Week of November 19th

Hello Parents:

We want to thank everyone who came to Parent/Teacher conferences! Thank you to everyone who went on leaf hunts with their child as well! Be sure to check out the cool leaf creations and investigations the children participated in.

We have a fun filled parent & child activity on Tuesday, November 20th. All families (morning and afternoon) are invited to attend from 9:15-10:15 in the school cafeteria. We will have cool make it and take it activities for students to participate in. Remember there will be no regular class (morning or afternoon) on this day. All students must have an adult join them for this event. Siblings are welcomed!

Thanksgiving Break will be Wednesday, November 21st – Friday, November 23rd. Regular class will resume on Monday, November 26th.

Many parents expressed interest in learning our Morning Meeting songs. Here are links and titles to all of songs:

“Start This Day” Good Morning Song by Jack Hartman- (a movement song to begin our day)- https://youtu.be/LjmA2cBonZk

“ABC Song”- Alphabet Song Phonics- by The LearningStation: https://youtu.be/dyJTnG6UNFw

“Alphabet Forwards and Backwards” by Dr. Jean Feldman: https://youtu.be/VC_DhG3bTxA

The Goodbye Song- Brain Break Action Songs for Children by The LearningStation : https://youtu.be/pP9AujV8N1A

Please remember if you are looking for something fun and educational for your child to over the break please go to our Ray Bookflix site. Here is the information:

What is BookFlix?
BookFlix supports early literacy development through animated storybooks. This digital platform provides an engaging library of paired fiction and nonfiction ebooks along with supporting literacy activities.

How do I Access BookFlix?
Your school has a unique username and password that can be used anywhere! To access your account, follow the steps below:

• STEP 1: Access BookFlix at: http://bookflix.scholastic.com
• STEP 2: Enter username and password. The username and password is the same and is case sensitive
o Username:eceray
o Password: eceray
• STEP 3: Happy Reading!

When we return from Thanksgiving break we will have a week full of Mo Willems fun. We are going to do an abbreviated author study on his book collection. We then transition into a month long Gingerbread Man study. We will explore the various versions of the story and end our study with a Gingerbread decorating party!

Reminders:
Please remember to assist your child in returning their library books into the blue bin labeled “Return Library Books Here” located near the exit door. Please do not re-shelf the books! Library books are due on Tuesdays, not Wednesdays. If you forget to turn in the book on Tuesday simply keep it another week until the next Tuesday.

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, November 20th- Parent and Child Activity from 9:15-10:15 in school cafeteria
Tuesday, November 20th- Parent & Teacher Conferences 10:30-12:00 (for the returning children who were enrolled last year.
November 21-23rd- NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
Please mark your calendars!

Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday,
Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of November 12th

Hello Parents:

I hope everyone has been busy collecting the leaves for our classroom project! Please remember to bring them in on Tuesday. Please be sure to sign up for parent teacher conferences if you have not already done so. Also, if you could please return the Kohl’s Media Consent form as soon as possible.

We are looking are forward to meeting with all parents in the next two weeks.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, November 12, 2018- No School
Wednesday, November 14th- Parent & Teacher Conference (for newly enrolled students this school year)
Tuesday, November 20th- Parent and Child Activity from 9:15-10:15 in school cafeteria
Tuesday, November 20th- Parent & Teacher Conferences 10:30-12:00 (for the returning children who were enrolled last year.
November 21-23rd- NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

 

Thanks,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of November 5th

Hello Parents:

We have been thoroughly enjoying investigating gourds, apples, and pumpkins! Be sure to check out our bulletin board to see all of the cool activities the children participated in. We want to thank all of the parents who accompanied us on the field trip! We really appreciate all the help! I also want to thank the parents who have kept our room stocked with playdough. If you would like to volunteer to make play dough for our class, please sign-up on our play dough calendar beside the sign- in sheet.

Ms. Maggie has discovered a new playdough recipe! It is a NO COOK one. Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3 tablespoons cream of tartar (powder)
2 tablespoons oil
2 cups boiling water
1 tsp. Peppermint extract (or we can put our school oils in it as well)
Food coloring

Directions: Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir! Knead until smooth. Easy right!

