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Week of September 24th, 2018

Math – This week students will review Unit 1 and take the unit 1 assessment. Students will then begin working in Unit 2 which focuses on students mastering all addition and subtraction facts.  This week students will learn the difference between even and odd numbers, and how to prove which number is which.

 

Language Arts – This week we will continue reading our first novel of the year, Zeely by Virginia Hamilton.  Students will also continue studying story structure this week.  Specifically, students will learn to identify main characters, and the setting in a text.  Students will also practice identifying the problem and solution in a text. In writing students will finish writing about a special day with their family.  Students will also finish creating their own family trees in class. Students will take a short assessment on Thursday reviewing story structure.

 

Social StudiesThis week we will expand our studies of community as we begin looking at government.  

 

Science – This week students will continue working in our first unit of the year – solids and liquids.  This week students will continue observing the properties of solids.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at mmwebb@cps.edu.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Webb and Ms. Montney

 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #12 Comprehen-

sion and Fast Facts.

Homework Sheet #13 Grammar and Problem Solving. Homework Sheet #14 Writing and Graphing. Homework Sheet #15 Vocabulary and Review. None
High Frequency Words:  city, other, sing, this, full, other, school, think, no, put Make a note card for each word. Practice reading the cards until you can
read each word quickly and accurately.
Write the words in ABC order.  Continue to practice cards. Continue to practice cards Continue to practice cards None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

Week of September 17th, 2018

Volunteering:  This school year, CPS is requiring that all parents who chaperone field trips, volunteer in the classroom, or even make a presentation to the class complete a new application.  The link is https://cpsparentu.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=319488&type=d.  Please complete the application process now so that you are cleared for future field trips and volunteer opportunities.

 

NWEA Testing –  This week students will take their beginning of the year NWEA test in reading and math.  We plan to test on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

 

Math – This week students will finish working in Unit 1.  Our first math unit of the year is a review unit. Students should work on solidifying all of their addition and subtraction facts for quick retrieval.  We will plan on taking the Unit 1 assessment on Monday, September 24th. I will send a study packet home with students this week. Please complete the study packet with your student.

 

Language Arts – This week we will continue reading our first novel of the year, Zeely by Virginia Hamilton.  We will also continue learning strategies for finding “just right books” for our own independent reading.  Students will learn to identify main characters in a text and to identify the problem and solution in a text.  In writing students will finish writing about a special day with their family.  Students will also finish creating their own family trees in class.  

 

Social StudiesThis week we will continue to create our classroom community, as we explore our family community.  Students will focus on expanding community to include their family and neighbors.

 

Science – This week students will continue working in our first unit of the year – solids and liquids.  This week students will begin observing the properties of solids.

 

Ray Fall After-School Registrations Open! 

Fall 2018 session registrations are open for the following programs. Many classes start the second week of school so please register soon! Please sign up to Ray ENews here–it is THE BEST way to receive timely notifications about after-school programs and other school news.
Renaissance Knights chess: K-8 grades, Mondays, 4-5 pm, register here.
Artifice Robotics beginner: 4-8 grades, Wednesdays, 4-5 pm, register here.
Artifice Robotics advanced: 4-8 grades, Thursdays, 4-5 pm, register here.
Kids W.A.Y Acting Academy: 1-8 grades, Tuesdays, 4-5 pm, register here, pay here.
Ray Ultimate Frisbee: 3-6 grades, T and Th, no cost, register here.
Latin Matters: M and W, 7:40-8:45 am OR T and Th, 7:40-8:45 am, register here.
We Got Game soccer: K-3 grades, Mondays, register here (new start date: 9/17).
We Got Game basketball: 1-4 grades. Fridays, register here.
Kenwood School of Ballet – Hip-Hop: K-8 grades, Wednesdays, register here.
Kenwood School of Ballet – Acrobatic dance: K-2 grades, Thursdays, register here.

Kenwood School of Ballet – ballet: K-2 grades, Fridays, register here.

Registrations now open for UofC’s ArtShould! 1-3 grades, Tuesdays, 4-5 pm,
register here (start date is 10/15).
The following programs led by University of Chicago students will start later in October: Creative Writing (1-8) and Debate It Forward. Stay tuned through the Ray PTO ENews!
See after-school calendar here. Send questions to raylsc.parterships@gmail,com

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is below.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Montney

 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #8 Grammar and Problem Solving. Homework Sheet #9 Writing and Graphing. Homework Sheet #10 Vocabulary and Review. Homework Sheet #11 Phonics and Math Practice. None
High Frequency Words:  bring, do, children, like, comes, family, those, with, use, make Make a note card for each word. Practice reading the cards until you can
read each word quickly and accurately.
Write the words in ABC order.  Continue to practice cards. Continue to practice cards Continue to practice cards None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

 

Week of September 10, 2018

Volunteering:  This school year, CPS is requiring that all parents who chaperone field trips, volunteer in the classroom, or even make a presentation to the class complete a new application.  The link is https://cpsparentu.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=319488&type=d.  Please complete the application process now so that you are cleared for future field trips and volunteer opportunities.

 

Snacks:  Each day at second recess students eat a healthy snack.  Please consider sending healthy snacks to school for your child to share with the class.  There are currently 26 students in our room. Healthy snack ideas include: raisins, goldfish, graham crackers, pretzels, popcorn, carrot sticks, apple slices (pre-sliced), crackers, sliced celery, cuties, etc.

 

Open House – This Thursday, September 13th is the Ray School Open House.  I will meet parents in my room from 4:30 – 5:30pm.  I look forward to seeing you Thursday!

