Ms. Kane

March 17, 2015

March 16 – 20

Filed under: Uncategorized — mpkane @ 12:34 pm

PARCC Testing in MATH is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Anyone can access practice tests on the internet. Parents – PLEASE take the time to try this. You will see the complexity of the tests and how much concentration and focus is required just to understand the question! You will see the expectations for students to solve multi-step math problems at the highest difficulty of their grade levels.

Are students reading at LEAST 20 minutes every day?  Especially weekends.  That’s when they have the extra time!

If you download an app called HOOPLA from the Chicago Public Library you can borrow 6 items a month including movies, music, tv shows and of course – AUDIO BOOKS.

Did you know there is a FREE font that can be downloaded from an organization called  The claim is that this font is easier to read for some people with dyslexia.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH means students in 511 will be doing research.  As I always say, there are more sources for research than the internet.  I know that students today think of the internet and nothing else BUT the internet is not always reliable.  Wikipedia is ok but not for serious educational research.  There are lots of bogus, fake, and deceptive sites out there.  Don’t get tricked!  The Chicago Public Library has many excellent sources online but you do have to have a library card to use the online help.


March 12, 2015

March 9 – 13, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — mpkane @ 11:33 am

– Half way through the third quarter! Progress Reports going home on Friday. Four weeks until Report Cards – April 2. WOW. Getting straight A’s in my class is simple: Do the homework, pay attention and do your best in class. Homework is not supposed to take all evening. 20 minutes of reading (EVERY DAY), about 20-25 minutes of math, and when there is a writing project, the focus will be on that. Don’t think of homework as more than an hour!

Saturday is 3.14.15 = Pi Day!!!  Celebrate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter with a slice a la mode.

This week is the PARCC test for English/Language Arts (3 days, 75 minutes per day) and next week will be Math for two days.

The weather is getting better so students can go outside but they may not be able to go on the field – too muddy. Don’t wear your best or newest shoes to recess.

If you make a habit of going to the Public Library, you will see which Museum passes are available. You can’t beat a day at one of Chicago’s great museums. I’m going to the Planetarium this week!

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March 3, 2015


Filed under: Uncategorized — mpkane @ 9:06 am

We made it to March and there are FIVE weeks of school – NO HOLIDAYS – until Spring Break! Progress Reports for the 3rd quarter will go home on Friday, March 13.  This is a period of uninterrupted time to learn and build those skills!


Today’s morning math warm-up was multiplying 20 minutes a day of reading by 31 days in March which is 620 minutes.  If you read 30 minutes a day, it’s 930 minutes!  ALL the research shows that daily reading is the most important and beneficial thing students can do to succeed in school.  Read together.  Read aloud.  Listen to books on audiotape or audioCD.  Read from the many websites for kids.  Go to the public library regularly. Parents, please keep up with the Reading Log in theHW folder.

There will be some opportunity for after school Spring sports in April.  Stay tuned to the Ray School News.

Thank you for all your support and contact me with any questions.


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