Week 21 in First Grade

February 1 - 5

We can not believe it is almost February! There is so much going on over the next few weeks : Picture Day, Conferences, Open House, Spring Break!

This week's e-mail is a bit longer than usual. Please be sure to scroll all the way to the end and check out the YouTube links!

Thanks for your continued support!

Rocks due by Friday, February 5

Your child needs to bring in 10 - 15 flat rocks for our wall building activity by Friday.

Conferences in February!

Thank you to those who have already signed up for your child's conference via Bloomz! If you haven't joined your child's class yet on Bloomz.net you still have time!

Bloomz is a new app that works both on your smartphone as well as on your computer. You will receive quick updates and photos of class activities, be able to access our class calendar, and more. All in a private and secure environment. In Bloomz, teachers have control of who participates in class communications. Plus, parents only share the information they choose to share and who they want to share it with.

Here is how to join your class:

1. Go to bloomz.net or use the link below and click “Join Bloomz”

2. In the text box, enter your child's teacher specific code

3. Create your account

Mid-year conferences will be on the following days:

Ms. Burke - Tuesday, February 23

Ms. Boehm - Wednesday, February 24

Mrs. Johnson - Thursday, February 25

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.

Treasure Box

If you find yourself with the need to clean out your child's collection of "Happy Meal" toys, the first grade teachers would be happy to take them off your hands! Any small toys can be donated to our classroom treasure boxes.

Students who donate, can earn a Golden Ticket, and even baseball cards for their generosity.

Six Flags Reading Logs

Every child who has read for 6 hours and returns a signed Six Flags reading log will receive a free ticket to Six Flags at the end of the school year! Success for your child is as easy as doing their reading homework each and every night!

Completed reading logs are due back by February 26th. We'd love to be the grade with the most students earning their tickets!

Changes to the Spelling Test

Our goal is for your child to demonstrate an understanding of the different spelling patterns beyond the list in their binders.

Your child will be tested on their understanding of the spelling pattern taught during the week along with their high frequency words.

The first 6 words will be random words that uses the weekly the spelling pattern. (Words 1-6 on the spelling list is for your child to practice using the weekly pattern.) The last 4 words will be the high frequency words (6-10 on the spelling list sent.) Then they will have a bonus word where they will have an opportunity to stretch their knowledge of phonics and grammar.

This week the pattern is long o sound (o, oa, ow, oe)

The high frequency words: move, better, buy, change

Events this Week



  • Library Day (Burke)
  • Class Picture Day


  • Library Day (Boehm)


  • Library Day (Johnson)


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

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

...ask questions while they read.

...retell a story with a beginning, middle, and end point.

...use contex clues to help with understanding while I read

...properly capitalize proper nouns

... properly use the verbs go and do

...properly write the Modern Manuscript letter: Uu

Spelling Pattern: long o sound (o, oa, ow, oe)

This week's Spelling City lists:

Spelling Words - U4W3

High Frequency Words - U4 High Frequency Words

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

Math targets will be individualized based on the math class your child is participating in.

For topic 8 your child will be mastering the following skills:

- using manipulatives and pictures to represent place value: ones, tens, hundreds

- write numbers in expanded form (99 = 90 + 9)

- understanding that a given number (to 120) can be represented in 4 way: standard form (89), expanded form (80 + 9), word form (eighty-nine), and picture form (draw 8 tens sticks, and 9 ones cubes)

To help your child with the current skills and to prepare for some upcoming topics, please check out the video play list links!

Big image
place value math song: ones, tens, hundreds
The Counting By Twos Song ♫♪♫ | Scratch Garden
Money Money Money kids song by Rhonda Crigger
Time-Telling Song: Meet The Clock (SyllableSync)

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

...share the contributions Eleanor Roosevelt made to the United States and the World.

...determine and justify Abraham Lincoln's importance to our country.

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

...observe, describe, and record data about the properties of matter (color, size, shape, mass, and texture)

...communicate information such as their observations, data, thoughts and ideas.

...read text to obtain information.

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.


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

Friendship Week February 7 - 12

Everyday we will have a special theme to help celebrate friendship. More details will be coming home in your child's Thursday packet.

Valentine's Day Party - Friday, February 12

Our class party will be from 10:30 am - 11:15 am.

Your child will be creating a bag in class. A class list will be coming home to help your child in writing their classmates names on any Valentine's they bring to school.

A letter about the party has been sent home with your child.

Ms. Burke's Conferences - Tuesday, February 24

Be sure to sign up via Bloomz.net to secure the best time!

Ms. Boehm's Conferences - Wednesday, February 25

Be sure to sign up via Bloomz.net to secure the best time!

Mrs. Johnson's Conferences - Thursday, February 26

Be sure to sign up via Bloomz.net to secure the best time!

Six Flags Reading Logs Due - Friday, February 26

Open House - Thursday, March 3

Be sure to save the date! Your child has been working so hard this year, and we can't wait to show off.

Details will be coming home soon.

Spring Break - March 6 - 11