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It was so great meeting so many Ray kindergarten families this evening. There was however a little mix up. I did meet some students that are actually in Room 101 with Mrs. Burks. Your class is the room number that was on the long pink sheet. I, Ms. Maltz, am Room 104 and Mrs. Burks is Room 101. So if the room number listed next to your child’s name was 104, you are with me and if it was 101 you are with Mrs. Burks. Please feel free to contact the school for further clarification. Also, if you know any other Ray kindergarten families please inform them of this mix up.

Ice Cream Social

  • Monday, August 31st at 4 pm at Ray School
  • This is a great event to attend
  • I look forward to seeing you there!

Please take a look around this website and also the Ray School website. It is a great idea to sign up for the Ray PTA enews which you can find on the Ray website. You get weekly emails with lots of good information.

Welcome to Room 104! This is going to be a very exciting year.

Here is a little background on me:

I grew up in the north suburbs and have been living in the city for the last nine years.

I graduated from National-Louis University with a degree in Elementary Education. I completed my master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago to become a Reading Specialist. Last May I completed my endorsement in English as a Second Language also from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

My experience includes teaching kindergarten, second grade, and fifth grade. I have also been an aide and substitute. My CPS experience includes Blaine Elementary, Bell Elementary, and The Nettelhorst School. This will be my fourth year teaching kindergarten at Ray and I truly love and enjoy it.

During my free time I love to read, exercise, travel (the Pictures page above has many photos of things we study in kindergarten from my travels), go to the movies, go to restaurants, go to museums, and I have recently taken up cooking. In April 2013, I welcomed an english bulldog puppy into my life that I named Stella. She is a great dog and we spend lots of time on walks, going to the dog park, and just hanging out around the apartment. My students love to hear stories about what Stella has been up to. Because she is too cute to pass up, below is a picture of Stella from from July 2015. This is her “feed me” face:

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I post newsletters weekly and updates and reminders as necessary. I suggest you also check the pages on the top often as they are frequently updated. At the bottom of the blog you will see a follow button. Please click on that and enter your email address to subscribe. Once that is done you will receive an email every time I make a post. I encourage all Room 104 families to subscribe. It would also be helpful for you to send me an email with your name and the name of your student. That way I know I have your correct email. All newsletters and updates will be posted on the blog and sent as a paper copy in the home folders. Send me an email if you would like to go paperless with the newsletter. 

Our excellent kindergarten team will be working hard all year to meet the needs of all students.

Feel free to contact me at: rmaltz@cps.edu

Large Markers:  1 pack

Crayons:  8 packs

Jumbo Glue Sticks: 10 – 20 Glue Sticks

Pencils: 2 packs of 12 (Preferably Ticonderoga)

Big Erasers: 4

Expo Large Markers: 4

Paper Towels: 4 rolls

Kleenex: 2 boxes

Ziploc Gallon Bags (Last Name A-M): 1 package

Ziploc Sandwich Bags (Last Name N-Z): 1 package

Hand Sanitizer: 2

Disinfecting Wipes: 4

Watercolor Paint Pack

Folder: 1

Backpack

Supplies are communal (do not label)

Please label backpack and folder

 

This list is also linked on the pages above.

There are lots going on the last few days of school!

Thursday:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar performance is at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium.
  • Family and friends are encouraged to attend our performance. The students have been working so hard and are ready and eager to show off all they have done.
  • Banana Split Party Kindergarten End of the Year Celebration – 2:00 p.m. on the north playground.
  • Family is encouraged to attend.
  • We have asked for some tables to be set up.
  • If you are bringing donations for the celebration I can take them in the morning or you can bring them straight to the celebration.
  • If you are bringing something like a ice cream scooper, please label it so you will get it back.
  • If the weather does not cooperate we will be in the lunchroom.
  • Thanks in advance for all the donations!

Friday:

  • Last Day of School! It is a full day – 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • There will be an all school picnic. We are outside all morning and watch a movie in the afternoon.
  • Parents and family members are welcome to come to the picnic.
  • Students can bring towels to sit on, games, outside activities, and snacks.
  • Lunch will be provided, but students may bring their own if they would like.
  • Students should wear sunscreen, a hat, good shoes for running and playing, and should also dress for the weather.
  • Summer birthdays can bring a snack to share.
  • Report cards will be given out at the end of the day before dismissal.

 

 

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Here is the list of supplies students coming to first grade at Ray next year will need. The first grade teachers have also provided us with a hard copy that will be sent home today. You will also find a getting ready for first grade packet.

