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Welcome to 1st Grade!
 
About Miss Walker:
Hello! I am so happy to have you in my class this year! I graduated from Sam Houston State University. I have been teaching for 3 years at Decker Prairie--one year in fourth grade and 2 years in first grade. My favorite thing to teach is reading! At home, my favorite thing to do is play piano and watch TV (not at the same time, though!) I hope to help your child grow in many ways this year.
 
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*To get updates from me via text message, please follow the directions below:
Send the message @dpes16 to phone number 81010
 
Conference Times
Wednesday & Friday: 2:45-3:45
 
FIELD TRIP VOLUNTEERS
To chaperone the field trip, you MUST fill out the form on the following website: https://tomball.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1801
  • If you are going to chaperone, and your form is approved, expect to be given a group of students other than just your own to accompany around the farm. If your form is not approved, you may only take your child around the farm; a friend may not go with them.
  • Siblings are not allowed to attend the field trip, so please keep that in mind.
 
 

Recent Posts

May 15-19

Hello Parents! We are 3 weeks away! Here are some things you need to know:
 
End of Year Party
Our end of the year party is on May 31 at 2:30 pm. We are still pretty short on money for this party, so if you have not given your $5 for it yet, please try to do so this week. If you are willing to donate, we will accept that as well. Thank you all for making this year so great!
 
Final Tests:
Science Test: Wednesday - A review was sent home.
Math Test: Next Tuesday over time to the hour and half hour, measuring with nonstandard units (not rulers, but objects) and graphs which we have been doing all year.
SS Test: This test is way easy over Maps. It will be given on Friday.
 
Books
Our library books are due Wednesday, 5/17. Also, if you could please check your house for any books that look like they belong to DPES, I'd appreciate it. These will be the readers that came home in book bags. I am missing about 12 books.
 
Thank you!
Miss Walker

May 1-5

Hello Parents! We are in the final month of school. Here is what's happening:
 
Dates:
May 4: First Grade Program - Students need to be at school at 6:15 dressed as a small forest animal or in spring colors.
May 5: Fun Run - During our Specials time (2:45), students will participating in a fun run on the track. Pledge forms were sent home to collect donations for the fun run in order for our PTO to buy new playground equipment. If you need a new pledge sheet, please let me know.
May 12: Muffins with Mom/Loved Ones - At 7:30, come enjoy muffins with your student at school!
 
What We're Learning:
Reading: We are working on our comprehension this week. Students are expected to be able to retell a story in order from beginning to end, make inferences about the character's feelings and actions, and answer their questions with evidence from the text.
Writing: The students will be putting all the learning we have been doing about mentor authors and their craft to use by writing a small moment story from scratch that includes details, dialogue and a sequence of events.
Spelling: doing, acting, bending, planting, washing, camping, helping, walking, where, could
Math: We are beginning our unit on Time and Measurement. We start with time. Students should be able to identify time to the hour and the half hour on digital and analog clocks. 
Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on Maps. This week students will learn how to locate their community, state and nation on a map and globe. They will also draw simple maps of familiar places such as their bedroom and the classroom.
Science: We are continuing our unit on Animals. This week is all about Food Chains. Students must know that every food chain starts with the sun, followed by 3-5 other plants and animals in a chain. They will also start to distinguish between predator and prey.
 
Thank you!
Melissa Walker

Wednesday Folder Preview

  1. Cougar Tales: Please read through this to find out what is going on at DPES!
    1. Moms and Muffins is on May 12.
    2. School Supplies are still on sale.
    3. First Grade Music Program is May 4 @ 6:30 (Students show up at 6:15)
    4. Fun Run is May 5
  2. PTO Board Membership Form
  3. Teacher Appreciation Week Information
  4. Illustrator Visit Book Order Form: We are having an illustrator visit, and you can order one or more of his books, signed by the illustrator!
  5. Book Order Form: If you order books from the book order form provided, using our class code, we can earn points and get even more books for the classroom! These are due by May 19th.
  6. Various Community Event flyers

April 24-28

Hello Parents!
 
Events:
This week, Decker Prairie is collecting items for a local animal shelter. Please see my homepage for a list of items that are requested by the shelter.
 
May 4: First Grade Program @ 6:30

During the show titled “Spring is Here” the children will sing songs celebrating the arrival of spring.  Your child may dress as a small forest animal (i.e. squirrel, bunny, bird, etc. – painted faces are okay) OR flowers (i.e. wildflowers) OR in bright spring colors.

May 5: FUN RUN!

Our class color is Bright Purple and Fun Run in the Sun is the theme. Wear bright colors, crazy socks, shirts & headbands. Hats are allowed during the run! Our Fun Run time is (TBD). Volunteers are still needed for all times (8:50-3:45). Pledges are due, May 12th

 
What we're Learning:
Reading: We are reviewing making inferences about our characters' actions and feelings. We are also continuing to practice retelling.
 
Writing: We are continuing to use mentor authors to make our writing better. We are adding dialogue, sensory details, and writing longer and stronger.
 
