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Welcome to Mrs. Foytlin's First Grade!
I anticipate a wonderful year with your children!
This is my third year at Creekside Forest Elementary
but it also begins my 23nd year as a teacher.
I attended Southern Methodist University and received a
Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology. 
I earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education
from The University of Texas.
I am also certified as a teacher of the Gifted and Talented.
Though I gained considerable knowledge at these institutions,
I gained my most important schooling while in the classroom!
I am pleased to bring my knowledge and talents to Creekside Forest! 
As for your child, I will be the kind of teacher that I wanted for my own children.
 
 

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Dear Parents,
We are back and happy! It felt good to get back to a routine. It is essential for every student to have headphones. We will be testing reading levels and online test is given orally. Please send them by Monday. Thank you so much!
 
Please remember snacks and water everyday......lots of hungry little campers!
 
On Monday, we will be back to Spelling.....words to come.
 
Thank you for all the wonderful gifts......I was overwhelmed by your kindness.
 

Spelling Words For December 11

Dear Parents,
We continue applying the silent (magic) /e/ in words enriching their phonemic awareness. Today they manipulated their letters to create these words:
 
rid
ride
mad
made
pal
pale
grip
gripe
not
note
 
I was absent today due to a sinus infection. I will also be absent tomorrow because I've had a fever. Just for your peace of mind!
 
Fondly,
Nancy

Blessings!

Dear Parents,
In less than 24 hours, you filled up our Angel Tree! I am so moved by your generosity. With role models like you, no wonder your children are so kind and loving.
 
Thank you,
Nancy
 

Week of November 30 - December 4, 2020

Dear Parents,
Thank you for so many holiday wishes......I am so blessed to know your children!
 
Spelling:
Our spelling rule for the week is "magic /e/ makes the vowel say its name."
We made the following words today and they did so well.  
cut
cute
shin
shine
hid
hide
kit
kite
tap
tape
 
Please review these words with your children every evening. Please use the letter cards I sent home so they can manipulate each word. This helps tremendously. Thank you!
 
Reading and Writing:
We are learning about the Author's purpose of persuasion. After reading and discussing stories where characters change their minds, we will learn how to write persuasive text. This is always very fun!
 
Math:
The children will learn how to take data and turn it into a graph. Everyday, we also practice math facts and solving word problems.
 
Social Studies:
A brief study of symbols will be learned......we use Texas as our guide.
 
Shortly, we will be learning about traditions. I would like the children to tell a family tradition or bring something that is traditional from our culture. In the past, a student brought in a pecan because every Thanksgiving, he picked pecans from his grandparent's trees. Another brought an ornament that his grandmother made. It can just be a story that is repeated often in your family.
I really want to promote family/cultural traditions AND oral /language speaking in front of others.
 
Science:
We will dig deep into weather and seasons. The students love learning about clouds, tornados, and hurricanes.
 

DECEMBER

10 - Wear your Grinchware to show how your heart grows with Compassion

15 - Sonic Spirit Day

17 - Dress in your favorite pajamas as we get cozy for our upcoming Winter Break

18 - End of 2nd Grading Period

21-Jan1 Winter Break

More to come.....

As always, I am here for you!

Fondly,

Nancy

 
 

Week of November 16 - 20, 2020

Hello wonderful parents,
We are beginning a fun learning week! Thursday and Friday will include Thanksgiving activities for enrichment.
 
Spelling:
Those smart children! I gave them certain letters and let them make their own spelling list this week! Our focus sound is short vowel /u/. I gave them /s/, t/, /c/, /r/, /k/ and /u/. With a little guidance, they came up with these words:
suck
us
cut
rut
ruts
cuts
tuck
stuck
truck
struck
 
Handwriting:
We have a handwriting workbook where we practice daily. I have seen such an improvement from the beginning of the year.
 

Reading and Writing

We will read dramatic literature and rewrite some favorite traditional stories.


Math

We continue to add and subtract to 20 and learn 10 more and 10 less on our 120 chart. The children have grasped fact families….ask them about how they represent fact families. This really is a great way to practice addition and subtraction and reciprocal properties.

Science

We will do a few more experiments with magnets and become fluent with accompanying vocabulary.

Social Studies

All About Thanksgiving!


Have a great holiday with your friends and family. As always, please email or call whenever you have a question. I am available for you!

Nancy

 

 
 

Week of November 9 - 13

Hello Families,
 
Our spelling words contain the short vowel /o/:
 top
stomp
stop
pot
mop
Tom
mops
spot
splot
plot
 
Please use the letters that we sent home for the students to manipulate.
 
We continue to study Traditional Literature.....fables and folk tales. We also write stories from out lives that are remarkably good! They are learning to edit their work by adding details, adding dialogue, and making sure capitals and punctuation are in place.
 
In math, we are adding and subtracting to 20. This comes in helpful as we generate and solve our own word problems. We use base then blocks to make numbers up to 50. Many activities are provided to practice these facts.
 
In science, we are learning about magnets and movement. I am providing lots of hands-on activities and experiments using magnets.
 
We will be learning about Veteran's Day tomorrow and finishing our unit on voting.
 
We are busy learning and making life fun here in First Grade. Please feel free to email me at nancyfoytlin@tomballisd.net
or text me at 713-858-7555.
 
Thank you,
Nancy
 
 

Week of November 2 - November 6, 2020

Dear Parents,
From all the smiling faces I saw today, I can tell you had a wonderful weekend!
Your children had a lot to write about!
 