3 Dozen #2 Pencils (sharpened)

4 Marble Composition Books

8 Glue Sticks (no liquid glue)

1 Box of 24 Crayons

1 Box of Colored Pencils

4 3-prong pocket plastic folder (2 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue)

1 Box of markers

1 ream of copy paper

1 package black dry erase markers

2 rolls of paper towels

2 boxes of tissues

1 bottle of hand sanitizer

1 package of band-aids

 

If you have any family or friends attending Ray kindergarten next year, you can direct them to the top of my blog where they can find their supply list.

Room 104 Families,

 

Donors Choose

  • All (four!) of my Donor’s Choose projects have been funded. Thanks for your donations and helping to get the word out.

Fish and Snails

 

  • Our fish and snail are going to need new homes as our school year starts to wind down. If you would like one or more of the fish or the snail, please let me know. There are five fish and one snail.

 

Sight Words

  • I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be, big, little, on, it, to, a, is, look, at, my, here, yes, no, day, come, run, have, go, me, you, said, in, are, zero, do, that, one, up, down, two, he, she, three, four, with, play, five, love, by, six, because, will, seven, away, want, fun, eight, all, did, blue, black, brown, red, yellow, orange, purple, pink, green, white, gray, nine, ten, for, us, of, was, as, from, his, her, out, this, what, get, went, they, not, where, got, make, find, but, eat, funny, help, good, please, who, under, so, pretty, had, very, or, too, must, first

Letter of the Week: Review

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Greet Five People
  • Activity –  Practice Play Songs
  • Sharing – Students will share what they are excited about for first grade, insect research projects

Wednesday, June 17th

  • We will attend the school talent show

Thursday, June 18th

  • Room 104 will be performing The Very Hungry Caterpillar at 10:30 am in the auditorium.
  • Parents and family member attendance is welcomed and encouraged to attend
  • Costumes are already due, please turn them in if you have not
  • At 2:00 pm we will be having our kindergarten celebration, A Banana Split Party, on the playground
  • Please see the blog post and paper sent home for the donations needed

Friday, June 19th

  • Last Day of School! It is a full day – 8:45 to 3:45
  • There will be an all school picnic. We are outside all morning and watch a movie in the afternoon.
  • Parents and family members are welcome to come to the picnic
  • Students can bring towels to sit on, games, outside activities, and snacks.
  • Lunch will be provided, but students may bring their own if they would like
  • Students should wear sunscreen, a hat, and dress for the weather.
  • Summer birthdays can bring a snack to share.
  • Report cards will be given out at the end of the day before dismissal.

Thanks!

  • This school year was a great success, in part, to the dedication of all the families. Education is a joint effort between home and school. Thanks for actively participating in the education of your child and helping them to start on a great path. The students are ready to become first graders, wherever they may be, and that is very exciting! The students have grown so much over the past school year and have learned so much. I am looking forward to seeing them as big first graders in the halls next year.
  • I will be checking my work email over the summer if any questions come up.

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Please return any library books you may have at home.
  • A form has been sent home asking you to indicate if your child will be returning to Ray next year. This information is very important in properly planning for next year. I still have not received all the forms and it has been sent home twice to some students. If you need a new one, let me know!
  • Kindergarten classrooms are a great place to donate things you do not need anymore. We can find a use for almost anything!
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse at home.
  • Each student has their own Bob Book (http://bobbooks.com/) in their read to self bags. Students are able to practice their books during centers (usually with the third grade buddies) and read them correctly to me to pass on to the next book. These are great books! Please refer to the link with any questions.
  • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. You may turn them in to me. Each Box Top earns money for the school. http://www.boxtopsforeducation.info

Ms. Maltz

rmaltz@cps.edu

Room 104 Families,

As the school year winds down you may find your child talking more and more about first grade. Many of the students are very excited to be moving on to first grade and some are more hesitant. Both are completely normal. Students may be nervous about getting grades, new kids in the class, and a new teacher. And others are extremely excited about those things and more. We spend a lot of time in the last quarter of being in Room 104 talking about first grade. While it is a transition, it is an exciting one. We talk about how exciting it will be to have a new teacher, make new friends, go on different field trips, learn new things, and all the fun experiences they will have in first grade. I encourage you to do the same; talk about how things will be new but exciting.

As a kindergarten teacher, my job is to prepare the students for first grade in many ways. At this point in the year we talk about how they may like their first grade teacher better than me, learn more from one of those wonderful teachers and how that is a good thing. We talk about how after being in first grade they would never even think of wanting to be back in kindergarten. I had a student last year that was hesitant to move to first grade, but on the second day of being in first grade she saw me in the hallway and with a huge smile told me I was right, that first grade was the best and she loved it.

