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June 5 to 9

Thanks to all of the parents for helping make our trip to the forest preserve a success!

Please send in a snack for the class

Field Day for second grade is scheduled for Thursday.  Students are encouraged to wear Ray swag during field days

PLEASE NOTE HOME ASSIGNMENT CHANGES FOR THIS WEEK

Home assignments:

Reading Submit the book report each Friday
Math sheet–Mon through Thurs
Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
eight, near, once, paper, seven, upon, wash, who, woman, yourt

Writing Application

Please take these last few weeks to complete any and ALL incomplete writing application choices from the year.  All past topics can all be found on the Ray School Website under second grade teacher’s blog.  Please do your best to emphasize the writing process (Plan, draft, revise, edit and submit) as you make these assignments up.  Submit them as they are completed.

May 30 to June 2

This is an exciting week in second grade!
Thursday we will attend the 3rd grade play.  It is always exciting to have students see their older peers in an activity that they can anticipate with excitement for the coming year.

Additionally the kids are taking the NWEA MAP assessment for the first time this week.  Make up testing will be end of week and into next week.  Please make sure your child is on time to school each day, as the testing schedule depends on it.

Friday is our final field trip.  Students must bring a lunch and must be on time. Any and all parents are welcome to chaperone.  Please remember that chaperoning is a responsibility.  Please turn off your phones during the trip and be present with our students.  All chaperones must ride the bus.  Siblings are not invited.

Ray Olympics for second grade is scheduled for next week.  Students are encouraged to wear the Olympic gear they purchased or any Ray swag during Olympics.

PLEASE NOTE HOME ASSIGNMENT CHANGES FOR THIS WEEK

Home assignments:

Reading Submit the book report each Friday
Math sheet–Mon through Thurs
Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
above, enough, falling, happened, lived, loved, should, sorry, want, while

Writing Application

Please take these last few weeks to complete any and ALL incomplete writing application choices from the year.  All past topics can all be found on the Ray School Website under second grade teacher’s blog.  Please do your best to emphasize the writing process (Plan, draft, revise, edit and submit) as you make these assignments up.  Submit them as they are completed.
http://rayschool.weebly.com/teacher-websites.html

Parents you are invited to a “Parent &Teacher Driving Testing Policy” planning meeting this evening at 6:30
the Teacher’s Union Headquarters at 1901 W Carroll (intersection of Damen and Carroll)

Fidget spinners are not permitted at school. Please leave these at home.  They are causing much disruption and fights.

Our next and final field trip is June 2nd

This week we continue the A-B-C Countdown!
5/22 – F – Fruit Day
5/23 – G – Game Day
5/24 – H – Hat and Hula-Hoop Day
5/25 – I – Identical Day
5/26 – J – Joke Day

The final standardized testing window is now open, which means we must all be as quiet as possible in the halls and on the stairs so as to not distract the students testing.

AS we come to a close please help your child by often discussing the routines that are ahead.  Often the uncertainty of the summer weeks can make people anxious.  This anxiety can lead to disruptive behaviors.

Please provide your child with a water bottle to keep on their desk.

Please contribute snacks for the group if you have not already.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading Submit the book report each Friday WITH THE WRITING APPLICATION

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
buy, called, even, father, maybe, outside, tomorrow, town, water, where

A “Writing Application

Choice 1:A Story
Write a one page story beginning with this sentence: “When Pat planted her garden everything went wrong.”

Choice 2: Creative Writing
Write a story beginning with this sentence:  “Something unusual happened when Chris went to the theater.”

May 15 to 19

Just for fun the administration has devised a fun way to end the year with a 26 day count down.  Look for the list of activities in the take home folder.  Today was A = Alma mater swag, tomorrow is B= Bandana Day

Our next, and final field trip will be June 2nd.  We are visiting the forest preserve in Hinsdale.  We welcome all parents to help chaperone.  Look for that trip slip in the folders coming soon.  Please return it promptly.

