First Grade at O.C.T.

February 22-26

Highlight of the Week

It was such a joy to meet with all of our 1st grade parents individually for conferences and celebrate your child's growth this year. We are so proud of their hard work and greatly appreciate your support and encouragement.

App of the Week

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Rachel's Challenge

GCISD IS celebrating KINDNESS DAY on April 6, 2016! Wear a blue shirt or any Rachel's challenge shirt to promote kindness. If you would like to order a Rachel's Challenge shirt all orders MUST be placed by Wednesday March 9, 2016. Make checks payable to O.C. Taylor. The form for ordering a shirt is attached to this email.


We will be visiting The Perot Museum of Nature and Science on Wednesday, March 2. We will leave OCT at 9:00am and return around 1:30pm. We will be at the museum from 9:45-1:00pm. Any and all parents, grandparents or other relatives are more than welcome to attend. Since you will be directly involved with OCT children, we ask that all chaperones complete the GCISD Background Check. It takes a couple of weeks to process so if you are chaperoning and have not complete one yet do so asap.

You can complete it at

Admission is $5 and will be purchased at the museum the day of the field trip. Due to limited bus space all chaperones will need to meet us at the museum. Feel free to carpool to save on parking cost:) If you plan on attending the field trip, please let me know so that I can arrange small groups. Remember this is a special day for you to spend quality time with your child. It will be best if younger siblings do not come if at all possible.


GCISD Advanced Academics is now accepting referrals for Gifted and Talented Program Services for grades 1-4. Please access the application for GT LEAD and/or ASPIRE Academy for the Highly Gifted in each campus office or on the Advanced Academics page: Please Click on the Blue Badge Applications must be returned no later than February 26 to your campus office or GT Specialist.

Testing will take place during the month of March. Results will be mailed home in early April.

4th Grade Labels for Education PBL

How can we as fourth graders encourage other grade levels to collect Labels for Education so that the winners can benefit from their participation? Our school is coming together to collect Labels for Education in partnership with 4th grade‛s math-centered PBL. Your child can participate by collecting labels from the following products: Bic , Campbell's, Pace, Prego, Pepperidge Farm, Swanson, V8, V8 Splash and V8 V-Fusion. The grade level that collects the most will win a Visa gift card to use for their classes. These labels are due by March 4th .

Thank you,

Fourth Grade

Upcoming Dates and Events

Counseling Corner

Feb. 23 Positive Proof

Feb. 26 Spirit Day/Spirit Shop/Running Club

March 1 Spring Pictures

March 2 Field Trip

March 10 Open House at 6:30

March 11 Boosterthon

What we are learning this week...

  • I can add to solve word problems and show my work.
  • I can subtract to solve word problems and show my work.

Reading- I can ask relevant questions and identify sources for finding answers.

Writing-I can identify text features that will help my reader locate information in my writing.

Science-I can analyze and record examples of interdependence found in various situations such as terrariums and aquariums or pet and caregiver.

Social Studies-I can identify historical figures including Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Garrett Morgan, Richard Allen and other individuals who have exhibited individualism and inventiveness.

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First Grade Schedule

7:45 - 8:00 Morning Show, Circle up

8:00 - 9:00 Math

9:00-11:00 Reading/Language Arts/Humanities

11:00-11:30 Lunch

11:30-12:00 Recess

12:00-12:50 Tiger Time

12:50-1:55 Science

1:55-2:45 Specials-PE, Music, Art, Spanish

2:45 Dismissal from Specials