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All About Mrs. Coward

Thank you so much for visiting our class website and for working with me to ensure that your child has a successful year in first grade. I am very excited to be your child’s teacher! First grade is an amazing year of academic growth for students. I look forward to getting to know you and your child as we become partners in education. I graduated from Sam Houston State University twice - Go Bearkats!!!! I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education as well as my Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I am certified to teach grades 1 through 8, have my ESL (English as a Second Language) certification, and also have a TAGT (Texas Association of Gifted and Talented) certificate. I have been teaching for 20+ years and have experience in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. I love learning just as much as I love teaching! I have three sons. Riley is a sophmore at Tomball High School and my twins, Ryan and Evan, are in seventh grade at Creekside Park Junior High. My husband and boys keep me very busy! I am excited to start this school year. Please contact me at any time with any questions or concerns that you may have. I am looking forward to working together to help your child have a successful first grade year.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Coward
281-357-3060 ext. 4648
conference time: 10:55-11:50
 

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week of May 28-31

Monday - Memorial Day Holiday - I hope you all are enjoying the long weekend!
 
Tuesday - Bubble Day - We are "bubbling" with pride over all you have learned! Please bring gum, balloons that has not been blown up, bubbles to blow.
 
Wednesday - Art Day - You have blossomed in creativity this year!  Let's spend a day crafting fun things you've learned! (Please bring your favorite craft activity that is small enough for your backpack.  Examples: sidewalk chalk, play-doh, scratch art, fun markers, beads, etc.  Michael's and Hobby Lobby have great craft ideas for kids.  I will also have my share of craft supplies for kids to use as well).
 
Thursday - Last Day!  Party at 9:30-10:30.  You can check out after the party or early dismissal is at 12:50.  Lots of hugs to be given!  Thank you all for an amazing year!

week of May 21-25

Monday: Readathon Day!  Bring favorite books to read, small blankets, stuffed friend, flashlights - as long as it all fits in your backpack!  We will celebrate how much we have grown as readers this year!
 
Tuesday: our final math grade will be a math benchmark (it will be a daily grade).  Teachers are not given access to the test before hand and it is not sent home.  It will be a review of all concepts covered all year.  This past month we have done 2 practice review pages that you could look over with your child to prepare.
 
Wednesday: we will create memory books about first grade.
 
Thursday: Mathapalooza Day - we will have fun with math in many different ways today.  Students can bring a board game to school to play with friends if they like to on this day.
 
Friday: Career Day - students will learn about many different career choices.
 
We will slowly begin to send items home this week so that your child's backpack is not completely loaded on the last day of school - please help your child empty their backpack daily so we can send more home :)
 
 
 

week of May 14-18

Happy Mother's Day to you all!  Thank you for sharing your children with me this year - I love them as if they were my own!  A heartfelt thank you for all of the teacher appreciation shown last week - my heart is so full!  Thank you for supporting our classroom in so many different ways, and thank you for all of the kindness you have shown me throughout the year. I have been lucky to have the chance to work with such wonderful families!
 
This week our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be taking the STAAR test.  This means that our campus is closed to visitors on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  We will support our school by wearing Champions tshirt or blue on Monday, Super Hero tshirts on Tuesday, and TCES tshirt on Wednesday.
 
Friday is Field Day - please have students wear our bright yellow class tshirts and bring a complete change of clothes.  We would love to have you come out to support us or volunteer on the field!  For details related to Field Day and other end of the year events.  TCES newsletter_May2018.pdf  Field Day Visitors- please RSVP, by Monday, in order to have a pre- printed badge made for the event and avoid long lines. Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/tT3mfMV5WbPjjvA82
  
Math: money and financial literacy - some vocabulary words to know: saving, charity, earned income, needs, wants.  Money test Thursday, May 17.
 
Science: life cycles: we will investigate the life cycles of butterflies, chickens, frogs, and ladybugs.  Thank you to the Huntsman family for donating the chicken eggs - we will actually get to see the lifecycle in action - ask your child about our chick hospital and the eggs in our incubator!
 
