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Week of October 9th

Hello Parents

We concluded our All About Me study and are moving into Fall and Autumn Exploration.  Thank you to Darwin’s family, Ruby’s family, Baea’s family for donating to our gourd/pumpkin collection.  We are still excepting more donations!

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

Columbus Day- No school Monday, October 9, 2017

We will be having our first round of apple tasting Thursday, 12th.  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!

Parent and Child Activity Expo

We are excited to have our first Parent and Child Activity Day of the 2017-2018 school year!  This will take place Friday, October 13th, 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 and child rotate through various activities.  Each child needs to have a grown up 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 1-2 pm.  An adult must attend this session with their child as well.  If you need to experience the smaller version please let your teacher 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: and scroll down to How it Works and click the search button….this should be up and working on October 10th).  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.

You can apply starting October 10th.  You should go to:  before October 10th to familiarize yourself with the process and learn more information about the various schools Chicago Public Schools offers.  Log on to the new application site on October 10th to get started.   We are highly suggesting you start the process on October 10thChances to get your selected school are higher if you apply early.


***Important Dates for the application process:

 October 10, 2017 –Application Period Begins

 December 22, 2017 Application Period Ends

 April 2018- Notification Letters Released


****If you child will be returning for a 2nd year of preschool you DO NOT need to apply for the lottery you are guaranteed a preschool slot here next year. 


Field Trip to Eden’s Place– Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 9:15 to Noon

*****Forms and Money are due Friday, October 21st.





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