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Welcome to 1st grade!  It's going to be an AWESOME year!

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May 30th - June 1st

This week:
Wednesday - Game Day -  Students may bring board games and card games for an afternoon of fun.
Thursday - End of Year Party and Early Release
Lost and Found - Please be sure to check the lost and found.  Items left will be donated.
Students need to bring their backpacks everyday this week.  They will be bringing their things home over the next few days.

Year Book Signing

First grade will sign yearbooks next Tuesday, May 30th at 1:30 pm.  Please send a pen or marker and your child's yearbook if you would like them to be autographed.
If you did not purchase a yearbook, your child may wear a t-shirt for signing.

End of Year Reminders

Creekside Forest Elementary has some important end-of-year reminders.
•       Please pick up all medication from the nurse by June 1, 2017.  All medication not picked up by the last day of school will be destroyed.  
•       Lost and found items, located on the table outside the library, will be donated June 1.   Please check for any lost items that may belong to you.  
•       The Perfect Attendance and Presidential Award Ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 30 at 3PM.   Eligible students have received an invitation to this event.
•       End-of Year Parties will be from 11:30—12:30PM on Thursday, June 1.   Students may be dismissed with a parent without penalty.  General dismissal will be at 12:50PM. 

May 22nd - 26th

This week:
Reading & Writing:  Students will continue working on their research project this week during ELA time. 
Spelling: no spelling
Math:  We will be reviewing time, measurement, and data tomorrow and test on Wednesday. 
Science:  Students are learning about the animal classification system:  mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish.
No homework or spelling this week!
No school May 29th
End of Year Party - June 1st

Balloon Pop Countdown

We started our balloon pop countdown today!  Students earned the opportunity to bring a stuffed animal tomorrow, Thursday, May 18th.  Stuffed animals need to be small enough to fit in their backpacks.

From Coach Baxter (Field Day Info)


Your child will participate in field day this week. K-2nd grade will be on Thursday from 9:30-12:30, and 3rd -5th grade will be on Friday from 9:30-12:30. Please make sure that they wear the color that their teacher has given them, and tennis shoes. Field day attire must follow the school dress code. Kindergarten lunch is from 10:30-11:00, 1st grade from 11:00-11:30, and 2nd grade is from 11:30-12:00. Grades 3-5 will eat after the games at 12:30. If you did not order a box lunch for your student, please be sure to send your student with a sack lunch. On Friday the cafeteria will be closed, and will not be serving the regular menu to ANY grades. Only box lunches that were pre ordered, will be served on Friday. Please pack a lunch on Friday as well, if you did not order a box lunch.


Please make sure that your student puts on sunscreen/bug spray before they come to school. Please send them with a water bottle and towel for picnicking as well. We are hoping for beautiful weather, but you never know what could happen. Unless it is storming, we will plan to go on with the day. Thank you for allowing your child to participate. We are looking forward to 2 days full of fun!


Coach Baxter & Coach V

This Week May 8th - 12th

This week:
Reading and Writing: 
We are in the beginning stages of our research.  Today students chose a topic they want to learn more about.  They have written a letter home stating their research topic with a request to print out materials they need to answer the questions they have about their topic.  Parents can help those few students who had difficulty choosing one topic. The only thing I need parent to help with at this time is to print appropriate material at home for students to research through at school. 
Spelling:  Adding ed to verbs.  Students came home with a spelling sort with words for the week.
Math:  Telling time and measurement
Science: Continuing landforms
Field Day is this Thursday!  Students need to wear a RED t-shirt.
Reading Logs are due this Friday, May 12th.

From the Counselor

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5, will have an opportunity to show all that they’ve learned this year as they take a variety of STAAR tests.   

May 8th, 2017:  3rd, 4th, Math STAAR, 5th retest

May 9th, 2017: 3rd, 4th, Reading STAAR, 5th retest

May 10th, 2017: 5th Science STAAR


Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5th grade), will eat lunch with their children on other dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time.Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Here at Creekside Forest, we have the most amazing parents who provide their time and care to volunteer and make our school a nurturing environment.  

Warm regards, 

Elysia Dean



Week of May 1st - 5th

This week:
Reading: Students will be exploring children's books that highlight the special bond between mother and child.  Students will make connections, ask deeper questions, and create their own writing based on connections.
Writing:  Students will be exploring poetry all month.  Students will be writing cinquains, acrostics, free verse, and diamante poems.
Spelling:  Adding ing to base words. Be sure to visit Spelling City for a list of words and activities to help your student.
Math:  We will review and test over material learned in our geometry and fractions unit.  We will start our Time unit later in the week.
Science/Social Studies:  Students will be learning about different land and water forms.  We will be creating landform maps using salt dough. If you would like to send in a pound or two for our maps, here is a great recipe:
Students will be making some dough in class as well, but I have a feeling our little terra-formers are going to needs lots of this fun medium to build their landscapes.  We will be making a landform each day, so you can send dough in up until Thursday.
Students will have homework this week.  Since we used very few of the choices for the 3rd Nine Weeks, students may continue to use those grids.  They can also choose to repeat some of their favorites.
Recycle Projects
Last week's up-cycling projects demonstrated a lot of ingenuity and creativity.  Thank you to parents who accommodated and encouraged this project at home.  Students were excited to share their process and tell about the natural resources they conserved by up-cycling material that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.
Our last project of the year is upon us.  During the month of May, students will be participating in a research project about something they are passionate about and desire to learn more about.  Topics could include plants, animals, processes, inventors/inventions, etc.  This week, students will choose their topic and create essential questions they want to answer. After students have chosen their topic and created their questions, I will send out information on how you can help at home. 

Recycle Project Presentations Tomorrow

Students will present their recycle projects tomorrow!  I can't wait to see all the creative ways students have up-cycled things that would have ended up in a landfill.