Week 18 in First Grade

January 11 - 15

Testing Continues

This week your child will be assessed on the TPRI this week to monitor the progress they have made since the beginning of the school year. To ensure that your child is at the personal best when working with us, please make sure they are getting a full night's sleep. It is recommended that they get 10 -11 hours of sleep each night. For most kids that means an 8:00 pm bedtime!

Please help your child be on time to school. Our day starts promptly at 7:45! Too many kids are entering the hallway at that time and missing things because they are not in class.

We look forward to speaking to you about your child's growth and goals at our conferences in February.

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Resolutions for 2016!

This morning we discussed how a resolution is a promise one makes to themselves to be an even better person. We discussed how they are goals we can reach with our best effort.

We encouraged the kids to set some of the following as their personal goals for this year:

* I will be on time for school each day.

* I will focus in class and complete my work.

* I will do my homework every night.

* I will read my paperclip and binder story each night.

* I will keep track of my belongings.

* I will bring my supplies to class everyday.

Events this Week



  • Library Day (Burke)


  • Library Day (Boehm)


  • Library Day (Johnson)
  • Citizenship Assembly - 7:45 am


  • Wear Dooley Spirit wear/Dooley Blue
  • Weekly Homework Due/Spelling Test
  • All Pro Dads - 7:15 am

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

...ask questions while they read.

...produce contractions with not (can't, won't, didn't, etc.)

...properly identify nouns and verbs

...properly write the Modern Manuscript letter: Letter Review

Spelling Pattern: Unit 3 review: a_e, i_e, o_e, u_e, tch, wh, ph, scr, spl, str

This week's Spelling City lists:

Spelling Words - All Unit 3 Words

High Frequency Words - U3 High Frequency Words

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

...identify different ways to get the same answer by using addition or subtraction. (7+3 = 4+6)

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

...identify Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,

...discuss his contributions to the Civil Right's movement.

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

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are writing to tell you about our next Science unit. Over the next few weeks, students will be working as materials engineers to answer the question: How can we design a wall using rocks and a mortar mixture?

Throughout this unit, students will show their learning by:

  • observing and comparing components of soil

  • gathering evidence of how rocks, soil, and water help to make useful products

  • creating mortar mixture designs and constructing walls made of earth materials

  • testing mortar mixtures using a demolition ball

Because science and engineering projects are hands-on, materials are often needed. Several materials necessary for this unit are listed below, and if you have any of these materials available, your donation would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education!

1st Grade Teachers

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.

Security Concern

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.

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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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

WINTER BREAK Dec. 19 - Jan. 4

Classes will resume Tuesday, January 5, 2016