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Welcome to Mrs. Bell's 1st Grade Class!


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Sight words: the, be
-en -ed -ell -et
ten  bed bell pet
pen red sell get
hen fed tell let
den  led dell net
men Ted well wet

Sorry for the delay.. my home computer was acting up this weekend. I also forgot to add that picture day is Tuesday!


1st Grade Word Work

We do not send home a specific list of spelling (word work) words for the students to memorize.  We directly teach the pattern thoroughly throughout the week.  The students make words, manipulate the letters, chant, snap & clap and a variety of other word activities with the word pattern.  If the student truly learns the pattern and why the words sound the way they do, then the pattern will be internalized and the learning will transfer to their writing.  The students will have 5-7 of the word pattern words on their spelling test each week along with 3-5 sight words for a total of 10 spelling words. The students will also have 3 sentences dictated that they will write while listening to the teacher.  In January the spelling tests will increase from 10 to 15 words and we will continue having sight words each week.

*Please make note that we will be grading the spelling words and the dictated sentences as two separate grades.  The word test will count as a spelling grade and the sentences will count as a writing grade.

** This is also posted under the tab word work on the right! I will post words each Monday for you to practice for the week. 


sight words: an, at, can, have, was

-an -ad -at -ap
can mad cat cap
man pad bat map
tan dad sat nap
fan sad rat tap
ran rad at lap

Today in Wednesday folders, I sent home the first Scholastic book order of the year! Scholastic is a great way to get fun books for a great price! Kids also love scholastic because we open the box together like a present every month! I also buy books each month for our classroom library, so we all love book box day! Please consider purchasing a book or two for your child this month. There is even a Mo Willems book for $1! Each purchase also earns points for me to use to buy books for our class. 

Please place your online order by Friday, September 15, 2017.

How to order:

Go online to:

Look up my name: Melissa Bell 

Or enter our Class Code: MFKFC

Follow the instructions to place your order online by: Sept. 15. 

If you have any questions, or the site gives you trouble, please let me know! 

 I hope everyone is dry and safe after the scary week we had. School will resume this Tuesday and I look forward to seeing everyone! Parent Orientation will be rescheduled, and I will let you all know as soon as we receive the date.

Great Start!

 Hey everyone! Thanks for subscribing to my website! We have had a great start to the school year! I just have a few things to share with you.
1. Please sign your child's behavior calendar in their red folder every day! If there is nothing written, that means they had a good day! I will sometimes put stickers, but yesterday was very busy and as your child might have told you I was unfortunately out this afternoon with a very important family appointment that just happened to be today. Thanks for understanding. 
2. We now have chromebooks for every student in the class! This is very exciting! Please send a pair of headphones for your child by Monday if possible! I can't wait to introduce them to the chromebooks! 
3. Don't forget parent orientation is next Thursday August 31. 
Please don't hesitate to contact me anytime! I am looking forward to a fantastic year! 

It's a new school year and I cannot wait to meet and get to know everyone! Meet the teacher is Friday, August 18 from 3-4pm! Feel free to take a look around my website! I updated it today with current information! 
I am looking forward to a great year! 
-Melissa Bell 


Yearbook signing will be Tuesday afternoon! If you purchased a yearbook, please bring it Tuesday! 
Tomorrow is our Read-a-Thon! Students are allowed to bring a small blanket, pillow, and stuffed animal! They may also bring their favorite book from home to read with a friend! 
Students have started bringing home consumable textbooks! Feel free to let them use them for practice over the summer! 

Last Scholastic Order of the Year!

Class Code - MFKFC

Order Due Date - 05/19/17

Dear Families,

This is a friendly reminder that your Reading Club orders are due by 05/19/17. You can place your orders online at using my class activation code: MFKFC

 This is a great time to stock up on great books for the summer! There are a lot of packs that can save you money from buying them from the store!

Happy Reading,
Mrs. Bell

A Message from the Counselor


I would love your input as to what you value the most and feel is the most essential part of a comprehensive counseling program.  If you could respond to the survey below, that would be wonderful in helping me tailor the program to meet the needs of our students here at CFES!  


Ms. Dean, Counselor

This Week!

First of all, we will not have homework for the remainder of the school year, but please continue to read EVERY night for at least 20 minutes! 
Next, library books are due by Friday! Please gather your child's books and start sending them in! I will send home the last book order of the year this week for anyone who would like to order more books for summer! They will be due Friday so they will arrive in time! 
Also, we have started our animal research! This will be completed in class, but students will need to bring in a picture of their animal to use for their habitat. 
This year is quickly winding down but we still have lots to complete and learn! We will take our district math benchmark later this week. This will cover everything we have learned this year. Our last unit test will be next Tuesday over time and measurement. We will also have a writing benchmark later this week. Students will get to chose what kind of writing they want to write including personal narrative, procedural or expository (nonfiction) text. 

Word Work

Sight words: our, where, who
Inflectional Ending: ed 

Field Day This Thursday: Wear RED!


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 RED, 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