Spelling: trashes, foxes, benches, churches, mixes, gases, buses, lunches, away, very (Be sure to visit http://www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13 for practice)
 
Math: We are continuing our Geometry unit as we discuss 3D shapes. Students must know how to identify each 3D shape, count the faces, edges, and vertices on each 3D shape, and compare the 3D shape to a real-life object. The test is on Friday, April 28.
 
Science: We are continuing our unit on Animals. This week we are discussing the life cycle of a frog this week!
 
Social Studies: We are beginning our unit on Maps. Students must know the four cardinal directions, be able to make simple maps of places they know well, describe the location using relative and cardinal directions, and know how to find important places (community, state, and nation) on a map and globe.
 
Thank you!
Miss Walker

Field Day Info

Our Field Day is tomorrow, April 20th at 10:15-11:45.
 
The students need to...
  • Wear Lime Green or just green if you have it. If not, it's okay. If you got a field day shirt, wear that.
  • Bring a change of clothes and a towel. There will be water games.
Thank you!
Melissa Walker

A few important notes..

Pictures
On Wednesday, April 19th, spring pictures are being sent home. THESE ARE NOT TO KEEP UNLESS YOU PAY FOR THEM. If you are not paying for pictures, please send the WHOLE packet back to school. If you are paying for them, just send the money to school.
 
Program: Please see the following note from Mrs. Mathes & Ms. Ricks

Dear First Grade Families,

On Thursday, May 4 you are cordially invited to attend your child’s grade level music program.  During the show titled “Spring is Here” the children will sing songs celebrating the arrival of spring.  Your child may dress as a small forest animal (i.e. squirrel, bunny, bird, etc. – painted faces are okay) OR flowers (i.e. wildflowers) OR in bright spring colors.

Send your child to the gym at 6:15 for warm-up; the performance will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 4 at 6:15 p.m. for the show. 

Thank you,

Mrs. Mathes and Ms. Ricks

Music Teachers, K-4

April 17-21

Hello parents! We have a very busy, fun week ahead of us. Please make sure you read EVERYTHING below:
 
 
Tuesday, April 18: FIELD TRIP
  • Your child needs to wear: DPES or red shirt, tennis shoes.
  • Your child needs to bring: DISPOSABLE water bottle, lunch (unless buying from school)
**IMPORTANT UPDATE: THE DISTRICT HAS CHANGED THE PICK-UP POLICY. IF YOU ARE TAKING YOUR CHILD HOME, THEY WILL NEED TO TRAVEL BACK TO SCHOOL FIRST, THEN YOU WILL SIGN THEM OUT AT THE FRONT OFFICE.**
 
Friday, April 21: FIELD DAY
  • The first grade's color is green, if your child wants to wear it. It is not required.
  • Please provide a change of clothes.
 
What we're Learning:
Reading: We are continuing to work on our fluency as we read like storytellers and speak like the characters.
 
Writing: We are continuing to use mentor authors to make our writing better. We are adding dialogue, sensory details, and writing longer and stronger.
 
Math: We are continuing our Geometry unit as we discuss 3D shapes. Students must know how to identify each 3D shape, count the faces, edges, and vertices on each 3D shape, and compare the 3D shape to a real-life object.
 
Science: We are continuing our unit on Animals. This week we are discussing Animal Habitats and the external characteristics that animals have to help them live in their habitat.
 
Social Studies: We are finishing our unit on Texas. The students are to know the meaning of the Texas pledge, the state symbols and their importance, and the anthems and mottos of Texas.
 
Thank you!
Miss Walker

Field Trip Info

Our field trip is to Dewberry Farms on Tuesday, April 18.
 
Here are some things you need to know:
  1. Your child should wear a Decker Prairie or a red shirt, if they have one.
  2. Your child should also wear tennis shoes. We will be outside most of the day.
  3. Your child's lunch, if you are bringing it from home, should be COMPLETELY disposable. Everything will be thrown away after lunch. No tupperware, fancy water bottles, or anything that you don't want thrown away.
  4. EVERYONE needs to bring a plastic, disposable water bottle with your child's name on it.
Thank you!!
Miss Walker

April 10-13

Hello Parents! There are a lot of announcements this week, so please read all of the following:
 
Important Events
  • NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 14
  • Easter Egg Hunt: April 13. Your student needs to have 6 eggs with a candy or treat inside and each egg has one letter of the word SPRING written on the outside. This is a student-only event.  We need these by April 12th.
  • Field Trip: April 18. A permission slip was sent home last Wednesday. Another one will be sent to those I have not gotten back yet. Without that form, your child will not go. We need these by April 11.
  • Field Day: April 21. If you would like to order a shirt for this event, please visit: http://www.BlueWaveApparel.com/DPESFieldDay and choose the shirt for 1st grade. They are about $8.
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are using our mentor authors to practice reading like storytellers. Students are expected to read with fluency which includes expression and intonation. We will learn how to speak like our characters using what we know about what is happening in the story and dialogue tags that the author includes.
 
