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Welcome to First Grade. My name is Andrew Brown. I got started on the path to being an educator in high school in Iowa. After high school I continued my education at Upper Iowa University with a degree in Elementary Education and Music Education. Due to my heart being with the students as they learn the core subjects, this is the path that I went down with my career. I spent one year substitute teaching in Iowa before moving to the Houston area in the summer of 2004. I taught for 9 years at the same school in Aldine ISD. During my time in Aldine I was a classroom teacher and Dyslexia Specialist. It was my work with the Dyslexia kids that really ignited my passion for helping kids learn to read better. I went through all of the course work with Neuhaus Education Center to become a Dyslexia teacher. It was during this coursework that I also enrolled at Southern Methodist University. I earned my Master's degree from SMU in 2011 in Reading and Writing. 
I moved to Timber Creek Elementary as a Reading Specialist in 2013. This year, 2016, I decided to move into a First Grade classroom and am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with the students. I love coming to work on a daily basis because of the students that I get to work with, their families and my coworkers. Timber Creek is a great school and through our work together the potential of the school and the students in it is absolutely limitless.

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Objectives for the week of May 15-19



Happy Mother's Day Ladies!  Thank you for sharing your children with me this school year - I am one blessed teacher!
We are needing fun bandaids for contraction surgery this week :)
All library books are due this Monday.  Please also start looking for any books that belong to our classroom library - thank you!
Friday we will have an author visit us in the library, Michael White.
Next Monday we will have a Read-a-thon.  I would like to invite 5 parents to be a mystery reader to surprise the kids at different times throughout the day.  If you are available to read aloud to our class, please follow this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OckNLWjcvt9hajNypl1GU-p7NKdpgsafD2RlJogFzJw
Objectives for the week:
ELA: Students will read and write words with contractions(NO MORE SPELLING TESTS - HOORAY!);  we will review author's purpose for writing a story (to persuade, inform, or entertain) and practice retelling stories.  We will complete a fiction writing assignment for a major grade.
Math: Complete measurement unit (test on Friday over measuring length, time to hour and half hour, data and graphing).  We will also take our spring math benchmark this week - this will be divided over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) and we will be reviewing for measurement all week long.
Science: We will look at how young animals resemble their parents and look at life cycles (test on Thursday)
Social Studies: We will review concepts learned throughout the year.

Lost and Found

Parents we are letting you know that the items in the lost and found are set out for the students to go through. If they are missing any items they have till Friday, May 19th to collect them from the stage.

This week

Just and update for the rest of the week.
Testing will be taking place until Wednesday so visitors will not be allowed in the building. If you are scheduled to volunteer for anything please check with the teacher you are helping to see about rescheduling.
Field day is Friday!
1st grade gets to participate in the morning. I am asking that all students wear their class shirts that day. This will make it easier to keep up with everyone when we are outside. There are going to be several water stations that will allow the students to get wet. Please make sure to send an entire extra set of clothes for them to change into when we go back inside.
We are also going to begin collecting materials for the end of the year. Library books are due very soon. Please make sure that you know where the library books are at so you do not have to pay for any that are missing or damaged. Also keep your eyes open for any books that are part of the book bags that have been getting sent home.
Hard to believe the end of the year is right around the corner! Help remind your child that school is not over and learning is still taking place.

Items needed now and in the next week

I would like to let you know that when we come back from vacation we are going to be starting a project in both Writing and Reading about Media Literacy. The students are going to be designing their own board game and creating advertisements that go with their game. In order to make the board games they are going to need empty cereal boxes. If you could please help us out by sending in cereal boxes that are empty we would greatly appreciate it. The class will need a total of about 10.
Also with it being allergy season we are out of Kleenex in the room. If you could please send in a box we would appreciate it.

Reminders about this week and upcoming deadlines

1. Yearbooks are still for sale online through April 28, 2017. The cost is $25 and the site address to purchase is http://www.balfour.com.

2. Dash and Bash envelopes went home this week, with the oldest sibling in each Timber Creek family. We are very excited about this event and  eager to support PTO in any way to make it a great day for the community! 

