Dear Parents,

  • Happy New Year!  I cannot wait to begin the new year with your students.  Progress reports went home before break.   There are four weeks to improve grades, so please feel free to contact me to inquire about grade improvement opportunities:  agkrecik@cps.edu
  • Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make INFERENCES to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading free choice on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will begin prewriting persuasive essays.  Students will create a Graphic organizer to assemble their writing prior to drafting.  They will work on introduction and body paragraphs this week.

Math-In Math, students will begin Unit4, decimals and coordinates.  Students will work on writing decimals in words, using a place value chart to identify decimals, and compare decimal values.  Lessons 4-1 to 4-4 will be covered.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4-1  4-2  4-3  4-4  
 Writing  312, 314, 315   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Reading Log is due Tuesday.

 

I wish you all the happiest holidays with your child.  Please enjoy the time with your families and ring in the New Year 2018 strongly.

There is one homework assignment over break:  Students should read/finish reading one book and complete a thoughtful book report packet.  The link is below.  Please click on the link:

WinterBreak_book_report

Dear Parents,

  • Happy holidays, parents!  Students will be off for two weeks starting 12/23 until 1/8.
  • We will have a small “December To Remember”celebration on 12/22 in the afternoon.  Our class earned to 2,000 points together to have a movie and popcorn, and we will say farewell to Ms. Wise, who will be working in a different classroom after break.
  • Five students earned a 100% on ClassDojo for the month of December.  They will be going on an extra field trip with students in 315 this week as an incentive.
  • Although we will not participate in the Winter assembly onstage, some students have been asked to usher, MC the show, and we will display artwork to decorate the auditorium.  Seting will be tight, but you may want to stop in to see the performances.
  • Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make connections to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading mysteries on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will revise and edit their writing.  Students will use a checklist to make sure they have all the components needed in their persuasive advertisements.  Students will publish their ads, and we will share them in class on Wednesday.

Math-In Math, students will take NWEA Math and Reading tests.  Then, students will create Mixed Fractions holiday-inspired art to hang for the school assembly.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math   Mixed Number practice sheet  
 Writing  312, 314, 315  finish revisions  publish draft with revisions   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Reading Log is due today.

Read over break and complete book report.  Due 1/8/17

Dear Parents,

  • This week students will be participating in Spirit Week.  Please see ClassDojo for daily themes.
  • Reading Logs are now due on Mondays.  This is to accommodate additional reading minutes for Q2.  Students will be expected to read an additional 30 minutes sometime over the weekend.
  • Ray’s STEM Night is this Tuesday, 12/12
    Come join us for a fun night of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math on Tuesday, December 12th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM.
    There will activities for all ages.
    Our school Science Fair judging will be taking place in the cafeteria.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make connections to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will finish prewriting activities on Persuasive Advertisements.  Then, they will begin drafting their persuasive advertisement.  In addition, students will practice creating similes to add to their free-writing work on Friday.

Math-In Math, students will complete Unit 3: Fractions.  Lessons 3-13 and 3-14 will be covered.  On Wednesday, students will review the unit to prepare for testing.  Then, on Thursday, students will take the Unit 3 assessment.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 3-13  Home Link 3-14   Unit Review Unit 3 Assessment  
 Writing  312, 314, 315   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes this weekend. Record on Reading Log.  Reading Log is due Monday.

Dear Parents,

  • Our Nutcracker field trip is this Friday, November 8.  Due to the overwhelming response for chaperones, I will be contacting parents who will attend.  If I could take everyone, I would.  Unfortunately, this is a ticketed event.  PLEASE NOTE:  Students must hand in their permission slip and $ by Wednesday, December 7.  If you need additional time to submit payment, please contact me at agkrecik@cps.edu or through ClassDojo.
  • Reading Logs are now due on Mondays.  This is to accommodate additional reading minutes for Q2.  Students will be expected to read an additional 30 minutes sometime over the weekend.
  • A form was sent home last week regarding school-wide robocalls.  If you would like to receive the weekly announcements via telephone, please sign up and return with your student.   Thank you if you have already signed up.
  • Rays’s STEM Night: 12/12
    Come join us for a fun night of Science Technology Engineering and Math on Tuesday, December 12th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM.
    There will activities for all ages.
    Our school Science Fair judging will be taking place in the cafeteria.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make connections to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students in 314 will complete ekphrastic and haiku poetry forms.  Students will begin work on persuasive writing this week, beginning with identifying persuasive elements in advertising.

Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 3, Fractions.  We will cover 3-9 to 3-12 this week.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 3-9  Home Link 3-10   Home Link 3-11 Home Link 3-12  
 Writing  312, 314, 315   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes this weekend. Record on Reading Log.  Reading Log is due Monday.

Dear Parents,

  • I hope you had a restful Thanksgiving weekend.  We are back to work.
  • Reading Logs are now due on Mondays.  This is to accommodate additional reading minutes for Q2.  Students will be expected to read an additional 30 minutes sometime over the weekend.
  • A form will go home this week regarding school-wide robocalls.  If you wold like to receive the weekly announcements via telephone, please sign up and return with your student.   Thank you if you have already signed up.
  • Make-up Picture Day is tomorrow, 11/28.  If you would like you child to participate, please message me on ClassDojo or send a written request.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to connect to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students in 314 will complete ekphrastic and haiku poetry forms.  Students will begin work on persuasive writing this week, beginning with identifying persuasive elements in advertising.

Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 3, Fractions.  We will cover 3-5 to 3-8 this week.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 3-5  Home Link 3-6   Home Link 3-7 Home Link 3-8  
 Writing  312, 314, 315  Finish poems at home.  Due Tuesday.   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes this weekend. Record on Reading Log.  Reading Log is due Monday.

Dear Parents,

  • Parent-Teacher conferences are this week!  I have sent home a sign-up sheet.  Please select 3 different time slots that work for you.  Conferences will be ten minutes in length to accommodate all parents.  If you need additional time to talk we can schedule a longer conference when we meet. This first conference is a preferred parent-teacher, with your child waiting outside the classroom.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to connect to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students in 314 will complete revisions to their essays and publish them over the weekend.  Students in Rooms 312 and 315 will analyze a poem and write their own poem inspired by the author.

Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 3, Fractions.  We will cover 3-2 and 3-3 this week.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 3-2  “Sharing Candy Bars” worksheet Home Link 3-3  
 Writing  312, 314, 315   Publish Essay/due Monday (314)   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Reading Log is due today.

Dear Parents,

  • Parent-Teacher conferences are next week!  I will send home a sign-up sheet.  Please select 3 different time slots that work for you.  Conferences will be ten minutes in length to accommodate all parents.  This first conference would be a preferred parent-teacher, with your child waiting outside the classroom.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will be fully engaged in Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to summarize the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will complete revisions to their essays and publish them over the weekend.

Math-In Math, students will take a Unit 2 test on Wednesday.  Then, students will begin Unit 3, studying fractions.  Lessons 3-1 and 3-2 will be covered.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Unit 2 Review  Unit 2 Test Home Link 3-1  
 Writing  312, 314, 315   Publish Essay/due Monday (312, 315)   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Reading Log is due today.

Dear Parents,

  • We will attend our first field trip on Thursday, November 2.  Students do not need a lunch, as lunch will be provided to them.
  • Students received an additional field trip form on Monday.  This trip was organized by Mr. Beestrum, the art teacher.  Students who do not receive 30 or more dojos on ClassDojo for the month of October will not attend this trip.  Please return the field trip form, along with payment ASAP.
  • There is no school on Friday, as it is the end of Quarter 1.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will be fully engaged in Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to summarize the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will continue writing activities to develop a writing piece that will teach others a skill that students are experts in.  This week students will complete drafting and peer edit with a classmate to prepare for publishing.

Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 2 with Ms. Wise.  This week, students will practice partial quotients and traditional strategies in division.  Lessons 2-11 through 2-13 will be covered.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 2-11  Home Link 2-12  Home Link 2-13 Checking Progress Quiz  
 Writing  312, 314, 315  (312, 315) Publish Essay/due Monday   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Reading Log is due today.

