September 5, 2017- Welcome to 4th Grade!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 5, 2017

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 6 and a daughter named Avia, age 4.This is my fifth 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 15 years, 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.


Every Monday, you will receive a curriculum chart outlining activities, and homework pertaining to each subject taught by me  , 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 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.

Additional Supplies

Personal Novel (by September 12, 2017). 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.

Grading Policy

Grading Policy Your child’s grades will be based on tests, projects, homework and classwork.

The Grading Scale is as follows: 100-90% = A 89-80% = B 79-70% = C 69-60 = D 59% ↓ = F

Assessments: 40%      Classwork/ Participation: 30%   Homework: 15%  Projects: 15%

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.

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 return the paperwork as soon as you can.  In addition to the paperwork, the $85 school fee is due as soon as possible.

Our Class Schedule

Arrival: 8:45 a.m.

Social Studies 8:45 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Math: 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Specials: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch/ Recess: 12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.

Literacy: 12:45 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

Writing 2:00p.m- 2:45p.m (Wejman)

Science 2:45p.m- 3:30p.m (Pfiffer)

Dismissal: 3:45 p.m.


Every 5 weeks the special will change between Art, Spanish, Music and Library. CPS mandates that each student has 120 minutes of physical education/health minutes a week.  To accommodate this requirement, Room 206 will have physical education/ health twice a week throughout the school year. We will begin with Spanish and P.E. for the first five weeks.  Monday– Health  Tuesday –Spanish   Wednesday– Spanish Thursday- Spanish   Friday- Gym .

Also, this year I am excited to announce that students will change classes daily for Social Studies, Science and Writing (letter to follow).

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

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