We are down to 17 more school days left of school (16 if you don't count today!)
June 6th - Field Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo
June 7th - School Picnic (9:00a-2:00p)
June 11th - NWEA Reading Test
June 12th - NWEA Math Test
June 14th - Award Ceremony (at 12:30)
June 17th - Start of Step-Up Week (students will "step-up" to their next grade-- 1st graders will be going to 2nd grade classroom to experience what it'll be like next year).
June 20th - Last Day of School/Field Day
Recycle Your Gear!
Student Council Recycles Gym Clothes for Recess Gear
Student Council is collecting gently, used clean Lenart gear.
Donate your outgrown Lenart Gear -- a collection box is available by Mr. Carl's desk.
Students and/or parents may purchase new-to-you Lenart Gear for a $1 a piece at the school picnic (June 7).
Proceeds will be used to purchase new recess equipment.
Thank you the 11 families that have turned in their field trip form and money. Please remember that forms and $7 for the bus is due THIS Friday! We will be going with Kindergarten and 2nd grade. The field trip will be on Thursday, June 6th. Please let me know if you would like to chaperone-- you must have gone through the CPS volunteer application and be a level 1 or 2 (Level 1 preferred). The trip will be free for chaperones, however students will need to pay $7 for the bus. We will be eating lunch at the zoo so please prepare a home lunch (I recommend packing it in a bag in that can be disposed or easily held on it -- example a drawstring bag-- for convenience).
Picnic (updated information!!)
The school picnic is next week June 7th! The LPCG will be organizing this school event. For safety and easy recognition, each class is given a color to wear for the day. 1st grade's color is ORANGE. The picnic is an all-day event from 9:00-2:00 and families are welcome to join us. Lunch will be provided for students. In previous years, parents bring snacks, drinks, games, foldable tables, foldable chairs, sunscreen, etc. for our class throughout the day. You can sign up for what you would like to bring for the day-- this is optional but really helps in making the day enjoyable and a success for our kiddos. You can sign up here. Another thing I will be requesting is for a family or two to bring a large tent. The large tent will provide cover for the day in the designated area on the field as "home base".
Peak into this week
As we are nearing the end of the school year, we are tying up loose ends and finishing up our 1st grade curriculum. I have been using the students' NWEA student profiles to drive our instruction for the rest of the year. In preparation for NWEA, we will be looking at the skills that are listed on the profile and learning and practicing them for the remaining weeks. You may have notice that your child did not receive a new spelling list. The list from last week will be our last list, but after grading the tests, the class as a whole will need to be retaught the words. Though the students did not struggle with the -ture and -tion spelling pattern, we seem to be missing the sounds/syllables before the last word part. An example of this would be, "adventure"-- students spelled the word as aventure or adenture instead. We will be practicing breaking apart words by syllables to help sound out and chunk-spell words correctly. I will be sending the graded tests from last week home tomorrow so that you know what to study for and students will be retested this Friday. I will be inputting the grades into ASPEN and then updating with the new test scores from this week. The higher grade will be taken into account and the lower will be dropped. As a reminder, the words are capture, adventure, mixture, nature, picture, addition, vacation, definition, information, and caption.
First grade will be NWEA testing on June 11th (reading) and June 12th (math). You may have noticed in the schedule, that first grade is the last group to test in the school. Lenart students transition to a different test in 2nd grade. In kindergarten, students take the NWEA K-2 grades test. Most of the students stayed on this version of the test, while some students transitioned to the next test (NWEA 2-5 grades) if they tested out with a 190 score and above. In the last testing session of 1st grade, administration has decided to push all students in 1st grade-- regardless of if they are at 190 or below-- to the harder version of the NWEA 2-5 test in preparation for next year. In order to "push up" students to the next test, we need to wait until the testing window is open which begins the week of June 11th. This is a more difficult test with harder questions-- but is done to prepare the students for 2nd grade and above.
Thank you for your patience as we all transition to the new grade book system. ASPEN is aware of issues as we have switched over. If you are unable to access Aspen to view grades, please contact Mr. Lin for help. You can call the office at 773-535-0040 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.