Week 8 in First Grade

October 13 - October 16

We are excited to see our first graders and their families at the Dooley Picnic tonight. We hope you are able to make it out.

Did you hear about our symphony? Today the students performed for some special guests on the instruments they created. They learned a lot about sound energy, it was great seeing it all come together.

Don't forget this is a 3 day weekend for your child. Monday is our parent teacher conference day. Please notify your child's teacher if you will not be able to attend at your scheduled time.

Events this Week

  • No Class; Parent/Teacher conference day
  • Library Day (Burke)


  • Library Day (Boehm)


  • Library Day (Johnson)


  • Wear Dooley Spirit wear/Dooley Blue
  • Weekly Homework Due/Spelling Test

Conference Day - Monday, October 12

Monday, October 12 is set aside for our first conference day of the year. If you have not scheduled a time with your child's teacher please contact them as soon as possible to schedule a chance to meet!

This Week in Literacy, students will be able to...

...restate main idea of a story heard or read.

...retell a story

...identify and use singular and plural nouns in reading, writing, and speaking

...properly write the Modern Manuscript letters: Oo

Spelling Pattern: short e vowels

Word Sort: short e and short a

This week's Spelling City lists:

Spelling Words - U2W2

High Frequency Words - U2 High Frequency Words

This week in Math, students will be able to...

...show the number relationships of 0, 1 more than, and 2 more than are the basis for addition facts of 0, 1, 2.

...show how double facts can be associated with memorable real-world situations.

...show how basic addition facts that are near double can be found using a related doubles fact.

The link below is for some math songs for your child to watch and practice their math facts.

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This week in Social Studies, students will be able to...

...explain and create a map.

...explain specific meaning of symbols on a map.

...describe my community.

...generate ideas for writing.

This week in Science, students will be able to...

...explore how engineers solve problems and design solutions.

This week we begin our new unit in Science called Air and Weather. Over the next few weeks, students will be working to answer the question: How can we design windmill blades that move on a windmill?

Throughout this unit, students will show their learning by:

  • making and recording detailed weather observations

  • explaining that wind is useful and has energy

  • describing properties of materials

  • explaining how characteristics of objects make them useful

  • using the Engineering Design Process to design, construct, and test windmill blades

We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. You can support your child’s learning by talking with your child about this unit and encouraging her/him to ask questions and think hard.

We are looking forward to our mechanical engineers embarking on their journey of learning!


Our homework goal is to provide reading, spelling, and math practice Monday through Thursday that does not exceed 30 minutes. Please make sure that our child returns all parts of the homework to school daily.

  • Reading: (15 minutes) It is important at this stage of reading development to monitor as your child reads aloud from his/her assigned book(s) and paper stories. Use the word sort sheet for quick drill.

  • All homework books must be returned daily.

  • Spelling: (5-10 minutes) Please give our child oral and written practice with the weekly spelling list. There will a spelling test on Fridays, which will include up to two sentences of dictation.

  • Math: (10 minutes) In the front pocket of your child's binder you will find one math review sheet to be completed by Friday.

Please read and initial your child’s homework sheet daily.

The homework sheet can also be used as a means to keep you informed of weekly events, and as a place for you to communicate with the teachers.

Upcoming Events

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Dooley Elementary Service Project- Hygiene Kit Drive

From September 17 through November 6, we are partnering with other Plano ISD PTA units, and the Plano ISD Council of PTAs to collect hygiene items. These item will be assembled into hygiene kits and delivered to Plano ISD schools for distribution to our students in need. Our goal is to complete 2,200 hygiene kits. But we need your help!

We invite all of our Dooley Families to consider donating any of the following items (all items should be NEW):

• Hair Brushes/Combs

• Deodorants

• Toothbrushes

• Toothpaste

• Dental Floss

• Wash Cloths

• Bar Soap

Our deadline for collection is November 6, 2015, for distribution before Thanksgiving Break.

Collection boxes can be found in the school office outside Nurse Gail’s door.