Newsletter of September 15-19, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope all is well. It looks like I got my blog up and running thanks to Mr. Russ, our CUIP tech man. I have explained to the student’s if they don’t have access to a computer at home, I will print out a copy of the newsletter.

We have gotten off to a great start. We are working together to build a safe, exciting and fun learning community. The student’s are taking pride in their accomplishments, socially as well as academically. The Positive Behavior Intervention Strategy program, or PBIS,  is being used this year to promote positive behavior. The children love it and enjoy receiving the Warrior tickets to purchase items in the Ray School store. Thanks to our PBIS team who put the program into action.

Open House:

Open House will take place this Wednesday, September 17, 2014 for 5:00-7:00 p.m. You will gather in the auditorium to be greeted by the Ray School Administration. You will then go to your child’s homeroom to  meet with the teacher ad learn about 5th grade! Hope to see you there.

A Few Reminders:

  • School fees are $85.00
  • Please know it is chilly in the building at times due to a change in the weather. Please remind your child to bring a sweater.

This week we will be working on the following:

Reading: This week we will begin reading an informational text entitled The New Babysitter. The target skill is identifying text and graphic features in a story as well as the strategy of asking questions to uncover aspects of the story we wonder about. We will write definitions for this selection and a sentence for each definition.

Homework: Reading for at least 30 or more minutes per night. Complete reading log with summary log. This log should be signed at the end of the week.


Math: We will continue to learn about factors of numbers, square numbers and exponents. The students will be taking quizzes that will help them to identify multiplication facts they haven’t learned yet. Please ask them to show you the mini-quizzes they take in class and then are to check the ones they have problems with in their Student Math Journals, pg. 9. Some multiplication facts are more problematic than others to learn, so ask your child to share with you this page in which they are to put a check mark on the facts they don’t know and then to check them off when they have learned that fact.

Homework: Study Link 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, Unit Review

Social Studies: We will continue to  learn about the cultures of early Americans. We are reading Chapter 2, Lesson l in our social studies text and will then go on to explore The Easter Woodlands in Chapter 2, Lesson 2. Vocabulary words for this unit include: Division of Labor, palisade, longhouse, wampum, confederation, wigwam.

Writing: The student’s have done a great job on making memorable moment timelines. The student’s  will begin to write their first draft of the most memorable moment in their  life based on the timeline. The focus is writing a personal narrative in which the the author tells about a personal experience in their life. This narrative is like creating a story in that there’s a beginning, a middle and an end to the story. The narrative should tell the story of one specific time rather than a series of events throughout the students life. Forming paragraphs with a topic sentence, details supporting the topic sentence, use of descriptive language and the author’s “voice” is what creates writing that is thoughtful, creative and well written.

Homework: Begin to write your first draft of your most memorable experience based on your timeline.

Please refer to the homework schedule I hand out at the beginning of the week. I leave room on this schedule for additions and revisions.

Important reminder: Please remind your child to wear their gym shoes on Wednesday, Room 315’s gym day. Also the new website for Ray school’s P.E. program is the following:

Thank you for your support.

Have              A           Great            Week




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