Week 33 in First Grade

May 2 - 6

Testing Continues

This week, students began their MAP - Math assessments. As a grade level we were blown away with how well the students did. We feel confident they are ready for the rigors of 2nd grade math.

Individual TPRI and reading assessments will be conducted over the next 2 weeks. Please continue to read at home with your child. We are looking for fluency of 60 words per minute and good comprehension from each and every student.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6! We have a fun week planned for our Dooley Super Heroes and want to include our students in the celebration. Help us show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate everything they do and help make them feel like a Super Hero this week!

Monday - School Supply Day: Help our Heroes stock up. Bring in a school supply for your teacher such as post it notes, note pad, dry erase markers, pencils, etc.

Tuesday -Thank you Day: Use the attached sheet (or your own thank you card) and write your Teacher or a Staff member a special note letting them know why they are “super.”

Wednesday - Sweet Day: Bring your Super Teachers a super sweet treat. It could be chocolate, candy, lotions or potions.

Thursday - Snack Day: Bring a yummy snack for your favorite teachers! popcorn, trail mix, chips, their favorite treat.

Friday - Flower Day: Wear your Dooley spirit wear, show off your Dooley pride and bring your Teacher a fresh flower or plant, sketch a blooming flower, or a gift that smells as sweet as a flower to say thanks for their hard work and dedication!

Don’t forget your specials teachers, librarian, nurse, front office and cafeteria staff and custodians….all those who help make Dooley a great place!

Schedule Changes through May 6

We will be continuing our schedule change with 5th grade next week. This change is to provide 5th graders with some additional prep time for the upcoming STAAR tests. The biggest changes are our times for Specials, Lunch, and Recess.

Specials: 10:20 - 11:10

Lunch: 11:15 - 11:45

Recess: 11:14 - 12:15

Field Day Shirts

Order forms went home and PTA is still collecting money to go towards field day shirts. While every kids will be given a shirt, PTA is still asking for $5.00 to help keep costs down and to have funds left over for the classroom wish lists. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.

Upcoming Bond Election

On May 7, 2016, Plano ISD voters will decide on a $481 million bond proposal to fund initiatives recommended by the Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Task Force. Appointed in August, 2015 by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, the task force was comprised of citizens, business leaders, teachers and parents. During several meetings conducted this school year, the task force reviewed enrollment trends and projections, established construction and renovation needs and validated costs before making recommendations to the school board.

The video below, starring former Dooley Dragon, Mac Welch, gives an overview of the bond proposal. More information can be found on the PISD website: pisd.edu

Bond Overview Video - Plano ISD 2016 Bond Election



  • Library Day (Burke)

Wednesday - May the 4th be with you!
  • Library Day (Boehm)

Thursday - Cinco de Mayo

  • Library Day (Johnson)


  • All Pro Dads 7:10 am
  • Wear Dooley Spirit wear/Dooley Blue
  • Weekly Homework Due/Spelling Test

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

...look for cluse to help them predict what will happen next in a story

...make inferences to have better comprehension

...write a "how to" article

...identify and use pronouns

...properly write the Modern Manuscript letter: review

Spelling Pattern: suffixes: _ful; _less; _ness

This week's Spelling City lists:

Spelling Words - U6W3

High Frequency Words - U6 High Frequency Words

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

...define money earned as income

...identify income as a means of obtaining goods and services.

...make choices between wants and needs.

...distinguish between spending and saving.

...consider charitable giving.

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

...explain community leaders/helpers and the jobs that they do.

...learn about jobs in my community

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

...communicate the importance of how animals depend on the living and nonliving things around them for survival.

...communicate the importance of plants and their parts.

Over the next few weeks, students will be working to answer the question: How can we design a hand pollinator?

Throughout this unit, students will:

  • identify and compare plant parts
  • learn about pollination systems
  • create and test a hand pollinator design
  • communicate how their hand pollinator design works

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 can’t wait for our first graders to blossom throughout this exciting unit!

Discovery Education Online At Home

Your child has access to a great resource at home: Discovery Education Online!

plano.discoveryeducation.com - will take you directily to PISD's log in screen. From there, your child can enter their school log-in and password to have direct access to all of the site's academic features. (educational videos, images, games, and passages)

Please, take some time to explore all the options!

Please Remember!!!

To ensure that your child is at the personal best when working with us, please make sure they are getting a full night's sleep. It is recommended that they get 10 -11 hours of sleep each night. For most kids that means an 8:00 pm bedtime!

Please help your child be on time to school. Our day starts promptly at 7:45! Too many kids are entering the hallway at that time and missing things because they are not in class.

Morning Drop Off

The cafeteria doors open for drop off from 7:00 a.m. At 7:20 a.m. they will be closed and your child is expected to enter from the front of the building.

Beginning at 7:20 a.m. the front doors will be opened for drop off. Prior to 7:20 a.m. your child is expected to be taken to the cafeteria.

Please do not drive off before you are assured your child has been granted access to the school by a staff member.

Security Concern

Just a reminder for the safety and security of students and staff, all visitors to coming to Dooley MUST enter through the front office.

Staff members are not allowed to let anyone in through the exterior doors at any time before, during, or after school.

Istation at Home!

Istation is back! If your child was at Dooley last year, you are already familiar with this great program. Istation offers individualized reading instruction to each and every child. Every month your child will take an assessment test. Based on their results, your child is given lessons and activities to help them better understand concepts. The more time they have in the program, the greater growth they show each and every month.

We ask that your child work in Istation for a minimum of 15 minutes at home each day.

To access the program you will need to download the program or app to your computer or tablet. (Istation is not available on android devices at this time.)

Download onto your computer: www.istation.com/IstationHome

Dowload from iTunes

Download from Google's store

Your child has a unique log in that was sent home.

Student Name: First and last name

School/Domain: dooley.plano.tx

User Name: tx###### (tx + your child's 6 digit student id number)

Password: ###### (your child's 6 digit student id number)

Please contact your child's teacher if you have difficulty with the program.

Yearbook Photos

Call all parent photographers! If you have been snapping photos from school events, please submit them to be included in our yearbook.

Go to schoolannualonline.com

Log in:

  • 2016
  • 719026
  • Staff
  • TX2016 (TX must be capital)

Click: Create

Click: Image Library

Click: Portraits

  • Then click on the FOLDER name that you want to place your photos in

Click: Upload on the right side of the page.

If you need any help contact Renee Carson - carsoncrew05@gmail.com


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 your 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. Starting second semester students will be tested on their understanding of the weekly spelling patterns and high frequency words.

  • 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

STAAR Testing: May 9 - 11

The campus will be closed to volunteers and visitors while the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are taking their state assessments.

Pete The Cat: May 24

Mark your calendars for first grade's annual performance of Pete the Cat. More information will be coming home as we get closer to the event.

Field Day: Thurs. May 26

Volunteers will be needed for Dooley's annual Field Day. Please see your child's Thursday packet for more information.

Conference Day: Friday, May 27

Teachers will be sending home a link to their online schedules in the near future. This day is a student holiday.

Student Holiday: Friday, May 27 - Monday, May 30

Students will have a 4 day weekend as we enter the last week of school!

Citizenship Assembly: Tuesday, May 31 @ 7:50 am

Parents are invited to come to the final citizenship assembly of the school year.

End of the Year Parties: Thursday, June 2

Details will be sent home closer to the party date.

Last Day of School: Friday, June 3

This will be an early release day. School gets out for the last time at 12:00 pm!

Events this Week