Archive for September 2014

Updates: Change in the Book Report Due Date. It will be due 10/7. Also All Social Studies Quizzes are due Tuesday signed by parents.

Reminders: PE is on Mondays and Thursdays. Please make sure your child wears appropriate gym shoes so they will be able to participate in PE.

 PBIS is seeking donations for the Ray School store please contact me via email on how your family can help.

Homework

Monday: Literacy- Book Log , Work on Book Report  Math-  No Study Links , Study Math Times Tables (5’s)Timed Test Thursday

Tuesday:  Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, Work on Book Report,, Math- Study Links 2.4. Study Math Times Tables (5’s) Timed Test Thursday

Wednesday: Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet,  Work on Book Report,  Book Log  Math- Study Links 2.5  Study Math Times Tables (5’s)Timed Test Thursday

Thursday: Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, Work on Book Report, Math- Study Links 2.6 Study Math Times Tables (5’s)Timed Test Thursday

Friday:  All Homework is Due (Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log and Book Report (Due Monday October 7,  2014),

Reminders: PE is on Mondays and Thursdays. Please make sure your child wears appropriate gym shoes so they will be able to participate in PE.

PBIS is seeking donations for the Ray School store please contact me via email on how your family can help.

Picture Day is this Thursday, September 25th

The school day begins promptly at 8:45 a.m..  Students arriving after 8:45a.m  are marked as tardy.

Math- This week in Math we will begin Unit 2. Students will take their Unit 1 assessment. We will begin identifying place value up to one billion. This week students will also be using a calculator.

Literacy- This week in Language Arts we will be reading realistic fiction. This week for homework, read How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez. Students will be introduced to their new novels for small group. This week students will recognize cause and effect relationships in text

Writing- This week in Writer’s Workshop we begin narrative stories.

Social Studies- This week students  will continue studying the continent of North America.

Monday: Literacy- Cereal Box Projects Due this week! Book Log, (Due Monday September 29, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.8 Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Thursday

Tuesday:  Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, (Due Monday September 29, 2014), Math- Study Links 2.1. Study Math Times Tables (4’s) Timed Test Thursday

Wednesday: Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Journal Entries 1-5 DUE Book Log, (Due Monday September 29, 2014), Math- Study Links 2.2 Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday

Thursday: Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, (Due Monday September 29, 2014), Math- Study Links 2.3 Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday

Friday:  All Homework is Due (Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday September 29, 2014),

Weekly Objectives for September 15- 19, 2014

Reading- Readers will be able to identify why the author wrote the selection. Is the purpose stated or implied? Which details support the purpose and Identify if there is an author’s bias. Students will identify story elements and use them to summarize. They will provide evidence to support their ideas by citing appropriate details and examples from the text. They will analyze the relationship between two or more characters in the story.

Social Studies– .Determine the main idea of text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text. Students will summarize informational text in their social studies book.

Science- Students will investigate and sort objects based on their physical properties. They will record observations with pictures, numbers, and words.

Math– Students will be able to understand the relationship between defined and undefined terms. They will be able develop and use principles of logic and reasoning. Students will be able to identify the properties of polygons.

 

Homework September 15, 2014 to September 19. 2014

Monday-   Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math– Study Links 1.5 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Tuesday: Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.6 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Wednesday: Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.7 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Thursday: Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.8 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Friday:   Unit 1 Math Test. All Homework is Due (Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Cereal Box Projects due next week.

 

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will be able to identify story elements and use them to summarize. They will provide evidence to support their ideas  by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.  They will analyze the relationship between two or more characters.

Social Studies- Students will practice using maps skills  to  identify continents and hemispheres.

Science-  Students will be introduced to the 3 types of matter.  Students will begin by investigating and sorting objects based on their properties.

Math-Students will begin 4th grade math with geometeric properties. They wil identify, describe and draw line segments, points, lines, and rays.

 

Homework September 8, 2014 to September 12. 2014 

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 15, 2014),  Math- Study Math Times Tables (2’s)Timed Test Friday

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log(Due Monday  September 15, 2014),   Tic- Tac Toe, Cereal Box Project    Math- Study Links 1.2,       Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log (Due Monday  September 15, 2014),  ,  Tic- Tac Toe , Cereal Box Project   Math- Study Links  1.3, Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Thursday: Literacy– Book Log(Due Monday  September 15, 2014),  ,  Tic- Tac Toe , Cereal Box Project   Math– Study Links  1.4            Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Friday:   All Homework is Due ( Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 15, 2014), Cereal Box Project   

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Dear Fourth Grade Students and Families,

My name is Dr. Toney-James, and I am very excited to be your child’s 4th grade teacher this year! I am committed to doing everything within my power to make this year successful and exciting for all of us!

