First Grade Newsletter

September 18-22, 2017

Teacher Wish Lists

GES PTA is sponsoring wish lists for the teachers again this year. You can take an arrow from the bulletin board in the front hallway or you can choose an item from the list below. We appreciate all your donations to our classrooms


Mrs. Moore's Wishes:


  • treasure chest items

  • sticky notes

  • index cards

  • paper towels

  • Lysol/Clorox wipes



Mrs. VanHook's Wishes:



  • Clorox wipes
  • paper towels
  • stickers



Ms. Fowler's Wishes:


  • Unscented Hand Sanitizer
  • Unscented Liquid Hand Soap
  • Colored Sharpie Markers
  • Index Cards


Mrs. Helms' Wishes:


  • Colored Sharpie Markers
  • Unscented Liquid Hand Soap
  • Rubber Bands

Technology Connections

This year First Grade will be using RAZ Kids for supplemental reading material to use at school as well as at home. Each book will be tailored to your child’s reading level that follows up with a short comprehension quiz. We are asking that each child bring in $5.50 to cover the cost of the subscription. Please send cash or check (made out to GES) to your child’s teacher by Friday September 29th.

Literacy Groups Begins This Week - Literacy Homework Begins Next Week

We are excited to begin Literacy Groups in class this week. Your child will have the opportunity to read books on his/her level in a group with others reading at the same level. The groups will work on fluency, comprehension, phonemic awareness activities and much more. We will begin our Literacy Homework next week so stay tuned!

Carnival Information from the PTA

The countdown to the annual GES Carnival & Auction is on, and it is now time to think of our grade level auction baskets! This year auction baskets will be a collaborative grade level effort. Each grade has been assigned a number of basket themes and we are asking families to contribute to one or as many as you would like. For more information, click the link below. A letter will also be going home in each child's folder. We are so excited to see what each grade comes up with!


1st Grade Basket Assignments are: Toys for Boys, Star Wars, Bloomin' Artist, Sugar & Spice, and Movie Night!


1st Grade Auction Coordinator: Shellee Walker shellee.djr@gmail.com


Sign Up for basket donations: 1st Grade Auction Sign Up

Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, September 21 - PTA Meeting 6:30-8:00 pm in the cafeteria

Friday, September 29 - GES Bank begins 7:15-7:35 am in the cafeteria

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

Learning Topics for the Week

Reading/Language Arts/Social Studies (Humanities) -


  • Writer's Workshop - Writing small moments stories, choosing/spelling more challenging words, editing writing (spacing, capitalization, punctuation)
  • Reading - Developing good reading habits, using pictures to help decode words and meaning in the story, practicing reading fluency
  • Social Studies - Identifying good citizens all around us, what does a good citizen look like as a first grader


Math - Number Sense - representing numbers using 10s and 1s (Using ten frames and place value charts)


Science - Plants - observing growth patterns

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