekend. Ugh. I am super ready for some cool fall weather…

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • The first PTO meeting is this Tuesday, 9/26 at 6pm. Pizza and childcare provided. Please attend.
  • The volunteer schedule will be available at this week. If you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis, please sign up.  Please also consider volunteering in the lunchroom and during lunch recess. If you intend on volunteering, you need to fill out a volunteer packet prior to volunteering.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee
  • 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 be absent Monday 10/2. I will attend a PD on Guided Reading instruction. Please understand if the BEE folders are not updated.
  • I will use the DOJO app only for class stories and messaging. Please confirm the sign up process through the email link I sent. If you did not receive an email, please email me at hahall@cps.edu

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: was, for, on, are, as

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Rainbow Fish 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.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: glide, admire, wise, shimmer, shocked

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write narrative pieces focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation.

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 1 assessment. The assessment will deal with thermometers, weather, number stories and tally marks.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up. We will share the roles of the different members on the family

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Week 3 and we are off to a terrific start!

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 Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • School begins promptly at 8:45 am and ends at 3:45 pm. If you anticipate being late, please call the school. Also, please note that I will begin escorting the children in at 8:40 am.
  • Please return all forms that have been sent home: emergency contact, student information and lunch form.
  • The volunteer schedule will be available by the end of this week on the classroom blog. If you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis, please contact me. Volunteers will begin the following Tuesday, 10/3.  Please also consider volunteering in the lunchroom and during lunch recess. If you intend on volunteering, you need to fill out a volunteer packet prior to volunteering.
  • Please send donations of healthy snacks for 25 students.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • 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 the 5 literacy activities that are part of our “Daily 5”. So far we have explored Read to Self and Work on Writing. This week we will add on Read to Someone. 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 will look closely at the sun, the moon and Earth. In social studies we will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up.

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

Have a great week!

 

Monday, 9/18 Tuesday, 9/19 Wednesday,9/20 Thursday, 9/21 Friday, 9/22
Home Link 1.7
read 10 minutes
Home Link 1.8
read 10 minutes
Home Link 1.9
read 10 minutes

Warrior Wednesday! Wear Green!

Home Link 1.10
read 10 minutes
Friday Letter Notebooks

( Please write back)

Read 10 minutes

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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 Wednesdays and Fridays and Spanish on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please have your child wear/bring gym shoes on PE days.
  • If you have not returned the school forms, such as lunch, emergency, etc., 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.
  • Free breakfast is served in the lunchroom from 8:20-8:40 am. Please enter through the southern most glass doors off Kimbark.
  • Please remember to meet your child on our class number at dismissal time to avoid congestion around the school doors. Please remind your child to say good-bye before leaving ☺. I will walk the students out beginning at 3:40 pm. Any students who remain at 3:45 pm will be escorted to wall by the exit doors to wait with support staff.
  • 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 4-6pm. Feel free to drop into the classroom from 4-5pm and join Principal Thole in the auditorium from 5-6pm for the State of the School presentation.

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 read to self and read to someone. 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”, “A Bargain for Frances”, 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!

 

Monday, 9/11 Tuesday, 9/12 Wednesday, 9/13 Thursday, 9/14 Friday, 9/15
Spanish

 

Home Link 1.1 Family Letter

Spanish

 

Home Link 1.2 Family Letter

PE

Warrior Wednesday! Wear Green!

Spanish

 

Home Link 1.4 Family Letter

PE

Friday Letter Notebooks

( Please write back)

 

 

 

 

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Open House

06 Sep 2017

Our Open House is scheduled for 5-7pm on September 14th. Hope to see you then!

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Welcome to Room 115

06 Sep 2017

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to an exciting year at Ray. I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun-filled summer. My name is Heather Hall and I will be your 1st grader’s teacher at Ray this year. I am a 16th year Chicago Public School teacher. I have taught grades two, three and four and this will be my 12th year to teach 1st grade at Ray. I am looking forward to the upcoming school year and can’t wait to get to know all of my new students and families!

I am eager to begin working with each student and their family to create an awesome learning environment that attends to the needs of the 1st grade student. Students will be encouraged to participate fully in class activities, field trips and cooperative groupings/discussions. Students will participate daily in team-building activities. We will work collectively to persevere, help one another and have fun, while developing a love for school and learning! In addition, this milestone year will provide opportunities for each student to become a more responsible, organized and independent individual.

Parents–starting on the first day of school please help your child get organized. Each day, set aside a time to encourage your child to unpack his/her backpack and take-home folder. Please check for important notices and updates from the school and myself. Beginning the first week of school, you will receive a weekly overview describing areas of study and upcoming events. You can also visit our classroom blog for weekly updates and helpful resources. Communication is essential. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or phone. I welcome your thoughts and questions and am looking forward to making first grade a successful year for your child.

