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I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be teaching 1st grade this year.  It is going to be an amazing year full of growth and learning.  I am excited to work as a team to highlight your child's strengths and help them have a successful first-grade year!  This will be my 11th year teaching and my 2nd year as a full-time teacher at Creekside.  I love starting a fresh school year and getting to know my students.  I can't wait to get started!
 Please contact me any time with questions or concerns by phone or email.  
With excitement and anticipation,
Meredith Bohnert
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I hope to see everyone at Parent Night tomorrow.  The PTO Meeting begins at 6:00 in the cafeteria and the first classroom presentations begin at 6:30.  If you need to attend more than one, the 2nd session will begin around 7:10.
Reading - Schema and text to self connections
Writing - strategies to help with spelling while we write our stories
Math - Adding with story problems
Science - Sorting by size and weight/mass
Social Studies - Rules/Laws in our School, Home and Community
There is some graded word and a few notes in the Wednesday folder.  If you have not ordered Scholastic books and would still like to, there is still time!  
I hope to see everyone tomorrow night!




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


We are well into our FIRST full week of school!  As usual, we are working hard and learning so much!
READING We are practicing "read to someone" focusing on being a good listener and checking for accuracy.
WRITING We have made lists of ideas to help when we are stuck.  We are working on writing our stories in booklets and remembering to start a sentence with a capital letter.  Students have a page in their "ideas" book for post-it notes from parents.  Anytime you can help your child write down an idea they might want to write about, put it on a post-it and we will add it to the notebook.
MATH We are adding and subtracting using 10 frames and "part part whole" diagrams.
SCIENCE We are learning about Matter by sorting objects by color, shape and texture.
SOCIAL STUDIES We are learning about rules in our community.  A Studies Weekly that we read together in class is coming home today.  Please enjoy at your leisure.  There is also a computer program that goes along with this.  It is in my links under websites.  More on that coming soon!

I sent the first book orders for the year.  If you would like to order books instructions are below:

Order Due Date -  Friday, September 21st

1. Go to

2. Enter our one-time Class Activation Code. (QBGD7)

3. Shop and submit your child's book order.

4. Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom.

There is also a yellow Highlights magazine order form.  Please return it even if you do not want to order.  We can earn items for our classroom just by having the paper returned.  Thank you!

Have a great evening and see you all next week at Parent Night!




1st Grade Word Work

Good evening parents!  In first grade, 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.

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


I was so happy to see everyone safe and sound yesterday morning!  We are continuing to review our rules and procedures while diving right into our curriculum.  We are working on poetry, handwriting and spelling.  In Reading we are practicing 3 ways to read a book (read the pictures, read the words, retell the story) and working on Read to Self.  These kids are READERS!  They LOVE reading time!  We have already done a lot of Writing, pictures included.  In Math we are working on "part part whole" and making ten.  We are practicing with fun games as well as writing out number sentences. (4+3=7)  In Science we are learning about what a scientist is and how to be safe during science labs.  There is a safety contract in the Wednesday folder that needs to be signed.  In Social Studies we are learning about our community.
There is an information sheet in the Wednesday folder that I would love for you to fill out at your convenience.  Don't sweat over it - I just want to know if you have any concerns or specific things you want me to know about your child.  I also included the Reading Log which will be our only homework this year.  We expect students to read 20 minutes each night, and will begin sending books home for them to read soon.  Parent Night will be rescheduled, so I will let you know when that is as soon as I find out.  Thank you for your support!  Your kids are awesome. I love to tell them they are the best class, but shhhhh!  It's a secret.  Have a great evening and please don't hesitate to contact me any time!
Meredith Bohnert


What an amazing 2 days we have had!  Thank you so much for sending your child to school prepared for each day!  They have been so well-behaved, kind to each other and respectful.  This is the perfect time for practicing and being reminded of all of the class and school expectations.  Each day your child's RED Take Home folder will come home.  If nothing is marked on the behavior calendar, that means they had a great day.  If there is a problem the appropriate code will be marked.  I am allowing reminders these first few days since we are all learning together.  Students are working hard to remember and follow the expectations.  Please initial the folder each day.  As a parent, I know this is hard to always remember, but I don't want days to go by and you to not be aware of something that happened in the classroom.  Obviously, for a serious problem, I will call or email you.
The Take Home folder will also serve as the WEDNESDAY folder, so there are some notes included today.   
Next week we will begin going to the computer lab and the library!  Please send in headphones or earbuds in a ziploc baggie with your child's name on them by next Tuesday if possible.  This helps to keep the cords from getting tangled together.
If you are interested in stuffing the Take Home folders every Wednesday or doing any other tasks to help out in the classroom, please send me a quick email.  Urgently, I could use help labeling books and setting up Writing folders.  Thanks in advance!
Mrs. Bohnert

Meet the Teacher

I look forward to meeting everyone tomorrow at meet the teacher from 3:00-4:00.  Drop in anytime during that hour!  There will be Kona Ice outside for you to enjoy before you leave.  If you ordered the school supply pack, it is ready in my room.  I can't wait to see everyone! 


A few quick reminders....
tomorrow is bring a flashlight, blanket and book
The party will be on June 1st, 11:30-12:30.  We hope you can make it!  There is no signup genius, just bring yourself!
I have a student who earned enough AR point to earn a Chick-Fil-A lunch from me.  If anyone is willing to act as a delivery person any day before Thursday (not many days left!!!)  that would be great!  Please email me if that is a possibility.
Have a great evening!  I'm really enjoying my last days with these awesome kids!!!


