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1st Grade Parent Information Night. A Little Bit about Me …. Mrs. Grimes Room #221 512-428-7433 amanda_grimes@ roundrockisd.org This is my 10 th year to teach 1 st Grade at DFT! Am married, live in Round Rock All four of our children have attended DFT!

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A Little Bit about Me….

Mrs. Grimes

Room #221 512-428-7433

amanda_grimes@ roundrockisd.org

This is my 10th year to teach 1st Grade at DFT!

Am married, live in Round Rock

All four of our children have attended DFT!

I love teaching 1st graders and seeing their growth!


Mrs. Grimes’ Daily Schedule

7:40-7:55 Enter from hall, Announcements, Lunch Count

8:00-9:00 Writing

9:00- 10:00 Guided Reading/Daily 5

10:00-10:20 Recess

10:37-11:07 Lunch

11:10-11:30 Words Their Way

11:35-12:25 Specials

12:30-1:30 Math

1:30-2:05 Social Studies/Science

2:05-2:30 DFT Time

2:40 Dismissal

writing 8 00 9 00

Writing 8:00- 9:00

Writing Process

Planning, Draft, Revise, Edit , Publish

Topics important to students

Conventions: capitalization, punctuation, spelling

guided reading daily 5 9 00 10 00
Guided Reading/Daily 59:00 - 10:00
  • Students work on reading skills in small group
  • Reading homework daily and once over weekend.
  • 15-20 minutes (can split up)
  • After child reads, parents signs reading log
  • Important for students to bring blue folder/books
  • school each day.
  • Independent Lang. Arts practice (“Daily Five”) when not at reading group.
daily 5
Daily 5

Read to Self

Work on Writing

Read to Someone

Word Work

Listening to Reading


Recess 10:00- 10:20 Lunch 10:37-11:07Please send money labeled in an envelope or baggies1st Grade teachers allow students to purchase ice cream or snack only on Fridays . (if ok with parents)

words their way 11 10 11 30
Words Their Way11:10-11:30
  • Words Their Way
    • word families
    • Students sort picture/word cards
    • Learn patterns
    • No traditional spelling homework/tests
    • Instead: word study homework sent home on Fridays, due the next Friday. Students choose from list. Weekly word study assessments.
specials conference time 11 35 12 25
Specials/Conference Time11:35-12:25

P.E. Tuesday, Thursdays, & ½ every other Friday

Wear tennies to school on PE days (no time to change shoes)

Music on Mondays & ½ of 2 Fridays a month

Art on Wednesdays & ½ of 2 Fridays a month

math 12 30 1 30
Math 12:30-1:30

Variety of resources

Heavy on Problem Solving

Explaining thinking


Calendar Time


Science/Social Studies

  • Alternate
  • Go by ARRC, use

variety of resources

  • Students record in


d f t time dedicated focused t e k s time
D.F.T. Time(Dedicated Focused T.E.K.S. Time)

2:05- 2:30

Teacher works with a small group that needs extra help in a certain area.

The majority of the class works in a larger group with an instructional aide.


Color Clip Chart

1. Starts each day on green.

2. If a student does not follow classroom agreements, they must move their clip in the following order and miss some recess time to reflect on their choices.

1. Yellow

2. Blue

3. Orange

4. Red (Office and/or call to parents)

Please initial each day on the behavior chart that you saw and discussed behavior with your child.

Please email or call with any questions/concerns.

positive rewards
Positive Rewards

Verbal Praise & Reinforcement

Caught Being Good Slips

Brilliant Brave

Whole Class Incentive

transportation changes

Transportation Changes

Please send a note or call the office if your child needs to go home a different way.

Teachers may not be able to answer or check phone messages before end of the day.



Call & send a note for absencesPlease avoid tardies and/or absences so that instruction time is not lost.
red tuesday folders
Red Tuesday Folders

Please discuss student work with your child

Much of work is kept in spirals/notebooks at school

Empty folder, Sign, then Return on Wednesdays

  • Daily – Readinghomework 15-20 mins, parents sign log
  • ** Reading Strategies in packet
  • Weekly- Word Study
      • Students work throughout week at family’s pace
  • Sent home on Fridays, due next Friday
  • Assessed Weekly
  • Math
  • Due on next Friday
  • Occasionally- Projects or Research
study hall
Study Hall

During Recess

To do unfinished homework

Or to complete work not finished in class

Students go out to recess when finished


Number Grades on Word Study Tests and Math Tests

Daily work: or or

Teacher may ask for Work /Tests to be corrected at

home and returned .

report cards

Report Cards

Each Nine Weeks

No number grades

Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 will be marked

2’s are fine for all year up until end of 3rd 9 weeks

Parents may keep report card, sign and return envelope

  • On Fridays Only, at 2:15
  • Parents can send treat or come to help serve. ( No cakes please)
  • Invitations to parties must be
  • given to every student in the class


Volunteer basket by door, I f I know you are coming I will put things we need help with.

Volunteers may work on the desk outside our door

If you plan to volunteer at all this year (field trips, etc)…You must fill out an Online Volunteer Application each year.

See link on our website

mango occasional pet visitor
“Mango: Occasional Pet Visitor”
  • “Mango,” a Bearded Dragon Lizard
  • About 7 years old
  • Calm, nonaggressive
  • RRISD no longer allows class pets, she will visit occasionally.
  • She eats vegetables, fruit, crickets and super worms
  • We welcome donations
  • of super worms.
thank you for coming
Thank you for coming!

Please sign up at the front table for a fall parent teacher conference.

Please contact me anytime with questions or concerns.

My goal…For your student to love learning & school!