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
Orientation & Class Assignment Dates
August 29th: 7th & 8th @ 2:45
August 30th: 5th & 6th @ 2:45
August 31st: K-4th @ 2:45
First Day of School
Tuesday, September 5th
*Supply Lists posted on teacher websites*
The Sing Out Loud Traditional Songs collection contains 13 traditional American folk songs and song lyrics. Listen to the songs online, or download the MP3s. You can also download the lyrics and a collection of posters that accompany the songs.
Many students have approached me, asking for more information on Syria, seeing as we have 6 new students from Syria at Ray. I found an excellent article with videos that you might share with you child/student. This will help build background knowledge and allow students to empathize with their new classmates.
We are happy you are here and safe, new families!
نحن سعداء أنك هنا وآمنة، والأسر السورية
Calling all sports lovers and players! We are looking for sports equipment and/or guest speakers/instructors who might be interested in discussing a/various sports with 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 2:45 to 3:45 on Wednesday. Students have expressed interest in: basketball, football, badminton/tennis/ping pong, baseball, cricket, karate, relay races, soccer, field hockey, etc. The objective is to get students physically active and teach vocabulary through kinesthetic participation. There are 12 students and we will be asking parents to sign walking field trip permission slips should we need to walk to nearby fields/courts.
CPS has released the 2017 ESL Summer Support Program application and locations. It runs July 5 to August 4th, Monday through Friday. Interested students Grades 2-7 should email me email@example.com. Applications are due by May 9th.
Description: The English Learner Summer Support Program is a five-week program designed to develop English language proficiency and promote academic literacy development across the content areas for qualifying ELs in Grades 2 through 7.
Important info: All locations are at least 6 miles from Ray School and NO transportation will be provided. If you don't drive, the student will be eligible for reduced CTA fares. Again, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
From today until Sunday, 20% of all proceeds at 57th Street Books (1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637) will go back to Ray School IF YOU MENTION THIS POST OR HAVE A FLIER.
They also mentioned that they are expanding their foreign language children's book section. Please add to your home collection and help Ray by purchasing some books this weekend.
Enjoy the great weather!
Join us by participating in We Are Ray! It is meant to celebrate the global diversity that makes Ray such a great place to learn and work. EVERYONE who enters will be included. Send a photo as well! Forms are available in the red folder to the bottom left of the map in the main hallway. Return to my mailbox in the main office. Celebrate what helped shape you, Ray Warriors!!! You are unique and wonderful :)
We are excited to welcome 2 new Syrian students to Ray School. We could really use a Kurdish speaker to help with the transition and advise staff about cultural nuances. We want to make sure their transition is smooth and we do everything we can for these students strive!
NLU is very excited to start an ESL cohort at Colman Office (47th and State) on April 11, 2017!
Tuition for this cohort is discounted at $300 per semester hour vs $450 if they would take these courses on campus. Teachers will be saving $2,700 by enrolling at Colman ESL cohort! In addition, they can apply all six ESL courses towards a Masters in Specialized Endorsements or a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
If teachers wish to complete a Master degree once they have completed the ESL endorsement, they will have 6 years to complete the degree and the application is totallyFREE. Furthermore, both of our programs are eligible for the Teach Grant (up to $8000of grant money). If you have questions regarding the TEACH GRANT go to:http://www.nl.edu/financialaid/financialaidresources/grants/. Teachers who work or intend to work in a title I school may qualify for Loan Forgiveness for teachers (reduced loan amount by $5,000-17,500). Please see attached documents for details. As you can see, there are several options to help make this program affordable!
In order for teachers to complete the ESL Endorsement, they will take a total of 6 courses (see the attached Endorsement Sheet). Each class will meet once a weekand/or on-line for a total of 10 consecutive weeks with the exception of the summer term which is 6 weeks in length and this class would be taught on-line. They will have approximately 2-3 weeks off between each class/term. The first ESL class will be face-to-face and is scheduled to start: Tuesday April 11, 2017!
The courses will be offered as follow:
Spring 2017 (April) Face-to-face
Summer 2017 (June) on-line
Fall 2017 (September) Face-to-face
Winter 2018 (January) on-line (2 courses)
Spring 2018 (April) on-line
If you wish to apply for the TEACH Grant, you need to do the following:
1.) Complete NLU program application online at www.nl.edu/applyonline * Only if you didn’t complete it with me during the ESL info meeting
2.) Fill out your financial aid form at www.fafsa.ed.gov
3.) Apply for the Teach Grant online at http://www.nl.edu/teachgrantapplication/
NLU school code is 001733
4.) Submit official transcript only from the school where you obtained your degree; You can request it on-line and/or mail it to:
1000 Capitol Drive
Wheeling, IL 60090
Please feel free to pass this information to your contacts and teachers who may be interested in taking advantage of this great opportunity!
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me or your assigned Enrollment Specialist; Sara Medina at 630.874.4288 and/or Sara.Medina@nl.edu
Since 2008, I have dedicated my professional life to serving the educational needs of a diverse student body. My Elementary Education Master’s degree is from Northern Illinois University and I am a certified ESL teacher, grades K through 8. I moved to the United States from Ecuador as a child and am personally aware and prepared for the challenges that large transitions can have on students academically. I am also a resident of Hyde Park and am invested in the school and neighborhood communities.