First Grade Monday Message

December 7-December 11

Spelling Words for the Week

We have moved on from CVC short vowel words, and are now focused on short vowels with blends. The test will be this Friday, December 11th.

On Level Blends: stop, went, crab, glad, frog, slip, flag, plug, bring, find

High Frequency Review Words: are, of

Challenge Words: frosty, slippery, stocking, cranberry, glisten

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

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, November 30-Monday, December 14- Grace Christmas Cottage Collection Window

Wednesday, December 9- Red Robin Spirit Night 6-8 pm. Join us for dinner at the Red Robin in Grapevine, mention GES and our school gets 20% of the sales!

Friday, December 18 -Class Winter Parties (10:45 am; more info coming soon!) and Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:45)

December 21-January 4- Winter Holiday, No School

Tuesday, January 5- School Resumes from Winter Holiday

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 - short vowels with blends, writing "How To" stories

Math: Recognizing and sorting 2D shapes

Science: Forms of energy and their importance in daily life

Social Studies: How families meet basic human needs

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.

Hour of Code

All GES students will be participating in Hour of Code activities on Friday, December 11, 2015. Computer programming allows students to practice perseverance, problem solving, and critical thinking. Skills necessary for coding align with GCISD's Portrait of a Graduate, particularly skilled problem solver, effective communicator and self-regulated learner.​

Grace Christmas Cottage Donations

As we embark upon the holiday season, GES will begin collecting items for our local GRACE organization. GRACE demonstrates compassion for those less fortunate by providing assistance to individuals and families in crisis and guidance toward self-sufficiency. One way they provide assistance is through their annual Christmas Cottage where many families from our district are allowed to shop for the holidays. In lieu of physical bells displayed on a paper tree next to the front office this year, there is a wish list provided here in our Monday Message for your reference throughout our collection drive. We will begin collecting items Monday, November 30 and will ensure all items are delivered to GRACE on Monday, December 14th. Please make sure that all gifts are new and unwapped. Wrapping paper, tape, bows and batteries are always needed. If you choose to continue shopping after the 14th, please deliver your donations directly to GRACE at 112 N. Scribner Street, Grapevine, TX 76051. Please contact Mrs. Horn at or 817-251-5740 for questions regarding these acts of kindness.

GRACE Christmas Cottage Toy Wish List:


  • Disney Princess(No Barbies, please)*

  • Dolls of color*

  • Frozen Toys*

  • Infant clothes 0-24 months*

  • Infant toys*

  • Lego Sets-all types*

  • Tricycles/Wagons*

  • Marvel/Action figure toys

  • Air Hogs/Racers

  • Arts & Crafts kits

  • Baby dolls

  • Board games

  • Cars & trucks

  • Current action figures

  • Despicable Me

  • Doc McStuffins toys

  • Dora the Explorer toys

  • Girls Lego sets

  • My Generation Dolls

  • Nerf toys (for boys & girls)

  • Nickelodeon Anything

  • Razor scooters

  • Remote-controlled cars

  • Rip sticks

  • Sesame Street toys

  • Sleeping bags

  • Soccer balls size 3, 4 & 5.

  • Sofia the First toys

  • Star Wars anything

  • Stuffed animals

  • Toddler toys (ages 1-3)

  • Twin bedding

  • V-tech toys


  • cologne (girls/boys)*

  • gift cards: Wal-Mart, Target, fast food, gas*

  • gift certificates-all types*

  • mountain bikes/helmets*

  • Axe fragrance kits

  • Bath & Body Works lotions, etc..

  • Bedroom accessories

  • Cowboy, Stars & Mavericks Gear

  • Docking stations

  • ear phones

  • electric scooters

  • fishing poles

  • Flannel pajamas

  • Fun slippers & socks

  • Hooded sweatshirts (L & XL with Athletic logos)

  • Luggage

  • Make-up sets

  • Nail sets

  • Rip sticks

  • Skateboards

  • Tablets

  • Teen bedding sets

  • Teen board games

  • Wireless chargers & speakers

*GRACE traditionally runs low on these items.

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
  • 24 Dice
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Gallon sized zip lock bags
  • 20 Clipboards

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
  • Clothespins
  • Wiggle/Google type eyes - any size
  • Clorox type wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer