Meet and Greet (Attendance Highly Recommended)
When: Friday, September 1st
Where: Ray School Preschool Annex
Time: 1-2 pm
This is the time when you receive your child’s classroom assignment and meet the Preschool Staff. You will be informed of important information and get a tour of your child’s classroom. We will distribute parking passes for drop off and pick up, get classroom specific details, and ask questions. **Detailed curriculum information will be shared at the Open House later in September.
First Day of School Information
The first day of school will be Tuesday, September 5th, 2017!
Afternoon Class 1:00- 3:35
We are inviting all students to attend with their parents for the first half hour of the school day. This will be an opportunity for your children to get acquainted with the classroom. We will read a book together and say good-bye to our families. If you think your child will have a difficult time, please stay in the annex for an additional half hour to ensure that your student transitions into the classroom. If your child has a difficult time saying good-bye we will have you take your child with you and return for a half hour the following day and for the rest of the week until they are comfortable in the classroom. Please review the following information for tips for separation anxiety and 1st day logistics.
What you will need the first day of school:
NO Backpacks- it gets very crowded when winter outerwear is added daily!
***We do not have enough cubby space for children to bring backpacks. The only exception is for children who are going onto another care facility directly after class (i.e., Little People’s Learning Center). So please do not bring backpacks to school.
1) Change of clothing for your child, including pants/shorts, underwear, shirt, socks, shoes, with your child’s name on all items. Please put sunscreen on your child before they come to school. We will spend a lot of time outdoors when the weather permits.
2) Photo of your family that will be left at school on our school family tree.
3) We have a short “wish list” for parents who would like to donate the following
* 1 box of facial tissue
* 1 Bottle of Lysol (disinfecting spray) or 1 container of disinfecting wipes
* 1 roll of paper towels (Select-A-Size is preferred)
* 1 box gallon-sized zip-lock bags, 1 box quart-sized zip-lock bags
* 1 ream of white computer paper
* 1 ream of colored computer paper
* 1 container of Hand wipes (Wet ones, baby wipes)
* 2 bottles of hand soap
* 1 11/2” Binder
**We may have more wish list items as the school year progresses.
Ray Pre-k Team
The First Day of School
The first day of school can be a wonderful or terrifying event for both parents and children. We can do things to help us through this process.
Do not hang around at the door or peering through windows after you have said goodbye. Once your child sees that you are reluctant to leave, it is harder for them to feel safe and it is more difficult for the teachers to engage the child in classroom activities. BRING TISSUES! This may be harder for you than your child.
Happy Summer Break! We hope everyone has an enjoyable summer! Be sure to explore all the free activities Chicago has to offer, sign up for a library card and read loads of books with your preschooler.
In addition, the Office of Early Childhood has purchased our school a Scholastic BookFlix account. Once on the website login with username: eceray password: eceray. Happy Reading!
Ray preschool is a half day, play-based preschool program. In order to apply for preschool you must visit the Chicago Early Learning Website.
After you have received notification from CPS that you have been accepted you have 14 days to verify your placement. You must visit a verification center located at one of these sites.
List of Family Resource CentersVisit a Chicago Early Learning Family Resource Center to review your options and submit an application with an application support representative.
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Avalon Park Library
8148 S. Stony Island, Chicago IL 60617Hours: MW: 12PM-8PM; TTH: 10AM-6PM; F: 9AM-5PM
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Budlong Woods Library
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4655 S. Dearborn St, Chicago Il 60609Hours: M-F: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Humboldt Park Library***
1605 N. Troy, Chicago IL 60647Hours: MW: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm; TTH: 10:00am – 6:00pm; F: 9:00 am – 5:00 PM
115 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago IL 60624Hours: MW: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm; TTH: 10:00am – 6:00pm; F: 9:00 am – 5:00 PM
Little Village Library***
2311 S. Kedzie Ave, Chicago IL 60623Hours: MW: 10PM-6PM; TTH: 12PM-8PM; F: 9AM-5PM
McKinley Park Library***
1915 W. 35th St, Chicago IL 60609Hours: MW: 12PM-8PM; TTH: 10AM-6PM; F: 9AM-5PM
5108 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60641Hours: MW: 12PM-8PM; TTH: 10AM-6PM; F: 9AM-5PM
Thurgood Marshall Library
7506 S. Racine Ave, Chicago IL 60620Hours: MW: 12PM-8PM; TTH: 10AM-6PM; F: 9AM-5PM
West Lawn Library***
4020 W. 63rd St, Chicago IL 60629Hours: MW: 12PM-8PM; TTH: 10AM-6PM; F: 9AM-5PM
After verifying your position you must come and register at Ray. The Ray office has limited days that they will be open this summer. The dates are listed below.