 

Math – This week students will continue working in Unit 1.  Our first math unit of the year is a review unit. Students should work on solidifying all of their addition and subtraction facts for quick retrieval.  We will take a math quiz on Friday reviewing what we have covered in math so far.

 

Language Arts – This week we will begin our first novel of the year, Zeely by Virginia Hamilton.  We will also learn strategies for finding “just right books” for our own independent reading.  Our reading skill this week is predicting.  Students will practice making predictions, and supporting their predictions with evidence from the text.  In writing we will begin writing about a special day with our family. Students will also begin creating their own family trees in class.  Students will take a reading comprehension quiz on prediction and using evidence from the text on Friday.

 

Social StudiesThis week we will continue to create our classroom community, as we explore our family community.  Students will focus on learning our rules and procedures.

 

Science – This week students will begin our first unit of the year – solids and liquids.  This week students will begin observing the properties of solids.

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is below.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Montney

 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #4 Writing and Graphing. Homework Sheet #5 Vocabulary and Review. Homework Sheet # 6 Phonics and Place Value Homework Sheet #7 Comprehen-sion and Fast Facts None
High Frequency Words:  walked, until around, five, be, help, or, next, pull, take Make a note card for each word. Practice reading the cards until you can
read each word quickly and accurately.
Write the words in ABC order.  Continue to practice cards. Continue to practice cards Continue to practice cards None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

 

Welcome Back to School!!

September 4, 2018

WELCOME TO 2nd GRADE!!

I am very excited for this new school year, and I hope that you will find the information below helpful.

Communication

Each student has received a folder. All important papers and homework will be sent home in this folder each night. At the beginning of every week, I will put the Weekly Overview in each student’s folder. For your convenience I will also publish it on my blog which can be found on the Ray school website – http://rayschool.weebly.com/
The folders will be checked each day at school. I will be checking for completed homework assignments, forms, and any notes that you may have written to me or someone else at Ray school.
I can be contacted through e-mail at mmwebb@cps.edu or through the Ray school website at http://mmwebb.cuipblogs.net/

Homework

Each night your child should read (or be read to) for a minimum of 20 minutes. Once we get into our routines, the students will receive homework every night Monday – Thursday. There may be homework over the weekend, on rare occasions. You will be notified of all homework assignments through our weekly overview.

Important Forms
PLEASE complete the Family Income Information Form. If you do not wish to share the information that is asked for on the form, please write your child’s name at the top and then write Not Applicable across the form. This way, we will have a record of your having returned the form.
Emergency Forms: It is very important that all families complete the emergency form as soon as possible and return it to me, so that the school will be able to contact you in the event of an emergency.

School Fees

This year the school fee for all students is $85.00. Please pay this fee as soon as possible. This fee does not include field trips. Please let me know if you are interested in paying in installments.

Attendance

It is important for the students to arrive at school every day on time. Any students who arrive after 8:45am must get a tardy slip from the security desk before coming to the classroom. Please remember that when your child returns to school from being absent, that you must send a note for the office, so that the absence may be excused. The office will not excuse any absences without a note signed by the parent.

Dismissal

Students will be dismissed each day at 3:45. It is very important that students be picked up on time. Students who are not picked up at 3:45 will be taken to room 306 to wait for their designated caregiver.

Birthdays

All birthdays for the month will be celebrated on the last Friday of the month at the end of the day. CPS has a food policy which does not allow us to accept cupcakes, or other sweets for birthday celebrations. Please consider sharing a healthy snack to celebrate your child’s birthday, or donating an item to the classroom instead. Donations of a game for the classroom, book, or other item are just as appreciated by students.

Parent Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering in my classroom, or at Ray school this year, please visit https://cpsparentu.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=319488&type=d. This year CPS is mandating that all volunteers in any CPS building complete process before chaperoning field trips, or doing any other project in the school. Once you complete the volunteer process, please let me know if you would like to volunteer in the classroom. There will be many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year. From time to time, I also have some take home volunteer activities for families that are interested.

Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note or email with your comments, questions, or concerns!

Sincerely,
Ms. Webb & Ms. Montney

Happy Summer Vacation!!

I hope that all of our students here at Ray Elementary School have a happy and safe summer!!  I look forward to seeing everyone back at school in September.

 

Looking for some fun summer learning activities?  Here are a few suggestions.

 

Read everyday.  Check out Starfall, or if you are one of my students from last school year Raz-kids.  Don’t forget to visit the Chicago Public Library as well.

 

Continue your math studies this summer with Mobymax – If you were in my class this past school year, you know your password (don’t forget we are listed as Ray elem on the website).  Continue with your lessons in all strands of math, and sharpen your math operations skills as well.  Log into Mobymax each week over the summer.  You can also continue to login to ST math.

 

Write every week.    If you need some ideas for get started, try these:

I feel happy when. . .

My favorite thing to do is. . .

On weekends I like to . . .

I was really embarrassed when . . .

My best friend and I . . .

When I’m grouchy . . .

I wish my parents . . .

If I had three wishes . . .

 

For your convenience here are some important dates, and information:

 

Ray’s Summer Office Hours

July 17-19th, 10am-1pm

July 24-26th, 10am-1pm

August 7-9th, 10am-1pm

August 14-16th, 10 am-1pm

August 21-23rd, 10am-1pm

August 28-31st, 8:45-3:45 pm

 

*And by appointment only

Principal, Megan Thole: mmthole@cps.edu

Assistant Principal, Gayle Harris-Neely: gpharrisneely@cps.edu

 

SY18-19 Information

Orientation & Class Assignment Dates

August 28th: 7th & 8th @ 2:45

August 29th: 5th & 6th @ 2:45

August 30th: K-4th @ 2:45

 

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 4th