June 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Dear Parents,

My name is Ms. Krecik and I will be your child’s 5th grade teacher this year.  I am delighted to have your child in my class. 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 eighth year teaching at Ray School.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in Dance and a Master’s degree in Education, both from Columbia College in Chicago, IL.  As a result, expect your child to have an experience this year that is both creative and academically challenging.

As your child enters 5th grade, please be aware of parent resources that are available to you.  I post a weekly overview and homework chart on my blog.  Please check in with the classroom blog weekly to see what’s new for the week.  In addition, I post grades weekly on the online Gradebook that you can access to see your child’s progress.  Please ask me how to gain access to Gradebook if you do not know.  This way, there are no surprises, and we can work together to support your child’s learning.

Fifth grade is a transition year.  When students leave 5th grade, they should be prepared to handle the sophistication that middle school demands.  As a result, I will work extra hard to foster academic accountability, independence,  and self-regulation from your child.  I will expect adherence to deadlines,  and I will challenge each student academically so that they may soar into 6th grade.

I want you to know that one of my most important goals this year is to keep the lines of communication open with you. I am available most days to speak with you, either via email or phone.   Please schedule a conference by contacting me via email:  agkrecik@cps.edu.


Ms. Krecik


5th Grade Supplies

  • 24 #2 pencils
  • 2 pack erasers
  • Pencil sharpener (with cover for shavings)
  • 3 black or blue erasable pens
  • 1 pair scissors (metal not plastic)
  • 12” ruler (standard and metric units)
  • Math compass (metal not plastic)
  • Protractor (clear plastic – not colored)
  • 4 glue sticks or 1 bottles Elmer’s glue
  • 1 box fine tip colored markers
  • 1 box colored pencils
  • Zippered supply bag (no hard boxes, please)
  • 2 pack loose-leaf writing paper
  • 4 pocket folders (1 red, 1 blue, 1 green, 1 student choice)
  • 6 marble composition books
  • small personal dictionary
  • 2 boxes Kleenex
  • 2 Paper towels
  • 2 Clorox Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer

Last week: 6/15-6/19

Dear Parents,

It has been my absolute pleasure to teach this cohort of students this year.  Collectively, they show a curiosity for the unknown, compassion and kindness towards one another, and a love of learning that is everything a teacher could ask for and more.  In addition, thank you, parents, for all the chaperoning, classroom supply donations, and overall support throughout the school year.  I will truly remember this year as a hallmark in my career.

I am so happy to see that this cohort will stay mostly intact as they enter the demands of middle school.  Good luck to Neel who will be transferring next year— you will be missed.

Parents- please send your child to school with extra bags/shopping bags so they may clean out their lockers/desks.  In addition, could you please return any reading books you see at home with my name – KRECIK- on the side.  Thank you.

Classroom Celebration is on Tuesday, June 16 at 2 pm.  There was a note sent home about bringing some healthy snacks for this.

Hunger Games movie– I sent home a permission slip so that students may watch Hunger Games in the classroom on Wednesday or Thursday.  We are so excited to see the film adaptation after reading the novel in class.

All School Picnic – Don’t’ forget that Friday June 19th is the Ray all-school picnic.    Lunch will be provided by the PTA and students will spend most of the afternoon outside.  Students may bring blankets to school to sit on outside.

This week we will be working on Fractured Fairy tale plays in the classroom.  We will also participate in a Scrabble tournament.  Finally, we will play math games and prepare the classroom for the end of the year.  There is no homework 🙂

Wish us luck!

AR Goal deadline

I have extended the AR goal deadline to this Monday morning, 6/15.  If students wish to take tests over the weekend, here is the link:


Have a great weekend!  The students are almost there!

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 6/8-6/12

Dear Parents,

  • There are two weeks left of school.  Students are expected to meet their AR Goal in reading.  Failure to meet the AR goal will impact their end-of-quarter Reading grade.  AR Goal deadline is this Thursday, June 12.
  • Fractured Fairy Tales are due by Friday, June 12.
  • The Brookfield Zoo field trip is this Thursday.  STUDENTS NEED TO BRING A BAG LUNCH FROM HOME!  Sorry for any confusion.
  • We have gone on some great trips this year, and we have created some great 5th grade memories.  If any parent has pictures from any of the trips that they can share, I would greatly appreciate it!  Please email me.

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

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 40+ minutes nightly to ensure they will meet their AR goal this quarter!

This week, students will work in Guided Reading groups to read literature and work on comprehension skills that are deficient. Students who are not meeting for Guided Reading will be working on Daily 5 activities: Read T0 Self, Work On Writing (Reader’s Letter), Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students may bring their own headphones, with parental permission, to listen to reading online. READERS’ LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

ThinkCERCA: This week students will read an article about animal conservation and respond to a short reading comprehension quiz.

Writer’s Workshop-

Students will complete their fiction writing unit this week. This week students will finish meeting with me for final editing.  Then, students will publish their FFT.  ALL FFT are due on Friday, June 12.


Students will review Unit 11 this week.  Then, students will take a Unit 11 test on Wednesday, June 10.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies we will discuss the costs of the war and how the American formed the first government of the United States.   Students will have homework on Wednesday and Friday.


Science (room 315)

This week, Room 315 students will review class-1 levers, and define the parts of a lever. Then students will learn about single pulley systems and duble pulley suystems and the advantage of each.

Investigation F: Single Pulley Systems

Investigation G: Double Pulley Systems

I expect students to have a composition notebook for science only, and students are required to write out investigations using the 5-Step Scientific Process (Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations and Data, Conclusion). Students’ notebooks are graded using a Rubric. This counts for 40% of their overall grade. Science notebooks are due on Friday

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Unit Reveiw Unit Review  Unit 11 test
Writing  Publish your FFT  Publish your FFT  Publish your FFT Publish your FFT FFT due date!
Social Studies  SS worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 40 minutes

Complete Reading Log

Read for a minimum of 40 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 40 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 40 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR book

Reading Log is due Monday