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

November 5, 2019

November 4, 2019- November 8, 2019-Welcome Back!!!!!!!

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Welcome back!!!! Friendly Reminder there is No School:

Friday, November 8, 2019 – Teacher Professional Development

Monday, November 11, 2019- Veteran’s Day

Wednesday November 13, 2019- Report

Weekly Learning Objectives:  

Literacy- Revisited

Students will  demonstrate their knowledge of inference, main idea, summary, theme and character trait by creating a book cover for the “Whipping Boy”


Students will classifying quadrilaterals by their properties.  In their classification of quadrilaterals, the fourth graders should be able to identify parallel lines, right angles, and congruent sides as possible attributes.  The fourth graders will also explore symmetry


Social Studies

Culminating Art Activity : Guitar making is a tradition passed down from generation to generation students will complete a guitar making activity for Hispanic heritage


Report Card Pickup Wednesday November 13, 2019

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Report Card Pickup Schedule Request Form

Report card Pickup:

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

12:00p.m- 6:00p.m.

                                                                                 Dr. Toney- James Room 206

Child’s Name__________________________________

Parent’s Name________________________________

Parent Email__________________________________

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 mrtoney@cps.edu.

Note: Time slots are given on a first come first served basis.

1st choice:_______________

2nd choice:_______________

3rd choice:_______________


Thank you,


Dr. Toney-James



September 23, 2019

September 23, 2019 – September 27, 2019

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Congratulations to Jacari Williams he was last weeks Student of the Week

Reading- In  Reading, students will determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. students will investigate the differences between main idea and theme in their stories.

Math- In Math students will continue working on Unit 1-Place Value: Multi-digit Addition and SubtractionStudents will practice adding and subtracting using the traditional method.  We will also explore and learn properties of lines segments, rays, angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals. In addition, students will solve problems converting units involving yards, feet, and inches.

Social Science- Students will be able to:

  • define key terms
  • list the five themes of geography
  • identify characteristics of the five themes of geography
  • Student will create a 5 themes of geography flip book in class.


Homework Chart September 23, 2019 










9/27 /19- “Fix it Friday” 


Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


Group A: How Tia Lola Came to Stay pg 73,


Group B: Off and Running pg 72

Tic-Tac- Toe (H)


Work on Cereal Box

Projects Due this week.

 Tic-Tac- Toe (H)


Work on Cereal Box Project (H)

Due this week.



Tic-Tac- Toe (H)


Work on Cereal Box Project (H) Due this week.

All Tic-Tac-Toe Homework Due



Weekly Literacy Assessment


.Generalize place value understanding multi-digit whole numbers; Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.


1.9 (H)

Study 4 times tables (H)


1.10 (H)

Study 4 times tables (H)


1.11 (H)

Study 4  times tables (H)


1.12 (H)

Timed test Thursday

60 second timed test on the 4 times tables

All Homework Due

Math Game Day


Weekly Math Review (C)


Social Studies

Students will learn about the 5 themes of geography



5 themes of Geography info (C)

Flip book

5 themes of Geography info (C)

Flip book

5 themes of Geography info (C)

Flip book

Due Today!

 Relative and Absolute location Scavenger Hunt (C) Scholastic Current Events Activity

September 17, 2019

September 16, 2019 – September 20, 2019

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Congratulations to Ruby Anderson for Student of the Week! 

Dear Parents,

Please make certain that your child returns their CPS packet back this week. Also make certain that you register for class dojo if you have not. Lastly, make certain your child is completing homework daily and studying for Thursday timed test. This week students should be practicing  their 3 multiplication facts. Cereal Box Projects due The Week of September 23, 2019 

Weekly Objectives 

Reading- Students will continue to read The Whipping Boy. Students will work to identify the theme  of the text.   We will practice finding the theme  throughout the week. Earbuds due this week!

Math-Students will be taught to use the U.S. traditional method of addition. We will also review strategies for solving word problems.

Social Studies-  Students will begin to explore the Continents and Oceans of the World.


Congratulations to Ruby Anderson for Student of the Week! 

