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Welcome to First Grade! My name is Aubrie Jackson and I am so happy to be part of the First Grade team at Decker Prairie! This is a very important year and I am excited about the opportunity to teach your child! I have a lot of fun in store for us this year!
 
I grew up in Cypress and graduated from Cypress Woods High School. I am the oldest of four siblings! My husband and I got married March 10, 2017! We love to be outdoors doing things together. We really enjoy hunting, fishing, and shooting our bows for fun. We do not have any kids yet, but we do have a dog.  His name is Echo!
 
I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Sam Houston State University in December of 2013 where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. I love working with children! In fact, it has been my dream since I was a little girl. This will be my fourth year teaching! I am elated to continue my career in the teaching field and can't wait to work with your children.  
 
I look forward to getting to know you over the coming year! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions!


Aubrie Jackson
281-357-3134 ext. 3045
aubriejackson@tomballisd.net (Preferred Communication Method)
 

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Week of September 25, 2017

Important Information:

Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance TEST on FRIDAY 

 
Here is what we will be learning this week:
 
Reading: 
Students will monitor their own reading and adjust their comprehension based on background knowledge. (looking at the title, the cover and pictures)
 
Students will then monitor their own reading and adjust their comprehension while they are reading the text. 
 
Students will read and comprehend a variety of texts by using previous learned reading strategies as needed. (eagle eye, fish the lips, etc.)
 
Writing: 

We will be zooming in on small moments. Instead of writing 3 stories on 3 different pages, we will be writing one story with enough details to go across all the pages.

Math: 

Students will solve comparing word problems by using a picture. 

Ex. 

Box A: XXXXX

Box B: XXXXXXXX

How many more X's does Box B have than Box A 

 Students will solve word problems with three addends by using a part, part, whole mat.

 5+3+___=10

Students will use pictures to solve word problems with unknown addends. 

S will create and solve subtraction word problems. 

S will draw a picture to represent a subtraction word problem. 

 

Science:

Students will measure and compare objects using non-standard units. 

Students will classify objects based on comparative length and capacity. 

 

Social Studies:

Students will identify characteristics of good citizenship including patriotism (participation in government, voting, holding public officials to their word).

Students will recite the pledge and explain its meaning. 

Students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance for a MAJOR GRADE! Please practice with your student at home. 

Picture Day Tomorrow 9-22-17

Tomorrow is Picture Day at school!! Dress your best! =]
 
*Don't wear green or you will blend in with the background. 

Week of September 18, 2017

Some Reminders:
 
We will be starting our Call to Excellence (morning announcements) in the GYM on Monday morning. Please remind your child to go to the Gym on Monday and not class. The Call to Excellence will only be held in the Gym on Monday's. Every other day, it will be held in our classroom. 
 
Watch Dog Kick Off/ Pizza Party with Dads will be held on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. 
 
Parent Orientation will be held on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. 
I hope to see everyone there. I will be discussing what we will be learning throughout the year, how grading works, conduct, and a lot more. 
 
Fall Pictures will be on Friday. 
 
Let's see what we will be learning this week! :)
 
Social Skills- 
Making Good Independent Choices, Using Positive Words, Respecting Personal Space, Telling the Truth, and Showing Compassion
 
Reading Workshop:
We will be learning new station activities to implement during our station times. We will continue to practice building our reading stamina. 
 
Writing Workshop: 
Students will write brief stories with a beginning, middle, and end.
I will demonstrate and model how to Touch  (on a blank page) and Tell, Sketch, and Write a story. 
Students will plan a first draft by sharing ideas with partners.
 
Social Studies:
Students will explain the purpose for rules and laws in the home, school, and community.
Students will identify characteristics of good citizenship, including responsibility in daily life.
 
Science: 
Students will classify objects by observing properties such as larger and smaller, heavier and lighter, shape, color, and texture.

Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 
 
Hope to see you there!

Weekly Folders

Good afternoon parents!
 
I hope you are having a great week! Please be checking your child's purple take home folder each day. After you check it, please initial it on the day of the week that it is. This helps me to know that you are seeing the notes and things that come home. There are papers that come home each day that may require your attention.  
 
Red Wednesday folders also come home on Wednesdays.  These may be packed with lots of information.  Please take a minute to look over the information and send back papers that need to come back to school.  There will be a pink weekly behavior sheet that comes home each week.  Please sign it, look over it, and let me know if you have any questions! 
 
I look forward to seeing you next week at Parent Orientation Thursday night at 6:00pm! 