I am originally from Chicago. My hobbies include travel, training for marathons and spending time with my children. My husband and I have two children, a son named Gavin age 3 and a daughter named Avia, age 1.This is my second year at the William Ray Elementary School and I look forward to a year filled with unlimited learning experiences and exciting times. As an intermediate grade school teacher (grade 3-5) for over a decade, I believe that an understanding of culture, communities and pedagogies of empowerment is paramount to student success. I feel extremely honored to be at a school with such a rich reputation for strong community and parental involvement!

Communication

Every Monday, you will receive a curriculum chart outlining the common core standards, activities, and homework pertaining to each subject, this will be available on the classroom website. If you have any further questions, email is the best way to contact me. My email address is mrtoney@cps.edu. I always do my personal best to respond to emails in a timely matter. Additionally, I am able to meet before and after school with a scheduled appointment.

This week, the main objective is to prepare the fourth graders with the procedures and routines of Room 206-4. Through the CHAMPS classroom management system, the students will learn the expectations of each activity during the school day. In CHAMPS, students explicitly learn the expectations in terms of conversation level (C), the appropriate way to ask for help (H), the activity (A), movement (M), and participation (P). When the students are able to follow through with the expectations, they are able to soar to success (S).

Additional Supplies

Personal Novel (by September 3, 2014). Throughout the week, we will practice good reading behavior during reader’s workshop. Since guided reading groups will not begin this week, it is recommended that students bring an independent book to read. The student’s book choice will help give me an idea of your child’s reading interests and habits.

Headphones/Earbuds (by October 1, 2014 for IPAD activities). Please plan to have the earbuds to school by or before October 1st when IPad use will begin. The safe keeping of the earbuds will be the student’s responsibility and they will be stored in the student’s desk at all times.              

Grading Policy Your child’s grades will be based on tests, projects, homework and classwork. Should your child have an unsatisfactory test grade (D or F), the test must be signed by a parent and returned the following school day.

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned every night. However, homework is not due until Friday. Weekly homework will be outlined and posted via website every Monday. A weekly reading log will be given at the beginning of every week this log is to be completed and turned in the following Monday. Please be sure that your child’s homework is NEAT and COMPLETE. Homework that is given is a review of what has been taught in class. Please take a few minutes each night to check your child’s work.

Behavior Policy

To reinforce positive behaviors throughout the school, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) will be implemented at Ray. In addition to learning the expectations of classroom activities, the fourth graders will also be explicitly taught the behaviors that will be expected in our school. To reinforce positive behavior throughout the school, students will be praised with Ray Warrior tickets. Additionally, every week a student from each class will be recognized for positive behavior with a Student of the Week award. Another PBIS initiative will be monthly positive character trait themes. September’s character trait is respect.

Additional Information

From past experience, you probably are aware of all of the important paper work that is required for you to complete (please see back to school parent packet). With that said, parents often feel that they are the ones with all of the homework during the first week of school. It would be extremely helpful for the school, if you turn in the paperwork as soon as you can. In addition to the paperwork, the $85 school fee is due as soon as possible.

All of the fourth grade specials will take place at the end of the day from 2:45 p.m.-3:45p.m. The schedule is as follows: Monday– Gym, Tuesday– Art, Wednesday– Library, Thursday- Spanish, and Friday- Music. A new CPS mandate this year requires that each student has 90 minutes of physical education minutes a week. To accommodate the requirement, Room 206 will have an additional half hour of physical education on Thursdays from 9:00-9:30. Since physical education will take place on Mondays and Thursdays, students should wear gym shoes on these days.

I want to thank you in advance for all your support. Together we will continue to work toward success and high student achievement. I am very excited about the year ahead, and look forward to having the privilege of teaching your child!

Once again, I am very excited to work with each of your children! Let’s work together to make this the best year ever!                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                             Kind Regards,

                                                                                                                                                                                            Dr. Toney-James