Welcome to First Grade!
Where Learning Grows Each Day!
Mrs. Desmarais: email@example.com 817-215-0497
Ms. Feller: firstname.lastname@example.org 817-215-0495
Mrs. Hinte: email@example.com 817-215-0463
Mrs. Moore: firstname.lastname@example.org 817-215-0496
Ms. Scheerle: email@example.com 817-215-0499
Tonight, parents will…
• know and understand their role in the
Parent Learning Community.
• know ways they can be involved with their
child’s classroom and school.
• understand the expectations of a student
at Samuel Beck Elementary
In partnership with the community,
Beck Elementary is committed to
success for all learners, ensuring a
safe environment that implements
rigorous, relevant curricula and
Doors Open at 7:20
Tardy Bell: 7:45
Student Handbook and Code of Conduct at
Class websites at www.nisdtx.org
Select Beck Elementary>Staff>Teacher Name
Daily Communication Folders
Pay lunch account online: Parents>Menus/Food Services
Should your child bring lunch money with him or her to school, it
needs to be in an envelope or bag with your child’s name, the
teacher’s name, and “lunch” written on the front of the envelope. The
envelope needs to be placed in the clear pocket sleeve of the Daily
Transportation changes must be in emailed to the front office at
firstname.lastname@example.org by 2:00 p.m.
Parent/Teacher fall conferences
TEA website: www.tea.state.tx.us
- Select “T” from A-Z menu;
- Select “Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills”
- Scroll down to first grade
Home Access Grades Online
• NISD provides grades online through the Home Access Center
(HAC). Paper copies of progress reports and report cards can be
provided for students in grades 1 – 5 upon request. Kinder students
will receive a paper copy due to the format. First grade report cards
start the second six weeks.
• A letter will be sent home with each student that has the information
parents need to access grades online.
• If you have not received this letter about the Home Access Center
(HAC), please contact the front office at email@example.com
The grading system for NISD is as follows:
100 – 90 A Excellent Progress
89 – 80 B Above Average Progress
79 – 70 C Average Progress
69 – 0 F Unsatisfactory Progress (Failing)
Other areas of study such as art, music, PE, work habits, social
behavior, and student progress are marked as follows:
E = Performs consistently at excellent/above standard expectations
S = Performs consistently at standard expectations
N = Performs slightly below standard expectations
U = Performs consistently below standard expectations
• Check for homework in daily folder
• Read every night
• Parent involvement
Love & Logic www.loveandlogic.com
Daily Communication Calendar
First Graders Set Goals!
Teacher directed opening mini-lessons to model and
encourage children to become writers
Independent student writing related to topics of
choice, retells, nonfiction, and a variety of genres
Student goal setting and guidance through individual
conferring and small group work
Students share work in response group and author’s
Whole group reading
Mini-lessons provide pre-reading activities
such as directionality, concepts of print, book
awareness and introduction of reading
Independent reading activity
Small group reading according to
instructional needs with teacher guidance
Reading material challenges students’
instructional needs and increases
comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and
Reading strategies are modeled and
Laws and Rules
Holidays and Customs
Level C Level J
Students will explore:
• Physical science – matter, heat and change,
magnets, force, prisms
• Earth science – rocks, soil, water, weather,
temperature, clouds, the moon, the sun, seasons
• Life science – animals, food chains,
• Science Inquiry Showcase- Spring, 2013
Two and three dimensional shapes
Addition and subtraction up to 18
Creating graphs Math!
Problem solving strategies
Technology in Action
• Student laptops and iPad carts
• Electronic Chalkboards
• Data Projectors
• Document Cameras
• Distance Learning
• Media Cast
• CPS Receivers (think George Jetson!)
• Home Access
See handbook for dress code guidelines:
• Shoes (sandals must have strap – no flip flops)
• Clothing (no tank tops or spaghetti straps)
• Make-up work may be requested only if a child has been
absent for more than two days. Parents may email the
front office before 9:00 a.m. to request homework on the
second day of an absence. The make-up work will then
be available at the front desk at 3:20 p.m. on the second
• Work will not be sent home with siblings, neighbors, or
Teachers often need to work with children when they return
to school, so not all work will be sent home.
• Parents may provide a treat for a child’s birthday that will be served
during the last hour of the day. Please provide individual servings
for the celebration (i.e., cupcakes, cookies, etc.).
• Napkins must be provided.
• Treats are to be dropped off at the front office, or the student may
bring them to the classroom in the morning.
• Parents are not to be in attendance at this time, and we do not take
pictures of this celebration.
• Personal party invitations may not be handed out during the school
day. The child, however, may stand outside the classroom door as
students are leaving for the day to pass out party invitations.
Fall and Spring Field Trips
Fairy Tale Ball (Valentine’s Party)
Field Day (May)
STAAR Testing Dates
Date Day Grade STAAR Test
2-Apr Tues 4th Writing - Day 1
Tues 5th Math
3-Apr Wed 4th Writing - Day 2
Wed 5th Reading
22-Apr Tues 3rd Math
Tues 4th Math
23-Apr Wed 3rd Reading
Wed 4th Reading
Wed 5th Science
13-May Tues 5th Math - Retest
14-May Wed 5th Reading - Retest
24-Jun Tues 5th Math - Retest
25-Jun Wed 5th Reading - Retest
Background checks must be
completed and on file with
the office before parents
Thank you for volunteering!
We are looking forward to
growing with you this year!
Thanks for coming!
Questions or Concerns?