Mrs. Nelson's 1st Grade News!

Week of October 12th

Personal Pictures..

As you can see, I love pictures! :) Nothing makes me smile more than seeing a picture my kiddos teachers (well daycare for Addison) sends me! I love giving you a little glimpse into our daily life at school. I figured I would also share a personal photo from time to time so you can get a little bit of insight into my life outside the classroom as well. :) Today I went to my very first parent conference, as the parent! :) It was a very strange feeling, but one I will never forget!
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Pictures of "Candy Corn Math"!

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Important Notes For This Week!

I want to first say it was GREAT to be back on a Monday! I am feeling much better this week and I had a great day today with the kiddos. :)

Below are some of the most important things for you to keep in mind this week!

- Today your child brought home spelling words, sight words, spelling homework choices, and a reading and math homework sheet. These are due on Friday. Spelling tests will also be on Friday.

- Please remember to help your child keep up with and record their 100 weekly reading minutes in their folder! Remember they can read the baggy book they bring home every day as well as any other reading material. Reading to them counts as well!

- At conferences I passed out Istation login information to most parents. This is a reading program that your child has access to at home now! If you did not get it at your child's conference, or were not able to attend the conference, your child brought home their login information today in their folder. Please take advantage of this free program! I will be checking each Friday to see how many minutes the students are getting and there will be incentives for spending some time on the program at home! :)

-Folders: You will notice I have switched from stickers to "smiley faces" in your child's folder. It just makes things a tad faster for me, as I keep losing my stickers! :) If you child has a smiley face, of any color, their day was great! :)

-"Graded Work"- for years, I have sent home work on Fridays. This year I have so many meetings during my conference time during the week that I am having to grade wherever and whenever I can, mostly at home. I am going to try just sending home "graded" work as I get it finished, instead of holding it all until Fridays. Hopefully this will also give you more to work on throughout the week with your kiddos. Please look through your child's folder nightly and discuss any work that does come home. Remember, complete sentences are the goal right now! If there is a paper marked "unfinished", please discuss using working time wisely. :)

- As a heads up, we will be doing "Career Day" this year on October 30th. More information will come home about this in letter format as well as in next week's newsletter!

~Mrs. Nelson

Weekly General Information

-Baggy Books: these should come home daily. It is your child's responsibility to come in each morning and choose a new baggy book. If they come home with the same book 2 days in a row, please remind them to choose a different book.

- Your child is bringing home a "Take Home Folder" daily in their backpack. Please check this nightly and sign the box for the day. This lets me know you are aware of their classroom behavior for the day and have checking their folder for any notes and papers. If there is a smiley face, it was a great day! :)

- If there are any papers in the folder, please remove and only send back anything that requires being returned to school.

- If you need to send money or anything of that nature, feel free to use the small page protector in the very front to help assure those important things make it to me in the mornings!

- As mentioned before there is also a reading log in your child's folder. Continue to make sure your child is reading 100 minutes per week. Please remember that you reading with your child counts and is IMPORTANT! :) These minutes need to be logged on the reading log form.

- If you need to change the way your child goes home, PLEASE make sure you have contacted me to let me know the change so I can make sure all of my kiddos make it home safely.

- Please make sure I have a good e-mail contact address on file for you. I use e-mail as my main communication method, so it is important that I have any e-mail addresses for you that are needed.

- Please sign up for my "Remind" texts so that you can get up to date information throughout the week as things change or reminders are sent.

What Are We Learning?

Language Arts:

- identifying and reading high frequency words

- decoding words

- forming letters (handwriting)

- writing legibly

- matching sounds to letters

- writing

- story comprehension, story structure, and retelling a story (beginning, middle, and end), summarizing, main idea, author's purpose.

-"iss" and "op" word family


- addition and subtraction with larger numbers

- skip counting by 2's to 100

- breaking apart numbers into ones and tens place using larger numbers this time

- discussing the idea of greater than and less than

- estimation

- working on standard and expanded forms of numbers

Science/Social Studies:

- Fire Safety

- Forms of Energy- sources of heat and light

- Introduction of purpose of maps, globes, and directions

Spelling/Sight Words

You will notice these overlap a little, that is for a reason. :) We are also focusing on the word families "iss" and "op" this week.


1. miss

2. bliss

3. hiss

4. shop

5. chop

6. flop.

7. will

8. for

9. want

10. play

11. say

12. ask

Sight Words: (Please add these to the baggy for continued practice. :)

1. will

2. for

3. want

4. play

5. say

6. ask

Upcoming Events... please check below for due dates, etc.

Spelling Test/Spelling Homework Due

Friday, Oct. 16th, 12am

Mrs. Nelson's Room

This includes the reading passage and math homework page.

Library- Remember to bring books back!

Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 2:30pm

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

Gideon Carnival

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 12am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

Time will be updated. :)

Red Ribbon Week Begins

Monday, Oct. 26th, 12am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

Picture Retakes

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 12am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

Career Day

Friday, Oct. 30th, 12am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

More information to come!