Newsletter of February 2, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I don’t know about you, but Chicago winters are getting a bit too much for me!(:) Let’s hope Spring is right around the corner.

This week we will be preparing for several events. To celebrate Black History Month, Ray will host it’s annual Black History Celebration on February 11, 2015. There will be two performances, one at 1:00 p.m. for the students and an evening performance at 6:00 p.m. There will be a dance performance by Ray school student’s, a Poetry Slam and a celebration of food to be enjoyed by all in attendance. I will be working with the fifth through eighth grade for the Poetry Slam. I have asked our fifth graders to participate if they so chose. Please make plans to attend. There will be a walk through to allow you to visit some great work by our student’s based on the many contributions of African-Americans throughout the years.

This week we will be working on the following:

Language Arts: We will be reading selected text based on events in Black History. One non-fiction reading will be from our Social Studies book. We will explore the Civil Rights period and famous African-Americans who have helped shape our history and our present. The students will also read selected text from other sources as well as listen to several read-a-louds from “Scraps of Time” and The Watson’s Go to Birmingham.”

Math: We will continue with Unit 6.

Homework: Study Link 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4

Social Studies: We have been learning about the settlement of America by the early colonists. We will learn how the Virginia colonies were formed. There will be several handouts to be completed as well as lesson reviews to be completed for homework.

Writing: The students will gain more practice writing persuasive essays. The topic will be one of the students choice.

Civics: In keeping with the theme of Black History, we will continue to explore the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on our society. There will be no major project for this mini-unit as we are working on a project for Black History Month.

Please stay warm!

Ms. Jack

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