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.


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 (  In addition, here is a great resource for math games that is divided up by Everyday Math units:

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.



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 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.


Ms. Allison Krecik