CANTY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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A Note from the Administrator in Charge
Dear Canty School Families,
Thank you to all the parents that participated in Report Card Pick-Up. It was great to see so many of you meet with your child/ren teachers. It is extremely important that we keep communicating as it relates to your child/ren success.
Progress Reports will go home on Friday, December 14 th . Second quarter ends at the beginning of February. Please encourage your children to read every day for half an hour. Also, please try and discuss the books they read. Thank you for your help.
The year is almost over! The Holiday season will keep us busy as we prepare for the approaching celebrations with our families and friends! Please mark your calendars for all the great events at Canty. Winter break is December 22nd to January 6th, 2019. School will resume again on January 7th .
Ms. Laurencell and I would like to wish all of you a wonderful, healthy holiday and a smooth leap into the New Year.
In this newsletter, you will find a new section called, “The Counselor Corner”. It will provide important updates from Mr. Beach. Also in this month’s newsletter, you will see a list of A Honor Roll, A/B Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance for First Quarter.
Please feel free to contact me with concerns (email@example.com) or drop in to say hello.
Administrator in Charge
The Holiday winter Concerts will be performed by 3rd , 6 th and 7th graders. On December 14 th we will have two shows for parents at 8:30am and 1:30 pm, please make sure your child is dress for the concert.
We would like to give a special thank you to all our Crossing Guards, especially during the recent inclement weather conditions. Your dedication for pedestrian’s safety is greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work! Parents please drive slowly and carefully around the school and be aware of all pedestrians and traffic patterns.
Driving in School Zones
Please obey all traffic rules, signs and signals.
Student and Science Fee
The Local School Council has set the Student fee of $80 dollars. The Student Fee is $80 dollars and can be sent to your child’s homeroom teacher. The Student Fee helps Canty School buy additional curriculum materials like novels, magazines and online educational materials. Also in order to provide a complete science program including labs and experiments, the science department, with the approval of the Local School Council, has approved a Science fee of $5 dollars for Kindergarten to 5 th grade students and a $10 dollar fee for 6 th to 8 th grade students. Please submit this fee to the grade level Science Teacher. Cash only
Recess/Outdoor play clothing and weather guidelines
As winter has begun, all students must have a coat, a hat and gloves. Students will go outside for recess depending on the below temperature guidelines.
Above 32 degrees F with or without wind chill: Recess held outdoors
Between 31 degrees F and 15 degrees F with or without wind chill: School discretion
Below 15 degrees F with or without wind chill: Recess held indoors
Attendance - Absent Call In
If your child will be absent, parents/guardians are required to call the attendance office each day. Please call the Attendance line at (773) 534-1238 and press option 3. Calls should be made between the hours of 6:30am to 8:30 am. CPS will still send an automated message when your child is absent.
Attendance - Website Link
We are happy to introduce our NEW attendance notification link located on our website. This new option allows you to notify Canty of your child(ren) absence via email (Instead of calling the school's attendance line). Please submit the morning of your child’s absence between the hours of 6am to 9am.
This attendance email notification DOES NOT serve as an official excused absence, all students MUST bring a signed absence note upon their return to be fully excused. Emailed absence notes will NOT be accepted.
To access the attendance link:
Go to the parent tab
Click Absence Notification
Complete the Required Information
Friends of Canty
The holiday season is upon us and the Friends of Canty has a lot of fun activities lined up for our students! Our annual Holiday Shop will be open during school hours beginning on Monday, December 3rd. The Holiday shop will run through Friday December 7th. We are still looking for volunteers. If you are available, please contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our December, Friends of Canty meeting is Tuesday, December 18th at 5pm in Room 114. Please follow us on Facebook at Friends of Canty.
Pre-K has completed their study of trees and is now moving into the next study of holidays around the world and clothing. During your walk to school, point out the trees and the leaves falling. The students have had lots of fun activities with trees, and would enjoy looking at the changes. All children will be learning about a variety of holiday celebrations. If you have a special holiday tradition, please let your teacher know and describe the activity so that we may share the tradition with others. Since winter is upon us, please dress your child for the weather. All classrooms are working on dressing skills, so allow extra time for your child to put on their own coat and hat. Label all your items with your child’s name as things sometimes get mixed up. If your child is ill, please keep your child home. When students are sick, they are not able to attend and learn and the illness is passed to other members of the class. We are all focusing on preventing illness by increased hand washing and sneezing/coughing into the elbow. Please assist us with this lesson.
November was a busy month within the classrooms. We enjoyed learning about Pilgrims and Native Americans. We had a great time at our Thanksgiving Feast! The month of December will also be very busy with Holiday Activities and a field trip to see the play, Mrs. Claus. Our Language Arts focus will continue learning letter sounds and blending sounds to help us read and write. Remember to practice the 2nd quarter sight words with your child. In Math, we are working on composing and decomposing numbers. Just a few reminders as we move into the winter weather, if your child wears snow boots to school, please be sure that he/she has shoes to change into for school. Remember, gym shoes are needed for gym days and for dance.
