Book Order Due Date

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!!


Book orders are due Wednesday! I love book orders because it is a wonderful way to get children interested in the books THEY want to read. Nothing is better than knowing your kid has a favorite book character or series!

Remember you can order on the paper form with a CHECK or online! Our class code is NGZ2m


We also had some special visitors deliver yearbooks!! I took several pictures and this one was the best…Sorry… Jayden Palmer is covered… haha he is a shortie pie 

Graded Papers and Upcoming Weeks

Today our first batch of graded papers are coming home. Normally, I will try to get those out on Tuesdays but I wanted to wait until after Parent Orientation before any grades went home.

Please take the time to talk to your kids about their grades. Maybe give them a pat on the back or high five!! Also, if they missed something, take time to explain and help them understand. We always go over math assessments on ones most missed after they are completed. We also work on most missed spelling words.

Please remember that all spelling words are held accountable ALL YEAR long 🙂

This week our words are:

are, on, he, was, for  and if you would like to get ahead next week we will have as, with, is, they,at

The following week, we will have a spelling test!

Tomorrow is the first day of fall!I can believe it is almost October!

In math: We have been working on story problems and favorite ways to solve them, number sense, and becoming familiar with the 120 charts. Although writing numbers is common in first grade, please remind and have students correct backwards number, because eventually it is a requirement.

Next week we will start composing numbers.Different ways to get to the same numbers  ex: 3+4=7 and  5+2=7 and 6+1=7

Guided Reading has finally begun and I am sure you are seeing some great reading at home! Keep up the good work!! I am so  proud of them! Be sure to SIGN your reading log every night. When it is not signed, I am not sure if the book was read and discussed….and practice makes us better so read, read, read! The kids are working for Book It! Free pizza from Pizza Hut!


We have been focusing on the 5 senses!! They are learning so much!! Talk to them!!! It is so fun!!!   🙂 We will continue this next week with some fuuuuun activities!!


Thanks for all you do!


Changes in Our Week

Thank you all so much for reading every night!! Keep up your great work!!

This week:

Guided Reading: Students will continue with their guided reading stations. Individual reading testing are complete; however, this week we will begin TPRI testing. This is a state mandated test that has to be done 2-3 times a year. This should be done in the first couple days this week. Our principal gave 1st grade teachers a substitute teacher today to get the tests rolling, which is why there has been a mild change. Originally, the spelling test would have been tomorrow, but with me being out of the room, the Spelling preview will be on Thursday, and the Spelling Test will be Friday. That gives us extra time to perfect those words!! SO this weeks Spelling words are the same 10. Make it fun to practice! Draw in the dirt, or with shaving cream… we use play  doh in class and they enjoy that! Review and practice! :

Word Work: Students will continue using and analyzing short and long vowel sounds with an assessment on short vowels this week!

Math: Along with intentional problem solving involving addition; students will become familiar with ordering whole numbers, greater than, less than, and equal.

We will conclude our Kevin Henkes book study and recreate a cover and write about our favorite book.


Upcoming Important Dates:

September 19– Parent Orientation 5:30- 6:30

September 21– Fall Picture Day


Have a great week!!

Upcoming events and our week!

This Saturday, September 9, is the Monster Truck Rally at 7:30 at Lonestar Speedway. This is a huge fundraiser for the White Oak Education Foundation, so everyone try to come out and have a family night. A child FREE ticket will come home this week.

Parent Orientation is scheduled for September 19th. You will receive a note with details this week. Also coming up is Picture Day on September 21st. More information about this later.

This week:

Reading: Continue reading at home every day. Students are reading to me each day and are involved in Guided Reading Stations.

Word Work: short vowel sound activities and making anchor charts to refer to all year!

Writing/Spelling: New spelling words are it, is, in, you, that. These are in addition to last week. SO there is a total of 10 words. and, to, of, the, a, in, you, is, that, it. Spelling test will be on NEXT Tuesday, September 12.  Your child will be responsible for all spelling words for the remainder of the year. We need to know how to read, write, and spell all these words to help with reading writing. Also, knowing these words will better prepare us for 2nd grade! Please look for the new words today in the planner. We will be exploring our own writing this week through the writing process.

Math: We will continue to work on one-to-one correspondence while working with our math tools: This week we concentrate on number line and number path.  We will also be using intentional problem solving to find answers to some math questions involving addition.

We will continue our study of Kevin Henkes books and find the lesson learned in each.

I hope you all have had a great Labor Day weekend!

Ms. James