Please feel free to contact me with questions and concerns.

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Ray’s Summer Office Hours

July 18-20th, 10am-1pm

July 25-27th, 10am-1pm

August 8-10th, 10am-1pm

August 15-17th, 10 am-1pm

August 22-24th, 10am-1pm

August 28-Sept. 1st, 8:45-3:45 pm

SY17-18 Information

Orientation & Class Assignment Dates

August 29th: 7th & 8th @ 2:45

August 30th: 5th & 6th @ 2:45

August 31st: K-4th @ 2:45

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 5th

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Dear Room 115 Families,

We have two days left of school. I cannot believe how quickly this school year has gone by. I have truly grown to love each and every one of these kids and look forward to seeing how they continue to grow and change. Thank you for leaving your child in my care and trusting me with their learning and well being. I hope that I have fostered a love of books, a desire to problem solve and a better understanding of what it means to help one another and stand up for what is right. Thanks for a great year!

Students will bring home poetry notebooks, writing folders, completed student math journals, and homework folders Monday.  I recommend keeping some of these materials and using them throughout the summer as a review. Report Cards will be distributed on Tuesday, in addition to odds and ends from the classroom.

A few reminders:

  • Last day of school is Tuesday, 6/20.  It is also our traditional Ray School Picnic in the morning from 9:00 – 10:45. Please send a blanket or towel for your child to sit on, as well as outdoor games and snacks for sharing. Hotdogs and chips will be provided. Please send a lunch with your child if they prefer. In the afternoon students will be viewing a movie in the auditorium. Dismissal is at 3:45pm.
  • Please send your child with a backpack on Monday and Tuesday. Students will be bringing home many items from the classroom.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

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1st Grade Handbook

06 Jun 2017

Hello Room 115 Families!

I am very excited for this new school year! I am sure that your child’s experiences in 1st grade will be a year filled with learning and fun! I hope that the following information is helpful as we start the 2017-18 school year.

Communication

Each student will receive a B.E.E. (Bring Everything Every Day) folder. Important papers will be sent home in this folder every night. In addition to notes and announcements, this folder is where you will find our weekly newsletter and your student’s homework. Please check your child’s B.E.E. folder every night. This folder is an essential part of our communication so it must return to school every morning.

Please use the zippered pouch for important notes and money. Please do not place pencils and other supplies in this pouch.

The folders will be checked every day at school. I will be checking for completed homework assignments, a parent signature (or initials) on the monthly calendar, and any notes or money you have submitted.

Homework

Once we get into our routines, the students will receive homework every night Monday – Thursday. The students will have math homework every night, usually a “Home Link”. The students will also have language arts homework (reading comprehension activity, vocabulary, phonics work, etc.). You will be notified of all homework assignments through our weekly newsletter.

A monthly calendar (stapled to the inside of each B.E.E. folder) should be signed or initialed every night after your student has finished all of that night’s homework and you have reviewed it together.

School Fees

This year the school fee for all students is $85.00. This fee does not include field trips. Please let me know if you are interested in paying in installments. Payments are accepted as check, money order or using E-Pay on the Ray School website.

Snacks

Our lunch/recess period begins at 10:45 am. I will allow children to have a small snack in the afternoon during movement time. Please send in healthy snacks for 25 children according to the snack schedule.

Arrival and Dismissal

Please drop off and pick up your child on the north playground. Students should line up at the class number at 8:40 am. I will dismiss students from the class number at 3:45 pm.

Attendance

It is important for the students to arrive at school every day on time. Any student who arrives after 8:45 must get a tardy slip before coming to the classroom.

When you know your student will be absent, a parent/guardian should notify the main office. Please remember that when your child returns to school, after being absent, you must send a note so the absence can be marked as “excused.”

Birthdays

All birthdays for the month will be celebrated on the last Friday of the month. One family is welcome to bring in a healthy snack per month. We will not allow sugary treats, like cupcakes. Please consider donating a book, pencils, etc. in honor of your student’s birthday!

Parent Volunteers

There will be many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom or school, please complete a volunteer packet, which is available in the Main Office and at the Ray School website.

PTO

The Ray School PTO does so much to support children and teachers. Please donate. The yearly membership is $20 per family. Please complete the membership form found in your child’s folder.

Supplies:

  • Dry erase markers are needed for daily math and writing practice.
  • All supplies are used as a community.
  • Consider donating additional supplies/snacks for families that are not able.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your comments, questions, or concerns!