3. PTO Spirit Night is next Wednesday - see you all at Crust!

4. 2017-2018 School Supplies are on sale at this time- order form and information see attached:  TCES School Supply Order Form 17-18.pdf 

5. Thursday, April 13- 2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration from 9AM -12PM and 1-3PM! Can't wait to meet our new kinder students and families for next year! Registration information available at http://tomballisd.edlioschool.com/apps/pages/registrationinformation

6. Friday, April 14 - Student and staff Holiday - Classes resume on Monday, April 17

Objectives for the week of April 10-13



*Wear yellow on Mondays during the month of April to support Texas Reads One Book - The Lemonade Wars - we are trying to make all of Tomball ISD yellow this Monday :)
*Tuesday is national #LoveMySchoolDay  We would love to hear stories of why you love Timber Creek on any social media with the hashtag #LoveMySchoolDay and tag @TISDTCES (you can also tag/follow me @gaylacoward)
*Friday is a holiday!  Happy Easter to all!
Objectives for the week:
ELA: Students will read and write words with inflectional ending -s (Spelling test on Thursday due to holiday on Friday); Continue reading unit on becoming super readers with super strategies and writing like a famous author.
Math: New unit on geometry: classify and sorting 3D shapes.  (test is NEXT Friday April 21 over 2 and 3D shapes and fractions)
Science: We will investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats.  We will sort and classify living and nonliving things based upon whether or not they have basic needs and produce offspring. We will look at amphibians, birds, reptiles, insects, fish
Social Studies: Continue to explore geography and landforms (hill, valley, mountain, river, plain, plateau, lake, island, and volcano).  We will make a volcano in class on Tuesday - fun!!!  We are in need of blue, green and brownplay-doh by this Thursday, April 13th to build landforms as well as shoe box lidsto build them on. If you could donate any of these to your child’s class, we would greatly appreciate it!  Thank you!  Simple play-doh recipe if you would like to make some (and store bought is great too): 


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • 1 cup flour


  1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.
  4. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

Hi Parents,

We have been learning about landforms in Social Studies and are going to be making play-doh landforms! We are in need of blue, green and brown play-doh by NEXT Thursday, April 13th . If you could donate any of these to your child’s class, we would greatly appreciate it! J

Thank you!

Hi Parents,


Today an envelope with information about Dash and Bash went home with the oldest child in the family.  Inside the envelope is a pledge sheet, wristband and raffle info, silent auction info, and sweet shoppe info.  Please take the time to look through the envelope and help support our school during our largest fundraising event of the year.


One other flyer that I would like to point out to you is about our school supply pack.  Ordering through our school makes it so much easier to not have to find all of the supplies at various stores and they deliver straight to your child's classroom before school starts.  You can order online at www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks with school ID TIM053 or you can also send a check (no cash). 

Dash and Bash Thank You!

Hey Parents!

Thank you so much for sending in your donations for Dash & Bash! I wanted to update you with a picture of our basket and what all was bought with your donations. 

Our basket is valued at $800. 

It includes:

- tennis racket, balls, and one month lessons at Spring Academy in North Hampton,

- soccer balls, pump, cones, outdoor trainer along with a voucher for the World Cup Camp,

- football, flags, and an I9 gift card for one session,

- golf balls, kids club, chipper catcher, and a Top Golf certificate,

- baseball balls, swing trainer, baseball bag


We also purchased a wagon, umbrella, cooler, water jug, and two chairs for practices. 


Hope y'all love it as much as I do! 

Thanks again!


Dear Parents,


Beginning this Friday, students will be held accountable for writing their spelling words with correct capital or lower case letters for each word written.  Previously we were only concentrating on capitalizing the first letter of the sentence at the end of the test.  Now students will receive a point off for each misused capital or lowercase letter throughout the test.  For example if the word is frog and they write fRog on their paper, a point will be deducted.  Another example is if the word is Sunday and they write sunday on their paper, a point will be deducted.  Below are the state standard TEKS that we are required to work on in first grade:

  • Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., capitalization of first word, ending punctuation). 1D
  • Students write legibly and use appropriate capitalization and punctuation conventions in their compositions. 21
  • Form upper- and lower-case letters legibly in text, using the basic conventions of print (left-to-right and top-to-bottom progression), including spacing between words and sentences. 21A
  • Recognize and use basic capitalization for the beginning of sentences. 21Bi
  • Recognize and use basic capitalization for the pronoun “I’. 21Bii
  • Recognize and use basic capitalization for names of people. 21Biii
  • Recognize and use punctuation marks at the end of declarative, exclamatory, and interrogative sentences. 21C


Please let your child’s teacher know of any questions, comments, or concerns.


Thank you,

First Grade Team

Important information for upcoming events

Testing for the Gifted and Talented Program

The new extended deadline of March 21st for parent nominations.  They may pick up a copy in the front office or email Sheri Sims and she will send it to you.


Materials needed for Science


We will need the cups, soil, and radish seeds the Friday we come back from spring break!



Objectives for the week of March 6-10


ELA: Students will read and write words with long o (Spelling test on Friday); continue to explore poetry - we have a fun jump rope poetry rhyme activity scheduled for Thursday and Friday :) We are also creating a collection of poetry written by the students. Math: New unit: money. Students will need to recognize the coins and their values: penny, nickel, dime, quarter. Students will add a variety of coins together (less than a dollar amount). Science: sort and classify living and nonliving things Social Studies: New unit: maps; introduce cardinal directions (north, south, east, west)