You should have received an Affy Tapple order form with instructions in your student’s folder.  Order forms and checks are due Friday, October 13.  Please take orders from friends, family, neighbors and co-workers – you’ll be pleased to find many people want to support our school!  Incentives and prizes awarded to individual students and classrooms with the most money raised.

Reminder: Please make certain students practice their math multiplication facts, quite a few students did not complete their 60 second timed math test on Friday.

Weekly Objectives 

Reading:  Readers will use inference to predict what will happen next in the text. They will provide evidence to support their ideas  by citing appropriate details and examples from the text. Guided Reading groups will receive novels  this week.  Ask your child what they are reading?

Social Studies- Students will continue using maps skills  to explore elevation in the United States. All Geography flip books are due by Wednesday October 4, 2017.

Math- Students will have a Unit Math Review on Tuesday. This will serve as a study guide for the test on Thursday. Students will be allowed to bring it home it must be completed and Returned by Wednesday.

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 Friday timed test. This week students should be practicing  their 3 multiplication facts. Cereal Box Projects due The Week of September 25, 2017 

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.

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 5 themes.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 1.6

Study Math Facts (3’s)


Homelink 1.7

Study Math Facts (3’s)


Homelink 1.8

Study Math Facts (3’s)


Homelink 1.9

Study Math Facts (3’s)


Math Homework Due

Timed math Quiz

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

Group B: Blasting Off to Space Academy” pg. 46.

Work on Cereal Box Projects

Tic Tac Toe activities due in Homework notebook.


Group A:My Brother Martin Tic-Tac-Toe pg 47, 

1a. Use each vocabulary word on pages 42 and 43 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. 1b. Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 50 1c. Summarize important events on a timeline pg.44
2.a. Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 25. Answer in five or more sentences. 2b. Complete the Role Model Activity pg. 59. 2c. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 57
3a. Complete the Why Writers Write pg.59

work independently

3b. Write a letter to Dr. James about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. 3c. ***Teacher Favorite

Worth 10 extra points.

Make a timeline – work independently

pg 59. Use pictures/illustrations


Group B:Blasting Off to Space Academy” pg. 46.

1a. Use each vocabulary word on pages 42 and 43 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. 1b. Answer the Essential Question found on pg. 47. 1c. Answer the Stop and Think on pg. 55
2a. Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 51. 2b. Out of This World: (Personal Response)

pg. 59.

2c, Answer the Stop and Think question on page 53.
3a. Complete Graphic Organizer while you read on pg. 45 3b. Write a letter to Dr. James about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. 3c. ***Teacher Favorite- Space Trainer Worth 10 extra points.

Illustrate a New Invention

work independently

pg 59. Use color and include a description of your invention

Dear Parents,

We are off to a great start this year. 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 Friday timed test. This week students will be tested on their 2  facts. Today students discussed the significance of September 11th, 2001. Students should discuss what they learned and ask you two questions:

  1. Where were your parents during the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001?
  2. What are their memories from that day? Please be prepared to share

Weekly Objectives 

Reading- Students will continue to read The Whipping Boy. Students will work to identify the main idea of the text.   We will practice finding the main idea throughout the week.  On Tuesday of this week students will be given their guided reading books. These books are to be kept at school.

Math-Students will continue this week with place value in whole numbers and also start to explore rounding to the nearest, thousand, ten thousand and hundred thousand.

Social Studies- Students will be introduced to the study of Geography. What is it? Students will also begin to explore the 5 themes/topics that geographers use to classify geography.


Weekly Homework 


Reading: Journeys book– Work on  Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/15/17- purple notebook.

Homework Group A: Read  Because of Winn Dixiepg. 22.

Homework Group B: Read  A Package for Mrs. Jewlspg. 23. 


Reading: Work on  Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/15/17- purple notebook.

 Math: Home Links 1.3.(H) Due Friday Study Math Facts (2’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday


Work on  Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/15/17- purple notebook. 

Math: Home Links 1.4.(H) Due Friday Study Math Facts (2’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday


Work on  Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/15/17- purple notebook. 

Math: Home Links 1.6.(H) Due Friday Study Math Facts (2’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday


All Homework is due!

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  “The Whipping Boy” Readers will be able to identify the character  traits of the protagonist in a story. They will provide evidence to support their ideas by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.

Math-Students will begin 4th grade math with place value in whole numbers and various  place value concepts such as writing numbers in expanded form.

Social Studies- Students will practice using maps skills  to identify continents and hemispheres.


Students will not be assigned homework during the first week of school.  By September 12, 2017 each student is required to bring in one personal novel. Students can bring them in earlier.

Please make certain that your child returns their CPS packet back this week.


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

Dear Fourth Grade Parent,                                                                                                      June 20, 2017


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

1 liquid glue

8 glue sticks

1 box of markers

1 box of dry erase markers

1 pair of old clean socks

3 pair of scissors

1 protractor

1 compass

2 pocket folders

1 large Hand sanitizer

1 package of Clorox wipes

1 box of reclosable plastic sandwich bags

1 box of large gallon bags

2 package of notebook paper

2 package of copy paper

2 boxes of Kleenex

Paper Towels

Wet wipes

2 black wipes

1 ruler with centimeters and inches

2 package of post-its

Pencil case (pouch)- no boxes

Walk-A-Thon: On May 19th, we will host our second recess fundraiser!
Last year we raised over $25,000
Walk-a-Thon registration is OPEN!
Register your student and collect at least $50 in pledges by midnight Thursday, April 27th and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free 3 months membership to University of Chicago’s recreational facilities – the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center & Henry Crown Field House.

The Gerald Ratner Athletics Center features a fitness center, swimming pool, competition and auxiliary gymnasia, dance room, and locker rooms. The Henry Crown Field House includes an indoor running track, racquetball, handball, wallyball, and squash courts, four multi-purpose courts, astro-turfed multipurpose room, and fitness center.

Report Card Pick-Up

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 is a non attendance day for students because of Report Card Pick-Up. Conferences will be held from from 11-6. , with a 3 p.m.- 4.p,m lunch break. Please Schedule from 11 a.m – 3 p.m  or 4-6 p.m.  Notices are going out Tuesday April 4, 2017 to schedule conferences. Please complete and return.  Conferences will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.  Please feel free to bring your child.

PARCC testing begins this week.  We will be taking the Reading Portion of the test on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Math section of the exam will take place from Thursday 3/30 – Tuesday 4/4.  Each test will begin promptly  at 9:00 a.m.  so it is imperative  that all students are at school on time each day.

Women’s History Month Interview Assignment

Grade 4


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.