Ms. Wejman

September 14th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 17th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of September 17th-21st


Math: Generalize place value for multi-digit whole numbers.  

We will begin the week with solving multi-step math problems.  While solving these problems, the students will make sense of the problem and persevere in solving them.  There is often a lot of information in these problems. It is recommended that the fourth grader reads each problem three times in order to know what the problem is asking to be solved.  The fourth graders will also be adding using U.S. traditional addition. On Wednesday, the fourth graders will be introduced to the first Open Response Problem. In this problem, they will be “cracking a code” to help them practice place value structure.  On the second day of the open response lesson, the students will revise their work. Because this is a two day lesson, the students will only have three pages of math homework this week. Math homework will be due on Thursday.


Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.  

As the students are reading, they will practice summarizing the text.  When summarizing the text, the students should be able to identify the who, what, where, why, and when of what they are reading.  Practice summarizing text with your fourth graders at home.


Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.  

Word choice will be the focus of our writing mini-lessons this week.  First, the students will review using transitional words to manage the sequence of events.  They will also be inspired to incorporate concrete words or phrases and sensory details from re-reading excerpts of The Whipping Boy.    


Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read My Brother Martin Complete three tic tac toe activities.   Tic TacToe activies due.  
Math Homelink 1.6 Homelink 1.7 Homelink 1.8 Math Homework Due


September 14th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of September 17th

Monday, September 17th

This week for homework, read My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages 42 and 43 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Using a Venn Diagram, complete the Text to Text activity on page 63.   Answer the stop and think question on page 50.  Give evidence about how you know if it is written in the first or third person.  
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 57.   Complete the graphic organizer found on page 45. Complete the timeline activity on page 59.  
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 55.   Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this biography. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.
September 11th, 2018

Ray After school Activities

Ray Fall After-School Registrations Open! 

Fall 2018 session registrations are open for the following programs. Many classes start the second week of school so please register soon! Please sign up to Ray ENews here–it is THE BEST way to receive timely notifications about after-school programs and other school news.
Renaissance Knights chess: K-8 grades, Mondays, 4-5 pm, register here.
Artifice Robotics beginner: 4-8 grades, Wednesdays, 4-5 pm, register here.
Artifice Robotics advanced: 4-8 grades, Thursdays, 4-5 pm, register here.
Kids W.A.Y Acting Academy: 1-8 grades, Tuesdays, 4-5 pm, register here, pay here.
Ray Ultimate Frisbee: 3-6 grades, T and Th, no cost, register here.
Latin Matters: M and W, 7:40-8:45 am OR T and Th, 7:40-8:45 am, register here.
We Got Game soccer: K-3 grades, Mondays, register here (new start date: 9/17).
We Got Game basketball: 1-4 grades. Fridays, register here.
Kenwood School of Ballet – Hip-Hop: K-8 grades, Wednesdays, register here.
Kenwood School of Ballet – Acrobatic dance: K-2 grades, Thursdays, register here.

Kenwood School of Ballet – ballet: K-2 grades, Fridays, register here.

Registrations now open for UofC’s ArtShould! 1-3 grades, Tuesdays, 4-5 pm,
register here (start date is 10/15).
The following programs led by University of Chicago students will start later in October: Creative Writing (1-8) and Debate It Forward. Stay tuned through the Ray PTO ENews!
See after-school calendar here. Send questions to raylsc.parterships@gmail,com.
September 11th, 2018

Open House ~ Thursday, September 13th 4:30-5:30

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

Miss Wejman and Miss Benvenuti

Room 207


Math (9:30-11)

