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All about Mrs. Hanna:

My name is Brenda Hanna. My husband and I have been together for almost eleven years and finally tied the knot June 2016. We have two fur babies at home. We have an eight year old boxer named, Cope Hanna as well as a five year old beagle named, Billy Hanna.
We also have a new addition to our family. Our son, Case Bailey Hanna was born December 21, 2016.
He is the sweetest and happiest baby! 
I am a graduate from Sam Houston State University. This is my third year at Tomball ISD and am very excited to be teaching your First Graders. I am truly passionate about teaching and helping each of my students meet their fullest potential. We are going to have a lot of fun and learn more than imaginable this school year. It is going to be a great school year!! 
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*To get updates from me via text message, please follow the directions below:
Send the message kg4bbb to phone number 81010 
Conference Times
Any day before school: 7:40-8:10
Wednesday & Friday: 2:25-3:25
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday after school: 4:00-5:00

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Fall Conferences

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Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
I will need to meet with every parent in the month of October. Please sign up for a date and time that works best for you. If you are having trouble, please write me a note and I can sign you up for the time and date that you would like. 
Thank you!: )

September 25th - 29th

Important Information:

Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance TEST on FRIDAY 

Here is what we will be learning this week:
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.)

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.


Students will solve comparing word problems by using a picture. 




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.






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. 



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. 

Parent Orientation

Hello parents! I hope you are enjoying and finding these updates useful. 
First of all I want to thank all of the parents that were able to make it to Parent Orientation. If you were not able to make it, I will post the power point that I used to guide my discussion. This slide show has a lot of important information that will be very useful and hopefully answer any questions. I also sent home a manila folder with your child today with the information I passed out at the orientation. 

September 18th - 22nd

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. 
I can't wait to meet our new Watch Dogs! We LOVE having Watch Dogs helping out in our classroom. 
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 5 new word work activities to implement during stations. 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.
Math Workshop:
Students will solve addition word problems. Students will generate their own addition story problems. 
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.
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!

September 14, 2017

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 11-15th

Important Information:
Spelling Test- 9/15
Math Test 9/15
What We're Learning
Reading: We are practicing our reading stamina. We are also learning our to read with a partner and ask appropriate questions with partner. We will have some guest speakers reading to our class this week! :)
Writing: We are working on revising our writing that we wrote last week. We are working on editing our writing drafts for periods and capitals. We are also working on using the available classroom resources to help us in our writing. 
Spelling: 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:
Math: We are working on understanding that the equal sign represents a relationship where numbers on each side of the equal sign represent the same values. We are also working on determining if a number sentence (addition and subtraction) is true or false. We will also work on solving math problems with missing addends. 
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 how to classify objects by observable properties of the materials from which they are made such as larger and smaller, heavier and lighter, shape, color, and texture.

In need of Parent 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  or complete the application form at


DPES está buscando voluntarios para nuestro programa “Padres como mentores”. Los padres como mentores son padres voluntarios que trabajan semanalmente por treinta minutos con grupos pequeños de estudiantes de una clase. Una actividad o juego de artes del lenguaje o matemáticas será proporcionado para que los padres trabajen con los estudiantes. Creemos que nuestra comunidad y los padres juegan un papel importante en el éxito de nuestros estudiantes. Todos los voluntarios tendrán que presentar y pasar la verificación de antecedentes penales del distrito en la página de internet de Tomball ISD. Si usted está interesado en ser voluntario para el programa “Padres como mentores”, por favor póngase en contacto con Mrs. Hudson en el correo electrónico, llene la forma o el formulario de solicitud en

September 5-8th

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 on Tuesday.
-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. 
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:
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.

Last week of School

Well it is here! It is the last week of school!! It's hard to believe, but these sweet babies are finished with the First Grade! 
Tuesday- Regular school Day
We will have our "Star Compliment Party". I will provide Popsicle's for all the kiddos :)
I have also told the kiddos that if they have a fidget spinner, they can bring it on this day.  I will allow them to bring them out during our Popsicle party. 
They may also bring a small stuffed animal and/or a small pillow and blanket.
We will read by a "camp fire". 
Anything that they bring MUST fit in their backpack. 
If you have not paid $5 to help pay for the classroom party, please do so :)
Thursday- NO BACKPACKS and 1/2 Day 
Dismissal starts at 12:50

Summer Reading

I will be sending home a list of books that are on your child's current reading level. You can find these books at your local library. Reading over the summer will help ensure that your student keeps practicing the reading strategies taught over the school year. 

Last week of School

It's hard to believe, but we have made it to the end of school! These sweet first graders are soon going to be 2nd graders! I am so proud of all of their hard work and accomplishments. 
We will NOT have a Spelling Test but we will review some Sight Words. 

where, before, mother, two, more, us, our, been, who, now


Students will practice building their reading stamina. 

Students will read grade level text with fluency.


Students will plan a first draft by generating ideas for writing (e.g., drawing, sharing ideas, listing key ideas).

Students will develop drafts by sequencing ideas through writing sentences.

Students will identify important facts or details in text, heard or read.


Review for Math Test

Math Test over Time and Data/graphs TUESDAY


Review Maps 

Social Studies:


Students will identify and describe the physical characteristics of places such as land forms, bodies of water, natural resources, and weather.

Thank you! :)