First Grade Update

November 13, 2015

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Dates to Remember:

  • Each Friday: Homework Due
  • Nov. 16-20 Book Fair (See hours below)
  • Nov. 19: Thanksgiving Skit and Class Feast
  • Nov. 20: Turkey Drive (See details below)
  • Nov. 23-27 No School
  • Dec. 4: PTO Night at Barnes and Noble (Lewisville), 4-6 pm
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Each first grade class will have a feast on November 19th at 11:00 a.m.

Your child's class will do a short Thanksgiving skit and will then enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch together (no need to pack a lunch that day!). You are invited to come see the skit and enjoy a few minutes in our classroom.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, November 18. RSVP using this google form:

Be on the lookout for information from your homeroom mom about how you can help with the feast. We can't do it without our awesome helpers!

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Weekly Happenings

This week, we discussed verbs and learned that they are action words. We talked about past tense verbs and present tense verbs. We practiced finding them in stories, listing them, and using them in our writing. We also read stories and poems about Veteran's Day. We took time to remember Veterans and all they have done and currently do for us.

In spelling and phonics, we studied long u words and discussed spelling patterns that include a silent "e" at the end of a word.

In writing, we practiced writing a complete personal narrative story and then going through the editing and revision process. As we move into next week, we will continue building stamina to stick with a story throughout the entire writing process.

In social studies, we began talking about the history of Thanksgiving. We will continue this next week.

In math, we practiced nonstandard measurement. We measured actual lengths, widths, and perimeters of animals from the Dallas Zoo! Next week, we will explore area.
In science, we have begun to finish up our animal research. We are in the product phase of our PBL, and are working on creating a digital field trip of the Dallas Zoo. We will be sharing this virtual tour with a children's hospital so that young patients can "go to the zoo" when confined to a hospital bed.

Next week, we have lots of exciting things planned as we practice our Thanksgiving skit and finish our Animal PBL!

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Scholastic MONSTER Book Fair!!

The fair will be open next week, November 16-20!

The book fair takes place in the library. Your child's class will preview the book fair on Monday or Tuesday during school. You may send money any day with your child. Please send it in a labeled envelope! Tax is charged at the book fair, so please plan accordingly if you send money with your child.
If you wish to shop WITH your child, you may shop between 7:30-7:45, 3:00-3:30, or during our recess (10:30-11:00). If you have lunch with your child one day next week, you may also take your child as you finish eating lunch.

Here are the operating hours:
Monday: 7:30-3:30
Tuesday: 7:30-6:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30-3:30
Thursday: 7:00-3:30 (come enjoy some donuts!)
Friday: 7:30-Noon

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Annual Turkey Drive

If you recall from years past, CISD does a turkey drive each November to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. This year is CISD's 13th year doing this!

On Friday, November 20, during morning drop off, please bring a frozen turkey (or chicken) and hand it out the car window to a waiting set of hands. Our third graders are heading this collection up, and will be counting these frozen birds and getting them on to the North Texas Food Bank.

You can also donate a turkey/chicken online! Online donations will also be accepted from now until noon on November 20 through the online “Virtual Turkey Drive.” Visit then select Kids 4 Turkeys.

We appreciate your help and willingness to provide for another family this Thanksgiving! THANK YOU!!!

Thank You!

Thank you to those of you who sent in shoes for our Red Ribbon Week shoe donation drive. Our school was able to collect 200 pairs of shoes for The Shoe Bank ( in just five short days!

“No one need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank