We had a short but busy week in 413!
One we started our Fall/Autumn Study with an observational drawing of an apple. One of the important skills we are working on in Pre-K are our observation skills, this skill will help us become future scientists as we create theories, ask questions and figure out how to find the answers. As you are taking a walk with your child, ask them to describe what they are seeing!
Next week we will start an in depth study of apples. We will be having our first round of apple tasting Thursday, 12th. We are asking for parents to donate apples for this activity. We are in need of some sort of reddish apple, granny smiths, and yellow delicious apples. If you are able to bring a few in that would be great!
If you see a cool gourd or pumpkin please bring it in for us to observe!
Also a huge thank you to all the families who came to our Parent/Child Expo! We had a great turn out and hope you had fun playing and learning with your child.
Field Trip Money is Due FRIDAY 10/20.
Have a great week,
Ms. Weinberg and Ms. Moore
We have a couple of important events coming up. Please be sure to mark your calendars!
Parent and Child Activity Expo
We are excited to have our first Parent and Child Activity Day of the 2017-2018 school year! This will take place Friday, October 13th, in the school cafeteria from 9:15-10:15 am. Please be sure to arrive at 9:15 so that you can complete all of the activities.
Parent and Child learning experiences are a crucial part of what makes Ray preschool so successful. The activity day allows parents to join their child in exploring various developmentally appropriate activities during the (hands-on) interactive session. Parents get to experience the games and activities that their child is being exposed to at school. This is a great time for parents to get a better understanding of what Ray’s preschool expectations are for the students. Parents will get new ideas to extend learning at home in addition to gauging what their child can do and what areas their child needs more experiences with.
The preschool staff will transform the cafeteria into a learning expo where the parent and child rotate through various activities. Each child needs to have a grown up accompany them for the entire exploration hour. All students (morning and afternoon) are invited to participate in the expo from 9:15- 10:15 am in the school cafeteria. There will be no normal class session on this day. If you are unable to attend the morning expo and would like to get a small sample of what occurred in the morning there will be a smaller version in the afternoon from 1-2 pm. An adult must attend this session with their child as well. If you need to experience the smaller version please let your teacher know.
Younger siblings are welcomed at this event. If you are not able to make it please consider asking another special adult to join your child for this special event!
Kindergarten Lottery Information
As many of you know Chicago Public Schools uses a lottery system for parents to apply to schools outside of their “attendance or neighborhood school” (your “neighborhood” school is zoned by your address. To find out what your neighborhood school is visit: http://go.cps.edu/how-to-apply/elementary-schooland scroll down to How it Works and click the search button….this should be up and working on October 10th). If you would like for your child to attend Ray Elementary for kindergarten but you live outside the “neighborhood boundaries” you MUST apply through the lottery application process.
Also if you would like to apply for any other school “neighborhood school or a Magnet School (math/science, Montessori or Humanities), Magnet Cluster School (technology, world language, fine performing arts) or Selective Enrollment School (Academic Centers, Gifted Centers, or Classical) you MUST apply as well.
You can apply starting October 10th. You should go to: http://cps.edu/AccessAndEnrollment/Pages/OAE.aspx before October 10thto familiarize yourself with the process and learn more information about the various schools Chicago Public Schools offers. Log on to the new application site go.cps.edu on October 10th to get started. We are highly suggesting you start the process on October 10th. Chances to get your selected school are higher if you apply early.
***Important Dates for the application process:
October 10, 2017 –Application Period Begins
December 22, 2017 Application Period Ends
April 2018- Notification Letters Released
****If you child will be returning for a 2nd year of preschool you DO NOT need to apply for the lottery you are guaranteed a preschool slot here next year.
Field Trip to Eden’s Place– Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 9:15 to Noon
*****Forms and Money are due Friday, October 21st.
We are winding down our “All About Me” Topic of Study with a few more family focused activities. This week we will be graphing how many people are in our families and creating family pictures. In addition, we will be discussing some special things we do with our families. We will also continue working on our names. We will be graphing how many letters are in our name. Some students will be writing their names and others will be doing name puzzles.