 

November will be a very busy month for us. We will move onto to studying leaves. Please keep a look out in your child’s mailbox for a home “collection” activity in the next couple of weeks.

Picture Retake Day is November 13th!  If you would like your child to retake their photo (or if you missed the original date) please let me know!

Please be sure to sign up for Parent & Teacher Conferences.

We are excited to conduct this year’s very first Parent & Child Activity on Tuesday, November 20th from 9:15 to 10:15 in the school cafeteria. This is a time where parents can experience some of the learning activities students participate in at school. Parents must accompany children during this hour. There will be no regular class on November 20th. I will conduct parent-teacher conferences for the returning children from 10:30-12:00 on this day as well. There is not enough time to see 40 parents on the designated day (November 14th). Please be sure to sign up on the correct sheet (located by the sign-In sheets).

As the weather gets cooler please be sure to dress your child appropriately. In addition, please check your child’s extra clothes in their cubby to make sure they are weather appropriate for the changing weather.

Being that the days are shorter and the weather is cooler outside time will start to become limited. Chicago Public Schools has a great alternative site for parents and kids and to access. BookFlix is an online animated book library that is free for our school for the rest of the year. Here is the information:

What is BookFlix?
BookFlix supports early literacy development through animated storybooks. This digital platform provides an engaging library of paired fiction and nonfiction ebooks along with supporting literacy activities.

How do I Access BookFlix?
Your school has a unique username and password that can be used anywhere! To access your account, follow the steps below:

• STEP 1: Access BookFlix at: http://bookflix.scholastic.com
• STEP 2: Enter username and password. The username and password is the same and is case sensitive
o Username:eceray
o Password: eceray
• STEP 3: Happy Reading!

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, November 14th- Parent & Teacher Conference (for newly enrolled students this school year)
Tuesday, November 20th- Parent and Child Activity from 9:15-10:15 in school cafeteria
Tuesday, November 20th- Parent & Teacher Conferences 10:30-12:00 (for the returning children who were enrolled last year.
November 21-23rd- NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Thanks,
Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of October 28, 2018

Hello Parents:

We want to thank Akari Rokumoto,  (Rhys’ mom) for reading a story in Japanese and English to us.  The children were very excited and had lots of discussion about the story!  If you would like to be a guest reader or a volunteer please let me know.

We have many exciting events coming up!  This week we will participate in Fall Fun Day and have our very first Field trip!  Please let me know if you have any questions about the Fall Fun Day or the Field Trip.

Fall Fun Day!

We have been exploring apples, pumpkins, gourds, and fall festivities. We would like to culminate our exploration with a Fall Fun Day, Wednesday, October 31st. On this day, children can dress up as their favorite literary character (you can be creative please remember Spider Man and Princess are found in comic books and princess stories…cartoon characters are also typically in some sort of story form…). We are asking that no one dress in a mask of any kind and please no bloody/gory characters. The purpose is for the children to enjoy the day; not to be frightened or scared. We will provide a fun treat for the students. If you would like to bring a treat (it can be a non- edible as well…stickers, spider rings etc. are always a hit). Treats must be store bought, nut free and individually wrapped.

Our very first field trip on Thursday, November 1st. If you have not completed the online volunteer process or turned in your photo ID to the main office you will not be able to volunteer on this trip. Please remember we are not going to have lunch on the trip. We will have a light snack that I will provide.

We are excited to conduct this year’s very first Parent & Child Activity on Tuesday, November 20th from 9:15 to 10:15 in the school cafeteria. This is a time where parents can experience some of the learning activities students participate in at school. Parents must accompany children during this hour. There will be no regular class on November 20th. I will conduct parent-teacher conferences for the returning children from 10:30-12:00 on this day as well. There is not enough time to see 40 parents on the designated day (November 14th). Please be sure to sign up on the correct sheet (located by the sign-In sheets).

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, October 31st- Fun Fall Day!                                                                                                                    Thursday, November 1st- Field Trip to Eden’s Place
Friday, November 2nd- No School- Professional Development for Staff
Wednesday, November 14th- Parent & Teacher Conference (for newly enrolled students this school year)
Tuesday, November 20th- Parent and Child Activity from 9:15-10:15 in school cafeteria
Tuesday, November 20th- Parent & Teacher Conferences 10:30-12:00 (for the returning children who were enrolled last year.
November 21-23rd- NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of October 22, 2018

Hello Parents:

We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring apples! We are going to begin our investigation of gourds and pumpkins this week and next week. Be sure to check out our bulletin board in the next couple of weeks to see all of the cool activities the children participated in.

