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Dear Fourth Grade Parent,                                                                                                                                                June 19, 2018

We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer that is both fun and relaxing.  To prepare your child for fourth grade, it is important that some practices are in place.

First of all, your child should be reading everyday.  Because it is the summer, let your child read for pleasure enjoying books that they enjoy.  As their parent, it would be helpful for you to encourage them to read a variety of genres. Also, asking them questions about what they are reading is helpful to aid in comprehension.  Children of all ages enjoy adults reading books to them. Consider reading a favorite book of your past to your fourth grader.

Another great practice that would be helpful for your rising fourth grader, would be practicing math facts.  Children with an automaticity of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts are more prepared for the math skills that will be taught throughout the year.  Websites such as Math is Fun and Khan Academy are helpful for reviewing and teaching new specific math skills.

Since the children learned so much about Chicago History in third grade, it would be fun for your family to continue this by going on “family field trips” around the city.  The Chicago Public Library has free passes to a multitude of Chicago museums. While at the library, your child can also sign up for the summer reading program. Journaling about your family field trips would be an excellent way to foster writing skills.

Fourth graders are at a wonderful age to be independent and greatly enjoy the world around them.  We hope that you take advantage of all of the teachable moments that await your child this summer!


Dr. James

Ms. Pfeiffer

Ms. Wejman

4th Grade Supplies

60 pencils – # 2 Sharpened

6 Color Coded Specific Notebooks (red, blue, yellow, green, black, purple)

1 box of colored pencils

10 glue sticks

1 box of markers

1 box of dry erase markers

1 pencil case

1 pair of old clean socks

3 pairs of scissors

2 pocket folders

1 package of Clorox wipes

1 box of reclosable plastic sandwich bags

1 box of large gallon bags

2 packages of notebook paper

2 packages of copy paper

2 boxes of Kleenex

Paper Towels

Wet wipes

1 ruler with centimeters and inches

2 packages of post-its

2 black sharpies

1 package of index cards


Dear Parents

All 4th grade students were given a take home exam today it will be due on Tuesday 6/12/18. No late test will be accepted.

There will be a states and capitals matching exam 6/12/18 this exam will be given in class.

All Trip Planning Final Projects are Due Friday 6/15- The last day of the term. Students are working on them in class. All students need a white poster board to complete the project.

Final Project 

The students are given the task of planning a trip within the U.S. for a family of 4. They are given a budget of $3,500. They have to be creative in  planning for transportation, lodging, food  attractions etc.. This project is done completely in class. Nothing is done at home.

Materials Needed:- Due Monday June 11th (Students May bring it in earlier)  

Standard Poster Board (White) Required– name on the back

Markers/ Colored Pencils- (Required)

Letter Stencils-( optional)

4X6, 3X5  images/ drawings of  attractions, dining, lodging state on map (optional)

We’re devoting our last meeting of the year to cooking! On May 22nd at 5:30 pm, families will get to experience Ray School’s Pilot Light food education program by preparing a meal together.  

We will be working together to make ingredients that can be used for Banh Mi sandwiches, a rice dish or a green salad.

Seats are limited so please sign up soon!

Join us, please RSVP by clicking here or email so we know what quantity of ingredients to buy.  

Ray School Walk-a-thon May 18, 2018 

Please register your child  at – the fundraising happens when parents share their student’s page on Facebook or via email with friends and family.  100% of every dollar raised goes to support health & wellness initiatives at Ray – recess monitors, playground equipment, new water fountains.


Ray at The Rink- Sunday, May 20th 2018

Tickets are $10 in advance $12 at the door. Price includes skate rental. Pay online with credit card at

Any questions please email Jennifer Williams at


Fourth Grade Students will take their Northeast Region states and captitals test on Wednesday May 16 (Oral) & Thursday May 17th 2018. All 4th graders were given a study guide.

Northeast Region
Connecticut – Hartford
Delaware – Dover
Maine – Augusta
Maryland – Annapolis
Massachusetts – Boston

New Hampshire – Concord
New Jersey – Trenton
New York – Albany
Pennsylvania – Harrisburg
Rhode Island – Providence
Vermont – Montpelier

Report Card Pick Up will be held this Wednesday from 11:00 p.m- 6:00 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who signed up for a conference time on Wednesday. Please email me with your requested time request. Notes were sent out last week.

Please choose 3 time slots and indicate your preference by writing the time next to 1st , 2nd or 3rd. Appointments are given in 10 minute increments.  You may also email me at

Room 206 will participate in the Ray School Rock fest

When: April 11, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m

On Sunday May 6th you will have the opportunity to buy a new mattress in the Ray lunchroom at up to 50% off retail, with 20% of every sale donated back to Ray. Take advantage of this great deal and support Ray at the same time – WIN WIN!

