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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.

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 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.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer.

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 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.

Math-In Math, students will practice finding volume of irregular rectangular prisms on Monday, review for the Unit 1 Assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday, and take the Unit 1 assessment on Thursday.   On Friday, students will engage in activites to prepare for Unit 2.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 1-12  Unit Review Unit 1 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 Reading Log is due today.

Dear Parents,

  • All students will need a WHITE BOARD MARKER to use for Math Centers beginning next week.  Please purchase a marker for your child so that they are prepared.
  • PLEASE sign up for ClassDojo, either on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.  ClassDojo is how I will send weekly updates and announcements throughout the week.  
  • 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.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer.

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 close reading with annotations.  Students will highlight and discuss parts of the text they found surprising.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-This week,  students use Google Docs to publish their poems titled, “I’m From”.  Students will then begin pre-wrting activities for their next writing piece:  informational biography.

Math-In Math, students will explore 3-D measurement through volume.   Students will learn several strategies to find the volume of 3-D rectangular prisms, as well as irregular 3-D shapes.  Lessons 1-8 to 1-11 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 1-7 and 1-8  Home Link 1-9  Home Link 1.10 Home Link 1.11  
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,

  • PLEASE sign up for ClassDojo, either on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.  ClassDojo is how I will send weekly updates and announcements throughout the week.  I sent home another signup sheet today for those of you not yet signed up.
  • 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 last week.  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.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer.

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

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will begin Daily Five activities.  Students will write their first Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will also meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to learn the expectations for guided reading.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-This week,  students will compose their first informational piece, a poem titled “I’m From”.  Students will capture things that tell a story about who they are in a graphic organizer and then transfer them onto paper.  Students will revise work to add further detail.  Finally, students will use Google Slides to publish their poems.

Math-In Math, students will continue finding areas of rectangles with fractional side-lengths.  Then, students will explore 3-D measurement through volume.  Lessons 1-4 to 1-7 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 1-4  Lesson 1-4 worksheet  Home Link 1.5 Home Link 1.6  Home Link 1-7
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,

  • Welcome to Fifth grade, parents and students.  Here you will find answers to many questions you have weekly.
  • Listed below is a homework chart so that you may keep a record of nightly homework assignments.  I create homework charts weekly.
  • You should have received a parent packet last week.  Please complete the forms inside and return to me as soon as you can.
  • PLEASE sign up for ClassDojo, either on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.  ClassDojo is how I will send weekly updates and announcements throughout the week.
  • 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 Monday.  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.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer.

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

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will compose a practice Reader’s Letter this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I will assess future letters.  Students will also work on 3 of the Daily 5 activities:  Read To Self, Listen To Reading, and Word Work.  Word Work will expand students’ vocabularies in an authentic way by having them seek out 5 words/week, define the word, find synonyms, and use it in a sentence.

Writer’s Workshop-This week,  students will work on collecting Writing Topics in a variety of ways.  We will discuss the procedures throughout the week for Writer’s Workshop.  Students will be given a Writer’s notebook rubric to keep in their notebooks.  Writer’s notebooks will be grades every five weeks.  Finally, students will compose two pieces of writing:

  • Letter of Introduction (informational writing)
  • “I’m From” poem (narrative writing)

Math-In Math, students will find areas of rectangles with fractional side-lengths.  Students will work on solving real-world area problems by exploring the area of a quilt.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 1.2 Home Link 1.3  
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.

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Dear Parents Of Incoming Fifth Graders:

My name is Ms. Krecik and I will be your child’s 5th grade teacher. I am delighted to have your child in my class this year. I am looking forward to a very successful year and I know you are too. I have high expectations for your child, and I will do all that I can to help your child achieve those expectations.

This is my tenth year teaching at Ray School. I have a bachelor’s degree in Dance and a Master’s degree in Education, both from Columbia College in Chicago, IL.  I love teaching fifth grade at Ray.  I strive to teach with creativity, intensity, and passion.  I hope my excitement about teaching ignites your child’s love of learning.

Please see below for a general overview of subject areas:

Reader’s Workshop:    “DAILY 5”

Through Reader’s Workshop your child will explore reading independently and through shared reading experiences. We will be practicing many different reading skills throughout the year. These skills align with the Common Core State Standards and emphasize inference, visualization, vocabulary development, and summarizing. Each month we will learn and practice a new reading skill as a class, in small group instruction, and independently.

The Reader’s Workshop framework consists of The Daily Five:

  • Read To Self
  • Work On Writing
  • Word Work
  • Listen To Reading
  • Guided Reading

Guided Reading: Guided Reading groups will begin in October. Guided Reading groups allow students to stretch and strengthen their reading abilities by reading text that is challenging to them in a group setting with my support. At least once a week, the groups will meet with me for guided reading assignments and assessment.Reading Tic Tac Toe:   Each week students will be assigned 30 minutes of reading nightly along with a Reading Tic Tac Toe to complete by Friday.  I cannot stress how important it is for students to select good fit books and stick with the book until they are finished.  Students are expected to complete 25 on level chapter books by the end of fifth grade.

Math

Students will have math homework most evenings.  Please get involved in your child’s math learning by supplementing their learning with multiplication and division flash cards.  In addition, please use the resources that the math program, Everyday Mathematics offers online (http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/5th-grade/em-at-home/).  In addition, here is a great resource for math games that is divided up by Everyday Math units:  http://www1.center.k12.mo.us/Edtech/edm/5.htm

Most Fridays students will have a Checking Progress quiz that reviews the week’s objectives.  In addition, opportunities for extra credit are presented often on quizzes and tests.

The single most important thing students need when they embark on their 5th grade math is their basic multiplication and division facts.

Writer’s Workshop

Students are responsible for keeping a Writer’s journal.  Students will journal throughout the school week.  Writing journals will be assessed with a rubric.  This rubric is available on the classroom blog.   The school year will focus on writing different types of essays, writing creatively, creating poetry, and developing our writers’ voices.  Students will publish one piece of writing monthly.  All students will keep writing portfolios of their work, along with self-assessments of their progress.

 

 Homework

Students WILL have meaningful homework nightly.   Students can write assignments down or check the class blog for homework assignments.   I do not accept late work for full credit. If an assignment is late, I will deduct credit on the assignment.  I will accept late work three days past the due date.   If your student is absent from school, they can have up to five school days to complete any missed assignments.  Assignments later than that will be considered late, and the appropriate credit will be deducted.

Contact:  My email is agkrecik@cps.edu. I check my email every morning. Feel free to contact me with any question you may have or to schedule a conference.  I am available most mornings for conferences.   You may also reach me throughout the day on ClassDojo.

ClassDojo:  ClassDojo is an online system that shows your child’s progress throughout the school day.   In addition, you can message me with any questions or concerns you have in a text messaging format.  Please sign up for ClassDojo as soon as you can to stay connected.

Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays will be celebrated collectively the last Friday of every month.  It is CPS policy that if a snack is shared with the class, it must be a healthy snack for the whole class.  Suggestions are:

granola bars, yogurt cups, pretzels, fruit cups, carrot sticks/dip, fruit snacks, Rice Krispie treats, bananas,

Please refrain from any snack containing PEANUTS or TREE NUTS.  We usually have students with allergies.

Sincerely,

Ms. Allison Krecik