We are getting excited to go on our very first field trip on Thursday, November 1st. All money and slips need to be turned in by Friday, October 26th. If you have not completed the online volunteer process or turned in your photo ID to the main office you will not be able to volunteer on this trip. Please remember we are not going to have lunch on the trip. We will have a light snack that I will provide.

We are excited to conduct this year’s very first Parent & Child Activity on Tuesday, November 20th from 9:15 to 10:15 in the school cafeteria. This is a time where parents can experience some of the learning activities students participate in at school. Parents must accompany children during this hour. There will be no regular class on November 20th. I will conduct parent-teacher conferences for the returning children from 10:30-12:00 on this day as well. There is not enough time to see 40 parents on the designated day (November 14th). Please be sure to sign up on the correct sheet (located by the sign-In sheets).

Upcoming Events:

Friday, October 26th – Field Trip Money and Slips are due.
Thursday, November 1st- Field Trip to Eden’s Place
Friday, November 2nd- No School- Professional Development for Staff
Wednesday, November 14th- Parent & Teacher Conference (for newly enrolled students this school year)
Tuesday, November 20th- Parent and Child Activity from 9:15-10:15 in school cafeteria
Tuesday, November 20th- Parent & Teacher Conferences 10:30-12:00 (for the returning children who were enrolled last year.
November 21-23rd- NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Have a great week!

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of October 15th

Hello Parents:

We want to thank everyone who brought in apples and gourds! The children are enjoying tasting the many varieties of apples! We are still accepting cool gourds and pumpkins!

Our students are thoroughly enjoying creating masterpieces in the writing center! We are in need of stickers! We would appreciate any sticker donations!
We also want to thank Nikki and Pete (Aaron’s parents) for helping secure our field trip details! They were crucial in making sure I was able to successfully communicate with Eden’s Place Nature Center staff. They took 2 separate trips to the site! Be sure to thank them for assistance!

Please be sure to turn in all paper work that is needed for the program. I have deadlines that I must abide by and the deadlines are approaching quickly. Thank You!
We only have a few parents who have signed up to volunteer on the field trip. We need many more to assist us. This is a field trip where we walk around outdoors to various areas. We would like to ensure that the children are able to move around with the appropriate supervision.

We will be learning in depth about apples this week. (We want to thank the parents who brought in apples for us, we really enjoyed them) We will be dissecting apples and learning new vocabulary. Be sure to ask your child to explain what apple “pips” are. We will also be learning the parts of the apple- focusing on the skin, flesh, core, pips, and stem!

Being that the weather will continue to get colder please be sure to dress your child appropriately! Layers are always a good choice. We will go outdoors most of the time. If the weather is severely cold (via Ray Handbook: The CPS cutoff temperature (with wind-chill) is 30 degrees, however principals have discretion for temperatures between 15-30 degrees Fahrenheit. We believe that students benefit from outdoor play, and will monitor the weather to ensure temperatures, precipitation, and grounds are safe. If not safe, students will have indoor gross motor activities). We have been practicing putting on all outer wear. Please also reinforce this independence at home as well. We are happy to assist, but it takes a really long time at assist 20 children in getting dressed! We practice the “preschool flip” and have the children attempt to zip/button/snap as well.

We are also asking that parents please be considerate and patient when entering the double doors. Parents and children are expected to wait outside (unless it is extremely cold or raining). Please do not ask or expect other Ray staff to allow you in the building before time. Preschool staff will always open the doors for our families- no one else.

Upcoming Events:

• Field Trip has been rescheduled for THURSDAY, November 1st
• No School- Friday, November 2nd- Teacher Professional Development
• Parent-Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, November 14th
• Parent & Child Activity Expo- November 20th- 9:15-10:15

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Week of October 9th

  1. Indigenous People Day- No School Monday, October 8, 2018

We concluded our All About Me study and are moving fully into Autumn Exploration.

