First Grade Monday Message

January 5th-8th

No Reading or Math Homework this week!!!!

Spelling Words for the Week

We are focused on short vowel floss words for the next two weeks. Floss words are words with a double f, l or s. The test will be given on Friday, January 15th.


On Level Floss: class, kiss, boss, cuff, sniff, tell, will, doll


High Frequency/Review Words: have, want, drop, blob


Challenge Words: intelligent, assessment, official, difference, illustrate


Please work with your child to find two more challenge words that follow the short vowel floss pattern.

Mark Your Calendars



Wednesday, January 6- Report cards posted


Friday, January 8- Student Spirit Day


Monday, January 18- No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Learning Topics for the Week

Reading/Language Arts: Literacy Groups - strategies good readers use, fluency practice, handwriting, Spelling - floss words, writing about animals hibernating



Math: divide a 2D shape into 2 or 4 equal parts (fair share).


Science: hibernating animals project.


Social Studies: Compare customs, holidays, and celebrations from past and present.

Snack Donations Needed

In the spirit of GES operating as a family, we are asking for donations of individually wrapped Goldfish or pretzels to service our students who cannot afford to bring snacks each day. We eat lunch very early and our little ones are quite hungry by the afternoon. Snacks keep their brains and bodies functioning properly to finish the day strong. Thank you for your generosity and giving.

Classroom Wish Lists

Are you looking for a way to support your child's classroom? Check out some of the needs on the classroom wish lists below. Feel free to donate any of the items to the classroom. (This is totally optional but truly appreciated.)


Ms. Fowler's Class:

  • Hand Sanitizer (unscented)
  • Lysol Type Wipes (Yellow/Lemon or Unscented) Dollar Tree has an inexpensive version called Good and Clean
  • Sandwich sized Ziploc Baggies


Mrs. Helms' Class:

  • Gallon sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Quart sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Sandwich or Snack sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Clothespins

Mrs. Killebrew's Class

  • paper plates
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Gallon sized zip lock bags


Mrs. Moore's Class:

  • Index Cards - 3x5 or 4x6
  • Post It Notes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wiggle/Google Eyes - any size
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Mr. Sketch Scented Markers

Mrs. VanHook's Class:

  • Gallon sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Quart sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Sandwich or Snack sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Clorox type wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer