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.

November Calendar-UPDATE

november calendarCalendar Updates:

November 17th- Awards Assembly (more information to follow)

November 16th- Math Test Chapter 4 (subtraction)

November 27th- November Book Report & Chapter Book Due (chapter book and activity pages sent home 11/9)


Ninja Math Fact Fluency

Math Ninja Quiz Thursday!

Room 104 students brought home +1 flashcards on Monday. Please practice together to prepare for Thursday’s timed test. Use IXL, flashcards, or math apps to practice addition facts 0-10 daily. We will continue to have weekly timed quizzes to master math fact fluency. Fact fluency is critical to your child’s future success in math. Upper-grade students struggling with basic math facts cannot accurately complete the long algorithms commonly found in algebra classes. Practice now to prepare your child for future learning!

To learn more about fact fluency visit:


Chinese Program Update


Dear Parents,

A lottery was conducted by the administrative team to determine enrollment in the Chinese After School Program. Only 7 first graders were chosen. You will have received a paper letter and a robo-phone call to inform you of your child’s acceptance. If you have not received these messages your child will be sent home today via their usual transportation. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Ms.Caudill. ( 773-534-5845)

Thank you,


Homeroom 104 News

Homeroom 104 News for October 16th-20th

1. Picture Day is Wednesday!  Bring your smile!  Picture order envelopes were sent home last week. Please let me know if you need a replacement.

2. Chinese Program Flyer Information- It is not too late to return the form!  I apologize for the due date confusion. More information about the program will be sent home via backpack mail. Email Ms.Caudill with any questions about this wonderful opportunity at

3. Halloween Carnival coming soon!  Children are invited to wear costumes to this fun event.  Please note that children will change into costumes after arriving at Disney and change back into school clothes after the carnival. Costumes should not include masks or weapons. Label all costume items to prevent loss.



Out Thursday

Please note that I will be out of the classroom Thursday, October 12th to serve jury duty.    I hope to be back to teaching on Friday!  I will be unable to answer your emails or take phone calls. If you have any questions or concerns that cannot wait for my return please contact our assistant principal & floor director, Ms. Caudill.