Archive for September 2015

Congratulations to Ashleigh  Pardee Room 206 Student of the Week !!!!

Dear Parents,

Many students are missing various homework assignments. Homework is worth 30% of their grades. Also, please make certain I have your email address on file. Class Dojo will roll out this week. Please be on the look out for the email.

Reminder: Open House is Thursday October 8, 2105 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Picture Day is Friday October 9, 2015.

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will identify “cause & effect “ in the text. They will provide evidence to support their ideas  by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.

Social Studies- Students will practice using maps skills  to  identify continents and hemispheres. Students will began to explore the various states and regions in the United States using latitude and Longitude.

Science- “The Human body”  Students will construct their own skeletal system” known as the Human Body. Students will learn about the skeletal system,

Math-Students will continue with place value. Students will also learn to persevere through challenging multi-step word problems. Students will be introduced to estimating  lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters

Homework September 28, 2015 to October 2, 2015  

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  October 5, 2015), Read ” When Tia Lola Came to Stay” pg. 73 in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.8  Problems 1&2

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  October 5, 2015), Read ” When Tia Lola Came to Stay” pg. 73 in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.8  Problems 3-7

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  October 5, 2015), Read ” When Tia Lola Came to Stay” pg. 73 in Journeys Book   Math– Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.9

Thursday:  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  October 5, 2015), Read ” When Tia Lola Came to Stay” pg. 73 in Journeys Book   Math– Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.10

Friday:   All Homework is Due ( Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, October 5, 2015), 

Congratulations to Matthew Mitchell Room 206 Student of the Week !!!!

Dear Parents,

Many students are missing various homework assignments. Homework is worth 30% of their grades. Also, please make certain I have your email address on file. Lastly, their is a PTA meeting September 26, 2015 at 6 p.m. Please come out and join!

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will identify “author’s purpose” in the text. They will provide evidence to support their ideas  by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.

Social Studies- Students will practice using maps skills  to  identify continents and hemispheres. Students will also learn about the 5 themes of Geography.

Science- “The Human body”  Students will continue with the “Marvelous Machine” known as the Human Body. Students will learn about the skeletal system,

Math-Students will continue with place value. Students will use place value to understand multi-digit whole numbers up to the millions.

Homework September 25, 2015 to September 28,2015 

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 28, 2015), Read “My Brother Martin” pg. 46 in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.4 Work on Cereal Box Projects- Due Next week!

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 28, 2015),Tic-Tac-Toe “My Brother Martin” pg. 46 in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.5 Work on Cereal Box Projects- Due Next week!

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 28, 2015),Tic-Tac-Toe “My Brother Martin” pg. 46 ” in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.6 Work on Cereal Box Projects- Due Next week!

Thursday:  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 28, 2015), Tic-Tac-Toe ” “My Brother Martin” pg. 46 in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.7 Work on Cereal Box Projects- Due Next week!

Friday:   All Homework is Due ( Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (September 28, 2015), Work on Cereal Box Project- Due next week. Journal Entries 1-5 Due Monday!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Mekhi Cochran for being the very first Student of the Week !!!!

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will continue 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. Students will also learn about the 5 themes of Geography.

Science- “The Human body”  Students will be introduced to the “Marvelous Machine” known as the Human Body. Students will begin with activities that introduce pulse and heart rate.

Math-Students will begin 4th grade math with place value. Students will use place value to understand multi-digit whole numbers.

Homework September 14, 2014 to September 18. 2014 

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 21, 2015), Read Because of Winn-Dixie pg.  23 in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (2’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.1

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log(Due Monday September 21, 2015  ),   Tic- Tac Toe, Cereal Box Project Introduction  Math- Study Links 1.2,   Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log (Due Monday September 21, 2015),  ,  Tic- Tac Toe , Work on Cereal Box Project   Math- Study Links  1.3, Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Thursday: Literacy– Book Log(Due Monday September 21, 2015),  ,  Tic- Tac Toe , Work on 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, (September 21, 2015), Work on Cereal Box Project

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.

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

Math-Students will begin 4th grade math with place value in whole numbers and place value concepts.

 

Homework 

Tuesday- Return parent contact information slip by  & CPS parent packet by Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

Wednesday-  Students will need to have classroom novels (book of choice) by Thursday, September 10, 2015.

Thursday-  Study Links 1.1 (Due Next Friday September 18, 2015)

Friday– Study Links 1.2 (Due Next Friday September 18, 2015)

Parents- Any students showing difficulty with math homework may meet me during math enrichment time on Friday

 

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, Il. 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 4 and a daughter named Avia, age 2. This is my third year at the William H.  Ray Elementary School and I look forward to a year filled with unlimited learning experiences and exciting times. This is my 15th year as an intermediate grade school teacher (grade 3-5). 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. 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 10, 2015). 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, 2015 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 coins. 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. In class, I will use class dojo to monitor student performance.

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 after lunch from  12:00 p.m.-1:00p.m. The schedule is as follows: Monday–Gym, Tuesday–Art, Wednesday– Gym, Thursday- Spanish, and Friday- Music. A new CPS mandate this year requires that each student has 120 minutes of physical education minutes a week. To accommodate the requirement, Room 206 will have an additional hour of physical education on Wednesdays. Since physical education will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, 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