We will be having our first round of apple tasting Thursday, 11th. We are asking for parents to donate apples for this activity. We are in need of some sort of reddish apple, granny smiths, and yellow delicious apples. If you are able to bring a few in that would be great!

We have a couple of important events coming up. Please be sure to mark your calendars!

CORRECTION
Field Trip has been rescheduled for THURSDAY, November 1, 2018.

 

Parent and Child Activity Expo

We are excited to have our first Parent and Child Activity Day of the 2018-2019 school year! This will take place Tuesday, November 20th, in the school cafeteria from 9:15-10:15 am. Please be sure to arrive at 9:15 so that you can complete all of the activities.

Parent and Child learning experiences are a crucial part of what makes Ray preschool so successful. The activity day allows parents to join their child in exploring various developmentally appropriate activities during the (hands-on) interactive session. Parents get to experience the games and activities that their child is being exposed to at school. This is a great time for parents to get a better understanding of what Ray’s preschool expectations are for the students. Parents will get new ideas to extend learning at home in addition to gauging what their child can do and what areas their child needs more experiences with.

The preschool staff will transform the cafeteria into a learning expo where the parent/adult and child rotate through various activities. Each child needs to have an adult accompany them for the entire exploration hour. All students (morning and afternoon) are invited to participate in the expo from 9:15- 10:15 am in the school cafeteria. There will be no normal class session on this day. If you are unable to attend the morning expo and would like to get a small sample of what occurred in the morning there will be a smaller version in the afternoon from 1:15-1:45 pm. An adult must attend this session with their child as well. If you need to experience the smaller version please let us know.   Younger siblings are welcomed at this event. If you are not able to make it please consider asking another special adult to join your child for this special event!

 

Kindergarten Lottery Information

As many of you know Chicago Public Schools uses a lottery system for parents to apply to schools outside of their “attendance or neighborhood school” (your “neighborhood” school is zoned by your address. To find out what your neighborhood school is visit: http://go.cps.edu/how-to-apply/elementary-school and scroll down to How it Works and click the search button). If you would like for your child to attend Ray Elementary for kindergarten but you live outside the “neighborhood boundaries” you MUST apply through the lottery application process.

Also if you would like to apply for any other school “neighborhood school or a Magnet School (math/science, Montessori or Humanities), Magnet Cluster School (technology, world language, fine performing arts) or Selective Enrollment School (Academic Centers, Gifted Centers, or Classical) you MUST apply as well.

The application process has begun! You should go https://go.cps.edu/ to learn all about the process. To begin the process you must create an account. Please go to: https://cps.schoolmint.net/signup in order to create an account and start the process. Log on to the new application site go.cps.edu to get started. We are highly suggesting you start the process now. Chances to get your selected school are higher if you apply early.

***Important Dates for the application process:

October 2018–Application Period Begins

December 2018- Application Period Ends

April 2019- Notification Letters Released

 

Upcoming Events:

• Jane Averill Reading Day– Friday, October 12th- This is a day that the community schools read a special book in memorial to Ms. Jane who was a beloved preschool teacher here at Ray. Ms. Jane passed away a few years ago and she was an awesome story teller and she exposed her students to a plethora of books and I am sure she instilled the love of books in her students.
• Parent & Child Activity Expo- November 20th from 9:15-10:15
• No School- Friday, November 2nd- Teacher Professional Development
• Parent-Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, November 14th

 

Have A Great Week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of October 1st

Hello Parents:

Please be sure to check your child’s mailbox daily. We need every parent to complete the ASQ:SE Questionnaire and return it no later than Friday, October 5th. Thank you!
We are winding down our “All About Me” Topic of Study with a few more family and “me” focused activities. Please remember to assist your child in completing the family portrait homework sheet and turn in as soon as possible.

 

We will begin our study of Apples/Gourds/Pumpkins. We are collecting unique and cool looking gourds. Please feel free to add to our collection. We will end our study with a field trip to Eden’s Nature Center on Friday, November 2nd. Please disregard the typo (it will be on Friday, November 2nd, I incorrectly typed the 1st) on the permission slip in your child’s mailbox. We are looking for parent volunteers to accompany us on the trip. All children- both morning and afternoon children will attend from 9:15-noon. If you would like to volunteer to assist us on our field trip please review the following expectations and responsibilities let me know you are interested:

 

FIELD TRIP VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES

Parent participation is essential in ensuring that our preschool children have appropriate field trip experiences. We highly appreciate parents who are able to assist us on our outings! We want to thank all of the parents who will be assisting us on our trips in advance!