1st Grade News
December is an exciting month for all First Graders. In Social Studies, will be making Magic Reindeer Food to spread on the lawn on Christmas Eve Night. We will continue working with our Science and Social Studies Weekly and our Scholastic Newspapers. In Reading and Writing, a new addition this quarter is the beginning of weekly spelling tests and the R.E.D. (Read Every Day) folders. The spelling lists are added to the Reading Homework Packets. Remember to continue reading to your child as part of the reading log, practicing sight words and using the sight word bingo. We will be finishing our fiction unit and begin the non-fiction unit as well. In Math, we are working on the subtraction unit. We are using number bonds to help solve subtraction problems and using the words less than to make a subtraction problem. We will also be learning about fact families and how addition and subtraction are similar to one another. Our next section will be dealing with shapes and cutting shapes into halves and quarters and using shapes to make pictures. In Second step, we will be focusing on how feelings can change, the difference between an accident and something done on purpose, and showing care and concern for others. Please remember to Check Class Dojo regularly for any important information or news.
2nd Grade News
December will be filled with many fun events. In Reading, we will read a book titled The Hundred Dresses. In Math, students are continuing subtraction and will be introduced to bar models. Regarding IXL, students may practice any of the concepts we are currently learning, or review previous topics we’ve already covered. Students are encouraged to use the program even when it’s not assigned for homework. We are hoping to go on a field trip on December 21st. Information will be coming home soon regarding this possible trip.
3rd Grade News
In ELA, the third graders will be working on informational texts. We are now using the KidBiz 3000 site in class and at home. We will lean about organizational structures in non-fiction texts to improve our understanding. We will also lean about text features. Finally we will compare and contrast multiple texts to help them to build their knowledge of a topic. In Math, we just finished working on rounding and estimating. We have started multiplication by reviewing our 0, 1, 2, 5 and 10 facts from last year. Everyone should be practicing their multiplication flashcards and working on IXL! In Social Studies, we are continuing our unit on Geography, focusing on map skills and types of landforms. We are also learning about current events using our Scholastic News. In Science, we will begin a unit on Earth’s systems, including weather and climate in different regions of the world.
4th Grade News
In ELA, the Fourth Graders are starting their first novels: Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing and Love That Dog. There will be a “How to Poster” and Oral Presentation that the students will have to make and present to the class. In addition, please be sure to complete Kid-Biz articles at home for additional comprehension skill development. In Math, the 4th graders are finishing up Chapter 3 on Multiplication and Division. They will also begin Chapter 2 on Factors and Multiples. These math concepts are foundational skills for Fractions. In Science, we have started work on earth’s history and will continue through the month of December. In this unit we learn how rocks and fossils can teach us about our past, the three rock types, and about the rock cycle. We will also continue to work on the steps of the scientific method. Our focus will be on step 4, developing procedures and step 5 recording results. Science materials that will be needed for the month of December are: pennies, cooking oil, and vinegar. If you can help please let me know by December 4th . In Social Studies, we our studying the Southeast Region of the United States. We will also work on identifying the states and capitals on a map of the United States. In Grammar, we will continue to work on developing great sentences. Our focus will be on adding adjectives and adverbs.
5th Grade News
In Science, we have been diligently focused on finishing our unit on Energy. The students are enjoying learning all about how to conserve energy at home. Moving forward, we will be learning about Earth’s Place in the Universe with a focus on the solar system, phases of the moon, and the movement of the Earth around the sun. In Social Studies, we have completed our novel! Next, we will be focusing on Native Americans and the Early Explorers. In Math, we have been focused on whole numbers: place value, rounding, estimating, multiplying, dividing, and order of operations. We have also focused on fractions, finding the Least Common Denominator and Greatest Common Factor. We will continue working on Multiplying and Dividing Fractions before we move on to Decimals. Please note that IXL is set up with a Diagnostic Tool tailored to each student, to work on at home on their own schedule. It is recommended that students work on it on regular basis to improve their score. Keep in mind to check Google classroom for updates and announcements. In our ELA class, we have been working on improving in three areas: reading comprehension, written expression, and increasing our vocabulary/word knowledge. I suggest creating a personal list for "Word of the Day" and challenge each family member to use this word correctly all day long, as often as possible. In addition, I hope your child is reading for at least twenty minutes everyday. The book projects will be due December 10th. Please support your child's creativity. Lastly, please keep reviewing their three subject spiral, our daily close read worksheets, and the Vocabulary Power Plus workbook. Enjoy the wonders this time of year brings and prepare for the New Year. Welcome 2019!
