Thursday, February 14, 2019

Feb. 19th - 22nd

Calendar:


February 15th - NO SCHOOL for children.  This is a workday for teachers.
February 18th - Weather Day -NO SCHOOL
February 19th - SIX FLAGS reading logs due (if you need a new one, please let your teacher know)
February 20th - Wacky Wednesday schedule
February 22nd - PTO movie night



TCE's 2nd Annual Culture Night
We are excited to have our 2nd annual Culture Night at TCE.  Last year was such a great success with all the dishes you shared with our TCE community.  If you would like to share an appetizer, main dish or dessert on March 28th please sign up below. We will get back with you with more specific details as the event grows near. TCE will provide sample cups to share the dish you bring.  This event was successful because of all of our families' contributions. Thank you for making our school so great! 

Be on the lookout for more information about this event including performances and interactive stations!

Miscellaneous:

*** Our rooms moms did a wonderful job on the Valentine's Day party -- THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!!!! We are  glad so many parents could come out and celebrate with us! 

***We are collecting soup cans for Metrocrest Services.  If you would like to donate, there is a first grade soup donation box at the end of the hallway!  This is a great way to teach our little ones about giving back to the community!  

What Are We Learning?
Language Arts:
     Spelling:  We will not have spelling next week.  We will review past spelling rules. 
     Reading:  We can't get enough of our new books in our Reader's Workshop bags!! We love to read!! 
     Writing:  We will continue to work on writing in the past tense. 

Social Studies:
We will continue our study on Famous Americans. We have put their information on a class timeline. Now, we will be making timelines of our lives. 

Math:
We will be concluding our money/time unit.  Learners will benefit from ongoing discussions at home regarding time and money.  We will  also discuss how to interpret information from a bar graph by comparing the lengths of the bars.  

Math Take Home Activity:
Have your child look through newspapers and magazines for examples of bar graphs. Talk about what information is shown in each graph you find.  

Science:
Learners will continue to investigate soil.  We are hoping to make a trip to the community garden sometime this week.  We will compare the soil from TCE's garden to the community garden.

First Grade Spotlight: 
1A:
1A is happy to spot light our lovely Leliani!   She wants to be a hair dresser when she grows up!  In her free time, she loves to style her dolls hair and  her mom's hair. She brings joy to our classroom!  1A loves you Leilani!  



1B:

1B is proud to spotlight Isabel!  Isabel just moved to Town Center and has already made so many friends in our class!  She is loved by everyone! We are so glad you are here Isabel!  1B loves you!!

1C:
1C is very excited to spotlight Evelyn this week! She always has a smile on her face and brightens our classroom. Evelyn loves to practice math problems and play games at school. She loves her sister! Evelyn also enjoys playing with toys at home. Evelyn is a wonderful part of our classroom and we are lucky to have her!

Pics of the Week
Where are our two front teeth?  

Planting kale and potatoes in the TCE Garden


We had so much fun at the Valentine Party!  

Friday, February 8, 2019

February 11th - 15th

Calendar:


February 14th - Timeline Paper due back to your Social Studies teacher
February 14th - Valentine Party 2:00 - 3:00  All parents welcome!! 
February 15th - NO SCHOOL for children.  This is a workday for teachers.
February 18th - Weather Day -NO SCHOOL
February 19th - SIX FLAGS reading logs due (if you need a new one, please let your teacher know)
February 20th - Wacky Wednesday schedule
February 22nd - PTO movie night


Miscellaneous:

***Valentines Day is coming!!  Our room moms are hard at work getting our party ready for us.  Please look for a note to come home about valentine cards for classmates.  Also, we are in need of valentine themed stickers, cut outs, etc. We will be decorating valentine bags in school to keep our cards in.  If you can donate anything we can use to decorate our bags that would be FABULOUS!  Please send them to school as soon as you can.  THANK YOU!!!! 

***If you are finished with your valentine cards for the children in your class, you may bring them to school any day next week.  

What Are We Learning?

Language Arts / Reading:

Spelling:  Adding suffixes to a root word

Reading/Writing:  We are so excited to announce that we have added HUNDREDS of leveled books to our browsing boxes!!  We can't wait to dive into all of the new books that were purchased for first grade! 

Social Studies:  

In Social Studies, we will continue studying famous Americans and the influence they have made in our communities, states, and country! We can learn from positive choices made by these historical figures!