On field trips we ask that parents supervise their child along with a small group of other children. We ask that you follow all safety rules and abide by the set schedule especially for meal and departure times. We ask that you assist in buckling all students into and out of their seat belts. We require that you buddy up with another adult to take children to the bathroom (if needed). We also ask that parents do not take part in any extra activities that are not included in the pre-planned field trip (i.e. going to any show/exhibit/performance that is an extra cost, or purchase treats or toys at souvenir shops). We have children with food allergies and it could be potentially dangerous to partake in treats/food made with unknown ingredients.

We will be ready for volunteers to start in the classroom November 5th. Please sign up on the volunteer sheet if you would like to volunteer. Please look over the volunteer options below and indicate on the sign- up sheet which volunteer role you would like to do. Please be sure to indicate the days and the amount of time you are able to volunteer in our classroom.

 

Volunteering Opportunity Description

We will be ready to have parents come into the classroom and volunteer beginning October 19th. I will have a sign-up sheet available on Monday for you to sign up for a day and time that you would like to volunteer. We need volunteers to work with small groups of children, reading to children, and we can always use help with some of our house keeping duties. Please sign up for activities that you feel comfortable participating in. Please write R- behind your name if you would like to read to children, A- for doing activities with the children, or H- for housekeeping duties, C- for creating crafty things for the classroom, T- for technology assistance. I will give you details instructions so that you feel comfortable working with the children or completing the housekeeping duties. Thank you in advance for your assistance. Please let me know if you would like to volunteer on an ongoing basis.
Every Friday is FIT FRIDAY. Please dress your child in their athletic wear (gym shoes and clothes your child can move in)! Be sure to check out our FUN FIT FRIDAY display board outside our classroom.

Upcoming Events:

ASQ: SE Questionnaires Due-October 5th

Indigenous People Day– October 8th No School

School Photo Day– Tuesday, October 9th

Jane Averill Reading Day– Friday, October 12th- This is a day that the community schools read a special book in memorial to Ms. Jane who was a beloved preschool teacher here at Ray. Ms. Jane passed away a few years ago and she was an awesome story teller and she exposed her students to a plethora of books and I am sure she instilled the love of books in her students.

Eden’s Place Nature Center– Friday, November 2nd- All children (both morning and afternoon) attend from 9:00- noon. There will be no regular schedule class sessions on this day.

As many of you know I am very passionate about providing challenging and interesting mathematical experiences for my students. I have attached a couple of links for you to view me in action. The video clips are from a program that I participated in as a part the Erickson Early Math Initiative a few years ago. We continue to use the activities and I have added many more activities to enhance my student’s math experiences. Enjoy the videos of children exploring their math limits!

Number Arrangements

Just Right for Me

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Week of September 24th

Dear Parents:

If you received a reminder to turn in missing paperwork, please turn in missing (required) items ASAP.

We would also like to thank Tom & Erin for making play dough for the classroom. There are many slots available if you would like to sign up. The sign-up calendar is next to the sign in sheets! We have slots available until Winter Break! Thanks!

The children have worked diligently to learn school expectations this week. We will continue to review the limits and expectations throughout the week and the rest of the school year. The children completed their Age Collages and had in depth discussions and participated in short skits with Ms. Maggie focusing on our “Work It Out Wheel”. We also enjoyed popcorn from our garden and mint/cucumber water from our garden harvest! The majority of the students loved the popcorn.

We will finish up our study of “All About Me” this week. We are going to steer our focus to our families for the last week or two of the All About Me study. We will be using the books Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins, We All Sing with the Same Voice by Phillip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene, A World of Families by Trish Holland, and One Love by Cedella Marley to lead our focus. Please be sure to help your child complete the homework assignment of drawing their family and telling a fun or unique fact about your family. The homework will be placed in everyone’s mailbox on Wednesday, September 26th. Please return the completed assignment by Monday, October 1st.

We will begin our lending library this week. Please be sure to read the Lending Library Expectations (in your child’s mailbox). Books are to be returned each Tuesday and Check Out will occur on Wednesday. Please be sure to place the returned books in the Blue Return Book Bin…please do not place them back on the book shelf.

In addition to our lending library. The Office Of Early Childhood Education has also purchased a subscriptions for our families to use an online “book on video” and “read aloud’s” program through Scholastic. Please utilize this free tool! We use it in the classroom as well!

How do I Access BookFlix?
Your school has a unique username and password that can be used anywhere! To access your account, follow the steps below:

• STEP 1: Access BookFlix at: http://bookflix.scholastic.com
• STEP 2: Enter username and password. The username and password is the same and is case sensitive
o Username:eceray
o Password: eceray
• STEP 3: Happy Reading!

 

If your child has not received a “Me Bag” they will be receiving one in the next few weeks. Please be sure to send it back as soon as your can. We will be starting the Student of the Week as soon as everyone had completed their “Me Bags” Every child will have an opportunity to take the back pack home, complete the sheet, and bring in a favorite book and favorite toy to share with the class.

 

Once we have wrapped up the “All About Me” topic of study will be moving on to Fall/Autumn topic of study (The 1st or 2nd week of October). We will be collecting cool gourds and small pumpkins. If you see a cool gourd that you would like to donate to our collection we would highly appreciate it!
I am hoping that everyone is settled into preschool by mid-October. If everyone continues to transition into the classroom smoothly I will be asking for parent volunteers to begin helping out in the classroom or doing “housekeeping” duties for our room. If you are interested please see me.

 

We are also in the process of booking our very 1st field trip. Everyone should have received the volunteer and field trip chaperone information sheet. I will post it below in case you have misplaced it. Please follow these procedures if you would like to volunteer and/or chaperone any of this year’s field trip.

 

Volunteer Process for Classroom Visitors and Field Trip Chaperones

As many of our students participate in field trips, it is imperative chaperones have completed the volunteer process. For classroom volunteers and field trip chaperones adults simply need to complete the short online application process at cpsvolunteers.org.

Volunteers must also have a picture ID on file for the school.

If you are interesting in volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning any field trip you MUST complete online application and provide a photo ID. Please complete both of these requirements by Friday, September 28th so that we can ensure that we have enough volunteers for our upcoming field trip.

Thank You

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Week Of September 17th

Hello Parents:

We would like to thank all of the parents who attended our Open House.  If you were unable to attend but would like the Open House information pack please let me know.  Please be sure to check your child’s mailbox each day.

 

If you are missing any paperwork for your child’s file a letter will be placed in your child’s folder along with said paper work.  Please return all items ASAP.

 

Please be sure to turn in your family photo and your Name Letter so that the children can share them with their classmates.

 

We are in need of five 1 ½” 3 ring binders for children’s portfolios if you are willing to donate 1 or 2 we would highly appreciate it.

 

We have successfully completed week two of school!  The children are learning all about the materials in our classroom and making new friends.  We will continue to study “All About Me” for the next few weeks.  We have been discussing our 3 classroom limits: 1. Take care of each other. Be a good friend. 2.  Take care of yourself. 3.  Take care of our materials.  Be sure to discuss these with your child.

 

I will begin sending home “All About Me Bags” next week.  I will send the bags home to five children each week.  Please keep an eye out in your child’s mailbox for their bag.  Please follow the instructions and turn the bag in as soon as you are done.

 

We are thoroughly enjoying all of our food that we are harvesting from our garden!  We had potato, basil, and bok choy saute this past Fit Friday.  The morning children went on a potato scavenger hunt and the afternoon children harvested our bok choy and basil.  Next week we will plant our fall crops and clean out some of beds.  For this upcoming Fit Friday we are planning on enjoying popcorn (from our garden) and mint (from our garden) infused water.

 

We will learning all about our Work It Out Wheel this week.  The Wheel is a tool that we use to help children figure out how to solve problems in the classroom.  The six items on the Wheel are:  1. Talk It Out and Listen.  2. Say Stop! 3. Find a new friend or toy. 4.  Take a Balloon Breath. 5.  Take a break and cool down.  6.  Walk or Move away.  Please review these with your child at the end of week and during the following weeks.

