Veteran’s Day

There will be no school on  Monday, November 12th in honor of Veterans Day.  Veterans Day is a day to thank our veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. We thank all our veterans for the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free. Check out the “Explore Chicago” link on the sidebar to find local events honoring our nation’s veterans this weekend.

Also, a reminder that Report Card Pick Up is Wednesday, November 14th.  There will be no classes for students this day.  More information will be sent home in backpack mail.

The Student Awards Assembly will be Monday, November 19, 2018. Invitations will be sent home in backpack mail.

Scholastic Book Fair at Disney

 Walt Disney Magnet School PTA will be hosting the annual Scholastic Book Fair. On Wednesday, November 7th, 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 14th.

Thank you for supporting our school fundraiser!

Fall Conference Times


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

TIme: 12:00-2:00 (teacher lunch) 2:45-6:00

I’m looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress in first grade.  Please sign-in on the clipboard outside of room 104 on the day of conferences.  Parents are invited to visit homeroom and reading teachers. Facilities teachers will also be available in their classroom for conferences. Arrive early and visit our school spirit wear tables, book fair, and hall displays!

Field Trip Announcement

The first-grade pod will be viewing several short films at the International Children’s Film Festival. Permission slips and fees need to be returned by Tuesday, October 30th. Cost of the trip is $2.00. 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. All chaperones are required to have completed the online CPS volunteer screening process.

Bravo First Graders!!


We have much to celebrate this week in first grade.  I’m so proud of everyone’s performance Friday. Room 104 shined on stage!  Thank you to all of the families that were able to attend the live performance. It was great to talk with you after the show. Digital download purchase forms were sent home on Friday, please let me know if you need a new form.

Thank you to the wonderful parents that helped us during our CAC unit. We couldn’t have done it without you! I am so appreciative of your support in the classroom and behind the scenes.  THANK YOU!!

Our regular classroom and reading schedules will resume Monday, October 26, 2018.   Thank you, families, for reading together and practicing math facts with your child every night. These daily routines build strong foundations for future learning. I look forward to seeing you again at our parent-teacher conference on November 14, 2018.



Halloween Celebration:


We are looking forward to having a spooktacular time celebrating Halloween Wednesday!  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. Parents are required to have completed the online CPS volunteer process.

Open House Thursday

Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to attend our school Open House on Wednesday, September 26th at 6:00 pm. Meet in Room 104 to learn about our first-grade curriculum. Take a look at some of our learning materials and write a special note to your child. Explore the many facilities classrooms to learn more about what makes Disney school so special.

Your All-Access Backstage Pass to Open House includes:

  • Curriculum presentations and previews of student materials
  • Meet your child’s reading  teacher
  • An opportunity to visit our extraordinary ancillary staff in their classrooms

I look forward to seeing you Wednesday evening!