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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Well, our class is in 3rd place in raising money for the Walk-A-Thon, and students are turning in their field trip forms/money in record time!  Please sign your child up for the walk-a-thon and encourage him/her to raise at least $1 for Ray School.

Reminders:

  • Field Trip Permission Slip & $16 due Friday, 5/11
  • Walk-A-Thon, Friday 5/19
  • Please provide a healthy snack for 23 students.

THIS WEEK IN:
WORD STUDY
Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their daily 5 packets to prepare for their spelling test on Friday.  Monday/Tuesday- regular sort,  Wednesday/Thursday- Word Hunt, Friday- Glue Sort & Test.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Maya is Grumpy by Courtney Pippin-Mather. 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:  grumpy, mood, snarled, giggle, escape

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
As our unit on poetry comes to a close, we will be learning about haiku poems, acrostic poems and using descriptive language in poetry.
MATH
We will finish unit 8 this week. We will do more data collections and graphing, as well as making up our own questions to go with the bar graphs. We will solve number grid problems, looking carefully at place value and we will take the unit 8 assessment and cumulative assessment.

SCIENCE
We are recording our observations on our wheat and lawn growth.  Also, we will explore stems in depth and begin to look for animals for our classroom terrarium. Please send in any plant clippings you can from plants at home. Can we start new plants from old plants or do we need seeds to start a new plant?

SOCIAL STUDIES
We continue to learn about families around the world.  Flat Stanley will also make an appearance this week!

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Happy May Day! PLEASE NOTE: On May 19th, we will host our second recess fundraiser! Please register your child. The $25,000 raised allows us to have full staff for recess. Without the fundraiser, we would have even less (and less consistent) coverage. This could negatively impact your child’s cherished time of the school day. Raise $50 this week, and be in a drawing to earn White Sox tickets with a parking pass!

 

We are officially down to our last bag of raisins and need snack. If it has been a while since you have donated, please donate a healthy snack for 23 lovely first graders.

 

Please submit payment for our upcoming field trip in cash or money order. The cost is $16.

 

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their word study notebooks to prepare for their spelling test next Friday. Monday- regular sort, Tuesday- Speed sort, Wednesday- Word Hunt, Thursday- Blind sort, Friday- Glue Sort & Test.

 

SIGHT WORDS: time, make, first, could, than

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Just a Dream. 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: smog, haze, future, revved, enormous

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will be continuing our unit on poetry! This week we will be exploring and learning to write color, -ING, and cinquain poems.

MATH

We are coming to a close on our second to last unit, unit 8! This week, we are focusing on composing shapes he students will continue working with halves and fourths; then, move into exploring 2D and 3D shapes.

 

SCIENCE

In Science, we will plant, ryegrass seeds, alfalfa seeds and wheat. We will learn about what seeds need for germination.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students are learning about culture and how geography affects families around the world.

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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

 

3:00 – 3:10

3:10 – 3:20

3:20 – 3:30

3:30 – 3:40

3:40 – 3:50

 

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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