Holiday Theme Week


Mistletoe Monday – December 18th

Wear red and green to start off our theme week!

Tinsel Tuesday – December 19th

Wear shiny colors of silver and blue!

Winter Candy Cane Wednesday – December 20th

Wear red and white or stripes!

Holiday Traditions Thursday – December 21st

Wear your holiday shirts & other clothing items!

Fuzzy, Comfy Jammie Friday – December 22nd

Wear your favorite pajamas!  No slippers, please.

MAP Testing




MONDAY, DECEMBER 11th = NWEA MAP MATH TEST (ALL Students in room 104)

NWEA MAP READING TEST will be taken with reading teachers. Please see the calendar sent home on Friday for your child’s test date. (Reading 104 students test December 20th)

Interim assessment happens at select intervals in the school year; its data provide an objective measure of progress toward learning objectives, measure student academic growth, and inform instruction.  The normed assessmet used by Chicago Public Schools is Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) which creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level. Each scheduled testing period is one hour.  The test is not timed, but a typical student completes the test in less than 60 minutes per subject area. First grade will participate in  one reading and one math test testing session, administered on different days in one of Disney’s computer labs.

Some ways to help your child be more prepared for the test:

  • Make sure your child is well rested.
  • Practice using a mouse. The assessments are not touch screen adaptive so desk top computers are used.
  • Visit IXL Math/English Language Arts to review skills learned.
  • Preview a sample test with your child:

CAC Songs

Hi Families!

We are preparing for our big show! Here is a video for your little performer to practice at home. Remember our dance moves are different from the video in some places!


I apologize for the homework error last night. I accidentally copied our story of the week incorrectly. Thank you, families, for being understanding. I have sent home a new (and complete!) copy of the book. Our comprehension test will be on Thursday. Your child would benefit from additional practice reading the book, A Cupcake Party, before our assessment. This text is at your child’s independent reading level and should be read without parent assistance.

Thank you!

Room 104 December Calendar


  • The Disney School Spelling Bee has been rescheduled to January 9th. Classroom spelling bees will take place during the week of December 18-22.
  • NWEA MAP Math tests will be taken with homeroom teachers. (104-12/11/17)
  • NWEA MAP Reading tests will be taken with reading teachers.  (104 Reading students will test 12/20/17)


Chaperones Chosen!


Thank you for volunteering to chaperone our field trip. We are very lucky to have so many great parent helpers in room 104! Unfortunately, this trip allows for only three adults. The students and I picked our chaperone names from a bucket this morning.

Congratulations to  Andre, Madeline, and Kamauri’s parents. They will be joining us for a visit to the International Children’s Film Festival Monday morning.
I hope everyone will consider volunteering for future field trips and for our CAC performance preparations. Our CAC unit will be January 16th-26th. Many helping hands are needed to make student costumes and help rehearse for our performance!
Kate Brannigan

Field Trip Announcement

The first-grade pod will be viewing several short films at the International Children’s Film Festival on Monday, November 20th. Permission slips and fees need to be returned by Thursday, November 16th. Cost of the trip is $8.00. We will be taking a limited number of chaperones. If you are interested in joining room 104 please mark the permission slip chaperone box. I will be randomly selecting volunteer names on Thursday morning. Chaperones will be notified by email and backpack mail.

Scholastic Book Fair at Disney

This week your child brought home a brochure about the Walt Disney Magnet School PTA Scholastic Book Fair. On Wednesday, November 8th, room 104 will visit the book fair.  Most items at the fair will cost between $2 (posters and erasers) – $25 (large hardcover books). Children may bring money in a sealed envelope or baggie. Please clearly label envelopes with your child’s name. I will keep all money safe until shopping time. The Book Fair will be open for family shopping on Parent-Teacher Conference Day November 15th.

Thank you for supporting our school fundraiser!

A New House for Wolf


Super job first-grade engineers! All of our houses passed the wolf sneeze test! Thank you, family member helpers for making this project a success. The children had a great time testing the models and speaking about their design materials on the first-floor stage.image1image2image3image4image5image1 (1)image2 (1)IMG_2383IMG_2384IMG_2385IMG_2386IMG_2387


Halloween Celebration:


We are looking forward to having a spooktacular time celebrating Halloween tomorrow!  Important Reminders:

  • Costumes will be worn all day. Children should arrive at school in costume.
  • No weapons or masks with costumes.
  • Label all small pieces (ie: crowns, gloves, capes)
  • Treats may be sent to school for take-home goody bags. All treats must be individually wrapped or non-edible
  • Volunteers are welcome to help at the morning Halloween Carnival. Check in at the main office and with Ms. Caudill for directions.