Week 3 in First Grade

September 8 - September 11

2 weeks down...

Students are getting in the groove! They are showing off what they learned in Kindergarten and how they are ready to grow in first.

The adjustment of going back to school and getting up early is showing. Students are crashing in exhaustion towards the end of the day. You can help by ensuring they are going to bed at a reasonable hour (8:00 pm or earlier is the recommendation for this age); they eat a nutritious breakfast; and read each and everyday!

Next week will be a short week. We hope you are able to enjoy the extended weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday!


Your student brought home their binder this week. The binder is a critical part of our program at Dooley inside the binder you will find:

  • Your child's weekly homework
  • The current week's spelling words
  • Their word family word sort
  • Unit High frequency words
  • Black folder
  • Weekly leveled reader (starting this week)
  • Letter formation page

The binders and their readers (books) are expected to travel between school and home everyday. Please take some time each night to go through the items with your child. Student success in first grade has been attributed to the home/school connected established with the binders.


The first page of your child's binder will be a sheet with their night/weekly homework. Please initial each space to indicate your child has done their homework. We check binders each day and award baseball cards to students who have put in good effort the night before.

Your student should be able to complete all the tasks in 30 minutes. We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and you are not always able to complete a job or two. Your child has until Friday to complete the listed tasks. Time is set aside on Fridays for students to catch-up on unfinished work. That is also a time for those who have completed everything to do something special.

If you have any questions about the nightly/weekly homework, please contact your child's teacher.

Events this Week

Labor Day - No Classes

Monday, Sep. 7th 2015 at 12am

Celebrating with friends and family!

Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

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

...determine the beginning, middle, and end of a story.

...recognize a complete sentence

...use proper capitalization

Spelling Pattern: short a

Word Family: _ack, _ad, _ap

This week's Spelling City list is U1W2

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

...to show that addition sentences can be used to show parts of a whole.

...to explain that objects and pictorial models can be used to solve addition problems.

...understand that 2 numbers can be added in any order. (Commutative Property.)

...use a variety of strategies to solve problems.

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

...identify problems and discuss solutions.

...describe how to be a good citizen.

...understand their rights at school.

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

...make observations and record data.

Upcoming Events

Grandparents Day Lunch

Friday, Sep. 18th 2015 at 12-12:45pm

2425 San Gabriel Drive

Plano, TX

Dooley Elementary invites Grandparents, and those who are like grandparents to join their first grader for lunch. This is a popular tradition at Dooley! Details will be coming home soon.