Dr. Toney- James Grade 4 Room 206 mrtoney@cps.edu

September 4, 2018

Welcome to Room 206 Grade 4

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September 4, 2018

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! This year, I am extremely excited to have a University of Chicago intern co-teaching in fourth grade.  Ms. Redmond is a graduate student who is currently fulfilling her teacher preparation credentials at Ray (see attached introduction letter). Together we look forward to a positive year with strong parent-teacher communication to best serve the needs of your child. We are both committed to doing everything within our power to make this year successful and exciting for all of us!

About Dr. James

I am originally from Chicago and a product of Chicago Public Schools. My hobbies include teaching 5 am cycle classes, travel, training for marathons and spending time with my children. My husband and I have two children, a son named Gavin age 7 and a daughter named Avia, age 5.This is my sixth 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 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.

Additional Supplies

Personal Novel (by September 10, 2018). 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.

Social Emotional Learning

This year, Ray School has adapted Second Step which is a social and emotional curriculum.  In Room 206, students will be taught the lessons during our class meeting which will be held immediately after lunch.  This week’s theme is empathy.

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

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 (Pfeiffer,)

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 (see attached letter ).

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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