Dear Parents,

  • All students will need a WHITE BOARD MARKER to use for Math Centers.  Please purchase a marker for your child so that they are prepared.
  • Students received a permission slip for for a field trip to see a play on November 2.  Please sign and return ASAP.  This trip is free!
  • The class fee is $85.  Please remit payment as soon as you can.  This allows us to order class texts, supplies, and pay for online programs.  You can even pay online!
  • Lunch Forms were sent home.  If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not.  It helps provide state funding for our school.  Thank you.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will be fully engaged in Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to summarize the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will continue writing activities to develop a writing piece that will teach others a skill that students are experts in.  This week students will organize their writing in draft form and learn how to write a concluding paragraph.

Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 2 with Ms. Wise.  This week, students will practice multi-digit multiplication and mental division strategies.  Lessons 2-8 through 2-10 will be covered.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  math worksheet  Home Link 2-8  Home Link 2-9 Home Link 2-10  Checking progress Quiz
 Writing  312, 314, 315   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Reading Log is due today.

Dear Parents,

  • All students will need a WHITE BOARD MARKER to use for Math Centers.  Please purchase a marker for your child so that they are prepared.
  • Picture Day is Tuesday October 24.  Order forms will be sent home Tuesday.  Please order online or send back to school before Picture Day.
  • The class fee is $85.  Please remit payment as soon as you can.  This allows us to order class texts, supplies, and pay for online programs.  You can even pay online!
  • Lunch Forms were sent home.  If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not.  It helps provide state funding for our school.  Thank you.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will be fully engaged in Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to summarize the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  Biographies have been put on hold until further notice.  With Social Studies assignments due this month,  students will be expected to research a famous person in history, so to prevent redundancy, I have delayed our biography work.  Instead……This week,  students will begin writing activities to develop a writing piece that will teach others a skill that students are experts in.  This week we will begin by working on introductory paragraphs and creating bubble maps in our notebooks for our body paragraphs.  Bubble maps help students with organization and elaboration of ideas.

Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 2 with Ms. Wise.  This week, students will practice multi-digit multiplication and convert units of measure..  Lesson 2-4 to 2-7 will be covered.  there will be a Checking Progress quiz on Friday.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 2-4  Home Link 2-5 Home Link 2-6 Home Link 2-7  Checking progress Quiz
 Writing  312, 314, 315   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Reading Log is due today.

Dear Parents,

  • All students will need a WHITE BOARD MARKER to use for Math Centers.  Please purchase a marker for your child so that they are prepared.
  • The Affy Tapple sale continues this week!  Many parents have told us they need additional order forms – you can download them from the Ray website here or pick up a hard copy in the main office.  Keep up the good work selling individual items or cases!  We will be distributing orders after school on the north playground from 3:45-4:15on 10/24, 10/25, 10/26 and 10/27.  If these dates and/or times are not convenient for you, please contact annerenna@mac.com or 312-730-5883and we can work out alternate arrangements for pick up.  Orders are due this Friday, October 13.  Please Please add your student’s name and homeroom number/teacher name to your order forms, attach a check, and turn them into your student’s teacher or the main office.  Thanks for supporting Ray School!
  • The class fee is $85.  Please remit payment as soon as you can.  This allows us to order class texts, supplies, and pay for online programs.  You can even pay online!
  • Lunch Forms were sent home.  If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not.  It helps provide state funding for our school.  Thank you.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will be fully engaged in Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to summarize the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-This week,  students will learn about the six-traits of writing and practice in-class activities centered around each trait.  the traits are:  ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, and conventions.  Students will begin pre-writing activities for their next writing piece:  informational biography.  Students will select a family member to research through interviewing techniques.  This assignment will be modeled in class, but will be take-homework to complete the interview and research.  Interview questions are due on Monday, October 16.

Math-In Math, students will begin Unit 2 with Ms. Wise.  This week, students will review place value, practice writing numbers in exponential notation, and use powers of ten to solve multiplication problems.  Lesson 2-1 to 2-3 will be covered.  there will be a Checking Progress quiz on Friday.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 2-1 Home Link 2-2 Home Link 2-3  Checking progress Quiz
 Writing 312, 314, 315  Interview packets due Monday 
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Reading Log is due today.