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Hi Families!
Welcome to first grade for 2017-18.  I am new to Tomball ISD this year and am so excited to be here at Creekside Forest Elementary School.  I recently moved from Reno, Nevada with my husband and two children.  I have been teacher first grade for 11 years in Nevada and I am looking forward to learning all about Texas! I received my bachelors degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005 and have been teaching ever since.  I truly enjoy teaching the young learners in first grade and can't wait to get started.  I look forward to a great year in first grade. 
Mrs. Katie Iveson

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Week of Feb. 16

Hi Families:
Monday, Feb. 19th is a school holiday, President's Day, so there is no school.  
Tuesday, the 20th is picture day. 
Thank you to everyone for the sweet Valentine gifts! You are all so amazing and I really appreciate working with such awesome families! We had a great party!
Also, thank you for your support with the items we need for the hundredth day snack - the kids loved counting out 100 pieces for their trail mix snack.  
Next week...
Reading, Writing, and Social Studies - In honor of President's Day, we will be studying 2 famous former presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Then we will also be learning about our current president Donald Trump.  We will be reading many non-fiction texts and gathering facts.  We will then use those facts to write All About books on these presidents.  We will also being taking a test on the information learned about these three presidents. 
For word work we will begin long vowels, starting this week with long a made with a silent e on the end.  We will only be working on this long vowel pattern, but words might include blends and digraphs.  For example: bake, snake, shape... 
Math - We will be completing our unit on data and graphing.  Students will create their own survey question, survey the class and collect the data using a tally chart, then they will create a bar graph using the data.  They will use their bar graph to ask questions about the data, and then answer those questions.  We will also be taking the Unit test on Friday. 
I hope you all have a great long weekend!

Week of Feb. 12

Dear Families,
This is sure to be a very busy, short week.  We will be having bus evacuation training for our students and staff on Tuesday.  Wednesday is Valentine's Day, students will be handing out Valentines on this day and we will be making scrap books of them at our party.  Thursday is the 100th day of school, don't forget to wear your 100 things shirts on this day.  Thursday is also the Creekfest Pep Rally.  Friday is a student day off as staff has training all day. 
Next week - Monday the 19th is also a no school holiday (President's Day) and Tuesday the 20th is spring pictures.  
In class this week...
Reading - we will take a break from non-fiction to read and enjoy some Valentine's Day books and celebrate the 100th day of school
Writing - students will be finishing their All About the Great Wall of China books, incorporating social studies by learning to create a map key and compass rose
Math - we have begun a unit on asking and answering questions about data on graphs
Science - students will be showing their knowledge of the 4 seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall
I hope you have a great week and enjoy the long weekend!

Go Texan Day


On February 23rd, we will be celebrating Go Texan Day at Creekside Forest Elementary. We would love for your child to come to school dressed Western/Texan. They will be square dancing as well on that day during their specials period. Thank you for your continued support!


CFES Staff


Greetings, CFES families! The Creekside Forest PTO will be hosting a Silent Auction during our annual fundraiser, Creekfest. Thanks to the generosity of our students, parents and community partners, the Silent Auction has been a great success over the past several years.


Every grade level will have theme baskets featured in the auction. We are inviting each student to donate an item or items that correlate with their grade level theme. The PTO team will assemble baskets with the donated items, and auction them off during Creekfest. 


While your participation in this is not required, we greatly appreciate your help in making this year’s Silent Auction a success. 


We have created signup genius links  for each grade to help provide ideas for donations so the contents of our baskets are robust and balanced, and to avoid duplicate contributions. The signup will include blank slots for those of you who like to be creative! The themes and links for each grade are as follows:


KindergartenSummer Fun, Barbie, Hot Wheels and Hatchimals/LOL. Link: Kindergarten Theme Baskets


First Grade: LEGO Friends, American Girl, Shopkins and Super Heroes. Link: First Grade Theme Baskets


Second Grade: Arts & Crafts, Movie Night, Minecraft and LEGO Star Wars. Link: Second Grade Theme Baskets


Third Grade: Backyard Fun, Harry Potter, Family Game Night and STEM Toys. Link: Third Grade Theme Baskets


Fourth Grade: Electronic Games, Star Wars, Sports and SLIME! Link:  Fourth Grade Theme Baskets


Fifth Grade: Gift Cards (including restaurants, department stores, local boutiques, Amazon, Fandango, and many more!) Link:   Fifth Grade Theme Baskets


Please send your donations to school with your child by February 17th, so we have ample time to make any remaining purchases and assemble all the amazing auction baskets!