A Preschool teacher will try and be present each Wednesday that the office is open. Please email: Becky Weinberg at email@example.com or Bethanie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Ray’s Summer Office Hours
July 18-20th, 10am-1pm
July 25-27th, 10am-1pm
August 8-10th, 10am-1pm
August 15-17th, 10 am-1pm
August 22-24th, 10am-1pm
August 28-Sept. 1st, 8:45-3:45 pm
*And by appointment only:
Principal, Megan Thole: email@example.com
Assistant Principal, Gayle Harris-Neely: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be on the look out for a welcome letter in your email for parents that have been accepted. You can also look back at our blogs for more updates.
The students have been thoroughly engrossed in the butterfly and plant life cycle. The children are enthused about learning lots of new vocabulary words. A few of those words are: metamorphosis, proboscis and molting, Be sure to ask your child about the life cycles.
We are beginning our cleaning and reflection of school year. The children will assist in cleaning the manipulatives and toys we have used over the year and discuss how they used the materials. Please be sure to dress your child accordingly (lots of wet/water activities).
We are calling on our wonderful parents to come and assist us in packing up the classroom for the summer. The annual Parent Pack and Play day will be on Wednesday, June 14th. If you are able to help out please sign up on the sign-up sheet. The more parents we get the faster the packing goes.
Thank you, in advance!
IMPORTANT PRESCHOOL NEWS
The school year is winding down very quickly! In order to prepare for next year the Ray Preschool program will be closing down for 3 days. We will be completing registration for new incoming students. Students who are returning for their 2nd year of preschool do not need to complete new registration forms (you guys completed the large amounts of paper work already!) We will close down Thursday June 15th, Friday June 16th, and Monday June 19th (There will be no preschool classes). We will have our goodbye picnic at Bixler Park on Tuesday, June 20th!
Please be sure to continue to read the teacher blog for details about more end of the year events.
I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day weekend!
If you are able to help out during the Walk-A-Thon please let me know!
Being that our topic of studies will be more nature centered we will spend a great deal of time outdoors. Please dress your child accordingly. Remember to put sunscreen on before they come to school. In addition, flip flop types of sandals are not ideal for running and gross motor activities on playground. You are welcomed to leave a pair of old/play running shoes at school for your child to change into when needed (please write their names somewhere on the shoe –inside of the tongue is a great place).
As the weather begins to warm up we will visit Bixler Park and also travel over to Botany Pond to observe the baby ducks and turtles. I will post notices on the entry door and sign-in sheet to remind you of the days we will be traveling over. We are also asking for a wagon or two to take with us. We will also need gallons of water and small Dixie cups (any donation is welcomed). We also like to offer a small snack on our trips (graham crackers, animal crackers, and pretzel rods are always a hit), donations are welcomed as well.
Kindergarten Visits for children going to Kindergarten (children returning to Pre K next year do not need to visit this year):
Are you interested in learning more about the Kindergarten program at Ray? If so, please come to Ray School on May 17th from 2:45-3:45 when our K teachers will showcase the curriculum and discuss a “day in the life” of a Ray Kindergartner. Our main entrance is on Kimbark Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets.
The Ray Walk-A -thon is Friday May 19, 2017. Please join us for our annual walk. The preschoolers will walk at 9:45- 10:15 in the morning and from 1:15-1:45 in the afternoon class. We need volunteers for both sessions. If you are able to join us, please let me know. Be sure to bring your water bottle, and wear comfortable shoes and clothing, along with sunglasses and a hat or other sun protection. You may want to bring rain gear too. This is a rain or shine event!
This past week we have been focusing on the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." We will continue our in depth study into this fairy tale next week as well. The students have really been enjoying this story. They love telling me that Goldilocks made some bad choices. We have extended the story by comparing two different versions, figuring out the story elements, talking about what will happen next and sorting objects by size.
Next week, we will writing about our favorite version of Goldilocks, introducing 3D shapes and work on our super secret Mother's Day gifts.
