Message from Ray PTO: Our fall fundraiser is underway! You should have received an Affy Tapple order form with instructions in your student’s folder (if not, you can download them online here . Order forms and checks are due Friday, October 13.
We are in need of dedicated parents of English Learners (ELs) to form a Bilingual Action Committee at Ray. The function is to advocate for the academic, social and cultural development of all EL's, as well as assist parents in developing leadership skills for effective participation in their children's education.
Please come speak with me (Ms McGehee) in room 106 or email me at email@example.com if interested!!!
Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) Every school implementing a state-mandated Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Program is required to establish a Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) according to the Chicago School Reform Act. It is also recommended
Interested? Email me.... firstname.lastname@example.org
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 :)
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.