I can’t wait to see the kids walking around as first graders!

Ms.Maltz

Room 104 Families,

 

Donors Choose

  • All (four!) of my Donor’s Choose projects have been funded. Thanks for your donations and helping to get the word out.

Fish and Snails

 

  • Our fish and snail are going to need new homes as our school year starts to wind down. If you would like one or more of the fish or the snail, please let me know. There are five fish and one snail.

 

 

Sight Words: too, must, first

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also sing our sight word songs.

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be, big, little, on, it, to, a, is, look, at, my, here, yes, no, day, come, run, have, go, me, you, said, in, are, zero, do, that, one, up, down, two, he, she, three, four, with, play, five, love, by, six, because, will, seven, away, want, fun, eight, all, did, blue, black, brown, red, yellow, orange, purple, pink, green, white, gray, nine, ten, for, us, of, was, as, from, his, her, out, this, what, get, went, they, not, where, got, make, find, but, eat, funny, help, good, please, who, under, so, pretty, had, very, or

 

Letter of the Week: Review

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Greet Five People as Any Animal
  • Activity – Parts of an Insect Song
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite insect and why

Our Day

  • Our day will go a little differently this week
  • Morning – Learning about and doing butterfly activities
    • Learn about the difference between butterflies and moths
    • Caterpillar/Butterfly Life Cycle
    • Writing Prompts
    • Sequence The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    • Read many fiction and nonfiction books about butterflies
  • Early Afternoon – Kindergarten Memory Books
  • Afternoon – The Very Hungry Caterpillar practice
    • If anyone would like to help with our rehearsals, let me know
    • Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help behind the scenes the day of the performance

Family Insect Project

 

  • Turn this in by Friday, June 12

 

  • We will be having a mini kindergarten science fair
  • Specific information is on the blog and has been sent home in folders

Thursday, June 18th

  • Room 104 will be performing The Very Hungry Caterpillar at 10:30 am in the auditorium.
  • Parents and family member attendance is welcomed and encouraged
  • Costumes are due Wednesday, June 10th
  • At 2:00 pm we will be having our kindergarten celebration, A Banana Split Party, on the playground
  • Please see the blog post and paper sent home for the donations needed

Friday, June 19th

  • Last Day of School! It is a full day – 8:45 to 3:45
  • There will be an all school picnic. We are outside all morning and watch a movie in the afternoon.
  • Parents and family members are welcome to come to the picnic
  • Students can bring towels to sit on, games, outside activities, and snacks.
  • Lunch will be provided, but students may bring their own if they would like
  • Students should wear sunscreen, a hat, and dress for the weather.
  • Summer birthdays can bring a snack to share.
  • Report cards will be given out at the end of the day before dismissal.

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • I will be out of school on Thursday, June 11th.
  • Please return any library books you may have at home.
  • A form has been sent home asking you to indicate if your child will be returning to Ray next year. This information is very important in properly planning for next year. I still have not received all the forms and it has been sent home twice to some students. If you need a new one, let me know!
  • Kindergarten classrooms are a great place to donate things you do not need anymore. We can find a use for almost anything!
  • The final Scholastic Book Order has been placed and should be arriving shortly.
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse at home.
  • Each student has their own Bob Book (http://bobbooks.com/) in their read to self bags. Students are able to practice their books during centers (usually with the third grade buddies) and read them correctly to me to pass on to the next book. These are great books! Please refer to the link with any questions.
  • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. You may turn them in to me. Each Box Top earns money for the school. http://www.boxtopsforeducation.info

Ms. Maltz

rmaltz@cps.edu

We had such a great Beach Day in Room 104 today. The students did such a great job; they have come such a far way. I really think it was one of our best days and definitely one of the most fun. I am not a really a picture person, but I got myself to take a few. Here they are:

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I didn’t take any pictures at our afternoon recess, but it was a great time filled with bubbles, balloons, popsicles, chalk, beach balls, playing, and friends.

Banana Split Kindergarten Celebration!

Who: All of Kindergarten

When: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Where: Ray Playground

Why: To celebrate with our families all the fun and learning we have accomplished this year.

 

*Things we need:

* bananas

* bowls and spoons

*scooper

* sprinkles

*caramel and hot fudge

*cherries

*whipped cream

*candies (m&ms, oreos, etc. )

Please email if you would like to bring something and what it is that you can bring.


*Teacher will email to confirm what you are bringing.  Please wait for that confirmation to make sure we have everything we need.  This would not be possible without all the help and support from our wonderful parents.  Thank you in advance for all that you do.