Ray School Walk-a-thon: May 19, 2017. You can help us walk too! Sign your child up now for the Walk-a-thon. Student fundraising pages can be made here. We will be walking to help the school have better outdoor experiences and a water bottle, water fountain.
End of the Year: June 20th
This past week we have been so busy reading all different Three Little Pig Books. The students love hearing the story and noticing the similarities and differences of each story. On Friday, we celebrated Earth Day by working in the garden. Be sure to ask your preschoolers all about the hard work that they did. Next week in addition to celebrating The Week of the Young Child, we will also be learning more about plants and how they grow. Finally, since the preschoolers enjoyed the Three Little Pigs so much we might sneak in another version or two about the Three Little Pigs.
We will be very busy this upcoming week. If you would like to volunteer to help with planting or walking to the Pond please let us know. The more hands the better!
Next week is the Week of the Young Child. We will be celebrating by a week of fun activities.
Monday: Planting Day (Wear your gardening clothes)
Tuesday: Pajama Day
Wednesday: Spirit Day (wear green and white)/ Fun at Bixler Park
Thursday: Botany Pond (weather permitting)/Hat Day
Friday: Show and Tell (bring in a small item the child can show his or her classmates).
Thank you to all the parents that made it to the Transportation Performance! The Preschoolers were so excited to share their hard work and their favorite song. I have a video of the morning classes performance but I am missing the afternoon class! If you have the video can you please send it to me. Thanks in advance.
When we return from break we will be focusing on Fairy Tales and Gardening. We will begin by reading all the different versions of The Three Little Pigs. We will be comparing the stories and investigating how the pigs built their houses.
We will be planting seeds for our garden outside all week. If you are willing to help plant, we would love your help. We also are taking donations of potting cups we can plant seeds in as well as organic potting soil. If you can donate let me know.
Important Upcoming Dates:
April 19th– No School- Parent & Teacher Conferences (Please be sure to sign up after spring break)
May 18th– Ray Walk-a-Thon (fundraising goal is $25,000- we exceeded this goal last year!) More information will be forthcoming.
This week we will be finishing up our Transportation Study. The preschoolers have really enjoyed learning about different forms of transportation and are really excited to preform their transportation show for you! We have been working hard on our costumes and practicing! We continue perfecting our show this week and finishing up our costumes. We will be preforming our show on April 6, 2017! The morning class will be preforming at 11:00 and the afternoon at 3:20. We hope you can make it! We will try and record it and put it on the blog if you can not make it!
April 7th– No School- Furlough Day for all of CPS
April 10th -14th– No School – Spring Break (Please be sure to read 3 books a day with your child over break.)
April 19th– No School- Parent & Teacher Conferences (We have a sheet next to the sign in sheets for Parent Teacher Conferences. Please find a time to sign up. If none of the times work for you, I can meet with you before or after school.)
May 18th– Ray Walk-a-Thon (fundraising goal is $25,000- we exceeded this goal last year!) More information will be forthcoming.
Urgent need: We desperately need tissues for the classroom. Please considering bringing in a box.
We are still working on our transportation unit! This week we are focusing on planes and trains! We will be reading different books about how planes and trains work. The science area we will be making paper airplanes and trying to make them fly. The the art area we will be doing a variety of projects related to planes and trains. We will be finishing up this project on April 6th before spring break starts! Be sure to ask your student all about the different kinds of transportation we have been studying.
This week all CPS teachers will be strictly adhering to our "working hours"-8:45-3:45. Please be sure to be on time for pick up. Students who are not picked up by 3:45 will be brought to the office.
April 7th- No School- Furlough Day for all of CPS
April 10th -14th- No School – Spring Break
April 19th- No School- Parent & Teacher Conferences
Urgent: We are in desperate need of tissues. Please consider donating a box today.
Anyone have any BIG BOXES? We are going to be turing our Kitchen area into an auto shop. We need big boxes to make cars and trucks. If you receive any large packages in the next couple weeks please consider bringing us the box. Thanks in advance!
During small groups this week we will be using our shape knowledge to create patterns. We will also be sorting upper-case letters and lower-case letters and sorting numbers by their quantities.
We will also be continuing our study of transportation. This week we will focus on cars. If you have any fun car books at home please send them in so we can enjoy them as a class. We will find out what the preschoolers already know about cars and then find out what they are particularly interested in learning about cars and then going from there!
Have a wonderful week!