The Ray News
Volume 14, Issue 5
October 4, 2010
Autumn: the year’s last, loveliest smile.
MEAP TESTING… Students will begin testing next What’s Happening?
Tuesday, October 12 and continue through October
Please check your child’s planner each night to see
21. If possible, please keep these dates in mind
what new concepts they are lear ning in math.
when scheduling appointments. It is important for
students to be in school on these days. It is also Students will continue to meet in literacy groups
very important that students are well rested, eat a this week. Your child has a literacy menu containing the
healthy breakfast, and stay positive during the week’s grammar and spelling focus. The literacy menu is
MEAP tests. Thank you for your support. designed to keep students organized throughout the week.
READING CALENDA RS… The October reading There will be a spelling test on Friday. Students may log
calendar was sent home with last week’s on to www.spellingcity.com to practice their spelling
newsletter. Please make sure your child records words.
their reading times each day. Students must also In Science, we will continue to lear n about the
return their September reading calendar and their
Solar System. Students have begun to research their
moon phase calendar in order to receive a grade.
planets with their groups. T he students will be creating a
. WEST WING BEGINS… Fifth graders were blog with the information they find through their research.
introduced to the West Wing Project last Thursday.
While a majority of this project will be completed in The West Wing project will be the center of
class, students may also need to work on parts of attention in Social Studies this week. Students will lear n
this project at home. In addition to learning about about mapping skills and timelines as they complete
the White House, presidency, and U.S. government section 1 of the project. Attached to this newsletter is a
we are also hoping that students learn the copy of the West Wing Project outline.
importance of managing time, organizing materials We will begin reading Number the Stars, by: Lois
and setting goals for themselves. The tentativ e due
Lowry, in book club this week. Students will build
dates are as follows:
background on World War II before beginning this novel in
Section 1……………….DUE Oct. 25 order to better understand the text.
Section2.…………..….DUE Nov. 15
Section 3 & 4…………DUE Dec. 2 HALLOWEEN PARTY UPDATE
On Friday, October 29th we will be having a party
Oral Presentation……DUE Dec. 6 following the parade and trunk-or-treat. We have posted
BINDERS FOR $1… We are suggesting that students a sign-up sheet on the 5th grade information board in our
keep all of their West Wing Project materials organized in classroom area. If you are available to donate treats or
a binder w hile they are working on the project. supplies to our par ty, please stop by and sign-up. If you
Eventually, students will be able to use the binder to turn are unable to come into school to sign-up, you will find a
in their final project. We have recycled binders available sheet attached to this newsletter that you could fill out
for students to purchase for $1.00 at school. The and return to school with your child. Thank you for your
money received will go to the Boy Scouts. suppor t!!
FIELD STUDY…Last week we sent home the
permission slip for our first field study. We will be
taking a trip to the Sloan Museum on November 1,
2010. Permission slips are due October 15,
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October 5 Flag Football Mayfield @ Chatfield
October 7 Flag Football Chatfield @ Seaton
October 11 Flag Football Make-ups if necessary
October 13 Flag Football Playoff Games
October 16 Flag Football Jamboree/ Super Bowl XLT
October 12-21 MEAP Testing
October 22 Fall Recess/ No School
October 25-28 Make-up MEAP Testing
October 25-28 Fall Intensive Study
October 29 Halloween Parade
November 5 End of first quarter
November 9 Fall Sports Awards Program 6:30 p.m.
November 12 Report Cards
November 15-18 Parent/Teacher Conferences
HOW CAN I CONTACT AN
CLASSROOM ECONOMY UPPER EL TEACHER???
The Ray Community operates a classroom economy
Upper El Teachers can be reached by
throughout the year in which students create a
phone before school from 8:00-8:30 a.m.
monetar y unit, design currency and earn money for
classroom jobs w hile learning about personal
or after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Feel
finance. We also have a “Ray Community Store”
free to e-mail questions or concerns at
where students can use their money to purchase anytime.
items. We are looking for families that might be
able to donate small items that students could
purchase at the school store. We w ould appreciate TEACHER EXTENSIONS
any of the following items to start our school CHATFIELD SCHOOL (810-667-8970)
MECHA NICA L PENCILS, COOL PENS, NON- Mrs. LaForge X210
PERISHABLE INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED Direct phone number: 810-538-1710
SNA CK ITEMS, CA NS OF POP, LOCKER e-mail: email@example.com
DECORATIONS, BOOK COVERS, POSTERS, OR
ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU THINK 5th GRADE Mrs. Lange X206
STUDENTS MIGHT ENJOY. Direct phone number: 810- 538-1706
*** THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! ***
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