First Grade Update

May 6, 2016

Dates to Remember:

  • Each Friday: Homework Due
  • May 9-12: STAAR (no visitors)
  • May 13: Longhorn Stampede
  • May 20: Field Day
  • May 30: Memorial Day (no school)
  • June 2: Last Day of School- Early Release
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Lakeside Longhorn Stampede Ticket Sales: Deadline TODAY!

The annual Lakeside Longhorn Stampede is coming up on May 13th!

Today (May 6) is the LAST day for you to preorder tickets and be guaranteed a t-shirt.

You can sign up on the day of the event, but you are not promised a t-shirt and the sign up fee is a little more.

*Come join us for the 4th Annual Lakeside Longhorn Stampede, a 1-mile fun run designed for the whole family!*

Again this year, the course will be filled with fun and challenging obstacles…can you say FOAM PIT?! And new this year…wear your CRAZIEST SOCKS to run in…they are sure to make you run even faster!

Registration Fees:
$ 15.00 – (Ages 3- 17)
$ 20.00 – (Ages 18 or older)
$ 50.00 – Family 4-Pack (Any ages)
$ 25.00 – Race Day (Any ages) NOTE: T-shirt NOT guaranteed

Don’t forget to order Dickey’s Sandwiches for dinner and bring money for Rita’s Ice!

Click HERE to order Tickets! LINK

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Thank you so, so much for all the ways you spoiled us this week. We are so appreciative of our wonderful, supportive parents! Thank you for sharing your little ones with us this year!
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Weekly Happenings

This week, we did an author's study on Doreen Cronin. We looked at techniques she uses to create her much-loved story books. We practiced picking out text features, retelling stories in complete detail, and talked about some new elements of fiction such as personification and fantasy/realism.

In writer's workshop, we continued working on writing a solid small moment story. Children need to be naturally writing personal narrative stories that include introduction/conclusion, 5-6 detail sentences with adjectives and transition words, and having correct capitalization and punctuation.

In spelling, we worked with the vowel teams OI and OY that are found in words such as voice, noise, boy, and oyster.

In social studies, we talked about the American holiday of Mother's Day. Hope you like your treat! :)

In science, we continued our unit on solids, liquids, and gases. This week, we observed what happens when solids are mixed with water. Ask your child about the toothpaste experiment!

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Book Bags Due May 19!

Book bags will not be sent back home after Thursday, May 19.

We truly appreciate your consistency in reading with your child until that date! We are conducting end of year assessments now, and your perseverance with that book bag really does affect your child! We are almost done...two more weeks of homework sheets and book bags!

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Library Books

All library books will be due back for the summer on Tuesday, May 23.

We will still check out as a class a couple more times before then, but please be aware that if your child does not bring BOTH books back on regular check out days, he or she will not be permitted to get new books during the next two weeks.

If your child has lost his or her book, you will be receiving information with the amount you'll owe to replace the book. Report cards will be held at the end of the year until missing library books are returned or replaced.

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Change in Dismissal Routine

If there is a change to your child’s dismissal routine, you must send a note, email the teacher, or call the office.

For example, if your child regularly walks home but is being picked up that day, the teacher must have a note or e-mail from the parent. If you wish your child to be picked up by another parent, you must also send that in writing or an email.

We will not change a child's dismissal without being notified by a parent. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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Please click the link to view May's lunch menu.

Also, make sure to check your child's lunch account on-line weekly if your child purchases a school lunch regularly.

If you have any cafeteria questions or concerns, please contact Robyn Anderson at

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Help us celebrate the May birthdays!


Tyler C. 14th

Sandra G. 25th


Skylar H. 4th

Sonia M. 13th

Shuntaro T. 13th


Pranamya S. 18th

Quotes of the Month

“Difficulties Mastered are Opportunities Won.” Winston Churchill

“Courtesy is the step ladder to respect.” Unknown