In Mind Missions learned about Eleanor Roosevelt. She served in soup kitchens. We designed a ladle for serving soup. We also reflected on this lesson by looking at ways we care for others.

Math: 

Learners will continue to practice telling time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks.

Math Take Home Activity: 
Say a time, such as half past 10:00.  Ask your child to describe where the hour and minute hand points at this time.

Science:
Learners will investigate soil to understand that soil is made from rock and mineral particles and organic matter.

First Grade Spotlight: 
1A:
1A is so excited to spotlight Adeline this week.  She has the biggest heart and it shows through her sweet personality and kind words.  Ada loves to play outside with her friends.  She enjoys taking care of animals and fosters baby kittens in her free time.  1A loves Adeline!  She makes our hearts happy!  .  



1B:
1B is proud to spotlight Hila.  Hila came to Town Center from Israel and we are so excited to have her in our class!  She has two brothers and loves to play with her dog.  1B loves Hila!!

1C:
1C is very excited to spotlight Pranav this week! He is a kind friend and a mature learner! He loves to write and play with his toys at home. Pranav also plays soccer and enjoys playing with his older brother. Pranav is awesome and 1C is proud of him!
1D:
1D is thrilled to spotlight Nikita. She loves reading, writing, and playing with her friends. She is quite the dancer. She enjoys playing tag with her sister and learning to code! 1D adores sweet Nikita!



Pics of the Week
1B had a special visit from Mrs. Hruby this week!  Thank you for reading to us Mrs. Hruby!! 


We had a great time decorating our valentine bags!  
Valentine fun!!

Making our Valentine Bags!! 

Friday, February 1, 2019

February 4 - February 8

Calendar:

February 4th - Pajama Day!! Oops - January got away from us.  We will be having a pajama day for our Holiday January Coupon Present. Please make sure to bring/wear tennis shoes for PE and recess.  
February 8th - Tentative date to visit the Coppell School Garden. 
February 15th - NO SCHOOL for children.  This is a workday for teachers.
February 18th - Weather Day (NO SCHOOL if we don't use a weather day)
February 19th - SIX FLAGS reading logs due (if you need a new one, please let your teacher know)
February 22nd - PTO movie night

Miscellaneous:

***Valentines Day is coming!!  Our room moms are hard at work getting our party ready for us.  Please look for a note to come home about valentine cards for classmates.  Also, we are in need of valentine themed stickers, cut outs, etc. We will be decorating valentine bags in school to keep our cards in.  If you can donate anything we can use to decorate our bags that would be FABULOUS!  Please send them to school as soon as you can.  THANK YOU!!!! 

What Are We Learning?

Language Arts / Reading:

Spelling:  We will continue working on compound words.  Our spelling test over compound words will be on February 8th.

Reading/Writing:  We will continue practicing our reading and writing skills to challenge ourselves to increase our skills.

**We celebrated World Read Aloud today with special visitors to our classrooms to read us a book.  Ask your child who their special reading visitor was! 

Social Studies:  

In Social Studies, we will continue studying famous Americans and the influence they have made in our communities, states, and country! We can learn from positive choices made by these historical figures!

We will be adding reflections to our Famous American writings.

Math: 

We are some money counting pros in first grade!  This coming week we will be finishing up our unit on Money and moving to telling time.  Learners are expected to tell time to the hour and half hour on both analog and digital clocks.

Math Take Home Activity: 
Practice counting a collection of coins or practice telling time on a clock. Things to point out include: the different hands, how can you tell if you are close to a new hour, what happens to the hour hand as the minute hand moves around the clock.

Science:
We are learning about the properties of earth materials and how we can use these materials.  We will be exploring the what happens to rocks when they rub against each other and ways to separate rocks by size.  

As we explore these earth materials, we will be taking a quick trip over to the Coppell Community Garden to see how how soil, rocks, and water are used.  We have this trip tentatively scheduled for the 8th but it will be dependent upon the weather.

First Grade Spotlight: 
1A:
1A is happy to spotlight this cutie!  Jack is a friend to all!  He loves to play football, soccer and basketball.  In his free time, he enjoys to play sports, play with his dog and also play prodigy.  His favorite subject is math. Jack wants to be a scientist when he grows up!  I can't wait to see all the things he will discover as a scientist!  1A loves Jack!  


