Thank You Volunteers!


Thank you, parents, grandparents, aunts, and big sisters for helping to make our field day extra special! Your donations of bottled water, yummy treats, and time was very much appreciated. The kiddos had a great day running and playing in the beautiful sunny weather!

Field Day

Field Day will be Friday, June 2nd!

Students should bring:

  • sack lunch + snack, beach towel (We will be having a picnic style lunch outdoors. Students will not go to the cafeteria)
  • outdoor toys to share (balls, jump ropes, chalk, frisbee) No electronics!
  • sunscreen, hat, closed-toe shoes

Families may donate:

  • bottled water
  • Freeze Pops, Popsicles  (please freeze before delivering to school)
  • individually wrapped snack treats (we have 30 students in our class)

Special Note:

  • Please pack extra food for your child. An active day = HUNGRY children!
  • If it rains we will move the activities indoors.


  • Volunteers must check in at the office at arrival. All are welcome!
  • Bring a chair and treats for yourself.  It is a busy day!


Memorial Day

Reminder:  No School Monday, May 29th

Memorial Day is a day to express our gratitude to all those brave hearts who laid down their lives to safeguard our nation.  Check out the “Explore Chicago” link on the sidebar to find local Memorial Day events for your family.

Progress Reports Today!

Your first grader has been working very hard these past weeks and it is time to celebrate that progress with a progress report!  The report includes your child’s current letter grade in each subject area, brief comments regarding his/her  strengths, and a recommendation of skills for home practice.

I am very proud of our class progress thus far and I thank you for all of your hard work at home each night.   We could not have accomplished so much in such a short time without your help!  Please sign and return the bottom of the progress report form as soon as possible.  If you would like to discuss your child’s progress in person I am available for brief conferences before school.  Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

MAP Testing Next Week


On Thursday, May 25th our class will take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.  CPS administers this test to determine your child’s current reading and math instructional levels and to measure academic growth throughout the school year.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning.  As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

New this year:  Math MAP tests will be taken with homeroom classes. All students in room 104 will test on 5/25/2017.

Visit to download the MAP Parent Toolkit. The toolkit includes helpful tips and website links to better prepare your child for the MAP test. Your child will take the MAP tests on a computer. Experience using a desktop computer and mouse is beneficial.


MAP Parent Toolkit


Snowman Salute & More!

Next week will be a very busy one for the kids in room 104!  We will be wrapping up our learning units and celebrating the winter season before winter vacation begins. All first graders will participate in a fun day of learning titled: “Winter is Wonderful in Grade 1″.  Activities for this special day include winter themed books, math, crafts, songs, and more!

A reminder that there will be no classes Monday, December 26th – Friday, January 6th.  If your family is planning to travel this holiday season and your child will be missing school days please contact me as soon as possible to arrange for missed assignments.  Thank you!


Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 24!  In preparation for this national holiday, we will be reading books about the first Thanksgiving celebration and completing other themed activities in our classroom.  I know this is a very busy travel weekend for many families; if your child will be missing any school days please contact me as soon as possible so that I may gather work to be sent home.

Due to the shortened school week, your child will not be bringing home a homework packet.  Families are asked to read together for twenty minutes each night.

There are no classes Wednesday, November 23 – Friday, November 25th.