Curtis Fabulous Firsties

This is the first grade newsletter for Curtis Elementary.

School Picture Day - Monday, September 14

What I Need to Know About 1st Grade

Welcome to First Grade! Here is some information you need to know...

Parent To-Do List:

1. Review the Curtis Elementary 2020-2021 Smart Start Processes

2. Join your student's class communication apps Dismissal/SeeSaw/Remind/Dojo

3. Check the take-home folder calendar daily. Fill out papers in your student's take-home folder and return your student's take-home folder to school

Our Schedule

Release to Classrooms 7:30

Tardy Bell 7:50

Lunch 10:10-10:40

Conference Time 12:00-12:45

Dismissal 3:20

Your child is considered tardy if not in the room by 7:50.

Classrooms Open 7:30, Tardy Bell 7:50, Dismissal 3:20

  • Your child will be considered tardy if not in the classroom by 7:50.

  • In the event that you need to pick up your child early, please send a note that morning, and if possible, call and notify the office. You must sign your child out in the office. A member of the office staff will notify me, and I will send your child to meet you.

  • If your child’s mode of transportation changes, I MUST have a note from the parent or guardian or a phone call to the office. This is to ensure the safety of your child.


  • Day 1: Please permanently label the supply box with your child’s name. Place inside: a box of crayons, scissors, glue stick, pencils, erasers. Also, send folders and spirals.

  • Day 2: Please send liquid glue, markers, dry erase markers, headphones, kleenexes, and hand sanitizer

  • Send any extra/optional supplies the following week.

  • Each student has their own headphones will be VERY important this year. They will take them with them to specials.

  • Due to COVID recommendations, we will not be sharing supplies (including headphones) this year.

Take-Home Folder

  • Your child will have a folder that will come home each night. Please check and Initial the communication calendar and return it daily.

  • Any notes or information that needs to be sent home will be in the folder.

Water Bottles

  • Please send your child with a labeled water bottle. The bottle must contain unflavored water and needs to have a “sports top” to help avoid accidental spills. Please do not send frozen bottles.

  • Due to COVID recommendations, water fountains and refill stations will be closed.

  • Please send enough water for your child to make it through the day. Extra could be kept in their backpack.


  • Each day we will have a snack break. You are encouraged to send a healthy snack for your child. First graders eat lunch very early (10:10) and will get hungry mid-afternoon.

  • Please send healthy finger foods (no candy, nothing requiring a utensil, nothing wet, or with powder/cheese coating). See your child’s teacher for specifics.


  • The first grade conference time is 12-12:45. At this time, essential meetings are by appointment and virtually, if possible.

Curtis & 1st Grade Newsletter

This year we are saving paper and sending out digital newsletters.

  • Communication for Curtis Elementary

    Curtis Elementary Smore Newsletter

    Peachjar flyers

  • 1st grade has this Smore which is a digital newsletter feed. By Friday each week, our newsletter will be sent as a link to you by your homeroom teacher.
  • Daily class news is relayed through the take-home folder calendar.

Outside Lunch, Field Trip and Birthdays

  • At this time, our campus is closed for lunch visitors and/or deliveries.

  • If a student forgets their lunch, they can get one in the cafeteria.

  • At this time, students cannot bring in cupcakes/treats for their birthdays.

  • Currently, the district has suspended all field trips.

Nurse and Restroom

  • To minimize health risks, students will only be sent to the nurse for major illnesses and injuries.

  • Teachers will have supplies in the classroom to treat minor ailments.

  • Please provide a change of clothes (in a baggie) to keep in their backpack in case they are needed.


  • Students may not bring toys (including electronics, jewelry/makeup, dolls) to school.

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Curtis Core Value of the Month

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Curtis PTA

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What we are Learning The Second Six Weeks

Math -

  • Problem Solving Using Addition and Subtraction to 10
  • Geometry

Reading -

  • Habits of a food reader(reading long and strong)
  • Tackling Hard words

  • Reading with partners


Students will be writing small moments: stories from their lives with small, clear focus, tremendous detail and elaboration

Word Study (phonics)

students are:

  • introduced to blends

  • think about not only what sounds letters make, but the instances in which those sounds are changed, muted, or manipulated by neighboring letters

  • Write down sounds they hear

  • tackle longer words and to begin thinking about the sounds that they hear in word parts

Science - Classifying matter and Changes from heat

  • objects are classified in terms of observable properties including larger and smaller, heavier and lighter, shape, color, and texture

Social Studies - Creating Order

  • how rules and laws create order in the classroom, the school and in the community

  • the role public officials play in creating order in communities.

Social-Emotional Learning

  • Creating routines and schedules for our days

  • Mindfulness and a calm down spot in the classroom

  • Look for weekly lesson flyers to come home

Meet the First Grade Teachers

Mrs. Burlison

Mrs. Burlison graduated from Texas Christian University and is starting her 13th year in the classroom. Literacy is her passion!

Mrs. Burlison will use SeeSaw for class communication.

phone extension: 4530

Mrs. Chrestman

Mrs. Chrestman will use SeeSaw for class communication.

phone extension:

Ms. King

Ms. King studied early childhood/elementary education at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. This is her 20th year teaching and she has experience in PK. K, 1st, and 4th grades. She loves seeing the spark in children’s eyes when they gain independence and confidence in themselves when learning new things. She can’t wait to help your child find that sparkle this year!

Remind Code: @a7gkh8

phone extension: 4522

Mrs. Martin

Mrs. Martin was born and raised here in Weatherford. She graduated from Weatherford High School in 1998. She graduated from Arlington Baptist University in 2002. Her passion is teaching and helping kids to love school!

Remind Code: @g3eafd

phone extension: 4533

Mrs. Scarbro

Mrs. Scarbro is currently in year 10 and loving her firsties! Her passion is teaching kids to read and helping them develop their reading habitats.

Remind Class code @scarbro20

phone extension: 4534

Miss Smith

This year, Miss Smith will be teaching through the WISD Virtual Learning Academy.

Miss Smith will use Remind for class communication.

phone extension: 4531