 

I have the Playdough Calendar out for parents to sign up to make playdough for our classroom.  I have placed the recipe behind the calendar if you need one.  Here is my favorite recipe:

Ingredients:

3 cup flour
1 1/2 cup salt
3 cup water
3-4 Tablespoon oil
6 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring by drops till you reach your desired color. I use a lot. I like my play-dough to be bright! I also add the food coloring to the water to for even distribution.

Directions:

 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and mix with electric mixer (or with a spoon). Cook over low heat, mixing until it sticks together and resembles mashed potatoes.
  2. Allow to cool, divide dough into different balls to make different colors.
  3. Optional add-ins are a few drops of essential oils to increase the sensual experience.
  4. Store in covered container.

 

Have a great week!

 

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week Of September 10th

Hello Parents:

 

We have successfully completed week one!  The children have been exploring the various areas in the classroom.  We discussed our Loft Limits and added photos to assist the children in remembering what the expectations are.  We also discussed how our “Sound Check” pyramid and practiced what type of voices we should use in the hallways, classroom, and outdoors.  The morning class went out to explore the garden and picked tomatoes for our healthy snack!  Due to the rainy weather the afternoon children did not have the opportunity to get out to garden.  The afternoon class will be introduced the garden this week.  Each “Fit Friday” the children engage in extended physical time either on the playground, or in our tricycle/gross motor room, participate in yoga, and have a healthy snack.

 

This week we will continue to explore the classroom and building our classroom community.  We will discuss our class limits:  1.  Take of care of yourself   2. Take care of others.  3.  Take care of our materials.  We will read stories and discuss what those 3 limits mean in our classroom.  We will also introduce our “Bugs and Wishes” conflict resolution tool.  The children will also participate in friendship paintings and our Age Graph.

 

Please return all paper work ASAP.  It is very important to have all information on file.

 

We are going to use Class Dojo this school year.  Class Dojo is a behavior management tool and a communication tool.  Please know that in pre-k we are only using this as way to communicate with parents.  This is a secure way to share pictures and information quickly.  I will give you a paper copy with all the information on how to join.

 

Please bring a family photo for our family tree!

 

Upcoming Events:

  Thursday, September 13th – Open House 4:30-5:30 p.m. During this time, you are free to visit your child(ren)’s classroom(s) Please try to find child care for this event.  I will discuss my personal philosophy, our curriculum, and the classroom expectations.

  Warrior Wednesday – Every Wednesday students should wear Ray gear or green to show their Warrior pride!

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Welcome Letter 2018

August 2018

 

Dear Parents:

 

We just wanted to get a quick note out to you before school starts. You will be receiving a Handbook from the teachers at Ray as well as one from Chicago Public Schools Office of Early Childhood about the program overall. Please read both carefully as there is important information and guidelines in them.

 

The half-day program has a unique way that students begin. The children that are returning for their second year of  Pre-Kindergarten will start school on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 at the regular scheduled time and stay for the entire 2 ½ hour session. The new children will be phased into the classroom for 30 minute periods on September 4th and 5th. Your child’s time slot is written at the bottom of this page. As your child is being introduced to the classroom, we ask that parents review other important information at the table set up outside the cafeteria. We will work with you on any separation issues you or your child may have. We have attached some suggestions for the first day of school that you may find useful.

 

Please enter and leave the building through the preschool designated doors (The double glass doors at the front of the building closest to 57th & Kimbark). Pre-K classrooms are in the new addition. You must bring your child to the classroom and sign them in and out each day. The morning session is from 8:45 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. The afternoon session is from 1:10 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Please do not be late!! Children arriving late miss out on important activities and disturb the rest of the class. If your child is late or absent, we will need a written note on the day your child returns to school.

 

Note: You may not park in the teacher’s parking lot. Kimbark Avenue is closed between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. to allow for bused children to get on and off the buses safely. We have a “dash board signage” procedure for pre-k families and will explain it the first day of school. Please be prepared to find street parking until we have given you the dash board sign and explained the parking procedure.