Dear Parents,

Please make certain that your child returns their CPS packet back this week. Also make certain that you register for class dojo if you have not. Lastly, make certain your child is completing homework daily and studying for Thursday timed test. This week students should be practicing  their 3 multiplication facts. Cereal Box Projects due The Week of September 23, 2019 


 Monday: Homelinks 1.6

Study Math Facts (3’s)

Tuesday: Homelinks 1.7

Study Math Facts (3’s)

Wednesday: Homelinks 1.8

Study Math Facts (3’s)

Thursday: Homelinks 1.7- Timed Test 

All homelinks Due Friday: 

Reading Group A: Read “My Brother Martin” pg 47   Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities in homework notebook

Reading Group B: Blasting Off to Space Academy” pg. 46. Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities in homework notebook

Work on Cereal Box Projects due the Week of 9/23/19

September 4, 2019

2019- 2020 Fourth Grade Grading Rubric

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Dear Parents,

Below you will find the rubric that is used for daily assignments and homework. Please Click the link below.

Fourth-Grade-Grading-Rubric Room 206

2019- 2020 Class Schedule Room 206

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Our Class Schedule

Arrival: 8:45 a.m.    Math: 8:45 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Science 10:30- 11:15 (Lemberis)   Writing: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Wejman)

Recess/ Lunch: 12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.   12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Classroom Meeting

Literacy: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.             Social Science 2:00p.m- 2:45p.m (Toney-James)

2:45p.m- 3:45 p.m.  (Specials)


Monday– Art

Tuesday –Dance


Thursday- P.E.

Friday– Spanish

Welcome for Ms. Garza (Student Intern)

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To the families of room 206, 

My name is Avery Garza and I am very excited to join Ray Elementary as a student teacher in the 4th grade! I am a graduate student at the University of Chicago in the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) pursuing my masters in teaching. At the end of this school year I will be endorsed to teach 1st-6th grade in all subjects. This year I will be a resident student teacher working in Dr. James’ classroom. As a student teacher I will be working closely with Dr. James to observe and participate in classroom activities and will be involved in co-planning and leading instruction.     


I came to Chicago to pursue a career in education. After working as an assistant teacher in a sixth grade classroom in Milwaukee I heard about the UTEP program and decided to get my masters in teaching. My experiences in Milwaukee opened my eyes to how much I love to work with young people in supporting  their curiosity and helping to guide their explorations. I believe that building strong relationships with students and families is at the core of a successful classroom and I look forward to learning more about your student over the coming months. 


I would like to share a little bit about myself. I grew up in Austin, Texas where I lived with my parents and one younger brother until leaving for undergrad in Arkansas at Hendrix College. At Hendrix I got my bachelor’s in Marketing and Communication while exploring my passion for education through tutoring and volunteering at a local elementary school. This will be my third year in Chicago as a Hyde Park resident, and I am still learning how to adjust to the winters here! In the summer I enjoy spending time at Promontory Point and riding my bike as much as possible. 


In addition to building strong relationships in the classroom, I am excited to work to build community in and around Hyde Park and especially here with everyone who makes up the wonderful community here at Ray! 


I look forward to an excellent school year,

-Avery Garza

Welcome to Room 206- Grade 4

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September 3, 2019

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. Garza  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 8 and a daughter named Avia, age 6 .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 class on Friday. . 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.    Math: 8:45 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Science 10:30- 11:15 (Lemberis)   Writing: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Wejman)

Recess/ Lunch: 12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.   12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Classroom Meeting

Literacy: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.             Social Science 2:00p.m- 2:45p.m (Toney-James)

2:45p.m- 3:45 p.m.  (Specials)


Monday– Art

Tuesday –Dance


Thursday- P.E.

Friday– Spanish


Daily Rotations

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

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

June 19, 2019

2019- 2020 4th Grade School Supply List

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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

Welcome to the 2019- 2020 School Year!

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Dear Fourth Grade Parent, June 20, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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, Prodigy, 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.  

Note: Departmentalization will begin in fourth grade. The students will be taught math and reading by their homeroom teacher.  Each homeroom teacher will be teaching science, social studies, or writing to all of the fourth graders. During the last ninety minutes of the day, the students will switch twice.  The students enjoy the switching and getting to know all of the fourth grade teachers in the content area of their expertise.

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. Lemberis

Ms. Wejman

April 8, 2019

Ray School Spring Attendance Incentives- Week 30 & 31

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Qualifying Criteria: On time and Present Every day and no Infractions!

Week 30 – April 12, 2019- Staff vs Students Sports Event

Week 31 – April 26, 2019-Spring Fling Party!!

March 26, 2019

Social Science: Women’s History Month Interview Assignment Grade 4- DUE THE WEEK OF APRIL 1, 2019

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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.



Students must select a minimum of 5 questions from the teacher generated list. Students are allowed to create their own 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.  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.


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

Date of Interview:

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

Interviewer: Your name, Room Number and Grade

Place of Interview:

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

Photo may 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?


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.

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