Archive for September 2011

Hello Parents of Room 304!  It was a pleasure to meet some of you last Wednesday at Curriculum night.  Please feel free to email me with any concerns you may have during the year.  This week is Picture Day on Thursday, September 29.  Please send your child to school with payment and a selected picture package.

REMINDERS:  Please pay the class fee of $85 ASAP.  We really need Cleaning wipes for the classroom!  Please donate if you can.

ReadingThis week our Daily Five Independent Reading program will really start rolling.  Students have been trained on 4/5 of the program, and they will be building more reading stamina this week.  They will be responsible for writing to me weekly in their Reader’s notebooks.  There is sufficient time in class to do this, although some students may opt to work on this at home, too. Homework:  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes nightly and making Thinkmarks to write about their thinking as they read.

Writing:   Students will be starting their first Narratives this week.  Their narratives will be based on one of their Major Moments from their timeline.  We will discuss these topics as they pertain to the craft of writing:  Sequencing your story, creating a good Grabber Lead, and Using Sensory Details to enhance your storytelling.  Homework:  Students will have writing homework in their Writer’s journals on Monday and Wednesday this week.

Math:  We will continue to practice our multiplication facts daily.  Students will work on  Square numbers, Unsquaring Numbers, and Factor Strings/Prime Factorization this week  this week.  Homework:  Study Link 1.7, 1.8,  1.9, and additonal Prime Factorization worksheet supplement.    Checking Progress Quiz on Friday.

Science:  We have begin our unit on Measuring Time some time this week.  For our second investigation, students will create sunclocks and record the movement of the sun as a way to tell time- very cool.

Social Studies:  This week we will continue to take notes in our Social Studies notebooks. Students will read Lesson 4 (pages 30-35) and answer questions.  There will be a Vocabulary Quiz over Lesson 1 and 2 vocabulary on Friday.

Hello Parents of Room 304!  Please remember that Wednesday is Ray School’s Curriculum night.  I look forward to meeting you.  In addition, we are asking for antibacterial wipe donations for the classroom.   Finally, please remember to pay the $85 Class fee!  We all are an integral part of keeping Ray School running.  Thank you!

ReadingWe will learn the remaining components of our Reader’s Workshop this week.   Students should choose books to read at home that are part of the Accelerated Reader program.  In addition, we will practice visualizing while we read,   using story structure to help us summarize what we have read.   Homework:  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes nightly.

Writing:   Students will be developing new writing pieces this week based on special objects they bring in.  They will develop a memoir based on the memories attached to the object.  Homework:  Students will have writing homework in their Writer’s journals on Monday and Wednesday this week.

Math:  We will continue to practice our multiplication facts daily.  Students will work on Factors, Divisibility, and Square numbers this week.  Homework:  Study Link 1.5, 1.6, 1.7  Checking Progress Quiz on Thursday.

Science:  We will begin our unit on Measuring Time some time this week.  Our first investigation will be an introduction on our first unit, Measuring Time.

Social Studies:  This week we will continue to take notes in our Social Studies notebooks. Students will read Lesson 3 (pages 22-29) and answer questions.  There will be a Vocabulary Quiz over Lesson 1 and 2 vocabulary on Thursday.

Reminder:  There will be no school for students on Friday, September 23.

Hello Parents of Room 304!  I hope your child had a good first week of school.  We are slowly building our routines that will allow us to work more easily in the classroom.  I am not exaggerating when I say that I am really lucky to be part of this group of students.  I know it’s going to be a very special year.

NWEA MAPS Testing – This week Ray school will conduct benchmark tests to assess where students are academically.  Each student will take the assessment via computer, and the results will help guide instruction.

ReadingWe will continue to learn the elements of our Reader’s Workshop routines this week.  Students should choose books to read at home that are part of the Accelerated Reader program.  In addition, we will practice summarizing what we have read, using story structure to help us identify the important parts. Homework:  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes nightly.

