Weekly Overview 9/21-9/25

Ray Families,

Welcome to Week 3 of Virtual Learning 🙂 Please note that all live classes are mandatory and attendance is taken. Remind your child to be on time, dressed for school, and ready to learn. Additionally, if you have a GMAIL account and would like to be connected to our Google Classroom, please email me to let me know you would like to be added.

This Week’s Notable Notes:

  • My Office hours are from 1:30-2:30 pm. If you need to get in touch with me, this is the best time for it.
  • Email is the best form of communication. Please email me at agkrecik@cps.edu with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I will check my email daily and get back to you as soon as possible. 
  • Please view our Welcoming Letter for 5th and 6th grade families here.
  • Here is a compiled list of Tech Tutorials for parents and students
  • Please visit the CPS Back To School Resources site to complete important forms online.
  • Remember that CPS is still offering Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch to all families. Simplify your life and pick up some meals today!
  • Attendance will be taken daily. We look forward to seeing everyone at 8:45 every school day!

Weekly Overview:

5th Writing- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

This week, students will draft their first essay assignment: personal narrative. Students will learn about the B-M-E paragraph format of an essay, develop and introductory paragraph, body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph. Please make sure students have composition notebooks for writing.

6th Writing- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence

Writers will begin drafting their persuasive opinion essays this week. We will review the 5-paragraph essay format, write introductory paragraphs, develop three strong persuasive body paragraphs, and end with concluding paragraphs.

5th Science: 5-PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. 5-PS1-4 Matter and Its Interactions Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

This week student will continue to learn about Matter. They will measure matter in a virtual lab, define malleability, hardness, conductivity, and magnetism, and they will compare contrast the properties of mixtures and solutions.

Weekly Overview 9/14-9/18

Ray Families,

Thank you for all of your patience and support as we settle into online learning for the foreseeable future. I was very proud of our students for rising to the challenge of virtual learning.

This Week’s Notable Notes:

  • My Office hours are from 1:30-2:30 pm. If you need to get in touch with me, this is the best time for it.
  • Email is the best form of communication. Please email me at agkrecik@cps.edu with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I will check my email daily and get back to you as soon as possible. 
  • Please view our Welcoming Letter for 5th and 6th grade families here.
  • Here is a compiled list of Tech Tutorials for parents and students
  • Please visit the CPS Back To School Resources site to complete important forms online.
  • Remember that CPS is still offering Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch to all families. Simplify your life and pick up some meals today!
  • Attendance will be taken daily. We look forward to seeing everyone at 8:45 every school day!

Weekly Overview:

5th Writing- Writers have been working on composing poems inspired by the poem, Where I’m From by George Ella Lyons. Students will be putting the finishing touches on these poems this week and we will celebrate by sharing our work in a virtual Author’s Chair. Then, students will embark on their first essay assignment: personal narratives. Please make sure students have composition notebooks for writing.

6th Writing- Writers have been working on developing their wishes for the world in poetry this past week. Students will publish their work and celebrate with a poem share on Tuesday. Then, we will begin composing opinion essays this week.

5th Science:Last week students explored concepts related to Matter in a student-directed learning Nearpod tutorial. this week, students will answer the question, What is Matter, among other things, and learn what matter is composed of and how it changes states.

2020-2021 School Year 🎆

Welcome Room 314 Students and Families,

My name is Ms. Allison Krecik, and I will be your 5th grade homeroom teacher this school year! Although we are beginning remotely, I am so excited to get to know you all through the digital universe. I anticipate that we will all be tech masters when we return for in-person instruction.

We are lucky to have a student intern from Michigan State this year! Casey Ternes will be co-teaching with me throughout the school year! Miss Ternes recently graduated from Michigan State University in May 2019, and this will be her first teaching year.

By tomorrow, Sunday 9/6, all students should have received an invite via email to our Google Classroom. Students can use their cps emails to join if they do not receive an invite by tomorrow. Our class code is ug5hnk. We will be using the Google Classroom platform for all classes.

This week we will spend time getting to know each other, reviewing classroom/school-wide expectations, and learning about what to expect in 5th grade. Students will also meet their other teachers in Reading, Social Studies, and Math!

Important Info:

  • Email is the best form of communication. Please email me at agkrecik@cps.edu with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I will check my email daily and get back to you as soon as possible. 
  • Each week I will post a weekly overview of our assignments on our classroom website/blog.  Please visit our classroom website/blog weekly for announcements and an overview of weekly assignments at
    http://agkrecik.cuipblogs.net/
  • Here is a compiled list of Tech Tutorials for parents and students
  • Please visit the CPS Back To School Resources site to complete important forms online.
  • Visit our classroom blog for a list of recommended remote learning school supplies and our daily schedule.
  • Remember that CPS is still offering Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch to all families. Simplify your life and pick up some meals today!
  • Attendance will be taken daily. We look forward to seeing everyone at 8:45 on Tuesday!

Thank you for all of your patience and support.  We look forward to working with you this school year!