We will begin our study of Apples/Gourds/Pumpkins. We are collecting unique and cool looking gourds. Please feel free to add to our collection. We will end our study with a field trip to Eden’s Nature Center on Tuesday, October 31st. Please keep an eye out for the permission slip in your child’s mailbox. We are looking for parent volunteers to accompany us on the trip. All children both morning and afternoon children will attend from 9:15-noon. Please keep an eye out for the permission slip form in your child’s mailbox. If you would like to volunteer to assist us on our field trip please review the following expectations and responsibilities let me know you are interested:
FIELD TRIP VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES
Parent participation is essential in ensuring that our preschool children have appropriate field trip experiences. We highly appreciate parents who are able to assist us on our outings! We want to thank all of the parents who will be assisting us on our trips in advance!
On field trips we ask that parents supervise their child along with a small group of other children. We ask that you follow all safety rules and abide by the set schedule especially for meal and departure times. We ask that you assist in buckling all students into and out of their seat belts. We ask that you buddy up with another adult to take children to the bathroom (if needed). We also ask that parents do not take part in any extra activities that are not included in the pre-planned field trip (i.e. going to any show/exhibit/performance that is an extra cost, or purchase treats or toys at souvenir shops). We have children with food allergies and it could be potentially dangerous to partake in treats/food made with unknown ingredients.
-Family Photos (Check out our Family Tree-It is missing some families!)
-Name Letter (Short explanation about why you chose your child's name)
-Friday October 6, 2017 will be our special Reading Day
-Every Friday is FIT FRIDAY. Please dress your child in their athletic wear (gym shoes and clothes your child can move in)! Be sure to check out our FUN FIT FRIDAY display board outside our classroom.
-Don't forget that Sundays are school nights. Please make sure your preschooler is going to bed on time! We had three students fall asleep in class this Monday.
Have a great week,
Ms. Weinberg and Ms. Moore
This week in Room 413 we began working in four different small groups. The children worked on creating letters with play dough, making patterns with pattern blocks, identifying their name and using their fine motor skills to cover each letter with stickers and exploring what they could make using lines and curves. They did a wonderful job working in small groups. We will continue to help the children build their stamina for working on one activity at a time as the weeks progress.
Ms. Weinberg and Ms. Moore
We have successfully completed week two of school! The children are learning all about the materials in our classroom and making new friends. We will continue to study “All About Me” for the next few weeks. Some students have already taken home the All About Me Bag. Be on the look out for your child's turn. We love learning about each student!
Please make sure you have turned in your child's name letter and family picture.
This week marked the start of our very first Fit Friday! It was a huge success. The children picked and sampled veggies from our garden. Ask your child what their favorite veggie was and check out our chart in the classroom.
We will learning all about our Work It Out Wheel over the next 6 weeks. The Wheel is a tool that we use to help children figure out how to solve problems in the classroom. The six items on the Wheel are 1. Bugs and Wishes. 2. Share or take a turn 3. Find a new friend. 4. Take a Balloon Breath. 5. Take a break and cool down. 6. Walk away. Last week we discussed "Take a Balloon breath" and next week we will be discussing "Walk Away."
In addition, next week we will also be coming up with classroom rules. The students will listen to the book, "David Goes to School." by David Shannon and then coming up with rules that they think will be good in our classroom. We will then decide on four important rules and each student will put their hand print on the rules to say that they agree to follow the rules.
We also now have an easy way to donate online for the The Jane Averill Community Reading Day Friday, on October 6, 2017. Please view below and use the following link to make a donation if you’d like:
Donate online here: https://www.semcoop.com/jane-averill-community-reading-day Donate in person here: 57th Street Books 1301 E. 57th Street, 773-684-1300 Hours: Daily 10a-8p Tell them it is for the Jane Averill Community Reading Day We hope to provide the Pre-K or K students in these schools with a copy of the book read that day. Please share widely and spread the word! For more information: email@example.com or go to http://hydeparkcac.blogspot.com
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.
5615 W. Race Ave, Chicago IL 60644Hours: MW: 12PM-8PM; TTH: 10AM-6PM; F: 9AM-5PM
Avalon Park Library
8148 S. Stony Island, Chicago IL 60617Hours: MW: 12PM-8PM; TTH: 10AM-6PM; F: 9AM-5PM
1226 W. Ainslie St, Chicago IL 60640Hours: MW: 12PM-8PM; TTH: 10AM-6PM; F: 9AM-5PM
Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60659Hours: MW: 12PM-8PM; TTH: 10AM-6PM; F: 9AM-5PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Bethanie Smith at email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal, Gayle Harris-Neely: email@example.com
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!