6th Grade News
In Social Studies, we are continuing to report weekly news to practice summarizing. Next, we will read an article on the lack of clean water around the globe, while focusing on close reading and reading graphs. We will also continue reading maps and analyzing data, as we compare and contrast the government, economy, and quality of life in various countries worldwide. Additionally, we will practice analyzing a primary source using a pamphlet published by aboriginal activists in Australia. In Science, students will design a unique, never before seen cell that does a specific job, focusing on the theme that structure helps support function. Then, we will move on to the nervous system. In Math, we finished up a Unit on Integers. We dove deep into the concept of negative numbers. From there, we needed to do a fraction and decimal review. Once we master decimals and fractions, we are going to move onto out first exposure to Algebra!!! We are starting off with algebraic expressions and then moving into solving algebraic equations. In ELA, we will be in the middle of reading the novel The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. This will allow us to work on essays dealing with character analysis using text evidence for support. We will also be focusing on character growth and development, types of characters in a story (static, rounded), and will discuss the themes that are represented within the novel.
7th Grade News
In Math, we are moving from writing algebraic expressions to solving algebraic equalities and inequalities. Our main focus will be to apply the skills learned on how to solve algebraic problems and to apply them to real-world situations. After that, we will be moving onto direct and inverse proportions. In Science, we have wrapped up our unit on physical and chemical changes and will be moving on to learn about cells. Students will get to see a variety of different cells through the microscopes and learn about the specific differences between a plant and animal cell. 7th grade students will continue to use our Mosa Mack online program to help them take the information they learned and apply it to real world settings. In ELA, students are continuing their focus on Short/Close Reads in order to increase their ability to think critically and analytically. Individually, students have annotated poems and short passages, and then as groups, have met and analyzed their answers based on a series of discussion questions in order to obtain different perspectives and clarify their thinking. As a class we then go over any 'faulty thinking.' (Students are assessed on the Common Core State Standards for Listening and Speaking (7th Grade) As part of an emphasis on increased rigor within the curriculum, students have also read and annotated more intense passages such as "An Excerpt from Walden" by Thoreau in order to continue to challenge their analytical thinking. We will begin our study of Shakespeare after the Thanksgiving break. We will take incremental steps towards the reading of one of his plays. Students continue to work on their new Vocabulary series, and are working on incorporating some on their new words into their writing. We have also started the study of analogies and the relationship of words being compared. In Writing/Grammar, we are continuing our review of adjectives, adverbs, and the use of dialogue in writing. Students are finishing their final Graphic Organizer and will begin typing their rough drafts next week, then peer editing, revising, and submitting their final draft in mid-November. In Social Studies, we will be wrapping up the Constitution before we leave for winter break. Please be sure your child is studying for the remainder of the Constitution as they need a 70% or higher on BOTH the federal and state Constitution tests in order to graduate next year. After the winter break, we will begin studying the Constitution in action over time.
8th Grade News
In ELA, we are continuing to read, Night as well as discuss the Holocaust. We are constantly working on building our vocabulary. We will be going to the Holocaust Museum on December 20th . In Science, we will be shifting gears in the coming weeks from evolution and change over time to Earth and the Universe. Any students interested in taking part in the science fair should also ask Mr. Callaghan for more information! In Math and Algebra 1, we will be exploring and learning about transformation of figures on the coordinate plane.
English Language Learners
In 7 th grade, students will continue working on the Constitution. In 4 th, 6th , 7 th and 8th grade, students will be working on improving reading and writing skills. Before the upcoming holidays, we will be discussing different traditions and customs.
We have had such a great response with people joining Student Council that we have outgrown the classroom. We now have a new location, students will now be meeting in, the Multi-Purpose room. With our elected officers in place, we are up and running! The students are busy planning our winter events for all the grade levels in the school. This month we will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots. Please bring in new, unwrapped toys. The collection can be made from now until Wednesday, December 19th.
We are at the time of year that 8th graders are researching and applying for high school. Parents/guardians, please continue to attend open houses for many high school programs, as this will give your student an opportunity to experience different types of programs, school environments, and teachers/staff. In addition, as you apply for programs (high schools), be aware that for many programs, there may be admissions screenings which are required for admission. (For example, if there is an Information Session, Interview, or Entrance Exam for a particular program, be sure that your child attends, or that program will be excluded from their ranked school list.). Remember that your child must rank their program choices in preference order. Please keep in mind that the last day to apply for high school programs is December 14 th .
Also, according to CPS, if your child is certain that they want to attend the Taft general education program, they need to rank the Taft program (entitled ‘Taft HS - General Education for Preference Zone’ on their GoCPS account) as their #1 choice.
I will continue to visit the 8th grade classrooms as we progress through this process, and provide information, as needed. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Mr. Beach/School Counselor