Classwork – 45%

Assessments – 40%

Homework – 15%

As in the past at Ray School, the Everyday Math curriculum will be implemented.  Students will review and build on to concepts taught in previous grades. In the introduction of each Unit, a family letter will be sent home explaining the math skills that will be taught.   Each lesson begins with the class sharing their thoughts regarding a math message that the students are to respond. The morning message is connected to the lesson which is introduced through direct instruction.  After direct instruction, students are able to practice the taught math skill through hands on activities and group work for a half an hour. The next half hour is differentiated instruction. Students will continue to work with students on skills that need to be taught at their level.  The fourth graders will change classes for this half hour. Each fourth grade teacher works to help a group of kids at their level. At the conclusion of each math lesson, each student is given a task to complete which is graded to assess the student’s knowledge of the skill taught for the day.  In addition to the skills taught through Everyday Math, fact practice is an important component of math in fourth grade. Every Tuesday, the students are given a “Tuesday Timed Test.” During this five minute period, the fourth graders answer as many math facts as they can. If math facts are not automatic for the fourth graders, I have encouraged them to study them five minutes a day.  In addition to practicing math facts, homework is assigned every Monday in their Study Link Math book. Students are given a specific study link to complete for the night. Homework should be kept in their math book and be turned in to be graded at the end of the week. Students are responsible for asking for help before Friday if there is a specific problem that is difficult for the them.


Reading (1-2)

Classwork – 45%

Assessments – 40%

Homework – 15%

During the hour of reader’s workshop, the students will be completing activities pertaining to the common core standards.  Every day the teacher will meet with a guided reading group discussing the specific common core standard. While the teacher is meeting with a guided reading group, the rest of the class is reading and completing activities pertaining to the books that they are reading.  The activities are presented in a “BINGO” format where the students complete five activities. Additionally, the students will be assessed on their reading skills in a comprehension test every five weeks. For homework, the students are to complete a Tic Tac Toe sheet completing activities from a story in their Journey’s Anthology.   


Writing (8:55-9:30)

Daily Work – 50%

Final Draft – 50%

Every month, the students will be practicing writing strategies related to a specific genre.  All writing strategies are taught in conjunction with the Common Core Standards. Every writer’s workshop hour begins with a mini-lesson taught by the teacher, followed by half an hour of writing time.  During this time, the teacher conferences with the writers. Finally, the students share their writing with their classmates. At the end of each month, the students will complete a final draft of the specific genre of the month.  



Starting on the first day of school, the fourth graders have been introduced to the CHAMPS system of classroom management.  Throughout the day, the students are told the expectations of the (C) conversation level, (H) how to ask for help, (A) activity, (M) movement, and (P) participation.  Since Ray is a CHAMPS school, it is important that the students become familiar with these expectations so that we can all (S) soar to success.


Parent-Teacher Communication

Email is the best way of communication for me.  I will do my best to get back to you at my earliest opportunity.  Every Monday, you will receive a Peek at the Week. This parent communication will state the learning that will be taking place in each subject.  Homework for the week will also be posted in the Peek at the Week.

September 10th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of September 10th

Monday, September 10, 2018

This week for homework, read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages  18 and 19 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Text to Self Activity on page 37.    Answer the stop and think questions on page 25.
Answer the Stop and Think question on page 32. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 21. Complete the Short Response Activity on Page 33 in five or more sentences.  
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 26 in five or more sentences. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.


September 7th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 10th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of September 10th-14th


Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Last week, the fourth grade writers generated a list of summer events that they could possibly elaborate on in a personal narrative.  They created a plot mountain identifying the story of their event. This week, they will begin to write the story luring the reader into the narrative with an exciting exposition. The writers will also practice using dialogue and description to develop experiences and to show how a character responds to a situation in a story.  


Math: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.

Place value will be the focus of the week.  Lessons will teach the students strategies to round, estimate, and identify the value of a number in a particular place value.  Homework begins this week. Every day the students have a lesson assigned to them. All homework is to be kept in the book and returned to school on Friday.  If there is a problem that your child needs help with, please bring the book to school before Friday and we will help your child with the specific problem.


Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.  

As the students are reading Whipping Boy, they will identify the main idea of the text.  In addition to reading Whipping Boy as a class, guided reading groups will be introduced.  Every student will be given a book at their reading level.  Once a week, they will meet with the teacher and assigned group to discuss the book and practice the reading skill of the week.  During the rest of the week, the students will be either reading or working on reader’s response activities in the form of a “Bingo Sheet.” Each week, the students will complete five activities on the Bingo Sheet.  This work will count as a classwork grade. Reading homework will begin this week. Every fourth grader received a Journey’s book. This anthology can be kept at home. The students will be assigned a new story to read each week.  After reading the story, they should complete three activities that are listed on the Tic Tac Toe sheet. The three Tic Tac Toe activities completed in the purple notebook are due each week on Friday.


Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Because of Winn Dixie Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe Activities Due
Math Homelink 1.2 Homelink 1.3 Homelink 1.4 Homelink 1.5 Math Homework Due
September 4th, 2018
September 4th, 2018

Welcome to Room 207

Dear Fourth Grade Parents, September 4, 2018                                                                                               

Welcome to fourth grade!  This year, Room 207 is lucky to have a Michigan State intern co-teaching in fourth grade.  Ms. Benvenuti graduated from Michigan State in May and now is fulfilling her teacher preparation credentials at Ray.  Together we look forward to a positive year with strong parent-teacher communication to best serve the needs of your child.


Every Monday, you will receive a Peek at the Week stating the common core standards, activities, and homework pertaining to each subject.  If you have any further questions, email is the best way to contact both teachers. Ms. Wejman’s email address is and Ms. Benvenuti’s email is We will always do our personal best to respond to emails in a timely matter. Additionally, we are able to meet before and after school with a scheduled appointment.


This week, the main objective is to acclimate the fourth graders to the routines of Room 207.  Through the CHAMPS classroom management system, the students will learn the expectation of each activity during the school day.  In CHAMPS, students explicitly learn the expectations in terms of conversation level (C), the appropriate way to ask for help (H), the activity (A), movement (M), and participation (P).  When the students are able to follow through with the expectations, they are able to soar to success (S).

To reinforce positive behaviors throughout the school, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) will be implemented at Ray.  In addition to learning the expectation of classroom activities, the fourth graders will also be explicitly taught the behaviors that will be expected in our school. Every week a student from each class will be rewarded for positive behavior with a Student of the Week award.


Another PBIS initiative will be monthly positive character trait themes.  September’s character trait is respect. Today the students in Room 207 wrote letters to you about how they plan to be respectful at home and school throughout the month.  We encourage you to write a letter back to your child stating how you plan to support their respectful behavior. Please return the letters to school tomorrow.


Ray School’s social and emotional curriculum is Second Step.  In Room 207, students will be taught the lessons during our class meeting which will be held immediately after lunch.  This week’s theme is empathy.


Throughout the week, we will be practicing good reading behavior during reader’s workshop.  Since guided reading groups will not begin until next week, it is recommended that students bring in an independent book to read.  The student’s book choice will help to give us an idea of the student’s reading interests. Whipping Boy will be our whole class read aloud for the first five weeks of the school year.  The students will practice the reading skill of the week through the read aloud. This week’s reading skill is identifying character trait.  To begin our study on character trait, each fourth grader identified a character trait to describe him or herself. Ask your child to tell you the character trait that he or she picked and the reason why.  Additionally, tell your child a character trait that explains your personality and why it describes who you are. Furthermore, have your child tell you about Whipping Boy and the characters in the book.

Today in math, the students took their first Tuesday Timed Test answering as many subtraction problems that they could in five minutes.  These tests are not graded but intended to be a fun way to practice facts. In fourth grade, math facts should be automatic. If they are not, we encourage students to practice five minutes every day at home.  Throughout the month of September, the students will continue to be tested on subtraction facts. Today, the students also took a beginning of the year assessment in math. This test will not be graded but used to determine each fourth graders’ current skills.


Students will not be assigned homework during the first week of school.  One optional assignment that the students were introduced to today was to bring in a picture of the student on vacation in one of the 50 United States.  Since the social studies curriculum pertains to the regions of the United States, we are going to introduce each other to the regions through places we have already traveled. The pictures will be posted on a bulletin board in the classroom.


