Week 1: The Long and Winding 5th Grade Road!

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. 



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


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