Week 14 in First Grade

November 30 - December 5

Welcome back!

This morning we were greeted with the smiling faces of some very well rested kiddos. It was nice to hear all about how they spent their week off from school. Some traveled, some stayed at home. Everyone ate until they couldn't eat any more.

Now that we are back at school, we are diving right on into assessments. Starting on Tuesday, your child will be taking the Math MAP test. It is important that your child get plenty of sleep, and have eaten a nutritious breakfast. If something happened at home that could have an effect on your child's ability to concentrate, PLEASE let us know.

In the coming weeks, we will be looking at all of the December holidays. We would love to know of any customs and traditions you have at home. If you are willing to share with all of first grade, we are interested in hearing all about it!

Security Concen

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.

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.

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.


Have you heard all about GoNoodle yet? This is a website used all over the campus to get us up and moving. You too can participate at home. Please read the flyer below.
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Events this Week



  • Library Day (Burke)


  • Library Day (Boehm)


  • Library Day (Johnson)


  • Wear Dooley Spirit wear/Dooley Blue
  • Weekly Homework Due/Spelling Test
  • All Pro Dad's

All Pro Dads

Friday, Dec. 4th, 7am

Dooley Library

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

...retell the plot of a story (First, Next, Last)

...identify verbs in the present tense

...alphabetize a list of words to the first and second letter

...properly write the Modern Manuscript letters: review: Ii, Ll, Tt, Ff, Ee, Dd, Oo, Cc, Jj, Gg

Spelling Pattern: Long i (i_e)

This week's Spelling City lists:

Spelling Words - U3W2

High Frequency Words - U3 High Frequency Words

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

...sort shapes in more than one way by their different attributes.

...plane shapes can be seen in everyday objects.

...explain the properties of a specific plane shape and how they are different from each other.

...identify how plane shapes can be combined to make new plane shapes.

The link below has been updated with new songs. They focus on math concepts we will be teaching in the near future along with some popular songs of previously taught skills. We encourage you to listen to them while out and about.

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

...discuss and share parts of their culture.

...describe family traditions.

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

We are beginning our next Science unit. Over the next few weeks, students will be working to answer the question: What does it mean to be healthy?

Throughout this unit, students will show their learning by:

  • communicating information about personal health habits and safety rules

  • setting personal health goals

We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. You can support your child’s learning by talking with your child about this unit and encouraging her/him to ask questions and think hard.

We are looking forward to our first graders embarking on their journey of learning!


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 our 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.

  • 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

Dooley Honor Chior Program

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 7pm

Dooley Gym

Look for more infomration in the Thursday Packet.

Winter Holiday Party

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 10:30am-12:30pm

Dooley First Grade

More details coming soon!