Spelling Words: short vowel sound /i/
tin
tip
pit
rip
rips
trip
trips
prints
sprint
strip
 
A great way to study is to use the laminated letters I sent home. This week, just take our t, p, i, r, s, n.
Let you child manipulate the letter cards to make the words.
We work on these words every day.
 
Read/Writing: Fairy Tales, Fables and Folk Tales
We are learning about all the elements of Fairy Tales this week. Ask your child to tell you the elements that make up a Fairy Tale.....they know and really enjoy it. Also ask who are the characters, what is the setting, what is the problem and solution?
 
Math: Number to 50
We are learning how to order numbers, tell which are least and greatest, work story problems and review math facts to 10. They can tell you a standard number and its expanded form. They can build that number with base ten blocks and find it on a 120 chart.
 
Science: Light Energy
We are learning about the importance of light and experimenting with shadows.
 
Social Studies: Government and Voting
We voted today to decide which snack I would buy them for Wednesday. They understand that your vote voices what is important to you.
 
We watch short videos during the day to grab their interest. Here are a few that they love:
 

NOVEMBER

1-14 Online Book Fair

2 - Friends of Creekside Kicks Off

3 - Staff Development/Student Holiday

10 - Virtual PTO Meeting

11 - Veteran's Day

12 - Happy Campers Read-A-Lot (dress up as a camper for the CFES Book Fair)

13 - World Kindness Day

16-21 College and Career Week

17 - 50th Day of School (dress up in 50s attire)

23-27 Thanksgiving Holidays

Have a great week!

Pumpkin Math

Dear Parents,
I am planning Pumpkin Math for Friday. Only if you have a chance, please send a pumpkin with your child on Friday. It should be small enough to fit in their backpack. Thank you very much!
It should be a fun time for your children! 

Spelling words for October 30

Ed
Ned
end
pen
pens
den
dens
send
spend
plenty
 
They're doing so well!

Spelling Words for Friday, October 23

/am/ spelling pattern:
am
Pam
Sam
stamp
damp
ramp
clamp
lamp
lamps
camp
 
A good way to study is to use the paper letters that were sent home.
  • First, ask your child to take out the letters /a/, /p/, /s/, /t/, /a/, /c/, /l/, /m/, /r/ 
  • You read the word, the students arrange the letters to make the word.
  • Next, call out the words and let them write them.
  • Remind them that 2 words are capitals because they are name.
Thank you! They are doing so well!

Spelling Test Words for October 16

Our words this week all have the short /a/ sound. We are starting to include consonant blends as well.
 
pal
lap
cap
slap
clap
map
clam
slam
sap
flap
 
Have your children take out the p, a, l, c, m, f, s from the letters I sent home. Have them make the words by interchanging the letters.
Thank you!

Week of October 12 - 16, 2020

Happy Sunday,
We are learning so much every day!
 
Updates on Spelling: The sheet of letters and the plastic pocket page are to be kept at home. These letters are great ways for you child to manipulate and spell their words. 
On Mondays, the children are given certain plastic letters to make words. Each word includes our spelling pattern for the week. When we have made around 10 words, these become our list for the week. We practice every day by making sentences with these words and play several spelling games that reinforce their learning. I will send you a new list every Monday after the students have made their list. Please give your child the letters and let them make the words at home.
Reading words are easier than spelling them.
 
Updates on Math: We continue adding and subtracting to 10 with words problems and computer websites. We make numbers in many different ways include part/part/total, tallies, graphs, on a 120 charts, base ten blocks, expanded form, written form and by digits. Lots of fun learning going on!
 
Updates on Science: We are completing our unit on measuring length, mass and capacity. We measure length using non-standard units of measurement and balance scales for mass. This week we will measure capacity using different sized containers......beans, rice, and water......messy for good hands-on learning!
 
Social Studies: We discuss our Life Principles and Expectations and practice
them every day. Your children have truly become a family! We will be discussing voting in the near future.
 
Upcoming Events in October:

19 - Spirit Night at Craft Grill (all day)- For CFES to receive credit, you must tell them you are with CFES and ask them to turn in your receipt.

23 - end of the first grading period

26-30 - Red Ribbon Week

Have a great week! As always, you may email me or contact me by cell:

nancyfoytlin@tomballisd.net

713-858-7555

 

Dear Parents,

We will have our first Spelling Test on Friday, October 9. All the words include the short /a/ sound in the patterns /an/, /at/, /and/, and /ad/.
Though the students are good readers, spelling words can be more difficult.
The words are easy but will get more difficult as time goes on. 
 
and, ant, tan, bands, sand, stand, sat, sad, bad, glad.

OCTOBER CFES CARES

We are super excited to support Expectation #5 We will help one another whenever possible and kick off our first CFES Cares. We will be teaming up with T.E.A.M. to provide an opportunity for our kids to help other kids currently in need of food.

CFES Cares October Video

CFES Cares October Flyer

OCTOBER

OCTOBER IS BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

13 - Last day to collect donations for CFES Cares Community Outreach Project

14 - Fall individual pictures (Face to Face students)

19 - Spirit Night at Craft Grill (all day)- For CFES to receive credit, you must tell them you are with CFES and ask them to turn in your receipt.

26-30 - Red Ribbon Week

 

CFES Cares

OCTOBER CFES CARES

We are super excited to support Expectation #5 We will help one another whenever possible and kick off our first CFES Cares. We will be teaming up with T.E.A.M. to provide an opportunity for our kids to help other kids currently in need of food. These will be sent out to parents on Tuesday in the Parent Trail Guide so we wanted you to be aware.

CFES Cares October Video

 

CFES Cares October Flyer