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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 4 years at Decker Prairie--one year in fourth grade and 3 years in first grade. My favorite thing to teach is reading! My hobbies include going to the movies and working out. 
 
Remind 101
*To get updates from me via text message, please follow the directions below:
Send the message @dpes17 to phone number 81010 -OR- Visit rmd.at/dpes17
 
Conference Times
Any day before school: 7:40-8:10
Wednesday & Friday: 
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday after school: 4:00-5:00
 

Recent Posts

September 18-22

Hello parents! I hope this update finds you well. Please read through and let me know if you have any questions.
 
Important Information:
-OPEN HOUSE - Thurs, 9/21 from 6:00-7:30
-PICTURE DAY - Fri, 9/22: Students may bring a change of clothes for recess and PE.
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are learning how to be awesome reading buddies this week! 
 
Writing: We are working on telling our stories across pages of a booklet. Next week, 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.
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 9/22. The words are the short e pattern. leg, beg, men, net, wet, hen, for, see, little
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are working with word problems within 10 for addition and subtraction.
 
Social Studies: We are learning about being good citizens. The students will be expected to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and talk about what it means for a major grade next week.
 
Science: We are learning about properties of matter (ooo ahhh). We are using our senses to describe objects and sort them by their properties. This week's properties are length and mass.

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

September 11-15

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 today. 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!
-TOMORROW, AUGUST 12 is our Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! The administrators and reading specialists will be there to see the students unveil the classroom library. It will be recorded and pictures will be taken. Please see my Reading tab on my Teacher Page for more information.
 
 
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 (ooo ahhh). We are using our senses to describe objects and sort them by their properties.

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.

September 5-8

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 practicing our reading stamina. We are also setting up our classroom library. Please see the Reading section of my website for more information (I'm very excited about it).
 
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.