Week 30 in First Grade

April 11 - 15

The countdown has begun!

Did you know there are just 7 weeks left in the school year! The journey isn't over yet, but we are closing in on our destination!

Next week, we will begin our last round of testing. This round we will be looking for mastery of 1st grade skills and 2nd grade readiness. Conferences will be held near the end of May to discuss how well your child did in achieving their academic goals.

Pet Rocks

If your child has not returned their rock to school, please send it in ASAP.

Congratulations to Mrs. Burke's Class

Dooley had a great student showing at Spring Creek Barbecue last Wednesday! This morning, it was announced that Ms. Burke's class was one of the 3 classes with the most kids in attendance. Congratulations to all of her students!



  • Library Day (Burke)

  • Library Day (Boehm)


  • Library Day (Johnson)


  • Wear Dooley Spirit wear/Dooley Blue
  • Weekly Homework Due/Spelling Test

Family Movie Night - Friday 4/15

Are you looking for something fun to do on a Friday night? The put on you PJ's, grab your pillow and blanket and come join all of you fellow Dragons for family movie night! Friday, April 15th is the date and the doors will open at 6:30 pm with the movie starting promptly at 7:10 pm The winning movie that will be shown is Inside Out.

Popcorn, candy, and drinks will be available for purchase (cash only please!) All Dragons will receive a ticket good for a free popcorn and drink. All children must be accompanied by an adult, no drop offs are allowed.

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

...ask questions while they read.

...summarize a story read aloud

...Discuss the beginning, middle, and end events in a story

...review adjectives

...write synonyms and antonyms for given words.

...discuss prepositional phrases

...properly write the Modern Manuscript letter: Review

Spelling Pattern: Review: R- Controlled Vowels and Diphthongs

This week's Spelling City lists:

Spelling Words - U5W1, U5W2, U5W3, U5W4, U5W5

High Frequency Words - U5 High Frequency Words

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

...collect and sort data according to attributes.

...represent information on a t-chart with tally marks

...use data to create picture and bar-type graphs

...draw conclusions, generate and answer questions using information from picture and bar-type graphs

Please have your child continue to review the YouTube songs below to reinforce skills we've already taught this year.

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

...discuss events from the past, present, and the future.

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

...explore the external characteristics of animals in order to understand that organisms have structures and processes that serve various functions.

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!

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.

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.

Yearbook Photos

Call all parent photographers! If you have been snapping photos from school events, please submit them to be included in our yearbook.

Go to schoolannualonline.com

Log in:

  • 2016
  • 719026
  • Staff
  • TX2016 (TX must be capital)

Click: Create

Click: Image Library

Click: Portraits

  • Then click on the FOLDER name that you want to place your photos in

Click: Upload on the right side of the page.

If you need any help contact Renee Carson - carsoncrew05@gmail.com


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

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2 - 6. Look in the Thursday Packet for more information.

All Pro Dads: Friday, May 6 7:10 am

STAAR Testing: May 9 - 11

The campus will be closed to volunteers and visitors while the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are taking their state assessments.

Pete The Cat: May 24

Mark your calendars for first grade's annual performance of Pete the Cat. More information will be coming home as we get closer to the event.

Field Day: Thurs. May 26

Volunteers will be needed for Dooley's annual Field Day. Please see your child's Thursday packet for more information.

Student Holiday: Friday, May 27 - Monday, May 30

Students will have a 4 day weekend as we enter the last week of school!

Citizenship Assembly: Tuesday, May 31 @ 7:50 am

Parents are invited to come to the final citizenship assembly of the school year.

End of the Year Parties: Thursday, June 2

Details will be sent home closer to the party date.

Last Day of School: Friday, June 3

This will be an early release day. School gets out for the last time at 12:00 pm!

Events this Week