Updates for April 13 remote learning

Dear Families,

As we transition to remote learning, please use the information provided here to help you accommodate your child’s learning:

  • My daily “office hours” are 9-1 daily.  I will be exclusively engaged with learners from 10-12 pm. 12-1 will be dedicated to assisting/corresponding with parents and guardians.
  • Please contact teachers via ClassDojo (preferred) or email with questions:
  • Weekly assignments will post on Monday morning by 9 am.
  • Students should access daily assignments online.  
  • Students should enter Google Classroom by logging in to their CPS email.
  • E-Learning Platforms we will be using consistently:  
    • Google Classroom
    • Khan Academy
    • Epic Books
    • Scholastic Scope
    • ReadnQuiz
    • BrainPop
  • Students who need to access paper copies for learning can email a request.  I will email a paper packet to you to print out. Likewise, paper packets can be picked up at Ray School during the lunch pick-up time upon request.

Suggested Daily Schedule

Time: Subject: Description:
Before 9:00 Wake-up/ eat breakfast/mindful movements At home; practice Calm Classroom breathing or exercise (jumping jacks, squats, pushups, take a walk)
9:00-9:30 Independent Reading for 30 minutes/complete daily reading log. Google Classroom
9:30-10:00 Daily Digital Reading and/or ELA Review Google Classroom
10:00-10:30 Interactive Read-Aloud Google Meet/Google Classroom
10:30-11:30 Daily Digital Math Review and/or Khan Academy assignments Google Classroom/Khan Academy
11:30-12:00 Work on any unfinished assignments and/or teacher check-in Google Classroom/Google Meet
12:00-12:30 LUNCH BREAK! Take a break and nourish your body 
12:30-1:00 Household Help Time ● Help out the family, or other people in the house by cleaning up, helping with siblings, prepping for dinner. 
1:00-2:00 Quiet/Creative Time ● RELAX: Reading for pleasure, work on a puzzle, take a nap, draw, or color. 
2:00-3:30 Academic Time/Social Studies/Science/Writing Focus on 1-2 academic topics:

Use Google Classroom, online resources such as: EPIC Books, Scholastic SCOPE, CNN10, Brainpop,at-home learning packet

3:30-5:00 Afternoon Mindful Movement  Bike/walk (with parents approval); play with pets, yoga, meditation, etc
5:00-6:00 Dinner Enjoy a meal with your family
6:00-8:30 Free Time Binge on some GOOD TV or watch a movie that will build your background knowledge about a time in history.
8:30 Bedtime Prep Brush teeth, bath/shower put on Pj’s, and get a good night’s sleep!

Please check Class Dojo for any future information regarding remote learning. I will not be updating the Class Blog, but instead will post on Class Dojo so that we can communicate easily with any follow-up questions you may have. Thank you!

Online Learning Updates!

Hi Parents,

As you may have heard, CPS has determined that we will start REQUIRED remote learning on April 13. So many of the students have already been engaging with the enrichment work I have presented, that I hope this will be an easier transition. More details on the structure and expectations will be forthcoming, however I hope to keep assignments similar to the style we have been using to maximize success.

This remote learning will be technology based and I know that will be a challenge for some. Our administration has asked us to reach out and inquire how we can help to get all students set up with technology. If you do not have access to a computer/chromebook please let me know in a direct message. I will pass this information to our administration who will help get you what you need.

Please reach out if you have any questions, or want to share photos of the learning that is taking place in your house!

Be well,

Ms. Krecik

Weekly Overview, Quarantine Edition

With all the time students will spend outside of school and in their homes, I encourage you to create a schoolwork schedule for them.

I have created work, that, if time and effort is put into it daily, should amount to about 2-3 hours a day.  I know that is not as long as the school day, but home is not the school.

Students can access ELA work on Google Classroom.  An invite has already been sent to their school email.  Assignments and instructions are available.  Parents- if you need paper copies, I can send them to your email to print.  Our classroom code for Google Classroom is b5nxsh7

Students can complete Math assignments on Khan Academy.  If a student has forgotten their username, please email me.  Other math options beyond Khan Academy are Khan Mappers to practice NWEA skills or Prodigy (again, I have usernames if students need them).

I will make myself available to respond to email or Dojo between the hours of 10-2.  Please Dojo or email me with any questions you may have.

Thank you and be well,

Ms. Krecik

Weekly Overview/Homework 3/9-3/13

Dear Families:

  • This is week 6 of Quarter 3 🙂
  • The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR test) will be administered this week, 3/11-3/13.  Please see that your child is well-rested and present to take these standardized tests!
  • 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!   Here is the link: http://rayschool.weebly.com/student-fees.html
  • Don’t forget the join the PTO! Ray’s PTO is  a vital part of our school culture, and your membership will immediately affect your child’s classroom.  The PTO provides funding to classrooms, special programs, as well as field trip supports.  We love out PTO <3
  • Have a wonderful week!