Heather Hall

hahall@cps.edu

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1st Grade Summer Homework Checklist

  • Visit your Public Library and get a library card.
  • Read daily and enjoy having an adult read to you (20 min. or more)
  • Visit a museum
  • Write about a family member you visited over the summer.
  • Review Fry Word first 100 word list
  • Use your five senses to observe the weather and living things around you.
  • PLAY! PLAY! PLAY!

Below is a list of skills expected by the end of kindergarten. This is a nice reference and provides some additional guidance for beginning 1st grade. Please remember that children learn and grow at varying rates. Encourage the love and enjoyment of learning through all practice.

  • Follow class rules
  • Separate from a parent or caregiver with ease
  • Take turns
  • Cut along a line with scissors
  • Establish left- or right-hand dominance
  • Understand time concepts like yesterday, today, and tomorrow
  • Stand quietly in a line
  • Follow directions agreeably and easily
  • Pay attention for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Hold a crayon and pencil correctly
  • Share materials such as crayons and blocks
  • Know the eight basic colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, black, white, and pink
  • Recognize and write the letters of the alphabet in upper- and lowercase forms
  • Know the relationship between letters and the sounds they make
  • Recognize sight words such as the and read simple sentences
  • Spell first and last name
  • Write consonant-vowel-consonant words such as bat and fan
  • Retell a story that has been read aloud
  • Show an opinion through drawing, writing, or speaking (e.g. “My favorite book is…”)
  • Identify and be able to write numbers from 0 to 20
  • Count by ones and tens to 100
  • Do addition problems with sums up to 10
  • Do subtraction problems with numbers 0 to 10
  • Know basic shapes such as square, triangle, rectangle, and circle
  • Know address and phone number
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Woah! Way to go Room 115! Thanks to your family and friends, our class alone reached and exceeded our goal of raising over $2,000! We celebrated with a pizza and movie party last Friday. Great work everyone! The walk-a-thon happened while rainy and windy outside so teachers did not get to take many pictures. If any of our parents who attended were able to take pics, please share with me via email.

 

Reminders:

  • We hope your Flat Stanley is on his adventure! He can be returned to school by mail or in person after Memorial Day weekend.
  • Game Day tomorrow- bring your favorite board game or card game to share.
  • Field Trip on Thursday, 5/25 (bring a bagged lunch)
  • Wear a red shirt and jean pants/shorts/skirt this Thursday, 5/25 for Identical Day!
  • Wear a crazy hat to school this Wednesday, 5/24!
  • Olympics are moved to next week- more ifo to come!

THIS WEEK IN:

 

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their Daily 5 folders, as well as practicing sight word spellings we have learned this year.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. 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.

 

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: gooey, pesky, insults, ashamed, rowdy

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are publishing our animal poems and creating animal handprint art for display.

MATH

We are in Unit 9. It is our last math unit. This unit focuses on two-digit addition and subtraction and a review.

 

SCIENCE

We are recording our observations on our wheat and we are exploring stems in depth. We will begin to look for animals for our classroom terrarium.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

We continue to learn about families around the world.

 

Monday, 5/22 Tuesday, 5/23 Wednesday, 5/24 Thursday, 5/25 Friday, 5/26
PE

Fruit Day

Art

Game Day

PE

Hat & Hula Hoop Day

FIELD TRIP!

Art

Identical Day

(all wear a red shirt and jean pants/shorts/skirt)

Art

Joke Day

 

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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Dear Room 115 Families,

Our second recess fundraiser, the Ray School Walk-A-Thon, is this Friday, May 19th from 10:15 – 10:45.
Our goal is to raise $25,000 to allow us to have full staff for recess this school year. Without full recess staff, we would have even less (and less consistent) recess coverage.  Please come prepared to be outside and active (hat, sunscreen, water bottle, loose/cool clothing)

Reminders:

  • Send out your Flat Stanleys this week, if you haven’t already!
  • Walk-A-Thon, Friday 5/19
  • Field Trip  on Thursday, 5/25

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY
Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their Daily 5 folders.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco. 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.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: fancy, plain, shunned, miracle, gossiped

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are moving into persuasive writing this week.  Be prepared for your child to be more vocal, provide reasons, and try to persuade you in different ways;) We are also finishing up our poetry unit with poems about favorite animals.
MATH
We are in Unit 9. It is our last math unit.  This unit focuses on two-digit addition and subtraction and a review.

SCIENCE
We are recording our observations on our wheat and we are exploring what happens we we mow our grass and alfalfa. Will it grow back? We will collect various stems from the schoolyard and sort them.

SOCIAL STUDIES
We continue to learn about families around the world. This week we will learn about how a family in India lives.

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