First Grade Newsletter

October 2-6, 2017

Carnival Information from the PTA and Carnival Sign-Up

This it the last week to turn in GES Auction items. All items are due on THURSDAY OCTOBER 5TH and we need your help! We are asking each family to contribute something for our themed baskets to make this the most successful auction yet! Collection boxes are now in your child's classroom. Just send them to school with their items to be placed in the box. (Please note, donations of wine/beer cannot be dropped off at the school. Please contact your coordinator to arrange for pick up). We will be at the school collecting all donations Thursday, October 5th at 1:00 pm.


As a reminder the 1st Grade Basket Themes are: Toys for Boys, Star Wars, Bloomin' Artist, and Movie Night!


We ask that you please use the sign up to let us know what you'll be contributing so that we can plan accordingly. There are still plenty of open spots to sign up here: Auction Sign Up


The grade with the most successful baskets at auction will win a Pajama Day from Mrs. Hilcher! Let's help our kiddos win the competition! If you have any questions, please contact our Auction Coordinator: shellee.djr@gmail.com




A Note from the Carnival Co-Chairs: Carnival is fast approaching and we are all excited for a great time! Please check your child's folder tonight for more information as well as a form to pre-order wristbands and Star cards.

Please also consider signing up to volunteer for the day of carnival using the link below. Thank you for all you do! Carnival would not be possible without your help!

Carnival Volunteer Sign Up

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, October 2 - Boots and Blue Shirts Day

Thursday, October 5 - WOW Club 2:55-4:50 pm

Friday, October 6 - Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Development

Monday, October 9 - Student and Teacher Holiday

Monday, October 16 - Fall Picture Day

Thursday, October 19 - PTA Meeting 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the cafeteria

Friday, October 20 - End of 1st 9 weeks, GES Bank 7:15-7:35 am in the cafeteria

Saturday,October 21 - PTA Carnival 2:00-5:00 pm

Monday, October 23 - 2nd 9 weeks begins

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Learning Topics for the Week

Reading/Language Arts/Social Studies (Humanities) -


  • Writer's Workshop - Writing, editing and publishing small moments stories
  • Reading - Reading for meaning, fluency practice, comprehension practice
  • Social Studies - Map Skills, directional words, compass rose, different types of maps and their uses


Math - Number Sense - counting by 2s, 5s and 10s, counting forward and backward from a given number


Science - Identifying how baby animals and adult animals are similar and different, introduction to a chicken's life cycle

First Grade Field Trip

First Grade will be taking our field trip in early November. (More details will follow soon.) If you have a desire to chaperone the trip, PLEASE make sure you are an approved volunteer. You can use the information below to help you complete the process.



Volunteer Requirements


In order to volunteer at GES, or around GCISD, all volunteers must:

  1. read the Volunteer Handbook (this replaces the previous face to face volunteer trainings held on campus)
  2. watch the appropriate video included in the handbook
  3. electronically sign the verification Google form for each campus you plan to volunteer
  4. complete the volunteer background check. A link is included in the handbook.


The following link takes you to the online Volunteer Handbook and background check: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=474

When you are ready to volunteer at GES, feel free to call the front office at 817-251-5735 to verify that both of the required steps have been recorded as completed. We appreciate your support as you complete these steps and volunteer to work with our GES students.

Contact Us

Tricia Moore

patricia.moore@gcisd.net @GESMoore #gesshineon


Amy VanHook

amy.vanhook@gcisd.net @GESVanHook #gesshineon


Darla Helms

darla.helms@gcisd.net @GESHelms #gesshineon


Joy Fowler

joy.fowler@gcisd.net @GESFowler #gesshineon