ELA: contractions (students will have fun with contraction "surgery". No more spelling tests!  We will review author's purpose for writing a story (to entertain, persuade, or inform).  We will review personal narratives and write our final major grade writing paper for the year throughout the week - due by Thursday.
 
Social Studies: continue to look at landforms and discuss natural resources.  Our final major grade will be worked on Tuesday and Wednesday as the students create an imaginary place that has landforms and natural resources by displaying it on a brochure in class.  We will stress quality work.

week of May 7-11

Hi Parents - do you get the coupons with the Sunday paper?  We would like any coupons that are a dollar or less for practicing adding up coins on Thursday.  If you have any coupons that you do not need, please send them to school, thank you!
 
Math: money - we will continue to practice adding up coins to a dollar's worth.  Money test next Thursday, May 17.
 
Science: interdependency - we will learn about food chains.  For example sun-grass-rabbit.  The sun gives energy to the grass to grow, then the grass gives energy to the rabbit to grow.  Test on Thursday
 
ELA: words with inflectional ending review of -s, -es, -ing, and -ed (spelling test on Friday). We will practice our fluency while reading to help our voices sound smooth.  We will revisit our poetry unit this week and write different styles of poetry.
 
Social Studies: continue to look at landforms (we will make a volcano erupt in class this week!), look at different types of shelter that we need in different geographical locations

week of April 30 - May 4

4 Mystery Reader spots left for this school year!  To sign up please visit this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A8rCxdEdgmnf5G-Io2FWByDRucXTnvMxrN8HzNEZn-o/edit  
 
 
Our objectives for the week are:
 
Math: money - we will continue to practice adding up coins to a dollar's worth.
 
Science: new unit on interdependency - how organisms rely on their environment such as in an aquarium, terrarium, or pet with a caregiver.
 
ELA: words with inflectional ending -ed (spelling test on Friday). New unit on using deeper comprehension.  We will focus on book titles, pictures, and punctuation this week.  For writing we will review how to writing from earlier in the year.
 
Social Studies: identify and describe the physical characteristics of place such as landforms, bodies of water, natural resources, and weather.  Identify and describe how the human characteristics of a place are based upon geographic location.

week of April 23-27

Book Fair this week in the library.  First grade's shopping time is from 2:30-3:00 daily.  If you would like to join your child to shop, stop by the front office to sign in and they will call our classroom and you can meet your child in the library :)
 
I still have a lot of Mystery Reader spots available!  To sign up please visit this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A8rCxdEdgmnf5G-Io2FWByDRucXTnvMxrN8HzNEZn-o/edit  
 
We could use a few more containers of playdoh for an upcoming landform unit and to put in our STEM math bucket for building with.  We especially need blue, green, and brown playdoh.  Thank you for being so generous this year with sending in supplies to enrich our learning!
 
Our objectives for the week are:
 
Math: money - we will sort pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, learn the names and values of each, and practice skip counting by 2's with pennies, 5's with nickels, and 10's with dimes.
 
Science: animals - investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats.  This week we will look at mammals and how some animals use camouflage.  Test on Thursday.
 
ELA: words with inflectional ending -ing (spelling test on Friday). We will continue working on our board games in class.  We will look at digital newspaper articles online (kid friendly).  
 
Social Studies: maps - test on Friday.  Important words to know and understand: maps (a flat picture of a place), compass rose (a star shaped tool to help find north, south, east, and west on a map), map key (tells what the symbols on a map stand for), symbols (simple pictures on a map that stand for a thing, place, or area), title (tells what the map is showing you)

week of April 16-20

Mystery Readers: I have added in May dates if you would like to sign up.  On Monday, May 21 we will be having a mega read in day and will be inviting mystery readers to come every hour.  Please see link if you are interested: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A8rCxdEdgmnf5G-Io2FWByDRucXTnvMxrN8HzNEZn-o/edit  
 
We are in need of more playdoh for an upcoming landform unit and to put in our STEM math bucket for building with.  We especially need blue, green, and brown playdoh.  Thank you for being so generous this year with sending in supplies to enrich our learning!
 