Writing:   Students will be developing autobiographical poems titled, “I’m From”.  In addition, students will be asked to bring in something from home that is important to them (photo, small object, etc.), and they will begin writing in their Writer’s journals about it.  Homework:  Students will have writing homework in their Writer’s journals on Monday and Wednesday this week.

Math:  We will continue to practice our multiplication facts daily.  Students will work on Arrays, Fact Families, and Factors this week.  Homework:  Study Link 1.2, 1.3, 1.4.  Checking Progress Quiz on Friday.

Science:  We will begin our unit on Measuring Time some time this week.  Our first investigation will be an introduction on our first unit, Measuring Time.

Social Studies:  This week we will continue to take notes in our Social Studies notebooks. Students will read Lesson 2 (pages 15-19) and answer questions.  Students will create Venn Diagrams that compare/contrast two different regions in the United States. 

 

:::::Reminders:::::

Again, the Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP.  I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and art supplies for the classroom.  Please, if you are paying by cash, give your child exact change.  I do not have any at school.

 

Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room are:  Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, and Hand Sanitizer.  Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk.  Thank you!

 

Ms. Krecik

agkrecik@cps.edu

Hi Parents of Room 304,

The first day is done, and it was full of lots of procedures and expectations for the school year.  I can sense the students are ready to get started with their learning , and that makes me smile.  We left today without handing out my notes to you about the year’s curriculum and this week’s overview.  I wanted to let you know that I will be sure thesemake their way home tomorrow.  Please check your child’s agenda books for homework reminders, and don’t forget to look through the school packet sent home tonight.  It contains the forms that the students need to bring back to me for their “homework assignment”

 

Best,

Ms. Krecik

This is our first week of the school year, and we will be working on refining our classroom routines, developing new ones, and beginning our curriculum in Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies.  Open House for Ray School is September 21st.  I look forward to meeting all parents and guardians that I have not been acquainted with yet.

ReadingWe will begin to learn the elements of our Reader’s Workshop routines this week.  Students should be reading a book at home at least 30 minutes nightly.  Students should choose books to read at home that are part of the Accelerated Reader program.  You can double check the book titles on the Ray School website, www.ray.cps.k12.il.us.

Writing:   We will begin to learn the elements of our Writer’s Workshop this week.  Students will be developing autobiographical poems titled, “I’m From”.  In addition, students will be asked to bring in something from home that is important to them (photo, small object, etc.), and they will begin writing in their Writer’s journals about it.  Your child should be writing short entries on Wednesday and Thursday night in their Writer’s journals this week.

Math:  We will be spending time this week warming up our mathematical brains with a variety of math games and math drills.  Study Link 1.1 will be assigned on Friday.  It is due on Monday, September 12.

Science:  We will begin our unit on Measuring Time some time next week.  Stay tuned!

Social Studies:  This year we will be studying the History of the United States.  We will begin with an introduction this week, concentrating on Geographic terms. 

 

:::::Reminders:::::

The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP.  I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and art supplies for the classroom.  Please, if you are paying by cash, give your child exact change.  I do not have any at school.

 

If you are applying for the free/reduced lunch program, please submit your paperwork immediately.  This is very important to do so that your child can receive this benefit.

 

Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room are:  Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, and Hand Sanitizer.  Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk.  Thank you!

 

Be well,

Ms. Krecik

agkrecik@cps.edu

I can hardly wait to begin the new school year! I have been busy working to get the classroom ready for the school year, and I look forward to starting next week. If you are a student in my class, here are some things to get you ready for this year, too:

5th Grade Supplies
12 #2 pencils
Pencil sharpener (with cover for shavings)
3 black erasable pens
1 pair scissors (metal not plastic)
12” ruler (standard and metric units)
Math compass (metal not plastic)
Protractor (clear plastic – not colored)
6 glue sticks or 2 bottles Elmer’s glue
1 box fine tip colored markers
1 box colored pencils
Zippered supply bag
1 pack looseleaf writing paper
6 pocket folders (2 yellow, 1 red, 1 blue, 1 green, 1 purple)
5 marble composition books
1” binder with pockets
Kleenex
Paper towels and Hand sanitizer