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.


Spelling for Friday, April 30, 2021

We are working on the vowel team /ou/ this week. The students picked these words from a long list......yikes! They look difficult but I'm sure they'll do great!











Spelling for Week of April 19

Good afternoon,
The children have excelled this week with their spelling pattern!
Here's the strategy that they are using:
/ay/ is always at the end of the word
/ai/ is always in the middle of the word
Here are some resources that we use at school:

Vowel Teams /ay/

More /ay/ practice











Week of April 12, 2021

What a fun Creekfest! The children were excited to start every event! Thank you, Parents, for making the day so special!
Spelling: /ea/ vowel pairs
Our words are:
We are reading and writing poems everyday. We focus on rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, and personification.
We continue working on adding and subtracting to 20 in word problems and straight facts.
In Social Studies, we are learning how technology has changed throughout the years.
In Science, we will complete our plant unit and begin animals and their interdependence. 
Upcoming Events:

14- Spirit Night at Island Fin Poke

22 - Earth Day (wear GREEN)


Thank you,



Week of April 5, 2021

Good afternoon,

I hope you had a joyful weekend! I loved spending time with my family.....I hope you did also.

Spelling test on Thursday, April 8:

Our spelling pattern this week is /ee/. 












Creekfest is this Friday, April 9.

All classes will participate in 6 planned stations

Obstacle courses outside

Glow Room

Construction Camp Zone

Camp Art

Scavenger Hunt that lands in the Sugar Shack

Outdoor Games

Hot Dog Lunch from James Coney Island. If your child doesn't want a hot dog, he or she must bring a lunch. We will eat on the "campgrounds"

Class photos

End of Day; Live raffle & Slime the Principals Live

All students will need to bring a beach towel/camp blanket 

All students in our class can bring a board or card game to school that day.

 I can hardly wait to spend this exciting day with your children!


Upcoming Events in April

12-16 Book Fair

14 - Spirit Night: Island Fin Poke

15- Creekfest Auction Grade Level Pizza and Activity celebrations

22 - Earth Day (wear GREEN)

March 22 Spelling Words

I apologize for sending these words so late!
We have practiced every day and they are doing well.
Spelling Pattern: /oy/

Call To Greatness!

Hello Dear Parents,
I hope the week you shared with your family was wonderful! Mine was.....lots of family and friends!
Tomorrow starts our class's opportunity to do a live presentation of Call To Greatness. CTG is basically our morning announcements.....and we're ready.
Each student has a part and we've been practicing at school. They will present beautifully. Here is the live link to you can watch:  Call To Greatness Live Link at 8:30
Please have your child at the school by 8:15 for this upcoming week. The Call To Greatness starts promptly at 8:30!
Thank you very much,

More Call To Greatness info

Good morning,
You need to get on your TISD account to see the slide show.
Also, I put the slide show on Schoology.
Have fun with this!

Week of March 8, 2021

Dear Parents,
We will not have a spelling test this Friday. Many students will be out of town.
We are presenting Call To Greatness the week we return from spring break. Everyone has a speaking part and many students wanted two!
I have sent home the speaking parts. Please practice at your leisure. We will be practicing this at school too.
I will try to send the google slide show to you as well. That will give you a better idea of what we are doing.
They are very excited.....no one appears nervous. It is filmed in the library and is a live telecast. I will check to see if you can enter the zoom and watch.
Thank you for helping!

Week of March 1, 2021

What a fun 100 day! I hope you all got the pictures I sent.
Our spelling words:
/th/ words: that, throne, three, thorn, thank
/sh/ words: shark, shell, sheep, shirt, shut

Week of February 23 - 26


Donations to the Tomball Abandoned Animal Rescue

We are celebrating reading Fenway and Hattie by bringing a donation for a local animal shelter. From now until March 5th, Ms. Hock will have a box available outside the school and inside the Library for items to benefit our furry friends at AAR. Please check the list of things they use, because their rescues eat particular brands of food and treats, but they also need supplies such as paper towels and trash bags. Thank you! AAR donation list

Upcoming Events

2 - 25: Dress Like a Detective Day

3 - 1: 100th Day of School

No Dr. Seuss Day - if you’ve already purchased something to wear, you may wear it.


Spelling words have not changed. They /ir/ and /ur/

/ir/ and /ur/: twirl, girl, shirt, thirst, dirt, hurt, curl, spurt, surf, burb 

If your child likes to get on Schoology at home, this is a great time to do it. There are a lot of lessons on geometry, biographies, compound words, landforms, water and natural resources, procedural texts…...we are busy!

Have a great week and I hope everyone is well!


100 Day!

Dear Parents,
I hope you are well and your homes sound!
We will be celebrating 100 Day on the ACTUAL 100th day of school, Monday, March 1. Please help your child decorate a tee-shirt with 100 light-weight objects. Let your child wear this shirt to school so we can celebrate with a day of math!

Spelling Words for Week of 2-2-21

/ur/ Controlled R

hurt, turn, burn, churn,

burst, curl, church, lurk, curb,


Week of January 25, 2021

Dear Parents,

I’m so glad to be back and feel so much better…..energy is almost back to normal! Since we’ve been back from the Winter Break, we have been very busy with testing. I am individually testing each child for an instructional reading level as well as giving each student a dyslexia screener. Every student has been given a math and reading test, on the computer, that shows their progress since September. Yes, I have a lot of data that I want to share with you!

Due to the amount of testing, we had not had time for Guided Reading. I realize your children haven’t received new books in their Red Folders…….but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been reading…..I promise!

While I’m testing, your children still have books in their hands! We call this Green Folder Reading. Each child chooses three leveled books to read. They read them and record them in a green folder. Then choose three more. This reading time is 15 minutes every morning. 

Many students have read over 50 books since October!

I have introduced a computer reading program called Lexia. The children enjoy the reading and phonics activities for 15 minutes daily. These games and activities have been well received by the children.

Your child can get on this program at home by going to Clever and clicking on “the globe”.


Our spelling pattern this week is /ir/ and /or

bird, third, dirt, flirt, skirt, shirt, short, snort, fort, squirt


Reading and Writing:

We continue to learn more about nonfiction texts as we begin writing one of our own. Each student will choose a nonfiction central idea and write 3 supporting details that will be their chapters. They will include a table of contents, bold print, headings, photographs and illustrations in their books. I hope to see a glossary and index in each book. They are excited to be nonfiction authors!



We are learning strategies to help add 3 numbers. For example, if the number sentence is 8+6+2, the student will combine 8 and 2 to make 10 and then add 10+6. We work on word problems every day.


We’re completing our unit on Objects In The Sky…..moon, sun, and stars. Rocks, Soil, and Water will begin this week.


Social Studies:

The children have loved looking at all the baby pictures. As we make our timeline, we discuss past, present and future. We will complete these soon to display in the hall.


Each First Grade teacher is supporting students for 30 minutes each morning. We have divided students into three groups by area of need. This is small group intervention and we have seen much growth by this individual attention. We have a fourth group that is for our eager writers. Another group will be getting enrichment activities provided by our GT specialists. A win-win for everyone!


As always, please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions. The best way to reach me is by cell phone at 713-858-7555 or email at nancyfoytlin@tomballisd.net.

Upcoming Events for February:

**National African American History Month

2/5  Texas Reads One Book Kick-Off

2/9  General PTO Meeting

2/15-19 Friendship/Kindness Week

2/16  Spirit Night at Rib Tickler

2/17  Dress like a DETECTIVE and get caught being KIND

2/22  100th Day of School (info coming soon)

Spelling Words for the Week of 1-19-21

Our words contain /or/ and /ore/.