This year, the fourth graders in Room 207 will be switching for science, social studies, and writing.  The fourth graders will go to Room 209 for science with Ms. Pfeiffer, Room 206 for social studies with Dr. James, and will begin the day with writing in 207 with Ms. Wejman and Ms. Aron.  We will plan to begin switching classrooms on Thursday. Please consult each individual teacher’s blog for class activities and assignments.


Our first writing genre of the year in writing will be narrative.  We will begin with collecting fun stories of what the fourth graders did this summer.  Throughout the month, the writing mini-lessons will focus on the common core objectives for narrative writing such as dialogue, description, and word choice.  The fourth graders will practice these techniques through writing about an event that happened to him or her. Ask your fourth grader to tell you about his or her writing narrative list of ideas.


Grades will be entered in daily on IMPACT.  The fourth grade team has established a consistent grading system for math and reading.  In both reading and math, assessments will account for 40% of the grade, classwork for 45%, and homework for 15%.  In writing, the completion of daily writing work will be 50% of the grade and final drafts will account for the remaining 50%.  A general rubric will be used to grade homework and classwork. This rubric, will be posted in the classroom, is on our blog, and has been sent home today.


The fourth graders will take their beginning of the year NWEA tests on Wednesday, September 5th and Thursday, September 6th.  The results of these tests will be important for helping with differentiating each child’s specific learning needs.


We look forward to a successful school year!

Kind regards,

Ms. Wejman and Ms. Benvenuti

September 4th, 2018

Room 207 Schedule


Room 207 Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45-8:55 Arrival Arrival Arrival Arrival Arrival/Town Meeting (8:45-9:15)
8:55-9:30 Writing Writing Buddies Writing Writing (9:15-10)
9:30-11 Math Math Math Math Math (10-11)
11-12 Specials Specials Specials Specials Specials
12-12:45 Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess
12:45-1 Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting
1-2 Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading
2-2:45 Science Science Science Science Science
2:45-3:30 Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies
3:30-3:45 Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal
June 19th, 2018

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

Dear Fourth Grade Parent,                                                                                                                                                June 19, 2018                                                                                                   

We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer that is both fun and relaxing.  To prepare your child for fourth grade, it is important that some practices are in place.


First of all, your child should be reading everyday.  Because it is the summer, let your child read for pleasure enjoying books that they enjoy.  As their parent, it would be helpful for you to encourage them to read a variety of genres. Also, asking them questions about what they are reading is helpful to aid in comprehension.  Children of all ages enjoy adults reading books to them. Consider reading a favorite book of your past to your fourth grader.


Another great practice that would be helpful for your rising fourth grader, would be practicing math facts.  Children with an automaticity of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts are more prepared for the math skills that will be taught throughout the year.  Websites such as Math is Fun and Khan Academy are helpful for reviewing and teaching new specific math skills.


Since the children learned so much about Chicago History in third grade, it would be fun for your family to continue this by going on “family field trips” around the city.  The Chicago Public Library has free passes to a multitude of Chicago museums. While at the library, your child can also sign up for the summer reading program. Journaling about your family field trips would be an excellent way to foster writing skills.  


Fourth graders are at a wonderful age to be independent and greatly enjoy the world around them.  We hope that you take advantage of all of the teachable moments that await your child this summer!  


Dr. James

Ms. Pfeiffer

Ms. Wejman

June 19th, 2018

2018-2019 Fourth Grade Supply List

4th Grade Supplies

60 pencils – # 2 Sharpened

6 Color Coded Specific Notebooks (red, blue, yellow, green, black, purple)

1 box of colored pencils

10 glue sticks

1 box of markers

1 box of dry erase markers

1 pencil case

1 pair of old clean socks

3 pairs of scissors

2 pocket folders

1 package of Clorox wipes

1 box of reclosable plastic sandwich bags

1 box of large gallon bags

2 packages of notebook paper

2 packages of copy paper

2 boxes of Kleenex

Paper Towels

Wet wipes

1 ruler with centimeters and inches

2 packages of post-its

2 black sharpies

1 package of index cards


June 12th, 2018

Free National Park Passes

If you plan to travel to a National Park this summer, please let me know.  I have free passes for fourth graders.