Walk-a-Thon May 18th!

Register your student at and begin fundraising to be entered into weekly drawings for cool stuff – museum memberships, gift cards, sports tickets and more!  Every student who raises at least $50 gets a chance to sink a teacher in the dunk tank on the last day of school.

Women’s History Project 

WOMEN’S HISTORY is more than the story of famous women.  It’s also the story of ordinary women who have lived quietly outside the spotlight of history’s important events.

All women have made a contribution to our country.  As mothers and grandmothers they have raised children and passed along from one generation to another the customs and values that are important to our heritage, let’s take the time to celebrate them! They have played important roles in communities, supporting schools and participating in volunteer organizations that work to help others.

As our nation marks Women’s History Month and focuses on the contributions of women, you are going to take a closer look at the life of a woman you already know.



You’ll need to pick a subject to interview.  She could be an older relative, your mother, your grandmother, aunt, a neighbor, teacher, pastor  or a family friend. My preference is someone you know very little about.



Students must select a minimum of 5 questions from the teacher generated list. Students are allowed to create their own 5 questions. Students must use a minimum of 10 questions in their report. The report must be submitted with their documentation that the interview took place (transcriptions, notes, email, audio etc…) along with a list of the questions that were asked.

There is no specific or required page length for the assignment. Make certain that the paper is inclusive of all 4 parts. Students must include a photograph of the person they interviewed preferably one with interviewer and interviewee (yes, it can be a selfie).  Women’s History Project must be typed.



Like any reporter preparing for an assignment, you’ll need to request an interview.  Write your subject a note or call her to set up an interview date and time.


Due date: Papers and Presentations are due starting April 6, 2018. Students were given their dates.

Teacher Generated Interview Questions. 

Questions about Your Childhood:

  1. Where were they born? Any siblings?
  2. Did you have any heroes or role models when you were a child?
  3. What big world events do you remember from the time you were growing up?
  4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  5. What inventions do you most remember?
  6. What’s different about growing up today from when you were growing up?

Questions about Adulthood:

  1. Did you go to university or college? How did you decide what you wanted to study?
  2. What was your first job? What did you like or not like about it?
  3. What job did you do most of your life? What did you like most about it? Least?
  4. What do you think are your three best qualities?
  5. Do you have any special sayings or expressions?
  6. What’s your favorite book and why? What’s your favorite movie and why?
  7. Who are three people in history you admire most and why?
  8. What have been the two biggest news events during your lifetime and why?
  9. What’s the best compliment you ever received?
  10. How have your dreams and goals changed through your life?
  11. What, if anything, would you have done differently in your life?
  12. What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you were young?
  13. What have you thrown away in your life that you wish you hadn’t?
  • What have you held on to that’s important and why is it important? What “junk” have you held on to and why?
  1. What is the highest honor or award you have received?
  • What is the most memorable phone call you have received?
  1. What are three important dates in your life?
  • What is the one thing you have always wanted to do but still have not done it?
  • What is one thing that has stayed the same about you throughout life? What has changed?

From the Perspective of a Woman Questions: 

  • How has the women’s movement changed your life?
  • How are things different today for women than they were when you were a little girl?
  • What women do you admire most?
  • Do you think women have equal rights today? Why or why not?
  • Did you have any role models in your life? Who?
  1. Did you study Women’s History when you were in school?
  • How might your life have been different if you were born a boy and not a girl?


Report Format for the Interview Assignment/ Must be typed (4 parts)


Part 1:  Cover Page (Separate Page)

Include the following information on a cover sheet, to be kept on a separate page from the main body of the report- Please include a picture of the person you interviewed . Interviewer and Interviewee together is also an option.


Date of Interview:

Interviewee Name and Title (if it applies, Dr. Rev. etc…)

Interviewer: Your name, Room Number and Grade

Place of Interview: (your home, their home, office etc..)

Method of Interview: Audio, Video, Pencil and Paper, Email Phone and Paper etc..

Photo must appear on the cover.


Part 2: Biographical Background Information:

Provide information about the interviewee, why they are being interviewed for this project. Why did you select this woman? Include how you know her. How long you have known her.


Part 3: The Body/ Write a Summary

When the interviews are complete, look over your notes, students should write a summary of the interview .The introduction should include the person’s name. The body should include interesting information that was found during the interview.


Part 4: The Reflection: Last, the reflection should wrap up the summary and tell why the person was interesting. Summarize the results of the interview, and mention any particularly interesting or important information gained.


Note: This was a major part that many students missed in their African-American History reports. Also include overall, how you felt about the interview and how it went. What kind of overall information were you able to obtain? What went right? Wrong? How in-depth did the conversation get?


Any additional questions: Dr. James contact email