1B:
1B is proud to spotlight Rohan!  Rohan is a wonderful part of 1B.  He lights up any room that he is in and brightens our day each day he is here.  When not at school Rohan likes to play WII party with his siblings and watch Ninjago.  When he is at school he enjoys a good game of checkers with a friend.  Rohan dreams of being a firefighter when he is older.  His favorite vacation is a beach vacation in California to visit his grandma.  1B loves Rohan!!!

1C:
1C is very excited to spotlight Tanush! He is a sweet friend and always has a positive attitude. Tanush loves to write and practice his math problems. At home, he enjoys playing with his toys and older sister. Tanush also likes to play tennis and pet his dog, Pepsi. 1C adores Tanush and his wonderful friendship!



1D:
1D is thrilled to spotlight Kate. She is an excellent reader and writer. She goes above and beyond to help others and enjoys it! She loves to play soccer and to be with her friends. 1D adores sweet Kate!

Pics of the Week
Our favorite spot to work!

What handsome boys!  

Sweet Friends!  
Hard at work!!!

We have been in school 100 days.  We wrote about 100 things that you would NOT like to have.
1B sure loved our Guest Reader for World READALOUD Day!!! 

Friday, January 25, 2019

January 28 - February 1

Calendar:


January 28 - January 31 - Bring a rock to school that is no bigger than your hand. 
January 28th - Spring Creek BBQ night 5:00 - 9:00.  ***A percentage of the total sales will go to TCE!  We hope to see everyone there!!
February 8th - Tentative date to visit the Coppell School Garden. 
February 15th - NO SCHOOL for children.  This is a workday for teachers.
February 18th - Weather Day (NO SCHOOL if we don't use a weather day)
February 19th - SIX FLAGS reading logs due (if you need a new one, please let your teacher know)


Miscellaneous:

**Please make sure to send a water bottle with your child each day.  The water fountains can contain lots of germs!! :-) 

What Are We Learning?

Language Arts / Reading:

Spelling: Next week we will talk about compound words.  Spelling compound words can be challenging to learn so we will study these words for 2 WEEKS.  There will not be a test next Friday.  We will be take out compound spelling test on February 8th. Please don't wait until the last minute to study!!

Reading:  We will continue to work on "how to" read a non-fiction book.  We are learning about a book's Table of Contents, graphics, and vocabulary words. Reading non-fiction text is very different from reading fiction text.

Writing: We took our Middle of the Year Writing assessment this week.  Wow can these kids write!!!  We will continue to enhance our writing by adding adjectives, transition words, and conjunctions (and, because).

Social Studies:  

In Social Studies, we will continue studying famous Americans and the influence they have made in our communities, states, and country! We can learn from positive choices made by these historical figures!

Math: 

Learners will describe the relationships among the U.S. coins.  We will practice identifying different combination of coins that equal the same amount.

Math Take Home Activity: 
Give your child a group of coins.  Have your child count out two different ways to total the value of 25 cents, 50 cents, etc..

Science:
Learners will sort and compare rocks in different ways, using two or more physical properties.  Please make sure to have your child bring a rock to school to use in our science investigation.  The rock should be able to fit in the palm of your child's hand.  

First Grade Spotlight: 
1A:
1A is so happy to spotlight Rebeca this week.  She is a great friend to all!  Her smile on her sweet face brightens our room.  Rebeca loves to play with her little brother when she is not at school.  She also loves to play Prodigy.  Her favorite subject is math.  When she grows up, she wants to be an artist.  1A loves you Rebeca!  



1B:
1B is proud to spotlight Sydney this week!  Sydney always has a smile on her face and is a kind friend to everyone she meets!  She ALWAYS gives her very best at school and seeks out the best in everyone she meets.  She adores her older sister and loves to play Minecraft with her when they are together.  When Sydney grows up she wants to teach gymnastics!  We know she will be a great teacher!!
 1B loves Sydney!!! 

1C:
1C is very excited to spotlight Emi this week! He is a wonderful learner and a great listener. Emi loves playing at recess and running outside when he's home. He is a very athletic boy! Emi plays soccer and practices karate. He also enjoys playing with his two dogs. 1D adores Emi!



1D:
1D is thrilled to spotlight Maxwell. He is a great reader and writer. He has a twin sister. He loves being with his friends. He enjoys reading chapter books, riding his bike, and playing basketball with his dad! 1D adores Maxwell!


Pics of the Week
Congratulations 1A!  Everyone did a great job on the morning announcements!  




Friday, January 18, 2019

January 21 - 25

Calendar:


January 18th - Yearbook purchase due to the PTO
Click here to purchase a yearbook
January 21st - NO SCHOOL
January 23rd - Wacky Wednesday schedule 
January 28th - Spring Creek BBQ night 5:00 - 9:00.  ***A percentage of the total sales will go to TCE!  We hope to see everyone there!!
February 15th - NO SCHOOL for children.  This is a workday for teachers
February 18th - Weather Day (NO SCHOOL if we don't use a weather day)
February 19th - SIX FLAGS reading logs due (if you need a new one, please let your teacher know)


Miscellaneous:

**Please sign and return your child's report card to their homeroom teacher.
**If your Six Flags Reading Log is completed you may turn it in at any point.  All logs are due February 19th.
**Don't forget to write your child's name in the label of their jacket.  The lost and found is getting full again. 

What Are We Learning?

Language Arts / Reading:

Spelling:  We will learn different ways to make the long /o/ sound. 

Writing:  We will continue building our writing skills with our daily writing in our journals as well as continue to work on letter formation with our handwriting workbooks.  

Reading:  WE ARE AMAZING!!!  Mrs. McCullough and Mrs. Vincenzo are amazed every day at how far we have all come with our reading and comprehension skills.  Our Reader's Workshop bags are filled with fiction and non-fiction books that we read every day (independently and with a partner).  WE LOVE READING!!!  


Kids A-Z  (Raz Kids)  We had to update our app so things are a little different now.  The new app has so much more for us to read with.  You will need to input a new teacher's name for your class and go through that class as the other teacher name does not work anymore.  It might help to delete the app and then add the Kids A-Z app again so that the old class name disappears.   Here are the new class names:

1A:   msork0  (number not letter)
1B:   lvincenzo
1C:   jmccullough14
1D:   tceburks

***The passwords are still the same for each learner.

Social Studies:  

In Social Studies, we will continue studying famous Americans and the influence they have made in our communities, states, and country! We can learn from positive choices made by these historical figures!

Math: 

We will continue to use our skip counting skills to determine the value of a collection of pennies, nickel, and dimes.

Math Take Home Activity: 
Have your child count a collection of coins.  Have your child tell you all the different ways to make a dollar.  ex. 4 quarters, 10 dimes, etc...

Science:
We will discuss that the natural world includes rocks, soil, and water that can be observed in cycles, pattern, and systems. 

First Grade Spotlight: 
1A:
1A is so excited to spotlight Rithvik.  He loves to play basketball and when he grows up he would like to be a professional basketball player. Rithvik is a hard worker and enjoys to read!  Rithvik is a friend to all and we are so happy he is part of the 1A family.  We love you Rithvik and so glad you are part of our class.  You rock! 



1B:
1B is proud to spotlight Binyak this week!   His favorite subjects at school are math and science.  He said he wants to be an Engineer when he grows up just like his grandpa!  We know you will be great Binayak!! When not at school he enjoys playing soccer with his mom and dad.  He also said that his favorite vacation was going to the beach at South Padre.  1B loves Binayak! 

1C:
1C is very excited to highlight Tulasi this week! She is a hard worker and always has a good attitude. Tulasi likes eating chocolate and practicing the piano at home. She also enjoys drawing at school. Tulasi has one older brother and she loves him very much! 1C appreciates our wonderful Tulasi! 



1D:
1D is thrilled to spotlight Raman. He is a wonderful reader, writer, and friend. He enjoys watching and learning from Wild Kratts!! He likes playing with his friends. He also enjoys visiting the zoo! 1D adores our precious Raman.



 Pics of the Week
It might not look like an exciting picture - - but January in first grade is AMAZING!!!  They really do grow up over the winter break.  We love their independence at this point in the year!! 
We love working together during Texan Town!! 

When your friends become your co-workers.......
They are working together to construct a building.  I can't wait to see how high it gets! 
The girls from the General Store are here!  Good behavior and effort pays off when you have lots of Texan Bucks to spend at the store!  We are also learning how to save to be able to buy the larger items.  
Sharing our thoughts.

working together! 

Friday Smiles

Precious Friends!