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Report Card Conferences for Parents and Students: Participation was at 98%! 




Thank you parents and students for making this past report card day a successful one!

 

University of Chicago Report:
Middle School Grades and Attendance Matter More than Test Scores for High School and College
Success:
 
Gray School is currently exceeding our school wide attendance goal of 96%.  Please read the article below to discover that attendance in middle school is the largest contributing factor to their success in High School and beyond. Please read the report at: http://goo.gl/1OUh7j.

                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                  November 4, 2014

Dear Parents and Community Members,


Gray School Stallions have had a busy and productive month!  Our classrooms are alive with exciting lessons and projects.  The student’s homework and parent communications are located both in the student’s agendas and on our website http://williampgrayschool.schoolfusion.us/

Many improvements have been made to the website to make it a good place to look for information and to see fun pictures. 
Kindergarten through 3rd grade parents and students had a wonderful time at the Halloween carnivals.  4th through 8th graders had a lot of fun dancing and listening to the DJ at their dances.  The classrooms were engaged in stories, music and art projects that were supported by the common core state standards on Thursday and Friday.  Thanks to our wonderfully dedicated teachers, the students enjoyed learning and celebrating!
 
2nd and 3rd grade Stallions had the most beautiful opportunity to attend a performance by RAVINIA.  Last Friday, a trio of violin, cello and piano did two  performances of classical music that would bring tears to your eyes.  (Please see the pictures below.) We truly believe that an education that includes the Arts teaches students to see beauty in the world and promotes well-rounded students and citizens.

Students will be leading parent/teacher conferences during report card pick up.  All students are required to accompany their parents.  Report card pickup will be on November 12thfrom 11:30am – 6:30pm. Teachers will have a break between 3:15 – 4:00pm.  Your child’s teacher will be providing you with appointment times in the primary buildings.  Please be on time to your appointment so that you are not waiting for an extended time.  The appointments are scheduled for approximately 10 minutes.  The upper grade teachers will be in contact with 5th through 8th grade parents to indicate their process.  All parents are welcome to make appointments for in-depth conferences with teachers regarding your child’s progress.  Parents are also welcome to come to the Upper Grade computer lab for Parent Portal training.

In years past, Chicago Public Schools were provided with after school programs through NCLB, Supplemental Education Services (SES).  Those programs are no longer being offered.  As a result, there was a 61% increase in applications for the After School All Star programs and Gray school is on the wait list for funding.  This is all to say that the after school programming that has occurred at Gray for many years will not be available to us this year.  There will be limited and targeted programming that our school budget will support.  The Chicago Public Libraries are sponsoring Teacher in the Library.  A certified teacher will be there to help your child with homework in all subject areas. 

The weather is turning colder and students are outside everyday during recess and while in transition from building to building.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

Our EXCITING new fundraiser will begin today, November 4th.  We will be selling GO STALLION!  T-Shirts. Students will be able to wear their “school spirit shirt” every Friday in place of their Gray uniform polo.  Please look for the flyer/order form.  This is a fundraiser and the T-Shirts will be sold for a short time.  Orders will be due before December 3rd.  Teachers, staff and administrators look forward to seeing you and your child for student-led report card pick up, November 12th.  Gray School Book Fair will be in the Library from 8:00 – 3:30pm from November 4th – 12th. Except for report card pick-up day.

GO STALLIONS!!
Catherine Sugrue, Principal
Victoria Tomko and Sandra Cano, Assistant Principals

 
Ravinia Musical Artists Visit Gray School!

Violinist Elena Urioste, cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Michael Brown ​



The Ravinia Festival is one of Chicago’s most important cultural institutions. For over a century, they have been committed to promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of music.​

The Guest Artists in the Classroom (GAIC) program brings free live performances to Chicago’s public schools. Musicians visit the school and perform live for students, creating a unique experience for them to hear great music, learn about different instruments and composers, and ask the musicians questions. On Friday, October 31, 2014, we were pleased to have the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio grace us with their musical talents!

Thank you to Ravinia, the GAIC program, and Mr. Brown, Ms. Urioste, and Ms. Canellakis!


Gray School Does Healthy Snacks!

A Gray School Public Service Announcement from Your Principal
Have a safe and happy Halloween! 

 
Gray School Second Graders Visit Our Local Fire Station!


Photo Credit: Mrs. Hearne

Our second graders got a chance to visit our local fire station in October. It was a great chance to meet such heroic figures in our community.  A big thank you goes out to all of our firefighters. Thank you parents for making this trip a success!



Earn $$$ for Gray School by Bringing in Box Tops!!!

For more information, go to: http://goo.gl/Jjh2JS
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