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18 Mar

Did you enjoy the November cooking night? Missed the last one? Join the PTO and Pilot Lightagain on March 19 at 5:00 p.m. for an evening devoted to making TACOS! Please email to register and tell us how many are in your group. This event is free thanks to a grant from the Chicago Community Trust, but limited to 35 Ray families. Sign up today!  

27 Feb

     Black History Project  Grade 4 Dr. James  Each Student has randomly selected a notable figure in African American History. Students write a 2 page (typed) research paper about that person (12 font). The title page is an additional page (3 pages in total).  Research paper must include (Please see attached Rubric): Title Page Picture of the person on the cover page Date of birth/ date of death Brief life story in sequence Major accomplishments (movies, poems, books etc..)  and awards Your personal reflection about his/her importance (Why is this person important?)- do not leave this... 

11 Feb

Ray Parents, At roughly 12 pm, the school office was notified by CPD that students should not leave the building as they looked for an armed robbery suspect in the neighborhood.  A few minutes later, officers came to secure the building.  With their support, we did a brief full-building lockdown as a safety precaution to ensure our building was safe.  We also kept all recess indoors during that time.  By 12:45, CPD let us know that the suspects were apprehended. We want to assure you that all students were safe during the process and remain safe.  As always, our teachers and counselors were... 

1 Feb

Wax Museum Due to Thursday’s school cancellation, the Fourth Grade Wax museum will be held on Tuesday, February 5th at 9AM. Parents are invited. Hope to see you there!  

1 Feb

Come Celebrate Black History Month at Ray on February 13, 2019 from 5PM–7PM ~Catered dinner from MacArthur’s will be served ~Battle of the Grandmas Dessert competition ~The Chicago Children’s Choir will perform at 6pm ~A Poetry Slam will be held after that Ray students are invited to participate in the poetry slam! Read/perform a poem — either your original work or someone else’s — on the topic of Black History. Please submit your poems and contact information to Keiana Barrett ( by February 8th.  

22 Jan

The fourth grade wax museum will take place on Thursday,January 31 @ 9AM. All parents are invited to attend. Today students will be given a rubric on how they will be graded on their presentation. On Thursday at 9 am, students should be prepared with their costumes and props. Costume and Props should relate to the person they are portraying.  

14 Jan

NWEA The fourth graders will be taking the NWEA middle of the year (MOY) assessment on Wednesday and Thursday.  

17 Dec

Math: Students in Room 206 will begin  with solving an open response problem.  We will revisit place value to determine how much money (in bills) can fit into a specific box.  On the next day students will correct their own open responses. The students will continue to use partial product multiplication   Reading:The fourth graders will continue to read biographies.  In guided reading groups, they will identify the main idea of the text.  They should also be thinking about ideas for the Wax Museum which will be held on  January 31st. Over break, students should start looking at biographies... 

17 Dec

December 17-21, 2018 Monday– Ugly/Beautiful Sweater Day, Contest by grade level Tuesday– Candy Cane Day, Bring to share with classmates and/or dress like one Wednesday– Best Green and/or Red Outfit Thursday– Pajama, Stuff Animal, Optional Movie Day in classrooms Friday  Morning -Winter Caroling starting @9am – Winter Wonderland K-4 Assembly @9:30 a.m.  Afternoon -Sports Day by class or  grade level   

14 Dec

Winter Celebration Assembly I am asking that students wear solid white collared shirts and black slacks or skirt. Please let me know if your child is in need of a white shirt. “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” Date: December 21, 2018 Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 a.m. Lyrics  Sleigh bells ring, are you listening In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight We’re happy tonight Walking in a winter wonderland Gone away is the bluebird Here to stay is a new bird He sings a love song As we go along Walking in a winter wonderland In the meadow we can build a snowman Then pretend that he is... 

3 Dec

Greeting Parents of 206, 207, and 209! From December 3rd to December 7th, Ms. Redmond is completely responsible for instruction and all that comes with it. I have planned this week with the full intention that it will be student-led instead of teacher directed. It is imperative that students get a chance to decide what they learn about, become informed about the issue, and take informed action. This process builds civically engaged students who believe that the people (even the kids) have the power to change the things they don’t like in their society. In fact, it communicates to them that... 

3 Dec

Greetings Parents! This week, December 3rd through December 7th, Ms. Redmond, the student-intern from the University of Chicago – Urban Teacher Education Program, will be fully responsible for all instruction. She is completely responsible for the planning, implementation, assignments, and grading for this week. Here is an overview of the student’s week. In English Language Arts, students are currently exploring biographies. They will read about a new person each day. As a class, we will discuss the person, their contributions to our society, and what life lesson we can learn from their...