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Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, April 16th at Gray School
11:30 am to 3:15 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm 
(Teachers will have a break from 3:15 to 4:00 PM.)

Dear Parents,
On Thursday April 16th, we will have Parent Teacher Conference Day.  Students are to attend the conference with their parents.  Just as they did for 1st quarter parent conferences, students will lead the conference.  As parents, we want to know that our child understands their needs as a student and takes responsibility for their learning.  Teachers will guide the student as they talk with you about their progress.  Conferences will last approximately 10 minutes to allow for all parents and students to meet with the teacher.  If you need an extended time to conference, the teacher will make an appointment to meet with you before school, after school or during the teacher’s preparation time during the school day.  Teachers will be available from 11:30am to 3:15pm and again from 4:00 to 6:30pm.  Teachers will take a 45 min break from 3:15 to 4:00pm. 


We are looking forward to seeing all of you with your child, Thursday, April 16th.  As you arrive, you will be greeted by 8th grade students who will ask you to participate in the “My Voice, My School” survey.  We appreciate and welcome your participation.  Your responses are a large part of the published evaluation of our school and the results tell our community about the pride we have in our school.  As partners in your child’s education it is important that we share our thoughts.  We are looking forward to your positive feedback!

Thank you for all you do to support us at Gray School.

Best,
Catherine Sugrue, Principal
GO STALLIONS!!!

Estimados Padres:

El jueves, 16 de abril, tendremos reunión con padres y alumnos.  Los estudiantes tienen que asistir a la conferencia con los padres. Tal como lo hicieron para las reuniones del 1er trimestre, los estudiantes llevaran a cabo la conferencia. Como padres, tenemos que saber que nuestros hijos entiendan sus necesidades como estudiante, al cual asumen la responsabilidad de su aprendizaje. Los profesores guiaran a los estudiantes mientras hablan con usted acerca de sus progresos.  Las conferencias tendrán una duración de aproximadamente 10 minutos para permitir que todos los padres y estudiantes tengan la oportunidad de reunirse con su maestro/a.  Si va a necesitar más tiempo en la conferencia, el profesor hará una cita para reunirse con usted antes de clases, después de la escuela, o durante el tiempo de preparación de los maestros durante el día escolar.  Los maestros estarán disponibles a partir de 11:30am - 3:15pm y otra vez de 4:00 - 6:30pm.  Los profesores tendrán un descanso de 45 minutos  de 3:15pm - 4:00pm.
 
Esperamos con gusto verlos con su hijo/a, el jueves, 16 abril.  Al llegar, los estudiantes de 8°  grado le darán la bienvenida y le pedirán que participe en el la encuesta de "Mi Voz, Mi Escuela". Valoramos y agradecemos su participación.  Sus respuestas son una gran parte de la evaluación publicada de nuestra escuela y los resultados le muestra a nuestra comunidad sobre el orgullo que tenemos en nuestra escuela.  Como socios, en la educación de sus hijos, es importante que compartamos nuestros pensamientos.  Estaremos esperando su respuesta positiva!
Gracias por todo lo que hacen para apoyarnos.
 Mejores Deseos,
Catherine Sugrue, Principal
VAMOS STALLIONS!!!

8th Graders Reach New Heights at the Willis Tower

Photos courtesy of Ms. Rodriquez.



April 1, 2015
 
Dear Parents and Community,

 
Happy Spring!  It is so lovely to hear the children laughing and playing outside for recess.  The weather is getting nicer everyday.  This Thursday is our last day of school before Spring Break. On Friday, April 3rd, teachers have a day of professional development. The students will not have school on Friday, April 3, 2015.  We hope that you enjoy the break with your children.  Please remember that students are required to read everyday for a minimum of 30 minutes.  Primary students need to be reviewing their math facts daily.  These activities should be fun and do not need to be structured.  Reviewing math facts can be done while driving in the car, shopping at the store or going for a walk.  There is math all around us.  Have fun!
 