I hope that all of you fabulous mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!
This week we will be focusing lots of time on grammar and social studies. On Friday we will have our spelling test over list 25. We began a new vocabulary unit.  We will have our final quiz over unit 14 next Thursday.  No homework, besides reading nightly and studying spelling and vocabulary.
We are enjoying the activities on the yellow countdown calendar. Tomorrow students are welcome to bring electronics with your permission.  
Our dance party for Creekfest fundraising is on Friday at our specials time (10:35-11:30).  
Have a wonderful week!


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


Warm regards,

 Elysia Dean




Wow!  This has been quite a week!  Field Day was so much fun!  The kids were good sports and put their best foot forward!  Look for a bright yellow calendar that will detail some special activities to finish the year.  Please know that participation is optional for most activities and the goal is for students to have FUN!  Monday is Wear Animal Print and be prepared to Blow Bubbles. (Bring your own gum from home).  
Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all of you AMAZING Moms out there! :-)


WE MADE IT!!  The kids worked so hard on the STAAR and I am SO VERY PROUD of them!!!  Give them extra love, patience, and playtime tonight!
Just a reminder tomorrow we have set aside time to be creative.  Students can bring items from home to create.  A few ideas are rainbow loom, legos, bracelet making, origami, coloring pages, duct tape crafts etc. If there is anything you are unsure about, just send me an email.  (I said "no" to making slime.)  
A note from Coach Baxter about Field Day:


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 (YELLOW for Bohnert, RED for Guynes), 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


We have a big week ahead!  I know students are prepared to show how awesome they are on the STAAR Test Monday and Tuesday.  
Here's a head's up on the rest of the week:
Wednesday is a day to BE CREATIVE!!!  Students can bring things they would like to create such as weaving, clay, painting, rainbow loom, building (Legos, etc).  
Thursday is a day to PLAY!  Games such as card games, board games, etc...... No electronic games.  
Friday is Field Day.  My homeroom class should wear YELLOW.  The cafeteria will be closed, so unless you preordered a sack lunch, be sure to send one along with a water bottle.


Oh my goodness!   I cannot thank you all enough for your kindness and generosity!  You have truly showered me with kindness!  I feel so loved and appreciated.  I hope you all feel the love back in return.  I adore each and every student and the hugs they give me every day.  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!
There will be NO HOMEWORK, Spelling Words or Vocab. Words next week.  We will focus on the STAAR Test, then rewarding the students for their hard work later in the week.
If you did not send an encouraging note for the "parent homework" feel free to send it in on Monday and I will hand them all out.  Just a quick "do your best, I'm proud of you" will surely mean the world to them!
No backpacks, watches or water bottles are needed Monday and Tuesday. Students may bring 1 snack for the afternoon.  A  snack and water will be provided.
Of course, a good night's sleep, a healthy filling breakfast, and a great attitude are needed next week!
Thank you so much for your continued support!  Have a great weekend!


I cannot believe we are already racing downhill toward summer!  this has been such an amazing year and I have enjoyed each and every one of my students. They truly fill my heart with joy!  
We are getting ready for STAAR, and having some fun in order to get motivated for our big days next week.  Remember the tests are May 8th and 9th.  I will send out more information later in the week. Mrs. Guynes sent an email about "parent homework" so please be certain that you receive and read that email!
I am sending home two workbooks that you can keep at home for practice.  One is a blue reading workbook.  We will not be using it for the rest of the year.  In the back are some 4th grade type writing tasks that might be great for summer prep for next year.  The other book is our Motivation Reading workbook.  Any passages we have not used would be excellent practice for STAAR next week. The homework pages after each unit have short paragraphs with 4 questions. These are great to use as quick checks.  These workbooks do not need to come back to school.  We are using other materials for our STAAR Boot Camp this week!
Spelling is List 24.  Our Vocabulary Quiz over Unit 13 will be on Thursday.
Don't forget about the Penny War to support DI over the next two weeks!
Our Field Day is next Friday.  Our team color is YELLOW.
Thank you for the beautiful flowers that are brightening our classroom this week!  The notes your kids wrote nearly had me in tears!  They are so thoughtful and kind! 
Have a fantastic week!

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




Hello my fabulous parents!  Sorry I have been incognito for awhile.  My son was very sick, then he shared the sickness with my daughter and me.  Everyone is finally back in school and starting to feel normal again!
I hope you enjoyed Muffins with Mom and the Book Fair!  Sales will continue throughout the week.
We are almost finished with the Texas Reads One Book: The Lemonade Wars.  We are continuing to practice the reading strategies and question types that can be tricky.  The most important strategy is to be able to justify their answer with words from the articles/stories they are reading.  They should be showing their thinking on their reading homework that came home on Friday.
This week, students are presenting their opinion piece that will double as a Social Studies and Writing grade.  I am impressed by the strong support they all have for their opinions.  
Spelling is List 23.  We have been working on vocabulary Unit 13 this week
Spelling test is this Friday, and vocabulary will be next Thursday.  

Choir Club Announcement From Mrs. Fender


CHOIR CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT:  If your child is in Choir Club, please look for the year-end celebration letter in your child's Wednesday folder.  The Choir is going to Main Event on May 25th.  The cost is only $11.00 for an evening of pizza, cookies, bowling, laser tag and a $10 video/arcade card.  $11 is due May 3.  Thank you!