Our objectives for the week are:
 
Math: geometry - identify and describe halves and fourths of 2D objects (fractions).  Unit 10 test on Friday.
 
Science: animals - investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats.  Last week we looked at insects and fish.  This week we will look at amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.
 
ELA: words with inflectional ending -es (spelling test on Friday), new unit in reading and writing: media literacy.  We will be creating a board game in class and need about 5 to 10 empty cereal boxes, please send one in if you have one.
 
Social Studies: maps - we will create a simple map of our classroom including a map key, we will learn about our place in space (we go to Timber Creek Elem in The Woodlands, in Texas, in the USA, in North America, on planet Earth)

Date Correction on PTO Newsletter

Current Newsletter Reads:

31 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

JUNE

End of Year Parties; 5th Grade Walk of Fame; Early release

 

Date Correction to share:

30   5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

31   End of Year Parties; 5th Grade Walk of Fame; Early Release

week of April 9-13

Due to the STAAR test for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, our campus will be closed to visitors on Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11th this week.
 
I hope to see you all at the Dash and Bash on Friday, April 13th!  If you would like to come "dash" with your child during the color run, our PE time is 10:55-11:50 (a link was sent out by Principal Thompson to preregister for the event so you don't have to wait in line for your security tag).  The "bash" part will be from 6-9 and will be a LOT of fun - come out and support our school!
 
Our objectives for the week are:
 
Math: geometry - classify and sort 3D shapes
 
Science: new unit on animals - investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats
 
ELA: words with inflectional ending -s (spelling test on Friday), readers will learn more strategies to use while reading (tune in to how characters are feeling and how their feelings change throughout the story)  For writing we will chose one of our pieces written during this unit to edit and revise and turn in for a major writing grade.
 
Social Studies: new unit on maps - focus on cardinal directions (north, south, east, west)

updated week of April 2-6

Our objectives for the week are:
 
Math: new unit on geometry - classify and sort 2D shapes
 
Science: plants - **We have a ton of fun science activities planned through the end of the school year; click on this link: grade level sign up sheet for items needed. Please consider helping us bring these great activities to life (also included are items needed for "contraction surgery" in May). Thank you to those that have already signed up to help - you are appreciated! Many spots still open. Monday, April 2, bring a flower (picked from your garden or a wild flower - no need to get anything fancy from the store) and seed project due Tuesday, April 3.  Plant test on Thursday.
 
ELA: long vowel with silent e review (test on Friday), readers will learn more strategies to use while reading (focus on vowel pairs, compound words, and fluency)  For writing we will continue to look at Kevin Henkes books as well as Moe Willems (Elephant and Piggie/Pigeon) books and write small moment stories. 
 
Social Studies: we will learn about Texas history: we will create a Texas symbol booklet.  We will also compare and contrast the Texas versus the US flag. Texas test on Thursday: students will need to know symbol (an object that stands for something else), anthem (a song that represents a person, place, or thing), motto (a word or phrase that represents a person, place, or thing), and landmark (a location or building that is important to history).  Important Texas people: Stephen F. Austin, Jose Navarro, and Sam Houston.  *There will be an anchor chart on our classroom wall with examples*
 

Grant Opportunity

Hi Parents,
 
At a team meeting this morning our team started to talk about a project we do later in the year; every spring we hatch chicks. We wanted to look into getting a grant for a new chick habitat (using the same company we used for the butterfly grant), and when we started looking at the paperwork we saw that the due date for the application would be this Friday (eek!!). 
We are going to plow ahead and try to make this work, but we've had to rush to start the process. We are sending home a media release form for our application video (the non-profit that does the grants shows examples to other teachers). For your child to be included in the video we must have it back by tomorrow. We have to move too quickly on this to accept any after that.
Thank you for your help with this!