Writing: Our author study continues into writing as we try the same craft moves as our authors in our own writing. We will be learning about adding details, dialogue and expanding our stories.
 
Spelling: gate, made, bike, these, home, rope, cute, flute, here, like
 
Math: We are continuing our unit on Geometry. Students are expected to identify, describe (by sides and vertices), and create 2D and 3D shapes.
 
Social Studies: We are continuing our unit about Texas. Students will learn about the Texas Pledge and its meaning.
 
Science: We are starting a unit on animals. We will learn how the characteristics of animals help them move, affect where they live and what they eat. We will also learn about life cycles and habitats.
 
Website Reminders:
Thank you!
Miss Walker
 
 

April 3-7

Hello Parents! There are a lot of announcements this week, so please read all of the following:
 
Important Events
  • Easter Egg Hunt: April 13. Your student needs to have 6 eggs with a candy or treat inside and each egg has one letter of the word SPRING written on the outside. This is a student-only event.  We need these by April 12th.
  • Field Trip: April 18. A permission slip was sent home last Wednesday. Another one will be sent to those I have not gotten back yet. Without that form, your child will not go. We need these by April 11.
  • Field Day: April 21. If you would like to order a shirt for this event, please visit: http://www.BlueWaveApparel.com/DPESFieldDay and choose the shirt for 1st grade. They are about $8.
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are using our mentor authors to practice retelling and summarizing a story. First graders are expected to retell a story from the beginning to the end with all of the important events in between. Important events to listen for are: character's names, problem, and solution.
 
Writing: Our author study continues into writing as we try the same craft moves as our authors in our own writing. We will be learning about adding details, dialogue and expanding our stories.
 
Spelling: tube, rule, cute, huge, cube, tune, prune, fume, our, just 
 
Math: We are beginning our unit on Geometry. Students are expected to identify, describe (by sides and vertices), and create 2D and 3D shapes.
 
Social Studies: We are continuing our unit about Texas. Students will learn about the Texas Pledge, symbols, mottoes and anthems.
 
Science: We are finishing up our unit on plants. The test will be this Friday, April 7. Students are to know the parts of a plant, what the parts do, and what a plant needs to grow.
 
Website Reminders:
Thank you!
Miss Walker
 
 

Field Trip Volunteers

FIELD TRIP VOLUNTEERS
To chaperone the field trip, you MUST fill out the form on the following website: https://tomball.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1801
  • If you are going to chaperone, and your form is approved, expect to be given a group of students other than just your own to accompany around the farm. If your form is not approved, you may only take your child around the farm; a friend may not go with them.
  • Siblings are not allowed to attend the field trip, so please keep that in mind.
  • You are able to take your child home from the farm, but you have to sign out with the teacher before leaving.
Thank you!
Miss Walker

March 27-31

Hello Parents! I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break!
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are using our mentor authors to practice retelling and summarizing a story. First graders are expected to retell a story from the beginning to the end with all of the important events in between. Important events to listen for are: character's names, problem, and solution.
 
Writing: Our author study continues into writing as we try the same craft moves as our authors in our own writing. We will be learning about adding details, dialogue and expanding our stories.
 
Spelling: note, wrote, those, bone, pole, rode, woke, code, down, over
 
Math: We are finishing our unit on Money. There is a test on Thursday, March 30. Students are expected to identify each coin and its value, count a group of pennies, nickels, and dimes (not quarters), and describe the relationship among the coins (i.e. 5 pennies = 1 nickel). 
 
Social Studies: We are continuing our unit about Texas. Students will learn about the Texas Pledge, symbols, mottoes and anthems.
 
Science: We are learning about plants. Students will need to know what a plant needs to survive, the plant parts and what they do for the plant.
 
Website Reminders:
Thank you!
Miss Walker

Spring Picture Day: March 24

It got left off the newsletter and my previous announcement, but Spring Picture Day is FRIDAY, MARCH 24.
 
Thank you!
Miss Walker

March 21-24

Hello Parents! I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break!
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are starting an author study. We will be reading books by authors such as Kevin Henkes, Ezra Jack Keats, and Helen Lester. We will be retelling and learning about characters.
 
Writing: Our author study continues into writing as we try the same craft moves as our authors in our own writing. We will be learning about adding details, dialogue and expanding our stories.
 
Spelling: hope, rope, home, dome, hole, cone, hose, smoke, more, before
 
 
Math: We are continuing our unit on Money. Students are expected to identify each coin and its value, count a group of pennies, nickels, and dimes (not quarters), and describe the relationship among the coins (i.e. 5 pennies = 1 nickel). 
 
Social Studies: We are starting a unit about Texas. Students will learn about the Texas Pledge, symbols, mottoes and anthems.
 
Science: We are learning about plants. Students will need to know what a plant needs to survive, the plant parts and what they do for the plant.
 
Website Reminders:
Thank you!
Miss Walker