On April 16th, we will have report card pick up.  Students are to attend the conference with parents.  Students will lead the conferences with parents and the teacher.  As parents, we want to know that our child understands their needs as a student and takes responsibility for their learning.  Teachers will guide the student as they talk with you about their progress.  Appointment times will be scheduled with your child’s teacher.  If you need an extended time to conference, the teacher will make an appointment to meet with you.  Teachers will be available from 11:30 am to 3:15 pm and again from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  Teachers will take a 45 min break from 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm.  Watch for further information closer to the April 16th date.
 
As you know, we have had an on-going attendance incentive challenge this quarter.  Students who have been awarded tickets for perfect attendance on a weekly basis will be included in a raffle that will take place throughout the day of report card pick up.  Those students with perfect attendance for the quarter will be taken on a field trip to see a movie!  The perfect attendance movie date will be April 22, 2015.   Detailed information and a permission slip will be sent home following the break.
 

The April calendar will be coming home along with this letter.  Please post the calendar for easy access to school information.  You can also visit our website for school events and classroom homework, staff contact information, pictures of school events … Visit: www.williampgrayschool.schoolfusion.us

Gray School’s community partner, World KM Taekwondo (3918-3920 N. Cicero Ave., 773-647-1647) and Master Jang are sponsoring a donation to Gray School.  His school is offering a one-month course for our students for $20.  The best part is that he will be donating that tuition to Gray School.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and for Gray School!  We thank Master Jang for the wonderful assembly he provided to our students and for supporting our Gray School Stallions! 

8th grade has been sponsoring a food drive.  Thank you for being generous.  We will be donating the food within the Gray School community.  This is only the beginning of all the 8th grade events that are about to begin.  Please watch for information from the teachers regarding field trips, dances and graduation.  Mark your calendars for the revised graduation date of June 18th

Enjoy everyday of Spring Break with your child.  School is back in session Monday, April 13th at 8:00am.  We look forward to seeing you then as we begin the 4th quarter. 

Best,
Catherine Sugrue, Principal
GO STALLIONS!!!

 
Aqui para leer en espanol: http://goo.gl/UTNL8k​ 
 

 CPS PARCC TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

      On March 2, 2015, Chicago Public Schools officially announced that CPS will participate in the nationwide PARCC test. Please go to http://cps.edu/parcc/Pages/parcc.aspx for regular updates.  The letters from CPS are here: http://goo.gl/RL8j8K.
        Testing for Grades 3-8 is scheduled to begin after March 9, 2015.  An End of the Year Test will start after April 27, 2015. Practice tests are available at: http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/. Please help us to make sure that students are well rested and ready to take this new test at CPS. Our teachers have been working diligently to help your children do their best. Thank you!

 


First Graders Explore ... 

On February 26, 2015, our first graders explored past civilizations and animals. They also learned more about the earth. Thank you to Ms. Todhunter for these fun pictures of our students! Thanks to the first grade team and parents for making this a great learning experience!


GraGoes To Googl​e 
On Monday, February 17th, 2015, sixty 8th graders went to Google offices in Chicago to learn about what the company does in Chicago. They participated in a technology essay contest in order to attend. Thank you to Google Chicago, Mr. Asher Kach, Mr. Michael Elridge, Mrs. Gil and staff for making this a great learning experience! Photo Credits to Mr. Elridge and Mr. Marcin Wichary.



 


 Health News from CPS
on the Flu and Measles

CPS has sent out some information on the measles and the flu.  Please click on this link for more information: http://goo.gl/FAZIIe


 


Stallions Basketball Teams 
Complete Successful Seasons


Congratulations to our Stallions Basketball Teams!  The 7th and 8th grade boys finished with a record of 11-2. The 7th and 8th grade girls finished at 10-2.  Our 5th and 6th grade boys and girls' teams finished their seasons with 6-2 records.  We applaud the spirit and exhilaration of competition at Gray School! Thank you students, coaches, staff, and parents for your support! Go Stallions Basketball!


 
Gray School is one of the 92 schools that will receive an Arts Advance grant from the Creative Schools Fund! We appreciate the work of Mrs. Kovacs, our art teacher, and the vision and support from Creative Schools. 


 

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

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