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Week of September 11, 2017

Raz-kids:  We would like to have an online subscription this school year to the program Raz-kids.  The cost of the subscription is $110.  We are asking parents to donate towards the cost of this.  If every family donated $5, we would reach our goal.

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 23 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 14th is the Ray School Open House.  I will meet parents in my room from 4:00 – 5:00pm.  We will then head to the auditorium, where Ms. Thole will present the State of the School from 5:00 – 6:00pm.  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 memorizing all of their addition and subtraction facts for quick retrieval.  We will take a math quiz on Thursday 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 read the story Henry and Mudge: The First Book.  Our vocabulary words are: curly, straight, floppy, drooled, weighed, stood, collars, and row.  This week, students will begin writing their first story about a special gift they’ve received.  Students will take their first reading comprehension and vocabulary test on Friday.

 

Social StudiesThis week we will continue to create our classroom 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. Schuch

 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #3 Problem solving and grammar. Homework Sheet #4 Graphing and writing. Homework Sheet # 5 Vocabulary and review Homework Sheet #6 Phonics and place value None
Vocabulary:

curly, straight, floppy, drooled, weighed, stood, collars, and row

Read the passage containing our vocabulary words. Write a story using as many of the vocabulary words as possible. Bring Your Journey’s book home to re-read the story and prepare for tomorrow’s test. None
High Frequency Words: around, be, five, help, next, or, pull, take, until, walked 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
Writing: Write a story using this week’s vocabulary words. 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

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

To Ray Parents and Families,

This spring, the CTU had all members vote for how to spend their “71 fifteen (15) minute start-of-the-day selfdirected
preparation periods.” Multiple options were given, and the staff voted to have those prep periods used
twice a week, for the first fifteen minutes. In order to follow this directive, we created the Town Hall
opportunity to give administrators a chance to make whole school announcements and reminders as well as to
hear from students about their Ray experience.

Undoubtedly, a new morning transition has come with some hiccups. Although Day 2 was much better than Day
1, we still want to ensure there isn’t chaos. The Town Halls with 6th-8th grade, in particular, were great
opportunities to start the day and connect with students and we will continue the established routine with these
grades.

For students in grades K-5, however, we are making the following adjustment effective Friday, September 15:
students will continue to walk in the building with paraprofessionals, but will now walk to their classroom and
line up outside of each room. Paraprofessionals will help students take off coats / bags and prepare for their
class. At 9 am, teachers will welcome students into the classroom. We will then share Town Hall
announcements over the loudspeaker.

We thank you for your flexibility during this transition as we work to comply with new CTU directives. If you are
interested in volunteering to help with these Monday and Friday transitions, please reach out to Mrs. Neely.
Make it a Great Year to be a Ray Warrior!

Sincerely,
Megan Thole and Gayle Harris-Neely

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