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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!

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: 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 to learn all about the process. To begin the process you must create an account. Please go to: in order to create an account and start the process. Log on to the new application site 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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