Please let a teacher know if you are interested in presenting for our Passport program.

The walk a thon is coming!  The school is raising money for this really cool water fountain that fills water bottles easily. A really great cause for the students, the staff and the Mother Earth!

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading Submit the book report each Friday WITH THE WRITING APPLICATION

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
again, ago, alone, don’t, every, follow, goes, head, now, won’t

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: A Personal Narrative
Write about a musical experience you especially enjoyed.  Were you at a concert?  Were you listening to the radio, a CD, or a tape?  What was outstanding about the music?

Choice 2: A Counting Book
Make a counting book for young children.  Be creative; draw your own pictures or cut an paste pictures for each number.  Write a phrase for each numeral.

May 8 to 12

This is new, though it is very similar to last week’s news!

We have just 6 weeks left in second grade.  We have started to look over the writing kids did for home work through the year.  If you are behind in those assignments you have very little time to make that up.  There are several students who have not turned in writing for several weeks which leaves zeros in the gradebook for those assignments. Writing due each Friday.

Please let a teacher know if you are interested in presenting for our Passport program.  (see last week’s notice)

The walk a thon is coming!  The school is raising money for this really cool water fountain that fills water bottles easily. A really great cause for the students, the staff and the Mother Earth!

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
ball, done, hear, learn, leaves, only, our, through, were, young

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: A Book Entry
Imagine that you have been asked to write an entry for the Book of World Records about a person who spent four months living on a glacier.

Choice 2: The Icemen Cometh
Write a short story about the fictional adventures of two characters who are investigating the glaciers of Greenland.  Who are these characters?  Are they people or animals?  Why are they doing this?  Are they facing any dangers?  What are they finding?

May 1 to 4

Please let a teacher know if you are interested in presenting for our Passport program.  (see last week’s notice)

The walk a thon is coming!  The school is raising money for this really cool water fountain that fills water bottles easily. A really great cause for the students, the staff and the Mother Earth!

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
coming, idea, knew, down, four, give, great, large, though, write

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: A Speech
Imagine you are running for class president. Why should your classmates vote for you? Write a short campaign speech.

Choice 2: An Explanation
What career would you choose if you had to make a choice today?  Write  a paragraph explaining why this career appeals to you.  What education or training would you need to pursue this career?

April 24 to 28

Field trip is April 27th.  We have a very limited number of tickets and chaperones have already been established.  If you had hoped to attend and have not already confirmed with the teacher please accept our apologies and consider coming to our next and final trip on June 1.

This week we will begin a math unit that includes some geometry.  We will continue to look at earth materials and engineering.  In Lang. Arts we are reading a story called The Goat in the Rug.

Second grade is hosting a special “Passport Program” in which parents are invited to come to speak about a different country or place on the globe that they have some knowledge about.  Presentations are short (15 minutes max) nd include pictures, food sample, clothing etc that teach us something about another place.  If you would like to present please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible.

April 27th is the final PTO meeting and it will honor parent volunteers from the school year.  Please attend if you are able.

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Walk-A-Thon

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
coming, down, four, give, great, idea, knew, large, though, write

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: Compare and Contrast
Look at a picture of a bicycle from current day and a picture of an old time bicycle and compare and contrast how the bike looks now compared to a long time ago.

Choice 2: An ad
Imagine that you have an unusual bicycle to sell.  Write an advertisement that answers the following questions:  What are the selling points of the bike?  How is it different from other bikes?  Why is it fun to ride? Write a catchy title.

April 3 to 6

This week we will end on Thursday.  Friday is a teacher furlough day.  And next week is Spring Break.
Homework assignments will end Wednesday evening, but please encourage our child to read every day.

We are so hungry for snack around 2 in the afternoon.  Please contribute something healthy we can all eat (nothing perishable due to the break)

Parents remember second graders often experience some anxiety when a long break in their routine is upon them.  Please be extra patient with your child as we lead to the week away from school.  And do your best to establish a concrete routine for over the break so your child can feel confident about what is expected.