A note from Dr. Colson

September 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

Next week we have a few exciting events.  Our first one will be on Monday morning.  We will have our first Call to Excellence beginning at 8:30.  This is a time for all students to gather for morning announcements and to review our 8 Expectations for Learning, Life Principle of the Week and learn our new Callback for the week.  We will only do this on Mondays. Tuesday, September 19, we are having our WATCH D.O.G.S. kickoff beginning at 6 PM.  This will be for all of our Dads, Granddads, and other male figures of the family to come and see how you can help with safety on our campus.  On Thursday, September 21, we will have Parent Orientation for PK – 2nd Grade from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Parent Orientation for 3rd and 4th Grade will be on Thursday, September 28 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 

I look forward to seeing you at Parent Orientation and WATCH D.O.G.S. kickoff.

 Dr. Colson

Parents as Coaches

DPES is looking for volunteers for our Parents as Coaches program!  Parents as Coaches are weekly parent volunteers that work with small groups of students in a Kindergarten or First Grade classroom for thirty minute increments.  A language arts or math activity/game will be provided for the parent to play with the students.   We believe that our community and parents play a significant role in our students’ success.  All volunteers will need to submit and pass the district background check on the TISD webpage.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Parents as Coaches program, please contact Mrs. Hudson at alidahudson@tomballisd.net  or complete the application form at https://goo.gl/forms/YQqbK9HInZyQEo1i1.

Week of September 11, 2017

Hello parents! I hope this update finds you well. Please read through and let me know if you have any questions.
 
Important Information:
-Don't forget to look for the newsletter in Take Home Folders. We also have added a Reading Challenge that is super fun!
-Grandparents Week is this week. Your child's grandparents may come eat lunch with them!
 
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are practicing how to shop from our classroom library by choosing books that are just right for us! We choose a book by thinking about what interests us, deciding if we know most of the words and if we understand what we are reading. 
 
Writing: We are working on strategies for spelling words. Students use the alphabet chart, word wall, and letter line to help them spell the best they can. First grade writing is accepting of inventive spellings! See this article for more information.
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 9/15. The words are the short a pattern. nap, map, cap, rag, tag, the, this, be, he, play
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are practicing skills from Kindergarten such as adding up to and subtracting from 10. We are using ten frames and part-part-whole mats with counters to help us.
 
Social Studies: We are learning about rules and laws in the home, school, and community. We are also learning about authority figures.
 
Science: We are learning about properties of matter. We are using our senses to describe objects and sort them by their properties.

Week of September 5, 2017

Welcome back! I am so happy to see smiling faces at school. We are ready for another week. 
 
Important Information:
-The first weekly newsletter was sent home today.
-Grandparents Week is next week, 9/11-15, and they are allowed to come eat with students.
-We have a spelling test on Friday, 9/8. The words are found below and on the newsletter.
 
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are building our reading stamina and setting up our Reader's Workshop. 
 
Writing: We are working on setting up our Writing Workshop. Students are expected to write the whole time, come up with an idea to write about, and write the best they can for as long as they can. 
 
Spelling: OUR FIRST SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 9/8. The words are the short a pattern. can, man, ran, dad, bad, sat, cat, at, have, and
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are practicing skills from Kindergarten such as adding up to and subtracting from 10. We are using ten frames and part-part-whole mats with counters to help us.
 
Social Studies: We are learning about rules and laws in the home, school, and community. We are also learning about authority figures.
 
Science: We are learning science safety. Students and parents must sign a contract before being able to do science experiments. Be looking for that contract in the Take Home Folder this week.

Week of May 15, 2017

This week we are learning...
 
Language Arts: describing characters, p blends
Sight words: reviewing all
Math: subtraction
Science: life cycles
Social Studies:  chronological order/time
 
Tomorrow is our library day! Please send books back to school! Mrs. Watson is asking for all books back so that she can start library inventory soon.  The students earn a ticket for super centers in the library if they bring all of their books back to school! 

Week of May 8, 2017

We are learning:
Language Arts: c blends, narrative text
Sight words: her
Math: calendar, subtraction
Science: life cycles
Social Studies: time
 
Moms and Muffins is Friday morning in the cafeteria. Fun Run money and library books are due on Friday as well. Due to an end of the year inventory check, they will not be checking out any more books. I will be collecting all book bags this week as well. Please make sure they have all books and bags returned by Friday. Thanks!

PTO Fun Run

Our Fun Run is coming up on Friday! Our class color is orange! I know a lot of our class purchased the Field Day shirt that was orange, so we will be wearing this.  Please have students wear their Field Day shirt on Friday!! If you did not purchase it, any orange shirt will work as well!
Thanks!
 

Week of May 1, 2017

This week we are learning...
 
Language Arts: author's purpose, s blends
Sight words: this
Math: subtraction
Science: life cycles
Social Studies:  land forms

Spring Pictures

 
Tomorrow is the last day to order your student's spring pictures! If you would like to order them, please take the sheets you want and send the money back to school in the provided envelope.  Send back the pictures you don't want in the envelope they came home in.  You may also order them online if you wish!