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Welcome to First Grade!
So, for a little bit about me....
Education:
I studied elementary ed at Texas State and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Besides my elementary certification, I have also received my ESL supplemental, as well as my Art EC-12 certification. This will be my eleventh year in the classroom; I taught kindergarten for many years, and I spent the last several years teaching first grade.

Personal:
I have a great family that includes my husband (Jay), four dogs (Katie, Peanut, Ishmael and Danzig), and my little girl, Evie Isabella Grimes. I follow a vegan diet, which is an important part of my personal life. In my free time I love to read (I am a HUGE reader), paint, and cook.

As a teacher:
I believe in high standards and teaching the children responsibility for their own learning. I like to get the children very invested in the classroom so that they feel responsible in part for its' successes and setbacks. I do my best to encourage both creativity and logic. I think learning to think in different ways should be taught in every class. I love learning; it's something that I get excited and animated about, and I hope to pass that love on to the students who come through my room. In the primary grades we have the unique ability to set the tone for how children view education; my goal is to make that as positive as possible. Children should love learning!
 

Recent Posts

Objectives week of May 21st

Monday: Read-a-thon Day! -We had a ton of fun today!!
 
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. ***I will be on and off campus for meetings this day, so the kids will have a sub
***Our volunteer luncheon is today; we appreciate the support from families, so if you have sharpened pencils, stuffed Wednesday folders, helped with parties or fundraisers please consider coming. I am making a chocolate coconut cream pie to contribute! I will stop in and would love to see people!
 
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 :)
 
Yearbooks are on sale in the front office. They are first-come first-served and can not be re-ordered when we are sold out. 
 
 

Objectives week of May 14th

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 - you do not know what it means to me!  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 blue class tshirts and bring a complete change of clothes (don't forget the undies, socks and shoes-walking around wet and dirty is no fun!).  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.

This week

Parents,
 
I want to thank you so much for what has been an amazing week; I have been touched by your kindness and support! I haven't finished thank you notes as I had meetings during my planning period, but I couldn't let your thoughtfulness pass without acknowledging how much it means to me.
 
Thank you for sharing your kids with me this year! 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!
 
(Also, end of the year testing is finishing up today-yay!!!)

Objectives week of May 7th

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

Objectives week of April 30th

2 Mystery Reader spots left for this school year!  To sign up please visit this link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ytA4h59sFDU_KWUpwj9yWXvrUCY0BNHlT_CtS_LUTn4/edit?usp=sharing
 
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.

Objectives week of April 23rd

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 some Mystery Reader spots available!  To sign up please visit this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ytA4h59sFDU_KWUpwj9yWXvrUCY0BNHlT_CtS_LUTn4/edit?usp=sharing
 
I am also looking for a Wednesday helper for May. If you're available, please sign up!  
 
End of year testing is beginning! Over the next couple of weeks the kids will take a math and reading test on the computer (which we can then compare to their beginning of the year scores) as well as a one-on-one reading test with me. I am excited to be able to show all of the amazing growth that we have done this year! 
I only have 27 days left with my first graders, so we'll need to make it count!!
 
We could use a few more containers of playdoh for an upcoming landform unit.  We especially need blue, green, and brown playdoh.  Thank you for being so generous this year with sending in supplies to enrich our learning!
 
Also, thank you to all of the parents who sent in expo markers. I think we have enough to last through the end of the year. The kids (literally) use them every day in class, so it meant a lot that so many people were able to help out with that!!
 
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. **I encourage you to give your kiddos small sets of coins (under $1) and let them practice counting the change. If they get the correct answer let them keep it! A fun way to boost math skills :)
 
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)

 

Red folders

Hi Parents!
 
I graded a writing sample (the rubric is titled Unit 8 crafting like a famous author) and sent it home today. I just wanted to give you a heads up that I graded their final draft, but I sent home the rough draft because we wanted to keep a good writing sample on file. The final draft was likely neater and had corrections made to it. I am VERY proud of the writing the kids did during this unit!

Objectives week of April 16th

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 throughout the day.  Please see link if you are interested: httpshttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1ytA4h59sFDU_KWUpwj9yWXvrUCY0BNHlT_CtS_LUTn4/edit
 
We are in need of more playdoh for an upcoming landform unit. 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)

Class needs

Hi Parents!
 
We need 5 empty/clean cereal boxes for a group project next week...please send one if you have it! We are also completely out of black expo markers (the kids use them every day for spelling practice, math practice etc.); please consider donating some if you are able. Thanks!!

Objectives week of April 9

 
 
 
 
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 vocab: edges, vertices, faces, rectangular prism, triangular prism, cylinder, sphere, cube and pyramid
 
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)

Dash and Bash!!

Dash and Bash will be next week, Friday the 13th. It is always a ton of fun!
I will be there for a while at the start of the bash, but I won't stay late due to Evie's bedtime. If Mr. Grimes gets off of work in time I'll have him bring Evie up because the kids always get a kick out of meeting her (they hear so much about her!). 
 
The first grade teachers have gotten together to auction off teacher time: we are going to have a painting (ceramics) party after school. We'll provide materials, music and snacks; it's a ton of fun and a nice chance to just have fun with the kids!
I am also auctioning off a custom portrait (I paint in my spare time).  I'll have a sample portrait there so that you can get an idea of my style. Please consider bidding!
 
If you haven't pre-registered I highly suggest it! Here is Mrs. Thompson' original message:

We are adding some security measures related to attending events during the school day. If you are planning to attend the Dash (Color Run) during your child's specials class on April 13, please complete this form for each parent attending and each grade level attending in order to have visitor's badges pre-printed, ( i.e. if one parent attends for two children in different grade levels he or she will have 2  pre- printed badges).  This is a new security measure the district has put in place to ensure event safety.  Any parent who does not RSVP by April 9 through this form process, will be asked to sign in at the front desk on the day of the event. Avoid the potentially long lines and pre- register below.

https://goo.gl/forms/6TQgDzNvSgVNRnXn2

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!
 
 

Butterfly Garden

Hi Parents!
 
Mrs. Cobb and I wrote a grant to get a butterfly garden for our school. Materials for it are arriving at 7:30 Thursday morning. If you are in the area and available, we could use some help unloading the items ( We have 40 cinder blocks, plants soil etc. arriving). Pleas let me know if you think you can help!!

Objectives week of April 2nd

Our objectives for the week are:
 
Math: new unit on geometry - classify and sort 2D shapes (this is a vocabulary heavy unit; terms like hexagon, trapezoid, rhombus, and vertices will all be in use next week...help your kiddo practice at home!)
 
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.