Here is what’s going on in our classroom this week:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will complete their 5th grade Daily 5 activities:  Listen To Reading, Word Work, Read To Self, Guided Reading, and Reader’s Response.  This week we will begin our new class novel, MANIAC MAGEE.  S will develop predictions about the text as we read.

Students should be reading AT LEAST 30 active minutes nightly in their selected Independent Reading book.  Students will be required to take a reading quiz after they finish each independent novel.

Writer’s Workshop-This week,  Students will begin their work their next writing project:  Persuasive advertising.

Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 6:  multiplying and dividing decimals.  Students will work on lessons 6-5-6-6.  There will be no math homework on Wednesday and Thursday due to IAR testing.

Please see below for this week’s homework assignments.

subject Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 6-5 Home Link 6-6 Home Link 6-8
 Writing  312, 314, 315
Reading Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment. Reading Log due.

Weekly Overview/homework 3/2-3/6

Dear Families:

  • This is week 5 of Quarter 3 🙂
  • PROGRESS REPORTS will be sent home on Friday.
  • 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!   Here is the link: http://rayschool.weebly.com/student-fees.html
  • Don’t forget the join the PTO! Ray’s PTO is  a vital part of our school culture, and your membership will immediately affect your child’s classroom.  The PTO provides funding to classrooms, special programs, as well as field trip supports.  We love out PTO <3
  • Have a wonderful week!

Here is what’s going on in our classroom this week:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will complete their 5th grade Daily 5 activities:  Listen To Reading, Word Work, Read To Self, Guided Reading, and Reader’s Response.  This week we will finish our class novel, WONDER, and deepen our thinking with annotations about predictions we made as we were reading.

Students should be reading AT LEAST 30 active minutes nightly in their selected Independent Reading book.  Students will be required to take a reading quiz after they finish each independent novel.

Writer’s Workshop-This week,  Students will present their BHM projects in class.

Math-In Math, students will begin Unit 6:  multiplying and dividing decimals.  Students will work on lessons 6-1 to 6-4.

Please see below for this week’s homework assignments.

subject Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 6-1 Home Link 6-2 Home Link 6-3 Home Link 6-4 Progress Check quiz
 Writing  312, 314, 315
Reading Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment. Reading Log due.

Weekly overview/homework 2/24-2/28

Dear Families:

  • This is week 4 of Quarter 3 🙂
  • 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!   Here is the link: http://rayschool.weebly.com/student-fees.html
  • Don’t forget the join the PTO! Ray’s PTO is  a vital part of our school culture, and your membership will immediately affect your child’s classroom.  The PTO provides funding to classrooms, special programs, as well as field trip supports.  We love out PTO <3
  • Have a wonderful week!

Here is what’s going on in our classroom this week:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will complete their 5th grade Daily 5 activities:  Listen To Reading, Word Work, Read To Self, Guided Reading, and Reader’s Response.  This week we will finish our class novel, WONDER, and deepen our thinking with annotations about the different Conflicts that exist in the story.

Students should be reading AT LEAST 30 active minutes nightly in their selected Independent Reading book.  Students will be required to take a reading quiz after they finish each independent novel.

Writer’s Workshop-This week,  Students will finish writing their Black History reflection.  Creative projects and reflections are due on Thursday for our in-class presentations.

Math-In Math, students will complete Unit 5:  dividing fractions and whole numbers.  Students will take the Unit 5test on Thursday.

Please see below for this week’s homework assignments.

subject Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 5-3 Home Link 5-4 Unit review Unit 5 test
 Writing  312, 314, 315 Black History projects due today
Reading Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment. Reading Log due.

Weekly overview/homework 2/17-2/21

Dear Families:

  • Today is week 3 of Quarter 3 🙂
  • 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!   Here is the link: http://rayschool.weebly.com/student-fees.html
  • Don’t forget the join the PTO! Ray’s PTO is  a vital part of our school culture, and your membership will immediately affect your child’s classroom.  The PTO provides funding to classrooms, special programs, as well as field trip supports.  We love out PTO <3
  • Have a wonderful week!

Here is what’s going on in our classroom this week:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will complete their 5th grade Daily 5 activities:  Listen To Reading, Word Work, Read To Self, Guided Reading, and Reader’s Response.  This week we will finish our class novel, WONDER, and deepen our thinking with annotations about important lines from the story in a reading strategy we call, :Lift A Line”

Students should be reading AT LEAST 30 active minutes nightly in their selected Independent Reading book.  Students will be required to take a reading quiz after they finish each independent novel.

Writer’s Workshop-This week,  Students will finish researching an important topic in Black History.  Students will use their research to type out a reflection about their BHM topic on Google Docs.

Creative Student projects should begin this week at home.  Students will have any additional time in class to finish up projects once they complete their written research reflections.

Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 5:  this week, students will multiply fraction, create multiplication number stories, and work on equivalent fractions.

Please see below for this week’s homework assignments.

subject Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 5-9 Home Link 5-11 Home Link 5-12 Progress Check
 Writing  312, 314, 315 Reflections are due MONDAY.
Reading Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment.  Read 30-45 minutes and complete reading log assignment. Reading Log due.