Archive for August 2014

Room 104 Families,

Morning Meeting:

  • This Week we will do the Good Morning Friends Greeting.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Listen to Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for the First Day of Kindergarten.
  • Listen to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom then students will create their own name tree
  • Students will be asked to identify their name, tell me the first letter, and tell me where it should go on the word wall.
  • Listen to many read aloud about the first day of school, school, and friends.
  • Read to Self, our first literacy center will be introduced. This week we will work on building stamina starting with reading for three full minutes at a time and hopefully gaining a minute each day until we reach our goal of 15 minutes.
  • Students will learn the song, Who Let the Letters Out? There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.


  • Partner Match – students will need to find the person that has the same length paper as them. We will use the following vocabulary words: length, match, compare, bigger, smaller, longer, shorter, same length.
  • Introduction to Pattern Blocks – students will explore pattern blocks and their names/attributes. They will also be able to trace the blocks to make patterns/designs.
  • Countdown to Zero – we will learn about the word, “none” and read Five Little Monkeys. We will practice counting backwards.
  • Students will get to explore different parts of the math center.


  • Students will be introduced to independent journaling this week. We will start with how to make a wow picture and come up with a list of topics to write about. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): School Rules and Classroom Community Building

  • Listen to The Kissing Hand then make a first day of school project.
  • Students will help me read the pictures of No, David! and brainstorm class rules.
  • Students will draw their own hopes and dreams to decorate the classroom.

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • We have not started homework yet, but please get in the habit of or continue reading at least 20 minutes a day with your child.
  • School starts promptly at 8:45 am. I will pick up the students on the north playground at the spot labeled 104.
  • Dismissal is 3:45 pm. I will dismiss the students at the wall near the doors of the north playground. Students are handed off directly to the person picking them up. Students must say good-bye to me and shake my hand before they leave. Adults picking up the children should walk to me, I will not be sending them across the playground or out the gates to someone. If your child is going home with someone new, please send a note or email letting me know.
  • Accidents happen. It is preferred that students keep an extra pair of clothes at school. Students may keep their clothes in their backpack or their locker in the classroom.
  • As far as I have been told lunch is free to all students. Students may also bring a lunch from home.
  • Breakfast is served in the cafeteria and is available to all students. If a student would like breakfast they should be at the cafeteria around 8:30 am.
  • If a student is tardy they should go directly to the security guard and obtain a tardy slip. They will then hand that to me when they get to the classroom.
  • You may contact me at or by calling the school. My blog address is Click the follow button on the bottom and enter your email address to receive all blog posts straight to your inbox. I prefer that families do this so that they do not have to remember to check it. All updates will be sent directly to you if you subscribe.
  • Room 104 loves having volunteers, however I will not be asking for volunteers until October. You have received a volunteer packet. This must be filled out if you would like to volunteer in the classroom or on a field trip. If you have filled this out in the past, Ray School is asking you to do it again.
  • We will be having monthly birthday celebrations. You will receive a letter the month of your child’s birthday with all the information. July and August birthdays will be celebrated in June.
  • It was so great getting to meet so many Room 104 families at the Ice Cream Social. I am looking forward to having a wonderful first week back and am so excited to get the school year started.

Ms. Maltz

Just a few things to know:

Thursday, August 28th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Ice Cream Social at Ray to welcome new families (all of kindergarten is invited). This will take part on the Kenwood side of the school (back/south playground). This is the opportunity for Room 104 families to get to meet me. I am very much looking forward to this and getting to meet my students and families before the school year starts. If you know any other kindergarten families, let them know about the ice cream social.

Ray eNews – The PTA sends out a wonderful newsletter weekly through email. This newsletter is a great place to get the information you need. Just go to the Ray School website ( and scroll to the bottom. Then all you need to do is enter your email address.

Please take a little bit of time to browse through my blog. You will see the supply list and learn a little more about me. Also remember to subscribe to my blog. On the bottom you will see a follow button. Scroll over it and a place to enter your email will pop up. Once subscribed an email will come to you every time I post. I strongly encourage all Room 104 families to subscribe.

School starts Tuesday, September 2nd at 8:45 am promptly. Students are to line up on the north playground at the spot marked 104. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Ice Cream Social on Thursday. Remember to let other kindergarten families know about the event and please let them know about the classroom blogs as well.

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 suburbs, but after moving to Chicago I realized I am really more of a city girl.

I graduated from National-Louis University with a degree in Elementary Education. In May 2011, I completed my master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago to become a Reading Specialist. I am currently taking the classes required to get an endorsement in English as a Second Language, which will be completed in May!

After working one year in the suburbs I came to CPS and have been here ever since. 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 third year teaching kindergarten at Ray and I truly love and enjoy it.

During my free time I love to read, exercise, travel (Last winter break I went to South Africa. The students love looking at the pictures of the animals I saw while on safari and the penguins on a beach near Cape Town.), 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 the stories about how loud Stella snores and the new milestones she hits. Because she is too cute to pass up, below is a picture of Stella from her first birthday in January 2014. Clearly she was not a fan of the hat.


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.

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

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Below you will find the kindergarten supply list for the 2014-2015 school year. All kindergarten classes have the same supply list. All supplies are communal; you do not need to label the supplies.

Large Markers:  1 pack

Crayons:  4 packs

Colored Pencils:  1 pack

Jumbo Glue Sticks: 10

Durable Green Folder: 1

Durable Red Folder: 1

Pencils: 1 pack of 12

Big Erasers: 4

Expo Large Markers: 4

Paper Towels: 4 rolls

Kleenex: 3 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

Band-aids: 1 box