 

Classroom Information
The classroom number is 405.
The classroom phone number is 773-535-6702.
Ms. Bethanie’s e-mail address is bsmith4@cps.edu (please put Ray School in the subject line when e-mailing). E-mail is the most efficient manner in which to reach me. I do not always answer the classroom phone while engaged in activities with the children. I do however, have the ability to set a special alert for e-mails that are school related and will check them as soon as possible.

 

Note: Please make sure that we always have your current address and phone number(s) so that we can reach you when necessary.

 

What you will need the first day of school:

 

NO Backpacks- it gets very crowded when winter outerwear is added daily!
***We do not have enough cubby space for children to bring backpacks. The only exception is for children who are going onto another care facility directly after class (i.e., Little People’s Learning Center). So please do not bring backpacks to school.

 

1) Change of clothing for your child, including pants/shorts, underwear, shirt, socks, shoes, and with your child’s name on all items. Please put sunscreen on your child before they come to school. We will spend a lot of time outdoors when the weather permits.

 

2) Photo of your family.

 

**Lastly, we are a very creative group and often need extra cleaning supplies for our daily activities. We have a short “wish list” for parents who would like to donate the following (due to limited storage space we ask that the supplies be brought in a staggered fashion, on an as needs basis).

 

3) Families whose last name begins with A-L, please bring the following:

2 box of facial tissue
1 Bottle of Lysol (disinfecting spray)
3 containers of disinfecting wipes
2 roll of paper towels (Select-A-Size is preferred)
1 box gallon-sized zip-lock bags,
1 box quart-sized zip-lock bags
2 reams of white computer paper
1 ream of colored computer paper
1 container of Hand wipes (Wet ones, baby wipes)
4 bottles of hand soap
1 set of extra clothes
1 family photo

**I will ask for more supplies from the remaining families as needed throughout the year.

Thanks,

Ms. Bethanie and Ms. Maggie

Phase-In Schedule

Morning Class

Child  &  Phase-In Time:
Margaret (Maggie) C. 9:15-9:45
Christopher H. 9:15-9:45
A’layah H. 9:15-9:45
Spencer G. 9:15-9:45
Quinten M. 10:00-10:30
Soraiya T. 10:00-10:30
Andrei W. 10:00-10:30
Matthew J. 10:00-10:30

Afternoon Class

Child & Phase-In Time
Milan E. 1:15-1:45
Kingston T. 1:15-1:45
Nicholas H. 1:15-1:45
Nazir Y. 1:15-1:45
Ryhs R. 1:15-1:45
Elijah C. 1:15-1:45
Chad P. 2:00-2:30
Xaiver B. 2:00-2:30
Felicity L. 2:00-2:30
Surah M. 2:00-2:30
Cameron S. 2:00-2:30
Jan Ha S. 2:00-2:30

***If your child is having a successful phase in, there is the option of attending the 2nd day until the end of the class session. We can decide as the phase-in process takes place.

 

 

 The First Day of School

The first day of school can be a wonderful or terrifying event for both parents and children. We can do things to help us through this process.

 Talk to your child about if there is a special item (small enough to fit into their cubby) he or she would like to bring to school for comfort. The object will be left in the cubby for your child to go to and snuggle with (if necessary).
 Please bring a family photo to post in your child’s cubby so that they can look at it throughout the day (if necessary).
 Visit the playground at school so your child is familiar with the equipment and feels competent using it.
 Do some pretend play with your child about how you will go to school and how you will say goodbye. Imagine waking up, having breakfast, getting in the car, walking in the door, kissing/hugging goodbye.
 Agree on a goodbye ritual: how many kisses, hugs, etc.
 Make sure your child is clear about who will pick him up and when.
 Find out something about the schedule so you can talk it over with your child.
 Give a special note, picture, or poem for your child to keep in their cubby. We will also encourage your child to write a letter or draw a picture for you to make them feel better (if necessary).
 Make sure you awaken early enough to have a relaxing morning, with time to dress and eat a good breakfast/lunch.

Do not hang around at the door or peering through windows after you have said goodbye. Once your child sees that you are reluctant to leave, it is harder for them to feel safe and it is more difficult for the teachers to engage the child in classroom activities. BRING TISSUES! This may be harder for you than your child.

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