Thank you for your participation in this fun event to raise money for our school! 




Julie Bridenstine

Call/text: 713.594.6068 or email: 


Week of Feb. 5th

Hi Parents, 
So sorry this update is late, I have been home the last two days with sick children of my own.  Notes are coming home in folders tonight about the 100th day of school, which is next Thursday.  Please let me know if you have questions. 
This week...
Reading: We are reading non-fiction texts about the Chinese New Year and also a fun Chinese folktale called Tikki Tikki Tembo
Writing: We are writing non-fiction informational texts about the Great Wall of China.  Researching, collecting facts, and writing complete sentences - we will also make a map to be included in this All About book. 
Math: We have been ordering 2 and 3 digit numbers up to 120 by using place value.  Today we reviewed for unit 7 test, which we will take tomorrow.  Please look for math pages to be coming home tonight - these are not required but may be used to review and study for tomorrows test.  
Science: We are leaning about the different seasons, how seasons are a pattern and what kind of weather each season brings. 
I hope you have a great rest of your week, and everyone stays healthy!!


Spelling Grades Update

Hi Parents, 
Please see the attached letter explaining the grading for spelling tests and sentence dictation. Graded spelling test came home in Wednesday folders. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 
Thank you!

New Start Time:)

Hello Parents!
We would like to remind you that TISD has added one minute to the school day in response to the weather related school cancellations, in January.  School will start ONE MINUTE EARLIER with doors opening at 8:09 and instruction beginning at 8:39 AM.  Students not in their classrooms at 8:39 will be counted tardy.  Thank you for making the adjustments necessary to be sure your child is in school on time.  

Week of Jan. 29th

Hi Parents, 
I can't believe January is almost over.  Time is really flying right now and our first graders are working incredibly hard to improve their reading, writing, and math skills and extend their knowledge in social studies and science.  Progress reports will be coming home in Wednesday Folders on Jan. 31st.
This is what we will be focusing on this week...
Reading - Non-fiction text features such as table of contents, headings, captions, charts, diagrams, bold words, glossary, etc. 
Writing - All about books, students will research a sport this week and write a non-fiction text using facts, they will also add a caption 
Math - Comparing and ordering 2 and 3 digit numbers using place value, this week we will introduce the greater than > and less than < symbols to compare
Social Studies - We will be continuing to learn about great American leaders
Science - Seasons throughout the year
I hope everyone has a great week and stays healthy!!



Hi families,
We had to change our library day this week to Wednesday. Just for this week, can you please have your child bring their books to exchange on Wednesday. 
Thank you!

Week of Jan. 22nd


Hi Families!
It will be nice this week to finally have a full week back at school! On Tuesday we will enjoy a visit from the author Steve Swinburne.  He writes books on animals and nature.  
Our spelling test will be on Friday and will now have 15 words.  A note will come home attached to the test explaining how the tests will be graded for the 3rd 9 weeks. 
What are we learning this week?
Word Work: We will be working on reading and writing words with short i.  All of the words will also contain a blend (2 letters with sounds closely linked) or digraph (2 letters together making one sound sh, ch, th, wh, ck). 
Reading: We will use nonfiction texts about Martin Luther King Jr to make predictions, make connections, think about big ideas, identify MLK's contributions to the world. 
Writing: We are going to complete the procedural texts from last week and wrap up that unit.  Then we will incorporate reading and social studies with writing to work on MLK writings. 
Math: We are working on Place Value skills to 120 (continuing into next week).  We will learn about the "flat" place value block, how to write numbers above 100 in expanded form, how to build numbers with place value blocks more than 1 way, how to compare numbers using the symbols, and ordering numbers. 
Science: We are continuing with weather and also beginning to learn about day and night and objects in the sky.
Social Studies: We are incorporating reading, social studies and writing this week to learn about MLK. 
Have a great week!

Quick Update

Hi Parents, 
Due to the shortened week we will be sending report cards and Wednesday flier papers home tomorrow night. We will also be pushing back this weeks spelling until next week, so no test on Friday. 
Thanks for understanding!

August 22nd - First Day of School
First Grade Lunch 11:35-12:05