This week we will take a close look at fiction variations (Cinderella and 3 Pigs, etc)
We will take a look how plant roots help with erosion.

Home Assignments:
Book report due Thursday
Math sheets Mon through Wednesday

March 25 to 30

Dear Parents,

We are still collecting food donations for the food drive.

We are really in need of snack contributions and pencils.

This week we will hear all of the Women’s history presentations.  Projects were due today.  If your child needs an extension this should have been arranged with your teacher in advance to avoid a ) in gradebook.

Buy your Ray School logo items before the prices go up next year!!  Shirts are $10 sweat pants $15.
Good for gym days and Warrior Wednesdays!.

This week we will continue a conversations about engineers in science.

This week students will be assigned a weekly book report/project instead of reading contracts.

We will begin unit 7 in math which is “Whole Number Operations and Measurement and Data”

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
boy, does, everyone.field, floor, found, into, their, toward, what’s

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: Creative Writing
Imagine a tree has just been stolen from the tree farm where you work.  How would you describe the tree? Write a paragraph telling the detective everything you can remember about the tree.

Choice 2: A Speech
Imagine that you are running for class president. Why should your classmates vote for you? Write a short campaign speech.

MArch 20 to 24

Food Drive Food Drive Food Drive Food Drive!!

Buy your Ray School logo items before the prices go up next year!!  Shirts are $10 sweat pants $15.
Good for gym days and Warrior Wednesdays!

Women’s History project due NO LATER Then this Friday.

Please continue to send in snacks.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.  If you have not given a snack yet please consider picking up something next time you are shopping.

This week we will begin a conversations about engineers in science.

This is the last week for reading contracts.  After this week students will be assigned a weekly book report/project instead of reading contracts.  Turn in your last reading log next Monday.

Finishing up Unit 6 in math and beginning unit 7 which is “Whole Number Operations and Measurement and Data”

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
across, behind, house, how, move, nothing, one, took, voice

A “Writing Application” COMPLETE RESEARCH FOR WOMEN”S HISTORY PRESENTATION

March 13 to 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

PACK A LUNCH FOR THE TRIP

Please note our food drive is in full swing.  Please donate.

Please contribute snack.

Please make sure your child has proper clothes and shoes for the weather.

We continue our unit on changes to the globe, our Women’s History study, and addition and subtraction using regrouping (carrying and borrowing)

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
I’ve, begins, being, flower, ground, laugh, ready, stood, tall, very

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing ApplicationNote parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1 A Story About Me, Told by a Friend
Write a story about a time a friend helped you from the friend’s point of view.

Choice 2: PLAYmates
Do you have a best friend?  Write a play (script) about two people who are best friends.Tell about some things they do together.  Tell it through dialogue.

March 6 to 10

Very exciting happenings in and around Ray this week!!

We will attend the Shedd Aquarium next week. We need parent chaperones to help out, as we will be trying the tour with ipads for the first time. 3 students will travel together with an ipad viewing the exhibits. We would like one parent for every 2 groups. Let us know if you can attend.

The Shedd Aquarium is hosting overnight experiences and April 7th there are a few openings still available. Check out their website for details on how to sign up.

The Women’s History project due at the end of the month is an exciting time for us to celebrate the powerful women who have come before us. If your family needs help finding resources please let us know. As questions of us as we get closer to the deadline.

There is currently a food drive in full swing at Ray. Please donate any non parishables. The drive ends next week.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
are, baby, didn’t, good, I’ll, is, please, sound

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application:

Choice 1: A Letter
Pretend you took a long car trip. Write a letter to a friend. Tell what you did for fun as you rode in the car. Did you sing songs? What games did you play?

Choice 2: It Auto Be Mine
Pretend you could have any car in the world. What kind would you want? Write about your car. Tell what it looks like and how it is special. Include a drawing of your car. Does it have special powers?