Week 22 in First Grade

February 8-12

The big thing on everyone's mind is Friendship Week and Valentine's Day! In anticipation of our party on friday, your child's teacher will be mailing a list of all the students in the class to assist your child with addressing their valentines. We will be decorating bags at school for your child to contain the cards they receive from their friends.

Our party is scheduled for 10:30 am - 11:10 am on Friday. At that time, your child will have an opportunity to enjoy all the treats from their friends.

Conferences in February!

If you have yet to sign up for conferences please contact your child's teacher about the remaining times available.

Mid-year conferences will be on the following days:

Ms. Burke - Tuesday, February 23

Ms. Boehm - Wednesday, February 24

Mrs. Johnson - Thursday, February 25

Please Remember!!!

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.

Treasure Box

If you find yourself with the need to clean out your child's collection of "Happy Meal" toys, the first grade teachers would be happy to take them off your hands! Any small toys can be donated to our classroom treasure boxes.

Students who donate, can earn a Golden Ticket, and even baseball cards for their generosity.

Six Flags Reading Logs

Every child who has read for 6 hours and returns a signed Six Flags reading log will receive a free ticket to Six Flags at the end of the school year! Success for your child is as easy as doing their reading homework each and every night!

Completed reading logs are due back by February 26th. We'd love to be the grade with the most students earning their tickets!

Discovery Education Online At Home

Your child has access to a great resource at home: Discovery Education Online!

plano.discoveryeducation.com - will take you directily to PISD's log in screen. From there, your child can enter their school log-in and password to have direct access to all of the site's academic features. (educational videos, images, games, and passages)

Please, take some time to explore all the options!

Changes to the Spelling Test

Our goal is for your child to demonstrate an understanding of the different spelling patterns beyond the list in their binders.

Your child will be tested on their understanding of the spelling pattern taught during the week along with their high frequency words.

The first 6 words will be random words that uses the weekly the spelling pattern. (Words 1-6 on the spelling list is for your child to practice using the weekly pattern.) The last 4 words will be the high frequency words (6-10 on the spelling list sent.) Then they will have a bonus word where they will have an opportunity to stretch their knowledge of phonics and grammar.

This week the pattern is long i sound (i, ie, igh, y)

The high frequency words: never, should, ball, head

Events this Week


  • Wear a tie - Friendship ties us together


  • Library Day (Burke)
  • Team Up with Friends - Wear Team Shirts!


  • Library Day (Boehm)
  • Cool friends make you feel comfortable! - Wear sweats!


  • Library Day (Johnson)
  • Being kind makes your heart glow. - Wear neon colors!


  • Friend of Spike Day! - Wear Dooley Spirit wear/Dooley Blue
  • Face Painting for $1.00 7:00 - 7:45
  • Weekly Homework Due/Spelling Test
  • Friendship Parties - 10:30am - 11:10 am

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

...ask questions while they read.

...retell a story with a beginning, middle, and end point.

...to visualize to better understand text

...properly capitalize proper nouns

... properly use the verbs see and saw

...properly write the Modern Manuscript letter: Aa

Spelling Pattern: long i sound (i, ie, igh, y)

This week's Spelling City lists:

Spelling Words - U4W4

High Frequency Words - U4 High Frequency Words

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

Math targets will be individualized based on the math class your child is participating in. Over the next few weeks we will be covering 2 Topics:

For topic 9 your child will be mastering the following skills:

- using manipulatives and pictures to represent place value: ones, tens, hundreds

- understanding that a given number (to 120) can be represented in 4 way: standard form (89), expanded form (80 + 9), word form (eighty-nine), and picture form (draw 8 tens sticks, and 9 ones cubes)

- skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's to quickly determine the total number of objects in a set to 120.

- understand numbers greater than 100 can be represented as the sum of the hundreds, tens, and ones. (expanded form)

- count forward or backwards from any given number up to 120.

For topic 10 your child will be mastering the following skills:

- Generate a number that is greater than (>) or less than (<) a given number up to 120.

- Use place value to compare numbers up to 120

- Order numbers up to 120 using place value and number lines.

- Represent the comparison of two numbers up to 100 with the correct symbols (<, >, =)

-Use relationship to determine the number that is 10 more and 10 less than a given number up to 120.

Coming up: Money

Please click the link below to the money playlist on YouTube to help prepare your child for our upcoming unit on money. They will need to be able to identify the coins and their values.

To help your child with the current skills and to prepare for some upcoming topics, please check out the video play list links!

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place value math song: ones, tens, hundreds
The Counting By Twos Song ♫♪♫ | Scratch Garden
Money Money Money kids song by Rhonda Crigger
Time-Telling Song: Meet The Clock (SyllableSync)

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

...determine and justify Abraham Lincoln's importance to our country.

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

...observe, describe, and record data about the properties of matter (color, size, shape, mass, and texture)

...communicate information such as their observations, data, thoughts and ideas.

...read text to obtain information.

...observe and record some natural resources (soil, sand, and clay) and discuss their properties.

...form a hypothesis about how the properties of soil, sand, and clay will be when combined in a mixture.

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.


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 your 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. Starting second semester students will be tested on their understanding of the weekly spelling patterns and high frequency words.

  • 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

Ms. Burke's Conferences - Tuesday, February 24

Be sure to sign up via Bloomz.net to secure the best time!

Ms. Boehm's Conferences - Wednesday, February 25

Be sure to sign up via Bloomz.net to secure the best time!

Mrs. Johnson's Conferences - Thursday, February 26

Be sure to sign up via Bloomz.net to secure the best time!

Six Flags Reading Logs Due - Friday, February 26

Open House - Thursday, March 3

Be sure to save the date! Your child has been working so hard this year, and we can't wait to show off.

Details will be coming home soon.

Spring Break - March 6 - 11